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Local Restaurant Serves Local Customers While Donating Meals to African Children

Malawi's Pizza franchisee Frank Franco and management trainee Jenna Archer at the pizza oven. (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter A relatively new Katy restaurant is working both to serve its local customers while donating meals to hungry children in an African country. Malawi’s Pizza, a gourmet pizza restaurant, opened in February. It’s located at 2918 W. Grand Parkway North, Suite 230, in the Grand Morton Town Center. For every meal purchased, Malawi’s Pizza donates a meal to children in Malawi, an African country located in the eastern portion of the African […]

City in Talks to Assume Katy Rice Harvest Festival Sponsorship

By George Slaughter Katy city officials are speaking with their counterparts in the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce about the city’s taking over sponsorship of the annual Katy Harvest Festival. “We’re planning on having a Rice Harvest Festival,” Mayor Chuck Brawner said. “We’re planning to put it on. We’re taking the lead on keeping the Katy Rice Harvest Festival going.” Brawner said the festival is being planned for October, as it has been held in […]

City Renames Katy Heritage Museum to Honor Former Mayor Nelson

Paulette Nelson gives remarks at the naming of the Johnny Nelson Katy Heritage Museum. Surrounding her are former Mayor Hank Schmidt, former Mayor Doyle Callender, and Mayor Chuck Brawner – George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Katy city officials Thursday renamed and reopened the city-owned Katy Heritage Museum to honor the late former Mayor and City Administrator Johnny Nelson. The Johnny Nelson Katy Heritage Museum, 6002 George Bush Drive, was renamed for the former mayor and city administrator, who died in January at age 79. The museum, like many Katy homes and businesses, sustained considerable flooding damage from last year’s hurricane. Rehabilitating the building and its exhibits was […]

Council Members Sworn into Office

Mayor Chuck Brawner awards “Above and Beyond” citations to Katy police officers Matthew Newport, left, and Dustin Garcia – George Slaughter photo

CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News)—Chris Harris, Janet Corte, and Durran Dowdle were sworn into office Monday night at the Katy City Council meeting. Harris defeated former Council Member Larry Gore for the at-large seat, which was vacated by incumbent Steve Pierson under term limits. Corte defeated incumbent Ray Boothe for her Ward A seat. Dowdle won re-election against challenger Sam Pearson for his Ward B seat. Harris and Corte are beginning their first terms […]

Hindt to Contribute Financially to Possible Defamation Lawsuit

By George Slaughter Katy Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt will contribute up to $25,000 for legal fees to be used in a potential defamation suit, according to an amendment approved by Katy school board trustees at their Thursday meeting. Trustees approved hiring the Feldman and Feldman law firm at the meeting, in addition to approving the amendment to Hindt’s contract. Trustees took both these actions before Hindt announced his intention to resign January […]

Hindt to Resign as KISD Superintendent in January

Dr. Lance Hindt, Katy ISD Superintendent (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Dr. Lance Hindt tendered his resignation as superintendent of the Katy Independent School District Thursday night, following what he and some board trustees called a smear campaign against him and his family. “My immediate family has to come first,” Hindt said. “My wife and my children, they need me. In light of an organized, relentless and dishonest smear campaign against me, I cannot remain as superintendent.” Leaders of the anti-Hindt campaign were […]

KISD Board to Hold Special Meeting Thursday Night

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Thursday night to decide whether to engage a lawyer to pursue legal action for defamation on behalf of Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt, other school officials, and other district staff. Trustees will also decide whether to amend Hindt’s contract. Hindt was accused in March of participating in a bullying incident that allegedly took place over 35 years ago, when he was […]

Gesoff, Champagne Win School Board Seats

By George Slaughter Susan Gesoff and Dawn Champagne won their respective campaigns for seats on the Katy Independent School Board of Trustees Saturday. In the race for Position 6, Gesoff, an engineer, drew 3,324 votes, or 60%, against her challenger Scott Martin, an attorney. Martin drew 2,182 votes, or 40%. “I was very encouraged by how many people came out to the polls,” Gesoff said. “I was impressed by all four candidates and the clean campaigns […]

New Museum in San Felipe Shares the Story of Early Texas

A statue depicting early Texas settlers stands in front of the Stephen F. Austin State Historic Site Museum (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter At one time, before cities such as Austin, Dallas, or Houston even existed, San Felipe was the second-largest town in Texas, after San Antonio. The town itself, the site of which was just north of Interstate 10 between Brookshire and Sealy, was burned during the Texas Revolution of 1836 and never recovered. On Friday, a new, 10,000-square foot interpretative museum was dedicated at the Stephen F. Austin State Historic Site tells the […]

Katy City Council Candidate Q&A: Chris Harris

Chris Harris (photo courtesy Chris Harris)

By George Slaughter Chris Harris is an analyst with the U.S. Department of Justice and is making his first bid for elected office. He is facing businessman and former council member Larry Gore for the Katy City Council at-large seat. The incumbent, Steve Pierson, is stepping down due to term limits. For polling times and places, including absentee voting information, see the city’s election page. 1. Why do you want this job? There is a […]