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Falcons Soar to State Basketball Semifinals

By George Slaughter The Tompkins Falcons boys basketball team is a senior-laden team, and it hopes to go out on a high note this weekend in San Antonio. The Falcons, 31-8, play South Garland, 36-3, at 7 p.m. Friday at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The winner plays the winner of the Austin Westlake-Allen semifinal game which immediately follows. The Class 6A state title game is at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Alamodome. In describing […]

Flood Control Recommendations Submitted to Riceland Terrace Residents

This ditch runs south of Fortuna Drive and Patna Drive. (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter On Fortuna Drive, Angela Della-Calce and her family, residents for 31 years, had flooding—and some unwanted garden snakes—courtesy of Hurricane Harvey last August. A large, blue pod sits in their driveway. Della-Calce said that other houses have had pods following Harvey, but theirs remains for now. They saved what they could. Some items, such as black items of clothing, had bleached stains from the floodwater. One neighbor, Della-Calce said, only recently finished […]

City Council Delays Consideration, Enables Further Review of Proposed District

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night voted to delay consideration of an ordinance that would create the 25K Morton Park and Silver Oaks Estates planned development district. The council is expected to revisit the issue at its March 12 council meeting. Monday’s vote came after an extended public hearing in which citizens, council members, and the attorney representing the developer expressed concerns about the proposed district. LIA Engineering, the developer, submitted a […]

Candidates File for Katy City Office

By George Slaughter Both incumbents seeking re-election to the Katy City Council have drawn opponents, and two candidates have filed to run for the seat being vacated by incumbent Katy City Council Member At-Large Steve Pierson. Filing deadline was Friday at the city secretary’s office. Here is a position-by-position overview of who’s seeking office. Ward A Incumbent Ray Boothe has filed for election for a full-term in his own right. Boothe, an insurance executive, was […]

Katy City Election Filing Period Underway

By George Slaughter The May 5 Katy city election filing period is underway, with one seat open and incumbents filing to protect the other two. The open seat is the at-large seat now held by Steve Pierson, who will be stepping down under term limits. As of Monday afternoon, Chris Harris, an analyst with the U.S. Department of Justice, has filed to run for the seat. Former Ward B Council Member Larry Gore has announced […]

Former Katy Mayor Nelson Laid to Rest Thursday

A portrait of former Katy Mayor Johnny Nelson at Katy City Hall (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter Former Katy Mayor Johnny Nelson was fondly remembered Thursday as an impact player who brought the Katy Mills Mall to the Katy area. Nelson served as mayor from 1983-87 and as city administrator from 1994-2014. He died Sunday. He was 79. In his homily, the pastor Dr. Charles Wisdom recalled how he and Nelson first met. Wisdom had just moved to Katy from San Antonio, where in addition to his ministry he […]

Former Katy Mayor Johnny Nelson Remembered by Colleagues

A portrait of former Katy Mayor Johnny Nelson at Katy City Hall (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter Katy city leaders Monday remembered former Katy Mayor and City Administrator Johnny Nelson as a great icon who did a lot of good for the city. Nelson died Sunday. He was 79. During his tenures as mayor (1983-87) and city administrator (1994-2014), Nelson played a key leadership role in Katy’s transformation from rural town with dirt roads to blossoming urban area with subdivisions and shopping centers. City Administrator Byron Hebert, who succeeded […]

City Council Considering Garbage Collection Issues

By George Slaughter For the past several years, Republic Services, the City of Katy’s garbage removal contractor, has picked up bags and trash in addition to what would be put in its blue carts. Such bags or personal trash cans might be filled with grass clippings, leaves, or other trash. Ward B Council Member Jimmy Mendez said Republic Services had been doing more than its contract specified in performing this additional work. But with costs […]

Chad Simmons Named Taylor Head Football Coach

Taylor High School coach Chad Simmons (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees Monday night appointed Chad Simmons as the new head football coach at Taylor High School. Simmons had served on the Cinco Ranch coaching staff since 2000, and as defensive coordinator since 2004. Simmons comes into a good situation at Taylor. Last year’s squad made it to the area round of the playoffs before losing to Langham Creek and finishing with a 6-5 record. The […]

Brawner, City Looking Forward as New Year Begins

Mayor Chuck Brawner

By George Slaughter A new year brings with it new goals. But for the city of Katy, its storm water management goals come from last year’s hurricane. “It’s time to implement the planning that has been going on for the past six months,” Mayor Chuck Brawner said in an interview. Costello, the firm hired by the city to develop the storm water management plan, expects to provide the city with a design in March. Brawner […]