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City Traffic Signs Near Schools to be Updated

By George Slaughter Students in the Katy Independent School District return to school Wednesday observing new school hours. Monday night, the Katy City Council passed an ordinance to update those times on the school zone traffic signs in the city. Earlier this year, the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to change the hours for its schools. The updated signs will be at the following schools: Katy High School, 6331 Highway Blvd., 7:35 […]

Sales Tax Exemption Weekend is Here

By George Slaughter Katy area retailers expect to enjoy a bump in sales over the next few days thanks to the annual Texas sales tax exemption weekend. The sales tax holiday begins Friday and runs through Sunday. The sales tax holiday is typically scheduled before students return to school and applies to most footwear and clothing, as well as school supply items. The Texas Legislature sets the sales tax holiday dates The sales tax exemption […]

Harris County Voters to Decide $2.5 Billion Flood-Risk Bond Issue

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett speaks at an information meeting Wednesday - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Hurricane Harvey made its mark on Harris County and Southeast Texas last year. Later this month, county voters will decide on a $2.5 billion bond package focused on flood-risk reduction projects. Katy-area residents learned about the proposal at a public information meeting held at Memorial Parkway Junior High School, 21203 Highland Knolls. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said that the hurricane caused approximately 160,000 flooded homes, in addition to businesses and schools. […]

City Council Awards Bid for Street Work

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night awarded a $373,175 to AAA Asphalt Paving of Houston for street rehabilitation work. Streets to be rehabilitated include: Clemson Street 5th Street from East Avenue to Katy Fort Bend Road Bartlett Road from Buffalo Bend to Franz Road, and from Buffalo Bend South and East, 10th Street Iris, Dahlia, and Delfren Streets and Avenue A Pin Oak road/Nelson Street Intersection Bartlett Street/Mert Drive Intersection The total […]

Katy Firefighters Raise Money for Special Olympics Texas

Zach Berry, a 17-year-old Special Olympics athlete, poses with Katy firefighter Justin Gray Friday night at Loc Cucos Mexican Restaurant - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Katy firefighters are known for their firefighting and emergency medical technician skills. They’re also becoming known for their volunteer skills in charitable fundraising. Friday night at Los Cucos Mexican Restaurant, 5831 Highway Blvd., firefighters volunteered as waitstaff in the third annual “Tip a Firefighter” event. For the 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. lunch shift, and for the dinner shift 5–8 p.m. dinner shift, Katy firefighters, accompanied by Special Olympics athletes, stopped by […]

Library Commemorating Its 25th Anniversary Saturday

Courtesy Maud Smith Marks Library

By George Slaughter The Maud Smith Marks Library celebrates its 25th anniversary at 1 p.m. Saturday with a cake cutting and other events, including a book character contest, a book spin contest, and a book race contest. The celebration will also include square dancers, games, crafts, a magician, a visit from Mother Goose, and contests and snacks. Remembering Maud Smith Marks Maud Smith Marks, the library’s namesake, lived in the early 20th century. She and […]

Katy Boy Scout Troop Makes a Historic Find

Signs created by Boy Scout Troop 73 of Katy designate the hanging tree – photo courtesy Warren Fields

By George Slaughter Boy Scouts from Katy have found and marked a historic West Texas hanging tree where, in the late 1800s, some cattle rustlers met their fate. The tree, part of a site that became known as Rustler’s Flat, is part of the Buffalo Trails Scout Ranch, near Fort Davis. In the late 19th Century, a group of cattle rustlers stole cattle, butchered it, and sold the meat to soldiers at the U.S. Army […]

Katy Rotary Club to Play Leadership Roles with Rice Festival and Triathlon

By George Slaughter The Katy Rotary Club will be playing leading roles in two high-profile events this fall. The first event is the Katy Triathlon at Cane Island, set for September 23. The triathlon will be within the Katy city limits after previously being organized and staged at Firethorne, which sits outside the city limits in Fort Bend County. The Katy City Council Monday night approved a tax $75,000 convention and tourism board occupancy tax […]

City Awards Bid for Drainage Improvements in Pine Forest

By George Slaughter Mayor Chuck Brawner has described the Pine Forest subdivision as Katy’s “ground zero” for last year’s hurricane flooding. Monday night, the Katy City Council awarded an $4.4 million to Reytec Construction Resources of Houston for drainage improvements to the Pine Forest Subdivision. The neighborhood is bordered by Morton Road on the north, the Magnolia Ditch on the south, Cane Island Branch on the west, and Avenue D on the east. Last November, […]

Firethorne Community Has a New Fire Truck

Katy firefighter Ben Crowell checks out the equipment in the advanced life support equipment on the new fire truck at Fort Bend County MUD #151 - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District #151 and the City of Katy signed a fire protection agreement last month. Under the agreement, the district provides the facilities and equipment. The city provides the firefighters, all of whom have first been trained as emergency medical technicians. The district pays the costs, along with a 5% administrative fee. The district and city accepted a big piece of the equipment, a new fire truck, Thursday […]