Keep Katy Beautiful Receives Awards from Keep Texas Beautiful

Keep Katy Beautiful was recently honored at City Hall for being named a winner of the Governor’s Community Achievement Award. Pictured are, left to right, Albert Thompson Jr., Sharon Rhoads, Sandy Schmidt, Jamie Wolman, Jess Washburn, Kathy Wiesner, Mayor Chuck Brawner, Jennifer Stence, Kay Callender, Debbie Berger, Carrie Singletary, and Paula Taylor. (City of Katy photo)

By George Slaughter Jamie Wolman of Keep Katy Beautiful has been named recipient of the 2018 Keep Texas Beautiful Leadership Award. In a recent presentation to the city council, Jess Washburn, tourism and marketing assistant for the city, said that Wolman’s service and dedication never wavers. “Jamie has been instrumental in countless projects for KKB, where she has served for 23 years,” Washburn said. “She has also served on the board of directors for Keep […]

City Approves Planned Development District to be Called “Village of Katy”

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night passed ordinances to create a commercial development district that will be called the Village at Katy. It comprises approximately 84 acres, with land in both Harris and Fort Bend counties. The district will be at the northeast corner of I-10 and Pin Oak Road, bounded by I-10 to the south, Pin Oak Road on the west, and U.S. Highway 90 to the north. It will have […]

Nicholls, SFA Win Southland Conference Basketball Titles at Merrill Center

Courtesy Southland Conference

By George Slaughter The Nicholls State Lady Colonels and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks won their respective Southland Conference basketball titles this weekend at the Merrill Center. Nicholls will learn its women’s tournament seed this evening. SFA will play Texas Tech Thursday night in Dallas in the first round of the men’s tournament. Nicholls Wins Women’s Title In the women’s title game, Nicholls defeated the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks 69-65 Sunday afternoon. The win gives […]

Mayde Creek Varsity Girls Win 2nd Place at Donaldson Relays

On Friday, March 9, the Varsity Girls competed at the Aldine ISD M.B. Donaldson Relays at Bill Smith Stadium in Aldine. This was a very competitive meet with over 25 teams competing. The Lady Rams had an outstanding night and claimed 2nd place! The meet kicked off to a great start in field events. Shania Steptoe earned the Gold in High Jump with a nice jump of 5-2. Alessa King had an outstanding 2nd place […]

Black Bear Diner Opens its First Texas Restaurant in Katy

Black Bear Diner opened Monday in Katy with a ribbon cutting. Wooden bear sculptures are on both sides of the "Touchdown" sign (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter To use a stock market cliché, the Katy area’s growth has many people feeling bullish about the future. On Monday, a family restaurant chain opened its first Texas location in Katy, evidence that Black Bear Diner shares those bullish views—even if a bear is its mascot. Black Bear Diner is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and is located at 24600 Katy Freeway, between Abuelo’s Restaurant and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. […]

Mayde Creek High School Theatre and Fine Arts Recognized for Excellence

MCHS Cast and Crew of "In The Heights"

Houston, TX – March 19, 2018 The past two weeks has brought recognition to the Mayde Creek High School Theatre Company and its students in three separate competitions. On Saturday, March 10th, Mayde Creek High School Theatre Company participated in the District 19-6A UIL One Act Play competition. Mayde Creek’s production of Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson was ranked as First Place, and selected to be one of only three advancing plays to the Bi-District […]

Northwest Assistance Ministries’ Children’s Clinic Recognized For Excellence In Care For Foster Children

  HOUSTON—Northwest Assistance Ministries’ (NAM’s) Children’s Clinic has been recognized by Superior HealthPlan as a Foster Care Center of Excellence. Superior HealthPlan representatives, accompanied by personnel from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, presented the award to the Children’s Clinic on Tuesday. “Being recognized as an excellent facility to provide care for foster children is a success – but not just for the clinic; this is a success for NAM as an organization,” […]

City Updates Its Garbage Collection Policy to Include Yard Waste

Mayor Chuck Brawner presents Fire Chief Russell Wilson a proclamation honoring Wilson's service to the city. Mayor Pro Tem Durran Dowdle applauds on right. (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night updated its garbage collection policy to include yard waste pickup twice a month. Under the new policy, the city will pick up yard waste, which includes leaves, grass clippings, small trimmings, and so forth, on the twice-monthly heavy trash days. In a presentation to the council, Kayce Reina, the city’s director of tourism, marketing, and public relations, said that up to 15 bags of yard waste […]

Falcons Fall Short in State Basketball Championship

By George Slaughter The Tompkins Falcons boys basketball team can reflect on an historic season, even if it fell short in the state final. On Saturday, the Allen Eagles scored on an almost last-second basket to claim a 49-47 victory and the Class 6A state title at the Alamodome. Allen finishes at 35-5. Tompkins finishes at 32-9. Tompkins’s appearance in the title game was the first time a Katy Independent School District team had made […]

Major Redevelopment Planned for Katy Mills Mall

Mayor Chuck Brawner and Katy Mills Mall General Manager James Ross (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter Officials from the City of Katy and Simon Malls, owner of the Katy Mills Mall, announced a multi-million dollar mall redevelopment project Thursday morning at Katy Mills Mall. Katy Mills Mall is one of the city’s key attractions and economic generators. The announcement follows four years of discussions between city officials and Simon Malls of Indianapolis, which owns the mall. Officials declined to give a specific figure. Officials expect the changes, which […]