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Katy Firefighters Raise Money for Special Olympics Texas

Zach Berry, a 17-year-old Special Olympics athlete, poses with Katy firefighter Justin Gray Friday night at Loc Cucos Mexican Restaurant - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Katy firefighters are known for their firefighting and emergency medical technician skills. They’re also becoming known for their volunteer skills in charitable fundraising. Friday night at Los Cucos Mexican Restaurant, 5831 Highway Blvd., firefighters volunteered as waitstaff in the third annual “Tip a Firefighter” event. For the 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. lunch shift, and for the dinner shift 5–8 p.m. dinner shift, Katy firefighters, accompanied by Special Olympics athletes, stopped by […]

Library Commemorating Its 25th Anniversary Saturday

Courtesy Maud Smith Marks Library

By George Slaughter The Maud Smith Marks Library celebrates its 25th anniversary at 1 p.m. Saturday with a cake cutting and other events, including a book character contest, a book spin contest, and a book race contest. The celebration will also include square dancers, games, crafts, a magician, a visit from Mother Goose, and contests and snacks. Remembering Maud Smith Marks Maud Smith Marks, the library’s namesake, lived in the early 20th century. She and […]

Katy Boy Scout Troop Makes a Historic Find

Signs created by Boy Scout Troop 73 of Katy designate the hanging tree – photo courtesy Warren Fields

By George Slaughter Boy Scouts from Katy have found and marked a historic West Texas hanging tree where, in the late 1800s, some cattle rustlers met their fate. The tree, part of a site that became known as Rustler’s Flat, is part of the Buffalo Trails Scout Ranch, near Fort Davis. In the late 19th Century, a group of cattle rustlers stole cattle, butchered it, and sold the meat to soldiers at the U.S. Army […]

Katy Rotary Club to Play Leadership Roles with Rice Festival and Triathlon

By George Slaughter The Katy Rotary Club will be playing leading roles in two high-profile events this fall. The first event is the Katy Triathlon at Cane Island, set for September 23. The triathlon will be within the Katy city limits after previously being organized and staged at Firethorne, which sits outside the city limits in Fort Bend County. The Katy City Council Monday night approved a tax $75,000 convention and tourism board occupancy tax […]

City Awards Bid for Drainage Improvements in Pine Forest

By George Slaughter Mayor Chuck Brawner has described the Pine Forest subdivision as Katy’s “ground zero” for last year’s hurricane flooding. Monday night, the Katy City Council awarded an $4.4 million to Reytec Construction Resources of Houston for drainage improvements to the Pine Forest Subdivision. The neighborhood is bordered by Morton Road on the north, the Magnolia Ditch on the south, Cane Island Branch on the west, and Avenue D on the east. Last November, […]

Firethorne Community Has a New Fire Truck

Katy firefighter Ben Crowell checks out the equipment in the advanced life support equipment on the new fire truck at Fort Bend County MUD #151 - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District #151 and the City of Katy signed a fire protection agreement last month. Under the agreement, the district provides the facilities and equipment. The city provides the firefighters, all of whom have first been trained as emergency medical technicians. The district pays the costs, along with a 5% administrative fee. The district and city accepted a big piece of the equipment, a new fire truck, Thursday […]

Morton Ranch Teacher and Coach to Be Buried Friday

Stephen Papp (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Funeral services have been set for Morton Ranch High School teacher and assistant football coach Stephen Papp, who was killed in an automobile accident over the weekend. Authorities have not yet released details about the accident. Papp’s funeral is set for 3 p.m. Friday at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 2929 Woodland Hills Dr., in Kingwood, which was his hometown. Morton Ranch football coach Ron Counter said a coaching friend called him with […]

2018 List of Appointees to City Boards and Commissions

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night approved the following appointments to various city boards and commissions. Building and Standards Commission Ricky Burch, chairman Jim Lipka Vincent C. Morille, Jr. Bob O’ Malley Steve Schilder Matt Lawson, alternate Troy “Monty” McGuire, Jr., alternate Paul Redmon, alternate James A. “Alan” Williams, alternate City Planning and Zoning Commission Kenneth A. Berger Dan D. Burris Eric Paulsen, chairman Sam Pearson Paul Redmon, vice chairman Clint Stockdick […]

City in Talks to Assume Katy Rice Harvest Festival Sponsorship

By George Slaughter Katy city officials are speaking with their counterparts in the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce about the city’s taking over sponsorship of the annual Katy Harvest Festival. “We’re planning on having a Rice Harvest Festival,” Mayor Chuck Brawner said. “We’re planning to put it on. We’re taking the lead on keeping the Katy Rice Harvest Festival going.” Brawner said the festival is being planned for October, as it has been held in […]

City to Upgrade its Water Meters

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night adopted a resolution that will enable the city to upgrade its water meters, thus saving both time and labor when it comes to gather the information the meters track. In a memo to the council recommending the changes, Finance Director Becky Wilkins said that the city currently reads its water meters with a radio read drive-by system that requires city staff to drive around the city […]