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Posted October 08th 2018

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Harris County ESD 48 Taking Applications for Volunteer Firefighters Academy

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Posted September 04th 2018

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September 4, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster 

Harris County ESD 48 is accepting applications for enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers to serve their community as firefighters until September 31.

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Renewed Katy’s Rice Festival to Bring Tradition, Family and Community Pride

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Posted September 03rd 2018

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September 3, 2018

Natalie Cook Clark

 

Whether you grew up attending as a child or moved to Katy later in life, most residents have heard of the infamous Katy Rice Harvest Festival. The almost 40-year event and city tradition is set for October 12-14, 2018 and plans are underway to return it to it’s original glory.

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$140K Worth of Drugs Seized from Katy Home

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Posted August 31st 2018

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August 31, 2018

Natalie Cook Clark

Fort Bend Narcotics Task Force seized $140,000 worth of drugs from a Katy home on the 1600 block of Katy Gap Road on Thursday.

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Local Law Enforcement Agencies Support Katy Anti Sex-Trafficking Movement

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Posted August 30th 2018

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August 30, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

As the date of Childproof America’s Parent Empowerment Seminar draws closer, local law enforcement agencies are giving the group their cooperation, expertise, and support.

 

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An Open Letter to Sean Dolan from Fed-Up Katy ISD Teacher

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Posted August 28th 2018
 KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 

August 28, 2018 

Katy Magazine Editors

On August 28, 2018, Katy Magazine received an anonymous letter by U.S. Mail that claims to be from a current Katy ISD teacher.  The letter is an open letter to Sean Dolan, the outspoken Katy ISD critic who launched a social media campaign against Superintendent Lance Hindt, and complains vigilantly at Katy ISD board meetings. The author of the letter expresses fears of retribution by Dolan and his anti-Katy ISD supporters for stating their opinion.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

INTRO LETTER TO KATY MAGAZINE

“Hello,

I am sending the enclosed letter on behalf of many Katy ISD teacher, including myself, who are tired of the negativity being spread by Sean Dolan and his group of followers. I know that many people are following that back and forth that has been going on.

Because of the tactics that Sean Dolan and his group use, I do not feel comfortable commenting on any of his posts of posting my opinion online. Other teachers and staff members that I have talked with feel the same way.

I am sending this letter to a few different Katy news outlets. I thought it might provide some insight into the way that Katy ISD teachers are feeling. If you see fit to publish or post it, great. If not, it was therapeutic to write.

Thank you”

OPEN LETTER TO SEAN DOLAN

Dear Mr. Dolan,

First off, I would like to say that I have been an educator in Katy ISD for the past 12 years and my children attend Katy ISD schools. To be clear and upfront, I am a supporter of Dr. Hindt. I realize that for you and most of your followers the fact that I said that makes anything else I have to say irrelevant, and that you probably already marked me as just another sheep who blindly follows the district, supports bullying, supports plagiarism, and/or any of the other labels that you associate with anyone who disagrees with anything you or your followers have to say, but it is simply not true.

The fact that you and your followers do not see the irony between what you accuse others of doing and the things you are doing is completely mind-blowing.

I cannot believe some of the comments that I read from your followers during the live streaming of Katy ISD board meetings. The name calling, innuendos, and blatant disrespect is reprehensible, especially coming from a group who claims to be trying to bring awareness to bullying. I can only imagine that if the comments that are made about our board members were made about your followers’ own children, they would be on the phone with the school in a heartbeat.

Mr. Dolan, I have heard you claim that teachers are afraid to speak up because they are afraid of backlash from the district. As for me, and a steadily growing number of fellow teachers, I will tell you that the number one reason that we DON’T speak up, is you.

I know that if I were to sign my name to this letter, it would only be a matter of time before my name, salary, direct line, and other personal information would be posted on your page, with your safety net “public information” label.

You are always more than willing to meet anyone for coffee, which is all well and good when there is pure intent behind the invitation, but why in the world would I agree to that? So that our conversation can be recorded and spun into something negative? It is not my district that I am afraid of. Sadly, it’s you.

I hate that I sit here and read some of the comments on your page, KNOWING that they are false, and yet I am too afraid to stand up for something that I believe in. I am afraid to speak my mind or offer my opinion, or many times, clarifying FACTS, because I do not want the backlash from you or any of your followers. It is so sad that you have created such an unsettling atmosphere.

Are there flaws within the district? Absolutely. Are there employees who are unhappy? Absolutely. As I have said, I have worked in the district for 12 years and I also have children who attend Katy ISD schools. Have we had issues? Absolutely, but there is far more good in this district than bad. You have chosen to take the bad, publicly exploit it, and spin it so that you get to look like the hero that is going to single-handedly save the district from itself.

You have created an environment so hostile that anytime there is an issue, no matter the size, it is taken straight to social media as another mark against Katy ISD. It’s apparent, at this point, that you prefer things go wrong. It’s another feather in your election cap. I hesitate to call you an ‘ambulance chaser’ but…

The most recent issue involving transportation was, and still is, a major work in progress. My children were late to and from school every day the first week. I agree that the staggered bell times and shortage of drivers, etc. seems like it was not planned out the best way. While I was irritated and concerned that my children were home late, as a parent, I made sure not to project my agitation onto my children, because I was not going to take away from the excitement of their first day of school.  

I never considered my children “missing” (they were either at school or on a bus) and would have never thought to call the police. I was actually shocked that you would suggest this. I think, in spite of planning issues, a majority of the schools, as well as the transportation offices have done a very good job keeping parents in the loop and I trust that it will get better. As of the second week of school, my children have been picked up and dropped off within 5 minutes of their scheduled times. I saw a post of yours where a mom commented about her children having to walk across a busy intersection and that there were some people that wouldn’t stop so that the children could get safely across. You made a comment about wanting to be “deputized” so that you could write those careless drivers tickets… Why didn’t you offer, with your flexible schedule and big military vehicle, to serve as a volunteer crossing guard so that those kids would be able to cross the street safely?

I’ve heard you question the district’s spending and I saw your “protest” at our teacher convocation. I’m sure that your posters were only meant to stir up emotions, because I would hope that you understand that when it comes to school budgets, money that is designated for salaries cannot be spent on school supplies, just like bond money for a stadium can’t be used to hire teachers or buy more buses.

You question the fact that teachers and staff members have the option to allot a portion of their paychecks to the Katy ISD Education Foundation, and I question why where any part of my paycheck goes is any of your business?  I think it’s amazing that teachers believe so much in what their peers and co-workers are doing that they want to give back to their community. We are, in no way, shape or form, forced to or pressured to give anything. It is a choice that we make because we are proud of the work being done in our district and want to continue to enhance student learning. The Katy ISD Education Foundation is not solely backed by teacher and staff donations, but the fact that teachers and staff members CHOOSE to put a portion of their money into worthwhile projects of their fellow teachers is a GOOD thing.

Whether you want to believe it or not, in the short amount of time he has been here, Dr. Hindt has been an amazing superintendent. I only had the privilege to meet him one time, but I will tell you that many, many teachers were excited about the direction in which our district was going. It was refreshing to have a Superintendent who made himself so available and visited campuses because he wanted to be out and involved, not because it was a photo opportunity. It is truly a shame that he was not given an opportunity to accomplish the things he set out to do for our district.

I write this letter with the support of many teachers and staff members. I do not think anything I have said will change anything that you or your followers are doing.  I tell my students and my children that they do need to speak up if something is wrong and I am an avid supporter of the belief that people should try to be a part of the solution, rather than adding to the problem. As teachers, and most importantly, parents, if we teach our kids to constantly look for the bad and focus on the negative, we are doing them a tremendous disservice, because that is all they will ever find. I don’t think that you are interested in seeing the good, and truthfully, changing board members and Superintendents is not the issue or the solution.

I think you and your followers will find fault with anyone that sits in those seats. the word “legacy” has been thrown around a lot lately, and looking at the list of your followers, there are some recognizable names that have a long legacy of disagreeing with most of what Katy ISD does. Our district, our school board, and our current Superintendent are actually very widely supported.

The sad part is that many of us have allowed ourselves to be bullied into silence because of you. Your initial intent may  have been one thing, but the way you have gone about things is just wrong. I don’t know what you expect to accomplish by tearing down so many different parts of the district. I know that many of your requests and questions could have probably been simply handled without all the publicity but it’s evident that you thoroughly enjoy that part. Our district has so many wonderful qualities. We have devoted teachers. We have amazing students. We have outstanding programs and activities. It’s a shame that none of that seems to matter to you.

A large majority of teachers, staff, parents, community members and students support our district and those leading us, even though their jobs have been made unnecessarily difficult in the last year.

While I am very disappointed in myself for not having the courage to post or comment publicly, I will continue to support the district the best way I can. I will welcome my students eagerly, teach them, support and encourage them, love them and remind them that the most important thing they can be is kind.

It’s important to remember that if you can’t think of something kind to say, you probably aren’t thinking hard enough. “

Mailed to Katy Magazine by a reader claiming to be a Katy ISD teacher and parent who wishes to remain anonymous.

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Parking Lot Dispute Between Katy Parents and Brookshire Brothers Continues

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Posted August 28th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 

August 28, 2018

Ashley Lancaster

An ongoing dispute between an iconic Katy grocery store and parents of Katy Junior High students has frustrations running high. Katy Magazine reached out to both sides in hopes of finding a positive resolution.

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Experts Warn Harvey Flooded Fireplaces Could Pose Fire/Carbon Monoxide Risks

Katy Texas News
Posted August 27th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS   

August 27, 2018   

Natalie Cook Clark and Katrina Katsarelis    

According to chimney expert, Todd Harkrider, fireplaces that suffered water damage during Harvey or any other flood event, could be at risk for fire or carbon monoxide release.

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Katy Voters Say Yes to $2.5 Billion Flood Control Bond

Katy Texas News
Posted August 26th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

August 26, 2018

By Jennifer Lynn Skelton

Saturday, one year to the day that Hurricane Harvey began it’s destruction in Katy, voters said yes to a $2.5 billion bond that will fund more than 200 projects in hopes to curtail future flooding in Harris county.

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Share Katy Road Rage Suspect Arrested Again and Held on $250,000 Bond

Katy Texas News
Posted August 24th 2018

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August 24, 2018  

By Jennifer Lynn Skelton    

Nicholas Dagostino, 29, the suspect arrested for a road rage shooting on Mason Rd. that injured a Katy mom in July, was arrested two days after being released on bond, for a second road rage shooting that took place in March.

 

 

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Cane Island Parkway to Open South of IH-10 in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted August 24th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
August 24, 2018 

Posted by Ashley Lancaster

According to Fort Bend Country Commissioner Andy Meyers, TxDOT has given a completion date for the section of Cane Island Parkway that will open between IH-10 and FM 1463.

 

The road will open to traffic on Friday, August 31st and this new, direct route between FM 1463 and IH-10 will bring much needed relief to the traffic congestion through the Firethorne and Woodcreek Reserve communities.

 

The contractor was on schedule to have this road open well before school started, but FM 1463 is a state-owned road and the intersection tie-in has been controlled by TxDOT’s scheduling decisions.

 

On a related note, Phase 2 of Cane Island Parkway is already well underway, as they design the next expansion of roadway to a total of 4 lanes between FM 1463 and I-10. They are working aggressively to start the bid phase of the project in Spring 2019, and are already going through design comments with TxDOT. More progress on this road will begin in the coming months.

 
The new thoroughfare will make a dramatic improvement for Katy families.

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How It Works: Katy ISD Apps and Technology

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Posted August 23rd 2018

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August 21, 2018

Natalie Cook Clark

One week into school and everyone is trying to adjust to new routines. With a new school year comes the need to stay informed, communicate and organize. Katy ISD gives us easy access to all of those things and sometimes it’s just at our fingertips.

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Now Open and Coming Soon to Katy, Texas August 2018

Katy Texas News
Posted August 22nd 2018

KATY MAGAZINE  

August 22, 2018  

Compiled by Jennifer Lynn Skelton  

As more people continue to move to Katy, the need exists for more businesses to support the diverse community. Additionally, residents from smaller cities such as Brookshire, Sealy and Fulshear flock to Katy for their needs.

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Katy Teen Gets Exclusive Interview with Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman

Katy Texas News
Posted August 20th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

August 20, 2018

Ashley Lancaster

 

Beckendorff Junior High eighth grader Jasial Kalapatu got the chance to interview Houston Astros’  third baseman/short stop and 2018 All-Star Game MVP, Alex Bregman.

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Man Killed in West Katy Domestic Dispute Overnight

Katy Texas News
Posted August 16th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE  

August 16, 2018  

By Jennifer Lynn Skelton  

A man was stabbed to death early Thursday morning after a fight at a home in the Tamarron neighborhood.

 

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Katy ISD Safety and Security Updates for 2018

Katy Texas News
Posted August 14th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

August 14, 2018 

 

Last week, Katy ISD sent out an email about the additional safety and security measures that will be implemented across the district. Below is a breakdown of the updated safety measures at your child’s school.

When students return to school in Katy ISD on August 15, 2018, they will be met with reinforced and updated safety and security procedures that include software for reporting bullying, more strict identification requirements for parents and visitors, mandatory student ID’s and more.

PARENTS & VISITORS

Required for entrance to any Katy ISD campus:

– Valid, current, government-issued picture ID outside of the main entrance at all campuses.

– Utilize the new controlled access camera and intercom system to present their ID.

– Present valid ID to the front desk receptionist and be logged into the tracking system.

STUDENT ID BADGES

Secondary students must now wear their ID badges at all times during school hours, while on District property.  Students in grades PK-5 will continue utilizing their badges during lunch and library times.  Fourth and fifth-grade students are requested to wear their badges throughout the school day, when practical.  At the secondary level, failure to follow the ID badge requirement may be considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.?

STANDARD UNLOCK TIMES

Controlled access systems will unlock main entrance doors at a set time each morning.

– Elementary Group 1: 7:35 a.m.

– Elementary Group 2: 7:55  a.m.

– Junior High: 8:10 a.m.

– High School: 6: 45 a.m.

CLEAR BAG REGULATION

To ensure visitor safety, along with quick and efficient entry into our event venues, Katy ISD has instituted a Clear Bag Regulation. This will limit the size and type of bag allowed at sporting events, performances and graduations held at Rhodes and Legacy stadiums, as well as the Leonard Merrell Center (LMC), and the Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo at the Agricultural Sciences Center.

While Katy ISD encourages visitors not to bring bags if possible, the following types of bags are permissible:

  • Clear, plastic, vinyl or PVC bags

  • Clear, plastic, one-gallon, re-sealable, Ziploc-style bags

  • Clutch bags approximately the size of a hand (4 ½” X 6 ½”)

  • Medically necessary items

Visitors who bring bags that do not meet the criteria outlined, will not be permitted entrance into the venue.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ACCEPTABLE BAGS

BULLYING

– Procedures for Reporting Allegations of Bullying

– Bullying and Intervention Programs by Campus 

For a full report of Katy ISD’s increased safety and security measures, visit KatyISD.org.

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Katy’s Back-to-School Tax Free Guide

Katy Texas News
Posted August 14th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE  

August 10, 2018  

By Jennifer Lynn Skelton  

The weekend that every parent and student looks forward to is upon us…Back-to-School Tax Free Weekend. August 10 – 12 is the time for parents to save on items such as school supplies and clothing.

 

The sales tax exemption applies only to qualifying items you buy during the sales tax holiday. Items you buy before or after the sales tax holiday do not qualify for exemption, and there is no tax refund available.

Many retail outlets have adjusted their weekend hours to accommodate the increased traffic including the Katy Mills Mall (see below).

Friday, 8/10   9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, 8/11   9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, 8/12  10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Qualifying Items

Click the links before to scroll the complete lists.

Special Purchases

School Supplies Purchased Using a Business Account – Exemption Certificate Required

If you buy qualifying school supplies under a business account, you must give a properly completed Form 01-339, Texas Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certificate, to the seller.

“Under a business account” means you are:

  • using a business credit card or business check and not a personal credit card or personal check;

  • being billed under a business account maintained by the seller; or

  • using a business membership at a membership-based retailer.

Items that Do Not Qualify

The following items do not qualify for exemption during the sales tax holiday:

  • items sold for $100 or more

  • clothing subscription boxes

  • specially-designed athletic activity or protective-use clothing or footwear

    • For example, golf cleats and football pads are usually worn only when people play golf or football, so they do not qualify for the exemption.

    • Tennis shoes, jogging suits and swimsuits, however, can be worn for other than athletic activity and qualify for the exemption.

  • clothing or footwear rentals, alterations (including embroidery) and cleaning services

  • items used to make or repair clothing, such as fabric, thread, yarn, buttons, snaps, hooks and zippers

  • jewelry, handbags, purses, briefcases, umbrellas, wallets, watches and other accessories

  • computers

  • software

  • textbooks

  • luggage, framed backpacks, computer bags, athletic bags

Visit the Texas Comptroller’s website for complete details of the Texas tax free weekend.

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Before and After School Care in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted August 13th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

August 13, 2018

Natalie Cook Clark

With Katy ISD schools starting this week a lot of parents are looking into before and after school care options, especially with the time changes to some of our schools.

The good news is that Katy offers a lot of options and most of these are not just a childcare program but offer curriculum enriched programs with various topics and homework assistance by certified teachers.

How to find the best program for your child?

All of these programs have their own unique curriculum and play structure. It’s always best to research to see to find the best fit for your child.

Safety- What is their pick-up procedures? What kind of CPR and training is required of the staff?

Ask about transportation- Most of these program provide transportation to local school. Be sure and see if your child’s school is one that they service. Do they use carseats?

Curriculum- Different programs focus on different curriculum. Do you want something STEM based? Language immersion? Play based? Homework assistance?

Take a tour- All of these programs listed below offer tours. This is the best way to get a feel for the program and ask your questions.

“I chose Tigerland because it’s great reputation, the majority of the staff have been there for years and the pricing is reasonable,” says Vicky Hegemeyer.

With so many choices in Katy, with a little research it should be easy to find the best fit for your child.

 

Local Katy Before/After School Programs:

British Private Prep

28031 S. Firethorne Road, 281-394-5889

25935 Cinco Terrace Drive, 281-394-7737

4025 S. Mason Road, 281-828-2000

Childtime Learning Center

170 N Fry Rd, Katy 77449, 281-646-8330

22022 Highland Knolls Dr, Katy 77450, 281-392-2400

Children’s Lighthouse

23060 Westheimer Pkwy, Katy 77494, 281-395-4466

26051 Kingsland Blvd, Katy 77494, 281-392-2211

19607 Clay Rd, Katy 77449, 281-492-2688

 5740 FM 1463, Katy 77494, 281-394-9696

Children’s Learning Adventure

24224 Cinco Terrace Dr, Katy 77494, 281-612-7648

Foundations Academy

20817 Westheimer Parkway, Katy 77450, 281-599-1200

Ivy Kids Early Learning Center

27270 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy 77494, 281-574-0395

2707 Spring Green Blvd, Katy 77494, 346-307-6922

19919 Lakemont Bend Ln, Richmond, TX 77407, 832-595-1900

Katy Knowledge Beginnings

6130 S Fry Rd, Katy 77494, 281-693-77494

Katy’s Early childhood Enrichment Center

1407 W. Grand Pkwy, 281-693-1999

 Kids R ‘Kids

19814 Keith Harrow Boulevard 281-859-7300

21955 Westheimer Pkwy 281-828-2273

24007 Franz Road 281-347-5444

25950 Cinco Ranch Blvd. 281–392-1370

10602 S. Fry Road 281-392-1414

4515 FM 1463 281-347-5437

Kindercare

2650 S. Peek Rd, Katy 77450, 281-392-2650

22129 Kingsland Blvd, Katy 77450, 281-392-6770

2202 Fry Rd, Houston 77084, 281-578-1415

19510 Clay Rd, Katy 77449, 281-550-1610

Learning and Beyond

19600 Clay Rd, Katy 77449, 832-464-7787

20144 Morton Rd, Katy 77449, 832-848-0369

My Place Early Learning Center

24034 Cinco Village Center Blvd, Katy 77494, 281-392-5900

2212 Katy Flewellen Rd, Katy 77494, 281-396-4734

Primrose Schools of Katy

1249 FM 1463, Katy 77494, 281-371-0099 (West Cinco Ranch)

1540 Peek Rd, Katy 77450, 281-693-7711 (Cinco Ranch)

21480 Park Row Blvd, Katy 77449, 281-492-7400 (North Mason Creek)

2402 Westgreen Blvd, Katy TX 77450 281-828-1600 (Kelliwood)

Safari Kids Learning Center

24936 Katy Ranch Rd, Katy 77494, 832-583-9700

Scribbles Academy

940 S. Fry Rd, Katy 77450, 281-578-1505

Spanish School House

2944 S Mason Rd, Katy 77450, 832-437-0570

Tigerland

5315 E 5th St, Katy 77493, 281-391-8750

YMCA

Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch 22807 Westheimer Pkwy, 281-392-5055

Mark Chapman YMCA at Katy Main Street 1350 Main Street, 281-665-1213

Do you have a Katy before/after school program that you love? Tell us about it in the comments.

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5 Katy, Texas Lunches Under $5

Katy Texas News
Posted August 09th 2018

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August 9, 2018

Ashley Lancaster

Short on cash? Not to worry, here’s our top 5 places in Katy to grab a cheap, delicious, quick lunch.

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College Nannies & Tutors Awards Scholarship to Katy High School Senior

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Posted August 09th 2018

KATY TEXAS NEWS
August 9, 2018 
Ashley Lancaster

College Nannies & Tutors of Katy, a locally owned agency that provides customized childcare and tutoring, was happy to award Katy High School senior Siarah Mazariegos with their first-ever College Test Prep Scholarship.

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Katy Couple’s Photos at Buc-ee’s Go Viral

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Posted August 07th 2018

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August 7, 2018

Ashley Lancaster

Photography by Hello Darlin Photography

A young Katy couple had no idea just how much people would love their photos at Texas’s most popular gas station. Once the album hit social media, true-blue Texans everywhere absolutely flipped!

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Katy ISD Uses Technology to Report Bullying in New Campaign

Katy Texas News
Posted August 05th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

August 5, 2018

Natalie Cook Clark

Katy ISD is gearing up to start school August 15 and part of that prep involves planning how to address and prevent bullying.

Anonymously report bullying on your cell

We’ve seen a world-wide increase in bullying and technology is responsible for a lot of that increase so it’s only fitting that we’re using technology to help combat it.

The Bullying Tip Line is a feature part of the Katy OnTheGo app. To access it simply download the free app. If you already have the app then it will automatically update to include the feature when it launches this month.

 

While the focus will be getting students to use it, parents and teachers can also make use of it. All you need is a cell phone with the Katy OnTheGo app, information to submit (the more detail the better) and a few minutes of your time. “The ease and anonymity is key here,” says Maria DiPetta, manager, media relations and multimedia for KISD. “While other methods aim to be anonymous this truly is. Schools even have designated cell phone times so when a student is on their phone no one knows if they are playing a game, checking a social media account or submitting a tip on the app.”

The new Bullying Tip Line app is being introduced to principals and administrators this week and has been in development as part of the districts strategic planning process since spring 2017. It’s release is right on schedule with the district’s goals. “The initial goal for the app is for users to familiarize themselves with it and feel comfortable using it,” says Maria. INSERT QUOTE FROM PRINCIPAL- The initial feedback is that it’s very simple to use, so much so that elementary students could do it.

The app is part Katy ISD’s Bullying Prevention Campaign. The campaign includes educational videos, events and the observation of National Bullying Prevention month. The app is just another way of reporting in addition to the anonymous boxes placed in all schools. The hope is that when students have felt uncomfortable being seen putting information in a drop box they would feel comfortable using the app. “Again it being so anonymous is key. In fact the anonymous button is always turned on and all tips will go to an inbox where the administrator for the school receives them daily,” explains Maria.

Educating students how to help

Education is key to helping the app be a success and the schools will focus on this educational process this year. This app can be most effective in addressing a bullying act when given as much detail as possible. “For example,” Maria explains, “student XYZ (full name) is bullying student ABC (full name) in 2nd period, Mrs. So-and-So’s class and they posted this on Facebook (share screenshot of social media.) From there the user could say that student XYZ follows student ABC to the parking lot and then proper people will have the information to verify, prove and prevent this incident from continuing.”

The app will also better help administrators to categorize the bullying whether it’s emotional, physical, social or technological. Some tips may require police investigation while other may be simply resolved by scheduling a sit down with the students. This will allow administrators the information to make those decisions and make sure the best solution is in play for each case.

This app will only be used for reporting. It is NOT to be used to report a crisis that would still be to call 911 or the Katy Connect Crisis Line 281-234-2326.

 

KISD is dedicated to addressing, preventing bullying

The district plans to track, record and follow the use and trends of the tips reported. In another step to being proactive in the current culture of bullying, KISD recently hired a Coordinator for Bullying Prevention and Student Support. The position is still new and getting settled but further proof at the seriousness that the district put on the topic.

Parents need to be part of the conversation

While the district is doing their part to address and help prevent bullying parents play a key role at home and these conversations need to start their. “Parents should talk to their children about bullying to help prevent them from partaking in it and becoming a possible victim,” says Nelda Wilson Brooks, a Katy family therapist. Parents should also be aware of their children’s social media presence.

Be sure and download the Katy OnTheGo App for many helpful features including the new Bullying Tip Line.

Are you talking to your child about bullying ahead of the school year? What kind of conversations are you having.

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Katy ISD Releases Updated Bus Routes, Schedules for 2018-19 School Year

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Posted August 04th 2018

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August 4, 2018

Ashley Lancaster

Parents can now enter their residential address to view the bus schedule for their child’s grade level and neighborhood.

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Katy Mourns Passing of Former Chief of Police, R.L. “Buddy” Frazier

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Posted August 03rd 2018

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August 2, 2018

Natalie Cook Clark

R.L. “Buddy” Frazier, former beloved Katy Chief of Police passed away from Alzheimers this Wednesday, August 1 on his 77th Birthday. Family and friends are set to honor this Katy legend on Sunday.

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Mayde Creek High School Gets Total Makeover

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Posted August 03rd 2018

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August 2, 2018

By Jennifer Skelton & Ashley Lancaster 

The largest and most comprehensive renovation project in the school’s history is expected to be complete before August 15.

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New Katy ISD Principals and Staff for School Year Announced

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Posted August 03rd 2018

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August 1, 2018

By Jennifer Skelton

As Katy ISD continues to grow, more staff is needed each year to fill open and newly created positions. For the 2018/19 school year 27 administration staff were hired.

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Community Urged to Attend Barker Flood Prevention Meeting

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Posted August 03rd 2018

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July 31, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

 

On August 1, 2018, the community is invited to attend the Harris County Flood Control Bond Barker Reservoir Community Meeting at Memorial Parkway Junior High.

The meeting will be held at Memorial Parkway Junior High at 21203 Highland Knolls Blvd from 6 – 8 p.m.

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Back to School Checklist for Katy ISD Parents

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Posted July 30th 2018

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July 30, 2018

Natalie Cook Clark

Here’s a check-list to ensure that you’re ready for that first day of school.

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Katy Police Department to Offer Citizens Police Academy

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Posted July 30th 2018

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July 10, 2018
Ashley Lancaster

Beginning in August, the Katy Police Department will offer a 10-week training course for residents.

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Katy Area Restaurants Participating in Houston Restaurant Weeks

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Posted July 29th 2018

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July 29, 2018

By Jennifer Skelton

Eight Katy-area eateries will participate In Houston Restaurant Weeks 2018. Each establishment offers a specific menu for the fundraiser that benefits the Houston Food Bank.

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Heartwarming Send Off for Katy’s Newest Military Recruits

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Posted July 28th 2018

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July 28, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

Opening photo by Troy Burleigh
 

On August 5, the Katy community is invited come out and say “Thank you” and “Good luck” to the brave young men and women who have enlisted in the military.

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Katy Homeowner Shoots Teen Car Burglary Suspect

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Posted July 27th 2018

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July 27, 2018

By Jennifer Skelton

A Katy homeowner shot a teen burglary suspect, John Mixon, around 1:00 am on Friday morning in the Memorial Parkway subdivision.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office said a woman saw a motion detector light come on outside the home in the 21000 block of Park Valley Drive in the Memorial Parkway subdivision near Westgreen Blvd and Highland Knolls. The elderly homeowner looked out her window and saw Mixon wearing a mask and hooded sweatshirt in her detached garage trying to break into her car.

The husband grabbed a gun and confronted the Mixon, 19, who is also a Memorial Parkway resident. The homeowner attempted to detain him before police arrived butwhen Mixon started towards the elderly homeowner, he fired and Mixon was hit in the head. The homeowners were not injured.

According to Harris County Sheriff  Precinct 5 investigators, Mixon ran to a nearby home and hid behind an air conditioning unit, where a K9 officer found him.

He was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital. His condition was initially reported as serious but the bullet appears to have only grazed his head.

There has been an increase in car burglaries in neighborhoods on the south side of Katy. Many of these have been caught on video and released to the public for help in identifying the suspect. At this time, police do not know if this suspect is responsible for other burglaries but are looking into this possibility.

The homeowners have a video surveillance system that the suspect was caught on. Below is a still shot from that video.

Mixon will be charged with felony home burglary. Mixon has a criminal history in Harris County for theft and evading arrest and is currently on probation.

Katy Magazine will release more details as they become available.

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Prepare for Changes to Katy ISD Elementary Start Times in 2018

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Posted July 26th 2018

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July 26, 2018

Ashley Lancaster

Here is a breakdown of elementary campuses in Katy ISD by their modified start time, to help you make plans for drop-off/ pick up this year.

 

In order to address rapid growth in the area, increased enrollment, and challenges with bus driver recruitment, Katy ISD released a modified bell schedule for students for the 2018-2019 school year in April. As you prepare to send your kiddos back to school, make sure you know your campus bell schedule.

ELEMENTARY – GROUP 1

Start time: 8 a.m.

Wolfe
5002 Addicks-Howell Rd., Houston

281-237-2250

Katy

5726 George Bush Ave.

281-237-6550

Memorial Parkway

21603 Park Tree Ln.
281-237-5850

Bear Creek

4815 Hickory Downs Dr.
281-237-5600

Cimarron

1100 South Peek Rd.
281-237-8850

Winborn

22555 Prince George Ln.
281-237-6650

Nottingham

20500 Kingsland Blvd.
281-237-5500

Sundown

20100 Saums Rd.
281-237-5400

Hayes

21203 Park Timbers Ln.
281-237-3200

McRoberts

3535 North Fry Rd.
281-237-2000

Alexander

6161 South Fry Rd.
281-237-7100

Williams

3900 South Peek Rd.
281-237-7200

Rylander

24831 Westheimer Pkwy.

281-237-8300

Exley

21800 Westheimer Pkwy.

281-237-8400

Rhoads

19711 Clay Rd.

281-237-8500

Franz

2751 Westgreen Blvd.
281-237-8600

Griffin

7800 South Fry Rd.
281-237-8700

Woodcreek

1155 Wood Creek Bend Ln.
281-234-0100

Stanley

26633 Cinco Terrace Dr.

281-234-1400

Shafer

5150 Ranch Point Dr.
281-234-1900

Randolph

5303 Flewellen Oaks Ln.
281-234-3800

Campbell

3701 Cross Creek Bend Ln.
281-234-4500

ELEMENTARY – GROUP 2

Start time: 8:20 a.m.

West Memorial
22605 Provincial Blvd.
281-237-6600

Hutsell

5360 Franz Rd.
281-237-6500

Mayde Creek

2698 Greenhouse Rd., Houston
281-237-3950

Pattison

19910 Stonelodge Dr.
281-237-5450

Golbow

3535 Lakes of Bridgewater Dr.
281-237-5350

Fielder

2100 Greenway Village Dr.
281-237-6450

Creech

5905 South Mason Rd.
281-237-8850

King

1901 Charlton House Ln.
281-237-6850

Schmalz

18605 Green Land Way
281-237-4500

Kilpatrick

26100 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
281-237-7600

Stephens

2715 Fry Rd.
281-234-0200

Morton Ranch

2502 Mason Rd.

281-234-0300

Holland

23720 Seven Meadows Pkwy.
281-234-0500

Wilson

5200 Falcon Landing
281-234-1600

Wolman

28727 North Firethorne Rd.
281-234-1700

Davidson

26906 Pine Mill Ranch Dr.
281-234-2500

Jenks

27602 Westridge Creek Ln.
281-234-4100

Bethke

4535 E. Ventana Pkwy.
281-234-4200

Bryant

29801 Kingsland Blvd.
281-234-4300

For the district FAQ and list of all grade level start times, click here. 

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New and Coming Soon to Katy’s South Side

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Posted July 25th 2018

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July 25, 2018

By Jennifer Skelton

People continue to move to Katy at an astronomical rate and with that growth comes the need for businesses to serve the community. These establishments have opened recently or will open soon to supply the demand on the south side.

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Katy Mom Hit By Car in Bear Creek Village Dies

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Posted July 23rd 2018

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July 23, 2018 

By Ashley Lancaster

Katy Magazine is sad to report that Elizabeth Lugo, the mother who was struck by a car while walking with her child in a stroller has died from her injuries.

On July 20, Katy mom Elizabeth Lugo was hit by a car while walking her baby in a stroller  in Villages of Bear Creek off Fry Rd. in north Katy.

The driver suffered a seizure, which presumably led to him losing control of the vehicle, and struck Lugo, throwing her into the driveway of a nearby home.  The owner of the home was not present at the time of the accident.

She was immediately taken to Cy-Fair Hospital in critical condition, but tragically died just after 1 a.m. on Sunday night. The baby was not badly injured and is expected to be okay. There is no information on the status of the driver.

Check back for updates on funeral and memorial services.

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Katy Area Students Win Best Buddies International Award

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Posted July 22nd 2018

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July 22, 2018    

By Jennifer Skelton

The Seven Lakes Spartans received international recognition and won Overall Outstanding program for their participation in the Best Buddies program.

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Harris County Constables Bust Katy Crime Ring

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Posted July 20th 2018

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July 20, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

Investigators with Harris County Constable Precinct 5 broke up a long-running organized crime ring consisting of three brothers who had been targeting commercial landscaping companies in West Harris County and other suburban areas around Houston.

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Katy Joggers Encounter 7-Foot Gator During Morning Run

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Posted July 19th 2018

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July 19, 2018

By Angie Waller

Wednesday morning, in the gated section of Cross Creek Ranch, joggers spotted a 7-foot, non-aggressive alligator. While sunbathing, he became disoriented and ended up a little too close for comfort to people.

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Cinco Ranch Star Linebacker Receives 24 College Offers

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Posted July 16th 2018

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July 16, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster 

Cinco Ranch defensive star, inside linebacker David Gbenda, heads into his senior year with over 20 college offers on the table.

Elite college football programs are all clamoring to sign Cinco Ranch High School’s dynamic defensive star, and 4-star Texas recruit, David Gbenda (#33).

AN OFFENSIVE NIGHTMARE

Gbenda, who will graduate in 2019, has received offers from no less than 24 national football powerhouses like Notre Dame, Nebraska, Michigan, and Ole Miss.

The 6’0, 212-pound inside linebacker earned his keep among the top college prospects in Texas last year, with 40 independent tackles, 16 assists, 2 sacks, and a total of 8 tackles for loss throughout the season. In their match up against Seven Lakes, Gbenda stymied the Spartan offense with an incredible 10-yard sack. Even Katy’s elite running game had more trouble than usual moving the ball against #33 and the rest of the strong side defense.

Recently, Gbenda narrowed down his myriad of college offers to a Top 10. On the list are University of Texas, Notre Dame, University of Houston, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Washington, Ole Miss, Texas Christian University, and Missouri. He is expected to make his final decision in December 2018.

THROWBACK TO THE GOOD OLD DAYS

As anyone knows, talent can only get you so far – you have to have the work ethic and heart to make plays happen in a district as competitive as Katy. According to Cinco’s head coach Don Clayton, Gbenda has all of that and more in spades.

“His energy, leadership of the team, and his constant commitment to improve are a throwback to the good old days of football, when people played as hard as they could, for as long as they could. He is always striving to perform at his absolute best,” says Clayton.

Gbenda himself is taking all of the attention in his stride. “It’s kind of crazy to be honest. As a freshman and sophomore, I saw others in my grade being heavily recruited and I just thought,  ‘I want that and to be heavily recruited by big name programs.’ It’s so unreal, and a blessing to me,” he says. David says that the coaches at Cinco have been crucial in his success. “With the competition we face, the coaching staff (at Cinco) has helped me learn the game,” he says.

2017 HUDL HIGHLIGHTS

Fans can get their first glimpse of Gbenda’s skill at the scrimmage against Stratford on August 24 at Cinco Ranch High School. See the full Katy ISD Varsity Football Schedule here. 

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Katy Man Assaults Precinct 5 Deputy

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Posted July 14th 2018

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July 14, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton 

A Katy man, who was stopped on suspicion of drug possession, is now facing felony charges of assaulting a peace officer after he struck a Precinct 5 deputy.

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Katy Youth Sports for Fall 2018

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Posted July 12th 2018

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July 12, 2018
Ashley Lancaster

Katy parents – look no further for information on fall sports registration information for 2018.

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New Details Emerge in Drive By Shooting on Mason Road

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Posted July 12th 2018

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July 11, 2018

By Jennifer Skelton

Harris County Sheriff’s Office investigators are releasing still photos of a vehicle involved in an aggravated assault on a 39-year-old female that was shot on S. Mason Rd. on Tuesday afternoon.

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Reward Offered, Firethorne Burglary Suspect

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Posted July 11th 2018

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July 11, 2018

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information concerning a rash of Burglary of a Vehicle in the Firethorne area of Fort Bend County.

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Flood Control Event in Katy Rallies Homeowners, Community Leaders

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Posted July 11th 2018

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July 11, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

The newly formed Barker Reservoir Flood Prevention advocacy group  looks to identify and promote immediate and substantial flood control projects in the Barker Reservoir Area, both upstream and downstream.

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Katy Woman Shot in Drive By on South Mason Road

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Posted July 10th 2018

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July 10, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

A woman was shot Tuesday around 2 pm while driving to a car wash near Cimarron Parkway and South Mason Road in Katy.

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Katy Grocery Stores Expand Pick-Up and Delivery Options

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Posted July 09th 2018

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July 9, 2018

Natalie Cook Clark

 Katy grocery stores continue to find ways to cater to our busy lives through the convenience of curbside pick-up and delivery. The days of fighting the crowds at grocery stores or being tempted to shop “off-list” are gone replaced with a new way of shopping. “It keeps me on budget,” says Maegen Benedetti Lane of this new way of shopping.

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Students at British International School in Katy Shine in Global Diploma Program

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Posted July 08th 2018

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July 9, 2018

The British International School of Houston students have achieved strong results in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for the 2017/18 academic school year.

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Kittens Found Trapped in a Gym Bag in West Memorial

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Posted July 07th 2018

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July 7, 2018

Natalie Cook Clark

 

Deputy Debra Albert and the kittens.

The Bag Was Moving

Harris County Deputies Diego Loucel and  Debra Albert responded to a report of a suspicious cloth bag that was left in the middle of a  median in a West Memorial subdivision in Katy. “The bag is moving,” a Katy resident told the dispatcher for Harris County’s Precinct 5’s office. They arrived to investigate the red cloth bag in the West Memorial neighborhood around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning.

“West Memorial is Loucel’s area but I’ve had experience with these calls and was afraid we’d find an animal,” said Deputy Albert. “As soon as we got out of the car I could hear the meowing.”

“I shined my flashlight into the bag and saw two eyes looking back at me. It was a kitten,” recalls Deputy Loucel. “Then when we looked further we found three little kittens.”

Kittens Brought Back To Substation

Albert and Loucel took the kittens back to a substation where they got food, water and lots of attention. “Once we got some food in the kittens it didn’t take long to see a 180 change in them. They went from just laying around, probably malnourished, to happy and active kittens,” said Loucel.

“We called the SPCA and they came to look at them. The estimated them around 2 months old but couldn’t take the kittens in,” said Albert. “We looked after them and played with them until an Animal Crimes deputy took them to a veterinarian.”

Available for Adoption

The kittens were all very emaciated but expected to be okay. They were taken to the Harris County Animal Shelter at 612 Canino Rd. The kittens are now up for adoption. Anyone interested in adopting the gym bag kittens can visit the shelter or call 281-999-3191.

If You Have Information

Dumping an animal is a crime. It is animal cruelty, which depending on the offense can be a felony. If you have information on who dumped these kittens, please contact the Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce. Call 832-927-PAWS or visit their website.

If you see someone dumping an animal call your local precinct but also try and get some information. What does the person look like? What is the license plate number? What does the car look like? Of course, you safety is the priority but if you can safely get information to give the authorities that is helpful.

If you need to re-home an animal there are other alternatives to dumping them. Here are just some rescue/shelters in the Katy area.

Katy City Animal Control

25839 I-10, Katy, TX 77494

281-391-4740

Citizens for Animal Protection

17555 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77094

281-497-0591

Special Pals

3830 Greenhouse Rd, Houston, TX 77084

281- 579-7387

“I just couldn’t believe someone had taken the time to put these three little kittens in a gym bag, drive them to a neighborhood and dump them in the middle of the median,” said Loucel. “I wish they would have given them a chance.” I’m going to continue to follow the kittens’ story.”

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Katy Charity Has Urgent Donation Needs

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Posted July 06th 2018

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July 6, 2018 
Ashley Lancaster

Clothed By Faith, a local nonprofit organization that provides families in need with gently used clothes in a boutique setting, is urgently requesting donations – specifically men’s jeans, shorts, and t-shirts.

 

“Despite our posts on Twitter and Facebook, the number of requests we are receiving is outweighing what the public is bringing us, and we need to get the word out,” says CBF event coordinator, Rebecca Earnshaw.

 

All donations are welcome, but their most urgent need is for men’s shorts, jeans, track pants, and T-shirts in Medium – Large sizes.

Donations can be dropped off Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 802 Dominion Dr. in Katy. After hours donations can be left in the donation bin on the side of the building 24 hours a day.

To learn more about Clothed by Faith, visit their Facebook page. 

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Job Scammers in Katy Are After Your Bank Account

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Posted July 05th 2018

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July 5, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

If you’re searching for a new job, beware of the opening listed online for “Amazon Financial Analyst.” Katy Magazine shares how to tell the difference between a legitimate post and the scam.

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Katy Area Comedian, Sean Rouse, Passes Away at 43

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Posted July 05th 2018

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July 23 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

Sean Rouse, actor, comedian and graduate of Katy High School class of 1993, passed away on June 29, 2018.

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Katy Officials Share Firework Safety Must-Knows

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Posted July 05th 2018

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July 2, 2018

Natalie Cook Clark

Officials from Harris County and the City of Katy share their top must-knows for Katy families before celebrating July 4th.

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Morton Ranch Grad Signs $72 Million NFL Contract Extension

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Posted July 05th 2018

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July 2, 2018

Natalie Cook Clark & Ashley Lancaster

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter was named the 2018 Breakout Star, and signed an extension with the team for $72 million last Wednesday.

Katy, Texas’ Danielle Hunter proudly represents his hometown by shining in the big leagues with a new $72 million contract extension from the Minnesota Vikings.

Hunter signed with the Vikings in 2015, and his electrifying performance resulted in a 5-year contract extension for $72 million, with a $15 million signing bonus. These contract terms place him in the Top 10 highest paid defensive players in the NFL – impressive, considering that the DE is only 23 years old. On paper, his 2017 season may not look like much, with 25.5 sacks under his belt in his three seasons – but he hasn’t been a starter. The Vikings began to set him loose on the opposing offense and saw his incredible potential.

 

From Maverick to Tiger and now Viking

Hunter was a football and track and field star graduate from Katy ISD’s Morton Ranch High School. After he graduated from Morton Ranch he attended LSU from 2012-2014 where he was a two-year starter and defensive end. According to the NFL Network’s Peter Schrager Hunter is pegged as a “breakout star” for 2018 because of the talent that the Vikings have along their defensive front Hunter is rarely going to see double teams. He should have the ability to terrorize opposing offenses while only having to beat one guy. The other team can’t double team everyone, so the Vikings’ defensive line should have the ability to make a play on almost every snap. In football terms this is huge.

“I was shaking with excitement,” Hunter told the Vikings’ official website. “I was like, is this real.”

Hunter is an American born in Jamaica but spent his formative years in Katy, Texas where he grew to love football. Many can’t wait to see what the season has in store for this 23 year old.

The Vikings have been praised and noted for being strategic in their deals to open a window into the championship season. Could we see a Katy native in a Super Bowl game this year? From the sounds of the stats it could come to be.

The NFL season opener is September 7.  The Vikings have their first preseason game on Saturday August 11 vs. the Denver Broncos. Their first regular season game is slated for Sunday September 9 vs. the San Francisco 49ers.

With the NFL Football season quickly approaching it’s time to prep your Fantasy Football roster. Are you including Katy’s Danielle Hunter in your roster? What do you think of the Vikings’ strategy to go for a championship? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

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Roundabout Connecting Spring Green, Katy-Flewellen and Cinco Trace Opens July 9

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Posted July 05th 2018

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July 1, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

The much anticipated Spring Green/Katy-Flewellen/Cinco Trace roundabout is scheduled to open July 9 according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.

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Ballard House Fully Open After Harvey: Urgent Need for Donations

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Posted July 05th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE  

June 29, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton

The Ballard House, which provides temporary housing in our community for individuals and their families who are hospitalized or receiving treatment for a serious medical condition, has just reopened at full capacity since they were flooded during Hurricane Harvey. Due to the additional guests, The Ballard House has an urgent need of donations to stock the entire home.

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Police Investigate Armed Robbery on Fry Road in Katy

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Posted July 05th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
June 29, 2018 
Ashley Lancaster

 

Harris County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the man who robbed a Cash Store on Fry Rd. in Katy at gunpoint.

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Katy Mourns the Loss of Morton Ranch Football Coach, Stephen Papp

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Posted July 05th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

June 26, 2018

Natalie Cook Clark

Friends and family of Stephen Papp, 33, are mourning after the history teacher and Morton Ranch football coach was tragically killed in a car accident.

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

Katy Texas News
Posted June 26th 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 21st 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 21st 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 21st 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 21st 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 21st 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 21st 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 21st 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 21st 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 21st 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 21st 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 21st 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 21st 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 21st 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 21st 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 12th 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 12th 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 12th 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 12th 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 12th 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 12th 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 12th 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 12th 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 12th 2018

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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Katy Magazine Names Top 100 Men of the Year in 2018

Katy Texas News
Posted June 05th 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 Texas News
Posted June 05th 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 05th 2018

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 Texas News
Posted June 03rd 2018

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

Katy Texas News
Posted June 01st 2018

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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Aggravated Robbery Caught on Camera in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted May 30th 2018
KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 30, 2018
Source: CrimeStoppers of Houston
Posted by Ashley Lancaster 

A $5000 reward is being offered for information on two males involved in aggravated robbery at a convenience store near Sundown on Fry and Saums Rd.

During the morning of Monday, May 7, 2018, two suspects robbed the victim in the 2200 block of Fry Road in Harris County, Texas. During this incident, the suspects entered the convenience store. One of the suspects, a white male with his face partially covered with a light red cloth, wielded a gun at the store employee and demanded money and cigarettes. The other suspect, a black male, placed the stolen money and items into a bag. The suspects exited the store with the money and fled the scene.

 

Suspect #1: White male, wearing a light red cloth partially over his face, a black jacket, and tan pants. This suspect was armed with a handgun. (Pictured above)

Suspect #2: Black male, wearing a black beanie, and a white sweater.

 

Video surveillance cameras captured images of the suspects during the robbery.

 

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477), submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org or through the Crime Stoppers mobile app. All tipsters remain anonymous.

Reference: HCSO #18-72019

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Social Media Movement Strives to Reunite Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted May 30th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

May 30, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

 

Katy Unites celebrates Katy ISD by using social media avenues to tell positive, encouraging stories.

(Teachers at Kilpatrick show support for Katy Unites)

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College Fair Coming to Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 29, 2018 

Students who are interested in researching what colleges in the area have to offer can attend a college fair at Cinco Ranch Library.

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Katy Remembers: Peggy Brown Buffa

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

May 29, 2018  

Jennifer Skelton & Ashley Lancaster  

Opening photo by Christy Murphy Photography   

Friends and family of Peggy Brown Buffa share memories and messages of love in the wake of her passing on May 24, 2018. Read on for tributes and service information.

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Katy ISD Valedictorians and Salutatorians of 2018

Katy Texas News
Posted May 24th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 24, 2018

Katy ISD is proud to announce the top two students from each high school who are ranked highest academically in their respective graduating classes.

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Katy College Adds More Nursing Programs

Katy Texas News
Posted May 24th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 22, 2018

In order to address growth in the healthcare industry in Katy, University of Houston Katy campus plans to provide more nursing programs in the near future.

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Harris County Seeks $1 Billion for Harvey Victims in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 23, 2018

Katy residents in Harris County whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Harvey, there will be an open house to determine allocation of funds for everything from individual home repair to community infrastructure improvements.

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New Leadership at Westlake Preparatory Lutheran Academy

Katy Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 23, 2018

The Lutheran Education Association of Houston (LEAH Schools) is proud to announce Mr. Tim Wainright as the next Head of School at Westlake Preparatory Lutheran Academy beginning July 1, 2018.  He replaces Mrs. Judy Gerber who will be retiring at the end of June.

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Hit-and-Run Driver Caught on Camera in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 23, 2018

By Jennifer Skelton

On Tuesday during rush hour evening traffic, a Katy driver hit another car and drove off.

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Katy ISD Superintendent Responds to Santa Fe Shooting

Katy Texas News
Posted May 20th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 20, 2018

Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt addresses the school shooting in Santa Fe and what the district does on an ongoing basis to protect our schools.

Dear Katy ISD Parents, Staff and Community,

Today, all of us at Katy ISD are saddened at the senseless loss of lives after the tragic events at Santa Fe High School. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Santa Fe community.

 

As a parent and Katy ISD superintendent, I want to reiterate to our Katy ISD community that we stand in solidarity with the community of Santa Fe ISD.  We also take this opportunity to reiterate to our parents and community that Katy ISD has a robust emergency protocol. Regularly, the Katy ISD Police Department, along with officials from every campus address emergency situations and conduct the appropriate emergency preparedness drills. While classes and activities will proceed regularly, there will be an increased presence of Katy ISD police officers at our schools.

What occurred in Santa Fe is a reminder to parents and teachers of the crucial importance of maintaining an open line of communication with students. We know that the number one deterrent to any threat is an open dialogue between parents, students and staff as they have first-hand knowledge when it comes to keeping our schools safe.

Also, we understand that the students may want to talk. Please know that personnel at our campuses will be available to speak to students who may need to be supported in the wake of the recent events.  Additional information concerning our district-wide safety and security resources can be found here.

Thank you for support,

Lance Hindt, Ed.D.

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New Custom Homebuilder Coming to Katy’s Cane Island

Katy Texas News
Posted May 19th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 19, 2018

Partners in Building has joined the Katy master-planned community of Cane Island where the custom homebuilder will offer one-of-a-kind luxury homes on 100-foot homesites.

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Katy ISD Student Wins National Writing Award

Katy Texas News
Posted May 17th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 17, 2018

Kaitlyn Sheroke, a senior at Katy Independent School District Seven Lakes High School (SLHS), has been awarded the prestigious Gold Medal Scholastic Writing Award for her short story titled Sirenia.

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New CEO Announced for Academy Sports + Outdoors, HQ in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted May 17th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 17, 2018

The sporting and outdoor recreation stores, headquartered in Katy, Texas, announced their new CEO yesterday.

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Katy Woman Embezzled from Youth Hockey League

Katy Texas News
Posted May 16th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 16, 2018

By Jennifer Skelton

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Katy woman who allegedly stole more than $200,000 from a youth hockey league.

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Angry Motorcyclist Smashes Car Mirror on Katy Freeway

Katy Texas News
Posted May 16th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 16, 2018
Ashley Lancaster  

On Tuesday afternoon, a man on a motorcycle allegedly struck the driver’s side mirror of a green sedan on Katy Freeway before speeding off.

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Katy Heritage Museum Re-Dedicated in Honor of Late Katy Mayor

Katy Texas News
Posted May 15th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 15, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

On Monday, Mayor Brawner and the City of Katy passed a resolution for Katy’s Heritage Museum to be named after former Katy mayor and city administrator, Johnny Nelson.

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Katy Man Jumps in Lake to Avoid Arrest

Katy Texas News
Posted May 15th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 15, 2018 
Ashley Lancaster

According to Constable Ted Heap’s office, a man was charged with evading arrest after jumping in a lake to avoid a warrant.

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Katy ISD: Katy and Tompkins Athletics Advance to State Championships

Katy Texas News
Posted May 14th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

May 14, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

Katy High softball and Tompkins baseball both won their matchups over the weekend and advance in their bids for a state title.

 

As the #1 ranked team in the Texas as well as #8 in the nation, the Katy High School softball team is headed towards another state playoff game for the second time in 4 years. After winning the match up with Ridge Point on Friday in the 6A regional quarter-finals double header,  the Tigers (36-1) will face Kingwood (33-9) in the semi-finals this week.

Game one against Kingwood will be on Thursday, May 17 at 6:00 pm at Katy. Game two is at Kingwood on Friday, May 18 at 6:00 pm. If a third game is needed to break a tie, it will be held immediately following game two on Friday.

No. 7 state-ranked Tompkins (25-8) baseball team, had some ups and downs over the weekend but came out on top over Westside. This is the first time the falcons have advanced to the regional quarterfinals. They will face Cy Ranch (26-6-2), whom they fell to last year.

  

The games will be played on Saturday, March 19 at Tompkins.

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Report Animal Abuse with New Task Force, Reporting Hotline in Harris County

Katy Texas News
Posted May 13th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

May 13, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

 

In an effort to improve the process of reporting abuse and save innocent animals from cruelty, Crime Stoppers of Houston and Community Partners collaborated and created a city-wide animal cruelty task-force and reporting hotline in Harris County.

 

“With over 50 law enforcement agencies in Harris County, citizens often do not know where this type of abuse can be reported.” says Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap. “The council’s goal was to make it easy for citizens to report animal cruelty and neglect to the correct agency, thereby helping animals in need as quickly as possible. This also would free up resources that were incorrectly getting the calls.”

 

This taskforce offers two ways citizens can make an animal cruelty report –

  • By calling the reporting hotline 832-927-PAWS. This new hotline will speed up response times and minimize duplication of efforts across the county. The Harris County Animal Shelter call center has committed staff resources to field calls to this number.

  • By submitting an online intake form online at www.927PAWS.org. The taskforce secured a partnership with drumBEAT Marketing and their website, www.Best4Pets.org. drumBEAT Marketing donated the time and service necessary to create this one-stop website where citizens can report animal cruelty through an online intake form and acquire information on all issues pertaining to animal welfare.

The following things can be reported to the taskforce:

  • Neglect

  • Abuse

  • Hoarding

  • Torture

  • Dog Fighting

Through education, awareness and continued collaboration, the Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce is dedicated to not only protecting the animals, but also making our city a safer environment for all.

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Katy, Texas: Mystery Roses & Champagne Left on Country Road Baffles Residents

Katy Texas News
Posted May 13th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 12, 2018

Ashley Lancaster

 

Do you know the answer? From a powerful love spell to a touching tribute, Katyites are guessing the meaning of the roses, wine, and beautiful gifts mysteriously left on a country road north of Katy.

 

 

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Katy Couple Wins Dream Wedding at Walt Disney World

Katy Texas News
Posted May 12th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 12, 2018

Katy’s Alexis Preston and Jay Patel win dream Disney wedding After Hurricane Harvey devastates home and car.

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Car Flips in Katy, Texas with Four Teens Inside

Katy Texas News
Posted May 12th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 12, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

At around 4:30 p.m., a gray sedan flipped onto its side on Katy Mills Blvd. & Katy Fort Bend Rd.   

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Katy ISD’s Dr. Hindt Resigns After Months of Relentless Cyber Attacks

Katy Texas News
Posted May 11th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

May 11, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton and Katrina Katsarelis

Superintendent announces retirement and board votes yes to pursuing litigation at last night’s meeting.

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Mother’s Day Fun in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted May 10th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 10, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

Say “Thank You” to mom by taking her to one of these events in Katy on Mother’s Day Weekend.

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Katy, Texas Homeless Encampment Cleared Out Near IH-10 amd Mason Road

Katy Texas News
Posted May 09th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

May 9, 2018  

By Ashley Lancaster  

This week, Harris County law enforcement conducted a “clean out” of the bridge near Rudy’s BBQ near Mason Road and IH-10. Local organizations are currently seeking alternatives to displacement and jail for Katy’s homeless.

 (Opening photo is of an underpass in the Houston metro area)

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EXCLUSIVE: Katy’s Frank Bielec Returns to Trading Spaces on TLC

Katy Texas News
Posted May 08th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 8, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster 

 

Frank Bielec, the wise-cracking, fan favorite cast member who starred in all eight seasons of the original series (200 – 2008), is returning to TLC’s Trading Spaces for the reboot – and with a completely different goal.

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Katy, Texas: Freebies & Discounts for Katy ISD Teachers and Nurses

Katy Texas News
Posted May 07th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 7, 2018

Ashley Lancaster

This week, local businesses are showing their love and appreciation for the teachers and nurses that sacrifice so much time to caring for others with free and discounted products and services. Check out where to get them in Katy.

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David Temple of Katy, Texas Awaits Re-Trial on Murder Charges

Katy Texas News
Posted May 06th 2018

The murder of Belinda Temple is a crime that has been looming over Katy for more than 19 years. May 3, David Temple was back in court to ask the judge for a speedy trial.

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 

May 6, 2018

Jennifer Skelton

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BREAKING: Katy ISD School Board Election Results

Katy Texas News
Posted May 05th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 5, 2018  

Katy Magazine Editors

Katy ISD has announced the results for the 2018 school board election for position 6 and 7.

 

Congratulations to Dawn Champagne and Susan Gesoff for being elected to represent Katy ISD on the Board of Trustees.

 

About Susan Gesoff (Position 6)

Susan won the position with 3,324 votes versus 2,182 for Scott Martin.

Susan Gesoff is married to husband Glen and they have lived in Katy for 13 years. The couple has three daughters Katie 24, Carly 21, and Kelly 18, who all graduated from Seven Lakes High. Susan is a former Katy ISD teacher (2006-2012) who has also volunteered in her children’s schools and with the theatre and choir booster clubs at Beckendorff Junior High and Seven Lakes High. She also volunteers with the National Charity League. She currently works as an Engineer at BP.

About Dawn Champagne (Position 7)

Dawn Champagne won the position with 3,025 votes versus 2,629 for Don Massey.

Dawn, her husband, Brett, and three children have lived in Katy for 17 years, currently residing in Kelliwood. Their three children attend and/or graduated from Taylor High School. Dawn has volunteered in Katy ISD  for over a decade at the school and district level. She also volunteers at her church, St. Peter’s UMC, and other organizations. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Houston with a Consumer Science Degree and also holds a Masters of Business Administration from University of Houston.

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BREAKING: City of Katy Council Election Results

Katy Texas News
Posted May 05th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS    
May 5, 2018  

By Katy Magazine Editors 

 

City of Katy council has announced the results for the 2018 council elections for Ward A, Ward B and At-Large positions.

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Katy ISD’s Bryant Elementary Creates Kindness Challenges for Students

Katy Texas News
Posted May 05th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 5, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

Third through fifth grade members of the Kindness Crew are on a mission to spread joy and friendship to every student at Bryant Elementary through easy, fun, and uplifting weekly challenges.

Once a month, students from third, fourth, and fifth grade meet with the school counselor at Bryant Elementary to talk about what is happening in the lives of Bengals, including setbacks and successes.

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Katy ISD Announces New Director of Compliance for Special Education

Katy Texas News
Posted May 04th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 4, 2018

Ashley Lancaster

With over 8,000 special education students currently enrolled at Katy Independent School District, a familiar face will now be the new Director of Compliance for Special Education.

Gwen Coffey’s new role was formally announced to the public by the Katy ISD Board of Trustees during the monthly board meeting.

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Katy Magazine Announces 2018 Top 100 Women of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted May 03rd 2018

Here is the list of prominent, influential, inspirational, strong, and charitable women who are leading the way in Katy. (Consider yourselves all #1 because these are in ALPHABETICAL ORDER.)

 

KATY MAGAZINE  l  MAY 2018

By Katy Magazine Editors

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Wild West Brewfest Coming to Katy, TX on May 4 & 5

Katy Texas News
Posted May 03rd 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

May 3, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

Rain or shine the Katy Wild West Brewfest has become a yearly tradition in Katy. This event will feature 150+ Specialty Craft Brewers from various locations all around the country while featuring over 600 individualized craft brews!

BeerYeit.com has awarded the WWBF the “#1 event in the Country” two years in a row for both 2016 and 2017. What makes this event special and unique is that 100% of the profits are donated to local charities.

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SOLD: Land at Pin Oak & IH-10 In Katy Being Developed for Commercial Use

Katy Texas News
Posted May 03rd 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 3, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

The parcel of land left vacant for so long at the northeast corner of Pin Oak Road and IH-10 will become The Villages at Katy.

 

Eighty-four acres of land just north of IH-10 will soon become the mixed-use development, The Villages at Katy.

 

It’s proximity to the energy corridor, multiple master planned communities like Cane Island, and countless area amenities make it the ideal spot for new businesses looking to expand in West Houston. The master plan includes retail, residential, hotel, office and civic space.

More Businesses Coming to Katy

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Katy ISD Celebrates 2017/18 Employees of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted May 02nd 2018

During a memorable gathering at the Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt, along with Board of Trustees, honored the “Of the Year” employees.

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

May 2, 2018

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Katy ISD Participates in National Prescription Drug Take Back

Katy Texas News
Posted May 01st 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 

April 27, 2018 

 

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Katy ISD Groundbreaking for High School No. 9 and Junior High No. 16 in Cross Creek Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted May 01st 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

April 29, 2018  

by Jennifer Skelton  

 

The groundbreaking ceremony for High School #9 and Junior High #16, located in Cross Creek Ranch, will take place on Monday, April 30 at 11:00 a.m.

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John Paul’s Landing Park Now Open in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted May 01st 2018

KATY MAGAZINE ONLINE  

April 30, 2018

by Jennifer Skelton

 

John Paul’s Landing Park, named for Pope John Paul II, is now open in the northwest quadrant of Katy ISD on West Road between Grand Parkway and Katy Hockley Road.

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NOW OPEN: John Paul’s Landing Park, Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted April 30th 2018

John Paul’s Landing Park, named for Pope John Paul II, is now open in the northwest quadrant of Katy ISD on West Road between Grand Parkway and Katy Hockley Road.

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

April 30, 2018

by Jennifer Skelton

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Katy ISD High School #9 & Junior High #16

Katy Texas News
Posted April 29th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

April 29, 2018  

by Jennifer Skelton  

The groundbreaking ceremony for High School #9 and Junior High #16, located in Cross Creek Ranch, will take place on Monday, April 30 at 11:00 a.m.

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Cane Island to Hold Candidate Forum for City of Katy Election on 4/19

Katy Texas News
Posted April 19th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

April 18, 2018 

With just weeks to go before elections for Katy City Council, the Katy master-planned community of Cane Island will host a candidate forum on Thursday, April 19 starting at 6:30 p.m.

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Stranger Danger Alert Near Taylor High School in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted April 19th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

April 18, 2018

Katrina Katsarelis

 The Katy ISD police is warning parents and students about a recent stranger danger incident.

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Meet the Candidates: Katy ISD School Board Position 7, Dawn Champagne and Don Massey

Katy Texas News
Posted April 19th 2018

April 19, 2018  

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

Jennifer Skelton  

 

We asked position 7 Board of Trustees candidates Dawn Champagne and Don Massey some questions to help voters learn more about these Board of Trustee candidates.

 ABOUT DAWN CHAMPAGNE

Dawn, her husband, Brett, and three children have lived in Katy for 17 years, currently residing in Kelliwood. Their three children attend and/or graduated from Taylor High School. Dawn has volunteered in Katy ISD  for over a decade at the school and district level. She also volunteers at her church, St. Peter’s UMC, and other organizations. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Houston with a Consumer Science Degree and also holds a Masters of Business Administration from University of Houston.

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Katy, Texas Park to be Stocked With Catfish by Texas Parks & Wildlife

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2018

Katy Magazine News  
April 15, 2018  

Ashley Lancaster  

Starting April 20, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will travel the state restocking thousands of catfish at their “Neighborhood Fishin'” destinations. Find out where you can fish in Katy!

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Katy ISD Summer Band Camps Announced for 2018

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

April 16, 2018

Katrina Katsarelis 

 Katy ISD has compiled a great list of camps for Katy ISD students entering 7th to 12th grades. We’ve divided it up by local band camps, University  band camps, and instrument specific band camps.

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Get to Know Your Katy ISD School Board Candidates (Position 6)

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2018

April 17, 2018  

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

Jennifer Skelton  

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Cane Island Hosts Community Garage Sale on 4/14

Katy Texas News
Posted April 12th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 

 

April 10, 2018 

 

Score some great deals at Cane Island’s annual community-wide garage sale on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Cane Island will host one of the area’s biggest community-wide garage sales of the spring when driveway after driveway in the Katy master-planned community of new homes presents bargains on electronics, toys and games, sports equipment, household items and more on Saturday, April 14 from 8 a.m. – noon.

With many of the community’s residents expected to participate, Cane Island’s Community Garage Sale promises to be a great opportunity to pick up deals on unique finds and everyday items.  Shoppers can park their cars and walk from house to house or they can park conveniently in front of each driveway.

All sales are final with prices for items made at the sole discretion of each garage sale participant.  The event is rain or shine.

For a complete list of participating homes, go to www.CaneIslandLife.com.

To reach Cane Island, take the Cane Island Parkway exit off Interstate 10. Head north on Cane Island Parkway and take the roadway directly into the community of new homes.

The 2016 GHBA Community of the Year, Cane Island features traditional homes and lifestyle patio homes from the mid $200s, including those available for immediate move in, by CalAtlantic Homes, Coventry Homes, David Weekley Homes, Highland Homes, Perry Homes, Shea Homes, Taylor Morrison and Toll Brothers.

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Saudi-Based Company (SABIC) Moving U.S. Headquarters to Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted April 12th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

April 11, 2018  

Jennifer Skelton  

 

Many Katy residents noticed and were concerned about the huge police presence in the Grand Parkway/99 and Franz Rd area this past Saturday. They took to social media to attempt to find out what was going on. The answer was tied to an earlier mystery from March, that played out on social media, as well, and local news stations, when white domes were moved to an open area of land off Grand Parkway. The mystery to both questions has been solved.

Photo: HRH Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia with Secretary of Energy and former Governor Rick Perry at the SABIC event in Katy

Saudi Basic Industries Corp., the Middle East’s largest petrochemicals maker, said on Saturday that it plans to build a Katy headquarters for its operations in the Western Hemisphere, a project that would boost its Houston-area headcount from 400 to 1,000. The company plans to complete the expansion within two or three years.

On Saturday, Mohammad bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia spent the day in Katy and Houston. First stop was meeting with former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Jim Baker.

Next up, was a visit to a Habitat for Humanity neighborhood of Harold Park, where 176 homes where destroyed by Hurricane Harvey’s flooding. Aramco, a Saudi owned gas company that is headquartered in Houston, donated $3.7 million to Habitat for Humanity for Harvey relief.

Last stop was to Katy to meet guests at the event under the big white domes that now are placed off Grand Parkway and Franz Rd.

SABIC’s future location is on the land located Franz Road and Grand Parkway.

At the beginning of March, after the mysterious domes caused many a debate on social media, the company released this statement.

“The Houston area is home to SABIC’s Americas Region Head Office as well as research and innovation centers, including land we own on Franz Road. Site preparation is underway for a SABIC business event to take place in mid- to late March on the land. In recent months, we have taken steps to clear debris from the site and increase security. We have recently erected some temporary dome-like structures to create a venue for the upcoming event, and expect to keep them up for about a month.”

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STAAR Testing Glitch Affecting Katy ISD Students

Katy Texas News
Posted April 12th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE  

April 11, 2018  

A technical issue, shortly after the STAAR test began on Tuesday, kicked out many students across the state including Katy ISD.

The delay in service persisted for about 20 minutes, the TEA said.

“We believe no student information was lost during this time. We are still collecting data on the issue – there were about 1,000 school systems statewide that had a least one student who experienced the disruption,” said DeEtta Culbertson, with the Texas Education Agency.

More than 1,200 school systems were testing at the time, she said.

Katy ISD released the following statement Wednesday afternoon.

Dear Katy ISD Parents/Guardians,

As you may be aware, STAAR testing began yesterday across the state of Texas including at all our Katy ISD campuses.  Unfortunately, soon after the test administration began, the Educational Testing Services (ETS), which is the state’s vendor for the STAAR exams, reported that a state-wide disruption to its server had caused multiple outages to its online system.  These outages impacted students taking grades 5 and 8 reading, grades 4 and 7 writing, and English I.  As a result, many students were inadvertently kicked out of the testing session and/or were unable to log back into the ETS system.

In addition, some students experienced the assessment “freezing” and had to temporarily log off and log back into the system. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and ETS were immediately notified of these disruptions. Students impacted by the outages were allowed to have missed time added back to their time limit.

Katy ISD is not currently aware of any students losing their responses.  However, we are working with the TEA and ETS and will be reviewing any testing trends once results are released to the district.

Thank you for your support and patience as we continue to monitor this situation which has impacted districts across the state.  We will update our parents with any additional information that comes to our attention.

Katy ISD

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CrimeStoppers Houston to Host Human Trafficking Awareness Event in Katy on 4/25

Katy Texas News
Posted April 12th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 

April 12, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

Katy area citizens over the age of 18 are invited to join Crime Stoppers of Houston for a free presentation that will shed light on the victims of human trafficking, profile traffickers, and explain how to report and prevent abuse.

 

According to DoSomething.Org, the average age of children who enter the sex trade are between 12 and 14 years old.

“Human trafficking is a reality that many people come face to face with every day, in fact there are an estimated 313,000 human trafficking victims in Texas alone. Education and awareness are paramount to protecting yourself and your families. We hope many parents across the city will join us on April 25 as we shine a light on the second largest criminal industry that is strategically targeting young people. Exploiters can be anyone and they have various methods of recruitment and control tactics,” says Crime Stoppers of Houston Marketing Director, Tania Cruz.

The free presentation is 45-minutes long and will bring human trafficking out of the shadows, educate the public, and prevent children and families from being victimized in the future.

WHEN:

Wednesday, April 25 from 7 – 8 p.m.

WHERE:

Legacy Stadium

1830 Katyland Dr., Katy, TX 77493

To learn more, visit crime-stoppers.org.

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Katy ISD’s Teddy Cops Program Brings Happiness to Special Needs Children

Katy Texas News
Posted April 09th 2018

Katy ISD’s Teddy Cop program needs our help to finish out the year with every special needs child having their own Teddy Cop.

 

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

April 6, 2018

by Jennifer Skelton

Officer Luis Santiago founded the Teddy Cop program in Katy ISD in 2016 and runs the program. The bears (buddies) are purchased from Build-a-Bear with their unique outfit matching our local Katy ISD Police’s uniform. Katy ISD has 36 elementary schools with a special needs program totaling over 1,000 students.

The Teddy Bears, along with the interaction between the officer and the child, builds a trusting relationship as well as building rapport with the parents. Officer Santiago selflessly gives of his time fundraising and interacting with the children but as you can see by the smile on his face, these children give much more to his heart than he could ever give to them. He has a love for people and the children that have helped this program grow and succeed. 

Less than 150 bears (at 4 elementary schools) are left to reach the goal of every elementary special needs child in Katy ISD having their own Teddy Cop.

Donations come from many different businesses, Katy ISD school PTA’s and individual contributors. Teddy Cops is so close to its goal this school year. Click here to make a donation for Teddy Cops to reach each special needs child this year. Donations can also be made to any Katy elementary school as well as Build A Bear at Katy Mills Mall.

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UPDATE: Action Steps Taken by USPS Pin Oak Annex After Recent Article

Katy Texas News
Posted April 09th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 

April 6, 2018

Ashley Lancaster

 

In response to Katy Magazine’s article published on March 31, 2018 in regards to mail loss, customer complaints, and unsatisfactory service at the Katy Pin Oak Mail Annex, Postmaster Terri Taylor responded with a letter detailing their plan to improve service and efficiency at this location.

The following is the response we received from Terri Taylor, Postmaster, Katy Main Post Office:

 

April 06, 2018

Katy Magazine News Editor

605 A Park Grove Dr. Katy, TX 77450

“Dear Editor,

This letter responds to a recent article, regarding reports of unsatisfactory customer service and other issues at the Katy Annex Post Office. We value our customers and appreciate the opportunity to provide some additional information.

The Postal Service strives to provide excellent service. We are disappointed whenever we discover we’ve fallen short of that goal, and it appears that has happened in Katy, TX. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience  experienced by our customers. Whenever the Postal Service becomes aware of unsatisfactory service or issues, we take steps to resolve them as quickly as possible. (CONTINUED)

 

Local management is committed to addressing the specific issues brought to our attention in the editorial and we continue to work with our customers to resolve their concerns. Some specific actions we are taking immediately in Katy include: ensuring phone calls to the Katy Annex are answered promptly; deploying additional resources to ensure all mailbox keys needed by customers are provided as soon as possible; and working to make improvements in our national 1-800-ASK-USPS  number and handling of concerns directed by phone or online at usps.com.

In addition, proactive steps are being taken now to reinforce the importance of providing prompt, professional, and courteous interactions with all customers.  Refresher training is being given to managers, supervisors, and all employees at the Katy Annex, to ensure customers who visit this location – or with whom we communicate via phone – are served in a professional manner.  We contine to monitor the growth in the city, and in the mail volume, to ensure all deliveries are current, accurate and timely.

 

The Postal Service continually develops innovative ways to improve our service. One offering that may be of interest to your readers is Informed Delivery.  This free and optional notification service gives residential consumers the ability to digitally preview their letter-sized mailpieces and manage their packages scheduled to arrive soon. Sign-up is easy at: https://informeddelivery.usps.com.

 

The core mission of the Postal Service is to provide prompt, reliable, and efficient service to all communities we serve.  We appreciate being made aware of issues and will work as hard as we can to make improvements.  Thank you again for the opportunity to share this information with your readers.

Sincerely,

Terri Taylor

Postmaster, Katy Main Post Office

Email:  Terri.T.Taylor@usps.gov”

READ THE ORIGINAL STORY HERE 

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Katy ISD to Hold Teacher Job Fair on April 21

Katy Texas News
Posted April 09th 2018

Preparations for the Katy ISD 2018 Teacher Fair are underway. Administrators from all Katy ISD campuses will be available to talk to educators who aspire to become part of this growing school district.

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

April 8, 2018

“Some of the best teachers from across the country can be found at Katy ISD,” says Human Resources Coordinator Katye Shields.  “Providing quality education to students begins with valuing the role of an educator.  Our district is looking for teachers who not only inspire students in a classroom, they mold them into future legacies.”

Each year, Katy ISD enrolls close to 2,000 additional students and it’s expected to open up several schools in the coming years.  No pre-registration or fee is required.  Participants must show proof of certification and it is recommended that participants complete an application on the Katy ISD website in advance. Click here.

What:           Katy ISD invites new interested individuals as well as current district employees                       to attend the 2018 Teacher Fair.

Where:        Leonard E. Merrell Center

                    6301 South Stadium Lane

                    Katy, TX  77494

When:         Saturday, April 21, 2018

                    Elementary Campuses:  8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

                    Junior High & High School Campuses:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Job Fair is only open to teachers. If you would like to apply for current openings at Katy ISD, visit their website to apply now. Current openings include bus driver, food service, maintenance, Asst. Principal, Aides, and Clerical. For current openings, click here.

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Katy’s Jamie Wolman Wins Leadership Award from Keep Texas Beautiful

Katy Texas News
Posted April 05th 2018
Wolman Elementary namesake, retired Katy ISD educator, and dedicated member of Keep Katy Beautiful (KKB), was given the Keep Texas Beautiful 2018 Leadership Award.
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Opening photo by Katy Magazine
Inset photo courtesy of City of Katy
Wolman is the worthy recipient of the 2018 Keep Texas Beautiful Leadership Award. She serves as secretary on the board of directors for KKB, which partners with other groups in Katy to promote a clean, litter free community, educate citizens about recycling, landscaping, tree planting and maintenance, as well as waste reduction.
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This is, “A once-in-a-lifetime distinction award for a person who provides leadership in the areas of improving and enhancing the Texas environment,” according to the Keep Texas Beautiful website.
“Jamie has been instrumental in countless projects for KKB, where she has served for 23 years, she has also served on the board of directors for Keep Texas Beautiful for over 20 years. She is proactive in enhancing the quality of life for all members of the Katy community, and her heart for volunteerism goes above and beyond. Jamie embodies all that KKB and KTB stand for, ” says Jess Marshburn, tourism and marketing assistant for the City of Katy.
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Along with the rest of the volunteers and staff at KKB, she attended a special presentation to the City Council last week, which celebrated KKB’s Governor’s Community Achievement Award for Keep Texas Beautiful.
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The group took home first place in their category for communities with a population between 15,001 and 25,000 residents, and was awarded 180,000.

 

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Mail Loss, Delays, and Customer Service Complaints at Katy Texas Pin Oak Mail Annex

Katy Texas News
Posted April 03rd 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 
 

March 31, 2018  
 

Katy Magazine Editors
 

After multiple reports of unsatisfactory service and mail delivery at the Katy Pin Oak Mail Annex for USPS, Katy Magazine reached out for answers and basically got nowhere. What can Katy postal customers do?

 

The Katy Pin Oak Annex, located at 1331 Pin Oak Road, has received numerous community complaints from residents in reviews and all over social media. The majority of complaints are lost, undelivered, incorrectly delivered, difficulty of getting mailbox keys, extremely delayed mail, hang ups or no answers at the facility, and a lack of customer service primarily at the Katy Annex location.

 We noticed an extensive amount of posts and complaints on social media describing numerous unpleasant encounters, bad customer service, and lost/delayed mail reports from Katy residents and decided to make some calls, and the results were…frustrating.

REVIEWS AND COMPLAINTS

On Google Reviews, the Katy Annex has a rating of 1.3 with approximately 130 one-star reviews out of 142 total reviews.  Katy Magazine also received all negative complaints when we posed the question on social media.

Just tried to pick up a mailbox key for a new house. First time I was there, they said the key is not ready and ask me to come back again in 2-3 weeks. I called a week later to check on the status, the staff answered the phone not even familiar to the name community. After I clarified the name of the community, she told me the key is not available without even ask my address!…” R. C.

Keep losing our packages, or they are delivered to the wrong mailbox in our subdivision. My mailman only delivers every few days at this point. S. V.

Worst customer service I have ever experienced in my life. I called this post office today to get a few details to resolve a situation with my mail. The “supervisor” I was dealing with on the phone said his name was “Paul”, although I highly doubt that is his real name. When the conversation turned south between “Paul” and I, I asked him to speak to his boss. He told me it was not necessary and refused to give me any phone number or email address to anyone that is his superior. He then proceeded to hang up in my face, and then ignore the next two calls I tried to make! . J. J.

Worst Customer service i have ever received, While waiting, i witnessed a lady ask to speak to the supervisor, Mrs. Twitty, Not sure of spelling because she had previously ignored her calls and hung up on her. The supervisor decided it was a good idea to IGNORE the lady who requested to speak with her and she didnt not even leave her office to come address the situation. Extremely terrible way to handle a customer service issue. If this was a Private owned business she would be fired immediately. R. F.

KATY MAGAZINE ATTEMPTS TO REACH A REPRESENTATIVE FOR COMMENT

On Monday, Katy Magazine editors took some time exploring options on the best way to contact the Postmaster General to file a complaint or ask for assistance.

By Location Phone

When we called the number provided on their site, the phone rang 20+ and was disconnected with no option to leave a voicemail. Couldn’t even get them to pick up the phone.

By Hotline/Customer Service Line

We called 1-800-ASK-USPS, and there is no option available to file a complaint or speak to customer service. When we looked online, complaints on mail delivery are routed back to the customer service page (below).

Via Email

Next, we sent a message  through the USPS “Email Us” option – requesting a call back from the postmaster/manager to offer feedback on possible causes and creative solutions to the problem.

UNPROFESSIONAL RESPONSE RECEIVED ON TUESDAY
On Tuesday, we finally received a call from a representative claiming to be from the Katy Annex. The caller ID said USPS.  When questioned about the various complaints and difficulty reaching anyone, the representative declined to comment further and refused to give her name. The representative also refused to give us another name or contact info for the Postmaster or any other supervisor.

REACHED OUT TO HOUSTON CONSUMER AFFAIRS

After more research, we dug up the name of a Houston Consumer Affairs representative and left  a message on Thursday, March 29.

PHONE CALL WITH USPS MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST, NIKKI JOHNSON

On Friday, March 30, 2018, an editor poke to the Strategic Communications Specialist Gulf Atlantic/Houston Districts, Nikki Johnson.

Ms. Johnson informed Katy Magazine on March 30 at 12:30 p.m. that a response would be issued as soon as possible addressing the concerns of residents who use the Katy Pin Oak Annex as their primary postal location. In the phone interview, we were also told that the District Manager for Houston would be notified.

UPDATED 3/31 at 8:56 AM:

STATEMENT FROM USPS REPRESENTATIVE NIKKI JOHNSON RECEIVED

“The Postal Service strives to always provide the best possible service to our valued customers. We apologize for any unsatisfactory service that may have been experienced by customers served by the Katy Annex PO. In this specific case, local management is committed to making improvements in service, including improving communications, and ensuring that all customer interactions are positive and professional. We will continue to work with customers to ensure every effort is being made to meet or exceed their expectations. We appreciate our customers’ patience as we continue to successfully resolve their concerns. Customers are reminded that, if they need assistance, they can also contact our national Customer Care Center by calling 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) or they can visit our website at www.usps.com/help”  Nikki Johnson, Strategic Communications Specialist Gulf Atlantic/Houston Districts

Katy residents can also contact the Postmaster General by mail. Here are a few tips on how to effectively send a letter to the Postmaster General at the U.S. Postal Service Consumer Advocate Office, Megan J. Brennan:

CONTACTING THE POSTMASTER GENERAL

Address:

United States Postal Service

Office of the Consumer Advocate

475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, D.C. 20260-2200

Salutation/Correspondence:

The proper way to begin the letter is:

“To The Honorable Megan J. Brennan,

Dear Madam Postmaster General,”

Body Text:

The more detailed the description of the problem, the better. Mailing/delivery complaints are less likely to reach the office of the Postmaster General themselves.

MORE IDEAS FOR SPEEDING UP MAIL DELIVERY

 Informed Delivery:

“I discovered Informed Delivery by USPS from other Army families….I get an email every morning with scanned pictures of what mail is expected to be delivered that day. It might help with at least figuring out where the hold-ups are in the process,” Katy resident, N. H.

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Katy ISD Communications Department Takes Home 14 Honors at State Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted April 03rd 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

 

April 2, 2018 

 

The Katy Independent School District was well represented during the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) 56th Annual Conference. The Communications Department took home 14 star awards for their outstanding work in communication, branding and school public relations.  Katy ISD competed against 1,331 other entries from several school districts in the region and won five gold, five silver and four bronze recognitions.

 

“Our Communications Department does an outstanding job keeping our parents and community informed and up to date on District initiatives, activities and programs,” said Dr. Lance Hindt, superintendent of schools.  “They represent the needs and voice of our school community in this day of instant communication.  Their collaborative efforts with campuses, departments and administration ensures that the information most important to our community is being shared and discussed across multiple platforms,” added Hindt.

 

“Every day, the experience, passion and enormous creativity of our team ensures there are opportunities for our community to learn about student and staff accomplishments, as well as engage in decision-making processes impacting our students,” said Dr. Andrea Grooms, Chief Communications Officer.  “These recognitions affirm our commitment to ongoing and transparent communication with Katy ISD stakeholders,” added Grooms.

The recognitions include:

Gold Star:

  1. 2017 Student Excellence Event Program

  2. Stockdick Junior High Branding

  3. Bryant Elementary Logo

  4. Welcome Home Dr. Hindt Convocation Video

  5. Katy ISD Update – January 2017

Silver Star:

  1. 2017 of the Year Program

  2. Bethke Elementary Dedication Program

  3. Cast Away Video Script

  4. Heigh Ho Video Script

  5. State of the District Prezi

 

Bronze Star:

  1. Superintendent Keynote Speech at Katy Chamber of Commerce, Teacher of the Year Celebration

  2. Jenks Dedication Program

  3. K9 Officers Marcel and Juno Video

  4. Superintendent’s Message – April 2017

Every day the Katy ISD Communications Department works to disseminate information to over 77,000+ students, their parents, community members and other stakeholders across the Katy community.

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Katy ISD Investigates After Junior High Student is Approached at a Bus Stop

Katy Texas News
Posted April 03rd 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

 

April 2, 2018

According to one Katy-area teen, a man approached her at a bus stop near Memorial Parkway Elementary on Thursday at around 6:40 in the morning.

 

The Memorial Parkway Junior High student was standing at the 21300 block of Park Brook when she said that a man in a dark-colored pick up truck rolled down his window and said, “Hey, it’s chilly outside. I have a jacket inside the truck if you want to get in.” At that point, she ran away.

No other details were provided about the man or the truck.

Katy Magazine reached out to the district communications department as well as the Katy ISD Police department for an update on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

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Kids Night at Citizens for Animal Protection in Katy Tonight, 3/30

Katy Texas News
Posted March 30th 2018

Looking for the purrfect date night? Drop off your elementary age children (6 years+) for a night of animal themed fun & games!

 

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

March 30, 2018  

 

 

The CAP staff and volunteers provide activities and entertainment on March 30 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, while you enjoy a three hour well deserved night off!

The cost is a $15 donation per child. We’ve even got dinner covered with donation by Papa John’s!    No reservation required.

Citizens for Animal Protection, CAP, strives to encourage the curiosity, optimism and exuberance of children — traits often found in our furry pups and kittens! Help your child discover the joy and wonder of befriending animal companions while in the company of other kids that share their natural love of pets. All proceeds raised benefit the many homeless pets cared for at the CAP Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center.

 

FEATURED ANIMAL ABOVE

Animal ID: 38089896

Breed: Retriever, Labrador/Cur, Black-Mouth

Age: 6 months 12 days

Gender: Female

Size: Medium

Color: Tan/White

Location: Doggie Domain

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Free Prom Dress Event for Katy ISD Girls

Katy Texas News
Posted March 30th 2018

Free prom dress event for all Katy ISD girls on Thursday, March 29th at Cinco Rach High School from 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm.

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

March 28, 2018  

Prom season is upon up and with seven high schools, Katy has hundreds of girls out shopping for the perfect dress.  Prom can be an expensive event and one Katy group is hoping to help parents and teenagers by giving away FREE Prom dresses.

Kim Noska and Jennifer Skelton each began receiving donated formal dresses after Hurricane Harvey devastated much of Katy. Their goal was to make sure that no girl had to miss her homecoming due to finances. During this process, Noska and Skelton joined forces eventually receiving over 1,500 dresses, plus shoes and accessories, as well as some men’s wear.

 In the fall, over 500 Katy ISD girls wore dresses to Homecoming from this effort. The group received over 300 dresses that would be more suited for Prom so the women decided to save the dresses and offer them in the spring.

All of the dresses are in excellent condition and in fact, many have never been worn and still have the tags attached.

This one time event, on Thursday, March 29th from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm at Cinco Ranch High School is open to ALL Katy ISD students.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Skelton.

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Memorial Benefit for Jordan Muesse of Katy, Texas on Saturday, 3/31

Katy Texas News
Posted March 30th 2018

A memorial benefit to honor Jordan Muesse is being held this Saturday, 3/31/18, 11am-4pm, at Seven Lakes High School.

 KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

March 30, 2018  

by Jennifer Skelton  

Jordan Muesse, was tragically killed in a work-related accident on January 30, 2018. He was a 25-year old, graduate of Seven Lakes High School and was a life-long resident of Katy.

Jordan was general manager and co-owner of Premier Offroad and Performance in Katy Texas, where he used his artistic ability which surfaced early in life and applied it to designing trucks/car modifications/customizations, for which he won several awards.

His childhood sweetheart and wife, Chelsea Muesse, discovered shortly after Jordan’s death that she was pregnant. She is expecting identical twins (due October 2018; arriving September 2018). “He truly was (an amazing man) and it’s amazing at how many lives he has touched through our story”, says Chelsea.

A memorial benefit held in Jordan’s honor/memory this Saturday, 3/31/18, 11am-4pm, at Seven Lakes High School (their alma mater; Class of 2011). This has been organized by the custom truck/car community in the greater Houston area.

Benefit will include…

*a truck/car show, which is open to all participants

*food, drinks

*bounce house for kids

*raffle

*Memorial t-shirts and decals will be sold

*music

Click here for benefit details ; please take note of the specific designated use of the parking areas at SLHS.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help Chelsea and her twins. Click here.

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Katy Teen Kills Woman During High-Speed Police Chase at Highway 6

Katy Texas News
Posted March 26th 2018

Chidi Onunkwo, 17, led police on a high speed chase Saturday morning, ending when he struck a Nissan driven by Adorn Strambler, 60.

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 

March 25, 2018

Jennifer Skelton 

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

March 25, 2018

by Jennifer Skelton

Police in Rosenburg attempted to stop the 2012 red Ford mustang around 6:00 am for a traffic violation. Chidi Onunkwo, sped off and led police on a high-speed chase. The mustang had been reported stolen earlier Saturday morning after a carjacking in Houston.

After running several red lights and reaching speeds of 83mph, the mustang hit a Nissan driven at the intersection of Shiller and State Highway 6. Onunkwo fled the scene but was caught by police and taken to the hospital for his injuries.

 Adorn Strambler, who was driving the Nissan, was killed. She was a 26-year employee of the City of Houston in the paralegal department.

Chidi Onunkwo was formally charged with murder on Sunday where his bond was set at $250,0000. His next court appearance is Tuesday, March 27th.

Onunkwo lists his address at the Waterstone Apartments in Cinco Ranch. Although he is of school age, we are unsure if he is a current Katy ISD student.

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Easter Services and Events in Katy, Texas 2018

Katy Texas News
Posted March 22nd 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

March 22, 2018

Ashley Lancaster

A list of Easter services, family events, and more in Katy, Texas.

Easter Services

Kingsland Baptist Church 
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Central Campus
20555 Kingsland Blvd.

3, 5, & 7 p.m., 6:30 Spanish Service

Sunday, April 1, 2018
Central Campus
20555 Kingsland Blvd.

8, 9, & 11 a.m.

North Katy Campus
4535 E. Ventana Pkwy.
9:30 a.m.

Bear Creek Baptist Church
5901 N. Fry Rd.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
6 p.m.

Sunday, April 1, 2018
8:15, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m.

BridgePoint Bible Church 

2700 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N., Houston

Friday, March 30, 2018, Good Friday Service @ 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 1, 2018 , 9 & 10:45 a.m.

Central Baptist Church 
2855 Greenhouse Rd., Houston

Friday, March 30, 2018, Good Friday service @ 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 31, 2018 , 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Sunday, April 1, 2018 , 9 & 11 a.m.

Easter program and service.

Crosspoint Community Church
700 Westgreen Blvd.

Friday, March 30, 2018, Good Friday service @ 6 – 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 31, 2018 , 6 – 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 1, 2018 , @ 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Current Christian Church
26600 Westheimer Pkwy.

Friday, March 30, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 31, 2018 , 4 p.m.

Sunday, April 1, 2018 , 9:30 & 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

The Fellowship

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Cinco Ranch Campus

22765 Westheimer Pkwy.
8, 9:15, & 10:45 a.m.

Katy Main Street Campus
Sunday, April 1, 2018
1350 Main St.

9:20 & 10:45 a.m.

Katy’s First Baptist Church 
Sunday, April 1, 2018
600 Pin Oak Rd.

9:30 & 10:45 a.m.

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Sunday, April 1, 2018
22101 Morton Ranch Rd.
10:30 a.m.

Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Original Campus
2655 S. Mason Rd.

7 a.m. Sunrise Service, 8:45 & 10:45 a.m. traditional service.

Sunday, April 1, 2018
North Campus
19407 Park Row, Ste. 180, Houston
9 & 10:45 a.m.

Holy Covenant United Methodist Church
Sunday, April 1, 2018
22111 Morton Ranch Rd.
7 a.m. Sunrise service, 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. traditional service

 

Parkway Fellowship

Westpark Campus
27043 FM 1093 Rd.

Saturday, March 31 @ 4:30 & 5:45 p.m.
Sunday, April 1 @ 7:45, 9, 10:15, and 11:30 a.m.

North Campus
Raines High School at Rhodes Stadium

Sunday, April 1, 2018 9, 10:15, and 11:30 a.m.


Second Baptist Church  

West Campus

19449 Katy Fwy., Houston

Friday, March 30 @ 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 31 @ 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, April  @ 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Easter Bunny Pictures

Cane Island
2100 Cane Island Pkwy.

Saturday, March 31, 2018 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Hop in for a picture and crafts with the Easter Bunny in the conservatory! The easter bunny will also hand out easter eggs to the children.  This event is for Cane Island Residents only.

Katy Mills Mall
5000 Katy Mills Cir.

Neighborhood 6 in front of American Eagle

Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, April 1, 2018, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Easter Weekend Fun & Events

Easter Egg-stravaganza
Blessington Farms

510 Chisolm Trail, Simonton

Saturday – Sunday, March 24 – 25, 2018

Saturday – Sunday, March 30 – 31, 2018
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

A continuous egg hunt throughout the day, photos with the Easter Bunny, Easter game and strawberry picking.

Chick-fil-A Preschool Playhouse: Easter Party

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Chick-fil-A Cinco Ranch

23860 Westheimer Pkwy.

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Chick-fil-A Mason Road

369 S. Mason Rd.

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Celebrate Easter with us by decorating a salt dough Easter ornament. Enjoy sparkle dough, singing, dancing, Easter stories and more.

Chick-fil-A Family Night : Easter Fun

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Chick-fil-A Cinco Ranch
23860 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Chick-fil-A Mason Road
369 S. Mason Rd.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Join them in celebrating Easter by making a colorful paper egg and sampling our New Seasonal Frosted Sunrise. Plus, complimentary balloon animals and face painting by Sweet Honey the Clown.

Easter Egg-Stravaganza at St. Peter’s UMC

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
20775 Kingsland Blvd.

5 – 7 p.m.

They will have food trucks, face painting, and Stations of the Cross coloring posters throughout the entirety of the event. At 6 p.m. we will gather in the Sanctuary to hear the Easter story and have a brief time of worship. At 6:20 p.m. they will break into age groups for Easter Egg hunts. We will also have beeping eggs for visually impaired children.

Community Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Diane Winborn Elementary
9 a.m.

Join Holy Covenant UMC for an Easter party and egg hunt with games, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and more.

Family Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Mark A. Chapman YMCA at Katy Main Street
1350 Main St.

There will be Easter bag decorating, popcorn and even a visit from the Easter Bunny! Registration for the event begins at 9:30 am, with the first Easter egg hunt starting at 10:30 am. This event is open to all members of the community.

Journey to the Cross Family Walk-Through & Lord’s Supper
Friday, March 30, 2018

Kingsland Baptist Church
20555 Kingsland Blvd.

5 – 8 p.m.

This brief, hands-on journey is for Preschool and Children’s families to gain a better understanding of the events that led up to Jesus’ultimate sacrifice. Interactive stations will encourage discussion and participation for the entire family. The Lord’s Supper is a come-and-go,powerful way to remember the sacrifice that Jesus offered for us on the cross. Personal Lord’s Supper guides will be provided to walk you through this intimate time of reflection personally or with your family.

Baskets & Bunnies
Katy City Park
5720 Franz Rd.

 

Bring your families out to celebrate Easter during Baskets and Bunnies at Katy City Park! Kids can enjoy bounce houses, animals at the petting zoo and crafts while they wait to visit and have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny!

Easter Egg Hunt

Nelson Water Gardens
1502 Katy Fort Bend Rd.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

9 -11 a.m.

Open for kids of all ages. Bring a basket and hunt for eggs and prizes. Lots of chances to win shopping sprees at Nelson’s and other stuff.

Journey Across Asia
Central Green Park

23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Saturday, March 31, 2018
1 – 3 p.m.

An amazing cultural experience as Dance of Asian America  takes you on a Journey across Asia exploring various countries through dance and movement.  Don’t miss this fun event for the whole family!  Picnic and lawn chairs welcome.

Sunday Brunch Buffet
Drix Restaurant & Lounge
1850 S. Mason Rd.

10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Reserve your table now for our famous Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet.  In addition to regular buffet items, we will be adding holiday favorites like baked ham, deviled eggs, shrimp cocktail and more. The price per adult is $16 and don’t forget to ask about our mimosa specials. Kids 4 and under eat free.

Free Kids Meal
PDQ Cinco Ranch
23703 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Hop to it and get a free kids mean with the purchase of any meals, bowl, or salad on Easter Sunday.

?Easter Service &  Free Community Party
Crosspoint Community Church
700 Westgreen Blvd.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Revel in the moment in history when hope was fulfilled and every heart offered the comfort of knowing Jesus was, in fact, exactly who he said he was. We will celebrate after second service with a free family carnival that will include bounce houses, music, food, balloon artist, face painters and more.

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Dead Cats Found in Katy Area Home, Launches Animal Cruelty Investigation

Katy Texas News
Posted March 22nd 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

March 21, 2018

Harris County Constables Office Precinct 5 Public information Officer

As part of the new Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce, deputies in Precinct 5 rescued seven pet cats and launched a criminal investigation into the remains of three others discovered inside an abandoned Bear Creek home.

Precinct 5 deputies were called on Monday by a neighbor who saw one of the carcasses through a window and noticed a foul odor coming from the home in the 15600 block of Fern Basin.

Sgt. Charles Jantzen, who heads up Precinct 5’s Animal Crimes Unit and the new Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce, coordinated the safe removal of seven severely malnourished cats. The home’s interior was covered in urine, feces and, in one room, the skeletal remains of another cat.

The results of Sgt. Jantzen’s investigation will be turned over to the Harris County District Attorney’s office to determine whether criminal charges will be filed.The surviving cats are being evaluated by a veterinarian. The Houston Humane Society will take over the recovery process while awaiting a court hearing on their legal custody.

Precinct 5 encourages anyone who suspects animal cruelty to report it to the new Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce at 927paws.org or 832-927-PAWS.

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Katy ISD Announces Proposed Name for Elementary #41

Katy Texas News
Posted March 22nd 2018
 KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

 March 21, 2018

The new elementary will be located in the Cross Creek Ranch subdivision and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.

The Katy ISD School Naming Selection Committee presented their recommendation for the naming of Elementary #41 at the Board of Trustees Work Study Meeting this week.

The school is proposed to be named after retired educator Amy Campbell. This campus, located at 3701 Cross Creek Bend Lane in Fulshear, TX.

The public forum will take place today, Wednesday, March 21 at 6 p.m. in the Katy ISD Board Room, located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane. Community members are invited to participate in this forum and provide input regarding the proposed names.

After the forum, the Katy ISD School Naming Committee will reconvene to review input and provide their final recommendation to the Katy ISD Board of Trustees at their regular meeting on Monday, March 26.

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Remembering Tompkins High School Student, Caleb Lane

Katy Texas News
Posted March 22nd 2018

Caleb “Dees” Lane, a freshman at Tompkins High student, was killed while on Spring Break in Provo, Utah.

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

March 22, 2018  

by Jennifer Skelton  

 

Caleb and his family moved to Katy in 2016. They were originally from Utah.

Caleb was home visiting family during Spring Break, when he was hit by a car on Friday, March 16th. After the doctors determined that Caleb no longer had brainstem activity, the family made the selfless decision to donate various organs to save others. Caleb was able to  gift his liver, a kidney and pancreas, and a single kidney to three strangers. He gave his corneas and the gift of sight to two individuals. He also gave tissue to research studies.

According to the beautiful tribute page created to honor Caleb, he loved math, physics and engineering. He loved it so much that the last three summers he attended UVU prep, where he was able to study the subjects further.

 Caleb was a kind and giving soul. In his short time in Katy, he made an impact on those that knew him. So much so that on Wednesday, March 21st, students wore blue to school in his honor.

Caleb leaves behind a sister, Hannah, and parents Kim and Jason, all of Katy.

Caleb’s memorial service will be held Friday, March 23, 2018 at 4 PM at the Provo Rec Center in Provo, Utah.

To read more about Caleb’s life, visit the page created in his honor. (Click here)

Friends and family started a GoFund Me to help the family with expenses. Click here.

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Katy, Texas: Massive Recall Issue for Popular Baby Teether and Pacifier

Katy Texas News
Posted March 19th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS  

March 16, 2018  

 

A massive recall is in effect for pacifier and teether holders because national safety experts say the product pose choking hazards.

The recall was issued Thursday night. The name of the product is called Dr. Brown’s Lovey pacifier & teether holders.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a snap can detach from the pacifier’s ribbon, posing a choking hazard for young children.

RECALL DETAILS

This recall involves Dr. Brown’s Lovey pacifier & teether holders. The holders were sold in eight styles:

Giraffe

Zebra

Turtle

Reindeer (Special Holiday Edition)

Frog (Special Holiday Edition)

Spring Bunny (Special Holiday Edition)

Deer

Bunny

Only holders with the following lot codes are included in this recall: RICH0615; RICH0715; RICH0815; RICH1215; RICH0516; RICH0616; RICH0716; RICH1116; RICH1016; RICH0916; RICH1216; RICH0317; RICH0417; RICH0517; RICH0617; RICH0717; RICH0817; RICH0917. The lot codes are printed on the tag attached to the holder.

Consumers can confirm lot codes included in the recall at www.drbrownsbaby.com/recall-lovey.

 

WHAT TO DO

Consumers should immediately take the recalled holders away from young children and contact Handi-Craft for further instructions to receive a replacement product or comparable merchandise of equal or lesser value.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES

The firm has received a total of 67 reports of the ribbon fraying and the snap detaching. No injuries have reported.

 SOLD AT

Bed Bath & Beyond

H-E-B Grocery

K-Mart

Target

Toys ‘R Us/Babies ‘R Us

Wal-Mart

Various stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from August 2015 to March 2018 for about $10

CONSUMERS MAY CONTACT

Handi-Craft toll-free at 833-224-7674 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at http://www.drbrownsbaby.com/ and click on Recall Information for more information.

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UHV Katy Campus Online Degree Program Ranked 17 Nationally

Katy Texas News
Posted March 19th 2018

The Online Psychology Degrees national website recently recognized one of the University of Houston-Victoria’s graduate special education programs as among the best in the nation.

 

Katy Magazine News  

March 18, 2018  

The UHV School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development’s Master of Education in Special Education with an applied behavior analysis concentration was ranked 17th nationally in the website’s 2018 Top 30 Master’s in Behavioral Analysis Online list. The applied behavior analysis concentration is one of three options UHV students pursuing a master’s in special education can study.

When choosing programs for the ranking, the website considered programs in applied behavior analysis, human behavior, special education and criminal justice as well as general psychology programs that offer a specialization in behavioral analysis. From there, the website considered accreditation, accessibility, job training and coursework.

The coursework for the program has been vetted by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, which means students are taking courses that will prepare them for the national certification exam to become board-certified behavior analysts.

In addition, the online accessibility offers an advantage because most of the students are professionals already working in clinics or the classroom. That means many of the students already are in a position where they can get their supervision hours at their current place of employment.

University of Houston Victoria Katy campus, located at 2002 W. Grand Pkwy, offers face-to-face programs as well as many online classes for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs.

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Katy ISD High Schools Receive 12 Nominations for Houston Tommy Tune Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted March 19th 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

March 19, 2018

Katrina Katsarelis 

 

Katy ISD high schools received 12 nominations in everything from Best Leading Actress to Best Orchestra. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on April 17.

Following are the Katy ISD schools that received nominations:

Best Leading Actress nominee:
Caylie Howard from Obra D. Tompkins High School as Fiona from Shrek The Musical

Best Supporting Actor nominee:
Ryan Kearton from Obra D. Tompkins High School as Donkey from Shrek The Musical

Best Supporting Actress nominee :
Glendaliris Torres-Greaux from Mayde Creek High School as Daniela from In The Heights

Best Featured Performer nominee:
Nick Januhowski from Obra D. Tompkins High School as Pinocchio from Shrek The Musical

Best Orchestra nominees:
Cinco Ranch High School for The Music Man

Obra D. Tompkins High School for Shrek The Musical

Best Scenic Design nominee:
Mayde Creek High School for In The Heights

Best Costume Design nominee:
Cinco Ranch High School for The Music Man

Best Lighting Design nominee:
Mayde Creek High School for In The Heights

Best Musical Direction nominees:

Mayde Creek High School for In The Heights
Obra D. Tompkins High School for Shrek The Musical

James E. Taylor High School’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was the only Katy ISD participant in the awards that did not receive any nominations. The awards are limited 45 high Houston Area high schools not all Katy ISD high schools participate.

The Tommy Tune Awards Program celebrates the educational value, artistry, and community of high school musical theatre in the Greater Houston area.

Judges are an approved panel of qualified performing arts professionals that is assembled to adjudicate the 45 high schools participating in the TTA. They have  extensive backgrounds in professional theatre and performance in the capacity of directing, choreography, acting, musical directing, design, dramaturgy, arts administration, technical theatre, arts education, theatre production, etc.

For more information on the nominees end up coming awards presentation, visit www.tuts.com.

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Reminder from HCSO for Katy, Texas & Houston Residents: Be Cautious Opening Suspicious Mail

Katy Texas News
Posted March 15th 2018

In light of the recent violence in Austin, Texas involving bombs placed inside unsolicited packages, Harris County Sheriff’s Office is urging citizens to be extra cautious when accepting and opening mail. At this time, there is no evidence or indication of danger of this kind in the Katy community.

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
March 14, 2018 

Posted by Ashley Lancaster

A Statement from HCSO

“As a matter of normal operations, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office is always monitoring local, state and national affairs when it concerns the safety of our citizens. Our department along with other local agencies, are staying vigilant with the current situation in Austin, TX as they relate to suspicious packages.

As of this time there is no indication or evidence to suggest any danger from these types of incidents is imminent within our community. If any suspicious and unsolicited packages arrive to your home, please inquire with all of your family members and ensure no one is expecting the delivery. Business owners should also check with employees for any boxes or freight that may be delivered unexpectedly.

If you encounter any suspicious packages and believe that you are in danger, STOP immediately. Do not open or move it; leave the package and call 911 immediately. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office encourages everyone: if you “see something, say something!”

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Katy, Texas Allergy & Pollen Forecast 3/12 – 3/16

Katy Texas News
Posted March 13th 2018

Spring is in the air – and by that we mean tree, grass, and ragweed pollen is coating every surface with a fine yellow dust. Here’s a look at pollen counts for the week in Katy, Texas so you can prepare. 

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
March 12, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

Pollen Levels:

High – between 9.7 and 12, strongly affects people who suffer from allergies to the pollen types of each season. Symptoms will be more severe.

 

Medium – between 4.9 and 9.6, will cause symptoms for people who suffer from allergies to the pollen types of the season.

Low – between 0 and 4.9, will effect very few individuals who suffer from allergies.

Monday – 10.4

Tree Pollen – High

Grass Pollen – High

Ragweed Pollen – Low

Tuesday – 9.7

Tree Pollen – High

Grass Pollen – High

Ragweed Pollen – Low/ None

Wednesday – 9.0

Tree Pollen – High

Grass Pollen – High

Ragweed Pollen – Low/ None

Thursday – 8.6

Tree Pollen – High

Grass Pollen – High

Ragweed Pollen – Low/ None

Friday – 9.2

Tree Pollen – High

Grass Pollen – High

Ragweed Pollen – Low/ None

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Why Katy Women Over 40 Need Annual Mammograms

Katy Texas News
Posted March 13th 2018

Turning 40 is a benchmark birthday for many women in the United States. While a pessimist might view it as a signal that their glory days are over, more and more women are optimistic about the milestone, seeing it as a kickoff into the best years of their lives. But one thing is true for all women – health needs and preventative wellness routines should begin to change at age 40.

Katy Magazine News

March 7, 2018

“For some women, they have health history or specific reasons to begin mammography before age 40.  But for the average woman who has never had a breast screening, we recommend she begin a routine annual wellness mammogram, starting at age 40,” said Dr. Stephen Rose, chief medical officer, Solis Mammography. “Simply put, women in their 40s have the most to gain from being proactive about early detection. Major studies have shown time and again that in addition to saving lives, early detection offers greater quality of life as treatment at earlier stages is less invasive and less costly.”

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Solis Mammography is expected to complete nearly 1 million procedures in 2018. Making them the nation’s largest independent provider of breast screening services. With this, Solis Mammography has some of the nation’s most comprehensive research data supporting its claim that women should begin annual mammography starting at age 40. This is in contrast to some confusing and conflicting advice from various media and non-physician-led organizations.

“While it’s true that breast cancer treatment has come a long way in recent years, this should in no way deter a woman from participating in the benefits of annual mammography,” said Solis Mammography CEO James Polfreman. “The fact is that cell growth replicates at a faster rate in younger tissue.  So, the younger you are, the more important it is to find any anomaly earlier. Research and technological advances in mammography have led to an all-time high in survival rates from breast cancer diagnosis.  This tells us we’re on the right path, and annual mammography is a key part of that success story.”

Four compelling reasons to begin annual mammograms at 40

1. The numbers. According to the American Cancer Society, 20 percent of all breast cancers are found in women under 50. If the cancer is found early, in what is known as stage zero or stage one, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100 percent. Simply stated, early detection is the closest thing to a cure, and mastectomies are no longer the first line of defense.

2. Women in their 40s have the most to gain. “Today’s high-quality screenings benefit 40-year-old women the most,” explained Dr. Rose, a radiologist with more than 25 years in the field of breast screening specialization, involved in several published national studies. “Advancements like 3-D mammography (digital breast tomosynthesis), and breast specialization have a significant impact on the quality of the mammography result. Today, we know one mammogram isn’t the same as another. It’s important to know what to look for in your provider to ensure the most accurate results.”

3. A chance for women to take charge of their health. Conflicting recommendations from some non-physician led organizations have suggested a “reasonable trade-off” to the “fear, anxiety and stress” of a “false positive” (otherwise known as a recall for additional images) is to delay annual screenings for five to 10 critical years. This advice encourages a foolhardy “Russian Roulette” approach to monitoring breast health.  It suggests no alternative to mammography; instead suggesting screenings be ignored entirely.  The studies and clinical evidence are clear.  Early detection provides women with the greatest opportunity for long-term survival and quality of life through the least invasive treatment when caught at the earliest possible stage.

4. Treatment is an option; knowledge is not. Instead of focusing on overdiagnosis as the problem, the real question at hand is overtreatment. With the advancement of medicine and less invasive treatments, women have more options for success. And in some cases, patients may opt not to treat at all, rather to monitor changes over time. These are discussions a woman can and should have with her doctor AFTER getting all the facts. Avoiding the facts is not a solution.

Pea versus walnut: Why mammograms help with early detection

Dr. Rose suggests thinking of a pea versus a walnut, when considering why early detection is so important. The average size of a lump found in a woman who gets regular annual mammograms is the size of a pea. The size of a lump found by a woman who does only occasional self-exams is the size of a walnut.

“Imagine the difference in treating the pea versus the walnut.  It’s the pea that gives us our best options for treatment,” Dr. Rose advised. “Put simply, the larger the lump, the more invasive and costly the treatment options become, and the more risk that is associated with long-term outcomes.”

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Katy Area Crime Report March 3 – 9, 2018

Katy Texas News
Posted March 13th 2018

Weekly updates on violent crime in Katy, Texas.


KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

March 13, 2018

compiled by Jennifer Skelton

Assault with Deadly Weapon

20700 Block FAIR WALNUT WAY

Mar 9, 2018 around 9 PM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Assault

37XX S MASON RD, KATY, TX 77450

Mar 9, 2018 at 8:25 pm

(Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office)

 

Assault

19600 Block BUCKLAND PARK DR

Mar 9, 2018 around 4 PM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Theft from Person (including Purse Snatch)

32XX LAUREMONT LN, KATY, TX 77494

Mar 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm

(Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office)

Assault Family Violence

65XX EMERALD CANYON, KATY, TX 77450

Mar 9, 2018 at 12:40 pm

(Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office)

Assault

19500 Block RIVER BOTTOM RD

Mar 9, 2018 around 8 AM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

03/09/2018 02:03 AM

23000 Block BENBURY DR, Katy, TX 77450

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Possession of Marijuana

03/09/2018 12:49 AM

22700 Block HOCKADAY DR, Katy, TX

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Possession of Marijuana

03/08/2018 08:00 PM

500 Block S FRY RD

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Child Neglect, Abandon, Non-Support

03/08/2018 03:56 PM

2600 Block LEOPARD CT, Katy, TX 77449

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

03/08/2018 02:41 PM

19300 Block GAGELAKE LN

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Possession of Synthetic Narcotic

03/08/2018 01:30 PM

23100 Block KATY FWY

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Possession of Marijuana

03/08/2018 12:53 PM

1700 Block BROOK GROVE DR

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Missing Person

25XX KITTANSETT, KATY, TX 77450

Mar 8, 2018 at 5:30 am

(Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office)

Robbery of a Individual

03/08/2018 04:40 AM

2000 Block WESTBOROUGH DR

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Driving Under the Influence

03/07/2018 09:46 PM

1100 Block KATY GAP RD

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Aggravated Assault

03/07/2018 02:15 PM

23900 Block KATY FWY

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

BURGLARY

107XX SPRING GREEN, KATY, TX 77494

Mar 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm

(Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office)

Possession of Marijuana

24400 Block FRANZ RD

Mar 7, 2018 02:00 PM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Sexual Assault Other (Child)

100 Block ASHEBORO DR
Mar 7, 2018 12:00 PM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Possession of Cocaine or Opium

20900 Block KATY FWY

Mar 7, 2018 10:27 AM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

2000 Block S MASON RD
Mar 7, 2018 10:00 AM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Sexual Assault Other (Child)

3600 Block LAKES OF BRIDGEWATER DR

Mar 7, 2018 10:00 AM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

19600 Block HUNT LAKE LN
Mar 7, 2017 7:00 AM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Aggravated Assault

1300 Block FRY RD
Mar 7, 2018 12:43 AM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

21600 Block PARK DOWNE LN
Mar 6, 2018 9:54 PM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

21100 Block KINGSLAND BL
Mar 6, 2018 5:59 PM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

19400 Block MONTCLAIR MEADOW LN

Mar 6, 2018 4:00 PM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Aggravated Assault

261XX PORTFIELD CT, KATY, TX 77494

Mar 6, 2018 at 2:30 pm

(Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office)

Terroristic Threat

Mar 6, 2018 9:00 AM

24700 Block GRAND HARBOR DR

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

24400 Block KESTREL VW

Mar 6, 2018 6:00 AM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Assault
5700 Block GREENHOUSE RD

Mar 5, 2018 10:00 PM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

700 Block WILD HORSE VALLEY RD

Mar 5, 2018 9:48 PM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

300 Block COBIA DR

Mar 4, 2018 9:25 PM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Assault Family Violence

41XX LUONG FIELD CT, KATY, TX 77450

Mar 4, 2018 at 9:00 pm

(Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office)

Aggravated Assault-Family

20000 Block N NAVAHO TL

Mar 4, 2018 8:47 PM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

100 Block BAKER RD

Mar 4, 2018 7:00 PM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Possession of Synthetic Narcotic

19300 Block CYPRESS ARBOR DR

Mar 4, 2018 around 4 PM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

19300 Block LONG LAKE DR

Mar 4, 2018 2:34 PM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Assault Family Violence

33XX S FRY RD, KATY, TX 77450

Mar 4, 2018 at 12:00 PM

(Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

22000 Block KATY FWY

Mar 4, 2018 11:15 AM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Driving Under the Influence

22500 Block CLAY RD

Mar 4, 2018  4:00 AM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Driving Under the Influence

6500 Block GREENHOUSE RD

Mar 4, 2018 2:00 AM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Terroristic Threat

24000 Block FRANZ RD

Mar 3, 2018 11:20 PM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Driving Under the Influence

100 Block W GRAND PARKWAY S

Mar 3, 2018 06:53 PM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Driving Under the Influence

KIETH HARROW BL & OLD GREENHOUSE RD

Mar 3, 2018 2:00 AM

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Simple Assault (Family)

22200 Block CIMARRON PW

Mar 3, 2018 02:00 AM
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

*This report consists of three reporting agencies so the reader will notice some differences between the City of Katy, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and Harris County Sheriff’s Office. (Parenthesis refers to the reporting agency.)

**City of Katy does not report location of event.

Editor’s Note: This report does not include crimes such as theft, auto theft or criminal mischief.

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Katy EDC President/CEO Lance LaCour Named to Texas EDC Board of Directors

Katy Texas News
Posted March 09th 2018

Katy Area Economic Development Council President/CEO Lance LaCour has been named to the Texas Economic Development Council Board of Directors.  LaCour replaces Paul Davis, former Pasadena Economic Development Council Director.  

 

 

Katy Magazine News
March 9, 2018

LaCour will serve the remainder of the board term vacated by Davis with the appointment ending in October 2018.

About Mr. LaCour

Since 2005, LaCour has led Katy Area EDC.  Under his leadership, Katy Area EDC has received several awards from Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) including Economic Excellence recognition (2016) and the Community Economic Development Award (2014) for communities over 250,001 in population. The EDC was also recognized by Site Selection Magazine for being part of Top 20 Deals in North America.

About TEDC

TEDC is an Austin-based, statewide, non-profit professional association dedicated to the development of economic and employment opportunities in Texas. TEDC is a one-stop shop for ideas, information, and influence and is the largest state association of economic development professionals, volunteers, and elected officials in Texas.  The goal of the organization is to bring new investment and jobs to Texas.

For more information on Katy Area EDC, please visit katyedc.org.

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Summer Camp for Adults with Disabilities in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted March 08th 2018

Applications are now being accepted for The Arc of Katy’s 2018 Summer Day Program that will provide a fun, memorable summer for individuals age 16 and above with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Katy Magazine News

March 6, 2018 

 

The Arc of Katy, a non-profit organization that provides programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 16 and above, offers three summer sessions, each with excursions, crafts, life skills, games… and much more. The cost is only $35 per day and each participant receives an Arc t-shirt. Visit The Arc of Katy website at thearcofkaty.org for more information and registration.

Day Programs
The Arc of Katy, located at 5819 Tenth Street, Suite C in the downtown Katy area offers a Day Program from September through May for individuals transitioning out of high school and a Summer Day Program for those 16 and above. The Arc of Katy Day Programs stand out for its highly trained, experienced staff, the majority having transitioned from public school settings with experience in providing services to students with disabilities. All participants of the Day Programs must be members of The Arc of Katy which also includes opportunities to participate in monthly socials. One of the goals of The Arc of Katy is to provide opportunities for its participants to be socially engaged with their peers and members of the community. The Arc of Katy participants not only enjoy life but are part of life as well.

Summer Fun
Participants in The Arc of Katy Day and Summer Programs have the opportunity to participate in the Be Strong Swim and Exercise Program. The program began with the desire from parents and staff to keep participants “moving” and as active as possible. For those who do not get a great amount of physical activity at home or have problems with muscle strength, participating in the Be Strong Swim and Exercise Program can help keep their weight in check and improve balance and muscle strength.

Water Aerobics or Water Therapy is available as well as use of exercise equipment such as stationary bikes, treadmills, weights and various muscle strengthening equipment. Participants in the Be Strong Program are always accompanied by staff when using the exercise equipment or participating in the swim program.

Visit The Arc of Katy website at thearcofkaty.org or call 832-754-9802 for program information.

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Casting Call for Katy Moms and Daughters to Star in Documentary

Katy Texas News
Posted March 06th 2018

Katy mothers and daughters who share a uniquely close bond can audition together for a new documentary. 

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KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
March 6, 2018
Katy Chamber Announcement
Bodega Pictures, in conjunction with a major television network is producing a groundbreaking documentary series that profiles fun, fabulous, over-the-top and extremely close moms and daughters. They will showcase their one of a kind relationship and livelihood in a fun and feel good new series that celebrates the special mother daughter bond. This is the opportunity to take part in an brand-new and fun show with your mom/daughter, “bestie”, GET PAID, and star in your own TV episode!
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Casting directors are seeking nationwide for:
Moms and daughters who are extremely close:
 – Is your mom/daughter your best friend in the whole world?
 – Do you and your mom/daughter travel, live or work together?
– Has anyone ever thought that your relationship is “extreme” or “unusual?”
– To say that you two are, “close” is a major understatement?
– Do you have the exact same tastes, interests, and hobbies as your mother or your daughter?
– Do you two literally do EVERYTHING together?
– Are you closer with your mom/daughter than friends/family members and sometimes even spouses/significant others?
– Do you tell each other everything and hate it when you have to spend time a part?
– Are you at the center of one another’s worlds?
If you answer “Yes”
Email: momdaughtertvcasting@gmail.com with a brief bio, full contact information, names & ages of mom & daughter and several recent photos and a casting team member will be in touch.
NOTE: Daughters must be at least 18 years old or older.
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Katy EDC Leadership Awards Announced Today

Katy Texas News
Posted March 06th 2018
February 20, 2018
Katrina Katsarelis 
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Two prominent Katy Area citizens were recognized today by the Katy Area Economic Development Council as winners of the Stan C. Stanley Leadership Awards.
Pictured: Left: Stan Goss (2016 Winner) Bill Callegari (2017 Winner) Sylvia Zerwas (Winner John Zerwas’s wife), Constable Wayne Thompson (Finalist), Patsy Stanley (Stan Stanley’s widow) Rick Lawlor (Finalist) Karen and Paul Kurt (Presenters) and Lance LaCour (Katy Area EDC President)
Senator John Zerwas and retired state representative Bill Callegari were honored at the KAEDC General Assembly Breakfast as the 2017 recipients of the Stan C. Stanley Leadership Award. The award recognizes volunteers (non-paid) who have made contributions to the Katy area in leadership and economic development.
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The award committee chooses recipients based on years of service, leadership skills, special achievements, and qualities Stan so greatly exhibited such as being faithful, conscientious, unselfish and committed to the Katy area community.
Sylvia Zerwas, accepted the award on behalf of her husband Senator John Zerwas, who was at a hearing for Hurricane Harvey.
 
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Stan C. Stanley (below) was the founder of the Katy Area Economic Development Council and spent many years volunteering on the board and mentoring hundreds of students, scouts, and local business leaders.
Stanley was a beloved community leader known and Katy ISD school namesake who died unexpectedly in March 2016 from an undiagnosed heart defect.

 

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Katy Area EDC Names 2018 Executive Committee and Officers

Katy Texas News
Posted March 06th 2018
Katy Area EDC names 2018 Executive Committee and Officers and welcomes new Board of Governor’s members.
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KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
March 5, 2018
Photo caption: From left to right: Paul Kurt, Dan Boggio, Woody Mann, Lance LaCour, Kent Rosenberger
Back row: Yvonne Kershner, Chad Carson, Richard Phillips, Bob Chalker, Rick Lawler, and Katrina Katsarelis
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The Katy Area Economic Development Council Board of Governors appointed Executive Committee members and officers for 2018.
Executive Board Members
The 2018 Executive Committee includes Rick Lawler, Bob Chalker, Katrina Katsarelis, Dick Phillips, Yvonne Kershner, Stan Goss and Chad Carson, and officers Woody Mann, Jr., who will continue to serve as Chairman, Vice Chairman Dan Boggio, Treasurer Paul Kurt and Secretary Kent Rosenberger. Longtime committee member David Woodham stepped off the committee for 2018 and Katy Area EDC would like to thank him for his service from 2014-2017.

Executive Committee members and officers will provide guidance and leadership to the organization and help shape its direction for 2018. Terms for each committee member and appointed officer will last through 2018 with new appointments taking place in 2019.

New Board of Governor’s Members
Katy Area EDC also welcomed several new Board of Governors members to begin the year as well. Caroline Champion of Houston Methodist West Hospital is new to the board this year. Champion serves as the Director of Business Development and Services Lines at Houston Methodist West. Marc Deer, President of Capital Real Estate, will represent the organization. Capital Real Estate focuses on Industrial real estate services and Deer has been working in the area for 12 years.
Sara Montenegro joins the board representing Texas Children’s Hospital. Montenegro is the Assistant Vice President for Texas Children’s West Campus, a world leader in pediatric healthcare, and has been with the organization for 9 years. James Ross joins the board representing Katy Mills Mall. Ross recently moved to the area to take over the role of Katy Mills General Manager. The final new board member is Flint Risien, Director of Property Management Services/Community Services for Caldwell Companies. Caldwell Companies focuses on land brokerage and property management. Risien has been working in the community for roughly 10 years.
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“We are extremely fortunate to have great leaders on our Executive Committee and board, and I would like to thank them for their service to our organization and the Katy area,” said Katy Area EDC President/CEO Lance LaCour. “We look forward to a successful 2018.”
For information on becoming a member of the Katy Area Economic Development Council, please visit www.katyedc.com
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Katy ISD Announces Principal for Elementary #41

Katy Texas News
Posted January 22nd 2018

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

January 22, 2018

Katy ISD announces Jaime Shipley as the new principal for Elementary School #41, which is set to open in Fall 2018 in the Cross Creek Ranch subdivision.

 

 


Ms. Shipley has 19 years experience in education including nine years as a building principal. Her administrative experience began as an instructional facilitator at Carrollton-Farmers Branch in 2006. Shipley became an elementary assistant principal at Goose Creek CISD (GCCISD) in 2008. The following year, she was promoted to building principal in GCCISD and remained there for four years. In 2013, Shipley became the principal of Schmalz Elementary in Katy ISD and has led the campus for the past five years.

She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education, Elementary and Early Childhood as well as her Master of Science in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Baylor University.
“I am excited about leading the way for a new school and a new legacy. We, as a staff and community, will build the foundation together so students have unparalleled learning experiences,” says Principal Shipley.

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Worn-Out American Flags Being Collected for Proper Disposal in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted January 09th 2018

On Saturday, January 20, American Legion 164 invites citizens with well-loved American flags to drop them off at sites all over town to be disposed of with dignity. 

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Katy’s Cane Island Welcomes New Homebuilders, Begins Phase II of Construction

Katy Texas News
Posted January 08th 2018

Two of the nation’s top-selling homebuilders are coming home to Cane Island.

Taylor Morrison and Highland Homes have announced plans to join the award-winning west Houston master planned community where both will add new family homes in Cane Island’s second phase.

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 

January 9, 2018

Cane Island 

 

Homesites from 60 – 80 feet

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Cinco Ranch Couple Ordered to Pay Enslaved Nanny $121,000

Katy Texas News
Posted January 06th 2018

 Canyon Gate couple will also spend seven months in jail for human trafficking and falsifying government documents

A Cinco Ranch couple who forced a Nigerian woman to work nearly 20 hours a day taking care of their home and five children without pay for two years was ordered Friday to pay her more than $121,000 in restitution. Chudy Nsobundu, 57, and his wife Sandra Nsobundu, 49, also were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas to seven months in jail and seven months of home confinement, plus three years’ probation.

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Former Seven Lakes High School Worker Sentenced for Possession of Child Porn, Other Charges

Katy Texas News
Posted January 05th 2018

Allan McNeill, a former cafeteria worker at a Seven Lakes High School, was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. 

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

January 5, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

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New General Manager Announced for Katy Mills Mall

Katy Texas News
Posted January 05th 2018

Simon Property Group is pleased to announce that James Ross was recently appointed General Manager of Katy Mills.

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

January 5, 2018

By Ashley Lancaster

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Katy ISD Food for Families Raises $35K in Annual Donation Campaign

Katy Texas News
Posted December 18th 2017
Since its inception in 2002, this initiative has raised almost $193,000, helping nearly 4,100 families have a happier holiday. 
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KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 
December 18, 2017
Grocery Gift Cards for Katy Students
 
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Katy ISD’s Partners in Education is delighted to announce that Food for Families raised $35,000 during its recent campaign.  Supported by both the community and Katy ISD employees, this initiative provides grocery gift cards to students and families in need during the holiday season.  Food for Families is an annual campaign that provides grocery gift cards to Katy ISD students and their families. This year, Food for Families also supported families who were impacted by Harvey.
Blessing Families Since 2002
Katy ISD campuses identify students in need of assistance, and gift cards are given to those students before winter break.  Last year, Food for Families blessed 433 families.
   
Food for Families, a Katy ISD Partners in Education yearly initiative, unites our Katy ISD staff and community in holiday support for select students and their families.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the “Community” tab at ww
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No Charges Filed Against OU Running Back and Katy Native, Rodney Anderson

Katy Texas News
Posted December 14th 2017

The Katy high school graduate and OU running back will not be charged with sexual assault according to Cleveland County District Attorney, Greg Mashburn. 

 

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX

December 14, 2017

Ashley Lancaster

Anderson, 21, who graduated from Katy High School in 2015, was accused of raping a woman in her apartment. She filed for a protective order after alleging the leading rusher forced her to have intercourse with him on November 16, and that she feared for her safety.

 

Mr. Anderson’s attorney has called the accusations, “patently false.” And today he was exonerated, after having cooperated with Cleveland County and the Norman Police Department. Late last week, Anderson submitted to and passed a three-hour lie-detector test, administered by former FBI polygraph examiner, Bill Brown.

“We want to make sure that sexual assault victims feel comfortable coming forward,” said Mashburn.

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State Rep Mike Schofield Seeks Reelection, Endorsed by Governor Abbott

Katy Texas News
Posted December 11th 2017
Republican Mike Schofield has served two terms at the Texas Capitol representing District 132 (Katy and Cy-Fair), and announced over the weekend that he has been endorsed by Governor Greg Abbott for reelection.
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KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
December 11, 2017
Ashley Lancaster
 
Below is an excerpt from his letter to Katy and Cypress residents:
 
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“During my two terms in office, I have passed bills to mandate that lawsuits affecting the school finance system are heard by a three-judge panel rather that by one liberal judge in Austin (to ensure that views of the rest of Texas are heard), protect the integrity of our elections by allowing the attorney general to go after organizations that conspire to commit election fraud, increase funding for non-profit groups providing counseling for alternatives to abortion, and I successfully sponsored an amendment to the state constitution to ensure that your vote counts and that laws enacted by the representatives you elected are not thrown out in court without the attorney general having a chance to defend them.
Most recently, I have been instrumental in the drive to ensure that the Republican caucus nominates a candidate for speaker, to prevent the minority party from conspiring with a few breakaway Republicans to pick a speaker beholden to the party the voters did not choose to give control of the House.
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Recognizing the work that I have done to fight for conservative Texas values, Governor Greg Abbott announced yesterday that he is endorsing me for reelection so I can continue to work with him to enact a meaningful cap on state spending, reform the property tax system to provide relief to homeowners and business owners, protect property owners from wrongful annexation by cities they don’t want to live in, and continue to make Texas the best state in the nation in which to live and do business.
If you haven’t seen the video of Governor Abbott’s endorsement, you can find it here:
I intend to continue to keep you informed on what your legislature is working on so you can weigh in before the legislature takes action, when your views can affect how your government is run. And I intend to continue to work hard to ensure that your voice is heard in Austin.
I hope I can continue to earn your support.”

Quote from Texas Governor Greg Abbott:
“Mike Schofield is a conservative through and through, having demonstrated his commitment to education reform and lowering taxes as a member of the Texas House,” said Governor Abbott. “The constituents of House District 132 have been well represented by Mike over the last few years, and they can be assured that this trend will continue upon his re-election. That is why I am proud to endorse Mike for another term in the Texas House of Representatives.”

 

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Jimbo Fisher Visits Katy High School Staff, Athletes

Katy Texas News
Posted December 06th 2017

The Katy Tigers gave us the details on what Katy coaches talked about with Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M’s new head coach on Tuesday afternoon. 

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX 

December 6, 2017 

By Ashley Lancaster

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Memorial Parkway Elementary Opens New Park to All

Katy Texas News
Posted December 04th 2017

The Memorial Parkway Elementary (MPE) Choir officially kicked off the dedication ceremony of their new SPARK Park, which is now available for public use during non-school hours and on weekends.

 

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Katy Magazine Announces 2017 People of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted December 04th 2017

 

Katy People of the Year Announced in Katy Magazine’s December Issue Launched today at www.katymagazineonline.com 
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KATY TEXAS NEWS  
December 1, 2017  
Katy Magazine’s announced it’s Katy People of the Year for 2017 in the current issue launched today. This year’s honorees will be celebrated at the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s General Assembly Meeting on December 12. The eight Katy honorees include Superintendent Lance Hindt, Don Massey, Katy Police Chief Bill Hastings, and more. VIEW THE ISSUE 

 

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Cardiff Junior High Teacher Receives Special Honor for Her Contributions After Harvey

Katy Texas News
Posted November 30th 2017
Lisa Forney, assistant principal for the Cardiff Colts, has received the title of “Life-Changer of the Year” ” for going above and beyond for her students and community.
Katy Independent School District is proud to announce that Cardiff Junior High (CJH) Assistant Principal Lisa Forney has been nominated by a local business partner as a “Life Changer of the Year” for going above and beyond for her students and community.
 

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 
 
November 30, 2017
 
 
Meeting the needs of struggling faculty and staff
After Hurricane Harvey, Ms. Forney put pen to paper and outlined a comprehensive plan to meet the immediate needs of the Cardiff faculty and staff who were hardest hit by the storm.  Thus was born the “CJH Boots on the Ground Initiative” which consisted of a group of volunteers who cleaned out flooded homes, delivered food to work crews and collected donated items.  She went even further by reaching out to non-profit organizations to sponsor families and support them as they worked to get back on their feet. Because of Ms. Forney’s detailed planning, communication skills and her dedication to the community, many families received the help they needed after the storm.
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Providing a stress-free Thanksgiving to Katy ISD families
However, her work didn’t end when the flood waters receded.  With the help of many staff members, she organized an essential needs pantry that efficiently served over 200 Cardiff families and community members.  Also, as the Thanksgiving season approached, Ms. Forney along with help from Tays Junior High volunteers, many local community partners and non-profit organizations led the coordination of the CJH Thanksgiving Pop-Up Market which provided turkeys and packaged food to over 100 families.  Her goal was to provide a stress-free Thanksgiving!
 
Ms. Forney’s desire to give without expectation has inspired and changed the lives of many.  Together as a school community, let’s help her win the National Grand Prize by visiting the Forney Life Changer of the Year profile and leaving a comment.
 
The Life Changer of the Year is a national program that recognizes K-12 educators and school employees for the positive difference they make in the lives of their students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.
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Community to Dedicate Spark Park at Memorial Parkway Elementary

Katy Texas News
Posted November 29th 2017

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX 

Thanks to the SPARK Program and contributions from the local community, this park will be available for public use during non-school hours and on weekends.  It features modular playground equipment, walking trails, picnic tables, outdoor music equipment and learning spaces.

 

 

 

The park will be open for public use during non-school hours and one weekends, and will feature modular playground equipment, walking trails, picnic tables, outdoor music equipment, and learning spaces.

Courtesy of Katy ISD

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Holy Covenant UMC Feeds Hungry Souls on Thanksgiving Day

Katy Texas News
Posted November 29th 2017

Cheerful volunteers and community members at Holy Covenant UMC serves 1600 meals, provides clothing, books, and bibles to Katy families on Thanksgiving Day.

By Kathy Fraser

People who responded to the invitation for a free Thanksgiving meal, were greeted with hugs, offers of prayer, and music that warmed the heart, then their tummies were filled with traditional Thanksgiving favorite foods followed by a distribution of donated books, bibles, blankets, coats, clothing, diapers/wipes, and non-perishable food items, that helped to ease the struggle of tough times, even if it was only for a day.

A long-standing Thanksgiving tradition

This year’s community Thanksgiving celebration, hosted by Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, saw record numbers of guests come through its doors. The weather was deliciously cool and sunny, which set the scene for a beautiful outreach that was taking place both inside and outside the HCKaty campus. The tradition began in 2003 with Antioch Church and has been hosted by multip