• Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Extended for 39 Counties

    Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Extended for 39 Counties

    Date: September 20, 2017 Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Extended for 39 Counties Individuals from disaster-declared counties have until Oct. 31 to file AUSTIN –The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) today announced that the deadline has been extended to October 31, 2017 for individuals filing for Disaster Unemployment Assistance in all 39 counties declared in Presidential Disaster Declaration FEMA 4332-DR. This deadline extension will allow affected individuals, who may be eligible but have not yet applied, with […]

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  • Bear Creek Elementary Students Head Back to Their Home Campus after Harvey

    Bear Creek Elementary Students Head Back to Their Home Campus after Harvey

    September 19, 2017 –  After almost two weeks of being housed at Paetow High School, Bear Creek Elementary (BCE) students and staff will now be headed back to their home campus on Monday, September 25. The neighborhood lift pumps and a water treatment plant which were compromised by Harvey have now been repaired and the local service provider has lifted water restrictions to the area, making it safe for students to return to their home campus.  […]

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  • Heart of Katy Market rescheduled

    Heart of Katy Market rescheduled

    Katy Bengal Brigade and Cheerleaders Semi-Annual Heart of Katy  (Formerly The Heart of Katy Craft Show) Has been rescheduled to Saturday, November 4th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday November 5th from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The event will be at Katy High School. Over 100 Vendors with Arts, Crafts, Clothing, Food, Etc.  Located in the Food Court Annex. Free Admission

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  • Texas Announces Food Assistance for Harris County

    Texas Announces Food Assistance for Harris County

    AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services announced today that it will roll out disaster food relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey to residents in Harris County starting Friday, Sept. 22. Texas has been rolling out D-SNAP in a phased approach and is expanding to Harris County in coordination with local officials. Harris County sites will run through Oct. 5. “We’ve been working closely with local officials to fine tune sites that work for people who are […]

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  • Texas DSHS mosquito control update – Sept. 19, 2017

    Texas DSHS mosquito control update – Sept. 19, 2017

    The Texas Department of State Health Services is providing an update on aerial mosquito spraying operations after Hurricane Harvey. DSHS is working with counties that have requested assistance with mosquito control to coordinate spraying by two state contractors and federal support through FEMA and the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Rain reduced the amount of aerial mosquito spraying that could be done Monday night. Flight operations treated about 260,000 acres over Polk, San Jacinto, Walker and Waller counties […]

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Website Records Shatter Hurricane Ike’s

Hurricane Harvey Activity Smashes Website’s Previous Records Houston TranStar’s Website was ‘hardened’ in advance to prevent crashes, keep going Houston TranStar’s website, www.houstontranstar.org, proved itself a trusted, reliable information resource for travel conditions as Hurricane Harvey bore down, dumped some 50 inches of rain, and finally moved on, leaving the region largely underwater. From Friday, Aug. 25 – Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, a total of 411 high-water freeway locations registered on the Real Time Traffic Map. […]

Texas DSHS mosquito control update – Sept. 20, 2017

The Texas Department of State Health Services is providing an update on aerial mosquito spraying operations after Hurricane Harvey. DSHS is working with counties that have requested assistance with mosquito control to coordinate spraying by two state contractors and federal support through FEMA and the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Flight operations treated about 581,000 acres over Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto and Wharton counties last night. Crews are planning to be uptonight spraying over portions […]

Gov. Abbott and AG Paxton Urge President Trump to Authorize FEMA Disaster Assistance for  Houses of Worship in Wake of Hurricane Harvey 

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton today sent a letter to President Trump, urging him to ensure that churches and other religious organizations are treated equally with other nonprofits and not excluded from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster funding for victims of Hurricane Harvey. FEMA’s Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide, which was revised during the Obama-era, offers assistance to private non-profit organizations, including zoos, performing arts centers and museums, but […]

Comptroller’s Office Now Accepting Applications for Match the Promise Tuition Grants, Matching Scholarships

(AUSTIN) — Comptroller Glenn Hegar today reminded Texans applications are now being accepted for 2017-18 Texas Match the Promise Foundation℠ awards. The foundation, in cooperation with the Comptroller’s office, encourages Texas families to save for college by offering competitive matching scholarships and tuition grants to Texas students who are beneficiaries of a Texas Tuition Promise FundSM (TTPF) account, the state’s prepaid college tuition plan. “During the 2016-17 school year, the foundation approved Match the Promise scholarships for […]

Chairman Craddick: Panhandle Producers are Essential to Texas’ Economic Success

AMARILLO – Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick today addressed RRC’s emphasis on common sense energy regulation at the Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners Association (PPROA) 88thConvention and Annual Meeting in Amarillo. “Thank you to all of you who invest in the business of energy development, an industry that is critical to the economic success of our state and our country,” Craddick said. “Thanks to your efforts, our state’s energy producers, big and small, are setting […]

Disaster Recovery Centers Currently Open in Harris County

Several Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) have opened in Harris County to help individuals and businesses impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. SmallBusiness Administration (SBA), the State of Texas, and other agencies will be at the centers to provide information about disaster assistance programs and guidance for filing an application. The DRC’s are now open at the following locations: Bayland Community Center 6400 Bissonnet Street Houston, TX 77074 Hours: Daily, from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Baytown Community Center 2407 Market Street Baytown TX […]

Bond Election Called by Katy ISD Board of for New and Upgraded Schools

Katy Texas, September 19, 2017-On August 21, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to call a bond election for November 7, 2017. This $609 million bond initiative is the result of a community-led Bond Advisory Committee and focuses on meeting KISD existing and near-term growth needs. The district will use 91% of the bond funds for six new schools in addition to comprehensive renovations, replacement of certain aging school components, school expansions and […]

Katy Bar Association Monthly Meeting

Area attorneys are invited to the Tuesday, September 26, 2017 lunch meeting of the Katy Bar Association at 11:30 A.M. at Hasta La Pasta Restaurant 1450 Grand Parkway, Katy, TX. 77494. The guest speaker is Jim Lowe, Vice President Strategic Alliances. His topic is Top Ten Mistakes to Avoid in eDiscovery -electronic discovery- , research and case development. Discovery is the process of gathering of information during litigation, and electronic discovery has evolved significantly. The […]

Katy Independent School District Places Taylor High School Football Coach on Administrative Leave

By George Slaughter The Katy independent School District has placed Taylor High School football coach Trey Herrmann on administrative leave until further notice. Joe Sheffy, an assistant coach at Taylor, will serve as head coach this season. “Sheffy is a certified, highly experienced individual who is well versed on the needs of the team,” a statement from the district said. In the statement, released by the district this morning, the district said the leave is […]

Mayde Creek, Morton Ranch, Katy, and Cinco Ranch Begin their Seasons with Wins

By Tom Behrens Mayde Creek and Morton Ranch won their season openers last weekend. The Rams, playing in the first game at the new Legacy Stadium, won a 51-48 thriller on a late touchdown run by quarterback Keyonte Fiakpul. The Mavericks defeated the Longhorns 36-17 at Pasadena Memorial Stadium. Here is a summary of the other Katy ISD football games played last weekend. Katy 24, The Woodlands 21: Tigers win a cliffhanger The teams, which […]