TOP 10: These were the most-read stories in The Woodlands area in 2019

TxDOT closed the I-45 northbound main lanes at Rayford and Sawdust roads for work early in 2019. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
TxDOT closed the I-45 northbound main lanes at Rayford and Sawdust roads for work early in 2019. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

TxDOT closed the I-45 northbound main lanes at Rayford and Sawdust roads for work early in 2019. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here's a look at the 10 stories published online in 2019 that received the most views for The Woodlands edition of Community Impact Newspaper. A story about Texas Department of Transportation work published early in the year proved to be a popular one, but other stories that caught readers' interest included one on Conroe ISD bond voting, one on the deal to acquire Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and a guide to state constitutional amendments on the ballot.

1.TxDOT to close I-45 northbound main lanes at Rayford, Sawdust roads in Spring

Published Jan. 3, 2019

Work was intended to repair the I-45 bridge, identified in a 2014 report as Texas' most-traveled and most deficient bridge.

2. Conroe ISD’s $807 million bond referendum fails to receive voter approval

Published May 5, 2019

The bond was reworked for a November vote, which voters approved.

3. 14 American restaurants that opened in The Woodlands area in 2018, plus 5 opening in 2019

Published Jan. 25, 2019

The annual guide looked at restaurant trends in The Woodlands area from the previous year.

4. TxDOT reschedules I-45 southbound closure at Rayford, Sawdust roads to Jan. 25

Published Jan. 14, 2019

The work scheduled in early January continued to interest readers as schedule changes took place during the month.

5. Here is how Texas voters weighed in on 10 state constitutional amendments on the ballot Nov. 5

Published Nov. 5, 2019

Voters approved all but one of the constitutional amendments proposed in the Nov. 5 election.

6. Your 2019 voter guide to state constitutional amendments on the ballot in Texas

Published Nov. 5, 2019

Constitutional amendments on the ballot this year included measures relating to property taxes in a disaster area and to individual state income tax.

7. 7 real estate trends to know in The Woodlands in 2019

Published July 10, 2019

Our annual real estate edition examined trends in south Montgomery County.

8. 10 projects under construction or set to break ground in The Woodlands area in 2019

Published Jan. 18, 2019

Among projects set to advance in the past year were Metropark Square and Two Lakes Edge.

9. Chevron to acquire Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

Published April 12, 2019

Chevron's efforts to acquire Anadarko were ultimately unsuccessful, as Occidental won the bid.

10. Metropark Square celebrates opening

Published March 15, 2019

The Shenandoah mixed-use development started to see openings in 2019 after several delays.
By Vanessa Holt

A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of the paper in March 2017.


Howard Hughes Corp. acquired the two towers owned by Occidental Petroleum Corp. in 2019. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Occidental CEO tells Woodlands EDP at luncheon it will keep local presence

Occidental Petroleum Corp. CEO Vicki Hollub told the Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership at a Jan. 10 luncheon the company intends to keep a presence in The Woodlands

U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, speaks to students at Covenant Christian School. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady and others celebrate Covenant Christian School's FEMA grant

The event saw representatives from the city of Conroe, Montgomery County, the Texas Legislature and more.

Feral hogs, seen here in neighboring Harris County, have been reported as a nuisance in parts of Montgomery County along Spring Creek, including The Woodlands. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Commissioner: Feral hog trapping program to begin in Montgomery County Precinct 3 immediately

Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack announced Jan. 17 he has contracted with a professional wildlife removal company to trap feral hogs in several areas on Spring Creek.

Raveneaux Country Club was one of hundreds of properties that flooded during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. (Courtesy Harris County Flood Control District)
Cagle: Goal of Raveneaux acquisition is not to put an ‘ugly hole in the ground’

“The goal is to create something more along the lines of Kickerillo [Mischer Preserve] with beautiful park amenities—little fishing piers, boat launches and walking trails that go around it,” Cagle said.

wayne gardiner woodlands township board of directors meeting january 15 2020
Officials plan action to address feral hogs plaguing Woodlands neighborhoods

Several dozen residents attended The Woodlands Township board of directors meeting Jan. 15 to voice continuing concerns about feral hogs in the Grogan’s Point neighborhood.

Both cities' candidate filing periods close Feb. 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Candidate filing period for May elections begins in Shenandoah, Oak Ridge North

Both cities will have open races for mayor and two city council seats.

The deadline to pay property taxes in Montgomery County is Jan. 31. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County Tax Office to extend hours for property tax deadline

The deadline to pay property taxes in Montgomery County is Jan. 31.

Jonathan Ingram, senior associate with The Novak Consulting Group, presented law enforcement options to The Woodlands Township board of directors Jan. 15. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Woodlands board decides on compromise for incorporation law enforcement scenario

In the last step required before it can determine a maximum tax rate to propose on a ballot for incorporation, The Woodlands Township board of directors decided on a law enforcement model at its Jan. 15 meeting.

(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.

CVS said its new HealthHub concept will open at stores on Kuykendahl Road and FM 1488 this month. (Courtesy CVS Health)
CVS Health debuts new HealthHub concept at 2 south Montgomery County pharmacy stores

CVS announced the launch of 15 HealthHub locations in January, including two in The Woodlands and Tomball.

The freestanding restaurant is under construction at The Woodlands Mall. Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper
Shake Shack coming to The Woodlands Mall this summer

The Woodlands store will be the national burger and milkshake brand's sixth Greater Houston location.

The John Cooper School
Guide: 26 private schools to check out in The Woodlands and south Montgomery County in 2020

Private schools around The Woodlands offer a variety of specialized instruction, from different religious affiliations to various types of curriculum.

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