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.
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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