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City to Sign Agreement for Boardwalk Development

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night authorized a master development agreement for the construction of the Katy Boardwalk hotel, conference center, and parking facilities. Mayor Chuck Brawner said construction is expected to begin within the next 25 days. The city, through its Katy Development Authority, will contribute $18 million, or approximately 18 percent, of the $98 million cost for the hotel, conference center, and parking facilities. Money from the city will be […]

City Honors Retiring Police Chief Bill Hastings

Mayor Chuck Brawner, right, honors retiring Katy Police Chief Bill Hastings at City Hall - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Police Chief Bill Hastings is retiring today after nine years on the job, and the Katy City Council honored him for his service Monday. Hastings is the third police chief in Katy’s history. The first chief, Pat Adams, hired Hastings in December 1986 for the police department. Hastings worked his way through the ranks. Then-Mayor Don Elder, Jr., appointed Hastings chief, succeeding R.L. “Buddy” Frazier, who had held the job for 13 […]

Katy ISD High Schools Staging Plays and Musicals This Spring

Courtesy Taylor Playmakers

By George Slaughter Several Katy Independent School District high schools are staging spring musicals and plays for the public’s enjoyment. Here’s an overview of upcoming performances. January 16-19: A Midsummer Night’s Dream The play is being staged at Katy High School, 6331 Highway Blvd. The play is Shakespeare’s romantic comedy classic, which portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. For time and […]

Italian Gelato Coffee Bar Opens in Katy, TX

The First of its Kind in the Nation Gelato & Co. Cremeria Italiana has set up shop at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, featuring freshly made delicious pastries, and world-renowned handcrafted gelato. What makes this gelato coffee bar different? The Katy location is the first in United States and follows in the footsteps of international storefronts in Grand Cayman, Panama, Aruba, and Puerto Rico. Gelato & Co. plans to open more U.S. locations soon to satisfy the sweet tooth of customers who enjoy international […]

Carroll to Seek Election to Ward A Council Seat

Frank Carroll

By George Slaughter Katy Ward A City Council Member Frank Carroll said Friday he intends to seek a full term to the seat to which he was appointed last September. Carroll said his primary goal would be to preserve and fight for Katy’s small-town values. “It is these values that have made Katy the greatest place to live in America for over 100 years,” Carroll said. Carroll said keeping Katy’s small-town atmosphere while facing the […]

Retiring Police Chief Bill Hastings to Run for Mayor

Katy Police Chief Bill Hastings and his wife, Susan Denise Hastings - Facebook photo

By George Slaughter Katy Police Chief Bill Hastings, who announced his intention to retire as chief January 15, said Thursday he intends to run for mayor next year. “I just want to have everybody on the same page,” Hastings said. “All the city employees, subdivisions—I’m not sure how inclusive they feel. I want the city and citizens to all be as one. I want this to be a vibrant community that’s inclusive to everybody here. […]

Police Chief Bill Hastings to Retire January 15

Katy Police Chief Bill Hastings and his wife, Susan Denise Hastings - Facebook photo

By George Slaughter Katy will soon have a new police chief following the retirement of Chief Bill Hastings, who on Tuesday announced his intention to retire after a 43-year public safety career. His retirement takes effect January 15. Hastings said in an interview Wednesday that his decision came after much deliberation and discussions with family and close friends. “You work all your life to retire, and the closer it gets, the scarier it gets,” Hastings […]

Katy Boardwalk District Unveils Plans for City’s First Conference Center Hotel, Residential and Retail Phases

Artist rendition of the Katy Boardwalk District - courtesy Katy Boardwalk District

The development team of Katy Boardwalk District has announced plans for a new lakefront destination to serve as a hub for entertainment, community and culture anchored by the area’s first full-service conference center hotel, first-to-market entertainment concepts, luxury loft residences and an impressive 90-acre nature preserve showcasing the region’s native trees, flora and wildlife. The announcement follows the authority’s recommendation to enter into a master development agreement with developer KBH Venture to bring a full-service, […]

Katy ISD Trustees Change Junior High, Elementary Attendance Zones for 2019-2020 School Year

An artist's rendition of the newest Katy ISD junior high school, to open for the 2019-2020 school year - courtesy Katy ISD

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees voted Monday to change the boundaries for its junior high schools to accommodate the opening of its newest junior high school. Junior High #16, which has not yet been named, is slated to open in August. The new boundaries go into effect at that time. The district said in a statement that the new junior high school will provide relief to Seven Lakes, Tays, […]

KISD Names Gregorski as Finalist for Superintendent Job

Ken Gregorski - Katy ISD photo

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees selected Ken Gregorski as the sole finalist for superintendent of schools at its Monday meeting. Gregorski, who is currently the acting superintendent, will succeed Dr. Lance Hindt, who is retiring January 1. Trustee George Scott made the motion, seconded by Trustee Bill Lacy. They were joined in voting for the motion by Board President Courtney Doyle and Trustee Ashley Vann. Voting against the motion […]