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Hastings Sworn in As Mayor; Carroll and Stockdick Sworn in As Council Members

Bill Hastings - Katy News photo

By George Slaughter Mayor Bill Hastings, Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll, and Ward B Council Member Jenifer Jordan Stockdick were sworn into their respective offices before a standing-room-only crowd Tuesday night at City Hall. Hastings, a former Katy police chief, was making his first bid for elected office. He defeated incumbent Mayor Chuck Brawner to win the seat. Hastings becomes the 16th mayor in Katy history. He will serve a three-year term thanks to […]

Council Members Walk Out of Meeting, Preventing Consideration of Tabled Items

By George Slaughter Two Katy City Council members walked out of Monday’s meeting at City Hall to prevent discussion of two proposed city ordinances that were tagged, or delayed, until next month. Council Member-at-Large Chris Harris and Ward B Council Member Jimmy Mendez walked out following a vote to go into executive session to discuss the proposed city ordinances. The executive session was already on the agenda, but Harris and Mendez saw no need for […]

Hastings Elected Mayor; Stockdick Elected to Council

Mayor-Elect Bill Hastings

By George Slaughter Bill Hastings, the former Katy police chief, unseated Mayor Chuck Brawner in Saturday’s city election, polling 1,243 votes, or 60%, to Brawner’s 846 votes, or 40%. Hastings was appointed chief in 2009 and retired in January to run for mayor. This was his first run for political office. Hastings said he got very little sleep the last three days of the campaign, and joked if he could sleep late on Sunday—late being […]

Keller and Redmon Elected to Katy ISD Board of Trustees

Duke Keller

By George Slaughter Katy Independent School District voters elected Donald “Duke” Keller and Lance Redmon to the Board of Trustees Saturday. Keller, an attorney, defeated Rebecca Fox and Sean Dolan to win his Position 1 seat. Fox, the Position 2 incumbent, decided just before the February 15 filing deadline to contest the Position 1 seat against Keller and Dolan, an Internet marketing company owner and Katy ISD critic. Keller polled 4,093 votes, or 48%. Fox […]

Public Input Sought for Flood Control Study

Andrew Weber, project manager of the Galveston District of the Corps of Engineers, gives a presentation Tuesday - Katy News photo by George Slaughter

By George Slaughter The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing a study focusing on reducing flood risks along Buffalo Bayou and its tributaries, and is seeking public input. Andrew Weber, project manager of the Galveston District of the Corps of Engineers, gave a presentation describing the study and how it was being developed. He said the goal of the study is to improve the effectiveness of both the Addicks and Barker projects, while reducing […]

Today is Last Day for Early Voting

By George Slaughter Today is the last day for early voting in the Katy city election and Katy Independent School District trustee election. City Election For polling locations and times, click here. Voters will decide the mayor’s race between incumbent Chuck Brawner and former police chief Bill Hastings. Ward B voters will decide between banking executive Jenifer Jordan Stockdick and former council member Steve Pierson. Incumbent Jimmy Mendez cannot seek reelection due to term limits. […]

Teen with Down Syndrome Crowned Prom King at Morton Ranch High School

Morton Ranch High School Prom King Josue Barrios and fellow senior Bianca Rodriguez-Caskey - photo courtesy Phoebe Grace Creative

By George Slaughter Josue Barrios can attest to how dreams can come true. Barrios, 19, is a senior at Morton Ranch High School, and has Down syndrome, a genetic disorder. Yet his family works to make things as normal for Barrios as possible, and he doesn’t let it slow him down. His mother, Katherine Villacorta, describes him a very positive, friendly person who goes everywhere, meets people, and loves dancing. He also plays the guitar […]

Police Raid Katy Star Convenience Store, Seize Gambling Devices and Cash

The Katy Star convenience store at 5710 Highway Blvd. - Katy Police Department photo

By George Slaughter Officers with the Katy Police Department and the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office seized five eight-liner gambling devices, and over $100,000 in cash, following a raid of the Katy Star convenience store Wednesday night. Police said the devices and cash were part of an illegal gambling operation that took place at the store, 5710 Highway Blvd. Police said the eight-liner gambling devices were hidden behind beverage coolers in a back corner […]

Relay for Life Set for Saturday at Katy City Park

By George Slaughter In keeping with this year’s Star Wars theme, participants in Saturday’s Relay for Life hope that the Cure is with them. The Relay for Life, sponsored American Cancer Society, is set for 5 p.m. Saturday at Katy City Park, 5720 Franz Road. While it’s called a relay, it’s a non-competitive, family-friendly event designed to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those who lost their battle with the disease, and raise money to help find […]

Police to Request More Officers for New Substation

By George Slaughter The Katy Police Department is requesting that the city hire more police officers for a substation being built at Katy Mills Mall. Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll said a public perception exists that both the mall and the nearby Typhoon Texas waterpark are not safe, and a revenue drop off—for both local businesses and the city—results from that. He cited a recent case in which police charged two suspects with aggravated […]