2:54 PM Jul 23, 2020 CDT

Magpies Gifts on Barker Cypress Road now operating as The Brook Home & Gift

"We like to tell our customers that it’s the same love, just a new name."


Here's how to participate in Texas' annual sales tax holiday Aug. 7-9

This year sales tax-exempt purchases can be made online, over the phone or by mail.


Harris County clerk requests early voting extension, pilots drive-thru voting ahead of November election

The Harris County Clerk's Office became the first in Texas history to pilot drive-thru voting on July 10—the last day of early voting for the July primary runoff.



DATA: All Cy-Fair ZIP codes see home sale prices increase year over year despite economic decline

Have you checked out our July edition yet? It's full of useful, hyperlocal real estate data.


Cy-Fair businesses retain 87,500 local jobs through thousands of PPP loans

See which local businesses and industries received the most federal funding.



Mounted patrol marks 30 years, summer activities ranked by COVID-19 risk: News from Houston area

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.



$118M in emergency relief funding allocated to support Texas higher education initiatives

The funds will come from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief, made available through the federal coronavirus relief bill.


Houston official: US has lost 6 years of job growth due to pandemic downturn

Despite gains made in early June, Patrick Jankowski, vice president of research for the Greater Houston Partnership, said the Greater Houston area still has more than 217,000 jobs to recoup for the economy to return to its prepandemic state—a process that could take anywhere from two to five years.


Mr. Pixel's Classic Arcade offers extensive gaming collection in Cy-Fair

“One of the things that I really like is when parents bring in their kids who don’t even know what an arcade is, but yet when it’s time to go, they practically have to drag them out."


Q&A: Constitutional law expert discusses COVID-19 orders, enforcement

Seth Chandler, a professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about local and state governments' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic this year.



As state revenues take hit, business group wants lawmakers to reconsider private partnerships for road projects

With congestion levels worsening and funding shortfalls looming, officials with the newly formed Keep Texas Moving said public-private partnerships could advance projects through optional toll lanes, among other means.


Here's what is under construction at Hwy. 249, Spring Cypress Road

The new location is slated to open by early spring 2021.


Krab Kingz food truck relocating to Cypress storefront

The local food truck is relocating tomorrow.


Harris County coronavirus count: 1,385 new cases, 16 deaths confirmed July 21

The percentage of ICU patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Harris County continues to hover in the 43%-47% range.



Hey, Houston-area parents: When will your child go back to school? Find out here.

Houston-area districts discuss online and in-person learning options.


Harris County ESD No. 11 narrows down options should CCEMS service agreement end

A decision on the district's service agreement with CCEMS is expected to be made in the next 60 days.


Hospital CEOs in northwest Houston provide updates on capacity, staffing challenges

One of the bigger challenges moving forward involves taking care of physicians, nurses and staff members who have been overexerted for four months, officials said.


UPDATE: In clarified guidance, TABC now states customers may not drink on brewery patios

In a July 22 update, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission states that breweries may not have customers consume alcohol on patios.



Cy-Fair ISD announces plans to delay start of 2020-21 school year

The district released preliminary details of what campus operations might look like in 2020-21, including the postponement of the start of the school year.


UIL releases modified sports calendar for 2020-21 school year

The University Interscholastic League released July 21 modifications to the 2020-21 UIL calendar and updated COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines that will take effect Aug. 1.


Cy-Fair real estate market rebounds after spring coronavirus slump

Our top story of July takes a look at how Cy-Fair's real estate market has performed in 2020 so far as local Realtors face the challenges that come with the coronavirus pandemic.


Centralizing, expanding contact tracing in Texas hits roadblocks as cases rise

One easy way to help out contact tracers? Answer the phone if they call.