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Katy Professional Fire Fighters Association Endorses Brawner

Mayor Chuck Brawner, center, poses with members of the Katy Professional Fire Fighters Association – photo courtesy Katy Professional Fire Fighters Assocciation

By George Slaughter Mayor Chuck Brawner Monday received the endorsement of the Katy Professional Fire Fighters Association as he seeks re-election against former police chief Bill Hastings. “Mayor Brawner has made the safety of Katy citizens his number one priority,” association president Harry Haynes said. “Thanks to the grant he initiated, Katy was awarded additional fire fighters, saving taxpayers more than $2 million over a three-year period. Thanks to Mayor Brawner’s fortitude, we are christening […]

Mardi Paws’ Crawfish Boil to benefit Dachshund Rescue of Houston

Patsy’s Pet Market, in conjunction with Pets Global, the founders of pet food brands Zignature and Fussie Cat, will be hosting a benefit to raise funds for Dachshund Rescue of Houston   (KATY, TX.)—February 14, 2019—In light of Meg Rayburn, the 2-year-old dachshund who was discovered severely injured on New Year’s Eve due to an individual setting off fireworks on her back, Patsy’s Pet Market, in conjunction with PetsGlobal, will be hosting a crawfish boil […]

Pets for the Presidents

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori By Dr. Lori Verderame With President’s Day upon us, there is an interest in the ways that our presidents relax and enjoy family time. Eisenhower played golf and painted landscapes, Reagan rode horses, and Obama played basketball. But, many of our past Presidents also enjoyed down time with a first family pet. During the first decades of the 1900s, the White House was full of pets. President William McKinley […]

Downtown Square Renovation Underway

Ward A Council Members Janet Corte and Frank Carroll, Council Member-at-Large Chris Harris, Mayor Chuck Brawner, City Administrator Byron Hebert, and Tourism Director Kayce Reina make the ceremonial groundbreaking - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Katy officials broke ground Wednesday morning for the renovation of the Katy Square across the street from City Hall. When finished, the square will have a new visitors center, public restroom, and open space. The project is expected to be complete by the Katy Rice Festival in October. The iconic water tower standing on the square will remain, but only for decorative and historical purposes. It will no longer be used for […]

City to Purchase New Aerial Ladder Fire Truck

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night authorized up to $1.5 million in financing for the purchase of a new aerial ladder fire truck and related equipment for the Katy Fire Department. The new truck is expected within 10 months. Assistant Fire Chief Kenny Parker said the current unit, built in 2004, is now in the shop awaiting parts that had to be manufactured because the engine is an older model. Last year, […]

Tim Tyler Takes Charge as Interim Chief of Katy Police Department

Tim Tyler - Katy News photo

By George Slaughter With Bill Hastings’s retirement as Katy police chief last week, the city council turned to long-time assistant chief Tim Tyler to serve as interim chief. Hastings said the city’s growth, and the budget required to meet the needs coming from that, will be Tyler’s biggest challenges going forward. “We can’t fight the growth, but the city is going to have to monitor closely the needs of fire service, emergency management and the […]

Find The Perfect Vape Device for You

Vaping has become a lifestyle for many people, and at the moment it represents one of the most efficient solutions for those who want to give up smoking. For beginners, choosing a vape device can be the most important decision. You have to take into account numerous factors in order to find the right device for you. In this article we will try to help you examine different devices in order to select one that […]

City to Sign Agreement for Boardwalk Development

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night authorized a master development agreement for the construction of the Katy Boardwalk hotel, conference center, and parking facilities. Mayor Chuck Brawner said construction is expected to begin within the next 25 days. The city, through its Katy Development Authority, will contribute $18 million, or approximately 18 percent, of the $98 million cost for the hotel, conference center, and parking facilities. Money from the city will be […]

Katy ISD High Schools Staging Plays and Musicals This Spring

Courtesy Taylor Playmakers

By George Slaughter Several Katy Independent School District high schools are staging spring musicals and plays for the public’s enjoyment. Here’s an overview of upcoming performances. January 16-19: A Midsummer Night’s Dream The play is being staged at Katy High School, 6331 Highway Blvd. The play is Shakespeare’s romantic comedy classic, which portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. For time and […]

Italian Gelato Coffee Bar Opens in Katy, TX

The First of its Kind in the Nation Gelato & Co. Cremeria Italiana has set up shop at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, featuring freshly made delicious pastries, and world-renowned handcrafted gelato. What makes this gelato coffee bar different? The Katy location is the first in United States and follows in the footsteps of international storefronts in Grand Cayman, Panama, Aruba, and Puerto Rico. Gelato & Co. plans to open more U.S. locations soon to satisfy the sweet tooth of customers who enjoy international […]