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Joseph, Katy Tigers Reach Milestone Win

By George Slaughter Katy fans are celebrating Friday’s 52-7 victory over Fort Bend Travis for several reasons. The first is that the win gets Katy off to a good start in the playoffs. The Tigers have now won 10 straight after losing their season opener. A second reason is more sentimental, in that the win marks coach Gary Joseph’s 200th head coaching victory. Following the game, Joseph was cited for the record and saluted by […]

Katy ISD Teams Prepare for Football Bi-District Playoffs

The west (home team) side of Legacy Stadium. (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter High school football playoff time is here, and Katy, Seven Lakes, Taylor, and Tompkins begin their football playoff quest Friday night. Katy (9-1) vs. Fort Bend Travis (8-2) The Tigers meet the Tigers at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Legacy Stadium. The game is a rematch of last year’s bi-district game, which Katy won 45-14. Katy went on to the semifinal round before losing to Lake Travis. Gary Joseph is in his fifteenth […]

Seven Lakes Clinches Football Playoff Spot

By George Slaughter The Seven Lakes Spartans clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2014 with a 40-10 victory over Cinco Ranch Friday night. The win improves the Spartans to 6-4 overall and 3-3 in District 19-6A. The Spartans finish third behind Katy and Tompkins, and ahead of Taylor, which clinched the fourth playoff spot. The win is also the first ever for Seven Lakes against Cinco Ranch. “For our program, it’s pretty […]

Katy Tigers Crush Cinco Ranch, 70-17

By George Slaughter Historically speaking, the Cinco Ranch-Katy game is a rivalry game. But Friday’s matchup proved an easy win for Katy, as the Tigers crushed Cinco Ranch, 70-17, Friday at Legacy Stadium. The win clinches a playoff spot for the Tigers, now 7-1 overall and 4-0 in District 19-6A play. The Cougars fall to 2-6 overall and 2-2 in district play. The Tigers scored touchdowns on six of its seven first-half possessions while building […]

Katy Graduates Its First Citizens Police Academy Class

The first graduating class of the Katy Citizens Police Academy. Pictured on the front row, left to right, are Sandra Byrd, Margaret Valli, Janet Corte, Stacy Painter, and Sherri Jones. On the back row, left to right, are Nam Huynh, Patrick Ramsey, Robert Nugent, Vence Salvato, Vincent Morille, Mike Atkinson, Larry Gay, Walter McDowell, and David Thelen - Katy Police Department photo

By George Slaughter Watch a police drama on television or at the movie theatre, or read a police procedural novel, and it’s easy to imagine how officers do their jobs. Yet in many cases, it’s fair to say that dramatic license is involved to make a more compelling, entertaining story. Yet with a new program offered by the Katy Police Department, citizens can see for themselves how things really work. The police department’s Katy Citizens […]

Country Music Star Clint Black Makes Local Hurricane Relief Donation

Katy Christian Ministries Executive Director Deysi Crespo, Mayor Chuck Brawner, and Grant Officer Carolyn Chandler pose at City Hall ceremony announcing the awarding of $328,322 from country music star Clint Black for hurricane relief efforts – George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Country music star Clint Black, formerly of Katy, has made a $328,322 donation to Katy Christian Ministries as local rebuilding efforts continue after Hurricane Harvey. Black, along with music stars Don Henley and Lyle Lovett, all native Texans, staged a benefit concert last November in Fort Worth. Proceeds from that show, “Helping Texans: A Hurricane Harvey Benefit,” were split among the three musicians, each of whom would donate his share to the […]

City Council Updates City Construction Standards

Keep Katy Beautiful presented the Katy Proud Business Award to Colburn and Angie McClelland, owners of Willy Burger and Crown Pizza at Tiger Square, 6191 Highway Blvd., Monday night at City Hall. Pictured, left to right are, Sharon Rhoads, Kay Callender, Jamie Wolman, Mayor Chuck Brawner, Colburn and Angie McClelland, Cynthia Madison, Jennifer Stence, Council Member-at-Large Chris Harris, and Jess Washburn - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night passed an ordinance to update city construction standards by adopting the 2015 International Building Codes and the 2017 National Electrical Code. The ordinance goes into effect January 1. In a note to the council urging adoption of the updated codes, Building and Standards Commission Chairman Ricky Burch wrote that many of the code revisions allow “for the most flexibility to builders while at the same time […]

Taylor Defeats Mayde Creek, 28-21

By George Slaughter Homecoming weekend has come to Taylor High School, and while Friday night’s rain might have gotten everyone wet, it didn’t get in the way of a 28-21 Mustang victory over Mayde Creek at Legacy Stadium. The victory improves the Mustangs to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in District 19-6A play. The Rams fall to 3-4 overall and 0-3 in district play. Mayde Creek opened the scoring on its second drive of the first […]

Katy Rice Festival Gets Underway in Downtown Katy

The Katy Rice Festival is underway in downtown Katy - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Organizers of the 2018 Katy Rice Festival planned to return the festival to its roots in that it would have a renewed focus on arts, crafts, and family fun. Festival-goers attending Saturday’s events in downtown Katy enjoyed all that, along with good weather as well. Festivities began with a morning parade, the timing of which was a change from years past, in which the parade would take place the week before the […]