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Todd McVey Named New Head Athletic Coordinator/Head Football Coach at Tompkins High School

Katy, TX News (February 28, 2017) – Katy ISD welcomes Todd McVey as the new Head Football Coach/Campus Athletic Coordinator at Obra D. Tompkins High School. Coach McVey is currently serving as an Assistant Athletic Director for Katy ISD, and the Interim Head Coach at Tompkins. He has been the Head Coach and Athletic Coordinator at McKinney HS and Killeen Harker Heights.  He was also a member of the staff at Texas City High school when they won the 4A state championship in 1997. The Falcons will introduce Mr. McVey to the Tompkins community at 7 p.m. in the Main Commons on Thursday, March 2.

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Legacy Stadium Approved as New Name for Katy ISD Second Stadium

Katy, TX News (February 27, 2017) – With a unanimous vote of 7-0, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved tonight “Legacy Stadium” as the new name for the Student Activity Facility:  Second Stadium.  Additionally and as part of public recommendation, the field will be named after former coach Mike Johnston.  This state of the art, cost efficient, multipurpose school facility will open up Fall of 2017, thanks to the 2014 voter-approved bond program and it will be part of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Complex.

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YMCA at Katy Main Street to Host Grand Opening Weekend

Katy, TX News (February 27, 2017)  – Its doors are open, and YMCA officials are ready to make their newest and state-of-the-art center, the YMCA at Katy Main Street, 1350 Main St., official. On March 3, the YMCA of Greater Houston will host a grand-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the second YMCA in Katy and one of the most unique centers in the Greater Houston area.

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LOST CAT – Jinx

LOST PET in Katy, TX – Jinx is a 10-month-old Siamese missing since 2/25/2017. He is white and orange and weigh approximately eight pounds. He was last seen on Blasedale Ct. in Katy, Texas. Microchip #981020017339350.

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YMCA Now Recruiting Teams for Spring Classic Golf Tournament

Katy, TX News (February 27, 2017) – On March 27, the Fort Bend Family YMCA, T.W. Davis Family YMCA, Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch, and the YMCA at Katy Main Street – all four located in Fort Bend County – will be hosting the 11th Annual YMCA Golf Classic, sponsored by Fort Bend Toyota and Sterling McCall Lexus. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the YMCA’s Annual Campaign and ultimately provide support for scholarships and subsidized programming.

Spring Golf Classic Tournament, courtesy of YMCA of Greater Houston

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Parker’s Journey

Katy, TX (February 27, 2017) – Parker Brown, a 5-year-old Katy boy with hydrocephalus who loves cars and blowing bubbles, shows others that living with a disease can’t stop him from enjoying life.

Written by Lana Timbs | Select photography by Christi Harwell
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Katy ISD Elementary School Recognized with Prestigious Award

KATY, TX News (February 27, 2017) – Texas PTA President Lisa Holbrook recently visited Pattison Elementary, one of six Katy Independent School District (KISD) schools whose Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) were awarded the 2015/2016 Voice for Every Child Award.

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Mayor Hughes Announces Withdraw from Last Term

Katy, TX (February 24, 2017) City of Katy Residents and Supporters:

After much thought, prayers, and with the support of my family and friends, I have  decided to withdraw from the race for my last term as Mayor of the City of Katy.

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With Cases on the Rise, Memorial Hermann Encourages Immunization, Proper Hygiene Practices to Stop Flu’s Spread

Katy, TX (February 24, 2017) As influenza continues to spread across the state, leading to a spike in hospital visits and doctor’s office visits throughout Texas, Memorial Hermann stresses the importance of vaccination and hygiene to protect against this dangerous and deadly virus.

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Tiff’s Treats is Coming to Katy

 

 

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Katy, TX News (February 24, 2017)  As it begins its 18th year in business, Tiff’s Treats announced today it will be opening its first 2017 store in Katy, the 6th location in the Houston area. The Katy location will be the company’s 28th store overall, the 25th store in Texas. In 2016, Austin-based Tiff’s Treats, the first in the nation to create the warm cookie delivery concept, also opened 3 other stores in Atlanta Georgia, its first locations outside the state of Texas. The Katy store, at 21788 Katy Fwy B-800, Katy, TX 77449, will celebrate with a grand opening event Saturday, March 4 from 9 am to 1 pm., with cookie sales benefiting Texas Children’s Hospital. More at https://cookiedelivery.com/Company/About/New-Store-Openings/Events/Katy.aspx

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Kingsland Baptist Church Celebrates 10 Years of Caring for Katy

Katy, TX News (February 23, 2017 – Kingsland Baptist Church (KBC) will celebrate a decade of community service Sunday, February 26, when its members take part in their 10th annual Caring for Katy event.
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Katy ISD Students Win Top Awards at Foreign Languages Contest

Katy, TX News (February 21, 2017) Katy ISD had 30 high school students win awards at the 2017 Farrington Contest and Awards, sponsored by the Houston Area Teachers of Foreign Language. This included six students who took home first place prizes in Spanish Advanced, Spanish Intermediate, German 2, German 3 and American Sign Language.

More than 200 Houston-area students participated in the language competition and schools were allowed to send three students from each language level. Participants completed a language exam including reading, writing, listening and speaking.

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New Breakfast/Brunch Eatery Coming to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

Katy, TX News (February 20, 2017) – Vista Equities Group is pleased to announce that Snooze, “an .A.M. Eatery,” a fast growing culinary-driven breakfast and brunch concept, has signed a 4,098 sq. ft. lease at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. Snooze is anticipated to open by late 2017 and will be located off Cinco Ranch Blvd, conveniently adjacent to the 3-level East Gate Parking garage and the Grand Parkway.

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Full Circle

Katy, TX (February 20, 2017) – Childhood cancer survivor and Seven Lakes High School graduate, Samantha Loos-Polk, goes back to where it all began.

Written by Anna-Catherine Rose | Select Photography by John Glaser

 

The afternoon Samantha Loos-Polk was training at the gym was like any other. In preparation for an upcoming Taekwondo tournament, the then 13-year-old freshman at Seven Lakes High School and second-degree black belt was performing strength and conditioning training. But when she swung a dumbbell as part of a squat exercise, she immediately felt pain in her back and knew something wasn’t right. The events that followed, and the diagnosis that awaited her, would change the course of her life forever.

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Cinco Ranch High School Quartet to Perform With Touring Beatles Musical

Katy, TX News (February 17, 2017) – The Cinco Ranch High School String Quartet have the privilege of joining the professional actors on stage to add an element of orchestral texture to “In My Life,” the musical retelling of the Beatles story. The musical, told through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein, features the live music of renowned tribute band Abbey Road.

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Penske Truck Rental Debuts New Katy Location

Katy, TX News (February 17, 2017) – Penske Truck Leasing has opened a new location in Katy, Texas. Located at 517 Stonegate Drive, it has full-service truck leasing, consumer and commercial truck rental and contract truck fleet maintenance services. This location contains four services bays in a 20,000-square-foot building on 2.5 acres.

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Birthday Party Fun Guide

Katy, TX (February 16, 2017) –  Bring on the balloons, hot dogs, and bouncy houses – it’s party planning time! These Katy venues take the work off of you and allow more time for memories and fun. Whether you’re after an artistic experience or a superhero laser tag thrill, you’re sure to find something that will put the icing on the cake!

Compiled by Katy Magazine’s Editors

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Katy ISD Second Stadium Naming Deadline

Katy, TX (February 16, 2017) –  Time is running out to submit your nomination for the naming of the second stadium! This new facility will join Rhodes Stadium in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Student Activities Complex this fall.

The deadline for nominations is tomorrow, February 17 at 4 p.m.

For specific facility naming guidelines check out the Katy ISD Board Policy CW (Local).  To submit a name for the Katy ISD second stadium, please use the Nomination for Naming a New School or Facility Form which can be submitted:

  • Personal delivery to Education Support Complex (ESC)
    Communications Department
    6301 S. Stadium Lane
    Katy, TX  77494

To learn more about the facility naming process visit the Katy ISD School or Facility Naming webpage.

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Two Katy ISD Principals to be Honored at Region IV Principal Recognition Ceremony

Katy, TX News (February 16, 2017) – Katy ISD recently announced that McRoberts Elementary Principal Dr. Kwabena Mensah and Mayde Creek Junior High Principal Dr. David Paz, were chosen for Katy ISD’s Region IV Principal Recognition.

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Katy Grand Theatre Project Holds Fundraising Golf Tournament

Katy, TX News (February 15, 2017) – Katy The Noyes Fine Arts Foundation (NFAF) will host the first annual Tee-Off for the Arts golf tournament on Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 9am at the exclusive Club at Falcon Point in Katy.  All proceeds from this tournament are dedicated to The Katy Grand Theatre Project, an NFAF effort to build a $3.4 million dollar performing arts center in Katy.  The Katy Grand Theatre is to be a flagship fine arts venue for symphony, concerts, and year round musical theatre productions for the Katy community.  Player Registration and Tournament Sponsorship opportunities are now available through the website at www.nfaf.org.

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The Conservatory of Music at Cinco Ranch Selected as Assessment Center for Greater Houston

Katy, TX News (February 15, 2017) – The Conservatory of Music at Cinco Ranch is proud to announce that it has been selected as the new Assessment Center of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program for the greater Houston area.

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Healthy Alternatives to Valentine’s Day Candy

Katy, TX (February 13, 2017) – Valentine’s Day has become a holiday filled with lots of candy and treats. Try to take the focus away from all of the candy this year by making some delicious and healthy treats with your children instead! Red fruits like strawberries, cherries, pomegranates and raspberries are natural ingredients for Valentine’s Day treats. Frozen fruits are a good substitute if you can’t find a fresh alternative and will work in many of the recipes below.

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Katy VFW Honors Outstanding Volunteers

Katy, TX News (February 13, 2017) – The Commander of Katy’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 recently honored outstanding volunteers of the Post the Community at the Third Annual Katy Military Dining Out held at the Club at Falcon Point in Katy, February 10th, 2017. The evening included recognition of each of these volunteer leaders for their exceptionally meritorious service to Veterans, the Community, and the Youth of Katy, Texas.

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Total Closure of I-45 Gulf Freeway This Weekend

Katy, TX News (February 10, 2017) – The Texas Department of Transportation will complete the final lane configurations on the southbound mainlanes of the I-45 S Gulf Freeway project from Dixie Farm Rd. to Nasa Bypass as well as other miscellaneous work. To complete the work, a total closure of the southbound mainlanes will take place beginning tomorrow night.

Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, February 10 through 5 a.m., Monday, February 13, the I-45/Gulf Freeway southbound mainlanes from Scarsdale to Nasa Bypass will be closed.

  • Motorists traveling southbound will need to exit the mainlanes at Scarsdale and detour to the frontage road through the Nasa Rd. 1 intersection. Motorists can re-enter the mainlanes at the Nasa Bypass/Nasa Rd. 1 entrance ramp.

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Katy ISD Announces KEYS Mentors of the Year

Katy, TX News (February 10, 2017) – Katy ISD will celebrate the time, effort and heart of KEYS mentors — while supporting KEYS Scholarships — at Ties & Tiaras on March 9th from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at NOAH’S of Katy.  This year’s festivities include honoring the 2017 Mentors of the Year and KEYS Scholarship Sponsors, along with entertainment provided by a stringed ensemble from Tompkins High School.  Also joining the event will be the Cinco Ranch High School student artists who created this year’s KEYS scholarship masterpiece.

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Katy ISD Accepting Nominations for Naming of Second Stadium

Katy, TX News (February 9, 2017) – Katy ISD is now accepting nominations for the naming of the Student Activity Facility: Second Stadium, set to open Fall 2017.  Katy ISD will be providing its community with a state of the art, cost efficient, multipurpose second stadium as part of its 2014 Bond.

Individuals interested in submitting a name are asked to review the Katy ISD Board Policy CW (Local) for specific facility naming guidelines, and submit a completed Nomination for Naming a New School or Facility Form.  Click here for guidelines and form.
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The Real Taylor Thi

Katy, TX (February 6, 2017) – With a brand new music video, “The Real Me,” out and an EP on the horizon, this Seven Lakes High School senior is headed for stardom.

Written by Ashley Lancaster

Ever since attending her first concert with her father, Greg Conklin, at the age of 4, Taylor Thi has been consumed with a passion for performing and songwriting. “We saw James [Vernon] Taylor, and I was so amazed by all the cheering that I turned to my dad and asked him why everyone was making noise. He said, ‘See that man up there? They’re clapping for him.’ Ever since then I’ve wanted to be a singer.”

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Welcomes New Senior Vice President and CEO Heath Rushing

Katy, TX News (February 6, 2017) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital will soon be connected by more than just the Grand Parkway.

Memorial Hermann Health System is pleased to announce Heath Rushing as Sr. Vice President and CEO for Memorial Hermann Katy and Memorial Hermann Cypress. Rushing, who previously served as Sr. Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, will officially begin his role on Monday, February 6.

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Solis Mammography Discusses Advances in Women’s Health Technology

Katy, TX News (February 6, 2017) – In honor of Solis Mammography’s 30th anniversary in 2016, three pioneers in women’s breast health – Dr. Timothy Freer, founder and practicing radiologist; Dr. Stephen Rose, chief medical officer; and James Polfreman, CEO and president of Solis Mammography – gathered for a roundtable discussion.

Describing the origins of what is now Solis Mammography, Dr. Freer remarked, “It’s pretty amazing that what started off as one 600-square-foot location, one radiologist, one film mammography machine with one technologist in Plano, Texas, in 1986 has today grown into Solis Mammography, the nation’s largest independent provider of breast imaging services with 38 centers across six major markets serving more than 600,000 patients each year.”

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YMCA Katy Main Street Grand Opens on February 4

Katy, TX News (February 3, 2017) – By taking the best designs from YMCA centers around the nation and incorporating them into one 41,000 square-foot facility, the YMCA of Greater Houston has responded to Katy’s burgeoning population with extra modern amenities and a sleek, airy design.

After nine months of construction, the YMCA at Katy Main Street, 1350 Main St., will open its doors on Saturday and offer the latest exercise crazes including TRX and aerial yoga. Its outdoor pool is heated and connected to private changing rooms.

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Those are just some of the special features at the $12 million center. The center is expected to be a hub for Katy’s growing needs for child care, health and fitness, and educational programs.

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Fort Bend County and Willowfork Fire Department to Open New Station in Cinco Ranch

Katy, TX News (February 2, 2017) – Fort Bend County Emergency Services District No. 2 (District) and the Willowfork Fire Department are pleased to announce the commencement of the construction phase of the District’s third fire station. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM at 2700 Spring Green Boulevard, Katy, Texas.

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Harris County Hosts Super Bowl 51 Safety Briefing for Elected Officials

Katy, TX News (February 2, 2017) –  Yesterday Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management hosted dozens of elected officials from across the area for a briefing about Super Bowl 51 and its week-long activation leading up to game day.

“Special events like the Super Bowl attract massive crowds that create many safety and traffic challenges,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “We are doing all we can to help support the region and all the entities involved with this major task.”

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Surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital Receives Prestigious Award

Katy, TX News (February 2, 2017) – Dr. Lauren Kane, congenital heart surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital, was recently awarded the Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship from The Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF). Kane is the first congenital heart surgeon to receive the distinguished honor. For more information about the fellowship visit TSF’s website.

Established in 2013 in conjunction with Women in Thoracic Surgery, The Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship is an annual award presented to an established female thoracic or cardiac surgeon which provides them the opportunity to travel to another institution to learn a new skill or technology.

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