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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

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

Don and Karen Mudd are seeing increased interest in modern rugs, such as the one shown here.

Photo by Brian Walzel

Business Update – Woodlands Oriental Rug Gallery

Store widens selection to include modern styles more »

Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

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

Owner Nasim Bell is looking to offer her products to a wider audience.

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Dining Update – Hummingbird Tea Room

Cafe looks to broaden its exposure in new year 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

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

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Bluejack National

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

Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Central Taco co-owner Jose Gonzalez opened the restaurant in the Portofino Shopping Center in September.

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Impacts Update – Central Taco

When Jose Gonzalez decided to bring authentic Mexican food to The Woodlands area, he did so in the form of Central Taco, located in the Portofino Shopping Center. more »

Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

The 66-acre Hughes Landing development, on the northeast shore of Lake Woodlands, will see many of its projects open in 2015, including Restaurant Row.

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The Woodlands economy to remain strong in 2015

The Woodlands is expected to continue developing commercial, residential and transportation projects in the coming year despite an energy economy slowdown that could force many of the companies the community covets to tighten their financial belts. more »

Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

TopGolf North Houston opened in Spring in April and sees about 30,000 visitors per month.

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Impacts Update – Top Golf

Since opening in April, TopGolf North Houston has seen a steady customer base and a few of its menu selections spread companywide. 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

Photo by Jesse Mendoza

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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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

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

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