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COVID-19 Delta Variant Confirmed in 14 Residents in Harris County

All 14 Residents were Unvaccinated   Harris County Public Health (HCPH) reports 14 individuals in unincorporated Harris County contracted the COVID-19 Delta variant between April and June 2021. All 14 individuals were unvaccinated. The CDC reports nearly 25 percent of new COVID-19 cases were linked to the Delta variant and are up six percent from early June of this year. The Delta variant is much more contagious than the original strain of the virus and appears […]

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Information on Suspect in Shooting

Harris County Sheriff's Deputies are seekign this man (Harris County Sheriff's Office photo)

By George Slaughter The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man wanted for shooting and wounding two men at a local bar. On Saturday, a 911 call was placed at the Lazy Frog Bar, 4331 N. State Highway 6. The bar is in far west Harris County. Witnesses told deputies that the suspect and a 34-year-old mane were involved in a physical disturbance, and the suspect was escorted out […]

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: 2021 Tokyo Olympic Collectibles on the World Stage

Olympic Flag on display at the Tokyo Government Building.

by Dr. Lori Verderame The 2021 Summer Olympic Games (Tokyo 2021) will be held in Tokyo, Japan and collectible objects from the XXXII Olympiad will soon be known as the collectibles of the future. The inspirational and popular international multi-sport event will take place in Tokyo, Japan. On a recent trip to Tokyo, I experienced that the great Japanese city is quite prepared to host the world even in the aftermath of a global pandemic. […]

Tropical Storm Elsa Forms in the Atlantic

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) is monitoring Tropical Storm Elsa, which formed in the Atlantic Ocean today. Forecasts will be uncertain on this storm for the next several days but a Gulf of Mexico landfall is possible. Residents are advised to watch local media for updates. Now is a good time to check your emergency kits and review your emergency plans. Stay informed by following HCOHSEM updates online, on social media, […]

District Seeks Feedback on Boundary Modifications

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District is seeking feedback on two proposed attendance boundary modifications that, if adopted by trustees in October, would go into effect in Fall 2022. One proposed change involves Bryant Elementary School. The other involves Paetow High School. The Bryant Elementary proposal would address the rapid growth within the neighborhoods surrounding that campus and transition students who reside primarily in the Cane Island development to Elementary #44. The district […]

Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences Seeks the Assistance of the Public in Identifying the Deceased

We are requesting the public’s assistance in locating next of kin for the following deceased individuals. We would appreciate you publishing a brief notice in the next few days in the hopes that family or friends may see the information and contact this office. JEREMY RENKEL – White Male, 41 Years: Mr. Renkel died at St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston, TX on 05/30/2021. Please call the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences at 832-927-5000 and […]

Mayde Creek Principal Named Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Support

Ronnie Edwards (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Ronnie Edwards, Mayde Creek high school principal, has been appointed assistant superintendent for school leadership and support for the Katy Independent School District. Edwards succeeds Dr. Freda Creech, who plans to retire this summer. “It is an honor for me to be part of a thriving school district where our goal is to ensure every student excels in a supportive academic environment, from their first day of school up to the last […]

Katy ISD Students Awarded $20,000 Scholarships from Texas FFA Association

Skyler Weathers (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Three Katy Independent School District FFA students have been awarded scholarships from the Texas Future Farmers of America Association. Camryn Wilder and Skyler Weathers graduated from Katy High School. Chloe LaBard graduated from Taylor High School. They each are recipients of a $20,000 scholarship from the Texas FFA Association. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo sponsors the award. Last week, the students traveled to the State FFA Degree and Scholarship Event, held […]

Bass Fishing’s Premier Event Returns to Lake Ray Roberts

The eyes of the fishing world will be on Lake Ray Roberts June 11-13 for the 51st Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk. It will be the third time bass fishing’s world championship event will be held in Texas having previously been held on Lake Texoma in 1979 and Lake Conroe in 2017. Craig Bonds, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Inland Fisheries Director,  is pleased to see this event return to […]

Area Libraries Opening as Summer Begins and Pandemic Threat Subsides

Akhila Bhat, Maud Marks Library branch manager (Harris County Public Library photo)

By George Slaughter Katy-area libraries are not yet at full capacity as the pandemic subsides and the summer begins, but they are opening up and welcoming back their patrons. “All of the Harris County Public Library branches are at 75% occupancy as we’re following the Harris County threat level guidance,” Angel Hill, Katy Branch Library senior manager, said. “Currently, the level is at Yellow, but once it reaches the next level (Green), we’ll be back […]