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It’s Party Time with History for Young and Old with the 225th Anniversary Celebration of Stephen F. Austin’s Birth At San Felipe November 3—And It’s FREE

Texans are no strangers to celebrating special occasions and when you reflect on someone as great as Stephen F. Austin (aka the Father of Texas) celebrating a birthday, you can be guaranteed that it’s going to be a “Texas-size” superb gathering with hands-on programs for all, living history demonstrations including surveying and printing activities, guest authors and lecturers, thematic tours of the grounds, the museum, and much more.  All of these events are scheduled in […]

Commended National Merit Scholars

Mr. Tim Gallic, Principal of St. John XXIII College Preparatory, Katy, Texas, is pleased to announce Caitlyn Cano and Elena Welsh have been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), that conducts the program, will be presented to these scholastically talented seniors. These young ladies have demonstrated outstanding potential throughout their high school years at St. John XXIII College […]

Katy ISD Students Participate in First Time Ever Plein Air Painting Competition  

KATY [October 18, 2018] – Katy Independent School District students step out of their classrooms and into mother nature to experience a different kind of painting and drawing experience known as “plein air”, a French expression for “in the open air”.  For the first time, 25 Katy ISD students will visit Willow Fork Park to create an inspirational on-site art piece which showcases the beauty of outdoor scenes. “Working in an outdoor painting site allows the […]

City Honors Friendship Garden Club

Keep Katy Beautiful and the City of Katy honored the Friendship Garden Club Monday at City Hall. Pictured are, left to right: Ruth Ann Casci, Myra Jones, Sherry Hunter, Kay Callender, Lisa Hinks, Keep Katy Beautiful President Flora Tiedt, Mayor Chuck Brawner, Jean Bays, Pat Williamson, Jamie Wolman, and Kathy Wiesner – George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night honored the Friendship Garden Club for its 60 years of work in promoting the environment and volunteering in the Katy community. In a brief presentation citing the club’s work, Keep Katy Beautiful board member Jamie Wolman said the club encourages civic beautification and recycling activities and has, in the past, brought educational programs by horticulture professionals. Wolman said that today, club volunteers are involved in presenting […]

Patsy’s 3rd Annual Paw-Raiser to help local rescue groups on Saturday, October 20

Patsy’s is pleased to announce our 3rd Annual Paw-Raiser to be held in Katy, TX on Saturday, October 20.  Our goal is to raise funds to provide medical care and supplies, food, toys and a safe loving home for numerous animals fostered by local rescue groups. Each rescued pet comes with varying needs that are addressed before they are ready and available for adoption including spay and neuter. The non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations listed below are […]

Katy ISD Student Artwork Displayed at State Capitol

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Two masterpieces created by Katy ISD students will be part of the Texas Youth Art Month Exhibit, soon-to-be on display at the Texas Capitol. The annual tradition compiles the artwork of students from all over the state. This year, out of the hundreds of pieces participating in the event, two paintings created by Katy ISD students were chosen by Governor Greg Abbott’s wife, First Lady Cecilia Abbott. Wolman Elementary (RJWE) Benjamin Hervey’s art piece entitled […]

World War II veteran gets 100th birthday honors at American Legion Post 164

Photo Caption One: World War II veteran Thelma Williams, who recently turned 100, and her son Rick at American Legion Post 164’s monthly meeting. (Photo by Greg Clock)

American Legion Post 164 in Katy honored World War II veteran Thelma Williams for recently reaching 100 years of age. She was accompanied to the post’s monthly meeting on Sept. 26 by her son, Rick Williams.   Post 164 and Auxiliary presented her with a birthday cake, white roses, a framed Women’s Army Corps flag, an American Legion certificate of honor, an American Legion/U.S. Army challenge coin, and a framed front page of a newspaper printed […]

New Council Member to Focus on Public Safety and Flood Issues

New Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll, left, poses with Council Member at Large Chris Harris - photo courtesy Chris Harris

By George Slaughter Frank Carroll, the newest Katy city council member, said Monday his priorities would be on public safety and flood mitigation efforts. He came on the council at an important time. At Monday’s meeting, his first as a member, the council adopted a $28.5 million budget for 2018-19. The budget provides for the hiring of seven police officers, three firefighters, and one fire investigator, among 19 new total positions to be filled. The […]

K.A.R.E. has scheduled their first Scholarship Fund Benefit Night

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The Katy Area Retired Educators (K.A.R.E.) has scheduled their first Scholarship Fund Benefit Night and would like to invite the entire Katy community to participate in this event as scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors, who intend to pursue careers in public education, throughout all of Katy ISD.  Applications will be available in the counselor’s office in the Spring and scholarships will be awarded at K.A.R.E.’s April meeting. K.A.R.E.’ s first Scholarship Fund Benefit Night […]

City Adopts 2018-19 Budget

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night adopted a $28.5 million budget for 2018-19, and kept the tax rate to fund it the same as last year’s rate. The budget is an 8.5 percent increase from the 2017 budget of $26.1 million. It includes a three percent cost-of-living increase for city employees. City officials have said that the competition between cities is intense for qualified employees, particularly police officers and firefighters. The budget […]