Best of 2019: Top 10 news stories reported by Community Impact Newspaper

(Rendering courtesy city of Roanoke)
(Rendering courtesy city of Roanoke)

(Rendering courtesy city of Roanoke)

Here are the top 10 most viewed news stories from Community Impact Newspaper in 2019, according to data compiled as of Dec. 26.

  1. Lakeside DFW developer has sights set on similar mixed-use development in Keller

  2. Fort Worth installing traffic signals rather than roundabouts at 11 intersections

  3. Under construction: See new developments coming to Roanoke

  4. Northwest ISD board approves $36.55 million bid for district's first aquatic center

  5. New food hall joining ‘Unique Dining Capital of Texas’

  6. Keller to allow liquor stores, keep same sales tax while Keller ISD gets OK for $315M bond, according to election results

  7. Fort Worth Alliance Airport receives $5.5 million grant as it prepares to become Amazon air hub

  8. New speed limit to go into effect on residential street in Keller

  9. Plans approved for more residential, retail space in Roanoke

  10. Roanoke's Peabody Hotel to begin construction by April 2020

By Renee Yan
Renee Yan graduated May 2017 from the University of Texas in Arlington with a degree in journalism, joining Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July.


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