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Engineering Firm Makes Flood Prevention Recommendations to City

Mayor Chuck Brawner

By George Slaughter A city-hired engineering firm presented a series of recommendations for future flood prevention Monday night. The firm, Costello, Inc., a Houston-based engineering and surveying company, made its recommendations at the Katy City Council meeting. The recommendations for the city included: Continuing with planned short-term projects to improve local rainfall capacity within the city limits. Working with the Texas Department of Transportation and Union Pacific on possible expansion of the railroad and US […]

Dewberry Farm Visitors Discover the Joys of Being on the Farm

Young visitors enjoy feeding the goats at Dewberry Farm (Dewberry Farm photo)

This informative article paid for by Dewberry Farm. By George Slaughter Mary Emerson, of Dewberry Farm, admits she doesn’t have the agricultural background of her husband, Larry. Yet she as much as anyone enjoys watching visitors discover what farm life is all about. “When you see how they enjoy being outside, hopefully with no rain, it’s just such a pleasure to see them experience animals and be able to run free and just enjoy it […]

Katy School District Bond Election Takes Center Stage as Early Voting Begins Next Week

Lee Crews, chief operations officer for the Katy Independent School District (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter Supporters and opponents of a Katy school bond package are reaching out to their allies as the issue goes before voters next week. The bond is worth $609 million. Of this, approximately $449 million, or 74%, is for six new schools—one high school, two junior high schools, and three elementary schools. Other items covered, with approximate costs, include: Component Replacements $52 million (9%). Comprehensive Renovation: $21 million (3%). Safety & Security Improvements: […]

Tigers Celebrate Parents Night with 41-3 Victory over Seven Lakes

October 13, 2017 - Katy Tigers running back Deondrick Glass (2) runs for a touchdown in the second quarter during the game between the Seven Lakes Spartans and the Katy Tigers at Legacy Stadium in Katy, Texas. (Image Credit: John Glaser)

By George Slaughter The Katy Tigers celebrated Parents Night Friday at Legacy Stadium. In a pregame ceremony, the parents of the senior football players went on the field to congratulate their sons on their contributions to the Tiger football program. Those sons, and their teammates, responded with a 41-3 win over Seven Lakes. Katy improves to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in District 19-6A. Seven Lakes falls to 1-4 overall and 1-3 in district play. The […]

City Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting

City Finance Directory Becky Wilkins, left, accepts the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from Mayor Chuck Brawner (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded the City of Katy a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting. City Finance Director Becky Wilkins accepted the award on behalf of the city at Monday’s city council meeting. According to the association, this award has been or has gone to the individuals or department designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning comprehensive […]

Morton Ranch Shuts Out Tompkins, 28-0

October 6, 2017 - Morton Ranch Mavericks running back Josh Bennett takes a handoff in the third quarter during the game between the Tompkins Falcons and the Morton Ranch Mavericks at Legacy Stadium in Katy, Texas. (Image Credit: John Glaser)

By George Slaughter For four consecutive Friday nights, Legacy Stadium hosted a homecoming game. Mayde Creek, Katy, and Seven Lakes won their respective contests. Unfortunately for Tompkins Friday night, the homecoming magic ran out against a tough Morton Ranch team, which cruised to a 28-0 victory over the Falcons. Morton Ranch improves to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in District 19-6A play. Tompkins falls to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in district play. The defensive effort was […]

Officials Working to Develop Reservoir to Mitigate Future Floods

Mayor Chuck Brawner, U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul, state Rep. Mike Schofield, and U.S. Army Col. Lars Zetterstrom (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter Federal, state, and local officials know some things take time to get done. But U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul said time was “not on our side” when it comes to developing a Cypress Creek reservoir to mitigate future flooding after Hurricane Harvey. At a Friday news conference at Katy City Hall, McCaul, Mayor Chuck Brawner, state Rep. Mike Schofield, and Col. Lars Zetterstrom of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spoke about plans […]

City of Katy Adopts 2017-2018 Budget

J. Gary Jones

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Friday afternoon voted to reduce local property taxes by two cents per $100 valuation while adopting its 2017-2018 budget. Even though there will be a tax rate decrease, the city will generate 12 percent more in total revenues because there will be more homes on the tax rolls in the coming year. This is the fifth consecutive year the city has given a property tax cut. The city’s […]

Seven Lakes Defeats Tompkins, 28-20, in District 19-6A Opener

By George Slaughter It must be something in the mums. For the third consecutive Friday, Legacy Stadium hosted a homecoming game. Mayde Creek and Katy had won their homecoming games the previous two weeks. On Friday, Seven Lakes celebrated its homecoming, and did so in fine fashion with a 28-20 win over Tompkins. Seven Lakes (1-2 overall, 1-0 District 19-6A) had to show some resiliency to make the victory happen. Tompkins (0-3 overall, 0-1 District […]

School District and City Request Reappraisals for Hurricane-Damaged Property

By George Slaughter Both the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees and the Katy City Council Friday asked for reappraisals of hurricane-damaged properties within their respective limits. At separate meetings Friday, the district and city passed resolutions making this request to the Fort Bend County Appraisal District, the Harris County Appraisal District, and the Waller County Appraisal District. A city official said two governmental entities must make such a request for an appraisal district […]