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Katy Rice Festival Gets Underway in Downtown Katy

The Katy Rice Festival is underway in downtown Katy - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Organizers of the 2018 Katy Rice Festival planned to return the festival to its roots in that it would have a renewed focus on arts, crafts, and family fun. Festival-goers attending Saturday’s events in downtown Katy enjoyed all that, along with good weather as well. Festivities began with a morning parade, the timing of which was a change from years past, in which the parade would take place the week before the […]

Katy Overcomes Slow Start to Beat Morton Ranch, 44-7

By George Slaughter The Katy Tigers overcame a slow start to defeat the Morton Ranch Mavericks, 44-7, Friday night at Legacy Stadium. The early struggles for Katy, now 5-1 overall and 2-0 in District 19-6A play, came primarily on offense, though the defense gave up a couple of big plays to the Mavericks, now 3-4 overall and 0-3 in District 19-6A. On Morton Ranch’s second drive, it got a 12-yard run from junior running back […]

Katy Rice Festival Looks to Return to Its Roots This Weekend

By George Slaughter City of Katy and Rotary Club leaders have been working since the summer to organize the annual Katy Rice Festival, which takes place Saturday and Sunday in downtown Katy. City leaders and festival organizers said the goal for this year’s festival is to return the festival to its original form. The emphasis will again be on quality art and craft vendors, along with live music, family activities, and food and drinks. Mayor […]

City Honors Friendship Garden Club

Keep Katy Beautiful and the City of Katy honored the Friendship Garden Club Monday at City Hall. Pictured are, left to right: Ruth Ann Casci, Myra Jones, Sherry Hunter, Kay Callender, Lisa Hinks, Keep Katy Beautiful President Flora Tiedt, Mayor Chuck Brawner, Jean Bays, Pat Williamson, Jamie Wolman, and Kathy Wiesner – George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night honored the Friendship Garden Club for its 60 years of work in promoting the environment and volunteering in the Katy community. In a brief presentation citing the club’s work, Keep Katy Beautiful board member Jamie Wolman said the club encourages civic beautification and recycling activities and has, in the past, brought educational programs by horticulture professionals. Wolman said that today, club volunteers are involved in presenting […]

Patsy’s 3rd Annual Paw-Raiser to help local rescue groups on Saturday, October 20

Patsy’s is pleased to announce our 3rd Annual Paw-Raiser to be held in Katy, TX on Saturday, October 20.  Our goal is to raise funds to provide medical care and supplies, food, toys and a safe loving home for numerous animals fostered by local rescue groups. Each rescued pet comes with varying needs that are addressed before they are ready and available for adoption including spay and neuter. The non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations listed below are […]

Katy Defeats Tompkins, 66-13

By George Slaughter Thanks to Katy’s 66-13 victory over Tompkins Friday night at Rhodes Stadium, the Katy City Council can expect a special guest at its Monday meeting at City Hall: Fulshear Mayor Aaron Groff. Earlier this week, Groff and Katy City Council Member-at-Large made a good-natured bet on the Falcons-Tigers game. If the Falcons won, then Harris, or perhaps Mayor Pro Tem Durran Dowdle or new Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll, would wear […]

Katy, Local Communities Celebrate National Night Out

Freddy the Fire Truck made an appearance at National Night Out Tuesday at Katy City Park – George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Scattered showers might have dampened, but did not discourage, attendees of the annual Katy National Night Out Tuesday evening. National Night Out began years ago, Katy Police Sgt. Scott Arnold said. It encouraged neighbors to get out and know their neighbors. “Safety comes in numbers, knowing your territory, and knowing your neighbors,” Arnold said. “If you see something out of the ordinary, you can call and have it checked out. It encourages […]

Tompkins Earns 15-10 Victory over Seven Lakes

By George Slaughter A popular football cliché is that defense wins championships. It certainly was the key for Tompkins in its 15-10 victory over Seven Lakes Friday night at Legacy Stadium. The Falcons are soaring to new heights this season. Friday’s victory improves Tompkins to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in District 19-6A play. The victory equals the total number of victories the Falcons have earned over the last three years. Tompkins finished 0-9 last season, […]

New Council Member to Focus on Public Safety and Flood Issues

New Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll, left, poses with Council Member at Large Chris Harris - photo courtesy Chris Harris

By George Slaughter Frank Carroll, the newest Katy city council member, said Monday his priorities would be on public safety and flood mitigation efforts. He came on the council at an important time. At Monday’s meeting, his first as a member, the council adopted a $28.5 million budget for 2018-19. The budget provides for the hiring of seven police officers, three firefighters, and one fire investigator, among 19 new total positions to be filled. The […]

City Adopts 2018-19 Budget

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night adopted a $28.5 million budget for 2018-19, and kept the tax rate to fund it the same as last year’s rate. The budget is an 8.5 percent increase from the 2017 budget of $26.1 million. It includes a three percent cost-of-living increase for city employees. City officials have said that the competition between cities is intense for qualified employees, particularly police officers and firefighters. The budget […]