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Marie Leonard

Marie Leonard

Marie has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since June 2011 and serves as editor for the Northwest Houston edition. Originally from Dallas, she reports on issues involving Cy-Fair ISD, Harris County and all things Northwest Houston.

MISD plans $256.75 million bond election

Student growth in Montgomery ISD has district officials planning for the next decade through a $256.75 million bond referendum that will fund new schools, security upgrades and campus renovations if approved by voters May 9. more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM Conroe | Montgomery

Work will begin in the coming weeks on improvements to Pridgeon Stadium. Voters approved a $1.2 billion bond referendum last May that included upgrades to the stadium.

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Cy-Fair ISD to begin work on upgrades to Pridgeon Stadium

Work is set to begin in the coming weeks on the first round of renovations to the Pridgeon Stadium complex off Windfern Road. more »

Apr 21, 2015 2:50 PM Cy-Fair

Demographic shift causing Harris County to explore community-based health care

The system Harris County uses to provide indigent health care services is changing as more low-income individuals and families move from the city of Houston to the suburbs, due in part to the city’s gentrification. more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair 2 Comments

Joshua, Doug, Rhonda, Joel and Matthew Shutt own and operate Cobblestone Market Cafe.

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Cobblestone Market Cafe

Cobblestone Market Cafe is a true family affair, with five members of the Shutt family behind the scenes every day. more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Valentin Bianchi malbec is made in Argentina.

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Valentin Bianchi

Local wine bar Three20Three offers an intimate setting to enjoy a glass of distinctive pours such as the Valentin Bianchi malbec, which is produced in South America. more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Vouchers continue to be a divisive issue for legislators

The use of public tax dollars to send children from public schools to private schools—more commonly known as vouchers—has once again become an issue of contention in the Texas Legislature. more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair 1 Comments

Owner Chris Houston carries unique outdoor and camping products at Elite Camping & Survival Gear.

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Elite Camping & Survival Gear

Inspired by a love for the great outdoors, Chris Houston opened Elite Camping & Survival Gear last May to help Cy-Fair residents find a variety of camping equipment close to home. more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Femi and Ronke Sodeinde opened All Things Party! in February 2014 to cater to local Cypress residents.

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All Things Party!

A dream of owning their own business was nearly 10 years in the making for Ronke and Femi Sodeinde. more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Real Estate-Wyndham Village, Jersey Village, 77040

The neighborhood of Wyndham Village in northwest Harris County features nearly 100 homes. more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Carrie and Scott Kossoudji opened the Copper Kettle Chocolate Factory in Cypress in November.

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Copper Kettle Chocolate Factory

Chocolate runs in Scott and Carrie Kossoudji’s blood. The couple opened Copper Kettle Chocolate Factory in November, nearly 30 years after Scott’s parents opened their candy shop in Ohio. more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

From the Editor—April 2015

When writing the front-page story for this issue on the changing face of health care in Harris County, I began to learn more about the matter of gentrification in the city of Houston and how it affects suburban areas such as Cy-Fair, which are miles more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Although new home construction is still ongoing in the Cypress area, it typically takes homebuilders less than a week to obtain the correct permits from Harris County for building a new home.

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Demand for project permits in Harris County reaches prerecession levels

The sight of construction cranes and new buildings in the Greater Houston area and Cy-Fair in particular is hard to miss as new businesses, schools and homes open in the community. more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Brixology Crafted Cocktails is one of several new businesses in the Northwest Houston area. The upscale bar offers a variety of cocktails and light appetizers.

Courtesy Brixology

IMPACT ROUNDUP: New cafe opens in Cy-Fair

Cy-Fair residents have a new coffee shop option following the opening of The Cast Iron Cafe. more »

Apr 14, 2015 12:45 PM Cy-Fair 1 Comments

Experts remain optimistic amid falling oil prices

West Houston energy companies hit the hardest more »

Apr 8, 2015 12:00 AM , Spring | Klein

Harris County homeowners to see spike in property values

Property value notices were mailed out to homeowners in late March by the Harris County Appraisal District, which expects to see a 15 percent increase in residential property values across the county. more »

Mar 27, 2015 10:00 AM Cy-Fair

Greens Bayou project will provide flood control improvements

A project decades in the making will begin later this year to reduce the effects of flooding along the Greens Bayou watershed in northern Harris County. more »

Mar 25, 2015 3:50 PM Cy-Fair

State Legislature expected to wait on major changes to school finance until lawsuit decision finalized in 2016

The deadline for filing bills during the 84th legislative session passed March 13 and with it so did the chance for major changes to the state’s school finance system this session. more »

Mar 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Real Estate—March 2015

The community of Steeplechase in northwest Harris County features more than 1,600 homes. more »

Mar 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Local legislators focused on property tax relief due to rising home values

Several Cy-Fair-area lawmakers have made property tax relief one of their biggest priorities this legislative session in response to rising home appraisal values across the state and in Harris County. more »

Mar 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair 2 Comments

Future of land tract on Kluge Road unclear

The future of a 9-acre tract of land off Kluge Road across from White Oak Lake Estates that could have been used for a psychiatric facility is up in the air. more »

Mar 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair