• Chad Simmons Named Taylor Head Football Coach

    Chad Simmons Named Taylor Head Football Coach

    By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees Monday night appointed Chad Simmons as the new head football coach at Taylor High School. Simmons had served on the Cinco Ranch coaching staff since 2000, and as defensive coordinator since 2004. Simmons comes into a good situation at Taylor. Last year’s squad made it to the area round of the playoffs before losing to Langham Creek and finishing with a 6-5 record. The […]

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  • Brawner, City Looking Forward as New Year Begins

    Brawner, City Looking Forward as New Year Begins

    By George Slaughter A new year brings with it new goals. But for the city of Katy, its storm water management goals come from last year’s hurricane. “It’s time to implement the planning that has been going on for the past six months,” Mayor Chuck Brawner said in an interview. Costello, the firm hired by the city to develop the storm water management plan, expects to provide the city with a design in March. Brawner […]

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  • A Katy Athlete and High School Coach Struck by Pickup Truck on Katy Streets.

    A Katy Athlete and High School Coach Struck by Pickup Truck on Katy Streets.

    Professional runner and two time Guinness World Record holder Calum Neff was struck by a vehicle during his morning training run on Thursday, November 16th. The St. John XXIII High School cross country coach fractured his leg when a driver, who had stopped at the crosswalk leaving his neighborhood on Peek just North of Westheimer, did not see him as he passed in front of his vehicle and accelerated into Neff. Calum was on his […]

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  • National Charity League, Inc., Star Chapter Honors Twenty-Five Seniors

    National Charity League, Inc., Star Chapter Honors Twenty-Five Seniors

    On Sunday, February 18, 2018, National Charity League, Inc., Star Chapter (NCL, Inc.) will honor the Senior Class of 2018 at the Chapter’s annual Senior Recognition Ceremony.  This formal event will take place at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square at 6:30 p.m.  The evening includes recognition of each of these 25 graduating seniors for their accomplishments and contributions to the community, as well as dinner and dancing with family and friends in attendance. Over […]

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  • Katy-Area Veterans Honored for their Vietnam War-Era Service

    Katy-Area Veterans Honored for their Vietnam War-Era Service

    By George Slaughter With today’s headlines focused on potential terrorist activities and tensions with North Korea, it’s easy to forget those who served America in earlier conflicts, such as the Vietnam War. Saturday, at the clubhouse in the Heritage Grand community, 25125 Heritage Grand, approximately 65 local veterans and their families were remembered and honored for their service during that era, from the 1960s through 1977. The program by which they are remembered, the “United […]

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Houston Federation of Teachers: Optimistic Era Starts with New School Board  

HOUSTON—Statement from Houston Federation of Teachers President Zeph Capo on the swearing in of Houston Independent School District Board of Education members: “Last fall, Houston families and voters sent a clear message that they value the voices of educators and will stand with candidates who embrace community-driven solutions to the challenges that face our schools. With the installation of the new Houston Independent School District school board members, we see enormous potential for progress and […]

Sen. Cruz: Without Life, There is No Liberty

Praises March for Life 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement in recognition of the 2018 March for Life, where millions of Americans gather in Washington, D.C. and across the country to rally support for pro-life policies at all levels of government, and defend the unborn: “As we celebrate the precious gift of every life, we also pause to mourn, and honor those lives lost to the scourge of […]

Wharton Journal Spectator: Cruz Praised for Helping Resident Get FEMA Aid

‘Senator Cruz’s office stepped in, as a senator of the people, and he helped me. I wanted to tell this story so he can help others’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Wharton Journal Spectator recently ran an article highlighting U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The article describes a Texas resident’s challenging experience obtaining a federal loan from FEMA, and touts Sen. Cruz and his state staff for providing assistance in his efforts, “I want […]

Sen. Cruz: A Quality Education is the Gateway to the American Dream

Speaks at rally to kick off National School Choice Week  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today delivered remarks at a rally to celebrate the annual kick off of National School Choice Week, which begins on Sunday. There, Sen. Cruz discussed the importance of school choice, calling it ‘the civil rights issue of the 21st century.’ Watch Sen. Cruz’s full remarks here. “We’re here this morning to celebrate,” Sen. Cruz said. ‘We’re here this morning to celebrate parents, teachers, […]

Texas AG Responds to Senator Paul  Bettencourt’s Request for Opinion on Taxpayer Monies in Politics

Ken Paxton

Opinion against promoting candidate or issue oriented electioneering will be sent to TEA and SOS Elections Division Austin –  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office released their opinion in response to a request by State Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) who asked whether school districts, encouraged by a third-party advocacy group, are operating within the bounds of Texas law by promoting the use of taxpayer resources to nearly mandate participation in candidate or issue oriented electioneering and […]

Disaster Unemployment Benefit Payments for Hurricane Harvey Ending in February

Date: January 18, 2018 AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) reminds individuals whose employment or self-employment was impacted by Hurricane Harvey and who are receiving disaster unemployment benefits that their payments will end in February 2018. The Disaster Assistance Period for Hurricane Harvey ends Feb. 24, 2018, which means the benefit week ending Feb. 24, 2018, is the final payable week for customers receiving Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) for Hurricane Harvey. As per federal guidelines, TWC will […]

AG Paxton Unveils New Training Video to Mobilize Texans in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today introduced a new comprehensive training video to educate and mobilize all Texans in the fight against human trafficking. The nearly hour-long video was developed over the last year by the attorney general’s Human Trafficking/Transnational Organized Crime (HTTOC) section and debuted during a public screening at the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center. “This remarkable training video represents my deep conviction to inform, educate and empower Texans to prevent, recognize […]

Katy ISD Seeks Community’s Input on 2018-19 Instructional Calendar

January 18, 2018 – Every year, Katy Independent School District receives input from parents, students, staff and community members to develop an instructional calendar for the upcoming school year.  As part of the Katy ISD “Your District, Your Voice” initiative, the District is seeking community feedback on three instructional calendar options. On Friday, January 19, the Katy ISD community will be able to provide their input through the 2018-19 Instructional Calendar survey which will be sent via […]

Katy ISD Promotes Student Enrollment in Pre-Advanced Placement Courses  

January 15, 2018 – Parents of Katy ISD fifth graders who will be attending junior high in 2018-2019 are invited to learn more about the Pre-AP and AP program. Through an educational presentation, the District looks to provide an overview of the advanced academics in Katy ISD which will address commonly asked questions about student participation in Pre-Advanced Placement courses.  Information can be found on the GT and Advanced Academics website under the Quick Links Presentation tab, […]

Get Tips On Starting A Vegetable Garden At Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library

Seasoned gardeners, as well as beginning gardeners who might be considering starting a vegetable garden for the first time, are invited to attend a special program, “Getting Your Vegetable Garden Growing,” which will take place on Monday, February 12, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m., in the Meeting Room of Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, located at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear. Fort Bend County Master Gardener and Vegetable Specialist Ralph Fuller will […]