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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Officials celebrate Old Town Spring’s new system.

Matt Stephens

New sewer system transitions Old Town Spring into the 21st century

Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle first learned about the outdated aerated septic system in Old Town Spring two years ago while eating a Reuben sandwich at Ellen’s Cafe. 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

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

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 5, 2014 11:42 AM , Tomball | Magnolia

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 5, 2014 8:00 AM , Sugar Land | Missouri City

Voters projected to approve $485 million Lone Star College bond referendum

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

Nov 4, 2014 12:00 AM Vote Houston Metro

Klein ISD steering committee narrows 2015 bond recommendations 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 »

Oct 29, 2014 12:00 AM Spring | Klein

Poe takes commanding lead in race for U.S. Representative District 2

With more than 88 percent of the precincts reported, Rep. Ted Poe, R-Houston has a commanding lead in his bid for reelection for U.S. Representative District 2, garnering nearly 70 percent of the votes in Harris County. more »

Oct 28, 2014 12:00 AM Vote Houston Metro

Klein ISD hosts community dialogue Oct. 20 for 2015 bond planning

With only two months left until the steering committee finalizes the list of recommendations for the 2015 bond package, Klein ISD will host a community dialogue Oct. 20 to receive feedback from the public on work done on the bond options. more »

Oct 20, 2014 12:00 AM Spring | Klein

LSCS calls for $485 million bond

Citing a growing need for skilled workers in the region, the Lone Star College System is seeking voter approval Nov. 4 for a $485 million bond package just 18 months after voters denied a $500 million bond referendum in May 2013. more »

Oct 15, 2014 12:00 AM , Cy-Fair

New sewer system transitions Old Town Spring to 21st century

Commissioner Jack Cagle first learned about the outdated aerated septic system in Old Town Spring about two years ago while enjoying a Reuben sandwich at Ellen’s Café. more »

Oct 13, 2014 12:00 AM Spring | Klein

LSCS calls for $485 million bond

Emphasizing a growing need for skilled workers in the region, the Lone Star College System is seeking voter approval Nov. 4 for a $485 million bond package just 18 months after voters denied a $500 million bond referendum in May 2013. more »

Oct 9, 2014 12:00 AM , , The Woodlands