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Santa Helps Light Mayor’s Christmas Tree

The Mayor's Christmas Tree was lit Thursday in front of City Hall - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Santa Claus helped Mayor Chuck Brawner and wife Marcy with the lighting of the 46th annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Thursday night at City Hal, 901 Avenue C. To join the crowd for this Katy tradition, he arrived in style, courtesy of a Katy Fire Department truck with lights flashing and siren blaring. The sleigh and reindeer were parked elsewhere this evening. Santa brought with him an early Christmas gift—he stopped the rain […]

December in Katy Brings Pancakes with Santa, Old Fashioned Christmas Festival

A good-sized crowd enjoyed Saturday's Katy Old Fashioned Christmas. The Mayor's Christmas Tree stands in front of City Hall - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Santa Claus made an appearance at Thursday’s annual lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree at City Hall. On Saturday, a beautiful day weather-wise, he made a return visit to Katy, making two more appearances. The first was at the inaugural Pancakes with Santa, held Saturday morning at the Katy Fire Station, 1417 Avenue D. The second was at the annual Katy Old Fashioned Christmas, held downtown. Proceeds from the breakfast will be […]

Tompkins Falls to Beaumont West Brook in Playoffs

By George Slaughter Beaumont West Brook rallied from a 21-point deficit and withstood a late Tompkins rally to claim a 49-45 Class 6A Division II regional playoff win Saturday at NRG Stadium. West Brook improves improve to 11-2 and will play Cypress Creek, which defeated Summer Creek Saturday night at Rice Stadium. Tompkins ends its season at 10-3. Tompkins coach Todd McVey said that his team wasn’t nervous or intimidated by its first appearance at […]

Tigers Fall to North Shore, 49-38

By George Slaughter North Shore sophomore quarterback Dematrius Davis threw five touchdown passes to lead the Mustangs past Katy, 49-38, Friday night at NRG Stadium in the regional round of the Class 6A Division I playoffs. North Shore improves its record to 13-0. The Mustangs will play the winner of the Cy-Fair-Atascocita game, which is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at NRG Stadium. The Tigers end their season at 11-2, with both losses coming against […]

Katy, Tompkins Prepare for Football Regional Playoffs

NRG Stadium - John Glaser/The Katy News

By George Slaughter The regional round of the Texas high football playoffs is this weekend, and two Katy Independent School District teams remain in the thick of things. North Shore (12-0) vs. Katy (11-1) The Mustangs face the Tigers at 7 p.m. Friday at NRG Stadium. This rematch has become a rivalry between the schools. The teams met in the playoffs last season, which Katy won, 31-3, in the quarterfinal round. In 2016, North Shore […]

Katy Finance Director Leaving for Job in Central Texas

Mayor Chuck Brawner poses with former Finance Director Becky Wilkins - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter The City of Katy is looking for a new finance director after Becky Wilkins accepted a similar job with the town of Liberty Hill in Central Texas. City Administrator Byron Hebert, who preceded Wilkins in the job, will serve as acting finance director while the city looks for a full-time replacement. The job description has been posted on the city web site. Wilkins leaves with good wishes from her Katy co-workers. At […]

Texas Department of Transportation Awards Money to City for Hurricane Harvey Claims

By George Slaughter The City of Katy took receipt of two award letters for Hurricane Harvey FEMA claims from the Texas Department of Transportation Monday night at City Hall. City Administrator Byron Hebert said the money will be put into the city’s financial reserves. The city had to go into its financial reserves and spend unbudgeted money last year when dealing with Hurricane Harvey. The first of the two checks, for Category B emergency protective […]

Football Playoff Roundup: Tompkins and Katy Advance

Katy News photo

Story updated to reflect coverage of the Tompkins-Cy Falls game. By George Slaughter Tompkins and Katy will advance to the regional round of the high school football playoffs after posting wins on Saturday and Friday, respectively. Meanwhile, Taylor, the Katy Independent School District’s other team in the playoffs, lost a tough game against Cypress Creek Friday. Tompkins 31, Cy Falls 21 Tompkins scored 14 unanswered points in the second half to win its 31-21 area […]

Katy, Taylor, and Tompkins Prepare for Area Playoffs

Facing north from the Legacy Stadium press box (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter Katy, Taylor, and Tompkins continue their seasons in the area round of the Class 6A football playoffs this weekend. Jersey Village (10-1) vs. Katy (10-1) The Falcons face the Tigers at 1 p.m. Friday at Legacy Stadium. The Falcons defeated Chavez, 56-12, in the bi-district round. The Tigers defeated Fort Bend Travis, 52-7, in coach Gary Joseph’s 200th victory as Katy head coach. Both teams have won 10 consecutive games after dropping […]

Joseph, Katy Tigers Reach Milestone Win

By George Slaughter Katy fans are celebrating Friday’s 52-7 victory over Fort Bend Travis for several reasons. The first is that the win gets Katy off to a good start in the playoffs. The Tigers have now won 10 straight after losing their season opener. A second reason is more sentimental, in that the win marks coach Gary Joseph’s 200th head coaching victory. Following the game, Joseph was cited for the record and saluted by […]