2021 in review: Tomball ISD purchases BJ Services complex; Woodtrace Boulevard extension proposed and 8 more top stories in Tomball, Magnolia

Tomball ISD purchased the former headquarters of BJ Services, an oilfield service company that filed for bankruptcy in July 2020, on FM 2920. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Tomball ISD purchased the former headquarters of BJ Services, an oilfield service company that filed for bankruptcy in July 2020, on FM 2920. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

Tomball ISD purchased the former headquarters of BJ Services, an oilfield service company that filed for bankruptcy in July 2020, on FM 2920. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

From Tomball ISD purchasing the former headquarters of BJ Services to redistricting efforts changing county commissioner precincts in Tomball, here are the 10 most viewed stories by Tomball and Magnolia readers in 2021 as of Dec. 30.

1. Tomball ISD finalizes $39.5M purchase of BJ Services campus to house CTE programs, elementary school, Tomball Star Academy

Tomball ISD announced Aug. 17 the district has signed for and officially purchased the 70.45-acre former headquarters of oil service company BJ Services for $39.5 million plus closing costs, paid from the district’s general fund reserves. The former BJ Services campus is located at FM 2920 and Hufsmith-Kohrville Road. Read more

2. 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 Woodlands Parkway. Announced in an April 22 release, the $8 million project will create a new east-west thoroughfare for drivers in Montgomery County and an easier path from The Woodlands to the recently opened Hwy. 249 extension, also alleviating traffic congestion on FM 1488 with the coming residential and commercial growth. Read more

3. H-E-B breaks ground at Magnolia Place on FM 1488

Construction has begun on the H-E-B at Magnolia Place, a mixed-use development project at Spur 149 and FM 1488 in Magnolia, according to an Aug. 16 press release from Stratus Properties Inc. The grocery store was originally slated to break ground June 14, but land conditions and unsigned agreements pushed construction back, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. Read more

4. Name, partner announced for new brewery on South Persimmon Street in Tomball

CCJ Collaborations, founders of the brewery underway in the Tomball Business & Technology Park, announced the name and partner of the brewing operations in a press release March 23 from the Tomball Economic Development Corp. The brewery will be named Paradigm Brewing Co., co-owned by Chris Juergen and Josh Schwaiger. The brewery opened in December. Read more

5. Master-planned community spanning 5,700 acres confirmed for Todd Mission, Magnolia

Airia Development Co. confirmed in a news release Dec. 6 a master-planned community spanning 5,700 acres and bordering FM 1486, FM 1774 and the Hwy. 249 tollway is in the planning stages. Home sales are anticipated to begin in 2023, according to the release. Read more

6. 'This reflects a very traditional calendar': Magnolia ISD approves 2021-22 calendar

After the 2019-20 school year was disrupted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Magnolia ISD board of trustees approved the district's 2021-22 school calendar Feb. 8, which reflected a traditional school year. Read more

7. 'We will likely remain in a similar state, with low pressure, until Friday': City of Tomball issues boil water notice

The city stated freezing temperatures in February caused challenges in restoring water pressure within the city during Winter Storm Uri. Read more

8. Little Woodrow's bar and grill now open in Tomball

Bar and grill franchise Little Woodrow's opened its eighth Houston-area location in Tomball on Feb. 23. Read more

9. MAP: See where the new Harris County commissioner precincts will be

Harris County commissioners approved a map showing new commissioner precincts following the 2020 U.S. census during a special meeting Oct. 28 with Precinct 3 Commissioner Tom Ramsey and Precinct 4 Jack Cagle opposing the maps. According to the new maps, the existing Precinct 3 will now largely become Precinct 4, and the existing Precinct 4 boundaries will now largely be Precinct 3. Under the new map, Spring and parts of Tomball and The Woodlands that were previously considered Precinct 4 will now be considered Precinct 3. Read more

10. Tomball City Manager Rob Hauck dies in single-vehicle crash

Tomball City Manager Rob Hauck died March 13 in a single-vehicle crash in Waller County. Hauck, who has served as city manager since April 2018, was honored as Citizen of the Year by the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce in 2020. The city mourned his death with a memorial service March 19. Read more
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.