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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 […]

Gregorski Shares Information on School Reopenings

By George Slaughter Parents in the Katy Independent School District have been asking questions and expressing concerns about how the district plans to reopen schools on August 19 with the coronavirus pandemic still raging. Monday night, Superintendent Dr. Ken Gregorski provided an overview of what people could expect. Families can choose whether students return to school online only, or in-person. Students planning to take online instruction through the Katy Virtual Academy—the district’s online program—must register […]

City Awards Contract for Riceland Terrace Subdivision Work

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday awarded a $3,777,954 contract to Fused Industries, LLC, of Houston, for improvements to Patna Drive as part of improvements to the Riceland Terrace subdivision. In related actions, the council authorized Mayor Bill Hastings sign a revision to a contract with the Texas General Land Office for drainage channel construction in the subdivision. It also authorized Hastings to sign a proposal with Costello Engineering & Surveying, of Houston, […]

City Postpones Decision on Solid Waste Provider

By George Slaughter Citing unanswered questions caused in part by incomplete paperwork, the Katy City Council Monday postponed a decision to offer a contract to a solid waste service provider. The council directed city staff to come back with more information by the next council meeting, set for July 27. The current solid waste contract, with Republic Services, expires August 31. The city earlier this year organized a sanitation committee to explore its options on […]

Wharton Author Creates Pandemic-Themed Coloring Book Where Animals Save the Day

Liz Moreno

By George Slaughter Wharton author Elizabeth Dettling “Liz” Moreno has created a novel coloring book to deal with the novel coronavirus pandemic. Her book, “The COVID-19 Pandemic and How the Animals Saved the Day,” is now available. Moreno is promoting her book now, just like any author. But the situation with the coloring book is different than with her other four books. Friends, admirers, and colleagues donated money to print 8,000 copies of the coloring […]

City Will Enforce Face Covering Violation Order, But Not Fine Violators

By George Slaughter The City of Katy will not fine those violating a Harris County-wide order, made effective Monday, that requires the wearing of face coverings in Katy city facilities. Despite not issuing fines for violations, the city said in a news release that all city facilities will require face coverings for all city employees and visitors to city buildings. This requirement is keeping with the order, issued Friday by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, […]

KCM Reschedules its Golf Tournament to September 28

By George Slaughter Katy Christian Ministries has rescheduled its annual golf tournament to September 28, at Willow Fork Country Club, 21055 Westheimer Parkway. Proceeds from the tournament and accompanying silent auction raise money for Katy Christian Ministries activities. The fundraising goal is $100,000. This is the 21st year that Katy Christian Ministries has held a tournament. The tournament was postponed in response to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. The tournament was originally set for June 29. […]