BEST OF 2017: These were the 17 most read news stories in Cy-Fair this year

Water surrounds Cypress Ranch High School on Fry Road. CFISD officials will conduct an assessment of all district facilities after flood conditions improve.

Water surrounds Cypress Ranch High School on Fry Road. CFISD officials will conduct an assessment of all district facilities after flood conditions improve.

This year brought major news in development, legislation, education, health care and transportation.

  1. Houston-area school districts excused from having to make up missed days from Hurricane Harvey with TEA waivers

Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath, has given permission to all school districts and charter schools that fall within Gov. Greg Abbott’s disaster proclamation for Hurricane Harvey to apply for missed school day waivers for all scheduled instructional days missed, according to a press release from the Texas Education Agency.

Full story originally posted Aug. 30, 2017

  1. MAP: Harris County flood education tool shows areas to watch during storms

The Harris County Flood Control District’s flood education mapping tool offers residents and businesses a look at areas prone to flooding and can offer clues on areas to avoid if Hurricane Harvey causes flooding at the scale predicted by the National Weather Service.

Full story originally posted Aug. 25, 2017

  1. Grand Texas Theme Park updates construction timeline

Construction on Big Rivers—the water park planned at the Grand Texas Theme Park—will begin in August, Grand Texas CEO Monty Galland said. Construction on the water park at Grand Texas, which is located near the intersection of Hwy. 59 and Hwy. 242 just north of Kingwood, could be completed as early as spring 2018, he said.

Full story originally posted June 16, 2017

  1. School’s out for summer: 11 places to take a staycation in the Greater Houston area

Summer vacation is here and there are a number of staycation options in and around the Greater Houston area for residents to enjoy.

Full story originally posted May 31, 2017

  1. 5 new restaurants coming to Vintage Marketplace on Louetta Road

The Vintage Marketplace shopping center on Louetta Road, which is anchored by a Whole Foods grocery store, is now fully leased, said Read-King commercial real estate broker Jeanie Gibbs. The complex already includes businesses such as a Hand and Stone Spa and an Orangetheory Fitness center, and restaurants such as Torchy’s Tacos, MOD Pizza and Halal Guys.

Full story originally posted March 16, 2017

  1. BREAKING: HCA to purchase Houston Northwest Medical Center, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital

HCA Holdings, Inc.—which operates 171 hospitals and 119 freestanding surgery centers across the U.S. and United Kingdom—announced today that it will purchase three hospitals in Houston from Tenet Health Care Corporation, including the 423-bed Houston Northwest Medical Center and the 171-bed Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.

Full story originally posted May 1, 2017

  1. Cy-Fair ISD has ‘plan in place’ to assess Harvey’s damage to schools

According to an update from Superintendent Mark Henry, Moore Elementary School received flood damage significant enough to require a full renovation project this fall and operations will be relocated to the old Matzke Elementary School building at 13102 Jones Road, Houston, for the fall semester.

Full story originally posted Aug. 29, 2017

  1. Without state action, health insurance fund for teachers could shut down

If the Texas Legislature declines to take action this session, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas may have to shut down the TRS Care Trust Fund, which provides medical care to about a quarter of a million retired teachers in the state. In the previous legislative session, the TRS Care Trust Fund faced a shortfall, and the Legislature allocated roughly $768 million to fill in the missing funds. Over the past two years, the situation has only worsened. TRS is requesting an additional $1.35 billion this time around, according to a Legislative Budget Board report.

Full story originally posted Jan. 24, 2017

  1. WATCH: TxDOT releases animation of future Hwy. 6 bridge over Hwy. 290

The bridge is intended to streamline traffic over Hwy. 290 between FM 1960 and Hwy. 6.

Video originally posted Oct. 5, 2017

  1. BREAKING: Lululemon Athletica and 2 more stores coming to Houston Premium Outlets this summer

Simon retail real estate company has announced three new retailers are coming soon to Houston Premium Outlets at 29300 Hempstead Road, Cypress.

Full story originally posted July 14, 2017

  1. 4 things you didn’t know about Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, owner and operator of the Gallery Furniture franchise in Houston, spoke in March at Cy-Fair Express Network’s monthly luncheon. McIngvale shared his story and encouraged the guests in their business endeavors.

Full story originally posted March 31, 2017

  1. Harris County plans 600,000-acre aerial mosquito spray for Thursday, Sept. 14

Harris County Public Health, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the U.S. Air Force Reserve will begin an aerial spray for mosquitos Thursday evening throughout Harris County, according to a statement from HCPH. The agencies are working to limit the growth of mosquito populations after flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Full story originally posted Sept. 13

  1. Here’s what could happen to the old Matzke Elementary School campus in Cy-Fair

The Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees discussed a proposal at an April 6 board work session to relocate Windfern School of Choice from its current location at 12630 Windfern Road, Houston, about 3.5 miles away to the Matzke Elementary School campus at 13102 Jones Road, Houston. A new campus for Matzke is slated to open in August at 10002 Mills Road, Houston.

Full story originally posted April 11, 2017

  1. 15 tenants confirmed for Miramesa Town Center on Fry Road

Construction has been underway for a several months at the Miramesa Town Center, located along the Miramesa residential community at Fry and West roads, but now a preliminary list of tenants have been confirmed by developer Read King. A total of 15 tenants have been confirmed across several buildings that are going up at the intersection and are in various stages of construction.

Full story originally posted March 8, 2017

  1. Costco, Pappas Restaurants: See who owns land along Hwy. 290 in Cypress

With the opening of Memorial Hermann’s Cypress Hospital, development at the Fairfield Town Center and the construction of several other churches, retail centers and health care facilities, land along Hwy. 290 near the Grand Parkway is going fast. The Harris County Appraisal District’s parcel viewer tool provides some insight into who owns some of the remaining undeveloped properties in the area.

Full story originally posted April 28, 2017

  1. 10 spots for outdoor dining, drinking in Cy-Fair this spring

Spring is here, and the Cy-Fair area offers no shortage of outdoor dining spaces. Whether it’s a margarita on the patio, brunch or a full-course meal, the following options can be found throughout Cy-Fair.

Full story originally posted March 22, 2017

  1. SLIDESHOW: Exclusive photos from the new $417M Daikin Texas Technology Park

Daikin Industries, recognized as a global leader in manufacturing heating and air conditioning systems, is finishing up work on its $417 million 497-acre campus in Waller. A showroom is expected to open in May at the Daikin Texas Technology Park that will house displays of the various products that will be made at the facility, including HVAC products from DaikinGoodman Manufacturing and Amana Heating and Cooling for homes, offices and businesses.

Full story originally posted April 11, 2017

By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.


 Redistricting is one of the items on the Texas Legislature's third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Senate releases proposed redistricting maps as special session begins

Redistricting is one of the items on the third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18.

Cy-Fair ISD continues to see hundreds of COVID-19 cases confirmed weekly. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
COVID-19 case confirmations down 14% week over week in Cy-Fair ISD

Nearly 3,000 cases have been confirmed on campuses since the start of the 2021-22 school year.

Cliff Woodward (center), co-founder of Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services, hands the keys of CCEMS’ first ambulance to early CCEMS paramedic Richard Beasley (left) in 1975. (Courtesy Cypress Creek EMS)
Cypress Creek EMS, Harris County ESD 11 forge new paths after yearslong feud

On Sept. 1, the Harris County ESD 11 launched ESD 11 Mobile Healthcare to take over providing emergency services to over 600,000 residents across 177 square miles in its service area in north Harris County.

Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Daily average hospitalizations drop 15% week over week; ICU sees dip in number of patients

Coronavirus patients at TMC hospitals number 2,107, which in itself is an 11% week over week decline.

The sandwich chain offers hot subs, cold subs with fresh-cut deli meat, wraps and salads. (Courtesy Jersey Mike's Subs)
Jersey Mike’s Subs opening soon on Barker Cypress Road

The eatery offers a variety of cold and hot subs as well as wraps and salads.

At a Sept. 11 practice, Houston Girls Hockey Association teams took the ice to prepare for their first games the weekend of Sept. 17. (Courtesy Houston Girls Hockey Association)
New Houston-area all-girls hockey league set to play first games this weekend, Sept. 17-19

The league was created to give school-aged girls a chance to continue playing hockey through college, since young girls can often feel discouraged playing on co-ed teams, Director of Membership Valory Zeck said.

DATA: How population changed in Texas counties between census counts in 2010, 2020

Texas added nearly four million people between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest Census data.

Texas-wide public charter school system Harmony Public Schools will offer a full virtual learning option for eligible students. (Courtesy Harmony Public Schools)
Harmony Public Schools will offer virtual learning for K-12 students in Houston, Katy, Sugar Land, Cypress

Schools under the Harmony Public Schools umbrella may offer up to 10% of its student body a full virtual learning option.

The Barn at Frio Grill has food, drinks and live music. (Courtesy The Barn at Frio Grill)
15 live music venues to visit in Cy-Fair

With a growing live-music scene in their own backyard, Cy-Fair residents do not need to travel far to see talented artists perform.

Construction has begun on Elementary School No. 57. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)
5 Cy-Fair developments to follow this fall

Construction is underway on these five local projects.

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