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Relief for Hurricane Harvey Victims in Katy with $5 Billion in State Funding

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
June 26, 2018

Ashley Lancaster
 

Katy families and businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey will have an opportunity to recover with the approval of the State Action Plan, totaling just over $5 billion dollars.

 Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced  on Monday that the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved the State Action Plan for a ttotal of $5.024 billions dollars as part of the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery.

 

Affected areas in Harris County and the City of Houston will receive $2.7 billion in recovery funds, while areas outside Harris County and Houston city limits will get the remainder  of $2.3 to rebuild and restore homes and businesses, and infrastructure. Here is a breakdown in fund distribution and approved programs:

1. Single Family Homeowner Assistance ($1.048 billion)
Provides funding for rehabilitation and reconstruction of owner-occupied single-family homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

2. Buyouts and Acquisitions ($275 million)
Eligible homeowners may sell their home to a local government at a pre-storm or post-storm fair market value and move out of harm’s way by relocating outside of a floodplain to a lower-risk area

3. Homeowner Reimbursement ($100 million)

Allows homeowners to be reimbursed for certain out-of-pocket expenses incurred for repairs to their home including reconstruction, rehabilitation or mitigation up to $50,000.

 

4. Affordable Rental ($250 million)
Provides funding for rehabilitation, reconstruction and new construction of affordable multi-family housing projects in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

5. Local Infrastructure ($413 million)
Repairs, enhances and restores infrastructure for local communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey as part of a comprehensive long-term recovery program.

6. Economic Revitalization ($100 million)

Offers interim assistance to small businesses impacted by Hurricane Harvey through deferred forgivable loans and loans in exchange for job creation or retention. Small business within Harris County and the city of Houston will be eligible to apply for this program.

7. Local, Regional and State Planning ($137 million)
The GLO will conduct planning studies focused on disaster mitigation in the impacted areas with the purpose of promoting sound long-term recovery.

Information on Homeowner Recovery Assistance

Source: Texas General Land Office 

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Free Child ID Kits to be Given Out to Katy Families

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 
June 21, 2018 
Ashley Lancaster

Available while supplies last, Katy parents can pick up a free Child ID kit on June 30. The kits are a simple, yet effective way to help families maintain vital information about their children.

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Katy Magazine Hosts Mixer for Top 100 Men at No Label Brewery

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
June 20, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

The rain couldn’t keep Katy’s Top 100 Men and their guests from having a great time at No Label Brewery.

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New Schools Bring Changes to Katy ISD Attendance Boundaries

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

June 20, 2018

By Jennifer Skelton

With the opening of two new Katy ISD schools in the 2019/20 school year, a modification of attendance boundaries will be necessary. Three options for elementary and junior high were presented to the board at Monday’s board meeting.

 

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Gas Wars: Top 10 Cheapest Gas Stations in Katy

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

June 19, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

 

If you’re looking for a place to top off the tank in Katy, Texas, check out this list of the top 10 cheapest stations, and the most expensive.

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Two Katy ISD High Schools Place High on 2018 Texas School Guide

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

June 18, 2018

Natalie Cook Clark & Ashley Lancaster 

Katy ISD’s  Seven Lakes high school ranked at number 15 in the Greater Houston Area. Keep reading to see where the rest of Katy ISD’s high schools, junior highs, and elementaries ranked.

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Beloved Assistant Principal Passes Away in A Car Crash

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

June 17, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

Susie Garza, Assistant Principal at West Memorial Junior High in Katy ISD, passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2018 in New Mexico during her return from a family vacation.

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Katy Kids’ Lemonade Stand Named Top 10 in the United States

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 

June 15, 2018
Ashley Lancaster

One Katy family had to taste a bitter reality when their son Rhett was diagnosed with high-risk leukemia. Find out how their idea to start a lemonade stand gave them all strength and hope.

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New Principal Appointed at McMeans Junior High

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 

June 15, 2018  

By Katrina Katsarelis 

Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt appointed Steve Guzzetta as the new principal of McMeans Junior High (MMJH).

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Lost 5-Year-Old Katy Child Brought Home by Harris County Deputy

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

June 15. 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

An alert neighbor in Memorial Parkway called Harris County Sheriff Constable Precinct 5 when she noticed a little boy walking alone on Thursday evening past dark.

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Confirmed: City of Katy to Host 2018 Renamed Rice Festival

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
June 14, 2018
Ashley Lancaster

City of Katy officials have confirmed  that they will host a “revitalized” newly named event that’s not affiliated with the Katy Area Chamber’s Rice Harvest Festival.

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Local Business Awards 19 Scholarships to Katy Students

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

June 14, 2018

Congratulations are in order for nineteen local Chick-fil-A Team Members selected to receive a $2,500 Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship this fall.

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Lawsuit Filed Against Typhoon Texas After Slip & Fall

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

June 13, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

Pedro Gamboa, of Harris County, alleged that he suffered serious injury after slipping and falling on a wet surface at the water park in Katy, Texas.

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Remembering Amy Stephens, Katy ISD Student Passes Away Tragically

KATY MAGAZINE   

June 13, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

Amy Aguilar, Stephens Elementary 5th grader, passed away suddenly on Friday, June 8, 2018 from an asthma attack.

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Katy Man Arrested for Manufacturing Peyote, Other Illegal Drugs

KATY MAGAZINE

June 12, 2018

By Jennifer Skelton

A Katy man is facing felony drug charges after Precinct 5 deputies discovered nearly 2,000 grams of illegal peyote at his home.

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31 Katy Teens at Texas Boys State Convention

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 

June 12, 2018 

Good luck to all the young men representing Katy at the Texas Boys State Convention in Austin, Texas!

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Home Burglary Near Highland Knolls, Mason Rd. in Katy

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
June 11, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

Precinct 5 deputies are currently investigating a home burglary in the Creekstone subdivision on S. Mason Rd.

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Katy ISD Summer Learning Programs

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
June 11, 2018
Ashley Lancaster

Check out these summer fun activities, suggested reading lists, and great special offers from the Katy ISD Elementary Curriculum and Instruction department that keep kids engaged throughout the summer.

These are just a few of the outstanding summer programs available for kids in Katy ISD.

 

READING

1st – 5th Grade Suggested Summer Reading List

Katy ISD Super Summer Reader Program
Katy ISD students in kindergarten through entering 4th grade can participate in an interactive summer reading group. Enroll here.

Summer Reading BINGO
Kids ages kindergarten – 5th grade can print a reading BINGO card for free and keep track of all the books they finish before the end of the summer.

SCIENCE

Lemon Lime Adventures
Must try science activities for pre-K – 5th grade.

  

Modern Parents, Messy Kids
Fun kitchen experiments for kids in pre-K – 5th grade.

PBS Summer Science Projects
Grow, build, explore and think outside the box.

Mission Animal Rescue
Learn about endangered species and how to protect them.

MATH

Grocery Store BINGO

Turn grocery shopping into an opportunity to learn and have fun. Kindergarten – 5th grade.

Calculation Nation
Fun math challenges for kids of all ages.

 

Funbrain

Math arcade games for all ages.

MORE SUMMER FUN 

Virtual Summer Camp

Computer coding to outdoor activities.

Boredom Busters
Creative, crafty ideas to download at home.

For the full list of summer activities, click here. 

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Two New Special Needs Organizations Open in Katy

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

June 10, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

Two new Katy companies have opened recently that cater to the special needs community. Inclusive Educational Services focuses on life skills and tutoring for younger children, while Angels Life Skills works with adolescents and adults.

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New Location Announced for 2018 Katy Triathlon

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

June 9, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

The popular sporting event has been held at Firethorne in past years. In 2018, the master-planned community Cane Island will host the swim, bike, and run, and introduce new events for athletes to compete.

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Disabled Katy Dad Saves Pocket Change to Buy His Daughter Coffee

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 

June 8, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

Meet the Katy family behind the heartwarming story of simple, fatherly affection that has gone viral on social media.

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Unforgettable Exit Salute Held for Retiring Katy Fire Chief

KATY MAGAZINE  

June 8, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

Katy Fire Department Chief Richard Payne retired Thursday from the department after 20+ years of service.

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21 Katy ISD Schools Make Texas Honor Roll

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

June 7, 2018

Out of its 67 campuses, Katy Independent School District is proud to announce that this year, 21 were named a Texas Honor Roll School by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE).

 

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10 Luxurious Homes Valued Above $1M for Sale in Katy, Texas

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

June 6, 2018 

Amy Lookabaugh & Katrina Katsarelis 

We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 most luxurious homes for sale right now in Katy, Texas. 

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SHIPPING AND RECEIVING

The Manpower Group in Katy, Texas is hiring an entry-level shipping and receiving clerk. Pay is between $9.50 – $10 per hour. Email resumes to christel.flores@manpower.com.

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Katy Magazine Names Top 100 Men of the Year in 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 
June 2018 

After taking hundreds of nominations over the past several weeks, we are excited to present the 2018 list of Katy’s most prominent, influential, inspirational, successful, and charitable men who are leading the way in Katy. (Consider yourselves all #1 because these are in ALPHABETICAL ORDER.)

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Free School Supplies for Katy ISD Families in Need

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

June 5, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

 

Katy families who are struggling financially and have children in the district ages Pre-K through 12th can register to receive free school supplies for the 2018 – 2019 school year.

The first day is school is stressful for all children. For disadvantaged children and families, that stress is magnified when they have to go without essential items like binders, pencils, and backpacks.

Katy Christian Ministries is now taking registration information for Katy ISD students ages Pre-K through 12th grade to receive school supplies for the upcoming school year.

FAMILIES MUST:

– Be active clientele of Katy Christian Ministries

– Live within Katy ISD limits

– Students must be actively enrolled in a Katy ISD school

Call 281-391-9623, Monday – Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. to register and get more information.

 

SPECIAL INVITATION:

In addition to the Red Apple donation drive, students at Bear Creek, Sundown, Stephens, Mayde Creek, Hutsell, Rhodes, Franz, and Schmalz elementary will receive an invitation to the “Operation Backpack” event at the end of the summer.

DONATE:
For those who  wish to donate to Katy families in need, CLICK HERE. 

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Katy ISD Votes on Anti-Bullying Job Position, Teacher Salary Increases, Administrative Staff Changes

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

May 30, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

 

On Tuesday, May 29 the Katy ISD Board of Trustees held their monthly regular board meeting. Many changes and additions were approved. All agenda items below were approved 6-0, as George Scott was not in attendance.

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Texas Armed Services Scholarship Available for Katy Teens

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  
June 4, 2018  

 

State Representative Mike Schofield is currently accepting applications for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP) for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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RECEPTIONISTS (F/T, P/T)

Houston Executive Airport is now hiring receptionists to work both full-time and part-time shifts. Apply in person or send resumes to cmclane@houstonexecutiveairport.com.

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Nearly $65K Raised for Katy Christian Ministries at Charity Golf Tournament

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
June 1, 2018

A total of $64,800 was raised for the ministry to perform critical, life transforming work in the Katy/West Houston community.

Katy Christian Ministries serves 12 local zip codes, providing emergency assistance to families and individuals who find themselves in crisis or financial difficulty.

These services include Flood Relief assistance, rental and utility assistance, a long list of critical services for victims of domestic and sexual violence, and a Food Pantry for those needing supplemental food and personal care items. Seasonal programs like Red Apple School Supplies, and Santa’s Sleigh help families provide extra school materials and Christmas gifts to their children when the money just isn’t there.

“KCM relies on the community to provide the resources that allow us to serve those in need.  The annual Golf Tournament is a major source of income for our organization, and we are very pleased with the continued support we receive, both in volunteers and in contributors.  Through 19 years of this tournament we continue to increase the overall donations and revenue (this year was one of the best!)  Thanks to all that have supported and contributed to this effort.” – Kent Black, KCM Board President.

 

Commissioner Andy Meyers was the title sponsor for this year’s event, and Parkway Fellowship claimed the Platinum Sponsorship. “It is truly an honor and a blessing to be able to work in partnership with Katy Christian Ministries. I will continue to be a strong advocate and promoter of the organization. Thank you for all the effort and ministries that your staff accomplishes to make Katy a better home for our citizens.” – Commissioner Andy Meyers, Ft. Bend County, Pct. 3.

122 Golfers turned out to support KCM and enjoy a beautiful day of golf and fellowship for a great cause. This was our first year at the beautiful Weston Lakes Golf Course, and golfers enjoyed grilled burgers, Silent Auctions, a Raffle for a 65” Smart TV, a steak dinner, and awards for the tournament winners.

“I am deeply humbled by the outpouring of love and support by everyone involved. I’m thankful for the opportunities to come together with a purpose, in a unified mission of transforming lives right here in our own community,” says Deysi Crespo, Executive Director of KCM.

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