Katy City Council to Consider Livestreaming Its Meetings

By George Slaughter Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll is championing a proposal to authorize City Administrator Byron Hebert and city staff to gather information from other cities on how they livestream and archive the recordings of their meetings. With this information, Katy could issue a request for proposals for a similar setup. Carroll is working with Mayor Pro Tem Durran Dowdle on the issue. Carroll said the Fulshear and Houston city councils, along with […]

Summer College & Career Lab Available to Katy ISD Students  

KATY [June 10, 2019] – It’s never too early, nor too late, to prepare for college and jump start a career plan.  This summer Katy Independent School District is offering a College & Career Lab to interested Katy ISD students, families and community members.  The lab will provide extended access to career exploration, individualized guidance and post-secondary planning. “In addition to a high school counselor, a college advisor will be on site to provide personalized service […]

Two Houston Women Arrested, Charged with Theft at Katy Mills Mall

Katy Police on Thursday confiscated these homemade booster bags and pliers believed to disable store security systems – Katy Police Department photo

By George Slaughter Katy Police arrested and charged two women with theft Thursday at the Katy Mills Mall. Police said Teniqua Baines, 33, of Houston, was charged with theft with two or more prior convictions, a felony, and possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. Visha Reed, 35, also of Houston, was charged with theft and possession of a controlled substance. Both are misdemeanors. Police said the arrests are a result of a joint operation aimed at […]

Boardwalk District’s First Building on Track to Open in Spring

Artist rendition of the Katy Boardwalk District - courtesy Katy Boardwalk District

By George Slaughter The first Katy Boardwalk District building under construction, the Boardwalk Lofts, is expected to open next spring, city tourism director Kayce Reina said. The lofts will be high-end rental units, situated on Kingsland Boulevard near the Katy Mills Mall. The lofts will feature one, two, and three-bedroom floorplans. Lofts will range in size from 480 to 2,087 square feet. Sueba Development is building the lofts. The Katy Boardwalk District is a lakefront […]

Mayor Bill Hastings Settles into New Job

Mayor Bill Hastings - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter As he enters his fourth week as mayor, Mayor Bill Hastings has several departments to focus on nowadays. It’s a change from his days as police chief, where he said he focused just on that department. As mayor, he said that things are a lot more intricate than what’s seen from the outside. “I’m working very fast, furiously, and hard to get caught up,” Hastings said. “It’s been very educational. It’s gone […]

Milk 4 Many Program Continues During Summer Months

Brenda Martin, Milk 4 Many program coordinator - photo courtesy Brenda Martin

By George Slaughter Food donations made through the Milk 4 Many program continue to be both welcome and needed during the summer months. Milk 4 Many is a volunteer partnership program that works with six Katy schools—Cinco Ranch Junior High, Exley Elementary, Holland Elementary, Katy Elementary, Randolph Elementary, and Stephens Elementary. Martin said she and others are working to reach out to other Katy-area schools to encourage their participation. Katy Christian Ministries tracks the donations […]

Katy Defeats Klein Collins to Win State Softball Title

By George Slaughter The Katy girls softball team won the Class 6A girls softball state title Saturday night, defeating Klein Collins, 8-2. Katy finishes its season with a 37-2 record. The win gives the Lady Tigers their second state title in softball. The first title came in 2015, when coach Kalum Haack’s program defeated Lewisville. Klein Collins finishes its season with a 38-3 record. Saturday against Klein Collins, Katy enjoyed a dominant pitching performance from […]

Katy ISD Appoints Chris Dudley Cinco Ranch Football Coach

Chris Dudley - Katy News photo

By George Slaughter Chris Dudley returns to Cinco Ranch as football coach. He was appointed to the position Monday night at the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting. Dudley has coached at Cinco Ranch his entire career, except for last season, when he was assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator at Taylor High School This is Dudley’s first head coaching job. Dudley has been in the Katy Independent School District since 2003, […]

Keller, Redmon Sworn In As Katy ISD Trustees

Lance Redmon takes the oath of office to become a Katy ISD trustee - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees welcomed two new members Monday night, as Donald “Duke” Keller and Lance Redmon were sworn in to office. Keller, an attorney, succeeded George Scott for the position 1 seat. Scott did not seek reelection. Redmon, who is in construction material sales, succeeded Rebecca Fox for the position 2 seat. He ran unopposed for the position, as Fox switched her candidacy for the position 1 […]

Hastings Sworn in As Mayor; Carroll and Stockdick Sworn in As Council Members

Bill Hastings - Katy News photo

By George Slaughter Mayor Bill Hastings, Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll, and Ward B Council Member Jenifer Jordan Stockdick were sworn into their respective offices before a standing-room-only crowd Tuesday night at City Hall. Hastings, a former Katy police chief, was making his first bid for elected office. He defeated incumbent Mayor Chuck Brawner to win the seat. Hastings becomes the 16th mayor in Katy history. He will serve a three-year term thanks to […]