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Council Reconfirms Harris as Mayor Pro Tem

Chris Harris (City of Katy photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday reconfirmed Council Member-at-Large Chris Harris to serve as mayor pro tem. Harris, a U.S. Justice Department analyst, was first elected to the council in 2018 and reelected last year. Mayor Bill Hastings nominated Harris upon his election in 2019. The mayor appoints the mayor pro tem, who serves in the mayor’s absence, but the appointment must be approved by the council. Ward A Council Member Dan Smith […]

Katy Police Officers Association Holding Online Fundraiser

Caps such as this are available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Katy Police Officers Association (KPOA photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy Police Officers Association is holding an online sale in lieu of its annual fish fry, which had to be cancelled due the pandemic. This is the second consecutive year the pandemic has forced cancellation of the fish fry, long a popular charitable and social attraction in Katy. Michele Miller, a police IT specialist and association treasurer, said the association hopes to stage the fish fry again next year. The event […]

Fire Marshal’s Office Investigating Cause of Midway Bar-B-Que Fire

Firefighters put out a fire at Midway Bar-B-Que, 6025 Highway Blvd., Saturday morning (Isaac Hernandez photo via Facebook)

By George Slaughter Katy Fire Marshal Gregg Peterson and his staff are investigating the cause of a multiple-alarm fire that occurred early Saturday morning at Midway Bar-B-Que, 6025 Highway Blvd. Nobody was hurt in the fire. City Emergency Management Coordinator Greg Goedecker said Katy firefighters were on the scene at 2:58 a.m. Nine Katy units responded to the call, and firefighters from six other, non-Katy, departments were also involved in fighting the fire. Firefighters had […]

UPDATE | Harris County Urges Residents to Prepare for Historic Winter Freeze

What is the danger? UPDATE: The forecasts have slightly shifted. Parts of north and northwest Harris County will be seeing freezing conditions beginning TONIGHT. The time to prepare is NOW. After sundown, driving conditions will become extremely dangerous and all travel should be avoided. • Wherever you are Sunday night, you should be prepared to stay there through at least Tuesday. • Take action now to protect people, pets, plants, and pipes from the effects of […]

Exciting news for the Katy Basketball Community

The British International School of Houston (nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/houston/british-international) and Alodia Basketball Academy (alodiasports.com) are excited to announce their strategic partnership to provide basketball youth leagues, skills training, camps, and tournaments in the Katy community. Holiday Hoops Camp (December 21-23) will be the first program offered to the community. The Winter Youth League and Skills Training program will be offered in January and February. Registration for these programs is available now and open to boys and girls […]

Meet the Katy City Council Candidates: Diane Walker

Diane Walker (Diane Walker photo)

By George Slaughter Diane Walker, a life insurance broker, is seeking her first term on the Katy City Council. She is seeking the Ward A seat presently held by incumbent Janet Corte. Corte is seeking reelection. Dharminder Dargan, an engineer, has also filed for the seat. Term of office is three years. 1. Why do you want this job? I have wanted to be on city council since I was a little girl. I want […]

City Sets Tax Rate and Budget Hearing Dates

Katy City Hall

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday set public hearing dates next month for its proposed tax rate and budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The public hearing for the tax rate is at 4 p.m. September 14. The public hearing for the budget is at 4 p.m. September 28. Both meetings are expected to be online as all council meetings have been since the pandemic was declared in March. The proposed $32 million […]

Katy ISD Accepting Name Nominations for Junior High #17  

Katy Independent School District is now accepting nominations for the naming of Junior High #17, which is located at 25737 Clay Rd. in the northwest quadrant of the District.  This junior high will provide enrollment relief to neighboring campuses, which are experiencing fast growth. Individuals interested in submitting a name are asked to review the Katy ISD Board Policy CW(LOCAL) for facility naming guidelines and submit a completed Nomination for Naming a New School or Facility Form – […]

Tompkins High School Teacher Receives State Recognition for Educational Excellence

Michael Clark - photo courtesy Katy ISD

By George Slaughter Michael Clark, an Advanced Placement Micro and Macro Economics teacher at Tompkins High School, has been honored with the Charles Pickitt Secondary School Teacher Award. The award was presented virtually at the recent Association of Texas Professional Educators Summit. “Even in these most trying times, it’s great to know that our work is making a difference and being admired by other educators across Texas,” Clark said in a news release. “Every student […]

Katy Rice Festival to Go Online for 2020

Katy City Hall

By George Slaughter The Katy Rice Festival, a long-standing Katy community tradition, is going online this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival is set for October 9-11. Organizers said a virtual experience featuring an online craft market, livestream band performances, and other family activities are being planned. Craft vendors wishing to participate are being asked to complete and submit an application on the festival website. There is no cost for registration and […]