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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 Riva Row Boat House opened in 2009 and since then has become a popular Woodlands attraction.

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Waterway boat house expands operations, programs for spring

The Riva Row Boat House on The Woodlands Waterway is expanding its operations and program offerings for the spring season. more »

Mar 24, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Coming Soon: Kriser's

Kriser’s, which specializes in natural pet foods, supplies and grooming, will open March 28 at 1925 Hughes Landing Blvd., The Woodlands. more »

Mar 19, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands Impacts

Jankowski cautions against comparison to ’80s crisis, despite current price of oil

Patrick Jankowski, vice president of research for the Greater Houston Partnership, spoke on the ongoing energy crisis and the effect the decreased cost of oil has on the economy. more »

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Township examining potential cultural arts facility

The Woodlands Township is studying the possibility of developing a cultural arts center in The Woodlands. more »

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Rep. Brady touts proposed Asia-Pacific trade agreement

The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its 29th annual Economic Outlook Conference on Feb. 20 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, was among the event’s nine speakers. more »

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Waterway Square, Town Center

A spotlight on independently owned businesses and a listing of stores, services and restaurants in Waterway Square, between Lake Robbins Drive and Timberloch Place, in The Woodlands Town Center. more »

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Howard Hughes Corporation announces details for new Conroe-area community

The Howard Hughes Corporation and The Woodlands Development Company have announced details regarding a new master-planned community north of Conroe. more »

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Montgomery County proposes $350 million road bond

Montgomery County commissioners have called for a $350 million bond election to be held May 9, one that could infuse the county’s four precincts with millions of dollars for road improvements. more »

Mar 11, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands 17 Comments

Experts remain optimistic amid falling oil prices

The drop in oil prices over the last six months has been welcome news for many drivers at the gas pump. But in Houston, which is considered the energy capital of the world, the lower prices could also mean setbacks for the economy. more »

Mar 4, 2015 9:05 AM , , Tomball | Magnolia

Shell addresses possible Montgomery County campus

Shell Oil Company has addressed rumors of a planned Montgomery County campus. more »

Feb 19, 2015 12:00 AM , The Woodlands

Conroe ISD earns accolades for low spending, student performance

The district has earned a FAST five-star rating for student performance and low spending from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. FAST, or the Financial Allocation Study for Texas, is a system that uses an index score to determine w more »

Feb 12, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Hughes Landing will feature Restaurant Row, a boardwalk-style dining district on Lake Woodlands.

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Restaurant Row tenants named

The Woodlands Development Company continues to lock in tenants for its planned Restaurant Row, a boardwalk-style dining district in the Hughes Landing development on Lake Woodlands. Whole Foods Market has announced it will open its first Woodlands lo more »

Feb 12, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

The Woodlands Township will spend about $3 million in 2015 to improve its streetside maintenance.

Photo by Brian Walzel

Township takes on more aggressive streetscape maintenance efforts

The Woodlands Township will spend $1.2 million more this year than it has in past years to clean up roadside landscaping and neighborhood cul-de-sacs, but how those areas will be improved remains to be seen. In all, the township will spend about $3 more »

Feb 12, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

The Westin, The Woodlands is under construction at Waterway Square and is 
expected to open by the end of the year. It will feature 302 guest rooms.

Photo by Julie Butterfield

New hotels mean more events, revenue for The Woodlands

Hotel developers are capitalizing on a growing demand for rooms and meeting space in The Woodlands area with several new projects. In The Woodlands, two luxury hotels are expected to open by the end of the year. The Westin, The Woodlands is under con more »

Feb 12, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Area experts remain optimistic despite plummeting oil prices

By all indications—unemployment rate, office space occupancy and interest from companies looking to do business in The Woodlands—the falling price of oil has had little effect on the area’s economic climate. more »

Feb 10, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Whole Foods sets opening date for first Woodlands store

Whole Foods has announced it will open its first Woodlands location at 8 a.m. March 18. more »

Jan 20, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands 2 Comments

The 2015 Woodlands Township board of directors, from left: Mike Bass, Ed Robb, Peggy Hausman, Chairman Bruce Tough, Gordy Bunch, John McMullan and Jeff Long

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Township Update – The Woodlands Township

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Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Many of the course’s greens have been laid out and are awaiting seeding.

Photos by Brian Walzel

Bluejack National

Tiger Woods–designed golf course and private community underway more »

Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Students prepare for the launch of a new Nursing Skills program at the Sam Houston State University Woodlands Center, which is set to open this month.

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Education Update – SHSU The Woodlands set to open nursing wing, continue public affairs programming

The Sam Houston State University Woodlands Center will open Phase 1 of its Nursing Skills program this month. more »

Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Pie Town’s white chocolate raspberry latte is among the café’s more than 30 specialty drinks.

Photo by Brian Walzel

White Chocolate Raspberry Latte

Pie Town more »

Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands