Coronavirus Concerns Compel Early Houston Rodeo Cancellation

By George Slaughter The Houston Livestock and Rodeo announced Wednesday afternoon it would close on orders from the City of Houston and the Houston Health Department, citing coronavirus concerns. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a news conference that he would sign a community health declaration for the city that would impact the rodeo, which will cancel its remaining shows. Until yesterday, Turner said, cases in the greater Houston region were tied to individuals who […]

City to Participate in Great Texas Warrant Roundup

By George Slaughter Katy will be a participant in the 2020 Texas Great Warrant Roundup. The program is a statewide warrant enforcement effort to find and arrest citizens with outstanding warrants for not paying or resolving overdue their traffic tickets with any Texas state court. To encourage case resolution, the Katy Municipal Court has arranged a safe harbor court date to enable all individuals with outstanding warrants to clear their cases without fear of being […]

Council Approves Construction of New Cell Phone Tower

By George Slaughter Katy will soon get another cell phone tower, as the city council Monday approved a special use permit to enable construction of a 150-foot wireless communication facility issue at 5364 Franz Rd. The tower will be installed on land owned by the Katy Independent School District and is zoned R-1, single-family residential. The site sits between Hutsell Elementary School, 5360 Franz Road, and Katy Junior High School, 5350 Franz Road. Eco-Site II […]

Doyle, Three Other Candidates Withdraw from Katy ISD School Board Election

By George Slaughter Last Friday was the deadline to file for a place on the ballot in the upcoming Katy Independent School Board of Trustees election. The window for withdrawing from the race comes after that, and four people have done so. Positions 3, 4, and 5 are up for election May 2. Position 4 incumbent Courtney Doyle, who serves as the board president, is one of the four who chose not to seek reelection. […]

Candidates File for Election to Katy ISD Board of Trustees

By George Slaughter Katy Independent School District Trustees Ashley Vann, Courtney Doyle, and Bill Lacy have all filed for re-election. Each has drawn opponents for the upcoming election, the filing deadline for which was Friday. The election is May 2. Here is an overview of the positions and the candidates for each. Position 3 Vann, who lists herself on her application as a public servant, was first elected to the board in 2014 and re-elected […]

Corte, Dowdle Draw Challengers in Upcoming City Election

By George Slaughter Katy Ward A Council Member Janet Corte and Ward B Council Member Durran Dowdle have drawn opponents for the May 2 Katy city election. Their colleague Chris Harris, the council member-at-large, drew no opponents. The deadline for filing for office was Friday afternoon. Early voting will be April 22-26, and April 28-29, in the Cypress Room at Katy Hall, 901 Avenue C. The election is May 2. The Ward A polling place […]

Callender, Schmidt Honored by City for Keep Katy Beautiful Service

The Katy City Council honored longtime Keep Katy Beautiful Board volunteers Sandy Schmidt and Kay Callender Monday - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Keep Katy Beautiful volunteer leaders Kay Callender and Sandy Schmidt were honored by the Katy City Council Monday for their years of service to that board. In addition to having Monday being proclaimed Kay Callender Day and Sandy Schmidt Day in Katy, Keep Katy Beautiful planted trees in their honor. The city council passed an ordinance appointing Callender and Schmidt as emeritus members of the Keep Katy Beautiful Board of Directors. “I […]

Jordan Warriors Unveil Their New Logo

Jordan High School's Warriors logo - courtesy Katy Independent School District

By George Slaughter Katy Independent School District officials have officially unveiled the logo for the new Jordan High School, which will open in August. The school’s colors are black and gold, and the mascot is Warriors. The logo is a shield with a forward-facing Warrior helmet, similar to a Centurion or Trojan. The shield sits in front of two crossed swords. School officials said that they conducted surveys of future Jordan High students, and that […]

Cinco Ranch Cheer Squad Wins Class 6A State Title

The state champion Spirit of Cinco Ranch cheer team - photo courtesy Cinco Ranch High School

By George Slaughter Cinco Ranch High School is known for its school spirit. Earlier this month, its cheer team won the Class 6A state championship as proof. The Spirit of Cinco Ranch cheer team has 43 members. Like their Cougar Star drill team counterparts, Spirit cheer team members cheer on the Cougars at football games. Spirit cheer team members also attend and cheer at volleyball games, along with boys’ and girls’ basketball games. Spirit cheer […]

City to Purchase 20 Electronic License Plate Readers to Aid Law Enforcement

This map shows where the 20 new electronic license plate readers will be placed - courtesy Katy Police Department

By George Slaughter Katy Police Chief Noe Diaz said his department essentially added 20 new police officers through a Katy City Council-approved purchase of 20 electronic license plate readers Monday night. Diaz said the readers are to help police share information with neighboring cities and counties. They would capture license plate information and are advanced enough to identify vehicle makes and colors. Diaz said the readers would be installed in business areas around the city. He […]