• Austin Westlake Defeats Taylor, 63-3, in Semifinals

    Austin Westlake Defeats Taylor, 63-3, in Semifinals

    By George Slaughter Austin Westlake raced to a 35-3 halftime lead on its way to a 63-3 win over the Taylor Mustangs Saturday at McLane Stadium in a Class 6A Division II semifinal game. Taylor, making its first-ever semifinal appearance in the 40-year history of the school, finish its historic season at 9-6. The Mustangs finished 5-5 during the regular season but defeated Fort Bend Elkins, Memorial, Humble, and Cy Creek in impressive fashion to […]

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  • Taylor to Play Austin Westlake in Class 6A Semifinal Game Saturday in Waco

    Taylor to Play Austin Westlake in Class 6A Semifinal Game Saturday in Waco

    By George Slaughter The Taylor Mustangs face the Austin Westlake Chaparrals at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at McLane Stadium in Waco. Westlake is the home team. Reaching the semifinals is breaking new ground for the Mustangs. This is the first time in the program’s history that the Mustangs have gone this far in the playoffs, and they hope to keep their season going with a win. Westlake, meanwhile, has enjoyed its share of success over the […]

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  • Church members give 4,000 hours of service in one month

    Church members give 4,000 hours of service in one month

    Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Katy recently held a ‘month of service’ and focussed their efforts on reaching out to a number of local charitable organizations in need of help. Many in the Katy area will be familiar with the yellow “Mormon Helping Hands” shirts that were often worn when Church members were mucking out homes and helping people get back on their feet after Hurricane Harvey. Reaching out […]

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  • Council Denies Planned Development District Application

    Council Denies Planned Development District Application

    By George Slaughter The Katy City Council, citing residential/commercial mix concerns, denied an application to create the 25K Morton Park and Silver Park Estates Planned Development District Monday. Developers intended the site, approximately 46 acres, for both single-family residential and commercial use. The proposed district is bordered by Heritage Park West subdivision to the north, Morton Road on the south, and Katy Hockley Cutoff Road to the east. The land east of the Katy Hockley […]

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  • Junior High Fundraiser Raises over $8,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma  

    Junior High Fundraiser Raises over $8,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma   

    KATY [December 6, 2019] –  Recently, Katy Independent School District’s WoodCreek Junior High (WCJH) participated in the Pennies for Patients program and raised more than $8,600 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Over four days, the campus rallied behind the cause, helped promote community service, and is currently the top earning school in the LLS Texas Gulf Coast Region for the 2019-2020 school year.  Since 2009, WCJH has raised over $68,000 for the organization. The […]

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Residual cancer burden after neoadjuvant therapy can accurately predict breast cancer survival

W. Fraser Symmans, M.D.

Abstract: GS5-01 SAN ANTONIO ― Researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center today reported results from a pooled analysis of more than 5,100 breast cancer patients that found residual cancer burden (RCB) continuous index and classification were independently and strongly prognostic for all breast cancer phenotypes. The study’s results were presented by W. Fraser Symmans, M.D., professor of Pathology, during the 2019 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. “This meta-analysis indicates that continuous RCB index is an accurate and […]

Outstanding Business Students Overcome Personal Struggles To Earn Degrees  

As a former accountant in her homeland of Vietnam, Le Ly knew that she wanted to continue her career in her new home in Houston. What she didn’t expect to happen was to be named a top student at the University of Houston-Victoria. “I was so surprised and happy,” Ly said. “I still can’t believe it, wow. It is such an honor that I was nominated for this award.” Each semester, professors from UHV’s three […]

Olson Introduces Bill to Improve Local Flood Rescues

Washington, DC — Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today acted to assist first responders with high water rescues during high flood events in the Gulf Coast region of Texas. Olson introduced H.R. 5407, the Lifting Up Our First Responders Act, a bill that would allow the military to prioritize distribution of surplus high water rescue vehicles to communities that face a higher threat of flooding to help emergency responders rescue individuals trapped by floods. Original co-sponsors include: Reps. […]

Menendez-Cruz Resolution Recognizing Armenian Genocide Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 150, led by U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), which states it is the policy of the United States to commemorate the Armenian Genocide through official recognition and remembrance. Following the Senate’s passage, Sen. Cruz said: “Today, the Senate finally took a stand and spoke the truth – spoke the truth to darkness, spoke truth to evil, spoke truth to murder, spoke truth to genocide – and […]

Katy ISD Employees Receive Pay Increase Before the Holidays  

KATY [December 12, 2019] –  As the holiday break approaches, Katy ISD employees will receive another pay increase to cap off a year of raises, that have resulted in 6% payroll growth for all staff— a move that was approved by District Trustees at their June 2019 Board meeting. “I am beyond impressed and proud of our staff, said Dr. Ken Gregorski, Superintendent of Katy ISD. “I could not ask for a more talented, skilled and […]

Houston Grand Opera presents Donizetti’s bel canto drama La favorite Jan. 24 – Feb. 9

Houston Grand Opera presents Donizetti’s bel canto drama La favorite, a Houston Grand Opera premiere, for the first production of 2020. Courtesy of Houston Grand Opera.

The production is an HGO premiere What:   “Secret love bound by silence.” Once the most performed opera of its time, Donizetti’s bel canto drama, La favorite, features some of the most challenging arias ever written. Woven into this now–rarely performed opera is a classic love triangle among a noblewoman, king and warrior. Set in early 14th century Spain, this triangle involves the King of Castile Alphonse XI, the beautiful Léonor and a novice monk, Fernand. In […]

DPS Graduates Five New Canine Teams

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today graduated five Troopers and five canines from a nine-week training program. These canine teams will join 41 other DPS Narcotic Detection Teams and five Explosives Detection Teams throughout Texas, within the Texas Highway Patrol Division. “Canines are a valuable asset to law enforcement, and the Texas Department of Public Safety is pleased to welcome five new canine teams to our ranks,” said DPS Director Steven […]

Cornyn to Keynote Commencement at University of Houston-Victoria in Katy Tomorrow                                                                                                        

KATY —In Katy tomorrow, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) will deliver the commencement address for the University of Houston-Victoria’s fall commencement ceremony for more than 500 graduates from the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development. The ceremony will be live streamed here. Following the ceremony, Sen. Cornyn will hold a media availability. WHO:                   U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) WHEN:                Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00am […]

Breast biopsies after neoadjuvant chemotherapy accurately predict presence of residual breast cancer

Henry Kuerer, M.D., Ph.D.

Protocol identifies breast cancer patients for study in which surgery may be eliminated Abstract: GS5-04 SAN ANTONIO ― Researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have identified a standardized protocol that uses image-guided breast biopsies to reliably predict residual disease in breast cancer patients and that potentially identifies exceptional responders who may not require surgery. Utilizing this technique, a multicenter clinical trial led by Henry Kuerer, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Breast Surgical Oncology, is studying the elimination of surgery […]

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston receives $10,000 from Fluor Corporation to support programming at the Richmond-Rosenberg Club

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston's Richmond Rosenberg Club in Fort Bend County received a check for $10,000 from Sugar Land-based Fluor Corporation. Presenting the check and then reading to some of the younger Club members, was Barbara Jones, Fluor's Senior Manager, Community & Public Affairs. Photo courtesy Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston.

HOUSTON, December 13, 2019 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston (BGCGH) has received a check for $10,000 from Sugar Land-based Fluor Corporation to help fund programming for the Richmond-Rosenberg Club in Fort Bend County, one of three Clubs in the area that the company supports. The others are the Stafford Boys & Girls Club and the Fort Bend Club. Presenting the check to Club director Brandon Mouton on behalf of Fluor was Barbara […]