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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 […]

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 […]

Flood Control Recommendations Submitted to Riceland Terrace Residents

This ditch runs south of Fortuna Drive and Patna Drive. (George Slaughter photo)

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 […]

Texas Fire Chiefs Honor Katy Fire Chief Russell Wilson

Facebook photo, courtesy Katy Fire Department

By George Slaughter AUSTIN—Since his arrival as Katy fire chief in 2016, Russell Wilson has been a busy man. He’s been active in the development of a second fire station that is slated to open later this year at Bell Patna Drive and Katy Mills Circle, near Katy Mills Mall. The station will be a three-bay, approximately 14,000 suare-foot structure. He’s supervised the grant application that will help the city pay for the hiring and […]

City Council Delays Consideration, Enables Further Review of Proposed District

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night voted to delay consideration of an ordinance that would create the 25K Morton Park and Silver Oaks Estates planned development district. The council is expected to revisit the issue at its March 12 council meeting. Monday’s vote came after an extended public hearing in which citizens, council members, and the attorney representing the developer expressed concerns about the proposed district. LIA Engineering, the developer, submitted a […]