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KISD Superintendent Issues Statement Following Santa Fe High School Shootings

Dr. Lance Hindt, Katy ISD Superintendent (Katy ISD photo)

NOTE: Katy Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt issued this statement following the shootings Thursday at Santa Fe High School, near Houston, in which 10 people were killed. Dear Katy ISD Parents, Staff and Community, Today, all of us at Katy ISD are saddened at the senseless loss of lives after the tragic events at Santa Fe High School. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Santa Fe community. As a parent and Katy ISD […]

Dowdle Re-Elected to Katy City Council; Corte, Harris Elected

By George Slaughter Katy Ward B Council Member Durran Dowdle was re-elected to his post Saturday, while challengers Chris Harris and Janet Corte won their respective races for council member at-large and Ward A council member, respectively. Dowdle was re-elected to his third and final term under term limits. Harris and Corte were making their first bids for public office. The trio will take their oaths of office later this month. Ward B Dowdle drew […]

Gesoff, Champagne Win School Board Seats

By George Slaughter Susan Gesoff and Dawn Champagne won their respective campaigns for seats on the Katy Independent School Board of Trustees Saturday. In the race for Position 6, Gesoff, an engineer, drew 3,324 votes, or 60%, against her challenger Scott Martin, an attorney. Martin drew 2,182 votes, or 40%. “I was very encouraged by how many people came out to the polls,” Gesoff said. “I was impressed by all four candidates and the clean campaigns […]

We Need Cat Fosters!

Daily intake requests are coming in for cats and kittens, and we are out of room. We want to say YES and get these guys someplace safe, but we can’t without help. If you have space in your home for adult cats, a nursing mother and her kittens, or have experience bottle feeding kittens, please reply to this email! Coming Up at the Shelter! Kroger For Your Pets Adoptions: Saturday, May 5 – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm […]

New Museum in San Felipe Shares the Story of Early Texas

A statue depicting early Texas settlers stands in front of the Stephen F. Austin State Historic Site Museum (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter At one time, before cities such as Austin, Dallas, or Houston even existed, San Felipe was the second-largest town in Texas, after San Antonio. The town itself, the site of which was just north of Interstate 10 between Brookshire and Sealy, was burned during the Texas Revolution of 1836 and never recovered. On Friday, a new, 10,000-square foot interpretative museum was dedicated at the Stephen F. Austin State Historic Site tells the […]

City Voters to Consider Bond Propositions on Ballot

By George Slaughter Following the 2016 Tax Day Flood and Hurricane Harvey last year, officials at all levels of government have been working on flood preventative issues for the Katy and Southeast Texas areas. The proposed Cypress Creek reservoir, for instance, is being addressed at the federal level. But for the City of Katy, Mayor Chuck Brawner said it was important that local officials focus on what they can do locally. “It’s important for us […]

City to Build Visitors Center as Part of Downtown Revitalization

By George Slaughter The City of Katy will soon be building a visitors center as part of its continuing efforts to revitalize the downtown area. At Monday’s city council meeting, council members approved a $1.5 million convention and tourism hotel occupancy tax grant for the renovation of the Katy Square across the street from Katy City Hall. The iconic water tower standing on the square will remain, but only for decorative and historical purposes. It […]

Sarah Denman Appointed to Keep Katy Beautiful Board of Directors

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council appointed Sarah Denman to the Keep Katy Beautiful Board of Directors Monday night. Keep Katy Beautiful also presented a Katy Proud Business Award to Dr. Dolores Mora of Smiles of Katy, 1419 Avenue D. Denman, like other prospective candidates for the role, was interviewed by Mayor Chuck Brawner, Marketing Director Kayce Reina, and Marketing Assistant Jess Washburn. According to a council agenda request memorandum sent to the council, […]

Maud Marks Library Has a New Branch Manager

Akhila Bhat, Maud Marks Library Branch Manager (Harris County Public Library photo)

By George Slaughter One can always learn something new when visiting a library. For Akhila Bhat, that passion for learning has evolved into a career that finds her in a new role, as branch manager for the Maud Marks Library. Bhat began her new role last month after making an almost 9,000-mile journey to get to Southeast Texas. She is from Mumbai, India. She married and moved to the United States as her husband, Surendra, […]

Keep Katy Beautiful Receives Awards from Keep Texas Beautiful

Keep Katy Beautiful was recently honored at City Hall for being named a winner of the Governor’s Community Achievement Award. Pictured are, left to right, Albert Thompson Jr., Sharon Rhoads, Sandy Schmidt, Jamie Wolman, Jess Washburn, Kathy Wiesner, Mayor Chuck Brawner, Jennifer Stence, Kay Callender, Debbie Berger, Carrie Singletary, and Paula Taylor. (City of Katy photo)

By George Slaughter Jamie Wolman of Keep Katy Beautiful has been named recipient of the 2018 Keep Texas Beautiful Leadership Award. In a recent presentation to the city council, Jess Washburn, tourism and marketing assistant for the city, said that Wolman’s service and dedication never wavers. “Jamie has been instrumental in countless projects for KKB, where she has served for 23 years,” Washburn said. “She has also served on the board of directors for Keep […]