ROUNDUP: Willis ISD celebrates 115 years; a new Mexican restaurant is coming to Montgomery, and more business news in the Conroe and Montgomery area

The Willis ISD Education Foundation hosted an event Sept. 18 celebrating the district's 115th birthday. (Courtesy Willis ISD Education Foundation)
The Willis ISD Education Foundation hosted an event Sept. 18 celebrating the district's 115th birthday. (Courtesy Willis ISD Education Foundation)

The Willis ISD Education Foundation hosted an event Sept. 18 celebrating the district's 115th birthday. (Courtesy Willis ISD Education Foundation)

1. The Willis ISD Education Foundation hosted a fundraiser celebrating Willis ISD’s 115th anniversary Sept. 18, which raised about $15,000 for innovative teacher grants and student scholarships, Michelle Bischof, director of the education foundation, said in an email. She said the foundation has provided more than $400,000 to WISD classrooms through grants since its inception. The foundation created its first scholarship this year in memory of Willis High School coach Les Peacock. The Howard Hughes Corp. named a park within The Woodlands Hills in Peacock’s honor during the event as well. 936-856-1200. www.willisisd.org

2. Lalo’s Mexican Restaurant will open in Montgomery at 19380 Hwy. 105 in late 2021, according to the restaurant. The eatery will serve Mexican and Tex-Mex food. According to the business, the restaurant anticipates opening the first week of December. www.facebook.com/lalos-mexican-restaurant-270567318126913


3. Go N Play will open a second location at 3130 E. Davis St., Conroe. Director and owner Alyssa Bailey could not provide an opening date as of press time but said construction on the facility will likely start in November. Bailey said the new location will include child care and curriculum for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children. The business’ first location is in Montgomery at 17099 Walden Road. www.gonplaytx.com

4. Fass Brewing Co. held a soft opening the weekend of Oct. 1 to begin training its staff for the Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival. The brewpub offers 15 craft beers and a limited food menu. Fass Brewing will continue to be open throughout the festival Oct. 8-9 from 2 p.m.-2 a.m. and Oct. 10 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. A grand opening will be announced for a later date. Fass Brewing, located in downtown Conroe at 236 N. Main St., is the fourth brewery or brewpub in the city of Conroe, joining Southern Star Brewing, B-52 Brewing and Copperhead Brewery. Brewers Dylan Emmons and Aaron Edrington have each spent many years homebrewing and working at other breweries, including Karbach Brewing Co. and Eureka Heights Brewery in Houston. www.fassbrewing.com
By Jishnu Nair

Reporter, North Houston Metro

Jishnu joined Community Impact Newspaper as a metro reporter in July 2021. Previously, he worked as a digital producer for a television station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and studied at Syracuse University's Newhouse School. Originally from New Jersey, Jishnu covers the North Houston metro area, including Tomball, Magnolia, Conroe and Montgomery, as well as the Woodlands and Lake Houston areas.

By Chandler France

Reporter, Tomball/Magnolia

Chandler joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Southern California, where he was the executive editor of Annenberg Media. He previously interned with the company in Gilbert, AZ and with the Beacon Project, an investigative reporting team in Los Angeles. Chandler is originally from Laguna Hills, CA.

By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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