2:56 PM Sep 17, 2020 CDT

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: Retail stores, restaurants, office buildings, gyms can reopen at 75% capacity as early as Sept. 21

Nursing home and long-term care facilities will also be allowed to reopen for visitation as early as Sept. 24.


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Amazon launches 4-star retail store at The Woodlands Mall

The tech company's physical location is stocked with highly rated products from its digital storefront.


Texas Renaissance Festival to offer free COVID-19 rapid testing throughout season

Additionally, a free drive-thru testing site will be set up in Todd Mission on Sept. 19.



Commercial data: Retail, office and industrial vacancies increase in The Woodlands area in August

See how vacancies and rental rates change from month to month in retail, office and industrial sectors in The Woodlands area.


Montgomery County to begin including antigen positive cases in COVID-19 daily reports

Antigen cases will now be included in total case counts. However, a breakdown of antigen versus PCR cases will be available.


Student-run bakery, Bear Branch sports court open, plus 4 more business updates in The Woodlands

Recent business updates around The Woodlands and nothern Spring include business openings, a name change and a 10th anniversary.


Q&A: St. Luke's physician shares advice on flu season, vaccine and prevention

The influenza vaccine is recommended for nearly all patients of all ages ahead of this year's flu season, Dr. Sam Rolon said.



TEA launches statewide COVID-19 dashboard for public schools

The Texas Education Agency, in collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services, has launched its latest COVID-19 dashboard for positive cases in Texas public schools.


Houston Food Bank: COVID-19 pandemic amplifies already-high food insecurity rates across region

Before COVID-19, the Houston Food Bank distributed about 400,000 pounds of food daily. That number has since increased to about 1 million pounds a day.


Entergy announces system updates, improvements through 2020 following widespread power outages

A total of 136,552 outages were reported in Montgomery County last month after Hurricane Laura affected the overall grid.


Lovebeans Coffeehouse in Creekside Park focuses on giving back to The Woodlands community

Despite a loss of overall revenue over the past few months, Ferester said she has still been focused on the mission of donating to area charities, such as Interfaith of The Woodlands and Montgomery County Food Bank.



Learn about K9 PW Training and Boarding, a facility in The Woodlands area that offers coaching, lodging for local dogs

Courses include boarding and training programs lasting between one and four weeks. The business accepts any dogs that are not overly aggressive, and training begins following a free, family-involved evaluation.


Newly formed corporation could divert Harris County toll road revenue to non-mobility projects

A new limited government corporation formed by Harris County Sept. 15 could result in surplus revenue from the Harris County Toll Road Authority going to other county needs outside of the realm of transportation and mobility.


Curry Masala opens in The Woodlands and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from Greater Houston.


Conroe ISD trustees approve remote learning plan, 2020-21 tax rate

Conroe ISD's fiscal year 2020-21 tax rate, which represents a 1.42% decrease over the district's current rate, was unanimously approved by the board of trustees during its regular meeting Sept. 15.



Q&A: National Center for Learning Disabilities expert discusses challenges of special education, remote learning during pandemic

The NCLD's director of policy and advocacy spoke about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on special education students and their development in and out of the classroom.



Conroe ISD's student-led Teach 2 Learn aims to inspire career-focused passion

Teach 2 Learn offers younger Conroe ISD students career- and interest-specific workshops with older mentors outside a traditional class setting.


The Woodlands-area school districts work to support students’ mental, emotional health

Schools and community members said they are working to ensure adequate resources are available for students’ mental and social well-being.



The Woodlands Township, neighboring cities pass FY 2020-21 budgets after gauging coronavirus effects

Among the cuts, The Woodlands Township is holding back on several new administrative positions in its fire department to save $285,000, and it is postponing discussions of a possible new arts center until hotel tax revenue improves.


Hidalgo: Harris County trending toward COVID-19 threat level downgrade

Harris County has been at the highest possible COVID-19 threat level since late June, but the data related to the number of new cases per day, hospitalizations and testing positivity mean the threat level could be downgraded in the near future, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said Sept. 15.


A breakdown of data and demographics for students and teachers in Conroe ISD

The Texas Education Agency compiles information about campuses in each public school district each academic year, including enrollment and demographics. Normally, it also includes results from the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness tests, but those were not held this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.


Rising property values help reduce tax rates for Conroe, Tomball and Magnolia ISDs

Increases in the tax base mean tax rates are not expected to increase in Conroe, Tomball or Magnolia ISDs in fiscal year 2020-21, according to their proposed budgets.



The Woodlands Parks and Recreation launches first 'Rocket League' esports tournament

The tournament requires advance registration, and prizes will be awarded to the top two competitors in each division.


Tamina nonprofit Children's Books on Wheels to host dance party fundraiser

The BYOB October event features dancing and live music, and proceeds will benefit the nonprofit and help the Tamina community.