TOP 10: Take a look at Katy’s most viewed stories of 2019

Many events happened in Katy in 2019. Here are the most-read articles. (Community Impact Staff)
Many events happened in Katy in 2019. Here are the most-read articles. (Community Impact Staff)

Many events happened in Katy in 2019. Here are the most-read articles. (Community Impact Staff)

As the countdown to 2020 begins, here are the 10 stories—from flooding to new development—that garnered the most views from readers.

10. Fulshear's Cross Creek Town Center signs new tenants

Experience Infusion Center, Apex Executive Suites and a specialty gym franchise signed leases at the Cross Creek Town Center development located at 6635 W. Cross Creek Bend Lane, Fulshear. Learn more from the original story here.

9. MD Anderson to open new Katy-area facility in summer 2019

In the preview of the new MD Anderson Cancer Center in Katy, Community Impact Newspaper learned the 260,000-square-foot outpatient center planned to open in the summer. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 20. Read the original story here.

8. City of Katy provides update on Katy Boardwalk, downtown plaza, Katy Mills and drainage projects

At an August Katy Area Chamber of Commerce event, officials provided updates on the big projects in the city. Read the original story here.

7. Katy to see more development northwest of I-10

Demographics firm Population and Survey Analysts projects Katy ISD’s boundaries will be built out south of I-10 by 2028, while the construction of thousands of new homes is expected to continue north of I-10 and southwest into Lamar CISD. Read more about it here.

6. State bill may allow Katy-area residents leave Houston’s ETJ

If passed and signed by the governor, House Bill 958 would have provided the 272,000 Katy-area residents that live in the city of Houston’s extraterritorial jurisdiction a way to remove themselves from the ETJ. The bill did not become law in the 86th legislative session. Read the original story here.

5. Officials continue to watch storms, flooding in Katy area May 10

This spring the Greater Houston area experienced severe thunderstorms. The Willow Fork Drainage District saw 24-hour rainfall totals between 1-7 inches. Read the original story here.

4. Texas Heritage Parkway to break ground in mid-2019

Local leaders said the much-anticipated Texas Heritage Parkway would break ground this year, but Precinct 3 County Commissioner Andy Meyers has said this fall the project has been postponed to early 2020. Read the original story here.

3. MAP: Here's how much rainfall Katy area received from Tropical Depression Imelda

Tropical Depression Imelda dumped more than 42 inches of rain in parts of the Greater Houston area, but the Katy area did not receive as much precipitation. Read the rest of the story here.

2. IMELDA UPDATE: Katy-area entities continue to watch for flooding

Tropical Storm Imelda hit the Greater Houston area in mid-September. Local city and county officials kept watch as the rain came. Read more about it here.

1. Returning Katy ISD teachers may see up to 8% annual salary increase for 2019-20 school year

Thanks to House Bill 3, Katy ISD was able to provide up to an 8% annual salary increase for teachers this school year. Read more about it here.
By Jen Para

Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Jen has written about business, politics and education. Prior to CI, Jen was the web producer at Houston Business Journal.


Homesites are expected to be delivered in 2021. (Courtesy Land Tejas)
Land Tejas to build 3,000-home community in northwest Katy area

The community is located near Clay and Pitts roads in the northwest Katy area.

A Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County study on eliminating ride fares left both METRO board members and officials seemingly unconvinced of the likelihood of implementing it in Harris County. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
METRO board of directors say free fare 'not feasible' for transit authority

A METRO study on eliminating ride fares left board members and officials unconvinced of the likelihood of implementing it in Harris County.

Election day for city council members is May 3. (3desc/Adobe Stock)
Here are the latest filings for the May 2020 local elections

The 2020 local election season is underway, and a number of City Council seats are up for election this year in the Katy area.

Dental Innovations is now open. (Susan Rovegno/Community Impact Newspaper)
Dental Innovations opens in Katy

The new dentistry is located on Kingsland Boulevard.

Chicken Salad Chick is coming soon (Courtesy Chicken Salad Chick)
Chicken Salad Chick to open second Katy-area location

The chain offers a variety of chicken salads, pimento cheese, salads, soups and sandwiches.

(Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo concert tickets go on sale Jan. 16

Lower-level seating options are already very limited.

Texas oil and gas industry could see a major slowdown in 2020

The oil and natural gas industry paid a record-setting $16.3 billion in taxes and royalties to local governments and the state in 2019, the Texas Oil and Gas Association announced Tuesday.

The Katy Prairie Conservancy has acquired 636 acres of land referred to as the Pattison Tract. (Courtesy Katy Prairie Conservancy)
Katy Prairie Conservancy acquires 636-acre tract off Pattison Road

The new acquisition is in a part of the prairie that officails said is "of highest priority for conservation."

HGA driver Derek King picks up a patient from David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport in Spring before transporting her to the Texas Medical Center. (Courtesy Derek King)
Houston Ground Angels seeking volunteers to drive patients to Texas Medical Center

Houston Ground Angels is a nonprofit organization that provides transportation between local airports and the Texas Medical Center for patients with cancer and other life-threatening diseases and illnesses.

Here are the early voting locations in Fort Bend County. (Andrey Popov/Adobe Stock)
MAP: Here’s where to vote early in Fort Bend County for the 2020 primary elections

Early voting runs Feb. 18-28, and election day is March 3.

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