• Katy Officials Give State of the City

    Katy Officials Give State of the City

    By George Slaughter Rebuilding efforts and an update on city projects highlighted the State of the City luncheon Wednesday. Mayor Chuck Brawner said the city’s strong relationships with other officials, such as U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul, whose district includes part of Katy, along with elected federal, state, and regional officials, was important to getting Katy back on its feet following last year’s hurricane. “We were able to quickly help our citizens while others were waiting,” […]

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  • City to Sign Agreement for Boardwalk Development

    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 […]

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  • City Honors Retiring Police Chief Bill Hastings

    City Honors Retiring Police Chief Bill Hastings

    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 […]

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  • Katy ISD High Schools Staging Plays and Musicals This Spring

    Katy ISD High Schools Staging Plays and Musicals This Spring

    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 […]

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  • Italian Gelato Coffee Bar Opens in Katy, TX

    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 […]

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Sen. Cruz: I Commend President Trump for Prioritizing Missile Defense and Highlighting the Need for Space-Based Interceptors

Cruz-led effort to develop and deploy space-based interceptors included in Missile Defense Review WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued a statement applauding President Trump’s Missile Defense Review (MDR): “I commend President Trump for recognizing and prioritizing missile defense, and for highlighting the need for space-based interceptors (SBI), in the Missile Defense Review. Past missile defense reviews have failed to consider the technologies that are needed to protect Americans and the American […]

Free Income-Tax Help At Fort Bend County Libraries            

Fort Bend County Libraries will again host representatives from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), who will provide free income-tax-preparation assistance for low-income taxpayers at several locations in the Fort Bend County library system from February 1 through April 15. Income-tax forms will no longer be available at the libraries, but patrons may use the libraries’ computers and printers to download and print out the forms from the IRS website, www.irs.gov, during regular library […]

February Computer-Class Schedule At Cinco Ranch Branch Library  

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy, will present a variety of free, introductory computer classes this month. The classes will consist of a hands-on introduction to basic skills for people who would like to learn more about using these computer programs. All computer classes will take place in the Computer Lab of the library. “Computers 101” will take place on Friday, February 1, beginning at 12:15 p.m. This class presents […]

Fall-Risk Prevention Classes At Cinco Ranch Branch Library               

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library will present a special program for older adults, “A Matter of Balance: A Fall-Risk Prevention Class” on Fridays, February 1, 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 8, 15, and 22, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy. Courtney Bryant, Family and Community Health Extension Agent with Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension, will demonstrate strength-building exercises to help […]

Young Adult Book Club & Advisory Council For Teens At Cinco Ranch Branch Library  

Fort Bend County Libraries offers programs specifically designed for high school-aged teens in grades 9 through 12. The programs provide fun and challenging opportunities for these young adults, who are also encouraged to become active participants in designing and orchestrating new activities for teens in the library system. In February, the Cinco Ranch Branch Library will present the following programs for the Young Adult community. YA: Zipper Pouches – Saturday, February 2, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Conference Classroom. Teens in grades […]

Chess Players Invited To Share Tips At Cinco Ranch Branch Library Event            

Chess players of all ages and skill levels – from beginners to advanced – are invited to practice their strategies and share tips with others at a special “Chess Day @ the Library” on Saturdays, February 2 and 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m,. in the Multi-purpose Room at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy. Learn a new chess move (or two) during this come-and-go event. […]

AG Paxton Commends 5th Circuit Decision Regarding Exclusion of Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit after it reversed the district court’s decision preventing Texas from eliminating Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program. “The 5th Circuit’s ruling shows that the district court applied the wrong legal standard,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Planned Parenthood’s reprehensible conduct, captured in undercover videos, proves that it is not a ‘qualified’ provider under the Medicaid Act, so we are confident we […]

Empowering Women  

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) will be hosting a program on the global, regional and local representation of women in politics.  Leslie Schwindt-Bayer, Professor of Political Science at Rice University, will be the featured speaker on Friday, February 22 at 9:30 AM at the Congregation for Reform Judaism, 801 Bering Drive, Houston, 77057.  Dr. Schwindt-Bayer will speak about the results of the mid-term election, how women influence politics, the significance of women in […]

AG Paxton Commends Travis County District Court Decision Requiring the City of Austin to Comply with Texas’ Handgun Law

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following statement on today’s decision by the Travis County District Court that the City of Austin violated Texas law when it refused to allow duly-licensed residents to lawfully carry firearms in City Hall. The court also ordered the city to pay a fine to the state of Texas for each day it prevented investigators from the office of the Attorney General from lawfully carrying firearms. “The district […]

Surviving Death Row

The HPRA Friday lunch speaker this week will be Anthony Graves, a man wrongly convicted of murder and finally exonerated after 18 years of incarceration, 16 in solitary confinement. Today Mr. Graves operates the Anthony Graves Foundation to advance a culture of fairness in the criminal justice field. www.anthonygravesfoundation.org Houston Property Rights Association January 18, 2019 PUBLIC INVITED: $11.49 plus 10% gratuity – buffet self-serve – all you can eat. Coffee and tea are extra. The LamBo Restaurant (Chinese and American food), is […]