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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. […]

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 […]