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First phase of master-planned community Audubon underway Model homes are under construction in Heron Heights, the rst neighborhood in Audubon, a 3,000-acre master-planned community. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

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anticipates Audubon will be fully built out in 20 years. With Audubon’s coming, more schools and roadways are likely to be needed, which Yager, Magnolia ISD and the Texas Department of Transportation have partnered to prepare for, he said. “It’s an exciting but scary time for the city of Magnolia with all of the growth,” said Brenda Hoppe, Magnolia City Council member and vice presi- dent of the 4B Community Develop- ment Corp. “We just want to be sure that this still feels like a country town and not overly commercialized. … It’s good and bad. You see all the trees coming down, but on the other hand you can’t stay stagnant. We need the business and the people in order to

keep Magnolia viable.” Yager said Audubon’s develop- ment has largely been tied to the construction of the Hwy. 249 exten- sion through Magnolia, the rst seg- ment of which opened in August. With Hwy. 249 bisecting the mas- ter-planned community, it positions Audubon as a central destination for those in the growing College Station, The Woodlands and northwest Hous- ton areas, he said. “When you think about all those things that are happening at once, we’re in the center,” he said. “[Hwy.] 249 is a huge change in travel time. … In and of itself, location is what’s going to drive the growth.” CONTINUED ON 26

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Bordered by the city of Magnolia—a city of 722 households—the mas- ter-plannedAudubon is poised to bring 4,000-5,000 homes in the next 12-15 years. In the works since 2016, Audu- bon’s rst model homes are scheduled to open in February, said Sam Yager III, executive vice present of Sam Yager Inc., developer of the master-planned community. Spanning 3,000 acres at the cross- hairs of the Hwy. 249 tollway extension and FM 1488 in Magnolia, Audubon will feature 550 acres of mixed uses— including commercial space and thou- sands of multifamily units—as well as parks, miles of trails and single-fam- ily homes, Yager said. Yager said he

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FROMCHRISSY: As we head into a new year, we have included our Annual Community Guide inside this issue. The guide includes top stories to follow in the upcoming year along with recently opened businesses and businesses coming soon, key community data for Tomball and Magnolia, transportation updates and more. We love hearing from our readers, so if you have a story idea or feedback for us, please let us know what you might be wondering about in the community. Chrissy Leggett, GENERALMANAGER

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MARKET TEAM GENERAL MANAGER Chrissy Leggett, cleggett@communityimpact.com EDITOR Anna Lotz REPORTERS Adriana Rezal, Eva Vigh GRAPHIC DESIGNER Ethan Pham ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE April Halpin METRO LEADERSHIP PUBLISHER Jason Culpepper MANAGING EDITOR Matt Stephens ART PRODUCTIONMANAGER Aubrey Galloway CORPORATE LEADERSHIP PUBLISHERS AND FOUNDERS John and Jennifer Garrett GROUP PUBLISHER Traci Rodriguez EXECUTIVE EDITOR Joe Warner CREATIVE DIRECTOR Derek Sullivan SALES DIRECTOR Tess Coverman WHOWE ARE

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FROMANNA: In many ways, our front-page story this month is the culmination of nearly ve years of reporting on new development and road projects in Tomball and Magnolia. We’ve followed the development of Audubon Magnolia since I came to Community Impact Newspaper in 2016, and a project of this size undoubtedly brings unprecedented challenges and opportunities as we see the rst homes take shape. Flip to Page 26 to read more about the 3,000-acre community. Anna Lotz, EDITOR

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Local businesses and eateries that opened in 2020 or are coming in 2021 TRANSPORTATION 15 Next segment of Hwy. 249 to open EDUCATION 16 Tomball ISD facilities to open HEALTH CARE 23 Vaccine distribution begins

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and straight razor shaves. 832-633-7091. www.overyonderbarbershop.com 5 Kenny’s Outdoor Corner opened in January. Located at 16022 Coe Loop Road, Magnolia, the business oers a propane lling station, zero-turn mow- ers, battery-powered lawn equipment and pool supplies. 281-713-5900. https://kennyscorner.com 6 Align Athletics opened in early January, oering outdoor group tness classes for adults, aimed at building en- durance, strength and speed. According to business owner and trainer Cheri Cas- tillo, Align Athletics currently conducts workouts at Real Life Church, located at 23845 Hwy. 249, and Northpointe Intermediate School, located at 11855 Northpointe Blvd., in Tomball. The business also oers workouts via classes conducted on Zoom. 281-973-5995 (text only). www.facebook.com/ groups/440691283969768 7 Red Tag Mattress and Furniture Tomball opened at 27620 Hwy. 249, Ste. B-2, Tomball, on Jan. 1. The location was previously occupied by Pro Furniture USA according to Pro Furniture USA business owner Jay Dubois. Red Tag Mattress and Furniture Tomball oers outdoor, living room and oce furniture. 281-440-1444. https://redtag4u.com 8 Heart & Hustle CrossFit opened at 21901 Hwy. 249, Ste. 400, Houston, on Jan. 4. The new business is housed in a climate-controlled facility that features state-of-the-art equipment. It oers ve dierent classes that cater to all levels of experience and that incorporate high-in- tensity interval training, weightlifting and cardio circuits. 832-377-7153. www.hxhcrosst.com 6A 6B

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NOWOPEN 1 Magnolia Nutrition TX held a grand opening Jan. 25, according to business partner Ashley Mendez. Located at 623 S. Magnolia Blvd., Magnolia, and owned by Carmen Vera, the health-focused smoothie and juice bar’s menu includes items such as energy teas, protein dough- nuts and waes. www.facebook.com/ magnolianutritiontx 2 Camp Lone Star, an outdoor Lutheran ministry, opened its second campus in October at 22610 Tuwa Road, Tomball.

Known as the Pines Campus , the camp and retreat center oers guests of varied ages venue space for Christian-focused events, including weddings, summer camp and overnight retreats, according to Site Manager Wendy Kaiser. Camp Lone Star’s rst location is the La Grange Campus, located in La Grange, Texas. 979-968-1657. www.lomt.com/index.html 3 Tex-Mex restaurant Baja Sur opened Dec. 1 at 26435 Kuykendahl Road, Tomball. Baja Sur is a concept from local restaurateurs John Amato and Jason

Daly, owners of J. Henry’s Draught House & Kitchen in Houston and Craft 96 Draught House + Kitchen in League City. The restaurant oers handcrafted, chef-inspired takes on traditional Tex- Mex cuisine and a selection of unique, tequila-centric craft cocktails. 832-761-5199. www.bajasurfreshmex.com 4 Over Yonder Barber Shop opened in early December at 11730 Spring Cy- press Road, Unit 5, Tomball, according to business owner Giovanni LaVerde. The shop oers a variety of barbering services, including hair cuts, beard trims

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EXPANSIONS 13 Local cafe Victory Pie Company & Cafe , located at 32907 Tamina Road, Magnolia, expanded its menu and busi- ness hours beginning Jan. 12. According to business owner Sheila Blue, the cafe now serves sourdough French toast and a variety of gourmet burgers, in addition to its pot pies. Additionally, the eatery is open Tue.-Fri. from 9 a.m.-8p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The cafe is closed on Sundays and Mondays. 832-403-3066. www.victorypiecompany.com RENOVATIONS 14 Gianna Italian Kitchen underwent renovation in early January to open up the bar area of the restaurant. According to business owner Roberta Caron, the renovation allows space for two more tables for seating. Gianna Italian Kitchen has operated at 28301 Business 249 in Tomball for 18 years, oering lunch, din- ner and daily specials with items such as primavera, pollo nero and chicken picata. 281-290-6676. www.giannaitaliankitchen.com NEWOWNERSHIP 15 Business owners Terre and Amy Albert acquired Ace Handyman Services The Woodlands on Jan. 8. Located at 32618 Tamina Road, Ste C, Magnolia, the business oers home repair and remod- eling services such as kitchen backsplash installation, furniture assembly and shower and tub repair. 936-235-2883. www.acehandymanservices.com ANNIVERSARIES 16 Local used car dealership Magnolia Max Auto Sales LLC celebrated one year of business Jan. 1, according to business owner Roger Torabi. Located at 18730 Pa- tricia Lane, Magnolia, the business oers a selection of vehicles in various makes and models including Ford, Toyota and Nissan. 832-647-0659. www.magnolia- maxautosalesllc.com 17 Top Sushi Tomball , located at 24435 Hwy. 249, Ste. 70, Tomball, celebrated its rst year of business Jan. 23. In addition to

9 Waxing the City oers waxing ser- vices for men and women at 6630 Spring Stuebner Road, Ste. 510, Spring, which opened Jan. 22. Co-owner Swati Desai runs the business with her cousin Neel. Waxing the City oers facial and body waxing in addition to additional services such as lash lifts and brow tints. 832-761- 7206. www.waxingthecity.com Tomball residents Bryan and Keri Camp- bell opened Fetch Pet Care , a pet service franchise, on Nov. 1. The business oers services such as daily dog walking, pet sitting and overnight care. Although based in Tomball, Fetch Pet Care services the greater northwest Houston area, including Magnolia, Cypress, Spring and The Woodlands as well. 832-862-2044. https://www.facebook.com /fetchofnwhouston COMING SOON 10 Kids ‘R’ Kids South Woodlands plans to open in early March at 23303 Kuykendahl Road, Tomball. The child care and early education center will oer programs for infants, toddlers, pre- schoolers and pre-K students, as well as before- and after-school care and camps. The new campus is currently oering pre-enrollment. 832-479-2658. www.kidsrkids.com/south-woodlands 11 The rst Scooter’s Coee location in the Greater Houston area is expected to launch at Creekside Park West, located at 26543 Kuykendahl Road, Tomball, in the spring, according to the Howard Hughes Corp. The Nebraska-based coeehouse oers a variety of hot and iced coee drinks, including seasonal specialties, in addition to teas, smoothies, breakfast 12 Pine Street Eats & Sweets is slated to open at 107 N. Pine St., Tomball, in the spring, according to business owner Megan Teismann. The business will serve breakfast, lunch and baked goods, specializing in a variety of biscuit sand- wiches. The restaurant will also oer ice cream and a full-service bakery. 936-231-8667. www.facebook.com/ Pine-Street-Eats- Sweets-591518631297338 foods and bakery items. www.scooterscoee.com

The mobile food trailer will open in mid-February on FM 1774 in Magnolia.

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Local residents Cherie and husband Todd Boudreaux will open a seasonal seafood boiling trailer at the corner of FM 1774 and Tudor Way in Magnolia in mid-February. Boudreaux’s Boiling Shack oers seafood boiled in an original crawsh seasoning blend and will also serve boiled sausage, corn and potatoes. “It seemed like the time was right now with [COVID-19] and everyone eating out [and] getting to-go food,” Cherie said. “We’ve always wanted to do boiled seafood because it’s something we grew up doing in south Louisiana.” Hailing from the Lafayette area of Louisiana and moving to northwest Houston 15 years ago, Todd said the business will supply a need for a nearby crawsh joint. “It takes 20-25 minutes to go get crawsh—you have to go to Tomball or new Magnolia. There’s denitely a demand for it, ... and we’re just trying to supply that need,” Todd said. sushi rolls such as the California, Shaggy Dog and Caterpillar, Top Sushi Tomball’s menu also oers sushi rice bowls, cock- tails and desserts. 281-246-0002. www.topsushitomball.com CLOSINGS 18 Jayden Layne Boutique has consol- idated its two locations into its Tomball

The business plans to open during crawsh season, which usually runs from February to June. The business is set to open in mid-February, however, as a result of cooler temperatures causing a shortened crawsh supply this season. With warmer temperatures coming soon, Cherie said she looks forward to starting the venture in Magnolia. “We are looking forward to meeting so many people in our area and just getting to know our customers ... and having fun doing what we love,” Cherie said. The trailer will be located at 37707 FM 1774, Magnolia. 281-798-0338. www.facebook.com/needcrawsh

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location at 309 Market St., Ste. B, accord- ing to business owner Brittani Johnson. As a result, the boutique closed its Magnolia location at 17902 FM 1488 on Jan. 16. The boutique oers a selection of women’s, men’s and children’s apparel, as well as other accessories and home decor products. 832-588-3566. www.jaydenlayne.com

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compared to Montgomery County’s ve, which allows it to better distrib- ute cases and average 2,283 cases per court. Each Montgomery County court averages 3,476 cases. “If we add two courts at law, Montgomery County would be at 2,483 cases per [court],” Peace said. “This recommended option would provide both relief to our [county courts at law] and also prepares us for our continued growth trends that we see here in Montgomery County.” Peace noted the creation of new courts is not immediate, as a new court has to be approved by the Texas Legislature. If approved, it would be created in September, and funding for the court would begin as early as September or

as late as January 2023. County Judge Mark Keough ques- tioned where the new courts would go if approved. County Court at Law 2 Judge Claudia Laird said the old Child Protective Services court, which acts as an overow court and where the Commissioners Court used to meet, could act as a space for the new court. “As for the second court, I do not know where you would put it,” Laird said. “I think this lets itself to a larger conversation we have been having with you about the inadequacies of the courthouse complex for growth, space and security.” Commissioners unanimously voted to defer a decision but were set to discuss again Jan. 26 after press time.

The Montgomery County commis- sioners began talks to add two more courts at law to lower the average number of cases seen per court during a Jan. 12 meeting. According to Chad Peace, Mont- gomery County Oce of Court Administration director, the last court at law was created in 2007. “Since that time, annual case lings have risen 26.2%, and the population has increased 32.4%, or 177,000 people,” Peace said. Peace presented demographic information comparing Montgom- ery County to Denton, Fort Bend, Williamson and Cameron counties. Despite having a lower population than Denton and Fort Bend counties,

Montgomery County’s case count is second only to Denton. “We had 17,381 [cases]; that is second only to Denton County, who had 18,262 ... for scal year 2019,” Peace said. “This count also includes our probate, mental health, juvenile and family cases.” Peace added Denton County currently has eight courts at law, Commissioner James Metts speaks in support of new courts. (Screenshot via Montgomery County livestream) SCREENSHOT VIA MONTGOMERY COUNTY LIVESTREAM

Society of Samaritans food pantry to expand to 2,500 square feet Construction is underway for Magnolia-based nonprot Society of Samaritans to expand its food pantry from 700 square feet to 2,500 square feet. Located within the West Montgomery County Community Development Center at 31355 Friend- with the grocery cart, pick their own groceries and make decisions for their family, and that way we’ll know they’ll enjoy the food they get,” Jensen said. The pantry’s expansion comes as the organiza- tion saw increased demand for food assistance as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In 2020 alone, Jensen said the Society of Samari- BY ADRIANA REZAL

ship Drive, Society of Samaritans oers food assistance, job services and nancial assistance. Executive Director Shirley Jensen said construc- tion began Dec. 1 and is slated to be completed in June. In addition to expanding pantry services, Jen- sen said oce space will be added for the Financial Family Services department. Jensen said the added space will allow a more diverse selection of food, and clients will be able to select their own items. “The client will have the room to walk through

tans food pantry served over 15,900 families. “Since COVID-19 has struck, we’ve seen three times as many clients as we did before,” Jensen said. “This expansion will allow us to stock healthy foods [and] be prepared for immediate needs and special needs that we’re seeing for families that have children and babies especially. We’re just so thankful and excited that this is going to happen.” Funding for the $960,000 expansion comes from the Montgomery County Community Development

Construction for the expanded food pantry in Magnolia began Dec. 1. (Courtesy Society of Samaritans) COURTESY SOCIETY OF SAMARITANS department’s Community Development Block Grant and Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley, accord- ing to Community Development Finance Coordina- tor Christopher Leppo.

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The Magnolia area includes ZIP codes 77354 and 77355 and Pinehurst ZIP code 77362. The area as a whole has seen its population surpass 72,000 residents as of the latest census estimates for 2019. The city itself, which includes about 2,100 residents, was incorporated in 1968.

The Greater Tomball area includes ZIP codes 77375 and 77377. The area’s population grew by more than 25% from 2014-19, per census estimates. The city of Tomball, which is a smaller geographic area, is home to about 11,700 residents. It was incorporated in 1907.

*HISPANICLATINO IS NOT A RACE, BUT THE HISPANICLATINO PERCENTAGE BELOW MAY INCLUDE MULTIPLE RACES LISTED. THE RACES LISTED, HOWEVER, DO NOT INCLUDE HISPANICLATINO RESIDENTS.

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POPULATION CHANGE

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Harris County 8.83% Montgomery County 17.44% 25.16% 12.09% Five-year change

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LOCAL DEMOGRAPHICS*

EDUCATION LEVEL High school diploma or higher achieved

LARGEST EMPLOYMENT SECTORS**

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25.93% 55.81% 9.27% 0.36% 6.53% 0.00% 0.03% 2.07%

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**EMPLOYMENT FOR AGE 16 AND OLDER 1 Management occupations 2 Sales and related occupations 3 Oce and administrative support occupations 4 Educational instruction and library occupations 5 Business and nancial operations occupations

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90.22% 91.87% 33.58% 38.88%

LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS

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Tomball City Council Mayor: Gretchen Fagan

Position 5: Joe Duncan Position 6: Travis Moatt Position 7: Chuck Adcox Tomball ISD board of trustees President: Matt Schiel Secretary: Lee McLeod Trustee: Mark Lewandowski Trustee: Justin Unser Vice President: Kathy Handler Assistant Secretary: John McStravick Trustee: Michael Pratt

of households are married. 66.63% 62.08% of residents are veterans. 8.01% 7.37% of workers age 16 and older take public transportation to work 0.55% 0.92% of households have internet access. 93.08% 93.63%

Precinct 2: Charlie Riley Precinct 3: James Noack Precinct 4: James Metts Magnolia City Council Mayor: Todd Kanna Position 1: Daniel Miller Position 2: Matthew “Doc” Dantzer Position 3: Richard Carby Position 4: Brenda Hoppe Position 5: Josh Abernathy

Judge: Lina Hidalgo Precinct 1: Rodney Ellis Precinct 2: Adrian Garcia Precinct 3: Tom Ramsey Precinct 4: Jack Cagle Montgomery County Commissioners Court Judge: Mark Keough Precinct 1: Robert Walker Harris County Commissioners Court

Position 1: John Ford Position 2: Mark Stoll Position 3: Chad Degges Position 4: Derek Townsend Sr. Position 5: Lori Klein Quinn Magnolia ISD board of trustees Position 1: Kelly McDonald Position 2: Sonja Ebel Position 3: Gary Blizzard Position 4: Kristi Baker

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SHOPPING&DINING

Retailers, restaurants that opened in 2020 or are coming in 2021

Many new eateries opened in Tomball and Magnolia throughout 2020. Tracking T H E O P E N I N G S

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BURROUGHS PARK

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Coee shops 4

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12 Sweetwaters Coee & Tea 9511 FM 1488, Ste. 100, Magnolia 832-934-4737 www.sweetwaterscafe.com $ B CAJUN 13 Kitchen 1488 4130 FM 1488, Ste. 102, Magnolia 936-539-8597 www.kitchen1488.com $$ K MEXICAN 14 Al Chile Taqueria 16918 FM 2920, Tomball 832-559-7702 http://alchiletacos.com $ B 15 Los Tacos Al Pastor 24922 Hwy. 249, Tomball 832-761-5085 www.facebook.com/los-tacos-al-pas- tor-110671110835442 $ B 16 Martha’s Mexican Restaurant 1025 Alma St., Ste. E, Tomball 832-639-8818 https://marthasrestaurants.com $$ B H K ASIAN 17 Top Sushi Tomball 24435 Hwy. 249, Ste. 70, Tomball 281-246-0002 https://topsushitomball.com $$ H K SHOPPING HEALTH&WELLNESS 18 Balanced Foods 6011 FM 1488, Ste. C, Magnolia 832-426-2044 www.balancedfoods.com

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Average entrees: $ Up to $9.99 $$ $10-$19.99

$$$ $20 or more

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K Kids menu

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8 Louisiana Fish House 18252 FM 1488, Magnolia www.facebook.com/louisi- ana-sh-house-602157423136088 $$ K COMING JANUARY 2021 COFFEE AND TEA 9 Barbarossa Coee 9166 FM 2920, Ste. 100, Tomball 832-698-2306 http://barbarossacoee.com $ B 10 Hebrews Community Coee 33130 Magnolia Circle, Magnolia 832-642-0786 www.shophebrews.com $ B COMING FEBRUARY 2021 11 Just Love Coee Cafe 13727 Sunset Canyon Drive, Ste. 400, Tomball 281- 547-6984 https://justlovecoeecafe.com/tomball $ B K

1 Chill Milkshake and Wae Bar 6606 FM 1488, Ste. 110, Magnolia 936-242-1560 https://chillmilkshakeandwaebar.com $ 2 Craft Grill Breakfast Club 25219 Kuykendahl Road, Ste. G150, Tomball 832-400-9800 https://craftgrillrestaurants.com $$ B K 3 Street Food Guru 14245 FM 2920, Ste. 160, Tomball 832-843-6705 www.facebook.com/streetfoodguruTomball $ 4 Unnamed brewery and restaurant by CCJ Collaborations Tomball Business & Technology Park,

WingNuts Express

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5 Wing of Fire 18423 FM 1488, Ste. B, Magnolia 281-767-7050 https://wofmagnolia.com $$ H 6 WingNuts Express 32903 Tamina Road, Magnolia 832-521-3808 www.wingnutsexpress.com $$ K BARBECUE 7 Bexar Barbecue 28301 Hwy. 249, Tomball 832-559-3655

South Persimmon Road www.tomballtxedc.org LAND SALE PENDING; COMING 2021

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Thirsty Bee Meadery

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Martha’s Mexican Restaurant

Magnolia’s Bakery

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COURTESY MARTHA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

COURTESY MAGNOLIA’S BAKERY

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19 Houston Angels’ Nutrition 18708 Hufsmith Kohrville Road, Ste. 500, Tomball 832-843-7681 www.facebook.com/houstonangelsnutri- tion 20 Natural Ways CBD and More 23802 FM 2978, Ste. A5, Tomball 281-547-7061 www.naturalwayscbd.com 21 Sacred Leaf Tomball 24435 Hwy. 249, Ste. 89, Tomball 832-559-8210 www.facebook.com/cbdintomball HOME GOODS 22 Empire Furniture & More 26910 Hwy. 249, Tomball 713-933-9604 www.empirehomegoods.com 23 Moore House Interiors 724 W. Main St., Tomball 832-698-4426 www.moorehouseinteriors.com 24 Red Tag Mattress and Furniture Tomball 27620 Hwy. 249, Ste. B2, Tomball 281-440-1444 www.redtag4u.com FOOD&DRINKS 25 Hometown Spirits 12131 Northpointe Blvd., Ste. 3, Tomball 281-205-7326 www.facebook.com/hometown-spir-

www.facebook.com/hteaotomball COMING FEBRUARY 2021 27 La Michoacana Meat Market 27722 Hwy. 249, Tomball 281-516-2683 www.lamichoacanameatmarket.com 28 Magnolia’s Bakery 32350 Hwy. 249, Ste. 100, Pinehurst 281-789-7161 www.facebook.com/magnoliasbakery21 29 Seed Sowers 17303 Shaw Road, Cypress 281-257-5511 www.seasonsharvest.farm/seedsowers CLOTHING& JEWELRY 30 Jack Yacoubian Jewelers 14100 Spring Cypress Road, Cypress 281-251-0408 31 Le Chateau Chic Boutique 9511 FM 1488, Ste. 1000, Magnolia 832-521-3560 https://lechateauchicboutique.com PET 32 Pet Supplies Plus 27754 Hwy. 249, Ste. 20, Tomball 832-698-1420 www.facebook.com/psptomball FIREARMS 33 TX Arsenal 35407 Hwy. 249, Bldg. A, Pinehurst 281-789-7162 www.txarsenal.com

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LOCAL HOT SPOTS Old Town Tomball—the four-block area from Pine to Elm streets—saw several business openings in 2020 with more expected in the year ahead. 34 Burlap Ranch Baby 121 Commerce St., Tomball 832-857-3440 https://burlapranch.com https://jaydenlayne.com 36 Mercy House Global 418 W. Main St., Tomball 832-652-3762 https://mercyhouseglobal.org 37 Pine Street Eats and Sweets 107 N. Pine St., Tomball 936-231-8667 wwww.facebook.com/pine-street-eats- 35 Jayden Layne Boutique 309 Market St., Ste. B, Tomball 832-588-3566

sweets-591518631297338 B K COMING SPRING 38 Skeeter’s Dogs and Desserts 102 Market St., Tomball 832-698-4523 $$ K COMING FEBRUARYMARCH 39 Thirsty Bee Meadery 108 Commerce St., Tomball 281-826-3290 www.thirstybeemeadery.com 40 Tomball Treasures 309 Market St., Ste. D, Tomball 832-698-1248 www.facebook.com/Tomball-Trea- sures-111242680645355 41 Wildower Bridal 120 W. Main St., Tomball 832-497-7799 www.wildowerbridaltx.com

its-111958820518741 26 HTeaO Tomball 905 W. Main St., Tomball

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Updates on key transportation stories

2 0 2 1 S P E C I A L E D I T I O N

OTHER PROJECTS TO FOLLOW IN 2021

TOP TRANSPORTATION STORIES OF 2021

Construction of high-speed rail in 2021 bungled by litigation

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A case Texas Central won in 2020 has been appealed to the Texas Supreme Court regarding whether the company qualies as a railroad company. If the court rules against Texas Central, it would not be able to use eminent domain. TEXAS SUPREME COURT LOOKING TOWARD 2021 Ocials with Texas Central want to start construction on a high-speed rail project in 2021, but several sources of opposition remain.

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denition of a railroad company in the Texas Transportation Code. “We are condent the Texas Supreme Court will see the truth of how Texas Central is attempting to circumvent the law,” said Kyle Work- man, the president of Texans Against High Speed Rail, an opposition group supporting Miles in the suit. At the same time, state Rep. Steve Toth, RThe Woodlands, has led a bill that will be taken up during the 2021 Texas legislative session. If passed, House Bill 114 would restrict state agencies from issuing permits to private high-speed rail entities unless they have obtained all necessary federal permits for the construction. Texas Central did not respond to a request for comment for this article.

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Ocials with Texas Central, the company seeking to build a 240- mile high-speed rail line connecting Houston to Dallas, are aiming to start construction on the project in 2021. A state appeals court ruled Texas Central ocially qualies as a rail- road company in May, which allows the company to move forward with eminent domain proceedings, which could be needed to acquire some of the parcels of land where the railroad will be built. The plainti in the case—James Miles, a landowner who has refused to sell his land to Texas Central— appealed to the Texas Supreme Court on Dec. 11. In his ling, Miles argued Texas Central does not meet the

Direct connectors taking shape The Harris County Toll Road Authority is continuing work on four southbound direct connectors linking the Hwy. 249 tollway and the Grand Parkway. Timeline: March 17, 2020-June 2022 Cost: $92 million Funding source: HCTRA

HOUSE BILL 114

Filed by state Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, the bill would restrict state agencies from entering right of way agreements with private entities unless the entity has obtained all necessary federal approvals for the construction of a high-speed rail project.

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Hwy. 249 Segment 1B to open Section 1B of the Hwy. 249 extension is expected to open in spring 2021 from FM 1488 to FM 1774 in Todd Mission, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The larger $843.8 million project will stretch from FM 1774 in Pinehurst to Hwy. 105 in Navasota once Segment 2 is complete in late 2023. Section 1A opened in August from FM 1774 to FM 1488 in Magnolia. Timeline: early 2018-spring 2021 Cost: $518.6 million (Section 1) Funding source: TxDOT

Montgomery Countymobility priorities coming this year

Harris County mobility plans wrap up in 2021

BY EVA VIGH

north-south connectivity, and highway accessibility. Projects may be submitted for consideration through the Hous- ton-Galveston Area Council, which will solicit items for its Transpor- tation Improvement Program in September—a nancial plan of projects approved to receive federal funding over the next four years. Megan Siercks, senior project meeting that stakeholder meetings would need to be held in each pre- cinct with 10-15 members from each community, followed by additional community meetings in early 2021. Precinct 2 is also developing its own mobility plan with the HGAC, which will continue to take shape this year and is the rst look at mobility in Precinct 2 since Hwy. 249’s construction, Commissioner Charlie Riley said. manager at BGE, said at an Oct. 13 Commissioners Court

With the last Montgomery County projects funded by a 2015 road bond underway and updates still pending for the county’s Major Thoroughfare Plan, area ocials are looking to shape a new set of transportation priorities in 2021. The Montgomery County Major Thoroughfare Plan, last updated in 2016 and originally scheduled for revision in 2020, was pushed back to the summer of 2021 as a result of COVID-19-related delays. However, ocials said before that gets o the ground, the county’s four precincts will need to hold a series of commu- nity meetings this spring. According to Brown and Gay Engineers, the company updating the thoroughfare plan through a $125,000 contract with the county, the update to the 2016 plan will include an analysis of major roadways, east-west and

BY HANNAH ZEDAKER

Harris County ocials are planning to nalize the Countywide Transportation Plan this year, which will serve as a guide for future transportation projects, programs, policies and advocacy for unin- corporated Harris County—which includes portions of the Tomball area—through 2040. The plan will address all parts of the county’s transportation system—including capital, operating and maintenance activities for all transportation modes. It comprises three separate components: the multimodal thoroughfare plan to assess current and future transpor- tation needs, Vision Zero to decrease trac fatalities and injuries, and the equity in transportation plan. Surveys for each of these plans can be completed at www.eng.hctx.net.

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2978

HARDIN STORE RD.

HUFSMITH CONROE RD

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FM 2978 widening to nish TxDOT’s widening of FM 2978 is scheduled to wrap up in 2021. Phase 1, which stretches from FM 1488 to south of Dry Creek near Hardin Store Road, was 60% complete as of Dec. 31. Phase 2, which stretches from south of Dry Creek to Hufsmith Conroe Road, was 97% complete. Timeline: September 2018-second quarter 2021 (Phase 1), January 2018-rst quarter 2021 (Phase 2) Cost: $21.47 million (Phase 1), $13.7 million (Phase 2) Funding sources: TxDOT, federal

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EDUCATION

News from Tomball ISD, Lone Star College System and Magnolia ISD

TOP EDUCATION STORIES OF 2021 Future of remote learning in 202122 uncertain for Tomball, Magnolia ISDs

SHIFT TO INPERSON

Percentage of students learning in-person

FALL 2020

JANUARY 2021

BY ADRIANA REZAL

The majority of students in Tomball and Magnolia ISDs have participated in face-to- face learning, as the number of students enrolled in remote learning decreased from the start of the fall to the spring semester.

61.5% at the start of the fall semester to 80% as of January. In January, MISD ended remote learning options for students in poor academic standing. Junior high and high school students meeting higher academic standards can still opt for virtual learning; however, they are not able to participate in extracurric- ular activities, and coursework will not count toward class rank. “For some kids, the structure of [online learning] just did not work,” MISD Superintendent Todd Stephens said. “One of the things that a classroom and school does oer for our kids is that it ... brings a sense of structure to their learning activities.” MISD saw 80.8% of students choosing in-person instruction at the start of the fall semester increase to 94% of students choosing in-person instruction as of Jan. 19. With an

From face masks to online learning environments, Tomball and Magnolia ISDs have dealt with changes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic since last spring. According to district ocials, however, plans for the upcoming 2021-22 school year have yet to be determined. “We feel strongly that our best edu- cational experiences are oered in a brick-and-mortar setting,” TISD Super- intendent Martha Salazar-Zamora said in an email. “However, we serve various types of learners, and the remote environment may serve them better in some cases.” In TISD, there has been a shift toward more students participating in face-to-face learning since the start of the 2020-21 school year, as the number of students enrolled in face-to-face learning increased from

TOMBALL ISD

61.5%

80%

MAGNOLIA ISD

80.8%

94%

SOURCES: TOMBALL ISD, MAGNOLIA ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

estimated 800 students enrolled in remote learning this spring, Stephens said the district may improve the online learning environment. “We may want to potentially look at enhancing [the online learning environment] to try to attract some of those students who may want it online, but it’s an ongoing story of what that will look like,” Stephens said. Statewide, it is unclear what the

future holds for remote learning options. Remote options available this school year were made possible through waivers of existing state law, and how that might look post-pan- demic could possibly be addressed during the ongoing legislative session, according to the Texas Education Agency, with several bills already led pertaining to remote learning. Additional reporting by Eva Vigh

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ANOTHER STORY TO FOLLOW IN 2021

Lone Star College Systemre-evaluating post-COVIDplans

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“I think we are going to go into the fall with the same philosophy,” Head said. “With the hybrid [courses], faculty have the option of how many times they want to meet.” Head said that as of Dec. 17, coronavirus concerns were still present for students and their families, but student enrollment was slightly up. “We are up 10%, which is amazing,” Head said. Classes began Jan. 19 for the spring semester, according to LSCS. A major factor for how LSCS is going to operate in 2021 is the distri- bution of the coronavirus vaccine. Head said he is unsure as to when the general student population will be able to receive it. In the meantime, Head said, the college plans to continue expanding its online oerings for students and faculty. Prior to the beginning of the pandemic, LSCS had around 35,000

students taking online courses. “We are taking a very close look at what online looks like and expanding it,” Head said. Along with expanding online oerings, LSCS is looking to restart its law enforcement academy; add an esports management course; and expand available spots for its cybersecurity, nursing, and energy, manufacturing and trades programs. “We had 100 sections available, and we want to have 200 students all together next year,” Head said. Head said the plan had been to oer bachelor’s degrees for up to 500 students in ve years, but throughout 2020, the program had over 1,000 applicants. The college is also looking at adding an emergency management program to its baccalaureate oer- ings, which could include EMTs, reghting and police leadership for responding to natural disasters.

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Following a year of change, Steve Head, chancellor of Lone Star College System, said the college is looking to maintain a level of exibility as it begins its spring semester. For the time being, Head said, LSCS will maintain a hybrid model of oer- ing 50% of its courses online, 25% in-person and 25% a combination of remote and face-to-face. As of early 2021, Lone Star College System has seen the following trends: Trends in 2020

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Bond projects to nish Tomball ISD’s third junior high school, Grand Lakes Junior High, is expected to open in August, accommodating 1,500 students in grades 7-8, according to district ocials. The school, located within the Elmer & Dorothy Beckendorf Educational Complex near Cypress Rosehill Road and the Grand Parkway, has a total budget of $50.95 million and is funded by the district’s 2017 $275 million bond referendum. Grand Lakes will be the rst campus to enroll students bound for both Tomball and Tomball Memorial high schools, as new junior high school boundaries approved in February 2020 will take eect for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. Also funded by the bond referendum, the district’s 10,000-seat stadium and community center is scheduled to open in August within the Elmer & Dorothy Beckendorf Educational Complex. The project has a total budget of $48.54 million.

1,000 students applied for its bachelor’s degree program

35,000 students enrolled in online courses

Enrollment is up 10.3% as of Jan. 12.

SOURCE: LONE STAR COLLEGE SYSTEM COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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