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Morton Ranch Defeats Seven Lakes, 34-14

By George Slaughter The folks at Morton Ranch celebrated their Homecoming Friday night at Legacy Stadium. They enjoyed a sharp-dressed Homecoming court, and plenty of the traditional mums on the sidelines and in the stands, on a perfect evening for a football game. Best of all, perhaps, was that the Mavericks won their first District 19-6A game of the season, a 34-14 triumph over Seven Lakes. The win improves the Mavericks to 4-5 overall and […]

Council Member to Resign Tuesday

J. Gary Jones

By George Slaughter Ward A Council Member Gary Jones said Saturday that he will resign from the Katy City Council for what he described as “very personal family matters.” The city council will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday to formally consider and accept his resignation. It is the only item on the agenda for that meeting. Jones said things came together “fairly quickly” to persuade his decision. “This is a very personal […]

City Traffic Signs Near Schools to be Updated

By George Slaughter Students in the Katy Independent School District return to school Wednesday observing new school hours. Monday night, the Katy City Council passed an ordinance to update those times on the school zone traffic signs in the city. Earlier this year, the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to change the hours for its schools. The updated signs will be at the following schools: Katy High School, 6331 Highway Blvd., 7:35 […]

Sales Tax Exemption Weekend is Here

By George Slaughter Katy area retailers expect to enjoy a bump in sales over the next few days thanks to the annual Texas sales tax exemption weekend. The sales tax holiday begins Friday and runs through Sunday. The sales tax holiday is typically scheduled before students return to school and applies to most footwear and clothing, as well as school supply items. The Texas Legislature sets the sales tax holiday dates The sales tax exemption […]

Former Katy Police Chief Frazier Remembered as “Old School Law Enforcement”

Buddy Frazier - photo courtesy Schmidt Funeral Home

By George Slaughter Former Katy Police Chief R.L. “Buddy” Frazier was remembered Saturday as a great guy and “old school law enforcement.” Frazier died Wednesday. He was 77. “He was a great investigator,” Mayor Chuck Brawner said. “He was old school law enforcement. He expected you to do your job and stay busy and you’ll never have a problem with him.” Brawner recalled how one day he was working with a German Shepherd police dog, […]

Harris County Voters to Decide $2.5 Billion Flood-Risk Bond Issue

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett speaks at an information meeting Wednesday - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Hurricane Harvey made its mark on Harris County and Southeast Texas last year. Later this month, county voters will decide on a $2.5 billion bond package focused on flood-risk reduction projects. Katy-area residents learned about the proposal at a public information meeting held at Memorial Parkway Junior High School, 21203 Highland Knolls. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said that the hurricane caused approximately 160,000 flooded homes, in addition to businesses and schools. […]

City Council Awards Bid for Street Work

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night awarded a $373,175 to AAA Asphalt Paving of Houston for street rehabilitation work. Streets to be rehabilitated include: Clemson Street 5th Street from East Avenue to Katy Fort Bend Road Bartlett Road from Buffalo Bend to Franz Road, and from Buffalo Bend South and East, 10th Street Iris, Dahlia, and Delfren Streets and Avenue A Pin Oak road/Nelson Street Intersection Bartlett Street/Mert Drive Intersection The total […]

State Officials Share Alamo Renovation Plans with Katy-Area History Enthusiasts

By George Slaughter The Texas General Land Office in Austin is working with state and San Antonio city officials to renovate the Alamo Plaza, perhaps the most iconic tourist and historical site in the state. The Alamo is remembered for the battle fought there from February 23–March 6, 1836. At the battle, a Mexican Army force led by Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna launched an assault that killed all the Texas defenders. This massacre, along […]

Katy Firefighters Raise Money for Special Olympics Texas

Zach Berry, a 17-year-old Special Olympics athlete, poses with Katy firefighter Justin Gray Friday night at Loc Cucos Mexican Restaurant - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Katy firefighters are known for their firefighting and emergency medical technician skills. They’re also becoming known for their volunteer skills in charitable fundraising. Friday night at Los Cucos Mexican Restaurant, 5831 Highway Blvd., firefighters volunteered as waitstaff in the third annual “Tip a Firefighter” event. For the 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. lunch shift, and for the dinner shift 5–8 p.m. dinner shift, Katy firefighters, accompanied by Special Olympics athletes, stopped by […]

Library Commemorating Its 25th Anniversary Saturday

Courtesy Maud Smith Marks Library

By George Slaughter The Maud Smith Marks Library celebrates its 25th anniversary at 1 p.m. Saturday with a cake cutting and other events, including a book character contest, a book spin contest, and a book race contest. The celebration will also include square dancers, games, crafts, a magician, a visit from Mother Goose, and contests and snacks. Remembering Maud Smith Marks Maud Smith Marks, the library’s namesake, lived in the early 20th century. She and […]