• Seven Lakes Golf Coach Receives HAGCA Coach of the Year Honors

    Seven Lakes Golf Coach Receives HAGCA Coach of the Year Honors

    By George Slaughter Seven Lakes golf coach Sean Ewing has been named 2021 Girls Coach of the Year by the Houston Area Golf Coaches Association. The award is new, as is the association, which Ewing said started about a year ago. The association accepts nominations for coaches, and names getting the most nominations are put on a ballot for members to choose. “It’s still in its infancy,” Ewing said. “We wanted to start recognizing coaches throughout […]

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  • Katy ISD Food for Families Launches School’s Out Program

    Katy ISD Food for Families Launches School’s Out Program

    By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District’s Partners in Education is expanding its Food for Families program that supports district-area families. Food for Families is a community initiative that raises money to purchase grocery gift cards for district students and families in need. Now the initiative, first set up to help families during the holidays, is expanding to the summer months. Partners in Education is working with all the district junior high schools for […]

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  • 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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Three Public Service Announcements for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program

FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses that were incurred after January 20, 2020 and have not been reimbursed by other financial sources. WHAT: Included here are three Public Service Announcements to encourage eligible individuals to apply for funeral assistance. The first PSA is 60 seconds long, the second is 30 seconds, and the third is 15 seconds. WHERE: Applications are taken over the phone at 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585), Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. P.T. Multilingual services are available. WHEN: One month ago today, FEMA began accepting applications for this Funeral Assistance program. The application period does […]

Cinco Ranch Branch Library Closed May 31 For Memorial Day

Services at all branches of Fort Bend County Libraries, which includes the Cinco Ranch Branch Library, will be unavailable on Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day. Curbside Pick-up service hours will resume on Tuesday, June 1, at all locations. The five Phase 3 libraries – George Memorial Library in Richmond, Cinco Ranch Branch Library, Missouri City Branch Library, Sienna Branch Library, and University Branch Library in Sugar Land – will resume in-person service on June 1. Your […]

Consolidated Communications Expands Gigabit Fiber Internet Network in Texas Communities of Conroe, Katy and Lufkin

Upgrades are part of company’s five-year fiber expansion plan that will deliver symmetrical gigabit fiber services to thousands of new Texas locations by 2025 As part of the company’s five-year plan to expand its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL) is actively upgrading broadband services in its Conroe, Katy and Lufkin service areas. This large-scale investment will connect more customers and small businesses and enable faster, highly reliable multi-Gig speeds. When the five-year project is completed, more than […]

COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine Now Available to Children Ages 12-15

Starting Tomorrow, Harris County Public Health offers the Pfizer vaccine at NRG Park Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) announces that children ages 12-15 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at NRG Park. Starting tomorrow, May 13, parents can pre-register their children to get the vaccine by visiting ReadyHarris.org.  Appointments can also be made by calling the HCPH Vaccine Center at 832-927-8787 or parents can drive up without […]

Construction Begins on New Segment of Sims Bayou Greenway

Sims Bayou Greenway Groundbreaking

New segment to provide key connection for communities east and west of I-45 This morning, Houston Parks Board, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Houston Botanic Garden, Perry Homes, Harris County Flood Control District, Gulfgate TIRZ 8, Hobby Area Management District, and various elected officials celebrated the groundbreaking of a new 1.09-mile segment of Sims Bayou Greenway. The new segment will connect communities east and west of I-45. “The new Sims Bayou Greenway segment will be a transformational project […]

Game Warden Field Notes

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) law enforcement reports. Texas Means Friendship In late February, a Uvalde County game warden contacted the Uvalde County Emergency Management Chief about getting pallets of bottled water for the Rocksprings school. Uvalde County had just received several shipments of bottled water that they wanted to share with neighboring counties. An Edwards County game warden said the Rocksprings school needed bottled water since […]

Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge For Kids, Teens, & Adults Starts May 31

Fort Bend County Libraries presents special reading challenges during the summer to encourage reading among children from birth and up, as well as teens and adults. “Tails & Tales” is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Online registration for the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge will begin on Monday, May 31, and continue through August 31. Children from infancy through school-age are invited to read a lot of great books to kick off a great summer! […]

Quail Valley Garden Club’s Spring Plant Sale

The third annual Spring Plant Sale was a wonderful success!  Hosted by the Quail Valley Garden Club on May 8th, and held in the beautiful Tee Garden in Quail Valley, it offered garden-minded shoppers over 2,000 beautiful plants in all categories; annuals, perennials, succulents, herbs, vegetables, native Plants, trees, bushes and shrubs. Free to the public, this five-hour event offered four 30-minute presentations discussing Home Composting Made Simple (presented by Kathy Williamson Saucier), The Magic […]

San Pedro Ranch Receives Texas Leopold Conservation Award

San Pedro Ranch, located near Carrizo Springs, will be awarded the state’s highest honor for private land conservation, and a $10,000 award, at the Lone Star Steward Virtual Awards Banquet on May 27. Anyone can join the livestreamed banquet and can find more information on how to tune in, along with information on other award winners, on the Lone Star Land Steward page of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) website. The ranch is owned by […]

Sen. Cruz: Advancing Kristen Clarke’s Nomination Puts Senate Democrats on Record Supporting Defunding the Police

Senator Ted Cruz

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued the following statement after the nomination of Kristen Clarke to serve as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division was advanced out of committee. “Kristen Clarke is completely unfit to serve as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. She has made her brazen disdain for law enforcement clear by her calls to defund the police and troubling history of […]