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 that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


A voter shows up to vote at the Moody Park Community Center on election day in Harris County. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
HARRIS COUNTY ELECTION UPDATES: 60,000 ballots cast on election day, July 14

Along with 150,000 ballots cast throughout the two-week early voting process, total voter turnout broke records for primary runoffs in the county.

Republican candidates Joe Danna and Paul Day faced each other in a primary runoff for Harris County sheriff July 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
ELECTION RESULTS: Joe Danna holds early voting lead in Republican primary for Harris County sheriff

Two candidates faced each other in the July 14 primary run off for the Republican spot on the November ballot for Harris County sheriff.

Eric Yollick and Vince Santini are the two Republican candidates vying for the Montgomery County's 457th Judicial District judge. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Early voting results: Vince Santini takes commanding early lead in Republican runoff for Montgomery County's 457th district court judge

Santini has taken the lead in the inaugural election for the 457th district court position, created by state legislation due to a backlog of civil cases countywide.

Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Texans to wear face masks in public beginning July 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Montgomery County commissioners: Voluntary compliance best way to reduce COVID-19 spread

However, the county reported its largest daily increases in active and total COVID-19 cases July 14, along with two additional deaths related to the disease.

New research shows the coronavirus can survive for much longer in the air than previously determined. (Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
UTMB experts say COVID-19 airborne transmission is responsible for rapid spread; virus lasts more than 12 hours in air

Two infectious disease experts from the Bay Area gave an update on the coronavirus and current research efforts July 14.

The county experienced its largest-yet single-day active and total case increases July 14. (Community Impact staff)
Montgomery County sees highest daily active, total COVID-19 case count increases July 14

A total of 359 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths were reported July 14.

Montgomery County Food Bank volunteers welcome and serve residents at a mobile food distribution site in east Montgomery County. (Courtesy Liz Grimm/Montgomery County Food Bank)
Montgomery County Food Bank distribution up 163% from last year

The Montgomery County Food Bank has distributed nearly 3.5 million pounds of food in around four months.

Council members discussed plans for a new gun range on within Oak Ridge North's extraterritorial jurisdiction on Robinson Road on July 13. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Oak Ridge North City Council moves forward with Robinson Road gun range plans

An infrastructure development agreement and final plat for Copeland Gun Range on Robinson Road were approved July 13.

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, giving claimants $600 per week, will end July 25. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Federal unemployment payments of $600 per week end July 25

While the added $600 federal unemployment benefits will end, Texans are still eligible for other forms of relief.

Conroe ISD has released its plan for instruction for the 2020-21 school year. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Conroe ISD unveils reopening plan, instruction options for 2020-21 school year

“Everything that I’m gonna tell you tonight can and probably will change,” Null said. “We’ve seen how things can change so rapidly throughout this pandemic. ... So we just have to know that things will change.”

Dr. Steven Kelder is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics, and Environmental Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin with a career spanning more than 25 years. (Graphic by Chance Flowers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Disease expert discusses ongoing pandemic and nearing school year

Dr. Steven H. Kelder recently answered several questions for Community Impact Newspaper regarding COVID-19; trends in cases statewide; and important considerations for parents, students and educators as the 2020-21 school year approaches.