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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. […]

Katy Wedding Venue Now Offering Graduation Parties During Pandemic

Do you remember the excitement you felt walking across the platform to receive your High School diploma?  Your family in the audience cheering you on as you walked, or in some cases ran, towards a brand-new phase of your life?  Unfortunately, this year, some of the graduating class of 2020 in our area have missed this memorable moment!   And while we’re excited to say Katy ISD ceremonies will move forward in mid-June, we can still […]

Katy Christian Ministries to Hold Food Drive This Weekend

By George Slaughter Many Katy-area families find themselves struggling to put food on the table during the coronavirus pandemic. This weekend, Katy Christian Ministries is staging a food drive to help meet that need. The food drive will be staged Saturday and Sunday at two Harris County Emergency Service District 48 stations: Station 4, at 22855 Franz Rd., and Station 5, at 21201 Morton Rd. Suggested food items include canned chili, canned fruit, canned pasta […]

Council Applauds Phased Reopening of Local Businesses

By George Slaughter Katy City Council members Monday applauded the phased reopening of business in Texas, set for Friday, as efforts continue to get through the global coronavirus pandemic. Under the guidelines issued by the governor today, all libraries, malls, museums, restaurants, retail, and theatres can reopen Friday at 25% capacity. “I’m looking forward to going and visiting some of our small businesses in Katy,” Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll said. “This is great […]

City Considering Its Options for City Health Authority

By George Slaughter Katy officials are considering their options for a city health authority as the city deals with the coronavirus pandemic. Katy, like other cities its size, has in its charter a provision for a city health authority. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services Public Health Improvement Program, the health authority position is filled by a physician that administers state and local public health laws. These laws include public health law […]

Mayor Issues, Council Extends Disaster Declaration

Mayor Bill Hastings - City of Katy photo

By George Slaughter Mayor Bill Hastings Monday issued a proclamation of disaster for the city, and the city council voted to extend it, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The proclamation said the city will follow its emergency management plan and an executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott last month. Abbott’s order requires Texans to avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people and avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and […]

Katy ISD School Board Postpones Election to November

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees Monday night voted to postpone its school board election until November. The vote came in response to a COVID-19-related proclamation issued by Gov. Greg Abbott on March 18. In that proclamation, Abbott gave local jurisdictions with elections in May, such as the school district, the option of postponing those elections until November. Abbott said he encourages postponement so communities can focus on addressing COVID-19 […]

Council to Decide Monday Whether to Postpone City Election

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council will vote Monday whether to postpone the municipal elections to November 3, in response to a COVID-19-related proclamation issued by Gov. Greg Abbott Wednesday. Under the law, elections are held on uniform dates, meaning that the city can hold its election on May 2 as originally scheduled, or November 3, which would coincide with the presidential election. “I strongly encourage local election officials to take advantage of these […]

COVID-19 Concerns Lead to Closing of City Facilities

NOTE: Story updated to reflect cancellation of reservations for city parks and recreation areas.  By George Slaughter Katy city officials Wednesday cancelled reservations for city parks and recreations, another reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, the city closed the Fussell Senior Center, Katy Visitor Center/Depot, and the Johnny Nelson Katy Heritage Museum until further notice. Last week the city cancelled or postponed community events through April in response to coronavirus concerns. Officials described these […]