9:37 AM May 22, 2020 CDT

Montgomery ISD selects Ann Dixon as interim superintendent

In the meantime, a search firm is conducting a survey until May 25 seeking public input for a permanent superintendent.


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Q&A: SHSU professor discusses senior population risks and COVID-19 response

Walkley said she hopes the COVID-19 pandemic can lead to a broader national discussion about senior needs and long-term care.


Longer school days and more: Top stories from this week in Houston

Read the most popular stories covering the Greater Houston area from this week on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.



Greater Houston area sees record-breaking unemployment rate in April at 14.2%

The previous high for the Greater Houston area's unemployment rate was set in January 2010 at 8.7%.


2 new COVID-19 deaths, 26 recoveries reported in Montgomery County May 22

The deaths reported May 22 include two women in their 70s from Conroe and Montgomery.


As coronavirus among Montgomery County’s seniors rise, statewide efforts to test nursing homes unclear

A recent state order requires 100% of nursing home staff and employees to be tested.


LIST: What is open, closed in Texas and how businesses can operate

Texas openings are staggered with different opening dates and operating limits.



Texas Medical Center reports continued week-over-week increases in COVID discharges, deaths; hospitalizations, ICU numbers remain steady

Texas Medical Center has seen nearly a 26% increase in COVID-19 discharges over the past few weeks.


Texas to test all state hospitals, supported living centers for COVID-19

All patients, residents and staff at Texas' 23 state hospitals and supported living centers will be tested for coronavirus regardless of symptoms or exposure.


Budget cuts slated for Texas state agencies, higher education institutions in 2020-21 biennium

Texas state agencies and institutions of higher education to expect a 5% reduction in budget plans for the 2020-21 biennium as part of the state's response to the economic ramifications of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.




Lone Star Flight Museum reopens for Memorial Day Weekend

The museum will reopen Saturday, May 23 with a celebration.


Meat shortages put strain on North Houston meat shops, restaurants

Meat product shortages and frequent price changes from meat processing plants across the country remain a challenge for local-area providers and restaurants.


Gov. Abbott removes late-fee barrier for Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission license, permit renewal

Gov. Greg Abbott is allowing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to waive the late fee for license and permit renewals that have lapsed since March 13, according to a May 20 press release.


DATA: Unemployment insurance claims decrease in Lake Conroe-area ZIP codes

According to the data, 5,135 unemployment insurance claimants live in the Conroe and Montgomery area.



Montgomery ISD likely not raising new hire salaries for academic year 2020-21

“The compensation plan is one of most important decisions you can make for the upcoming school year," Chief Financial Officer Kris Lynn said.



State, federal officials offer resources, advice for Texas small business owners

“Small businesses are having to pivot, and we are seeing that. We are having businesses that had one business model that had to change," said Adriana Cruz, executive director for economic development and tourism in the Office of the Texas Governor.


Conroe ISD seeks community input to name new school

Community members may submit names online through June 12.



Montgomery County reports 3 new deaths related to COVID-19; total case count rises by 13 from May 19-20

The reported deaths include two Conroe residents and one Kingwood resident who were all previously hospitalized.


Updated: Appeals court blocks vote-by-mail expansion; Texas Supreme Court hears separate case

The ruling is the latest in the ongoing debate over whether access to mail ballots should be expanded in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic.


Select YMCA of Greater Houston locations to begin reopening June 1

The YMCA's first phase of reopening includes fitness services, classes and day camps at several Houston-area locations.


Check out April real estate data for Conroe, Montgomery, plus this month's featured neighborhood, Graystone Hills

Among the ZIP codes that make up the Conroe and Montgomery area, three of them saw an increase in the number of homes sold in April compared to April 2019.