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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Courtesy of Clear Creek ISD
New reading assistance applications, approaches empower Clear Creek ISD students in special education

In an effort to better support Clear Creek ISD special education students’ reading skills, the district has implemented two web-based applications and a multi-sensory approach to word cards at various pilot campuses.

A Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County study on eliminating ride fares left both METRO board members and officials seemingly unconvinced of the likelihood of implementing it in Harris County. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
METRO board of directors say free fare 'not feasible' for transit authority

A METRO study on eliminating ride fares left board members and officials unconvinced of the likelihood of implementing it in Harris County.

Ralph Gordy Avenue construction close to finishing in Seabrook

A 2,000-foot road will be constructed between FM 518 and Hwy. 146 in Seabrook to create a new access point for residents and visitors who want to access retail and entertainment businesses.

Exploration Green, CLCWA
Clear Lake City Water Authority completes Phase 2 of Exploration Green

The second of five phases is complete in Exploration Green, Clear Lake City Water Authority’s project to turn a former golf course into a pond that will eventually hold 500 million gallons of stormwater.

I-45, League City Parkway intersection work underway

As a part of the I-45 widening project between FM 518 and FM 517, the Texas Department of Transportation will reconstruct the intersection of I-45 and League City Parkway.

Turner Street, Butler Road construction changed to complement other nearby road work

Turner Street will be rebuilt from the new roundabout on Calder Road to where it intersects with Butler Road to the west, and Butler will be reconstructed from that intersection north to where it intersects with League City Parkway.

(Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo concert tickets go on sale Jan. 16

Lower-level seating options are already very limited.

(Courtesy city of League City)
League City City Council approves variance for gas well

After a lengthy discussion Jan. 14, the League City City Council approved a variance for a gas well that has been the subject of controversy and debate for years.

Texas oil and gas industry could see a major slowdown in 2020

The oil and natural gas industry paid a record-setting $16.3 billion in taxes and royalties to local governments and the state in 2019, the Texas Oil and Gas Association announced Tuesday.

HGA driver Derek King picks up a patient from David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport in Spring before transporting her to the Texas Medical Center. (Courtesy Derek King)
Houston Ground Angels seeking volunteers to drive patients to Texas Medical Center

Houston Ground Angels is a nonprofit organization that provides transportation between local airports and the Texas Medical Center for patients with cancer and other life-threatening diseases and illnesses.

(Courtesy city of League City)
Survey: Residents have positive perception of League City

According to the first randomly sampled survey done in League City in nearly a decade, residents have an above-average perception of the city compared to state and national averages.

Five Randalls across the Houston area will close in February. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
Randalls closing 5 Houston area stores

Grocery chain Randalls is closing five stores across the Houston area.

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