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.