Katy News

New HCC Campus to Open in 2022 on Colonial Parkway, Near UH-Katy Campus

By George Slaughter Houston Community College President Dr. Zachary Hodges provided the Katy City Council with an update Monday on the college’s plans to relocate its Katy campus further west, closer to the city itself. The new location will be at 22910 Colonial Parkway, across the street from the University of Houston Katy campus. HCC planned to have the campus opened by now, but weather and pandemic challenges have pushed out the opening to next […]

Consolidated Communications Expands Gigabit Fiber Internet Network in Texas Communities of Conroe, Katy and Lufkin

Upgrades are part of company’s five-year fiber expansion plan that will deliver symmetrical gigabit fiber services to thousands of new Texas locations by 2025 As part of the company’s five-year plan to expand its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL) is actively upgrading broadband services in its Conroe, Katy and Lufkin service areas. This large-scale investment will connect more customers and small businesses and enable faster, highly reliable multi-Gig speeds. When the five-year project is completed, more than […]

Katy ISD Food for Families Launches School’s Out Program

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District’s Partners in Education is expanding its Food for Families program that supports district-area families. Food for Families is a community initiative that raises money to purchase grocery gift cards for district students and families in need. Now the initiative, first set up to help families during the holidays, is expanding to the summer months. Partners in Education is working with all the district junior high schools for […]

35th Annual Katy Folk Life Festival Set for Saturday

Pioneers in costume at the Katy Folk Festival (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter If you’ve ever wondered what life was like in Texas during the 19th century, the 35th Annual Folk Life Festival will give you a chance to satisfy your curiosity while remaining in the 21st century. The festival is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, according to a news release. Admission is free. The festival gives visitors the chance […]

Smith, Hicks Sworn in as Katy City Council Members

Dan Smith (Dan Smith photo)

By George Slaughter Katy City Council Members Dan Smith and Gina Hicks were sworn into office Wednesday at City Hall. Smith was elected to a Ward A council seat, and Hicks was elected to a Ward B council seat. Their terms expire in May 2024. Katy Municipal Judge Jeffrey Brashear performed the swearing-in ceremony. Smith, a territory senior manager, defeated Diane Walker, who works as a virtual assistant. He drew 446 votes, or 72%, to […]

Katy ISD Education Foundation Grant Announcement

This year, our Foundation awarded $256,508. That brings our 9-year teacher grant total to just over $2.3 million. #InspiringImagination2021   Congratulations to our 2021-2022 Grant Recipients May 7, 2021 Bryant Elementary Penelope Flores Emily Wilkinson, Alex Hibler, Michelle Bolt, Sarah Nelson, Tasha Price, Morgan Prochnow, Kyle Goshorn Powerful Passion Projects – Part 3 $3,535 Amanda McKinley Jessica Frank, Melissa Quintana Grant: Bring Learning to Life with ClassVR $4,622   “I Support Teachers” Become an Investor for $20/Month   Hit the […]

Katy ISD Announces Its 2021 Valedictorians, Salutatorians

Ecaterina Sturzu (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District Monday announced its valedictorians and salutatorians. In a news release, the district cited its honorees, many of whom have made plans to attend college. Cinco Ranch High School Natalie Wang – Valedictorian College/University: University of Texas at Austin Major:  Biology/PreMed GPA:  4.8281 Zara Shipchandler – Salutatorian College/University: University of Texas at Austin Major:  Computer Science GPA:  4.8 Katy High School Layne Smith – Valedictorian College/University: University of […]

Celebrating A Memorable Wedding in Katy

Around 70% of couples postponed their weddings in 2020, and some are facing the prospect of delaying their big day a little longer, owing to issues such as travel restrictions and new variants. The good news is that the clouds are finally glimmering with a silver lining in Texas and beyond, with vaccination rates on the up and more mobility foreseen over the next few months. If you were one of those couples who had to […]

Headwaters to Baywaters: A Story of Urban Resilience Launches

Story map informs and educates on the importance of riparian corridors and the need to protect them in our region. Bayou Land Conservancy, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Galveston Bay Foundation, Houston Audubon, and Katy Prairie Conservancy announce Headwaters to Baywaters: A Story of Urban Resilience, an interactive website at www.harcresearch.org/H2BRiparian. Shown through beautiful photographs and interactive maps, this website explains the scientific importance of riparian corridors and the organizations’ conservation efforts to preserve them in the Houston-Galveston Region. Riparian […]

Igloo Releases New Nascar-Licensed Playmate Coolers For Throwback Weekend At Darlington Raceway

Today, Igloo released three new NASCAR-licensed Playmate coolers that expand upon their previously released special-edition Playmate series. Featuring custom artwork inspired by driver Martin Truex Jr., a limited-edition Chase Elliott Hooters design honoring Alan Kulwicki and a retro NASCAR design, these new Playmate Pal coolers — launching ahead of the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR at Darlington Raceway May 7–9, 2021 — are available now at igloocoolers.com/NASCAR. “Continuing our partnership with NASCAR has been increasingly fun as […]