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KISD Reassigns Seven Lakes Football Coach to Paetow High School

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District, in an unexpected move, has reassigned football coach and athletics director Lydell Wilson to Paetow High School to serve as a teacher/coach. Wilson coached the Spartans from 2012-17. Last year’s squad finished with a 4-6 record. His overall record at Seven Lakes was 30-32, with both the 2012 and 2014 teams making the bi-district round of the playoffs. Seven Lakes staff and boosters were told of the […]

Candidates File for Katy City Office

By George Slaughter Both incumbents seeking re-election to the Katy City Council have drawn opponents, and two candidates have filed to run for the seat being vacated by incumbent Katy City Council Member At-Large Steve Pierson. Filing deadline was Friday at the city secretary’s office. Here is a position-by-position overview of who’s seeking office. Ward A Incumbent Ray Boothe has filed for election for a full-term in his own right. Boothe, an insurance executive, was […]

City Sets Bond Election for May

Katy Mayor Chuck Brawner presents an “Above and Beyond” citation to Buc-ee’s senior vice president Richard Sebastian for his company’s efforts serving first responders during Hurricane Harvey rescue and relief operations. (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night set a bond election to raise $19.5 million for repair and prevention measures needed following Hurricane Harvey last year. Voters will be asked to review and approve three propositions. The first proposition, for $4.25 million, is for street work to elevate the 1st Street bridge and the Katy Hockley Road (Avenue D). The second proposition, for $10.25 million, is for drainage projects for the Fortuna and […]

Katy ISD Signing Day

Katy High School February 7, 2018 signings: (not in picture order): Josef Fisher, Football, Louisiana College; Evan Greathouse, Football, Southwestern Assemblies of God University; Jonah Lebischak, Football, Oklahoma Baptist University; Jacob Lighter, Football, Texas A&M University – Kingsville; Austin Marshall, Football, Southern Arkansas University; Josh Oglesby, Football, Texas A&M University – Kingsville; Santee Parker, Football, University of Mary Hardin – Baylor; KeShon Rowe, Football, Texas A&M University – Kingsville; Gavin Spangler, Football, Benedictine College ; Jacob […]

One for the Team

Show your team spirit by joining us for a fundraiser to support West Memorial Swim team. Come into the Chipotle at 1427 South Mason Road in Katy on Tuesday, March 13th between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Bring this flyer, show it on your Smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to West Memorial Swim Team.

UIL Classifies Paetow Panthers in Class 5A

By George Slaughter The University Interscholastic League, which oversees Texas high school sports, placed Katy’s newest high school sports program in Class 5A this morning as part of its annual reclassification and realignment effort. Paetow High School opened last fall. The Panthers debut their varsity sports program this fall. Other teams in the District 10-5A, Division II, include Bryan Rudder, Cleveland, College Station A&M Consolidated, Huntsville, Montgomery, Montgomery Lake Creek, and Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated. The […]

Katy City Election Filing Period Underway

By George Slaughter The May 5 Katy city election filing period is underway, with one seat open and incumbents filing to protect the other two. The open seat is the at-large seat now held by Steve Pierson, who will be stepping down under term limits. As of Monday afternoon, Chris Harris, an analyst with the U.S. Department of Justice, has filed to run for the seat. Former Ward B Council Member Larry Gore has announced […]

Former Katy Mayor Nelson Laid to Rest Thursday

A portrait of former Katy Mayor Johnny Nelson at Katy City Hall (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter Former Katy Mayor Johnny Nelson was fondly remembered Thursday as an impact player who brought the Katy Mills Mall to the Katy area. Nelson served as mayor from 1983-87 and as city administrator from 1994-2014. He died Sunday. He was 79. In his homily, the pastor Dr. Charles Wisdom recalled how he and Nelson first met. Wisdom had just moved to Katy from San Antonio, where in addition to his ministry he […]

Former Katy Mayor Johnny Nelson Remembered by Colleagues

A portrait of former Katy Mayor Johnny Nelson at Katy City Hall (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter Katy city leaders Monday remembered former Katy Mayor and City Administrator Johnny Nelson as a great icon who did a lot of good for the city. Nelson died Sunday. He was 79. During his tenures as mayor (1983-87) and city administrator (1994-2014), Nelson played a key leadership role in Katy’s transformation from rural town with dirt roads to blossoming urban area with subdivisions and shopping centers. City Administrator Byron Hebert, who succeeded […]

City Council Considering Garbage Collection Issues

By George Slaughter For the past several years, Republic Services, the City of Katy’s garbage removal contractor, has picked up bags and trash in addition to what would be put in its blue carts. Such bags or personal trash cans might be filled with grass clippings, leaves, or other trash. Ward B Council Member Jimmy Mendez said Republic Services had been doing more than its contract specified in performing this additional work. But with costs […]