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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 […]

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 […]

Katy-Area Veterans Honored for their Vietnam War-Era Service

Heritage Grand resident Monte Ikner and Vietnam War Commission volunteer Ron Ahles (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter With today’s headlines focused on potential terrorist activities and tensions with North Korea, it’s easy to forget those who served America in earlier conflicts, such as the Vietnam War. Saturday, at the clubhouse in the Heritage Grand community, 25125 Heritage Grand, approximately 65 local veterans and their families were remembered and honored for their service during that era, from the 1960s through 1977. The program by which they are remembered, the “United […]

Goodbye Agave Road – Hello Agave Estates!

FIRST IN LINE | LAST IN LINE – THE FIRST TO ENTER SAY THEIR FINAL GOODBYES While the hands they are now holding are different from picture to picture, they are all equally loved in the lives of Shawna and Mike Erminger, who were the very first couple scheduled to wed at Agave Road in Katy, Texas.  Agave Road is a sister venue to Agave Real – one of two venues owned by Agave Estates […]

City Breaks Ground on New Fire Station

An artist's rendering of the new Katy Fire Station (City of Katy)

By George Slaughter Katy city officials are smiling today, for good reason, about Wednesday’s groundbreaking for a second fire station. The new station is to be built at Bell Patna Drive and Katy Mills Circle, near Katy Mills Mall. It will be a three-bay, approximately 14,000 square-foot structure. It has a guaranteed maximum price of $3,650,828. The station is expected to be finished within a year. In an interview following Monday’s city council meeting, Mayor […]

Hurricane Relief Leader Honored at City Hall

Mayor Chuck Brawner offers some Katy "swag" to Colonel Scott M. MacLeod at City Hall Monday (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy community helped lead the way in the Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts. Monday night at City Hall, Mayor Chuck Brawner honored the Texas National Guard colonel who led those much of those efforts from a makeshift headquarters in the Katy High School Library. Brawner presented an “Above and Beyond” citation to Colonel Scott M. MacLeod, commander of the 136th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. MacLeod and his task force oversaw relief […]

Holiday Celebration Events at Agave Rio!

Agave Rio Restaurant & Patio Oasis, in conjunction with their sister company, Agave Estates will be having multiple celebrations this holiday season. Beginning with Christmas Eve, Agave Rio will take its infamous Sunday-Funday Brunch Buffet to a new level, with an omelet bar, pastry station, pancakes made to order, taco bar and so much more. Drink specials include bloody Mary’s and mimosas for $3 each. $25 per person for adults, children aging between 5 and […]

Katy Crushes Cy Ranch, 55-7, in Football Playoffs

By George Slaughter The Katy Tigers advanced in the Texas Class 6A Division I playoffs with a 55-7 win over Cy Ranch Saturday at NRG Stadium. The Tigers improve to 10-0. Cy Ranch ends its season with an 8-3 record. On its first possession, Katy junior running back Deondrick Lewis scored on a 44-yard run with 5:39 left in the first quarter. After forcing a three-and-out, the Tigers went to work again, scoring on a […]