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City Will Enforce Face Covering Violation Order, But Not Fine Violators

By George Slaughter The City of Katy will not fine those violating a Harris County-wide order, made effective Monday, that requires the wearing of face coverings in Katy city facilities. Despite not issuing fines for violations, the city said in a news release that all city facilities will require face coverings for all city employees and visitors to city buildings. This requirement is keeping with the order, issued Friday by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, […]

KCM Reschedules its Golf Tournament to September 28

By George Slaughter Katy Christian Ministries has rescheduled its annual golf tournament to September 28, at Willow Fork Country Club, 21055 Westheimer Parkway. Proceeds from the tournament and accompanying silent auction raise money for Katy Christian Ministries activities. The fundraising goal is $100,000. This is the 21st year that Katy Christian Ministries has held a tournament. The tournament was postponed in response to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. The tournament was originally set for June 29. […]

City to Stage Scaled-Back Fourth of July Fireworks Show

By George Slaughter After some initial confusion Monday morning, Mayor Bill Hastings announced at Monday afternoon’s city council meeting that the Fourth of July Freedom Celebration fireworks show is on as scheduled. Hastings said the show, set for 9 p.m. July 4 at the Katy Mills Mall, will be scaled back. Social distancing will be encouraged as the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect Katy. “Considering the economic impact coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on local business, […]

Katy Christian Ministries to Hold Food Drive This Weekend

By George Slaughter Many Katy-area families find themselves struggling to put food on the table during the coronavirus pandemic. This weekend, Katy Christian Ministries is staging a food drive to help meet that need. The food drive will be staged Saturday and Sunday at two Harris County Emergency Service District 48 stations: Station 4, at 22855 Franz Rd., and Station 5, at 21201 Morton Rd. Suggested food items include canned chili, canned fruit, canned pasta […]

Four Men Arrested, Charged with Aggravated Robbery

By George Slaughter Four men, one of them a juvenile, have been arrested charged with both aggravated robbery and engaging in organized criminal activity, Katy Police said Thursday. At approximately 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, video footage showed four masked men, with guns drawn, entering the Shipley Do-Nuts in the 1900 block of Katy Mills Blvd. The men held employees at gunpoint while they took cash from the register and robbed employees of their personal belongings. They […]

Katy ISD Promotes Two Leaders into Principal and Assistant Superintendent Positions  

KATY [April 27, 2020] –  Two Katy ISD principals are taking the next step in their professional careers and will move into new leadership positions for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic school year.  During tonight’s Katy ISD Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. Ann Lalime was named the new principal of Stockdick Junior High, and Christopher Morgan was named Assistant Superintendent for Secondary School Leadership and Support. Dr. Lalime has worked in education for 30 years.  She began […]

Council Applauds Phased Reopening of Local Businesses

By George Slaughter Katy City Council members Monday applauded the phased reopening of business in Texas, set for Friday, as efforts continue to get through the global coronavirus pandemic. Under the guidelines issued by the governor today, all libraries, malls, museums, restaurants, retail, and theatres can reopen Friday at 25% capacity. “I’m looking forward to going and visiting some of our small businesses in Katy,” Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll said. “This is great […]

City Considering Its Options for City Health Authority

By George Slaughter Katy officials are considering their options for a city health authority as the city deals with the coronavirus pandemic. Katy, like other cities its size, has in its charter a provision for a city health authority. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services Public Health Improvement Program, the health authority position is filled by a physician that administers state and local public health laws. These laws include public health law […]

Mayor Issues, Council Extends Disaster Declaration

Mayor Bill Hastings - City of Katy photo

By George Slaughter Mayor Bill Hastings Monday issued a proclamation of disaster for the city, and the city council voted to extend it, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The proclamation said the city will follow its emergency management plan and an executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott last month. Abbott’s order requires Texans to avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people and avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and […]