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Kirk Rightmire to be Honored at Celebration of Life Service Friday

Kirk Rightmire

By George Slaughter Kirk Rightmire, 56, who died January 4 after years of battling an autoimmune disease, is being remembered for his community service in the Katy area. Rightmire will be honored with a celebration of life service that is set for 1:30 p.m. in rooms 104-107 at the College of Biblical Studies, 7000 Regency Square Blvd., in Houston. Since July, he had served as director of enrollment services and advising at the college. He […]

Public Hearing for Proposed Katy Cell Phone Tower to Continue at February 10 Council Meeting

Attorney Bebb Francis addresses the Katy City Council Monday night at City Hall - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter After Katy City Council members expressed their concerns Monday night, plans to build a 180-foot cellular telephone tower between two Katy schools are going back for further developer review. The council voted unanimously to continue a public hearing on the tower, which was to be built at 5364 Franz Road on property owned by the Katy Independent School District and zoned R-1, single-family residential. The site sits between Hutsell Elementary School, 5360 […]

Katy ISD Police Department host 17th Annual Santa Cops Toy Drive  

December 18, 2019 (Katy, TX) – Katy Independent School District Police Department hosted the Santa Cops Holiday Toy Drive for the 17th year in a row.  The annual fundraiser benefits Katy ISD students identified by Katy ISD campuses as in need of assistance this holiday season. Many students will have a joyful holiday due to the generosity of the Katy community, local businesses, and many groups within the District. In 2002, when the program first began, they […]

Author Stephen Harrigan to Talk About and Sign His New Book Thursday

Author Stephen Harrigan will discuss his new history of Texas, “Big Wonderful Thing,” Thursday as part of the History at Night Series at one of state’s most significant historic sites. The event is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the Old 300 Learning Hall at the Stephen F. Austin State Historic Site Museum, 220 2nd St., in San Felipe. Harrigan will participate in a conversational interview with Houston Chronicle journalist Joe Holley before participating in […]

Austin Westlake Defeats Taylor, 63-3, in Semifinals

By George Slaughter Austin Westlake raced to a 35-3 halftime lead on its way to a 63-3 win over the Taylor Mustangs Saturday at McLane Stadium in a Class 6A Division II semifinal game. Taylor, making its first-ever semifinal appearance in the 40-year history of the school, finish its historic season at 9-6. The Mustangs finished 5-5 during the regular season but defeated Fort Bend Elkins, Memorial, Humble, and Cy Creek in impressive fashion to […]

Taylor to Play Austin Westlake in Class 6A Semifinal Game Saturday in Waco

By George Slaughter The Taylor Mustangs face the Austin Westlake Chaparrals at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at McLane Stadium in Waco. Westlake is the home team. Reaching the semifinals is breaking new ground for the Mustangs. This is the first time in the program’s history that the Mustangs have gone this far in the playoffs, and they hope to keep their season going with a win. Westlake, meanwhile, has enjoyed its share of success over the […]

Council Denies Planned Development District Application

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council, citing residential/commercial mix concerns, denied an application to create the 25K Morton Park and Silver Park Estates Planned Development District Monday. Developers intended the site, approximately 46 acres, for both single-family residential and commercial use. The proposed district is bordered by Heritage Park West subdivision to the north, Morton Road on the south, and Katy Hockley Cutoff Road to the east. The land east of the Katy Hockley […]

Junior High Fundraiser Raises over $8,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma  

KATY [December 6, 2019] –  Recently, Katy Independent School District’s WoodCreek Junior High (WCJH) participated in the Pennies for Patients program and raised more than $8,600 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Over four days, the campus rallied behind the cause, helped promote community service, and is currently the top earning school in the LLS Texas Gulf Coast Region for the 2019-2020 school year.  Since 2009, WCJH has raised over $68,000 for the organization. The […]

Katy Professional Firefighters Association Raises, Awards Scholarship Money at Pancakes with Santa Event

Santa Claus speaks with some youngsters at Saturday's Pancakes with Santa event - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Santa Claus brought lovely weather for the second annual Pancakes with Santa, sponsored by the Katy Professional Firefighters Association Saturday morning at the Katy Fire Department, 1417 Avenue D. But the association brought checks for its first two scholarship recipients. Proceeds from the breakfast pay for a Katy Independent School District student to attend EMT school, the fire academy, or paramedic school. At Saturday’s breakfast, the first two scholarships, for $2,000 each, […]

Taylor Stampedes to 58-20 Playoff Win over Cy Creek

By George Slaughter The Taylor Mustangs cruised to a 58-20 victory over Cy Creek in a Class 6A Division II quarterfinal playoff game Saturday afternoon at NRG Stadium. The Mustangs improve to 9-5 with the win. After two weeks playing at NRG Stadium, the Mustangs will face their next opponent, Austin Westlake, Saturday at McLane Stadium in Waco. Kickoff time has not been announced. Cy Creek ends its season at 9-5. Saturday’s game against Cy […]