Kirk Rightmire to be Honored at Celebration of Life Service Friday

Kirk Rightmire

By George Slaughter Kirk Rightmire, 56, who died January 4 after years of battling an autoimmune disease, is being remembered for his community service in the Katy area. Rightmire will be honored with a celebration of life service that is set for 1:30 p.m. in rooms 104-107 at the College of Biblical Studies, 7000 Regency Square Blvd., in Houston. Since July, he had served as director of enrollment services and advising at the college. He […]

Public Hearing for Proposed Katy Cell Phone Tower to Continue at February 10 Council Meeting

Attorney Bebb Francis addresses the Katy City Council Monday night at City Hall - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter After Katy City Council members expressed their concerns Monday night, plans to build a 180-foot cellular telephone tower between two Katy schools are going back for further developer review. The council voted unanimously to continue a public hearing on the tower, which was to be built at 5364 Franz Road on property owned by the Katy Independent School District and zoned R-1, single-family residential. The site sits between Hutsell Elementary School, 5360 […]

Author Stephen Harrigan to Talk About and Sign His New Book Thursday

Author Stephen Harrigan will discuss his new history of Texas, “Big Wonderful Thing,” Thursday as part of the History at Night Series at one of state’s most significant historic sites. The event is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the Old 300 Learning Hall at the Stephen F. Austin State Historic Site Museum, 220 2nd St., in San Felipe. Harrigan will participate in a conversational interview with Houston Chronicle journalist Joe Holley before participating in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Katy Professional Firefighters Association Raises, Awards Scholarship Money at Pancakes with Santa Event

Santa Claus speaks with some youngsters at Saturday's Pancakes with Santa event - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Santa Claus brought lovely weather for the second annual Pancakes with Santa, sponsored by the Katy Professional Firefighters Association Saturday morning at the Katy Fire Department, 1417 Avenue D. But the association brought checks for its first two scholarship recipients. Proceeds from the breakfast pay for a Katy Independent School District student to attend EMT school, the fire academy, or paramedic school. At Saturday’s breakfast, the first two scholarships, for $2,000 each, […]

Taylor Stampedes to 58-20 Playoff Win over Cy Creek

By George Slaughter The Taylor Mustangs cruised to a 58-20 victory over Cy Creek in a Class 6A Division II quarterfinal playoff game Saturday afternoon at NRG Stadium. The Mustangs improve to 9-5 with the win. After two weeks playing at NRG Stadium, the Mustangs will face their next opponent, Austin Westlake, Saturday at McLane Stadium in Waco. Kickoff time has not been announced. Cy Creek ends its season at 9-5. Saturday’s game against Cy […]

Santa Claus Opens Christmas Season in Katy by Lighting the City’s Christmas Tree

Santa Claus poses with a youngster Thursday at City Hall - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Santa Claus lit the tree Thursday night at the city’s 47th annual Christmas tree lighting event at City Hall. The crowd enjoyed terrific weather and performances from a choir from Katy Elementary School, 5728 George Bush Dr., and a dance team from Juleigh Holley’s School of Dance, 27025 Highway Blvd., in addition to hearing from Santa Claus. In his welcoming remarks to a crowd of approximately 500 people, Mayor Bill Hastings made […]

Taylor’s Historic Season Continues Saturday Against Cy Creek

By George Slaughter The Taylor Mustangs’ deep run in the high school playoffs must be a nice way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the school’s opening. Taylor High School opened in November 1979. Its football team, making its first-ever Class 6A, Division II quarterfinals appearance, plays Cy Creek at 2 p.m. Saturday at NRG Stadium. The Mustangs are the home team. Coach Chad Simmons’s Mustangs are 8-5. Last week Taylor defeated Humble, 35-14, to […]