Development, school news, summer protests: The 10 most viewed hyperlocal stories in 2020 in The Woodlands area

Several hundred protesters gathered on the Lake Woodlands Drive Bridge in the rain June 3 to protest the death of George Floyd in police custody May 25. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Several hundred protesters gathered on the Lake Woodlands Drive Bridge in the rain June 3 to protest the death of George Floyd in police custody May 25. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Several hundred protesters gathered on the Lake Woodlands Drive Bridge in the rain June 3 to protest the death of George Floyd in police custody May 25. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

The topic that dominated the news in 2020 was the coronavirus pandemic, and in headlines in Community Impact Newspaper in The Woodlands that was no different. However, both before and after the pandemic became the year's most covered story, other topics of local interest also sparked interest with our readers. Here's a look a the 10 stories in 2020 that garnered the most views that were not connected with the coronavirus, our routine coverage of Impacts—local business openings and news—or elections.

Topics include protests over the killing of George Floyd this summer as well as news from energy companies, such as Occidental, development plans in The Woodlands, and news from Conroe ISD.

1. June 1

Texas officials respond to demonstrations, unrest in wake of George Floyd killing

2. Feb. 25


The Woodlands, College Park rezoning plan approved by Conroe ISD board

3. Sept. 21

Plans to build 58 homes on Mitchell Island in The Woodlands East Shore area draw resident opposition

4. June 4

Organized protests take place throughout The Woodlands to honor George Floyd

5. Jan. 8

Occidental announces companywide layoffs

6. Sept. 8

Development updates: Here's what's going in near Gosling Road and the Grand Parkway south of The Woodlands

7. Jan. 23

The Woodlands officials discuss further uses for vacant, closing Randall's store buildings

8. June 6

3 Development updates to watch in The Woodlands: East Shore, Gosling Road and Timberloch Place

9. Aug. 27

Thousands of Entergy customers experiencing outages in Montgomery County

10. March 30

The Woodlands to see $22M from canceled Anadarko tax abatement

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.