Katy News

City council authorizes more construction resources for Riceland Terrace projects

By Terry Carter In a special meeting on Monday, The Katy City Council approved contract adjustments to previously-approved work by FUSED Industries, LLC, and Cooley Construction, LLC. After unanimously approving an 8-item consent agenda item, Katy Mayor Bill Hastings presented two contract adjustment resolutions for the council’s approval. Both were approved after a series of questions on materials and locations of the work. The council first considered authorizing the mayor to sign a contract increase […]

Katy-Area Quarterfinal Playoff Roundup: Paetow and Katy Advance

Paetow players huddle together in a pregame talk on Friday that included Cortez Hunter (8), Jacob Walker (21) and Michael Jordan (12) prior to playing Hightower. (Terry Carter/UD Photos.com photo)

By George Slaughter Both Katy-area teams claimed victories in the quarterfinal round of the Texas high school football playoffs. Both games were at Rice Stadium. Paetow 35, Fort Bend Hightower 12 Paetow punched its ticket to the Class 5A Division I semifinals with a win over Fort Bend Hightower Friday night. Senior running back Jacob Brown led the way, rushing for 346 yards and five touchdowns on 30 carries. Brown’s first touchdown came on a […]

Man who worked as a nanny sentenced to 30 years for child molesting

A Houston man, who worked as a nanny for a single mother with two boys, was sentenced to prison for 30 years for molesting the children, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Wednesday. “The law against the continuous sexual abuse of a child in Texas ensures this predator will spend every single day of his 30-year-sentence in prison,” Ogg said. “He will never be eligible for parole.” Lee Smith III, 32, pleaded guilty to […]

Igloo Unleashes Two New Monster Jam® Playmate Coolers!

Today, Igloo and Monster Jam®, the most action-packed motorsports experience for families in the world today, unleashed a special-edition collection that unites two of the most recognizable Monster Jam trucks — Grave Digger® and El Toro Loco® — with the world’s most recognizable cooler, the Playmate. The new Monster Jam Grave Digger and El Toro Loco Playmate Pal coolers are available now on igloocoolers.com/monsterjam. “Teaming up with Monster Jam, the larger-than-life sport, has been the ultimate experience,” […]

Christmas Season in Katy Kicks Off with Tree Lighting Tonight; Several Events Planned Saturday

The Mayor's Christmas Tree was lit Thursday in front of City Hall - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Christmas season is here, and Katy-area residents have four family-oriented activities to consider as they make their plans to celebrate over the next few days. The first of these events is the annual mayor’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony, is set for 6 p.m. tonight. Here’s a brief overview of the events. Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting The city’s traditional mayor’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony is set for 6 p.m. tonight in front of […]

What Parents and Gift Givers Should Know Before Buying a Toy for the Children in Their Lives

Author: Roula Sabbagh, M.D., Pediatrics, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Katy Toys and tots make the holidays festive and fun. Each year, however, thousands of children are injured by toys. That’s why it’s important to ask yourself the following five questions when buying a toy for a child in your life. If the answer is “yes” to any of the checklist questions, the toy may be an inappropriate choice. Safe-Toy Checklist Does the toy have any sharp […]

USPS Operation Santa Now Open for Letter Adoption

Bring Cheer to Children and Families in Need This Holiday Season USPSOperationSanta.com is live and ready to help make the 2021 holiday season special for kids and families in need. The program has helped hundreds of thousands of people for more than a century. Over the past three weeks, the Postal Service has been delivering letters from all across the country to Santa’s workshop at 123 Elf Road. And today, they are ready to be fulfilled. Adopting […]

Igloo Reveals Two New Hogsmeade-Themed Playmate Coolers To Make It A Very Harry Potter Holiday Season

Today, Igloo in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products unveiled two new Playmate coolers inspired by the village of Hogsmeade from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The new, special-edition Harry Potter Hogsmeade Little Playmate and Harry Potter Honeydukes Little Playmate are now available at igloocoolers.com/harrypotter. “Ever since last year’s release of our Harry Potter Playmate coolers, we’ve been incredibly excited to collaborate with Warner Bros. Consumer Products again and bring fans more coolness from The […]

Katy ISD Appoints Principal for New Elementary School

Martha Pulido (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District has appointed Martha Pulido as principal for the its newest elementary school, which is expected to open next August. Pulido began her career in 1996 as an elementary teacher in the Houston Independent School District. In 1996, she came to the Katy Independent School District, serving as a second-grade teacher, reading intervention teacher, and an instructional coach and coordinator at Sundown Elementary. In 2012, Pulido became assistant […]

Harris County Judge Lowers County COVID-19 Threat Level to Level 3: Yellow

Judge Lina Hidalgo today announced that she is lowering the county’s COVID-19 Threat Level from Level 2: Orange to Level 3: Yellow. Indicators demonstrate a further decrease in cases, hospitalizations, and positivity rates for COVID-19. Level 3 signifies a moderate, but controlled level of COVID-19 transmission in Harris County. Unvaccinated residents are urged to get their vaccine to help  avoid a winter spike. They remain at higher risk and should remain vigilant while continuing to […]