• City Updates Its Garbage Collection Policy to Include Yard Waste

    City Updates Its Garbage Collection Policy to Include Yard Waste

    By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night updated its garbage collection policy to include yard waste pickup twice a month. Under the new policy, the city will pick up yard waste, which includes leaves, grass clippings, small trimmings, and so forth, on the twice-monthly heavy trash days. In a presentation to the council, Kayce Reina, the city’s director of tourism, marketing, and public relations, said that up to 15 bags of yard waste […]

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  • Falcons Fall Short in State Basketball Championship

    Falcons Fall Short in State Basketball Championship

    By George Slaughter The Tompkins Falcons boys basketball team can reflect on an historic season, even if it fell short in the state final. On Saturday, the Allen Eagles scored on an almost last-second basket to claim a 49-47 victory and the Class 6A state title at the Alamodome. Allen finishes at 35-5. Tompkins finishes at 32-9. Tompkins’s appearance in the title game was the first time a Katy Independent School District team had made […]

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  • Falcons Soar to State Basketball Semifinals

    Falcons Soar to State Basketball Semifinals

    By George Slaughter The Tompkins Falcons boys basketball team is a senior-laden team, and it hopes to go out on a high note this weekend in San Antonio. The Falcons, 31-8, play South Garland, 36-3, at 7 p.m. Friday at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The winner plays the winner of the Austin Westlake-Allen semifinal game which immediately follows. The Class 6A state title game is at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Alamodome. In describing […]

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  • Katy ISD Approves New 2018-19 Transportation Model

    Katy ISD Approves New 2018-19 Transportation Model

    KATY [March 2, 2018] – After receiving input from the Katy Independent School District community, through Your District, Your Voice initiative, the Board of Trustees approved to change the 2018-19 transportation model.  Beginning this fall, Katy ISD will transition to a multi-bell schedule. The 2018-19 transportation model will include four groups that will begin and dismiss at different times of the school day.  Elementary campuses will be divided in two groups. Grade Level AM Start Time PM […]

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  • Flood Control Recommendations Submitted to Riceland Terrace Residents

    Flood Control Recommendations Submitted to Riceland Terrace Residents

    By George Slaughter On Fortuna Drive, Angela Della-Calce and her family, residents for 31 years, had flooding—and some unwanted garden snakes—courtesy of Hurricane Harvey last August. A large, blue pod sits in their driveway. Della-Calce said that other houses have had pods following Harvey, but theirs remains for now. They saved what they could. Some items, such as black items of clothing, had bleached stains from the floodwater. One neighbor, Della-Calce said, only recently finished […]

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Commissioner Miller Seeks Applicants For Annual Family Land Heritage Program Honoring Texas Farms And Ranches

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller

Application deadline is May 1 AUSTIN – Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is proud to invite Texas farmers and ranchers to apply for the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Family Land Heritage (FLH) program, which pays tribute to families who have kept their land in continuous agricultural production for at least 100 years. As TDA continues this proud tradition of honoring true Lone Star pioneers, Texas families are asked to submit their applications for recognition in the […]

Annual Houston NF Walk Raises Funds for Children’s Tumor Foundation

Texas families united to raise money and awareness for rare genetic disorder HOUSTON– On March 24, 2018, the Children’s Tumor Foundation will host the annual Houston NF Walk to raise awareness and funds for neurofibromatosis (NF) research.  NF is an under-recognized genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body and affects 1 in every 3,000 people – more than cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and Huntington’s disease combined.  It is estimated […]

AG Paxton Protects Texas Property Owners in Settlement with Federal Government Over Obama-Era Land Grab   

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the federal government agreed to reconsider Obama-era rules that restrict property owners’ use of land, settling a lawsuit filed by Texas and 19 other states in November 2016. The Alabama-led lawsuit challenged federal rules that broadly expand the definition of critical habitats for endangered and threatened species. “This was nothing more than a desperate attempt at a parting gift from President Obama to radical environmentalists at the […]

AG Paxton Praises Ruling Against Waller County in Retaliatory Open Carry Lawsuit

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today applauded the First Court of Appeals of Texas after it ruled that Waller County lacks jurisdiction to sue a private citizen who complained that the county was unlawfully banning firearms from its government building. The attorney general’s office filed a brief in the case, arguing that it should be dismissed. In reversing a Waller County district court’s ruling, the Court of Appeals held that Terry Holcomb Sr. had […]

AG Paxton Asks Two More School Districts to Stop Violating Election Law

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today sent cease-and-desist letters to the Elgin and Galena Park Independent School Districts, asking them to stop unlawful electioneering activities that violate the Texas Education Code. The school districts used taxpayer resources to distribute messages to their staff and the public advocating for or against certain political candidates. “The Legislature has enacted laws empowering schools to encourage voting and assist students in registering to vote, but school districts violate […]

Relay for Life scheduled for April 28th

Relay For Life if Katy, now in its 20th year, will take place on Saturday, April 28th from 4pm- Midnight at Katy City Park in Katy. The theme this year is “Superheroes…saving the world one cure at a time.” Relay For Life is the world’s largest fundraiser to end cancer, benefiting the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society’s mission is to “Save lives, celebrate lives & lead the fight for a world without cancer.” […]

Think Tank for Liberty

The HPRA speaker this Friday noon will be James Quintero, who will talk about the work of Texas Public Policy Foundation where he heads the Think Local Liberty project. The TPPF works to lower taxes, reduce regulation, bring about justice reform, and more. See: https://www.texaspolicy.com http://thinklocalliberty.com Houston Property Rights Association PUBLIC INVITED: $11.49 plus 10% gratuity – buffet self-serve – all you can eat. Coffee and tea are extra. The Lam Bo Restaurant (Chinese and American food), is at 6159 Westheimer Road, about a […]

Texas Health Care Association Supports National Initiative to Advance Quality Care

Goals build on statewide quality improvements (AUSTIN) — Today, the Texas Health Care Association announced its support of the next phase of a nationwide, multi-year initiative to further improve quality care in long term and post-acute care centers and communities. Led by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the Quality Initiative challenges both skilled nursing and assisted living providers to meet measurable targets in four areas by March, 2021. The […]

Researchers Link Defects in a Nuclear Receptor in the Brain to Autism Spectrum Disorders

Team Advances Understanding of Autism HOUSTON, March 14, 2018 – Two University of Houston scientists are reporting that defects in a portion of the brain’s hippocampus, called the dentate gyrus, is regulated by the nuclear receptor LXRβ (Liver X receptor Beta). The dentate gyrus, or DG, is responsible for emotion and memory and is known to be involved in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Margaret Warner, professor of biology and biochemistry, and Jan-Åke Gustafsson, professor of […]

Kroger brings Chef-Designed Prep+ParedÔ Meal Kits to 37 select Houston area stores

Menu selections include eight freshly prepared recipes and require no subscription Houston, Texas –  March 14, 2018 – What’s for dinner is no longer a question with Kroger’s new Prep+ParedÔmeal kits now available in 37 select Houston area Kroger stores. Kroger offers eight varieties of fresh entrees that are 100 percent measured, prepped and ready to cook. The kits are skillet to plate in 20 minutes or less – one of the shortest prep times for any […]