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Brian Walzel

Brian Walzel

Brian Walzel began his journalism career in 1998 in College Station and has covered a variety of markets and beats. Prior to joining Community Impact Newspaper in July 2011 as editor for The Woodlands, he worked as an editor and reporter in Lubbock, College Station, Houston and Tomball.

Township planning five new sports fields on Gosling Road

The Woodlands Township on June 19 approved initial plans for a new sports field complex on Gosling Road and Marsco Place, a facility that could be complete by fall 2015 and feature five new playing fields. more »

Jul 9, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Major retailers adding to local job market

Several major retailers are planning to open stores in The Woodlands in the next 12 months, adding hundreds of new jobs to an already robust retail employment market. more »

Jul 9, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands 2 Comments

The Woodlands High School Art Trust was established in 2011 and features 20 works of art by Texas artists in the halls of The Woodlands High School.

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The Woodlands High School Art Trust

Art culture is readily apparent in The Woodlands, with more than 50 pieces of public art scattered throughout the community. more »

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Black Walnut Café features enclosed patio-style dining with windows that remain open in good weather.

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Black Walnut Café

Visitors to Black Walnut Café’s new location on New Trails Drive will find that not much has changed from its previous site on Research Forest Drive. The menu is the same, the relaxed atmosphere is intact and even the layout was replicated. “We wante more »

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Consultants to township: artificial turf at sports field does not cause cancer

The Woodlands Township opted to move forward with plans for three artificial turf sports fields and two natural grass fields after hearing expert opinions that a substance used as infill on some artificial turf fields does not cause cancer. more »

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Plans are underway to build a $2.4 million federal customs facility at Lone Star Executive Airport in Conroe.

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Woodlands Township board opts to rescind funding for Conroe airport customs facility

The Woodlands Township board of directors has reversed its decision to help pay for a $2.4 million federal customs facility at the Lone Star Executive Airport in Conroe. more »

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

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Intersection, lane improvements designed to ease traffic congestion in downtown

Just as Woodlands area drivers are seeing the end of more than a year’s worth of lane closures, diversions and delays due to pipeline installation and intersection improvements, more road construction is on the way in the New Year. more »

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

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H-GAC transit study suggests new bus routes, village and business connectivity

The Woodlands Township, along with the Houston-Galveston Area Council, has been deliberating ways to get cars off the streets of Town Center, tweak its park and ride system and determine if a feasible plan for bus service to the various villages can more »

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Two health care facilities planned for Rayford Road area

A pair of medical care facilities is scheduled to open in the next year in the Harmony master-planned community on Rayford Road. more »

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Monica Prince has owned and operated Nielsen’s Bakery since 1981.

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Nielsen’s Bakery

Few businesses in The Woodlands or Oak Ridge North areas have been in operation quite as long as Monica Prince’s Nielsen’s Bakery. more »

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Study identifies key area cycling, pedestrian corridors

While the primary focus of the South Montgomery County Mobility Study was to develop a roadway plan to accommodate future growth and address traffic concerns, planners also considered options for a bicycle and pedestrian network. more »

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Short-term plans focus on Town Center, Rayford Road

For more than a year, all of the organizations and government entities that oversee transportation and mobility projects in south Montgomery County met each month to devise a plan to fix the traffic issues the area is experiencing. more »

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Study’s long-term plans address I-45 congestion

The Houston-Galveston Area Council’s long-term needs study for south Montgomery County identified major projects that could be implemented over the next six to 25 years, projects designed to move traffic better north and south, and east and west. more »

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands 1 Comments

SHSU plans Montgomery County’s first medical school for former Camp Strake site

Sam Houston State University is working toward a deal with Johnson Development Corporation to build a medical school on the site of the former Camp Strake property, which the development company purchased last year. more »

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Mobility planners debate need for direct connectors

As construction on segments F-1, F-2 and G­ of the Grand Parkway heads into its second year, local officials are hoping an additional direct connector designed to alleviate traffic east of I-45 is added to the project. more »

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Plans announced for Camp Strake site

Johnson Development Corp. officials revealed detailed plans for an estimated 2,000-acre, mixed-use development known as Strake–The Grand Central Park to be constructed about 4 miles north of The Woodlands. more »

Nov 5, 2014 10:05 AM , Tomball | Magnolia

Bass projected winner race for Woodlands Township board Position 2

The Woodlands Township board Position 2 incumbent Mike Bass is the projected winner over Ron Mullins. more »

Nov 4, 2014 12:00 AM Vote Houston Metro

Long projected to retain Township Position 3 seat

The Woodlands Township Position 3 incumbent Jeff Long is the projected winner, defeating two challengers. more »

Nov 4, 2014 12:00 AM Vote Houston Metro

Robb projected winner in Woodlands Township Position 4 race

Ed Robb is the projected winner in the race for The Woodlands Township Position 3. more »

Nov 4, 2014 12:00 AM Vote Houston Metro

Harris County has started construction on a new $65 million forensic facility in the Texas Medical Center.

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Harris County breaks ground on new forensic science facility

Harris County has begun construction on a new forensic science facility to be located in the Texas Medical Center. The nine-story, 200,000-square-foot facility is expected to be complete in 2017. more »

Oct 27, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Township reconsiders field turf after cancer concerns raised

The Woodlands Township is reconsidering installing crumb rubber-based field turf at its Gosling Sports Complex after an NBC News report detailed concerns that chemicals in the field may cause cancer. more »

Oct 22, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Two health care facilities planned for Rayford Road area

A pair of medical care facilities is scheduled to open in the next year in the Harmony master-planned community on Rayford Road. more »

Oct 21, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands