Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Extended for 39 Counties

Date: September 20, 2017 Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Extended for 39 Counties Individuals from disaster-declared counties have until Oct. 31 to file AUSTIN –The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) today announced that the deadline has been extended to October 31, 2017 for individuals filing for Disaster Unemployment Assistance in all 39 counties declared in Presidential Disaster Declaration FEMA 4332-DR. This deadline extension will allow affected individuals, who may be eligible but have not yet applied, with […]

Bear Creek Elementary Students Head Back to Their Home Campus after Harvey

September 19, 2017 –  After almost two weeks of being housed at Paetow High School, Bear Creek Elementary (BCE) students and staff will now be headed back to their home campus on Monday, September 25. The neighborhood lift pumps and a water treatment plant which were compromised by Harvey have now been repaired and the local service provider has lifted water restrictions to the area, making it safe for students to return to their home campus.  […]

Heart of Katy Market rescheduled

Katy Bengal Brigade and Cheerleaders Semi-Annual Heart of Katy  (Formerly The Heart of Katy Craft Show) Has been rescheduled to Saturday, November 4th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday November 5th from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The event will be at Katy High School. Over 100 Vendors with Arts, Crafts, Clothing, Food, Etc.  Located in the Food Court Annex. Free Admission

Texas Announces Food Assistance for Harris County

AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services announced today that it will roll out disaster food relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey to residents in Harris County starting Friday, Sept. 22. Texas has been rolling out D-SNAP in a phased approach and is expanding to Harris County in coordination with local officials. Harris County sites will run through Oct. 5. “We’ve been working closely with local officials to fine tune sites that work for people who are […]

Texas DSHS mosquito control update – Sept. 19, 2017

The Texas Department of State Health Services is providing an update on aerial mosquito spraying operations after Hurricane Harvey. DSHS is working with counties that have requested assistance with mosquito control to coordinate spraying by two state contractors and federal support through FEMA and the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Rain reduced the amount of aerial mosquito spraying that could be done Monday night. Flight operations treated about 260,000 acres over Polk, San Jacinto, Walker and Waller counties […]

Harvey Brings Important Life Lessons for KISD Student

Katy High School wrestlers Audrey Lynne, Maria Camona, Natasha Mendez, Angelina Viola, and Megan Thomas post after a recent match. Mendez and her family appreciate the help of friends such as these following Hurricane Harvey. (Natasha Mendez photo)

By George Slaughter It’s almost unimaginable to think of being flooded out of your home twice in two years as a positive thing. But Natasha Mendez, a Katy High School sophomore and daughter of Katy Ward B City Council Member Jimmy Mendez, can say as much. Mendez and her family, like others in her neighborhood, were affected by the recent hurricane. “I walked in, and there’s ankle deep water in my room,” she said. “We […]

Strike Up The Lone Star Symphonic Band!

September 13th, 2017. Katy, TX.  The Lone Star Symphonic Band is celebrating a milestone 25th anniversary season.  The Band will perform 5 concerts in this anniversary season, with guests of honor at each performance.  All concerts will be held at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, located at 22111 Morton Road, Katy, TX.  Concerts will begin at 4:00 pm, and tickets can be purchased online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=lssb. On October 15th, 2017, the Lone Star Symphonic Band […]

DPS Museum Day to Showcase Agency History, Highlight Efforts to Protect Children

Exhibits to include patrol cars, motorcycles, crime lab vehicle, SWAT   AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) invites the public to attend the DPS Museum Day on Sunday, Sept. 17, as part of Austin Museum Day, which features free exhibits and interactive activities at participating Austin-area museums and cultural sites. The DPS Historical Museum and Research Center is sponsoring the free public event at DPS Headquarters from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (The event […]

Katy Fire Department Purchases a New Vehicle at Federal Government Surplus

Katy's new light medium tactical vehicle (LMTV) on display outside City Hall Monday night. (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy Fire Department added a new truck to its fleet Monday—and at a big discount, too. The truck, a light medium tactical vehicle (LMTV), was built at the BAE Systems plant in Sealy. It has a 2.5-ton capacity and can be used to carry people and cargo. It has less than 3,000 miles on it. These trucks have been used in the recent hurricane recovery efforts. According to Military.com, this type […]