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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 […]

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 […]

Texas Fire Chiefs Honor Katy Fire Chief Russell Wilson

Facebook photo, courtesy Katy Fire Department

By George Slaughter AUSTIN—Since his arrival as Katy fire chief in 2016, Russell Wilson has been a busy man. He’s been active in the development of a second fire station that is slated to open later this year at Bell Patna Drive and Katy Mills Circle, near Katy Mills Mall. The station will be a three-bay, approximately 14,000 suare-foot structure. He’s supervised the grant application that will help the city pay for the hiring and […]

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 […]

KISD Appoints New Seven Lakes High School Football Coach

Jimmy Hamon, head football coach and campus athletic coordinator at Seven Lakes High School (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Jimmy Hamon, football defensive coordinator and junior varsity baseball coach at Ridge Point High School, has been appointed head football coach and campus athletic coordinator at Seven Lakes High School. The district made the appointment Monday night at its Board of Trustees meeting. Hamon has coached at Ridge Point High School, which is the Fort Bend Independent School District, since 2012.Ridge Point football coach Brett Sniffin praised Hamon and his hire at […]

Agave Rio to Feature 5-Course Wine Pairing Dinner February 28, 2018 @ 7pm

Join us for a fantastic five-course wine dinner featuring the wines of Peter Franus Wine Company and the superior Black Angus beef from 44 Farms, whose signature working ranch focuses on quality and sustainability to deliver the best beef in Texas! We are privileged to have the owner and wine maker, Peter Franus, himself at Agave Rio to lead us through a tasting of his award-winning Napa Valley wines. Peter was formerly the wine maker […]

KISD Reassigns Seven Lakes Football Coach to Paetow High School

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District, in an unexpected move, has reassigned football coach and athletics director Lydell Wilson to Paetow High School to serve as a teacher/coach. Wilson coached the Spartans from 2012-17. Last year’s squad finished with a 4-6 record. His overall record at Seven Lakes was 30-32, with both the 2012 and 2014 teams making the bi-district round of the playoffs. Seven Lakes staff and boosters were told of the […]

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 […]