Katy News

Howdy Homemade Ice Cream Welcomed to Katy Area

Howdy Homemade Ice Cream store owner Rodrick Batson (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy area welcomed a new ice cream store Thursday. Howdy Homemade Ice Cream, 20920 Katy Freeway, celebrated its local grand opening with hundreds of guests, including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and rap artist Trae the Truth, who is both a supporter of the chain and is also active in his support of charitable causes. The Katy area store is the third such store. The chain is known for hiring workers with […]

Todd Knobbe Appointed Principal at West Memorial Junior High

Todd Knobbe (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Todd Knobbe has been appointed principal at West Memorial Junior High School. Knobbe has 17 years of experience, much of which is in the Katy Independent School District. He began his career in 2004 as a teacher and coach in the Alief Independent School District. The next year, he came to Katy and accepted a teaching and coaching position at Beckendorff Junior High. In 2007, Knobbe joined Seven Lakes High School where […]

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Prepares for Long-Awaited Return to Katy

Award-winning pizza brand searches for up to 100 individuals to join its team in preparation for late September grand opening Old Chicago is getting ready to reopen its doors in Katy Ranch Crossing and is currently looking to hire 100 new local team members. When the 5,000-square-foot restaurant reopens at 24515 Katy Freeway in late September, longtime Old Chicago fans will notice an all-new look and feel with refreshed décor. Guests will once again be able […]

Council Authorizes $4.35 Million in Tax Bonds by Fort Bend-Waller Counties Municipal Utility District No. 3

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Wednesday authorized $4.35 million in tax bonds by the Fort Bend-Waller Counties Municipal Utility District No. 3. The council also authorized Mayor Bill Hastings to sign an assurance of compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, along with the U.S. Department of the Treasury Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Terms and Conditions. The council took these actions in a short, special meeting Wednesday because it would not […]

uBreakiFix Brings Industry-Leading Smartphone Repair To Cinco Ranch

Electronics Repair Business Keeps Katy Area Connected Electronics repair shop uBreakiFix is now open in Cinco Ranch at 6825 S. Fry Road, Suite 300. The store offers repairs on smartphones, tablets, computers, and more to help the community stay connected. uBreakiFix Cinco Ranch is owned by Fernando Villarreal and Mark Wallis, and is located in the Meadow Marketplace Shopping Center right off Grand Parkway. “This market is in need of a go-to device repair shop and we’re […]

Welcome to a Joyful July!

When July began, I took a deep breath and reflected on the year that we have had! We have made it to the halfway point thanks to your generosity and God’s guidance. God is Good, and he is continuing to lead us in a positive direction. As we head into the second half of the year, I want to highlight some of the incredible opportunities that KCM still has in front of us. In August, […]

Cross Creek Veterinary Hospital Brings Veterinary Centric Care For All Pets In The Katy Community

Cross Creek Veterinary Hospital (formerly Brixton Pet Hospital and Resort) is accepting appointments for canine and feline patients, 6 days a week, to the community of Katy and beyond. The hospital, located at 4611 FM 1463, is under new management, with Dr. Matt Duff leading the experienced veterinary care team. Due to the community’s increasing pet care needs, Dr. Duff has built a new practice that offers much more veterinary-centric care, ensuring that the bond […]

Katy News Q&A: Katy City Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Browne

Kevin Browne

By George Slaughter Kevin Browne, the city’s parks and recreation director, began his new job Monday. He comes from Missouri City, where he had been recreation superintendent and, before that, recreation manager. Previously, Browne worked with the City of Bellaire as a recreation specialist and supervisor. He earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation, park and tourism sciences at Texas A&M University. He earned his master’s degree kinesiology-sports management at Sam Houston State University. 1. How […]

21 Foundation to Host Launch Celebration

Katy’s own, Drew Lasker, has just completed his 16th season playing professional basketball for the Newcastle Eagles of the British Basketball League (BBL).  A graduate and former basketball star at Katy High School, Drew is committed to investing in the lives of youth in our community. Since 2007, Lasker’s business, Train Harder21, has developed student athletes in the Katy-Houston area by working with them to improve their basketball skills.  For Lasker’s next chapter, he and business partner, […]

Council Appoints Anas Garfaoui Assistant City Administrator

Katy City Administrator Byron Hebert, left, and Mayor Bill Hastings flank new Assistant City Administrator Anas Garfaoui (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday appointed Anas Garfaoui as assistant city administrator. Garfaoui, who had been city planner, has worked with the city since earning a public administration degree in 2012 at Stephen F. Austin State University. He began his public service as a part-time administrative assistant and has worked his way up the city ranks, culminating in Monday’s appointment. Ward B Council Member Rory Robertson said he was excited about Garfaoui’s […]