TOP 10: These were the most read stories of 2019 on communityimpact.com

Richard Andrews, grandson of Potatoe Patch’s original owners, Richard and Caroline Schaffer, took ownership of the restaurant in August. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Richard Andrews, grandson of Potatoe Patch’s original owners, Richard and Caroline Schaffer, took ownership of the restaurant in August. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

Richard Andrews, grandson of Potatoe Patch’s original owners, Richard and Caroline Schaffer, took ownership of the restaurant in August. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

1. Original owners’ grandson restores roll-throwing restaurant, Potatoe Patch, to former glory

Original story posted Dec. 9

Known to the Greater Houston area as the “home of throw’d rolls,” Potatoe Patch was first opened by Richard and Caroline Schaffer in 1988.

2. A $100,000 teacher salary, an extended school year incentive program: 5 education items to watch in the Texas Legislature

Original story posted Jan. 4


State legislators were tasked with making improvements to the Texas school finance system before the session began in January.

3. High-speed bullet train between Dallas and Houston could be operational by 2025, company representative says

Original story posted Jan. 17

Commuters between Dallas and Houston could have a less expensive, more convenient alternative to flying by 2025.

4. Perfect Game, a sports venue and mixed-use development, expected to add $200M yearly to Hutto’s economy

Original story posted April 19

The project is expected to pump $200 million annually into the local community. The current economic generation of Hutto today is around $30 million.

5. Texas Renaissance Festival announces 2019 dates, themes

Original story posted March 8

The Texas Renaissance Festival returned for its 45th season Oct. 5-Dec. 1 to the 55-acre festival grounds in Todd Mission.

6. Flood map: See which Houston streets have flooded the most since 2016

Original story posted Sept. 18

The 311 call logs offer one way to view flood patterns across the city, where streets can flood even during minor rain events.

7. Homeowners to pay full roof replacement deductible under new law

Original story posted Aug. 9

Under Texas House Bill 2102 approved in the most recent legislative session, roofing contractors who offer to waive a homeowner’s deductible on their property insurance policy could face jail time.

8. Hwy. 6 bridge demolition process to begin Aug. 30 in Cy-Fair with major closures planned

Original story posted Aug. 29

The bridge demolition is part of a larger project that will ultimately involve building a new flyover bridge connecting Hwy. 6 to FM 1960 over Hwy. 290.

9. Amazon 4-star store opening in Frisco

Original story posted Aug. 4

The Amazon 4-star store offers products that are top sellers, have received four or more stars, or are new and trending. Products include books, games, electronics, toys, kitchen and home goods, and more.

10. Here’s a list of nonprofits with volunteer opportunities in Central Austin

Original story posted Dec. 14, 2016

Nonprofit organizations in Central Austin allow residents to give back throughout the year.
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By Marie Leonard

Marie came to Community Impact Newspaper in June 2011 after starting her career at a daily newspaper in East Texas. She worked as a reporter and editor for the Cy-Fair edition for nearly 5 years covering Harris County, Cy-Fair ISD, and local development and transportation news. She then moved to The Woodlands edition and covered local politics and development news in the master-planned community before being promoted to managing editor for the South Houston editions in July 2017.

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Christina West has worked for Chipotle for the past six years. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
League City resident stars in national Chipotle ad campaign

A 15-second clip of Christina West preparing guacamole is featured in Chipotle's "Behind the Foil" campaign.

Lower Clear Creek and Dickinson Bayou Watershed Study open house, Walter Hall Park
Lower Clear Creek and Dickinson Bayou Watershed Study underway with first open house

Bay Area residents hoping to see some large-scale flood mitigation projects saw another step toward solutions Feb. 26.

Houston Spaceport, Houston Spaceport rendering, Houston Spaceport stock
Houston City Council grants spaceport development extra $3.75 million

Due to an unforeseen electrical power distribution cost and the need for the creation of a sign, an extra $3.75 million will fund the development of the Houston Spaceport after the Houston City Council’s vote Feb. 26.

(Courtesy city of League City)
League City City Council raises water rates

After the League City City Council’s unanimous vote Feb. 25, water and wastewater rates will rise steadily over the next four years, though commercial businesses will see greater increases than residents.

Harris County commissioners voted 3-2 at a Feb. 25 meeting to begin a search process to replace Chief Budget Officer Bill Jackson (far right). (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County commissioners vote to replace budget director

Dissenting commissioners said they were caught off-guard by the move.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo proposed establishing an immigrant legal defense fund for county residents at the Feb. 25 commissioners court meeting. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Harris County looks to establish immigrant legal defense fund

Hidalgo said this program would “inject a measure of fairness into our justice system” for individuals and families who do not have access to legal services.

Steven Ebell (left) discussed the allocation of resources for English language arts and dual-language students with the Clear Creek ISD board of trustees at its regular meeting on Feb. 24. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Creek ISD approves allocation of $2 million in resources for language arts, ESL classrooms

The funding will help provide resources for a variety of English language arts and dual language students.

Adebisi Bashorun started University of Houston-Clear Lake's African Student Association in 2019. (Courtesy of University of Houston-Clear Lake)
Clear Lake resident starts University of Houston-Clear Lake’s first African Student Association

Universty of Houston-Clear Lake officials said the emerging student organization’s goals align with the college’s efforts to connect African students to new educational opportunities.

Early voting is underway in Harris County for the March 2020 primary elections. (Matt Dulin/Community Impact Newspaper)
Voter turnout starts strong in Harris County primary elections

The early voting period runs through Feb. 28.

Tracy "TK" Keele, Tracy Keele, Clear Lake Shores police chief, CLS police chief
Clear Lake Shores hires interim police chief as permanent chief

Clear Lake Shores City Council appointed interim Chief Tracy "TK" Keele to the permanent position Feb. 18.

Houston's first chief transportation officer will help the city coordinate its urban planning efforts with other agencies such as the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, the Houston-Galveston Area Council and the Texas Department of Transportation. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
Shifting focus from car culture, Houston hires first chief transportation planner

Houston's first chief transportation officer will help the city shift its focus from car-centric urban planning.

(Courtesy city of League City)
League City City Council to consider new water, sewer rates Feb. 25

League City residents will soon see a hike in water and sewer rates after the League City City Council discusses and votes on the issue Feb. 25.

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