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.

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

Guests can sample wine from 30 tasting stations at this year’s event, which is set to take place April 11.

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Wine Fair Cy-Fair

From pinot grigio to merlot to moscato, there will be something for every wine lover at this year’s Wine Fair Cy-Fair on April 11. more »

Mar 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Legislation filed to better regulate noise in unincorporated Harris County

Law enforcement officials in Harris County could have additional tools to address noise pollution if a new law is passed by the Legislature this session. more »

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

Yolanda Stiger teaches students how to sew a number of projects, such as floor poufs, at Sew Houston.

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Sew Houston

After a decade of teaching middle school, Yolanda Stiger found herself ready for something new. more »

Mar 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair 1 Comments

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

Retail development advances in Cy-Fair

Retail and commercial development is on the upswing in Cy-Fair with several projects underway or planned for 2015. more »

Mar 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair 7 Comments

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

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

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

Sample Cypress event to bring together local businesses

More than 30 local business owners in Cy-Fair will come together March 8 for the inaugural Sample Cypress event at Pink Salon. more »

Feb 27, 2015 11:35 AM

Christy Conrad (second from left) opened Texas National Outfitters in Katy in 2012.

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Texas National Outfitters

A love for all things Texan inspired Christy Conrad to open Texas National Outfitters in 2012, a boutique that specializes in custom boots, leather products and other unique Texas gift items. more »

Feb 26, 2015 12:00 AM Katy

The shrimp po’boy is served with lettuce, tomato and choice of condiments. ($8.99)

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Seafood on the Geaux

With a menu full of catfish and shrimp dinners, po’boys and authentic Cajun-inspired food, Seafood on the Geaux has something for everyone. more »

Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM Katy 1 Comments

Vegetarian food truck debuts in Cy-Fair

Although there are a number of food truck cuisine options in Houston, Bloom Kitchen & Garden on Louetta Road is dedicated solely to vegetarian comfort food. more »

Feb 20, 2015 2:05 PM Cy-Fair

Legislature grapples with expanding state pre-K program this session

Although half-day pre-K education in Texas began in the 1980s, if some state legislators who have filed bills on the issue have their way, full-day pre-K could become a possibility—a proposal that has support from Cy-Fair ISD officials. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

The candy bar mocha comes in three sizes.

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Candy bar mocha

Drizzled with chocolate and topped with whipped cream, Plum Coffee’s candy bar mocha is sure to tempt anyone’s sweet tooth with a combination of vanilla, chocolate and hazelnut flavors. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

The construction of the railroad in 1856 through Cypress Top was a catalyst for future development.

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Houston Texas & Central Railway

A look at the history of Cypress reveals one moment that stands out from the rest as the single biggest catalyst for growth: the arrival of the rail line. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Partnership aims to prep students in Cy-Fair for life after high school

With more emphasis being placed on making students college and career ready due to state legislation like House Bill 5, Cy-Fair ISD and Lone Star College–CyFair have teamed up to form a local P-16 council. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair