• Katy Professional Fire Fighters Association Endorses Brawner

    Katy Professional Fire Fighters Association Endorses Brawner

    By George Slaughter Mayor Chuck Brawner Monday received the endorsement of the Katy Professional Fire Fighters Association as he seeks re-election against former police chief Bill Hastings. “Mayor Brawner has made the safety of Katy citizens his number one priority,” association president Harry Haynes said. “Thanks to the grant he initiated, Katy was awarded additional fire fighters, saving taxpayers more than $2 million over a three-year period. Thanks to Mayor Brawner’s fortitude, we are christening […]

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  • Mardi Paws’ Crawfish Boil to benefit Dachshund Rescue of Houston

    Mardi Paws’ Crawfish Boil to benefit Dachshund Rescue of Houston

    Patsy’s Pet Market, in conjunction with Pets Global, the founders of pet food brands Zignature and Fussie Cat, will be hosting a benefit to raise funds for Dachshund Rescue of Houston   (KATY, TX.)—February 14, 2019—In light of Meg Rayburn, the 2-year-old dachshund who was discovered severely injured on New Year’s Eve due to an individual setting off fireworks on her back, Patsy’s Pet Market, in conjunction with PetsGlobal, will be hosting a crawfish boil […]

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  • Council Authorizes Waterline Replacement Project

    Council Authorizes Waterline Replacement Project

    By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night authorized an agreement with HTI Construction of Rosenberg for a waterline replacement project. Streets where the crews will work include Bhandara Court, Cedar Street, Heritage Drive, Jessica Court, and Zareen Lane. The project is worth $579,410. Of this amount, $357,410, or 62%, will come from the city’s reserve water and sewer enterprise fund. The remaining $444,000, or 38%, will come from the city’s 2018-2019 budget. City […]

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  • Downtown Square Renovation Underway

    Downtown Square Renovation Underway

    By George Slaughter Katy officials broke ground Wednesday morning for the renovation of the Katy Square across the street from City Hall. When finished, the square will have a new visitors center, public restroom, and open space. The project is expected to be complete by the Katy Rice Festival in October. The iconic water tower standing on the square will remain, but only for decorative and historical purposes. It will no longer be used for […]

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  • City to Purchase New Aerial Ladder Fire Truck

    City to Purchase New Aerial Ladder Fire Truck

    By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night authorized up to $1.5 million in financing for the purchase of a new aerial ladder fire truck and related equipment for the Katy Fire Department. The new truck is expected within 10 months. Assistant Fire Chief Kenny Parker said the current unit, built in 2004, is now in the shop awaiting parts that had to be manufactured because the engine is an older model. Last year, […]

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Sens. Cruz, Tester Introduce Bipartisan Military Reserve Jobs Act

Bill helps National Guard, Reserves qualify for tiered preference in hiring for civil service jobs WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) today introduced a bipartisan bill that would give qualified members of the National Guard and Reserves a tiered preference in hiring for federal civil service jobs. The Military Reserve Jobs Act would help promote the hiring of National Guard members and Reservists into the federal workforce.“The men and […]

AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Navarro County Man for Possession of Child Pornography

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 42-year-old Jessie Eugene Nalley, of Barry, Texas, on four counts of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony. A CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) led CEU investigators to Nalley, who admitted to possessing child pornography on a cell phone and uploading images to an online account. During a search of […]

Katy Resident is New Chief Nursing Officer at Harris Health System

Toni Cotton (Courtesy of Harris Health System)

HOUSTON (Feb. 15, 2019)—Toni Cotton is the new chief nursing officer (CNO) for Harris Health System’s Ambulatory Care Services, the primary and outpatient care arm of the safety-net healthcare system providing more than 2 million patient visits annually to residents of Harris County through its network health centers, school-based clinics, homeless shelters and specialty facilities. Cotton, MHA, RN, BSN, a long-time resident of Katy, Texas, began her new role in January. She has more than 30 years […]

Seabourne Park Monthly Bird Hike

Photo Credits: Carolina chickadee  at Seabourne Park by Wayne Poorman

Wednesday, March 7             8:00 a.m. Seabourne Creek Nature Park, 3831 Texas 36 South, Rosenberg. All ages and levels of birders are welcome;  meet in the parking lot before 8 AM.  Binoculars and weather-appropriate clothing and footwear are recommended. The monthly series of free, guided Bird Hikes at Seabourne Creek Nature Park in Rosenberg Wednesday, continues March 7 from 8 – 10 a.m.   The early spring birds are arriving, but the chickadees are leaving soon.  The hikes are led by […]

Local Award-Winning Author To Sign New Book At Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library  

Ann Weisgarber

Award-winning historical novelist Ann Weisgarber will read from and sign copies of her newest book, The Glovemaker, at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library on Thursday, March 7, beginning at 2:00 p.m,. in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library organization, which will be selling Weisgarber’s book.  All proceeds will benefit the library. Weisgarber’s first […]

Houston Grand Opera to host book signing by Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers Mar. 10 at Brazos Bookstore

Patrick Summers

What:            Patrick Summers, Houston Grand Opera’s artistic and music director, will sign copies of his new book, The Spirit of This Place: How Music Illuminates the Human Spirit, at Brazos Bookstore on Mar. 10. Copies of the book will be available for purchase in advance and on the day of the event. The book has been described as “a moving credo elucidating Summers’ belief that the arts, especially music, help us to understand our own humanity as intellectual, […]

Sen. Cruz Op-Ed in Washington Post: Make ‘El Chapo’ pay for the border wall

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) penned an op-ed for the Washington Post highlighting his EL CHAPO Act, a bill heintroduced which would reserve any amounts forfeited to the U.S. government as a result of the criminal prosecution of Mexican drug lord Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera (aka “El Chapo”) and other drug kingpins for border security assets and the completion of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In the op-ed, Sen. Cruz urges his Democrat colleagues to support his […]

Sen. Cruz: It Is Only Right El Chapo’s Ill-Gotten Gains Go to Securing the Border and Stopping the Next Narco Traffickers

Discusses EL CHAPO Act, crisis in Venezuela with Fox News’ Shannon Bream WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations appeared on ‘Fox News @ Night’ with Shannon Bream where he discussed his EL CHAPO Act and the ongoing crisis in Venezuela. When asked about the El CHAPO Act, Sen. Cruz described the bill as just, saying, “It is only right that those ill-gotten gains go to […]

Sen. Cruz to Congress: Make El Chapo Pay for the Wall

Urges colleagues to pass the EL CHAPO Act to provide funding for the border wall WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called upon his Senate colleagues to pass his EL CHAPO Act to secure funding to build a wall following the conviction of Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka ‘El Chapo,’ on all 10 federal criminal counts against him. In January, Sen. Cruz reintroduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act, which would reserve any amounts forfeited to the U.S. […]

Sen. Cruz Issues Statement Opposing Spending Deal

Urges Congress to secure border, build the wall WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement in opposition to the spending deal: “The American people gave Congress a clear mandate: secure the border and build the wall. These are critical priorities – for Texas and the country. “Unfortunately, this spending bill is a bad deal, and fails to reflect these priorities by not sufficiently securing the border. This bill does not […]