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Local Restaurant Serves Local Customers While Donating Meals to African Children

Malawi's Pizza franchisee Frank Franco and management trainee Jenna Archer at the pizza oven. (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter A relatively new Katy restaurant is working both to serve its local customers while donating meals to hungry children in an African country. Malawi’s Pizza, a gourmet pizza restaurant, opened in February. It’s located at 2918 W. Grand Parkway North, Suite 230, in the Grand Morton Town Center. For every meal purchased, Malawi’s Pizza donates a meal to children in Malawi, an African country located in the eastern portion of the African […]

City in Talks to Assume Katy Rice Harvest Festival Sponsorship

By George Slaughter Katy city officials are speaking with their counterparts in the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce about the city’s taking over sponsorship of the annual Katy Harvest Festival. “We’re planning on having a Rice Harvest Festival,” Mayor Chuck Brawner said. “We’re planning to put it on. We’re taking the lead on keeping the Katy Rice Harvest Festival going.” Brawner said the festival is being planned for October, as it has been held in […]

City to Upgrade its Water Meters

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night adopted a resolution that will enable the city to upgrade its water meters, thus saving both time and labor when it comes to gather the information the meters track. In a memo to the council recommending the changes, Finance Director Becky Wilkins said that the city currently reads its water meters with a radio read drive-by system that requires city staff to drive around the city […]

Katy Man Shot, Killed by Brother

By George Slaughter Katy Police Chief Bill Hastings said Monday night that no charges have been filed against a Katy man who shot and killed his brother early Monday morning following a domestic dispute at the family home. Clifton Achterberg, 34, was shot in the back with a pistol fired by his brother Walter Achterberg, 31. The bullet exited Clifton Achterberg’s chest, and hit their mother, Gail Achterberg, 62, in the arm. Hastings said Clifton […]

Aristoi Classical Academy Valedictorian Looks to a Future in Medicine

Alyssa Vadovsky (photo courtesy Vadovsky family)

By George Slaughter When she was three years old, Alyssa Vadovsky had the idea that she was going to become a doctor. The idea never left her. Now, as the first-ever valedictorian of Aristoi Classical Academy in Katy, she will be taking a big step to turning her dream into reality. This fall, she will be attending Michigan State University to begin her college studies. She plans to become a cardiothoracic surgeon, focusing on the […]

City Renames Katy Heritage Museum to Honor Former Mayor Nelson

Paulette Nelson gives remarks at the naming of the Johnny Nelson Katy Heritage Museum. Surrounding her are former Mayor Hank Schmidt, former Mayor Doyle Callender, and Mayor Chuck Brawner – George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Katy city officials Thursday renamed and reopened the city-owned Katy Heritage Museum to honor the late former Mayor and City Administrator Johnny Nelson. The Johnny Nelson Katy Heritage Museum, 6002 George Bush Drive, was renamed for the former mayor and city administrator, who died in January at age 79. The museum, like many Katy homes and businesses, sustained considerable flooding damage from last year’s hurricane. Rehabilitating the building and its exhibits was […]

KISD Superintendent Issues Statement Following Santa Fe High School Shootings

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

NOTE: Katy Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt issued this statement following the shootings Thursday at Santa Fe High School, near Houston, in which 10 people were killed. Dear Katy ISD Parents, Staff and Community, Today, all of us at Katy ISD are saddened at the senseless loss of lives after the tragic events at Santa Fe High School. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Santa Fe community. As a parent and Katy ISD […]

Council Members Sworn into Office

Mayor Chuck Brawner awards “Above and Beyond” citations to Katy police officers Matthew Newport, left, and Dustin Garcia – George Slaughter photo

CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News)—Chris Harris, Janet Corte, and Durran Dowdle were sworn into office Monday night at the Katy City Council meeting. Harris defeated former Council Member Larry Gore for the at-large seat, which was vacated by incumbent Steve Pierson under term limits. Corte defeated incumbent Ray Boothe for her Ward A seat. Dowdle won re-election against challenger Sam Pearson for his Ward B seat. Harris and Corte are beginning their first terms […]

Hindt to Contribute Financially to Possible Defamation Lawsuit

By George Slaughter Katy Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt will contribute up to $25,000 for legal fees to be used in a potential defamation suit, according to an amendment approved by Katy school board trustees at their Thursday meeting. Trustees approved hiring the Feldman and Feldman law firm at the meeting, in addition to approving the amendment to Hindt’s contract. Trustees took both these actions before Hindt announced his intention to resign January […]

Hindt to Resign as KISD Superintendent in January

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

By George Slaughter Dr. Lance Hindt tendered his resignation as superintendent of the Katy Independent School District Thursday night, following what he and some board trustees called a smear campaign against him and his family. “My immediate family has to come first,” Hindt said. “My wife and my children, they need me. In light of an organized, relentless and dishonest smear campaign against me, I cannot remain as superintendent.” Leaders of the anti-Hindt campaign were […]