A year in review: The 10 most-read stories of 2020 in Tomball, Magnolia

Protesters held signs and chanted as they walked down West Main Street in Tomball on June 13. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Protesters held signs and chanted as they walked down West Main Street in Tomball on June 13. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

Protesters held signs and chanted as they walked down West Main Street in Tomball on June 13. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, business updates, community efforts and transportation projects were among the biggest stories of 2020 throughout Tomball and Magnolia. Here are the stories readers viewed the most as of Dec. 28, excluding stories focused on counting cases of the coronavirus or highlighting measures to slow the spread of the virus.

1. City leaders confirm Whataburger planned for Magnolia

Published Jan. 15, 2020

Magnolia city leaders confirmed Jan. 14 a new Whataburger is proposed for Magnolia.

2. PHOTOS: Protesters march through downtown Tomball on June 13

Published June 14, 2020

Approximately 200 protesters marched through Tomball on June 13 as part of a Black Lives Matter protest organized by siblings Jessica and Reis Seggebruch.

3. After 80 years in Tomball, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2427 hits hard times

Published Sept. 17, 2020

Established in October 1940, Tomball’s local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2427 has hit hard times after closing its doors following state-level regulations on bars across the state amid the coronavirus pandemic.

4. New brewery slated for city of Tomball

Published March 23, 2020

A new brewery and restaurant is slated to join the Tomball Business and Technology Park, city officials said. City Council members cast the first vote to approve a conditional-use permit March 16 to allow a brewery facility on 4.65 acres within the park. The facility would include a 10,000-square-foot building with an indoor brewery, restaurant, beer garden and playground with space for future building and parking areas, Community Development Director Craig Meyers said during the meeting. The facility would allow for the manufacture and brewing of beverages as well as for bottling, canning and distributing them, he said.

5. Direct connectors set for early 2020 construction

Published Jan. 4, 2020

Nearly four years after Grand Parkway segments F-1 and F-2 opened to drivers, the Harris County Toll Road Authority began construction this spring on four connectors providing a direct route from the tolled Hwy. 249 main lanes to the Grand Parkway.

6. Magnolia Place to take shape in 2020; Audubon Magnolia still in the works for FM 1488

Published Jan. 6, 2020

Magnolia residents will see a groundbreaking for the long-awaited H-E-B grocery store at its site in the triangle of land between FM 1488, FM 149 and Spur 149 in the first quarter of 2020, said Tana Ross, economic development coordinator and planning technician for the city of Magnolia, in an email.

7. Karbach Brewing Co. brewmaster Chris Juergen to bring brewery, restaurant to Tomball

Published Aug. 12, 2020

Chris Juergen, brewmaster at Houston's Karbach Brewing Co., has plans to break ground on a brewery and restaurant in his hometown of Tomball by year's end, the Tomball Economic Development Corp. announced late Aug. 11. Juergen is a Tomball High School graduate.

8. Some Tomball businesses deemed 'nonessential' forced to furlough staff, adapt as coronavirus measures continue

Published April 6, 2020

With Harris County requiring all nonessential businesses to close through April 30, keeping staff employed has been an issue for Tomball-area business owners.

9. Work begins on Hwy. 249, Grand Parkway direct connectors in Tomball

Published April 20, 2020

Tree clearing and site work began in March for the Harris County Toll Road Authority project to build four direct connectors providing a direct route between the Grand Parkway and tolled Hwy. 249 lanes in Tomball, according to Matt Kainer, HCTRA assistant director of maintenance and construction engineering. Williams Brothers Construction was awarded the approximately $90 million, 27-month contract and was given notice March 17 to proceed with construction, Kainer said.

10. Kindred Healthcare to close 6 Houston, Dallas locations

Published Jan. 24, 2020

Kindred Healthcare officials announced plans to close four long-term acute care hospitals in the Greater Houston area and two hospitals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by March 17, according to a Jan. 23 statement.
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.