• Police to Request More Officers for New Substation

    Police to Request More Officers for New Substation

    By George Slaughter The Katy Police Department is requesting that the city hire more police officers for a substation being built at Katy Mills Mall. Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll said a public perception exists that both the mall and the nearby Typhoon Texas waterpark are not safe, and a revenue drop off—for both local businesses and the city—results from that. He cited a recent case in which police charged two suspects with aggravated […]

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  • Katy Man Receives 25-Year Sentence

    Katy Man Receives 25-Year Sentence

    By George Slaughter A Katy man Tuesday received a 25-year prison sentence for aggravated robbery, burglary of a motor vehicle, theft, credit card abuse, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Luis Joel Aguilar, 32, received the sentence in Judge Leslie Yates’s 182nd District Court in Houston. According to Katy Police, Aguilar was a documented criminal gang member of the Houstone (Tango Blast) street gang. He had been recently released from prison when, in March […]

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  • Tax Grant Approved for Katy Rice Festival

    Tax Grant Approved for Katy Rice Festival

    By George Slaughter A $75,000 Convention and Tourism Bureau hotel occupancy tax grant application for the 2019 Katy Rice Harvest Festival was approved by the Katy City Council Monday night. The festival, a local tradition since 1981, is scheduled for Oct. 11-13 in downtown Katy, between 1st Street and 4th Street and Avenue A and Avenue D. The city last year took over the festival sponsorship from the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, which declined […]

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  • Katy Police Charge Two Suspects with Felony Credit Card Abuse

    Katy Police Charge Two Suspects with Felony Credit Card Abuse

    By George Slaughter Two Houston residents have been charged with felony credit/debit card abuse in connection with a diesel fuel theft last week. Katy Police arrested and charged Jorge Luis Castillo Barrera, 34, and Norma Hernandez, 34. At about 7:08 p.m. last Thursday, officers observed a gray Chevrolet pickup truck at the ConocoPhillips gas station, 5249 Franz Rd. Police said Barrera was observed pumping diesel fuel into an auxiliary fuel tank located in the open bed […]

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  • Board of Trustees Names Deputy Superintendent for Katy ISD 

    Board of Trustees Names Deputy Superintendent for Katy ISD 

    KATY [April 22, 2019] – During the Katy Independent School District April Board meeting this evening, Board of Trustees voted 7-0 to name Leslie Haack as the new Deputy Superintendent for the District. Ms. Haack returns to Katy ISD, where she began her educational career back in 1998 at Taylor High School as a teacher and assistant coach.  The following year, she transferred to Cinco Ranch High School where she taught and coached for two years prior […]

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Severe Weather Possible Through the Overnight Hours

The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting a potential for severe weather in Harris County through tomorrow morning. Storms will affect areas north of I-10 starting this afternoon, then move south into the Houston area by this evening. Most of the severe weather will occur during the overnight hours. The storms are expected to move quickly, but lingering rain may affect the early morning commute. The primary threats include locally heavy rainfall, hail and damaging winds. What […]

$1 million grant to restore college dreams washed away by Harvey

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — More than 500 students attending five Texas A&M System campuses withdrew from school and did not return after Hurricane Harvey swamped the Texas coast in 2017. A $1 million grant from the State of Qatar via the Qatar Harvey Fund will now help to support those aspiring scholars with a revamped safety net and money to help cover their tuition, fees, books, living expenses and even emergency expenses at Texas A&M […]

The YMCA of Greater Houston is now open for camp registration

The YMCA of Greater Houston is now open for camp registration and ready to help parents plan ahead. Youth camps are available for kids ages 5 to 11 and teen camps are open for kids ages 12 to 15. Everything from Day Camps to Overnight Camps, kids will be able discover what they are passionate about and form healthy relationships. Please see more details below: Day Camps o   Adventure Camp is a day camp that will offer a wide-array […]

She’s Spring Nature a one-day outdoor workshop on May 10th

Fort Bend 4-H will be hosting She’s Spring Nature a one-day outdoor workshop on May 10th from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at the John B Harrison Foundation (8200 Whaley-Long Point Rd Richmond, TX 77469). This registration is FREE. This workshop will focus on mothers and daughters appreciation of self and nature. There will be self-reflection, a mediation nature walk, and a yoga session to increase self-care practice. This workshop is open to youth ages of 8-18 and […]

Cmr. George P. Bush encouraging Texans to save this weekend with the Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday

George P. Bush

April 27-29 – Be prepared for emergencies and save money! AUSTIN – Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is encouraging Texans to take advantage of the Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday this weekend to be ready in case a natural disaster strikes such as hurricanes, storms, flooding, wildfires and tornadoes. This year’s holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 29. “Texans know a major factor in […]

Legislators Open Budget Negotiations

(Austin) Members of the House and Senate began the process of reconciling the two chambers’ version of the budget on Tuesday.  Both proposals contain identical amounts, $9 billion, towards state leaderships’ top priorities for the session, which the Senate’s lead negotiator says starts discussions off on the right foot. “This process is made easier by the fact that both chambers are prioritizing three key issues, that’s certainly property tax relief, education reform and teacher salary,” […]

Announces Appointment Of New Concertmaster: Yoonshin Song                                                                                               

HOUSTON (April 23, 2019) – Following an extensive search spanning more than three years, the Houston Symphony and Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada announce the appointment of Yoonshin Song as its concertmaster and holder of the Max Levine Chair beginning in the 2019−2020 Season. She succeeds Frank Huang in this position, who left the Houston Symphony at the end of the 2015−2016 Season to take an equivalent position with the New York Philharmonic. Song performs as concertmaster […]


Live Nation Houston just released a slate of new concerts coming soon to the greater Houston area. The full lineup of concerts taking place in the weeks and months ahead is included in the attached excel grid, but we also wanted to highlight a handful of recently announced events that might be of interest for coverage – see below: Mary J. Blige feat. Nas Friday, August 2 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands) […]

Dirt Dogs Theatre Co.  Names Selections For  Second Annual Student Playwright Festival

One-Night-Only Performance: June 5, 2019 HOUSTON, TX — Plays by local high-school seniors, Sierra Butterwick, Lauren Dodds, and Amado Velasco have been chosen by Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. (DDTCo.) as selections for its second annual Student Playwright Festival. Each playwright is awarded a $500 scholarship and is paired with a Houston-based playwright as a mentor to fine-tune the plays and prepare them for production. The students will be guests of honor as their plays are performed […]

Libraries To Close For Staff Development Day 

All branches of Fort Bend County Libraries, which includes the Cinco Ranch Branch Library and the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, will be closed on Friday, May 10, for Staff Development Day.  Regular library hours will resume on Saturday, May 11. Your online library is always open at www.fortbend.lib.tx.us for searching the catalog, renewing books or placing holds, streaming movies, downloading e-books or music, or using the research databases. For information, contact the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.