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City Voters to Consider Bond Propositions on Ballot

By George Slaughter Following the 2016 Tax Day Flood and Hurricane Harvey last year, officials at all levels of government have been working on flood preventative issues for the Katy and Southeast Texas areas. The proposed Cypress Creek reservoir, for instance, is being addressed at the federal level. But for the City of Katy, Mayor Chuck Brawner said it was important that local officials focus on what they can do locally. “It’s important for us […]

Smiles of Katy Honored with Katy Proud Business Award

Keep Katy Beautiful presented Smiles of Katy, 1419 Avenue D, the Katy Proud Business Award Monday at city hall. Pictured are Jacalyn Warner, Sandy Schmidt, Jennifer Stence, Mayor Chuck Brawner, Joe Mora, Dr. Dolores Mora, Sharon Rhoads, Kathy Wiesner, Paula Taylor and Kay Callender (City of Katy photo)

By George Slaughter Dr. Delores Mora and her team at Smiles of Katy, 1419 Avenue D, received the Katy Proud Business Award from Keep Katy Beautiful Monday. One might say that they had a little help from its friends to get there. Last year, Mora and her team were about to move into a new building behind the original building on the one-acre site. A growing practice and a desire to rebrand necessitated the move. […]

Maud Marks Library Has a New Branch Manager

Akhila Bhat, Maud Marks Library Branch Manager (Harris County Public Library photo)

By George Slaughter One can always learn something new when visiting a library. For Akhila Bhat, that passion for learning has evolved into a career that finds her in a new role, as branch manager for the Maud Marks Library. Bhat began her new role last month after making an almost 9,000-mile journey to get to Southeast Texas. She is from Mumbai, India. She married and moved to the United States as her husband, Surendra, […]

City Approves Planned Development District to be Called “Village of Katy”

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night passed ordinances to create a commercial development district that will be called the Village at Katy. It comprises approximately 84 acres, with land in both Harris and Fort Bend counties. The district will be at the northeast corner of I-10 and Pin Oak Road, bounded by I-10 to the south, Pin Oak Road on the west, and U.S. Highway 90 to the north. It will have […]

Mayde Creek Varsity Girls Win 2nd Place at Donaldson Relays

On Friday, March 9, the Varsity Girls competed at the Aldine ISD M.B. Donaldson Relays at Bill Smith Stadium in Aldine. This was a very competitive meet with over 25 teams competing. The Lady Rams had an outstanding night and claimed 2nd place! The meet kicked off to a great start in field events. Shania Steptoe earned the Gold in High Jump with a nice jump of 5-2. Alessa King had an outstanding 2nd place […]

Black Bear Diner Opens its First Texas Restaurant in Katy

Black Bear Diner opened Monday in Katy with a ribbon cutting. Wooden bear sculptures are on both sides of the "Touchdown" sign (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter To use a stock market cliché, the Katy area’s growth has many people feeling bullish about the future. On Monday, a family restaurant chain opened its first Texas location in Katy, evidence that Black Bear Diner shares those bullish views—even if a bear is its mascot. Black Bear Diner is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and is located at 24600 Katy Freeway, between Abuelo’s Restaurant and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. […]

Mayde Creek High School Theatre and Fine Arts Recognized for Excellence

MCHS Cast and Crew of "In The Heights"

Houston, TX – March 19, 2018 The past two weeks has brought recognition to the Mayde Creek High School Theatre Company and its students in three separate competitions. On Saturday, March 10th, Mayde Creek High School Theatre Company participated in the District 19-6A UIL One Act Play competition. Mayde Creek’s production of Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson was ranked as First Place, and selected to be one of only three advancing plays to the Bi-District […]

City Updates Its Garbage Collection Policy to Include Yard Waste

Mayor Chuck Brawner presents Fire Chief Russell Wilson a proclamation honoring Wilson's service to the city. Mayor Pro Tem Durran Dowdle applauds on right. (George Slaughter photo)

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]