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Community Impact now seeking feedback from parents, teachers regarding 2020-21 school year

We would like to hear from our readers about their plans for the coming school year and get their feedback on how local school districts are handling reopening campuses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Feedback submitted may be used in upcoming print and online coverage.

Second location of Mex Taco House coming soon to Skinner Road at Hwy. 290 in Cypress

Owners of Mex Taco House on Telge Road in Cypress have plans to open a second location around early September at 25410 Hwy. 290, Cypress, near the Skinner Road intersection. The new location will be double the square footage and will feature a drive thru.

The Woodlands

Interfaith prepares for contactless school supply drive

The Woodlands nonprofit Interfaith of The Woodlands is preparing to help families get the school supplies they need with a contactless car wash July 24.

New The Woodlands eatery Avanti Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar reopens after spring closure

After opening on Dec. 31, Avanti Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar was up and running for just over two months before being forced to close due to the coronavirus shutdown in March.

Pet Supplies Plus opens new FM 1488 location north of The Woodlands

The national retailer Pet Supplies Plus opened a new location north of The Woodlands on May 22.

The store, situated at 4130 FM 1488, Ste. 110, Conroe, offers a variety of merchandise for pets, including food, toys, safety gear and other equipment.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

Where to cast your vote in the Lake Houston area on July 14 runoffs

There are several places in the Lake Houston area where registered voters can cast their ballot on July 14.

The runoff election includes several races that affect residents in Humble, Kingwood, Atascocita and the New Caney area. Races on the ballot include Harris County Sheriff, State Rep. 127, U.S. Rep. District 2 and 457th Judicial District Court judge.


Coronavirus testing: Where to find testing sites in Houston the week of July 13

Here is the latest information on how and where to find coronavirus testing locations in Houston. Locations hosted by the Texas Department of Emergency Management are updated weekly.

Sugar Land

Mochi doughnuts save The Sweet Boutique in Sugar Land during coronavirus pandemic

After an eight-year teaching career, Christine Nguyen started her own bakery business—The Sweet Boutique—in Sugar Land Town Square in 2011.


Combat Zone Nutrition now open in Conroe, serving shakes, herbal energy teas

Combat Zone Nutrition, a veteran-owned family business, opened July 10 at 12621 Old Hwy. 105 W., Conroe. The store serves meal replacement shakes and herbal energy teas.


ROUNDUP: Eight businesses recently opened, coming soon or relocating to Old Town Spring

Several locally owned businesses have recently opened in, are coming soon to or are relocating to Old Town Spring.

Andrew Christman, Ben Thompson, Kelly Schafler, Emma Whalen, Shawn Arraj, Beth Marshall, Eva Vigh and Hannah Zedaker contributed to this report.