Theatre Under The Stars Remembers Its Founder, Frank M. Young

Frank M. Young, founder of Theatre Under The Stars, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 20. A native Houstonian, Frank had a lifelong love of musical theatre. When he was growing up in Pasadena, he performed in productions at Johnny George’s legendary Theatre Inc. in Houston. After moving to California, and earning his BA in Psychology at UCLA, he came back to Pasadena, and used his life savings to produce his first show, a production […]

Mayde Creek Defeats Aldine Nimitz in 51-48 Thriller

Mayde Creek head football coach Mike Rabe.

By George Slaughter Mayde Creek’s dramatic 51-48 win over Aldine Nimitz proved the truth of the cliché that a team must play all four quarters. The winning play came with only six seconds left in the game, when quarterback Keyonte Fiakpul scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak to put the Rams ahead for good. The winning drive came about thanks to a poor snap from center on a Nimitz punt play. The Cougars turned the […]

Harvey Brings Important Life Lessons for KISD Student

Katy High School wrestlers Audrey Lynne, Maria Camona, Natasha Mendez, Angelina Viola, and Megan Thomas post after a recent match. Mendez and her family appreciate the help of friends such as these following Hurricane Harvey. (Natasha Mendez photo)

By George Slaughter It’s almost unimaginable to think of being flooded out of your home twice in two years as a positive thing. But Natasha Mendez, a Katy High School sophomore and daughter of Katy Ward B City Council Member Jimmy Mendez, can say as much. Mendez and her family, like others in her neighborhood, were affected by the recent hurricane. “I walked in, and there’s ankle deep water in my room,” she said. “We […]

Bond Package Proposal Submitted to Katy ISD Board of Trustees

By George Slaughter Katy Independent School District trustees heard a presentation for a $609 million bond package and a work study meeting held Monday night. Keith Carmichael, chairman of the Katy ISD Community Bond Advisory Committee, and Christopher Smith, the district’s chief financial officer, gave the presentation. They said the bond would not require a tax increase. Carmichael said that approximately $449 million, or 74%, is for six new schools. Of these proposed new schools, […]

U.S. Army Veteran to Receive a Mortgage-Free Home in Baytown

This marks the tenth home donated across the country through the partnership between U.S. Bank and Freedom Alliance. Baytown, TEXAS (July 13, 2017) – U.S. Bank, in conjunction with Freedom Alliance, is presenting the keys to a newly-renovated, mortgage-free home to medically retired Army Staff Sgt. Rodolfo “Javier” Munoz on Wednesday, July 26 at 10 a.m. This event is especially notable as this is the tenth home donated jointly by U.S. Bank and Freedom Alliance, a charitable organization […]

The Houston Launch Pad Receives $297,194 Job-Training Grant

  The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded The Houston Launch Pad a $297,194 Self-Sufficiency Fund training grant. The Houston Launch Pad partnered with Almeda-Genoa Construction, Williams Brothers Construction and ISI Infrastructure Services to help 150 individuals transition into the workforce from either dependency on public assistance. The grant will help provide job training in carpentry, concrete finishing, construction and heavy equipment operator occupations. Grant funding from the Self-Sufficiency Fund will also assist in developing […]

Texas FFA Students Receive $1.4 Million In Scholarships From The Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo™

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo leadership presented 70 Texas FFA students with $1.4 million in scholarships during the Texas FFA State Convention in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Wednesday, July 12. Chartered in 1929, the Texas FFA Association contributes to a model of secondary agricultural education in which students take part in classroom instruction and supervised agricultural experiences. “When the very first Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarship was presented to a Texas FFA member in […]

Senator Hall Files Key Special Session Legislation

AUSTIN, TX – On Monday Senator Bob Hall filed Senate Bill (SB) 14 to protect the private property rights of landowners from political subdivision rules, regulations, and ordinances that interfere with a private property owner’s right to plant, transplant, and remove, trees and vegetation from their own property. This bill addresses an issue within the scope of the special session called by Governor Abbott last month. “It’s difficult to find a perfect solution to this issue,” remarked […]

Sen. Cruz: ‘Only One Man Stands Between a Dying Man’s Wish, His Wife’s Livelihood, and Freedom: Xi Jinping’

Dr. Liu Xiaobo

Delivers floor speech calling for the release of Dr. Liu Xiaobo; passage of his legislation to rename the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C. as ‘Liu Xiaobo Plaza’  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two weeks ago, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) demanded China release imprisoned Chinese human rights activist Dr. Liu Xiaobo before the end of the July 4th Senate recess. Today, Sen. Cruz delivered a speech on the Senate floor calling for Dr. Liu Xiaobo’s release, and for […]

Sen. Cruz Introduces Bill to Eliminate Healthcare Exemption For Members of Congress

Senator Ted Cruz

Bill will prevent Members of Congress from receiving procedural health care exception in Senate bill WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today announced his intention to introduce companion legislation to U.S. Rep. Martha McSally’s (R-Ariz.) bill to eliminate a healthcare exemption for members of Congress that was required to be included in the Senate’s health care bill due to procedural requirements under the reconciliation process.  “While this exemption was included in the Senate health care bill out of procedural necessity, we must still be diligent […]