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Matt Stephens

Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2012 but has been reporting on The Woodlands and South Montgomery County since March 2010. His reporting focuses primarily on local government, transportation, economic development and local businesses. Matt grew up in Tomball, Texas, and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin.

Lone Star College considers November bond election

More than a year after the Lone Star College System’s nearly $500 million bond package failed to receive voter approval, the community college system may try to garner support for another bond referendum in November to help accommodate current and fu more »

Jul 9, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Tuition rates on the rise for local, statewide colleges

Tuition continues to increase for colleges and universities statewide as enrollment grows at higher education institutions across Texas. more »

Jul 9, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

City managers

A city manager can wear many faces of city government. more »

Dec 18, 2014 12:00 AM , Pearland | Friendswood

Congress battles Highway Trust Fund deficit

Although Texas voters approved Proposition 1 on Nov. 4—a constitutional amendment which could provide $1.7 billion to state transportation projects in the next year—Texas and the rest of the country have an even more significant long-term transportat more »

Dec 18, 2014 12:00 AM Katy

Congress battles Highway Trust Fund deficit

Although Texas voters approved Proposition 1 on Nov. 4—a constitutional amendment which could provide $1.7 billion to state transportation projects in the next year—Texas and the rest of the country have an even more significant long-term transportat more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Parks, pathway projects ongoing along Hwy. 249, Cypress Creek

As development continues in The Vintage and on commercial properties across Hwy. 249, multiple park and pathway projects are in the works to meet the demand of a growing region along the roadway. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

High-end apartments announced for Springwoods Village

Martin Fein Interests has announced plans for a high-end apartment complex within CityPlace, the town center of the Springwoods Village master-planned community in Spring. more »

Dec 15, 2014 12:00 AM Spring | Klein

Owner Dan Jackson, a retired Armor Major, bought Emmy’s in 2004 with his wife, Catherine.

Photos by Matt Stephens

Emmy’s Sweet Shoppe

Shop sells old-time candy in Old Town Spring more »

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM Spring | Klein

MainStreet America is a custom home showcase facility that allows visitors to purchase products.

Courtesy MainStreet America

MainStreet America

Although the park has been open more than a year, a multitude of motorists drive by MainStreet America every day and likely wonder what could be housed inside the 45,000-square-foot mansion and the dozen custom homes along I-45. more »

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Congress battles Highway Trust Fund deficit

Federal transportation funding integral to statewide, Greater Houston area projects more »

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM Spring | Klein

Parks, pathway projects ongoing along Hwy. 249 coridor

As development continues in The Vintage and on commercial properties across Hwy. 249, multiple park and pathway projects are in the works to meet the demand of a growing region along the roadway. more »

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM Spring | Klein

Latest KISD 2015 bond recommendations could raise tax rate by 10 cents

Klein ISD’s latest recommendations for its 2015 bond would increase the district’s property tax rate by no more than 10 cents in the next eight years, raising the average KISD homeowner’s property taxes by about $12.99 per month. more »

Dec 9, 2014 12:00 AM Spring | Klein

The future of health care

Nearly 200,000 Houstonians signed up for health insurance through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace by April 2014 following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. more »

Nov 26, 2014 10:00 AM , Katy

Pediatrician Elizabeth Bosquez examines Bryan Porter at the Cypress Health Center, one of Harris Health System’s many primary care clinics in Harris County.

Photo by Jesse Mendoza

Employers prep for ACA mandate

Nearly 200,000 Houstonians signed up for health insurance through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace by April 2014 following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. more »

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM , Cy-Fair

Newly passed Lone Star College bond referendum to pay for new facilities

Nearly 18 months after voters denied the system’s last bond referendum, voters in Harris and Montgomery counties approved the Lone Star College System’s $485 million bond authorization Nov. 4. more »

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Spring, Klein ISDs reduce 2014 tax rates

With both districts seeing a rise in their property tax bases in the last few years, Spring and Klein ISDs each approved a reduction in their property tax rates in October. more »

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM Spring | Klein

MainStreet America CEO Mike Feigin opened the facility in 2013 after more than a decade of planning.

Photos by Matt Stephens

Main Street America

Although the park has been open more than a year, a multitude of motorists pass by MainStreet America every day and likely wonder what could be housed inside the 45,000-square-foot mansion and the dozen custom homes along I-45. more »

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM Spring | Klein

Pediatrician Elizabeth Bosquez examines Bryan Porter at the Cypress Health Center, one of Harris Health System’s many primary care clinics in Harris County.

Jesse Mendoza

Employers prep for ACA mandate

Nearly 200,000 Houstonians signed up for health insurance through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace by April 2014 following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. more »

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM , The Woodlands

Klein ISD steering committee cuts 2015 bond options to $498.1 million

The Klein ISD 2015 bond steering committee and consulting firm DeJong Richter narrowed the list of possible bond recommendations to less than $500 million from an initial list of more than $725 million in possible bond projects. more »

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM Spring | Klein

Drew Rogers went back to school 11 years ago to become a pastry chef and opened Drew’s in 2008.

Drew Rogers went back to school

Drew’s Pastry Place

When Drew Rogers went back to school 11 years ago to follow his culinary dream, the Italian pastry chef never envisioned making cupcakes. more »

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM Spring | Klein

From the Editor

Few things have a greater affect on society than the quality of its health care. more »

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM Spring | Klein