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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 […]

City Annexes 150 Acres, Expects Commercial Development Announcement

By George Slaughter The City of Katy has been active in recruiting commercial firms, such as the Amazon Fulfillment Center, to settle on the western side of the city. In this way, the city has brought in sales tax revenues that can not only meet its needs but also enable it to at least keep residential property taxes stable. In recent years, the city has been able to cut property taxes. Monday night, the Katy […]

Santa Helps Light Mayor’s Christmas Tree

The Mayor's Christmas Tree was lit Thursday in front of City Hall - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Santa Claus helped Mayor Chuck Brawner and wife Marcy with the lighting of the 46th annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Thursday night at City Hal, 901 Avenue C. To join the crowd for this Katy tradition, he arrived in style, courtesy of a Katy Fire Department truck with lights flashing and siren blaring. The sleigh and reindeer were parked elsewhere this evening. Santa brought with him an early Christmas gift—he stopped the rain […]

December in Katy Brings Pancakes with Santa, Old Fashioned Christmas Festival

A good-sized crowd enjoyed Saturday's Katy Old Fashioned Christmas. The Mayor's Christmas Tree stands in front of City Hall - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Santa Claus made an appearance at Thursday’s annual lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree at City Hall. On Saturday, a beautiful day weather-wise, he made a return visit to Katy, making two more appearances. The first was at the inaugural Pancakes with Santa, held Saturday morning at the Katy Fire Station, 1417 Avenue D. The second was at the annual Katy Old Fashioned Christmas, held downtown. Proceeds from the breakfast will be […]

Tompkins Falls to Beaumont West Brook in Playoffs

By George Slaughter Beaumont West Brook rallied from a 21-point deficit and withstood a late Tompkins rally to claim a 49-45 Class 6A Division II regional playoff win Saturday at NRG Stadium. West Brook improves improve to 11-2 and will play Cypress Creek, which defeated Summer Creek Saturday night at Rice Stadium. Tompkins ends its season at 10-3. Tompkins coach Todd McVey said that his team wasn’t nervous or intimidated by its first appearance at […]