Buyers invested in Texas youth, and set two world records at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Market Barrow Auction, Friday, March 24.

The Grand Champion Junior Market Barrow sold for a world record of $212,000 to buyers Mickie and Jim Clark, Terri and Greg Courtney, Jackie and Jon Hodges, and Linda and David Johnson

David Johnson said there are many charities he could donate to, but the mission of the Show directly aligns with his and his fellow buyers’ values.

“We are privileged and blessed to support the Show,” Johnson said. “We are glad to support people who help themselves.”

The Grand Champion Junior Market Barrow was exhibited by Allie James, 17, from Stratford, Texas, who in addition to showing livestock, plays basketball and is a National Honor Society member.

Johnson said that showing livestock teaches exhibitors, like Allie, the important life lessons of responsibility and dedication, as well as develops their work ethic.

“Allie is pretty successful in her own right and knows how to work hard.” Johnson said. “We are glad to reward that success.”

The Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Barrow, exhibited by Sadie Hardison, 13, of Fredericksburg, Texas, sold for $133,000 — another world record.

Jennifer and Paxton Crew contributed to the record-breaking bid, along with buyers Tori and Ed DeCora, Mary and Ken Hucherson, and Sheila and Emmett Story. Paxton Crew, a supporter of the Show for 15 years, said his own experiences in showing livestock led him to want to support exhibitors year after year.

“I’m here today because of the education I received in agriculture,” Crew said. “I know the dedication it takes and the responsibility these kids develop. You learn a lot about yourself, and I want to help support that.”

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2017 Show runs through March 26.

(AUSTIN) –– The state of Texas leads the nation in total energy production and new residents, according to an updated 50-State Scorecard unveiled today by the Comptroller’s office.

Texas also ranks high in its growth in employed workers and gross product, according to the web tool, which uses data from a variety of sources to score each state in six key categories: population and demographics; business and workforce; economic indicators; tax and debt; and, new this year, quality of life and natural resources.

The Comptroller’s office originally released the 50-State Scorecard in June 2015.

“Texans should be proud of our state’s rankings in this newly updated 50-State Scorecard,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. “Our abundant natural resources and tremendous economic opportunity are some of the reasons why so many people move to Texas every day. But challenges remain, and this tool allows us to identify not only areas where we are doing well, but also areas in which we can improve as a state.”

Visit our online scorecard tool and click on the map for in-depth descriptions, key takeaways and additional data for each ranking.

McRoberts Elementary School receives two prestigious TABSE awards 

(March 24, 2017) –  Congratulations to the faculty and staff at McRoberts Elementary School for being recognized as a Demonstration School by the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE).  During the TABSE 32nd Annual State Conference in Houston, Texas, Mayor Sylvester Turner acknowledged the McRoberts Elementary School educators who work tirelessly to support and advance their students.

McRoberts Principal Dr. Kwabena Mensah also accepted the 2017 TABSE Principal of the Year Crystal Award.  He dedicated the award to his students, parents and staff who he says “continually set high expectations for everyone who walks through their school doors.”

Each year, TABSE recognizes distinguished individuals who have made local and state contributions to the education of African-American educators and learners.

(March 27, 2017) – The Katy ISD Communications Department was recently recognized by the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) Star Awards program.  The Department earned seven recognitions this spring.  The Star Awards honors outstanding work in print, graphics, video and other school communication tools and strategies.

The awards presented to the Katy ISD team include the Gold Star Award for its Student Excellence Awards Program, Bethke Elementary logo, and Tays Junior High branding; the Silver Star Award for the Student Excellence Award invitation, Katy ISD Annual Report and Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center dedication program; and the Bronze Star Award for the “Thank You to 2014 Bond Voters” video.

This spring the Communications Department was also presented with a Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Congressman, Michael T. McCaul from Texas District 10.  The recognition was for being named a 2016 MarCom Gold Winner— an award the department won for its monthly Katy ISD Update newsletter.  The MarCom award acknowledges electronic publications that exceed a high standard of excellence and serve as a benchmark for the industry.

Congratulations to the Katy ISD Communications Department.

Calf Scramble

One of the wildest, most spirited and extremely heartwarming RodeoHouston® events is the Calf Scramble. With the drop of a cowboy hat, the calves are signaled to be released onto the dirt arena for 30 Texas 4-H and FFA members to chase and catch using only a rope halter.  The number of students is always greater than the number of calves. With teenagers and calves darting in every direction across the NRG Stadium floor, the calf scramble is one of the most chaotic, unscripted and beloved events of the Rodeo.

Each student who catches a calf is awarded a $1,750 certificate to purchase a registered beef heifer or market steer to show at the Houston Livestock Show™ the following year. Returning as an exhibitor, the student shows in a special competition with other calf scramble winners. The student receives a $250 bonus if program requirements are fulfilled throughout the year.

A donation of a calf in the calf scramble is $2,000, individuals, companies, organizations can donate this much or less. The donations go towards the certificates for the calf scramble winners.

Calf Scramble Results

When reviewing the calf scramble results, the categories are Mystery Calf, Glazier (First) Catch and Hard Luck. The Mystery Calf is selected by the Calf Scramble Committee prior to the event and remains a secret from the participants. The student who catches the Mystery Calf receives an additional prize along with the calf scramble certificate. The person to catch the first calf receives a belt buckle and $150 in addition to the certificate. Hard Luck is an award given by the Calf Scramble Committee to a participant who did not catch a calf, but showed an exceptional effort. The Hard Luck winner also receives a certificate to purchase a heifer.

The following students were Calf Scramble winners.  Please follow the link for results: March 20th

AUSTIN – Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), unanimously passed the Texas Senate by a vote of 31-0 today. The Senate budget is fiscally responsible, funds border security, and places a strong emphasis on our children’s futures.  The approved budget is $106.3 billion for FY 18/19, 0.5% below the estimated general revenue budget for FY 16/17.

“The Finance Committee left no stone unturned looking for savings, examining our budget drivers, and looking for ways to make smarter use of our resources,” stated Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson. “We committed to passing a budget that is fiscally sound and meets the needs of our growing state. Our workgroups labored around the clock, searching for opportunities to achieve savings with the goal of freeing up additional resources to fund our priorities.”

“This is a budget conservatives can be proud of,” declared Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston). “It is a budget that is balanced, cuts spending, and ensures Texas lives within its means. That is really important with the tough economic times our energy industry is experiencing across the state.”

Highlights of the Senate Budget:

  • Establishes a $106.3 billion budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year
  • Does not increase spending, in fact it reduces spending by 0.5%
  • Allocates $2.6 billion for student enrollment growth
  • Provides $3.4 billion for Child Protective Services
  • Dedicates $5 billion to transportation funds
  • Maintains $800 million for border security
  • Includes $40 million to support infrastructure for Texas ports
  • Supplies $25 million for high caliber bullet proof vests for police officers

“This is a lean, but not mean budget,” added Finance Committee Member, Senator Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) to bi-partisan agreement.

Senate Finance Chair Nelson formed workgroups to find additional efficiencies within state programs. Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston) chaired the Articles I, IV & V Workgroup focused on General Government, The Judiciary and Public Safety; Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) chaired the Article II Workgroup focused on Heath & Human Services and Healthcare Costs Workgroup; Senator Larry Taylor (R-Galveston) chaired the Article III Workgroup focused on Education as well as the School Finance Workgroup; Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) chaired the Article VI, VII & VIII Workgroup focused on Natural Resources, Business & Economic Development, and Regulations; Senator Royce West (D-Dallas) chaired the Workgroup on Transferability; Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) chaired the Workgroup on Special Items in Article III; and Senator John Whitmire (D-Houston) chaired the Juvenile Justice Workgroup. Senators Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury), Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen), Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio), and Kirk Watson (D-) served on multiple workgroups each.

What is the danger?

There is a potential for severe weather in Harris County late morning into the early evening hours on Wednesday. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), there’s a slight risk for torrential rain, damaging winds, hail, and isolated tornadoes. These storms may affect the afternoon commute in some areas.

What you should do:

Residents are encouraged to monitor local media for weather information before heading out. For real-time traffic information go to In the event of street flooding, remember “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” Driving through high water or around barricades on flooded roadways or underpasses can lead to death!

Basic Flood Safety Tips

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ® DO NOT DRIVE through high water and DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES! Just 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • DO NOT WALK through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down.
  • If your home floods, STAY THERE. You are safer at home than trying to navigate flooded streets on foot.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is NOT MOVING, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter MOVING water.
  • STAY AWAY from streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
  • MOVE important items – especially important documents like insurance policies – to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.
  • DISCONNECT electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.


Where you can learn more:

Forecasts: National Weather Service

Local Traffic: Houston TranStar

Preparedness & Emergency Information:

Harris County – On March 25, Cy-Fair Fire Department requested Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office
investigators to assist with a three-alarm fire at Big Daddy’s BBQ in the 4900 block of N. SH 6.
Investigators determined an electrical failure in the restaurant’s marquee sign caused the fire. The fire
was limited to the parapet void space on the front of the building. Minor smoke damage extended into
the actual structure.

“The fire originated in the letter “G” in Big Daddy’s BBQ sign and has been ruled accidental/electrical,”
said Public Information Officer Rachel Moreno. “Investigators estimate approximately $1 million in
damages from the fire, water, and business interruption.”

The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office Investigations Division is responsible for fire, arson, and
explosion investigations in unincorporated Harris County.

Official name of the Hotel is “Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center”


This is going to be the first modern/boutique hotel coming to Katy with 105 rooms along with 5000 sqft of luxury banquet hall/conference center overshadowing the Katy board walk. Amenities including heated pool, full service upscale bar and lounge, an all-day dining restaurant, Entertainment center, Full service gym, Business Center and on-site parking etc.  Total worth of project is over 15 million dollars.

(Fulshear, Texas – March 24, 2017)          Crawfish cravings know no bounds, but should be amply satisfied during a Cajun-style crawfish boil at Jordan Ranch noon-4 p.m., Saturday, April 1, at 30722 Sonora Ridge Drive.

The event is open to the public and will offer shell-cracking fun with spicy crawfish and all the fixings as well as craft beer (available for purchase) to wash it all down.

“This is our first-ever crawfish boil and we are really looking forward to it,” said Steve Sams, general manager of Jordan Ranch. “In addition to a ton of crawfish, there will be music, dancing and an opportunity for participants to donate to a worthy cause.”

Admission to the boil is free, but attendees are asked to make a donation to the March of Dimes, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing premature births.

In addition to the food, party band Bayou Roux will add their Cajun Commotion sound to the event, encouraging people to dance to a high-energy blend of Zydeco, classic rock and jazz.

A Kids Zone with face painters, bounce houses and other activities will keep children entertained. Food trucks — including Truck on the Bayou, Taras Table and Yummies Catering — will be on hand with even more food and beverage choices.

The crawfish boil is one of two public events being held this month. On April 15, the community is holding a Fun Glow Run & Flashlight Egg Hunt.

Both events are being held in conjunction with Houston’s Largest Home Tour. The tour, sponsored by Jordan Ranch developer Johnson Development Corp., encourages the public to visit hundreds of homes, including 150 models in 14 Johnson communities throughout the month.

Learn more about Jordan Ranch at

Jordan Ranch in Fulshear is hosting a free crawfish boil noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Party band Bayou Roux will be performing. The event is open to the public.

About Jordan Ranch
Jordan Ranch, a project of Johnson Development Corp., is a 1,350-acre development in Fulshear one mile from Interstate 10 and near the Grand Parkway. The development will be home to 2,800 families who will enjoy community waterways, greenbelts, parks, trails and a recreation center offering swimming and more. Retail and an on-site school are included in the Jordan Ranch master plan. For more information, visit

About Johnson Development Corp.
Johnson Development Corp. is a Houston-based, award-winning residential and commercial land development company. Celebrating more than 40 years of development, the company has set the standard for successful master-planned communities in Houston, Atlanta, Dallas / Fort Worth and other markets around the country. Johnson Development’s impressive collection includes the Houston-area communities of Riverstone, Sienna Plantation, Cross Creek Ranch, Woodforest, Fall Creek, Tuscan Lakes, Edgewater, Jordan Ranch, Harmony, Willow Creek Farms, Silverlake, Imperial, Grand Central Park, Veranda and Harvest Green as well as Atlanta’s Lake Arrowhead and DFW’s Viridian and Trinity Falls.  Johnson Development Corp. also provides outsourced development services for property owners, homebuilders and other parties on a fee basis to help realize the potential of their land positions. For more information on Johnson Development, visit