These were the 10 most read Cy-Fair news stories of 2018


From Hwy. 290 and development to elections and new backpack policies, these 10 stories were the most read on our website in 2018.

  1. See results from the Harris County 2018 primary elections

With all precincts reporting, a majority of winners have been declared in state and local districts, while multiple races have sparked a runoff election in some parts of Harris County. Runoff elections are schedule for May 22. Read the full story here.

Originally posted March 6

  1. Q&A: Founders of Rtic Outdoors prepare for company evolution, new retail store push

Brothers and Spring-area natives Jim and John Jacobsen thrive in fast-changing environments. In the three years since launching Rtic Coolers—now known as Rtic Outdoors—on Hempstead Road in Cy-Fair, the duo has overseen a company that has been in constant flux, whether it be the introduction of new product lines, changes in distribution models or the expansions at their warehouse and corporate office. Read the full story here. 

Originally posted Nov. 14

  1. Flyover bridge takes form at Hwy. 6, Hwy. 290

The Texas Department of Transportation is working on a four-lane flyover bridge that will connect Hwy. 6 to FM 1960 over Hwy. 290, which officials said will streamline traffic and reduce traffic at the intersection. An estimated 220,000 vehicles travel through the intersection every day, according to TxDOT data. Meanwhile, population along the Hwy. 290 corridor is expected to grow to 1.1 million by 2040—a 60 percent increase from 2010—according to the Houston-Galveston Area Council. Read the full story here.

Originally posted Feb. 20

  1. Cy-Fair ISD announces policy requiring high school, middle school students to use clear backpacks

In an email sent out to Cy-Fair ISD parents and guardians June 21, CFISD Superintendent Mark Henry announced the district will require all high school and middle school students to use clear backpacks during the 2018-19 school year. Read the full story here.  

Originally posted June 21

  1. HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division looks to acquire North Cypress Medical Center

Officials with HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division confirmed Thursday they are working to acquire North Cypress Medical Center, located at 21214 Hwy. 290, Cypress. Read the full story here.

Originally posted May 31

  1. Harris County set to break ground on $24M animal shelter

Harris County will begin construction on its new $24 million animal shelter Nov. 5, which will increase the county’s ability to take in and house dogs and cats. The existing facility is equipped to hold 150 dogs and 100 cats but is often forced to house close to 200 of each animal. Michael White, the Harris County Animal Shelter director, said the new shelter will have the ability to hold 315 dogs and 210 cats. Read the full story here.

Originally posted Nov. 1

  1. Here’s when your Cy-Fair ISD student will have time off from school in the 2018-19 school year

At the Jan. 22 meeting, the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees unanimously voted to approve the 2018-19 instructional calendar recommended by a 34-person committee of teachers, principals, parents and community members. Read the full story here.

Originally posted Jan. 22

  1. TxDOT proposes converting Hwy. 290 main lane to HOV lane during off-peak hours

The Texas Department of Transportation is collecting public comments on a proposal to convert a Hwy. 290 main lane to a high occupancy vehicle lane during off-peak hours. If enacted, the plan calls for the left-hand outbound main lane to be used as an HOV lane during a set time period each weekday morning, when outbound lanes are less congested. The left-hand inbound main lane would be used as an HOV lane during a set time in the afternoon, when inbound lanes are less congested. Read the full story here.

Originally posted Sept. 19

  1. Roberts and Crenshaw in line for runoff in race for Texas’ 2nd Congressional District

With all precincts reporting, State Rep. Kevin Roberts and retired Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw are in line to compete in a runoff election for the Republican primary race for Texas’ 2nd Congressional District. Unofficial results show Crenshaw barely edging out third place finisher Kathaleen Wall with 12,644 votes to Wall’s 12,499, a difference of 145 votes. Roberts earned the most votes with 33.02 percent, with Crenshaw coming in at 27.4 percent and Wall at 27.09 percent. Read the full story here.

Originally posted March 6

  1. Construction to start soon on new Towne Lake apartments in Cypress

A new apartment complex is slated to break ground soon at the northwest corner of Greenhouse and Cypress North Houston roads as part of the Towne Lake master-planned community, according to officials with Caldwell Communities, the developers behind Towne Lake. Read the full story here.

Originally posted Sept. 17

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Danica Smithwick
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She covers public education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development, nonprofits and more in the Cy-Fair community.
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