Tracy Maness

Freelance writer

Location icon United States of America

The past few years, I have been pursuing other professional endeavors, but I am now ready to refocus on my writing and journalism talents.

I spent much of my college years reporting on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, government affairs, health, community and student programs and religion.

More recently, I have worked as an intern and now freelance writer for Community Impact Newspaper. There, I have covered topics such as education, healthcare, non-profits, law enforcement, business and dining features, the environment and local business developments.

I am skilled at interviewing subjects, writing and editing. I look forward to hearing from you about the stories you need told.

Community Impact Newspaper
Balmoral's Crystal Clear Lagoon, new Humble, New Caney ISD facilities, updates at Generation...

Lone Star College's Process Technology Center will open in January. Atascocita-area neighborhood Balmoral will feature the state's first crystal lagoon. Courtesy Balmoral Humble ISD has plans for several new schools by 2022.Courtesy Humble ISD The first office building in Generation Park's Redemption Square is expected to open this summer.

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Best Wishes Gifts thrives on communal connections after 10 years in Kingwood | Community Impact...

Chris Shelton Chris Shelton Chris Shelton Chris Shelton Best Wishes Gifts has offered artisan-type gifts to the Kingwood area for more than 10 years and has thrived by building personal relationships with customers, owner Dana Koslovsky said. Koslovsky said she was working for another retailer near the Galleria in Houston when she decided to open her own shop.

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Friendswood nonprofit aims to provide coats, gloves to children

The Infinite Hands Initiative hopes to hand out new coats and gloves to at least 100 children at Greater Houston area shelters this year, despite the fact that its founder and president is displaced from her own home after Hurricane Harvey.

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Humble business Hometown Chef Catering Co. provides food service for events | Community Impact...

The Hometown Chef Catering Co. also caters breakfast.Courtesy The Hometown Chef Fried mac and cheese balls are served as an appetizer. Courtesy The Hometown Chef Julio Avila opened the company five years ago with his wife, TiffanyCourtesy The Hometown Chef Several beef dishes are on the menu at The Hometown Chef Catering Co.Courtesy The Hometown Chef The Hometown Chef Catering Co.

Katy Times
Active shooter class teaches residents to `stay aware'

Fulshear Police Department Chief Kenny Seymour said because it typically takes law enforcement three to 3 1/2 minutes to respond to an active shooter situation, citizens need to know how to fend for themselves until help arrives. The department hosted a "Surviving an Active Shooter" class, or Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events.

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Abbey Humble Carpet and Tile provides support after Harvey | Community Impact Newspaper

Ab bey Humble Carpet and Tile owner Charlie Crabtree said he planned to spend the week after Hurricane Harvey helping family members, friends and customers who were affected by flooding. Following the hurricane, which hit the Houston area in late August, Crabtree said he would only begin charging customers for their carpeting, flooring, tile and countertop repairs after Labor Day.

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After personal battle with childhood cancer, Addi's Faith Foundation owners support others facing...

After Addi passed away a couple of weeks short of her second birthday, her mother Amber Bender decided she wanted to help other families battling pediatric cancer. Amber and Tony Bender founded Addi's Faith Foundation in April 2007 and have since raised funds to provide financial assistance to families of children who have cancer and to fund research at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Houston Medical Center.

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Restaurant Week raises money for OakBend Medical Center through Memorial Day | Community Impact...

Diners can order three-course meals at local restaurants now through Memorial Day, all while raising money for the OakBend Medical Center. Fourteen restaurants in Richmond, Rosenberg, Sugar Land and Fulshear will participate in the first OakBend Restaurant Week May 19-29. A percentage of proceeds from select three-course menus will be donated to the hospital.

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Montgomery ISD redistricts for new schools | Community Impact Newspaper

Montgomery ISD has drawn new attendance zones for its 2017-18 school year as it prepares to open two new schools this fall. Substantial construction for Keenan Elementary School will be complete by June 5 and by July 5 for Oak Hills Junior High School.

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HPD captain Colin Weatherly discusses public safety in Kingwood, Summerwood | Community Impact...

After taking over as captain of the Kingwood Division of the Houston Police department in November, Colin Weatherly has focused on becoming more present in the community and creating a family atmosphere at the station. From meeting with community leaders, Weatherly said it is important he knows the intricacies of the Lake Houston area and residents recognize his face.

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B-52 Brewing Co. | Community Impact Newspaper

What began as a college hobby has become much more for B-52 Brewing Co. owners Brent and Chad Daniel. The Conroe craft brewery produces upward of 40 to 50 different beers. The brewery opened in May 2014 and offers a taproom, beer garden, food trucks, games and tours in a family-friendly environment.

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Richmond Summer Camp Guide 2017 | Community Impact Newspaper

Summer Adventure Club at Primrose Waterside Estates Children from kindergarten through fifth grade focus on music, science, cooking, and reading and writing. Campers enjoy trips to various museums and local parks, animal encounters, crazy science, food experiments and field days. The adventure club runs Monday through Friday, June 5-Aug.

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Old Iron Works | Community Impact Newspaper

From a 1915 Stutz Bearcat to a 2010 Jeep Wrangler, Old Iron Works in Montgomery has touched 95 years of automobile history. The shop has specialized in concourse show car restoration since it opened in August 2012. General Manager Justin Hamaker said the business originally began when its crew started building cars at the home of shop owner Richard Mitchell.

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New Year's Resolution Guide for the Katy area | Community Impact Newspaper

22756 Westheimer Parkway, Ste. 160, Katy 2770 FM 1463, Ste. 102, Katy 281-395-0827 * Two Katy facilities offer private fitness training, small group classes, nutritional coaching, supplements and ready-to-go healthy meals. The gyms take a holistic and synergistic approach toward one-on-one personal training and fitness, providing the personal attention clients need to help them improve their health, bodies and lives.

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Long-time Cy-Fair dance studio to launch second location on Mueschke Road

The Dance Factory launched its second location today at 17810 Mueschke Road, Cypress, inside of the Cypress Oaks Church. The original family-owned dance studio has been around for 23 years on FM 529 in Houston. Its classes, which are offered to students ages 2 through teen, include ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and technique.

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I Love Kickboxing to open on Spring Cypress Road next week

A new location of I Love Kickboxing is slated to open next week at 15014 Spring Cypress Road, Ste. 130, Cypress. The gym is complete with a mat and numerous heavy bags. Each class lasts an hour. "It's a fast-paced energy workout that is fun and can burn more than 700 calories in an hour," gym manager Paige Gallemore said.

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C4Cryo brings sub zero therapy to Mueschke Road

Cy-Fair natives Lindsay and Matt Laboski celebrated the soft opening of their cryotherapy center, C4Cryo, Aug. 29 at 16341 Mueschke Road, Ste. 180, Cypress. The business offers whole body cryotherapy, which works using a walk-in cryosauna that exposes the body to temperatures of -200 degrees Fahrenheit for three minutes or less.

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Astros great to celebrate 70th birthday at golf fundraiser for Cy-Hope

The public is invited to join Larry Dierker and other local celebrities at the Blackhorse Golf Club Sept. 22 to celebrate the Houston Astros legend's 70 birthday. The celebration also serves as a fundraiser for local nonprofit Cy-Hope, of which Dierker serves as president of the board of directors.

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Tru Tri Sports plans move to Mueschke Road

Triathlon specialty store Tru Tri Sports, currently located at Hwy. 290 near Barker Cypress Road, will relocate the third week in September to 16341 Mueschke Road, Ste. 220, Cypress. The shop carries all the equipment needed to run, swim and bike in a triathlon.

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Savvas Greek Cuisine and Grill | Community Impact Newspaper

L arry Savvas, the founder of Savvas Greek Cuisine and Grill, was no stranger to the restaurant industry when he opened his new eatery in Atascocita in June 2011. He had operated a restaurant in Greece, his native country, since 2001, before he and his wife and restaurant manager, Lisa Savvas, decided to move back to the U.S.

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Greater Houston Area colleges, universities

Tuition: $12,015 (undergraduate), $9,990 (graduate) Test averages: Minimum GPA 2.0 (undergraduate); 2.5 (Masters of Science); 2.8 (Master's of Business Administration) Test averages: open admissions policy Transfer rate: 15.1 percent 1300 Holman St., Houston * 713-718-6000 6815 Rustic St., Houston 713-718-7000 10041 Cash Road, Stafford 713-718-7800 LSC-CyFair offers satellite campuses at the LSC-Fairbanks Center, located at 14955...

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Conservation groups raise water awareness among local students | Community Impact Newspaper

Regional water authorities, tasked with reducing the use of groundwater in Harris County over the next 20 years, consider water conservation to be a big piece of groundwater use efforts. To that end, officials are partnering with local conservation groups to teach children about water conservation through a historical lens.

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Helping Hands Community Garden | Community Impact Newspaper

With the help of volunteers ranging from elementary school children to retirees, Magnolia's Helping Hands Community Garden gives back to the community through growing fresh produce for those in need and teaching organic gardening practices.

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Humble ISD selects lone finalist for superintendent | Community Impact Newspaper

The Humble ISD board of trustees named Elizabeth Celania-Fagen the lone finalist for superintendent at its May 24 meeting. Fagen's appointment as superintendent will be voted on at a June 14 board meeting after a 21-day period for public input. If approved, she will replace retiring Superintendent Guy Sconzo, who will serve as a consultant until December.

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Volunteers work to refurbish Camp Hope in Cy-Fair | Community Impact Newspaper

More than 500 local Comcast employees and their family members volunteered April 30 to refurbish the PTSD Foundation of America's Camp Hope campus in Cy-Fair. Camp Hope residents and staff worked alongside volunteers to plant 12 large oak trees, stain decks and furniture and make building repairs to an on-site family residence.

Union Baptist Association - Jesus Guillen

UBA Pastor since 1999 by Tracy Maness, UBA Writer's Team, 09/14/2015 Pastor Jesús Guillen of Iglesia Bautista Redención and his family came from Mexico to the United States in 1974 in search of opportunities. He and his wife were married in Nueva Laredo and arrived in Houston in 1977.

Union Baptist Association - John Bisagno

UBA Pastor since 1970 by Tracy Maness, UBA Writer's Team, 06/29/2015 When Dr. John Bisagno preached at Houston's First Baptist Church, he said there were always two invitations: one to join the church and one to leave to help support other churches and ministries.

Union Baptist Association - Jason Lee

UBA Pastor since 1982 by Tracy Maness, UBA Writer's Team, 05/04/2015 Reverend Jason Lee, pastor of Tallowood Chinese Mission, grew up in a Buddhist family in South Taiwan and at the age of 20 became the first Christian in his family while participating in a college campus Bible fellowship.

Union Baptist Association - John D. Morgan

UBA Pastor since 1966 by Tracy Maness, UBA Writer's Team, 03/30/2015 With June 1, 2015, marking his 49th anniversary as pastor of Sagemont Church, Dr. John D. Morgan, a former Moderator of UBA, has seen many changes in his church, community and Union Baptist Association.

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