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Katy couple rebrands popular West Houston restaurant and wine bar

Introducing Bacaro Kitchen & Wine Bar, formerly The Devine Affair Bacaro Kitchen & Wine Bar, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Memorial, has a new name, a new look, and a new menu with Italian flare. Maria and Bill Loveday own and operate the restaurant, formerly The Devine Affair, which has been in operation more than eight years as a popular dine-in and happy hour spot with take-out options. Bill Loveday announced, “We […]

Port Aransas’s Warmth and Atmosphere Continue to Attract Visitors

Family fun at the beach is a key attraction at Port Aransas - photo courtesy Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce

By George Slaughter PORT ARANSAS—This beach community, located about 200 miles southwest of Katy, has long been a historic site. Spanish explorers discovered the area in 1519 and Karankawa Indians likely lived here before that, according to experts consulted by the Port Aransas Museum. Yet Port A, as locals call it, is also contemporary, and has made impressive strides towards putting Hurricane Harvey into its history, if not its rearview mirror. “It was definitely an […]

Police Arrest Two Houston Residents in Connection with Thefts at Typhoon Texas

Marlon Thompson - Katy Police Department photo

By George Slaughter Katy Police have arrested and charged two Houston residents in connection with thefts last month at Typhoon Texas Water Park. Marlon Thompson, 36, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to delivery. Jasmine Baker, 26, was charged with misdemeanor theft. On June 20, Katy Police were called to investigate the theft of several backpacks from unsuspecting owners who were visiting Typhoon Texas. The backpacks contained $4,869 worth of […]

Council Votes to Reject Harris Nomination as Mayor Pro Tem

Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll, left, poses with Council Member at Large Chris Harris - photo courtesy Chris Harris

By George Slaughter Mayor Bill Hastings will have to wait a bit longer to get the mayor pro tem he nominated, as the Katy City Council Monday voted to reject his nomination of Council Member-at-Large Chris Harris for that job. The mayor pro tem serves in the mayor’s absence and must be a council member. City Attorney Art Pertile said that under the Katy City Charter, a mayor nominates the mayor pro tem but the […]

Katy Celebrates Fourth of July

A future Katy firefighter operates a hose Thursday - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Katy-area residents joined Americans in celebrating Independence Day Thursday. In Katy, the city hosted a freedom celebration Thursday morning at Katy Heritage Park, 6001 George Bush Dr. The crowd, the size of which might be estimated at about 1,500-2,000 people, enjoyed refreshments and a variety of attractions, including an animal petting zoo, bounce houses, cooling booth, dunking booth, slide, train ride, and various interactive games. Local celebrities taking their turns in the […]

Police Charge Harris County Resident with Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements

Rene Martinez - Katy Police Department photo

By George Slaughter Katy Police Wednesday charged Rene Martinez, a 35-year-old Harris County resident, with failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements, a second-degree felony. Police received information about Martinez, who it said was a registered sex offender, possibly living within the Katy city limits, but not having registered with police as required by law. Police performed surveillance and identified the address where Martinez was living, an apartment complex in the 5200 block of […]

Katy Man Charged with Felony Firearm Theft

Gabriel Del Castillo - Katy Police Department photo

By George Slaughter Katy Police Tuesday charged Gabriel Del Castillo, 17, of Katy, with felony theft of a firearm, and two juveniles with misdemeanor burglar of a motor vehicle. Police said between 4 and 6:30 a.m. Saturday, several home video surveillance systems recorded images of the two juveniles checking door handles and opening unlocked vehicles in the Pine Lakes, Fawn lake, and Falls at Green Meadows subdivisions. Police said the juveniles were also observed entering […]

Pokeworks Katy to Celebrate its One-Year Anniversary July 27

Henry and Christopher Lav of Pokeworks - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter The Katy location of Pokeworks, a Hawaiian cuisine restaurant, is celebrating its one-year anniversary July 27. The restaurant is at 21788 Katy Freeway, between Westgreen and Mason. Its anniversary comes at a time when the Katy area is growing and new restaurants are providing variety to local residents and their families. The July 27 celebration will feature buy-one-get-one-free bowls in addition to giveaways. Pokeworks focuses on Hawaiian dishes. One challenge in establishing […]

Tan is Out as Katy Police Adopt New Uniforms

Katy Police Officer Eddie Garza - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Katy police officers are getting new uniforms and a new look. The familiar two-tone with tan is being phased out to a dark blue look. Police Chief Noe Diaz said the new uniforms are more cost-effective and easier to acquire. It’s becoming a trend around the Greater Houston area. Diaz said he couldn’t think of any other municipality in Harris County with a two-tone uniform. Even though the tan is being retired, […]

Katy to Explore its Options for Livestreaming its Council Meetings

Mayor Bill Hastings reads a proclamation honoring the Katy High School softball team Monday at City Hall – George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll said he hoped to get the ball rolling on the city livestreaming its city council meetings. Monday night, the council voted to authorize City Administrator Byron Hebert to begin gathering information for review and discussion. Hebert and selected city staff will present the information at a workshop, the time and date for which are yet to be determined. Council members will use this information to decided […]