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The new campus will be modeled after the comprehensive Houston Methodist West and Houston Methodist The Woodlands facilities. (Courtesy Houston Methodist)
The new campus will be modeled after the comprehensive Houston Methodist West and Houston Methodist The Woodlands facilities. (Courtesy Houston Methodist)

The new campus will be modeled after the comprehensive Houston Methodist West and Houston Methodist The Woodlands facilities. (Courtesy Houston Methodist)

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Proposed Woodtrace Boulevard extension to connect Hwy. 249 and FM 2978


The Westwood Magnolia Parkway Improvement District is funding an extension of Woodtrace Boulevard that will connect Hwy. 249 in Magnolia to FM 2978 just south of the Woodlands Parkway.

Cy-Fair


Houston Methodist announces plans for new 400-bed hospital in Cypress


Officials with Houston Methodist have announced the purchase of 106 acres along Hwy. 290 and plans to build its ninth hospital in the Cypress area.

Conroe-Montgomery

'Nationally-known' water bottling company backs out of Conroe deal


A "nationally known" water bottling company that purchased a tract of land in Conroe Park North has backed out, city officials said.

Katy

New El Tiempo Cantina location coming to Katy


El Tiempo Cantina is opening a new location at 20095 Katy Freeway, Katy, by the end of 2021.

Haidilao Hot Pot opens in Katy

At the hot pot restaurant, which claims to be the “Ferrari of hot pot restaurants,” customers are met with robot servers, dancing noodles, Szechuan hot pot, and seafood and vegetable-based dishes.

Anna Lotz, Danica Lloyd, Eva Vigh and Morgan Theophil contributed to this report.



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I Heart Mac & Cheese allows guests to customize macaroni and cheese bowls or grilled cheese sandwiches. (Courtesy I Heart Mac & Cheese)
I Heart Mac & Cheese coming soon to Creekside Park Village Green

I Heart Mac & Cheese is anticipated to open late summer to early fall.

Masterpiece Desserts is opening in late June with plans for a grand opening in late July. (Courtesy Masterpiece Desserts)
Masterpiece Desserts to open Cy-Fair storefront this month

This is the first brick-and-mortar location for the business, which specializes in miniature cheesecakes.

The Grogan salad consists of grilled chicken, pecan-smoked bacon, avocado, tomatoes, shredded cheese and corn tortilla strips. (Ally Bolender/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Republic Grille founder brings local focus, themes to The Woodlands restaurant

Founder and owner Terry McBurney opened the first location of Republic Grille seven years ago because he wanted to provide a truly local restaurant to The Woodlands community, he said.

Pandemic worsens health care shortages in The Woodlands area

Area hospitals are attempting to fill positions created by a nursing shortage that began before the pandemic.

Following the 87th Texas Legislature's failure to pass House Bill 1468, Klein ISD will not be able to launch the Klein Virtual Academy in the 2021-22 school year, district officials announced June 15. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Lacking state funding, Klein ISD cancels plans to launch virtual academy in 2021-22

Following the 87th Texas Legislature's failure to pass House Bill 1468, Klein ISD will not be able to launch the Klein Virtual Academy in the 2021-22 school year, district officials announced June 15.

Clear Creek ISD will offer secondary students the chance to take one class remotely per day via the Clear Access course system. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Creek ISD nixes Clear Connections virtual academy for 2021-22

Interest for virtual learning is minimal at just under 400 students; the cost per student would be high; and there is no guarantee of average daily attendance funding from the state, district leaders said June 14.

Americans spent 44% more shopping on websites, including Amazon, in 2020 than in 2019. (Courtesy Amazon)
Surge in online shopping strains Houston’s distribution channels

Online spending in the U.S. was up 44% from 2019 to 2020, and transportation expert Bill Eisele said this uptick has put a strain on the region’s transportation system.

Pearland City Council voted to put an item on the May 2022 ballot for the creation of a Municipal Drainage Utility and Stormwater Fee. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pearland City Council votes to move forward with municipal drainage utility system ballot measure

Voters will see a measure about the creation of a Municipal Drainage Utility and Stormwater Fee on the May 2022 ballot.

Road project aiming to ease east-west travel faces opposition

The new road would extend Woodtrace Boulevard from Hwy. 249 to FM 2978.

According to county officials, 40% of the $125 billion in damage caused by Hurricane Harvey took place within Harris County. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas General Land Office says it is 'not feasible' to request $750M in federal flood aid within 30 days

Houston-area officials ask for 30-day-dealine on the Texas General Land Office's formal request for $750 million in federal flood aid funding, but GLO says it is not possible.

Fort Bend County EMS Cheif Graig Temple said it would 'behoove' the county to have a major trauma center. (Graphic by Community Impact Newspaper staff)
As Fort Bend County population grows, trauma care remains at 'basic' level

Fort Bend County EMS Chief Graig Temple said it would 'behoove' the county to have a major trauma center.

Demand for COVID-19 vaccines declines in Montgomery County

Since June 1, coronavirus vaccine distribution across Montgomery County has shifted from a hub-based model to one centered around physicians and clinics as demand begins to decrease.