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Groundbreaking for New Katy Fire Station Expected Early Next Month

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night selected Bass Construction Company to build the long-planned second Katy fire station. Mayor Chuck Brawner said the groundbreaking is expected early next month, with the station expected to open in October. The new station will have a guaranteed maximum price of $3,650,828. The new station is to be built at Bell Patna Drive and Katy Mills Circle, near Katy Mills Mall. It will be a three-bay, […]

New Death Notification 11.06.17

To Whom It May Concern: We are requesting the public’s assistance in locating next of kin for the following deceased individuals. We would appreciate you publishing a brief notice in the next few days in the hopes that family or friends may see the information and contact this office. Sincerely, Sharon M. Derrick, PhD Identification Manager Forensic Anthropologist   The information is as follows: MANUEL TEJADA – Hispanic Male, 58 Years: Mr. Tejada died in […]

City Bond Election in the Works as Engineering Firm Makes Recommendations for Pine Forest Subdivision Flood Protection

Mayor Chuck Brawner

By George Slaughter Voters in the City of Katy can expect a bond election next spring to pay for needed engineering work to mitigate flood danger. The bond will coincide with next May’s city election. Mayor Chuck Brawner said he was not sure of what the final figure would be, though he estimated it would be in the $10 million range. Of this figure, $3.3 million would be earmarked for the four recommendations given to […]

KISD Holds State of District Breakfast to Celebrate Achievements and Promote Bond Election

Dr. Lance Hindt, Katy ISD Superintendent (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Katy Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt spoke in favor of a school bond proposal before voters and praised recent faculty and student achievements at a “State of the District 2017” breakfast event Wednesday morning. The achievements included how district faculty, staff, and students dealt with Hurricane Harvey. The area received 52 inches of rain in four days, he said, and 15,000 students were impacted. Creech Elementary School, 5905 S. Mason […]

Engineering Firm Makes Flood Prevention Recommendations to City

Mayor Chuck Brawner

By George Slaughter A city-hired engineering firm presented a series of recommendations for future flood prevention Monday night. The firm, Costello, Inc., a Houston-based engineering and surveying company, made its recommendations at the Katy City Council meeting. The recommendations for the city included: Continuing with planned short-term projects to improve local rainfall capacity within the city limits. Working with the Texas Department of Transportation and Union Pacific on possible expansion of the railroad and US […]

Dewberry Farm Visitors Discover the Joys of Being on the Farm

Young visitors enjoy feeding the goats at Dewberry Farm (Dewberry Farm photo)

This informative article paid for by Dewberry Farm. By George Slaughter Mary Emerson, of Dewberry Farm, admits she doesn’t have the agricultural background of her husband, Larry. Yet she as much as anyone enjoys watching visitors discover what farm life is all about. “When you see how they enjoy being outside, hopefully with no rain, it’s just such a pleasure to see them experience animals and be able to run free and just enjoy it […]

Katy School District Bond Election Takes Center Stage as Early Voting Begins Next Week

Lee Crews, chief operations officer for the Katy Independent School District (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter Supporters and opponents of a Katy school bond package are reaching out to their allies as the issue goes before voters next week. The bond is worth $609 million. Of this, approximately $449 million, or 74%, is for six new schools—one high school, two junior high schools, and three elementary schools. Other items covered, with approximate costs, include: Component Replacements $52 million (9%). Comprehensive Renovation: $21 million (3%). Safety & Security Improvements: […]

Tigers Celebrate Parents Night with 41-3 Victory over Seven Lakes

October 13, 2017 - Katy Tigers running back Deondrick Glass (2) runs for a touchdown in the second quarter during the game between the Seven Lakes Spartans and the Katy Tigers at Legacy Stadium in Katy, Texas. (Image Credit: John Glaser)

By George Slaughter The Katy Tigers celebrated Parents Night Friday at Legacy Stadium. In a pregame ceremony, the parents of the senior football players went on the field to congratulate their sons on their contributions to the Tiger football program. Those sons, and their teammates, responded with a 41-3 win over Seven Lakes. Katy improves to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in District 19-6A. Seven Lakes falls to 1-4 overall and 1-3 in district play. The […]

City Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting

City Finance Directory Becky Wilkins, left, accepts the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from Mayor Chuck Brawner (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded the City of Katy a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting. City Finance Director Becky Wilkins accepted the award on behalf of the city at Monday’s city council meeting. According to the association, this award has been or has gone to the individuals or department designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning comprehensive […]

Morton Ranch Shuts Out Tompkins, 28-0

October 6, 2017 - Morton Ranch Mavericks running back Josh Bennett takes a handoff in the third quarter during the game between the Tompkins Falcons and the Morton Ranch Mavericks at Legacy Stadium in Katy, Texas. (Image Credit: John Glaser)

By George Slaughter For four consecutive Friday nights, Legacy Stadium hosted a homecoming game. Mayde Creek, Katy, and Seven Lakes won their respective contests. Unfortunately for Tompkins Friday night, the homecoming magic ran out against a tough Morton Ranch team, which cruised to a 28-0 victory over the Falcons. Morton Ranch improves to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in District 19-6A play. Tompkins falls to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in district play. The defensive effort was […]