• 35th Annual Katy Folk Life Festival Set for Saturday

    35th Annual Katy Folk Life Festival Set for Saturday

    By George Slaughter If you’ve ever wondered what life was like in Texas during the 19th century, the 35th Annual Folk Life Festival will give you a chance to satisfy your curiosity while remaining in the 21st century. The festival is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, according to a news release. Admission is free. The festival gives visitors the chance […]

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  • Smith, Hicks Sworn in as Katy City Council Members

    Smith, Hicks Sworn in as Katy City Council Members

    By George Slaughter Katy City Council Members Dan Smith and Gina Hicks were sworn into office Wednesday at City Hall. Smith was elected to a Ward A council seat, and Hicks was elected to a Ward B council seat. Their terms expire in May 2024. Katy Municipal Judge Jeffrey Brashear performed the swearing-in ceremony. Smith, a territory senior manager, defeated Diane Walker, who works as a virtual assistant. He drew 446 votes, or 72%, to […]

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  • Seven Lakes’s Ally Batenhorst Named Gatorade Texas Volleyball Player of the Year

    Seven Lakes’s Ally Batenhorst Named Gatorade Texas Volleyball Player of the Year

    By George Slaughter Gatorade has named Seven Lakes senior Alley Batenhorst its 2020-21 Gatorade Texas Volleyball Player of the Year. The award recognizes athletic excellence, academic achievement, and exemplary character both on and off the court, Gatorade said in a news release. Batenhorst is eligible for the Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award to be announced later this month. This is the 36th year that Gatorade has honored the nation’s best high school […]

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  • Katy ISD Announces Its 2021 Valedictorians, Saluatorians

    Katy ISD Announces Its 2021 Valedictorians, Saluatorians

    By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District Monday announced its valedictorians and salutatorians. In a news release, the district cited its honorees, many of whom have made plans to attend college. Cinco Ranch High School Natalie Wang – Valedictorian College/University: University of Texas at Austin Major:  Biology/PreMed GPA:  4.8281 Zara Shipchandler – Salutatorian College/University: University of Texas at Austin Major:  Computer Science GPA:  4.8 Katy High School Layne Smith – Valedictorian College/University: University of […]

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  • Joseph Receives Tom Landry Award from Texas High School Football Hall of Fame

    Joseph Receives Tom Landry Award from Texas High School Football Hall of Fame

    By George Slaughter Katy Tigers football coach Gary Joseph has received the Tom Landry Award from the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. The award, according to the hall, “acknowledges outstanding contributions to the game by a Texas high school coach. Award winners, through their life and actions, serve as positive role models for athletes and are a credit to the coaching profession.” Debbie Decker, Katy Independent School District athletic director, said Joseph was […]

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UHV To Move To Next Phase Of Reopening Plan For Summer Semester

The University of Houston-Victoria will move toward more normal operations before the start of summer classes to allow more students, faculty and staff on campus.   The university will move from Phase 3 to Phase 4 of its Phased Reopening Plan on June 1. Phase 4 allows a greater number of students to take face-to-face classes with classroom occupancy at 70 percent. UHV will continue to offer classes through a mix of hybrid, real-time online […]

UHV Recognizes Student Organizations, Award Winners In Virtual Ceremony

Tuesday night was a double celebration for the University of Houston-Victoria Multicultural Advisory Council because the group was officially chartered as a student organization and was named the Student Organization of the year. The Multicultural Advisory Council hosts events throughout the year that range from international holiday celebrations such as Oktoberfest and Cinco de Mayo to leading awareness campaigns focused on issues related to topics such as race or gender. “To be chartered and get […]

Katy ISD Education Foundation Grant Announcement

This year, our Foundation awarded $256,508. That brings our 9-year teacher grant total to just over $2.3 million. #InspiringImagination2021   Congratulations to our 2021-2022 Grant Recipients May 7, 2021 Bryant Elementary Penelope Flores Emily Wilkinson, Alex Hibler, Michelle Bolt, Sarah Nelson, Tasha Price, Morgan Prochnow, Kyle Goshorn Powerful Passion Projects – Part 3 $3,535 Amanda McKinley Jessica Frank, Melissa Quintana Grant: Bring Learning to Life with ClassVR $4,622   “I Support Teachers” Become an Investor for $20/Month   Hit the […]

HHSC Encourages Women to Access Vital Health Screenings During National Women’s Health Week

During National Women’s Health Week, which began May 9, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is encouraging women and girls to take care of their physical and mental health. “Texas HHSC is committed to helping Texas women access quality health care and wellness programs that can be life-changing and life-saving,” said HHS Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young. “As we commemorate Women’s Health Week, we hope to motivate women to learn about the health resources […]

Sens. Cruz, Young, Barrasso, Rubio Call for Use of Congressional Leverage, Halt to Climate Office Until Kerry Addresses Evidence He Shared Intelligence on Israel with Iran

Senator Ted Cruz

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Todd Young (R-Ind.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), today sent a letter to SFRC Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) urging a hold of the Congressional notification to move $2.5 million of taxpayer funds to establish John Kerry’s new Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, until the former Secretary of State answers the senators’ questions on his reported disclosure of covert Israeli actions against Iranian interests in Syria to Iran’s Foreign […]

Sen. Cruz Issues Statement Condemning Hamas Rocket Attacks Targeting Israel’s Capital

Senator Ted Cruz

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after the Iran-supported Palestinian terror group Hamas claimed responsibility for rocket attacks against Israel’s capital Jerusalem: “Today’s reprehensible missile attack comes after days of heightened anti-Semitic incitement and violence driven by Palestinian leaders and the Iranian regime, including Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. “In recent days Palestinian terrorists have repeatedly attempted to murder Israeli civilians, torched thousands of acres […]

Houston Arboretum’s New Nature Playscape Is Now Open To The Public

Final piece of Master Plan is now in place to provide fun for young children and adolescents The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center announces the public unveiling of its much-anticipated Nature Playscape, a beautifully designed recreational amenity for young children and adolescents to enjoy. The Nature Playscape incorporates built and natural play features such as the Lumber Yard with real fallen logs from the grounds and the Grass Climb, which allows children to step into […]

Reaction to Tiger on the Loose in Houston Suburbs from Animal Wellness Action

Animal Wellness Action Says Tiger in West Houston Provides More Evidence That Congress Must Adopt the Big Cat Public Safety Act With Urgency In the latest incident involving an escaped captive big cat, amateur video was released late last night of a tiger roaming a suburban West Houston community, with one individual brandishing a weapon in an apparent attempt to prevent a violent charge or lunge by the animal.  A man who claimed to be […]

Fifth Circuit Rules: Local Officials Responsible for Enforcing State Election Law

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Paxton’s team convinced the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to reject a Texas Democratic Party lawsuit trying to reinstate “pop-up” voting, where Democrats opened temporary polling places to benefit their voters at the expense of all Texans. The Democratic Party and its plaintiffs cannot sue to stop HB 1888, a bill passed to end this electioneering by requiring local election officials to keep temporary polling places open for longer hours so that all Texans, and not just […]

2021 Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Auction & Dinner

The 2021 Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Auction & Dinner was held as a private event at NRG Center today. Enthusiastic supporters gathered for the annual event, where winning wines from the 2021 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition were auctioned. The 2021 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition Grand Champion Best of Show sold for $200,000. Alexander Valley Vineyards CYRUS, Alexander Valley, 2014, was purchased by Lisa Blackwood, Randa and Ray Gilliam, Julie and Alan Kent, and […]