Taylor Opens Season With 37-0 Win

By George Slaughter Given the confusion—both for attending school and playing football—accompanying the coronavirus pandemic, that the Taylor Mustangs were able to play football Thursday was a victory in itself. That the Mustangs posted a 37-0 win over Cy Springs was even better. “It’s rewarding to play a little football,” Taylor coach Chad Simmons said, adding that the players had been coming in “religiously” over the summer to prepare for the season, despite concerns that […]

City Holds Public Hearing on Proposed Tax Rate

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Wednesday afternoon held a public hearing to enable public comment on its proposed property tax rate. The proposed rate of $0.447168 per $100 valuation is a decrease from last year’s $0.48 per $100. The city expects more property tax revenue, despite the lower rate, because the appraised value within the city increased by $306 million. This increase in appraised value comes because companies such as Amazon, Costco, and […]

Council Honors Katy Police Officers and Firefighters

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday recognized Katy police officers and firefighters for service above and beyond the call of duty. Mayor Bill Hastings read a proclamation detailing four events in which officers and firefighters acted quickly to save lives. On March 30, firefighters responded to a 49-year-old who was in cardiac arrest, and administered cardiac life support measures. Responders included Chad Dismukes, Chris Edwards, Andrew Kruut, Scott Musgrove, Katelyn Rhodes, Bill Valenzuela, […]

Candidates Make Their Cases at Forum

By George Slaughter Candidates for three Katy City Council seats shared their views in a Thursday evening online forum broadcast on Facebook. Katy voters will be selecting a Ward A council member, a Ward B council member, and a council member-at-large. Katy Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Matthew Ferraro moderated the forum and asked candidates to discuss their qualifications and priorities going forward. All three incumbents are seeking reelection. Ward A Council Member Janet Corte […]

Katy ISD Announces Ticketing, Attendance Plans for Sports Events

The west (home team) side of Legacy Stadium. (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter Legacy and Rhodes stadiums will be filled only to 50% capacity for sporting events this fall, under ticketing and attendance plans announced by the district in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The district said it will sell tickets to 40% of stadium capacity, with the remaining 10% to account for late-arriving passholders and parents of athletes. Ticket pre-sales will be online only at two websites: http://www.katvisd.org/deDt/athletics/Pages/default.aspx https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/11016/academvsports-outdoors-student-activities-complex Purchasing Varsity Football Tickets On […]

City Begins Approval Process for Tax Rate, Budget

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Tuesday afternoon began its process of approving a proposed property tax rate of $0.447168 per $100 valuation and rescheduled the public hearing on that rate to 4 p.m. September 23. The proposed rate is a decrease from last year’s $0.48 per $100, in support of a proposed $32 million city budget for 2020-2021. The overall budget, at $32 million, is a slight decrease from last year’s budget of […]

Katy City Candidate Forum Set for Thursday

By George Slaughter With election season back in full swing, Katy City Council candidates are again reaching out and soliciting support. One way they will do so is at a Thursday night online candidate forum. The forum, which is free, begins at 5:30 p.m. and will stream on the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. The forum is expected to last an hour and a half o’clock and all candidates seeking city office are […]

Katy ISD Offers Meals  Continuing in Virtual Instruction  

Monday, September 7 is a holiday, but Katy Independent School District Nutrition & Food Service employees will be hard at work distributing meals, breakfast and lunch, to Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) students, who are continuing their studies online.    The District has made it a priority to ensure that students receiving virtual instruction from home still have nutritious meals available to stay healthy.  Meals will need to be picked up a day prior to their intended […]

Katy ISD’s Partners in Education Launches 19th Annual Food for Families Campaign with $5,000 donation from American Furniture Warehouse

Give to Katy ISD families in need Katy ISD’s Partners in Education is kicking off the Food for Families program this school year with a $5,000 donation from new partner American Furniture Warehouse. Katy Facility Manager, Jacob Colby, said “AFW has been actively involved in our local communities for more than 40 years and that will continue here in Katy. We live here, our kids go to school here, and we believe in shaping the […]

Katy ISD Launches COVID-19 Dashboard for its School Community  

For months, Katy Independent School District has been equipping parents and staff with information and resources to prepare for a safe return to schools during the current global health crisis. Today, in another step toward enhancing those efforts, the District launched its COVID-19 Case Dashboard. “We want our parents to be in a position to make timely and informed decisions about their child’s schooling, health and well-being as we continue to navigate through this pandemic,” […]