Annual community info: City of Willis

Willis, a lumber and agricultural community, began to develop in 1870 after the railroad, now known as Union Pacific, was built through the area. Today, Willis is home to primary and secondary public schools, shopping and nearby Lake Conroe. Its population has remained fairly steady—growing by about 6%—in the last five years.


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By Eva Vigh

Eva Vigh joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 as a reporter for Spring and Klein. Prior to this position, she covered upstream oil and gas news for a drilling contractors' association.


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Lone Star College System has moved about 97% of its more than 9,000 class sessions online since mid-March as facilities have closed during the coronavirus pandemic, LSCS Chancellor Stephen Head said. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pandemic changes move Lone Star College System to enhance online, workforce education long-term

Lone Star College System has moved about 97% of its more than 9,000 class sessions online since mid-March as facilities have closed during the coronavirus pandemic, LSCS Chancellor Stephen Head said. He foresees LSCS continuing to enhance its online options even after stay-at-home orders are lifted.

The Texas A&M Forest Service announced April 7 that it would temporarily close William Goodrich Jones State Forest effective April 7 at 5 p.m. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas A&M Forest Service temporarily closes W.G. Jones State Forest, other forests amid coronavirus

On the heels of Gov. Greg Abbott's orders to close all state parks and historical sites to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Texas A&M Forest Service is closing William Goodrich Jones State Forest in The Woodlands area until further notice.

Sheldon State Park, along with other state parks across Texas, will temporarily close at 5 p.m. April 7. (Courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
State parks, historic sites in the Greater Houston area close under Gov. Greg Abbott's order

Gov. Greg Abbott announced via a news release April 7 that state parks and historic sites should be temporarily closed to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Tastefest is a celebration of local restaurateurs and other buisness people in the Lake Conroe food industry. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce cancels Tastefest 2020

"They [the chamber's executive board] did not come to this decision lightly and were very mindful of what our restaurants, caterers, breweries and wineries are going through during this time," director of special events Courtney Galle said.

Abbott's order closes all state parks and historical sites effective 5 p.m. April 7. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gov. Abbott closes state parks, historical sites due to coronavirus concerns

Abbott said the closure is to help prevent large gatherings and strengthen social distancing.

Nancy Garner works on face masks at her sewing machine. (Courtesy Nancy Garner)
See what these North Houston-area businesses are doing to stop the coronavirus

From face masks to hand sanitizer, North Houston residents and companies are getting creative to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

VIDEO: Texas Tribune interview with Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar about the coronavirus's effects on the state economy

At 8 a.m. April 7, The Texas Tribune will host a live interview with Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, conducted by Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey.

While the facilities of the Cypress Creek Christian Church and Community Center remain closed, the church is hosting weekly services online. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
April 6: 5 coronavirus stories North Houston readers need to know

See recent stories regarding the coronavirus that have been published recently in North Houston.

America's ER Medical Centers opened the first drive-thru testing site for the new coronavirus disease in Montgomery County on April 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
America's ER Medical Centers opens first drive-thru testing site in Montgomery County

America's ER Medical Centers opened the first drive-thru testing site for the new coronavirus disease in Montgomery County on April 4.

The Eatery at Hodge Podge Lodge opened Sept. 4, 2018. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Eatery at Hodge Podge Lodge temporarily closes

The Eatery at Hodge Podge Lodge opened Sept. 4, 2018.

NRG Stadium
Construction underway for coronavirus medical shelter at NRG Stadium

Just weeks after the Houston Rodeo was canceled due to fears of coronavirus community spread, NRG Stadium is undergoing a transformation to serve as an ancillary medical site for patients.