New coronavirus tracking system in place by Texas Education Agency and more Houston-area news

Katy ISD is sanitizing school buses between each trip. (Courtesy Katy ISD)
Katy ISD is sanitizing school buses between each trip. (Courtesy Katy ISD)

Katy ISD is sanitizing school buses between each trip. (Courtesy Katy ISD)

Read some of the past week's most popular news.

Texas Education Agency announces new COVID-19 tracking system for public schools

A new tracking system will monitor and report confirmed COVID-19 cases in public schools statewide starting in September, according to a joint press statement from the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

'50s-style eatery Pit Row Pit Stop Diner expands into New Caney

Pit Row Pit Stop Diner opens Sept. 4 at 19857 FM 1485, New Caney. This is the second location for owner and pitmaster Franki Vinci, who opened the first location in Livingston in 2016.



Brazoria County sets new criteria for tracking recovered cases

Brazoria County Health Department has changed its criteria for determining recovered cases, according to a press release from the county.

McHard Road construction to start, plus three more updates on Pearland road projects

The city of Pearland is starting construction on the McHard Road extension project at the end of August. Meanwhile, construction on Smith Ranch Road widening has been pushed back. The bond-funded Linwood Oaks and Orange Circle construction is set to go to bid for construction in August.

Marsalas Italian Grill coming soon to Conroe

Marsalas Italian Grill has signed a lease at 100 Scarborough Drive, Stes. A3-A4, Conroe, according to a developments report by the city of Conroe. Marsalas is now going through the permitting process, and the restaurant should open four to five weeks from now, manager and owner Isaac Rodriguez said in a Facebook message Aug. 21.

Eva Vigh, Danica Lloyd, Kelly Schafler and Haley Morrison contributed to this report.



MOST RECENT

The median home price in the Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto area has risen considerably since last October. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Home sales, costs in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto remain hotter than Greater Austin; Halal Guys opens in Pearland and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Nov. 29.

Crust Pizza Co. is opening soon in Montgomery and Willis. (Courtesy Crust Pizza Co.)
Crust Pizza Co. to open two locations in Montgomery, Willis

The pizza company is planning to open its Montgomery location before the end of 2021.

Montgomery County municipalities continue to receive increased sales tax allocations from the previous year as Texas recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Jishnu Nair/Community Impact Newspaper)
Conroe receives over $6 million in November state sales tax allocations; Montgomery County cities show continual year over year growth

Montgomery County municipalities continue to receive increased sales tax allocations from the previous year as Texas recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

TxDOT will hold public meetings in December to discuss improvements to stretches of FM 1488 in Montgomery County. (Chandler France/Community Impact Newspaper)
TxDOT to hold public meetings to discuss FM 1488 improvements from I-45 to Mostyn Drive in early December

The meetings will be virtual with an in-person component, and the will discuss proposed improvements along FM 1488 from I-45 to Mostyn Drive in Montgomery County.

Commissioners on Nov. 22 voted to approve a density change to preliminary plans for The Preserve, a neighborhood that city documents said could include 565 single-family homes at the northeast corner of Teel and Panther Creek Parkways. (Courtesy city of Frisco)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Neighborhood near PGA Frisco could see larger lots; ERCOT says Texas power grid ready for expected winter demand and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Nov. 24.

A health expert with Baylor College of Medicine provides advice to stay safe and healthy while celebrating Thanksgiving with family. (Karolina Grabowska/Pexels)
Baylor College of Medicine: Tips for staying safe and healthy this Thanksgiving as the pandemic continues

Check out some helpful advice from a medical expert on how to stay safe and healthy during Thanksgiving.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sits beside Samsung CEO Dr. Kinam Kim as he announces the company is brining a $17 billion facility to Taylor. (Screnshot via KXAN)
Samsung makes it official: Announcement from Governor's Mansion confirms $17B facility coming to Taylor

Nearly a year after Williamson County officials began pitching Samsung to bring a megafacility to the area, the electronics giant has made it official.

Bill Curci is a chief operating partner for Shuck Me, a seafood restaurant in Fort Worth. (Bailey Lewis/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Fort Worth restaurant Shuck Me is fishing- and family-centric; a guide to Houston's 2021 Thanksgiving Day Parade and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Nov. 23.

PTSD Foundation of America seeks to reduce veteran suicides

An average of 17.2 veterans died by suicide daily in 2019—a 36% increase from 2001, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in September.

Texas Medical Center coronavirus update: ICU numbers drop almost 20%; new hospitalizations plateau

Heading into Thanksgiving, here is the status of COVID-19 in Texas Medical Center hospitals.

The median price of homes sold in October increased across all eight ZIP codes from 2020-21. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Real estate snapshot: Home prices in Conroe, Montgomery up year over year in all 8 ZIP codes in October

The median price of homes sold in October increased across all eight ZIP codes from 2020-21.