• Katy ISD Enrollment Underway for 2021-22

    Katy ISD Enrollment Underway for 2021-22

    By George Slaughter Katy Independent School District students return to school August 18, and the district asks parents to enroll students through its online registration system. The district describes a “new” student as a K-12 learner who has never attended a school within the Katy ISD, or a previous Katy ISD student who withdrew and is re-enrolling. All Katy ISD students must to enroll, or update their information, for the new school year using the […]

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  • New Katy Assistant City Administrator Has Local Ties

    New Katy Assistant City Administrator Has Local Ties

    By George Slaughter Mayde Creek High School is not within the Katy city limits, but one of its alumni has a new role at Katy City Hall. On July 12, the city council appointed Anas Garfaoui as assistant city administrator. In this role, Garfaoui said his goal is to “take direction from the council and enact its vision for the city.” Garfaoui joined the city as a part-time administrative assistant following his 2012 graduation from […]

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  • Howdy Homemade Ice Cream Welcomed to Katy Area

    Howdy Homemade Ice Cream Welcomed to Katy Area

    By George Slaughter The Katy area welcomed a new ice cream store Thursday. Howdy Homemade Ice Cream, 20920 Katy Freeway, celebrated its local grand opening with hundreds of guests, including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and rap artist Trae the Truth, who is both a supporter of the chain and is also active in his support of charitable causes. The Katy area store is the third such store. The chain is known for hiring workers with […]

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  • Todd Knobbe Appointed Principal at West Memorial Junior High

    Todd Knobbe Appointed Principal at West Memorial Junior High

    By George Slaughter Todd Knobbe has been appointed principal at West Memorial Junior High School. Knobbe has 17 years of experience, much of which is in the Katy Independent School District. He began his career in 2004 as a teacher and coach in the Alief Independent School District. The next year, he came to Katy and accepted a teaching and coaching position at Beckendorff Junior High. In 2007, Knobbe joined Seven Lakes High School where […]

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  • Council Authorizes $4.35 Million in Tax Bonds by Fort Bend-Waller Counties Municipal Utility District No. 3

    Council Authorizes $4.35 Million in Tax Bonds by Fort Bend-Waller Counties Municipal Utility District No. 3

    By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Wednesday authorized $4.35 million in tax bonds by the Fort Bend-Waller Counties Municipal Utility District No. 3. The council also authorized Mayor Bill Hastings to sign an assurance of compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, along with the U.S. Department of the Treasury Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Terms and Conditions. The council took these actions in a short, special meeting Wednesday because it would not […]

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First Child Heatstroke Death of the Year in Texas The Dangers of Leaving Children Alone in or Around Cars

Although Texas leads the nation in child heatstroke deaths, the state did go nearly 7 months into 2021 without a child dying from heatstroke in a vehicle. Sadly, that changed on July 16th when a 3-year-old child was found unresponsive in a vehicle in Tyler, Texas, making this the first heatstroke death of the year in Texas and the ninth child heatstroke death for the nation in 2021. These deaths are totally preventable. From 1998 through […]

Harris County Clerk Appointed Secretary To Executive Board Of The International Association Of Government Officials

Harris County Clerk Teneshia Hudspeth was appointed Secretary of the 2021-2022 Executive Board of the International Association of Government Officials (iGO). iGo is the leading organization for government officials, fostering excellence in public service through education, innovation, and networking. Clerk Hudspeth was nominated and accepted the appointment at the 2021 Annual Conference held in New York City last week. “I am honored to hold office with iGO, and I am looking forward to serving alongside the other distinguished […]

How to Network, Prospect, and Develop New Business

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Business and Professional Division will host an informative event, “How to Network, Prospect, and Develop New Business” with Glenn Smith of Glenn Smith Executive Coaching. This session, moderated by King Banerjee, FBCC Business & Professional Division Chair, will be held Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at the Fort Bend Chamber office, 445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77478 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Join us as Glenn teaches participants how […]

LaCenterra At Cinco Ranch Introducing First Ever Dog-Centric Event – Paws Fest 2021

LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, an outdoor lifestyle shopping center is gearing up for its first ever dog-centric event on property – Paws Fest 2021, presented by Circle B Veterinary Hospital. The event is set to be held on Saturday, October 2nd from 10:30am – 5:00pm. In a pet-friendly community with various canine-related organizations, LaCenterra aims for Paws Fest to be the ultimate entertainment experience for dog enthusiasts, local businesses and pet parents alike. Though the festival is […]

LifeGift and Ossium Health Offer Hope with Bone Marrow Clinical Application

LifeGift, the organ procurement organization (OPO) facilitating organ and tissue donation in Southeast, West and North Texas, and Ossium Health, a therapeutics company harnessing the power of stem cell science to improve treatment for patients with blood and immune diseases, are proud to announce a collaborative partnership. In 2017, LifeGift was the first OPO to work with Ossium and this ongoing partnership resulted in the successful banking of cells from their first clinically transplantable donor […]

Paxton Joins Multistate Coalition in Defense of Religious Liberty

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a 11-state coalition in defense of religious liberty, challenging Virginia’s requirement that photographers shoot weddings that conflict with their religious beliefs.  Virginia’s Act is just the latest instance in a series of leftist applications of public accommodation laws to unconstitutionally burden individual’s First Amendment rights. “States cannot compel individuals to violate their deeply held religious beliefs, and cannot compel speech by artists—or anyone else—to advance a left-wing cultural agenda.” Attorney […]

Rhythm Launches Electricity Plans Backed By 100% Solar Power Generated in Texas

Texas Shine plans from Rhythm make it easy and affordable for customers to choose renewable energy Rhythm, a Texas-based renewable energy provider, is adding to its portfolio of 100% renewable electricity plans with a new offering for Texas homeowners and renters that makes choosing solar-generated power easy and affordable. Customers who sign up for Rhythm’s Texas Shine plans help support solar energy production in the Lone Star State and can help reduce the carbon footprint […]

Victoria Native To Join UHV As Alumni, Annual Giving Director

The University of Houston-Victoria is proud to announce that Kelsey Norgard of Victoria will be joining the university as the new director of alumni relations and annual giving. Norgard, director of sales and marketing for The Club at Colony Creek, will join UHV’s University Advancement team Aug. 5. “I’m excited to join the University Advancement team and the UHV family,” Norgard said. “I was born and raised in Victoria, and I’ve lived and worked here […]

Tips to find employment in Australia’s aged care sector

Job market experts predict a 25% growth in the Australian aged care sector over the next five years. Caring for the elderly or the disabled jobs are rather challenging, but also highly-rewarding. Here’s what you need to know if you want to start a career in this sector, where the average pay is between $50 and $60,000 per year. Do you need a qualification to work in the aged care sector? Most positions in the […]

15 Last-minute Gift Ideas Under $50

If you are running on a tight budget during the holiday season but have a never-ending list of friends and family to buy gifts for, this gift guide is ideal for you. Check out our comprehensive list of 15 last-minute gift ideas under $50 that are suitable for all occasions. For The Foodie From food coupons and free meals to gift baskets and breakfast in bed, treat the food lover in your life with thoughtful […]