10 stories to follow in 2018 in Cy-Fair

Crews will reach another milestone on the Hwy. 290 widening project next week.

Crews will reach another milestone on the Hwy. 290 widening project next week.

Here are 10 stories that helped shape 2017 and will continue to shape Cy-Fair in the new year.

1. Repeated flooding spurs county plans for $1 billion bond package

After three consecutive years of disastrous flooding in Harris County, officials are heading into 2018 with a plan to secure funding for projects that can potentially bolster the region’s defenses against future catastrophic floods.

2. Work on Hwy. 290 mainlanes planned to be completed by end of 2018

Construction progressed throughout 2017 on highway mainlanes and frontage roads. TxDOT officials believe they will be able to open all mainlanes by the end of 2018.

3. Residential projects move forward at communities in Cypress

Home construction progressed at several of the largest master-planned communities in Cy-Fair in 2017, including Bridgeland, where officials broke ground on Parkland Village.

4. Cy-Fair ISD moves forward on bond projects, facility renovations

The full renovation at Moore is expected to be complete in time for the 2018-19 school year, and officials said most of the cost is covered by insurance.

5. Memorial Hermann seeks trauma designation at new Cypress Hospital

Memorial Hermann is in the process of getting state-certified designations for its trauma center and neonatal intensive care unit.

6. Cy-Fair incumbents at state, national levels face challengers in 2018 elections

Primary elections take place March 6, with early voting running from Feb. 20-March 2.

7. Jersey Village performs survey in advance of golf course flood mitigation project

At a Dec. 18 workshop, the council authorized survey work to be done on the golf course to confirm elevations, which would help create a better idea of what the berm should look like and the exact path it should take.

8. Lone Star College-CyFair looks to offer bachelor of applied technology degree this fall

Students will have access to degrees in welding, process technology and cybersecurity, among other fields.

9. Master-planned communities add retail elements in Cypress

Businesses such as Torchy’s Tacos and World of Beer are expected to open in the spring.

10. Brewers descend on Cy-Fair with 2018 openings planned

Last year ended with announcements for several breweries to open in Cypress.

By Shawn Arrajj
Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.


From left, Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, Wayne Young, CEO of The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, and Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis announced a new community-initiated mental health care project during a press conference Oct. 26. (Screenshot via Facebook Live)
Harris County officials unveil new three-year $8.93M community-initiated mental health care initiative

The community care model will focus on 10 ZIP codes totaling about 300,000 residents that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and suicide, and that have a lower utilization of behavioral health care services, by providing mental health education and training to members of the community.

Crust Pizza Co. is opening soon in Cypress. (Courtesy Crust Pizza Co.)
Crust Pizza Co. coming soon to Cypress

The menu features pizzas, calzones, pastas, salads, hot subs and desserts, including gelato.

Harris County Deputy Kareem Atkins was honored by Harris County commissioners on Oct. 26. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County commissioners designate Oct. 25 as 'Deputy Kareem Atkins Day'

“Deputy Kareem Atkins Day” will be celebrated annually to recognize Atkins' heroism and service, Judge Lina Hidalgo said at the court’s Oct. 26 regular meeting. According to Hidalgo, Atkins was the first Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office deputy to be fatally shot.

"The Dude" is the signature burger at Lebowski's Grill. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Lone Star College System received approval from ACEN on Oct. 25. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lone Star College System receives approval from Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

The accreditation is voluntary but reportedly offers more advantages for students, such as financial aid and easier credit transfers.

New statewide maps will go into effect Jan. 18, 2022. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)
Gov. Abbott approves new voting maps for state legislature, Congress, school districts for next decade

The maps will go into effect Jan. 18, 2022, after the state legislature passed them during a 30-day special session.

The statewide job fair will connect veterans to employers as well as other resource providers. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Statewide job fair aims to connect Texas veterans and their families to employers

The job fair is coming to local Texas Workforce Solutions offices, some of which are having early admission for veterans and their families.

(Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Average daily hospitalizations continue decline, drop below 100 since early July

For the first time since early July, the average number of daily coronavirus hospitalizations at Texas Medical Center hospitals has dropped below 100.

Tomball community members lined West Main Street in the early morning hours Monday to honor the fallen deputy during the funeral procession. (Courtesy Mike Baxter)
Slain Harris County Precinct 4 Deputy Kareem Atkins honored with procession, funeral

Tomball community members lined West Main Street in the early morning hours Monday to honor the fallen deputy during the funeral procession. 

Teso Life currently has a location in Carrollton near another 99 Ranch Market and other Asian businesses and restaurants. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Child on a computer.
Texas Education Agency accepting applications for $1,500 grants for students in special education

To be eligible for the grant, students must be enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade in a Texas public school and served by a special education program.