The Woodlands Area Student Center News

Conroe ISD unveils design plans for new high school

As the Conroe Independent School District and its board of trustees work out the details for a proposed $511 million bond, design plans for a new high school in the Oak Ridge feeder zone have been released.

PBK Architects was contracted by the district to design the new $141.5 million high school. The 3,000-seat ninth through twelfth grade campus is slated to be built off Riley Fuzzel road across from a planned Grand Parkway extension. Funding for the new school will come from the proposed bond.

The district hopes to have the new Oak Ridge high school completed and open in August of 2018. click here for complete story

Football: Legacy Prep announces new athletic director & head football coach

  Larry Harvey has recently taken the position of athletic director and head football coach at Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy. Harvey brings over 25 years of coaching experience to the private, Christian school located in The Woodlands, Texas.

“I am looking forward to building an athletic program at Legacy Prep known for its character, excellence and pride,” stated new Athletic Director Larry Harvey. “My goal is create a championship-quality program in both boys and girls athletics at the school.”

Legacy Prep is a University-Model School (UMS) comprised of grades pre-kindergarten through 12th with over 400 students. The school prepares students to be successful in college and life by providing a rigorous academic background that is rich in opportunities. Legacy Prep is a Christ-centered school that creates college-worthy, character witnesses for Christ. Click here for complete story

Woodlands-area business owner arrested in murder-for-hire plot

The Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable’s office has arrested the owner of a Woodlands-area business after she allegedly tried to hire someone to murder her husband.

Maria Sosa, 41, is charged with solicitation of capital murder and lodged in the Montgomery County Jail on a $1 million bond. Sosa owns and operates Woodlands Boxing off Rayford Road.

“Ms. Sosa attempted to have her husband murdered though the use of a paid hit man,” Matt Rodrigue, chief deputy with the Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable Office, said during a press conference Friday. “Through the use of undercover law enforcement officers, she met with and paid whom she believed was a man who would carry the murder for her.”

Rodrigue said the investigation and arrest are a collaborative effort between the constable’s office, the Texas Department Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division and Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. click here for complete story

Root for the home teams at the annual Boots versus Badges softball game

BootsBadgesCome out and root for both home teams at a friendly game of softball between The Woodlands Fire Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. The home team players will strive to be safe at home just like The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch. Come show your appreciation for all these organizations do to keep us safe!

You won’t want to miss the fun of the Boots vs. Badges softball game. The spirited rivalry between these players is sure to be entertaining. The win-loss record stands with the sheriff’s office up by one win. Join us to see who will prevail this year!

Boots Vs. Badges Softball Game
Sponsored by The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch
Saturday, August 8, 2015
6:30 to 8 p.m.
McCullough Jr. High, Scotland Yard Field
Admission is free

Hamburgers, hot dogs and other concessions will be sold benefiting The Woodlands High School Baseball Booster Club.

You don’t want to miss this and other National Night Out events! For more information, please visit or call 281-210-3800.

Summer camp shows kids different side of CISD police

The Conroe Independent School District’s police department prides itself on being close to parents and children in the community. For 17 years, Conroe ISD Police Activities League has raised thousands of dollars to host a weeklong summer camp for fifth and sixth grade students.

Makayla Perryman, 16, an 11th grader at Oak Ridge High School, tries her luck at fishing during the Conroe ISD Police Activity League summer camp program picnic at Lake Conroe Park on Friday, July 17, 2015.
Makayla Perryman, 16, an 11th grader at Oak Ridge High School, tries her luck at fishing during the Conroe ISD Police Activity League summer camp program picnic at Lake Conroe Park on Friday, July 17, 2015.

This year, the Police Activities League spent about $30,000 to host its annual summer camp July 14-17, drawing 263 kids from all over Conroe ISD. Almost 100 kids were from The Woodlands. click here for complete story

I-45 in Spring to be closed this weekend

The main lanes of Interstate 45 north in Spring between Rayford Road and FM 2920 will be closed this weekend for construction on the Grand Parkway.

Drivers will be detoured to the frontage roads going southbound from Rayford Road to FM 2920 and going northbound from FM 2920 to Texas 99, known as the Grand Parkway, while crews work on pavement expansion and drainage work along Interstate 45 north. The closures will be in effect from 8 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday. Law enforcement will be on site to direct traffic. click here for complete story

Jordan’s Sweet Shoppe a tasty addition to The Woodlands, satisfies any sweet tooth

1024x1024 (1)Back in February of 2015, Jordan’s Sweet Shoppe opened up in Creekside Village, making everyone’s childhood dream of having a candy store at their fingertips come true. Located beside Crust Pizza and across the street from Subway, Jordan’s attracts adults and children alike, appealing to everyone’s sweet tooth.

“It’s a great family place,” Owner, Greg Witkop, said. “Parents can bring their kids here and they both have a good time.”

When a customer first walks through the doors, they will find themselves faced with over 1100 different types of candy to choose from. Located at 26400 Kuykendahl Road, Suite a130, there is something for everyone in the store. The shoppe’s best sellers are the triple dipped malt balls and chocolate covered gummy bears from the bulk candy bins. click here for complete story

Girls Golf: Montgomery’s Hailee Cooper takes fast track to stardom with common-sense approach

Montgomery’s Hailee Cooper doesn’t exactly remember the first time she got her hands on a golf club. But she smiles at the thought.

Cooper’s father, 41-year-old Montgomery High School girls golf coach Ronnie Cooper, has a pretty good idea. You might say a definitive one.

“I’d say she was probably 3 years old,” Ronnie Cooper said on Friday morning at the Grand Pines Golf Club, a satellite course to Bentwater Yacht and Country Club, located on the northern shores of Lake Conroe. “Her grandfather (the late Mac Hairston) put a club in her hand when she was an infant. Two, maybe three weeks old.

The 15-year-old Montgomery High School sophomore has already experienced more in her career than some of her contemporaries finishing their college careers. Cooper won the UIL Class 6A individual medalist honors on April 28 in Georgetown, turning in a score of 68-71 — 141 to win the 36-hole tournament by two strokes over friend and rival Kaitlyn Tapp of Austin Lake Travis High School.

Colleges come calling

Hailee Cooper got her first college scholarship offer as an eighth grader, but the family has not yet created a P.O. box to handle the bulk of mail she’ll soon be receiving from recruiters, both in and outside the world of golf. click here for complete story

Malatesta Twins: A True Team

We have a first here at Woodlands Online for our Profile of the Week because we usually profile just one student. Well, you get double the fun this week because we found two TWHS rising sophomores in The Malatesta twins…Mackenzie and McKay. That’s Kiki and KK to you.

We’ve all had some twins as friends when we were in grade school but for those of us who decided to come into this world alone, we have no clue what it would be like to have a twin. The twins (Lefebre’s) I grew up with wore the same clothes and I could never tell them apart so I just called them, Debbie/Lisa every time I saw one of them. click here for complete story

Beignet, coffee shop brings New Orleans flavor to The Woodlands

The smell of melting powdered sugar sprinkled on piping hot, pillowy dough fills the air at a small corner café in The Woodlands.

In the former storefront of Brazillian Grain Coffee in the Alden Bridge Village Center, the first beignet and coffee shop in The Woodlands opened its doors earlier this month.

Lou Lou’s Beignets, a café that serves up coffee and the popular French doughnuts, has tantalized folks with its authentic New Orleans-style beignets, chicory latte and café au lait. During its soft opening, the shop had a line out the door and served free coffee and beignets to 380 people. Weeks after opening, Lou Lou’s Beignets still has wait times of up to 30 minutes during its peak weekend hours. click here for complete story


80-yr old woman found in pool in The Woodlands reported as a drowning

IMG_9967On Thursday, 07/23/15, at approximately 7:20 AM, Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division were dispatched to a reported drowning at 11 Villeroy Way, in the community of Carlton Woods.  Upon arrival, emergency medical personal were attempting life saving measures to a female that had been removed from the pool at the residence. The victim was identified to be Sarlaben Patel, 80 years old. Mrs. Patel was found face down in the pool, unconscious and not breathing by family members who also live at the residence.

She was declared deceased by emergency medical personal at 7:58 AM. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives and Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Connelly responded to the scene and began an investigation. No foul play is suspected at this time.

UPDATE: The 80-year old woman found in a swimming pool in The Woodlands, is being reported as a drowning victim.

11th Annual Candice Collins Volleyball Camp a huge success

The Woodlands College Park High School hosted their annual volleyball camp from June 20-23, and youth from The Woodlands area came out in numbers.

The camp, for incoming 4th thru 9th grade girls featured two sessions — an session for elementary school players and an session for incoming middle school thru incoming high school freshman. Participants had the opportunity to work with the College Park coaching staff led by 11-year Lady Cavalier head coach Candice Collins.

The camp serves many purposes. First and foremost, it is to teach the basic fundamentals of volleyball to the younger campers. For the older campers, it is about helping them develop their skill sets. Coach Collins summer camps span the scope of skills for students looking to learn the fundamentals of the game, or hone their craft to prepare for the next level of competition.


Two juveniles arrested after father turns them in

Two juveniles were arrested July 14 for an alleged burglary of a habitation after a parent found the stolen items and called police.

police-sirenA deputy was dispatched to the 3600 block of Roy Bean Road regarding a burglary of a habitation. During the investigation it was determined that two juvenile subjects allegedly had gone to a neighbor’s house and crawled through the doggie door in order to make entry. Several items were allegedly removed from the home.

The burglary was discovered when the parent of one of the juvenile suspects noticed property in his home that he knew did not belong to his child. Both juvenile suspects were arrested.

Golf: Ex-Lady Highlanders battle at WTGA State Amateur Championship

Allie Andersen

For someone who had zero match play experience prior to this week, Allie Andersen from The Woodlands has shown no signs of backing down at the 94th WTGA State Amateur Championship.

The 14-seeded Andersen, a sophomore at Colorado State, upset third-seeded Kelly McGovern in Wednesday’s Round of 16 by the score of 2&1. McGovern, a TCU junior, is also from The Woodlands and attended high school with Andersen. click here for complete story


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