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Katy Area EDC Releases Katy Area Workforce Results

Katy Texas News
Posted September 15th 2017

Katy, TX News (September 15, 2017) – In June, the Katy Area Economic Development Council conducted a survey focused on the Katy area workforce.  The survey, which was organized in partnership with the newly created Katy, TX Human Resources Networking Group, was formulated to gather information from human resources managers/recruiters and business leaders on workforce trends in the Katy area.

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Harris County Fire Chief Thanks Katy ISD for Relief and Rescue Efforts

Katy Texas News
Posted September 11th 2017
KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, Texas

September 11, 2017

Harris County Fire Chief says, “Thank You” to Katy ISD for their relief and rescue contributions. 
 

All of Katy Stepped Up 

In a recent press release expressing his sympathies and to all families and residents who suffered water and wind damage from Hurricane Harvey, Harris County Emergency Services Fire Chief (Dist. 48) Jeffrey S. Hevey gave his sincerest thanks to several local organizations who stepped up to help rescue people from flooded areas in both HCESD No. 48 and FBESD No. 1. 

Among those listed were the Katy ISD Police Department, Katy ISD campuses, and Katy ISD Department of Transportation (school buses). 

Katy ISD Stands Out 

During the six days of the storm and continued flooding, the district opened it’s doors at Cinco Ranch High School and Morton Ranch High School to accept 4,000 displaced residents and donations for families in need. Katy High School served as the main operating headquarters for U.S. National Guard and other military while they carried out rescue and relief missions all over south Texas. Katy ISD bus drivers bravely volunteered to drive district vehicles into high water to rescue 450 people trapped by flood waters. Katy ISD police officers faithfully, dutifully served their community in every necessary capacity during the storm.  During a time when roughly 15,000 students and 2,600 Katy ISD employees were directly impacted by the storm and subsequent flooding, the impact that the district had on relief and rescue efforts is truly inspiring. 

Below is the full list of the partners and agencies named by Chief Hevey: 

– Powerhouse Church (Shelter)

– Katy ISD Police Department

– CrossPoint Church (Shelter) 

– Westlake Fire Department

– Harris County Sheriff

– Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office

– Harris County Office of Emergency Management

– Fort Bend County Sheriff

– Precinct 5 Constables (Harris County)

– Precint 3 Constables (Fort Bend County) 

– Texas Department of Public Service (State Troopers)

– MIdland, Texas Police

– Webb County Sheriff

– Dallas County Sheriff

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Bear Creek Elementary Sewage Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Katy Texas News
Posted September 08th 2017

Katy, TX News (September 8, 2017) – Neighborhoods surrounding Bear Creek Elementary suffered severe flooding last week.  While the school was left intact, the local service provider has placed restrictions on water usage, as nearby lift pumps, along with the waste water treatment plant were compromised by the storm.

These restrictions will limit the school’s access to water and waste treatment.  As such, Bear Creek Elementary students and staff will be transferred to Paetow High School, located at 23111 Stockdick School Rd., Katy, TX, for the reopening of schools on September 11.  Paetow is Katy ISD’s newest high school which opened its doors this fall to two grade levels – freshman and sophomore classes.  The elementary students will be housed in the east tower of the campus, currently unoccupied by secondary students.

Transportation for all Bear Creek Elementary zoned students will be provided, should they need it. Information regarding routes, pick up and drop off times/locations will be emailed to parents before Monday.

In the meantime, operations crews have completed their mechanical and electrical assessments, which met all standards.  Since there was no flood water intrusion within the building, Bear Creek students and staff will be returning to a safe and secure learning environment once restrictions are removed by the local service provider.

“Students and staff are our highest priority during this recovery process,” said Superintendent Lance Hindt.  “Though the relocation for Bear Creek students is temporary, multiple Katy ISD departments are working vigorously to make this a smooth transition for everyone, both now and when students and staff are able to return to their school.”

Katy ISD closed the district on August 25 in anticipation of Hurricane Harvey.  Following the storm, the District announced that 16 campuses had been impacted by flooding in surrounding neighborhoods. One campus, Creech Elementary took on several feet of water and arrangements have since been made for students and staff to be relocated to the University of Houston Cinco Ranch campus while repairs are being made at the school.  Bear Creek Elementary will be the second school to relocate as a result of Tropical Storm Harvey.  The remaining 14 schools have cleared building assessments and will reopen in their home locations this Monday.

Schools reopen across Katy ISD on September 11.

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FREEBIE ALERT in Katy, Texas: Tide Truck Offers Free Laundry Services to Harvey Victims

Katy Texas News
Posted September 07th 2017

Katy, Texas News (September 7, 2017) – The Tide Truck is here and toiletries too! 

 

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Whole Foods in Katy Offering Free Pasta Dinner to Families Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Katy Texas News
Posted September 07th 2017

Katy, TX News (September 7, 2017) – Free pasta dinner for those impacted by hurricane or anyone in need.

Hooray for Whole Foods! They are hosting a free, family style pasta dinner for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, first responders, and their families, and anyone in the community who wants to join.

Dinner includes pasta with marinara sauce, salad, bread and bottled water.

Whole Foods Market Team Members and volunteers will be serving dinner to the community from 5 to 7 p.m.

Whole Foods Katy is located at 6601 S. Fry Road, Houston, TX 77494 

 

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Local Dance Studio to Host Dance-a-Thon Benefiting Katy ISD Teachers

Katy Texas News
Posted September 07th 2017

Katy, TX News (September 7, 2017) – Local dance studio will donate 100% of proceeds to Creech Elementary and Beck Junior High teachers. 

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Clothed by Faith Continues to Serve in Katy: NEED DONATIONS/VOLUNTEERS

Katy Texas News
Posted September 07th 2017
 
KATY MAGAZINE – Katy, Texas
September 7, 2017
By Ashley Lancaster
Christian clothing donation charity sets up a pop up location at a local to provide new and gently used clothing to families affected by hurricane Harvey.
When hurricane Harvey hit Houston, the leadership at CBF knew that God would be able to use them to help people in Katy and surrounding areas. A partnership was CrossPoint Community Church was quickly established, and the call for volunteers and donations began.

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Katy ISD Prepares for the Returns of Students

Katy Texas News
Posted September 05th 2017
KATY MAGAZINE – Katy, Texas News
September 5, 2017
An update from the district on affected campuses and needed repairs.

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Houston Texans Cheerleaders Visit with Soldiers Stationed in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted September 05th 2017

KATY MAGAZINE  – Katy, Texas
September 5, 2017

The Houston Texans Cheerleaders visited and took photos with a group of Soldiers aiding the Hurricane Harvey relief at a responder support camp in Katy, Texas on Sep. 4. The Department of Defense is conducting Defense Support of Civil Authorities operations in response to the effects of Hurricane Harvey. DSCA operations are part of the DOD’s response capability to assist civilian responders in saving lives, relieving human suffering and mitigating property damage in response to a catastrophic disaster. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Hubert D. Delany III / 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Courtesy Texas Military Department News

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Cane Island Opens as a Temporary Dorm for First Responders in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted September 01st 2017

Katy, TX News (September 1, 2017) – The Katy community of Cane Island has opened its Amenity Village event center, converting it into a temporary dorm for Katy first responders, some of whom had been sleeping in a nearby parking lot.

Beds have been set up and showers in the community’s fitness center are available.  Meals also are being served.  The Cane Island Amenity Village is located at 2100 Cane Island Parkway, just north of Interstate 10.   On Site Contact: Dan Naef, 702-581-1956.

 

 

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Peli Peli Feeding First Responders in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted August 29th 2017

Katy, Texas News (August 29, 2017) – Peli Peli Restaurant is stepping up in the chaos created by hurricane Harvey to fuel first responders as they attempt to save families affected by the devastation of the flood. 

Their Cinco Ranch restaurant, located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch and directly across from Torchy’s Tacos, is currently open and working to prepare hot meals for rescuers. 

“Basically, we’re going to cook every bit of food on our shelves to feed Katy’s finest,” says Thomas Nguyen, co-founder and partner. If they run low, Nguyen says that they are asking Katy families who want to help to swing by with food for them to cook and prepare for Coast Guard, National Guard, FEMA, firefighters, volunteers, police, EMT, and others. “If we run out, we invite residents to donate food for us to prepare – our kitchen is ready and our doors are open. We’ll even make sandwiches.” 

For first responders in a hurry, Nguyen says not to worry about coming inside. Just call 281-257- 9500 or 832-259-2448 and someone will run a hot meal out to the curb. 

Today only, they will also be offering hot meals to first responders at their I-10 and Campbell location. 

If you know of a Katy business offering assistance, supplies, or services to those in need, email us!

 

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Katy Emergency Advisories – Harris County

Katy Texas News
Posted August 27th 2017

Katy, TX News (August 27, 2017) – Here are a few important advisories, alerts and notes from Harris County.

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HURRICANE HARVEY UPDATE: 5 Important Links Katyites Need to Be Checking  

Katy Texas News
Posted August 26th 2017
 Katy, TX News (August 26, 2017) – Sites you should be checking while hunkering down in Katy

1. Road Closures
2. River/Creek Flood Gages
3. Electricity Outage Tracker
4. Harris County Rainfall Map

5. Houston Traffic Map


Here’s the latest on the hurricane as it pertains to Katy 

Although it’s been downgraded to a CAT 1 Hurricane, we are definitely not out of the woods. Street and flash flooding expected for the next few days. 

Meteorologists are expecting 12″ inches of rain today with a total of 30″ over the next few days.

Harvey is expected to stay on Hurricane status through Saturday night and high winds may happen through Sunday. 

Flooding expected around bayous and river basins Brazos, Colorado,etc. 

Harvey is a tornado-happy Hurricane and we may have on/off tornado watches until 1 PM today or later.  TORNADO PREPARATION LINK


WHAT TO DO NOW

  • Stay put. Don’t be on the roads. 

  • If you must be on the roads, don’t drive in water. Cars have been carried away in just six inches of water. 

  • Use 911 only for emergencies. 

Katy Kindness Tip: It’s a great idea to check on your neighbors and friends who may be shut-ins, single moms, or senior citizens. 

Thank you to David Thelan for sending us these important links

 

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Hurricane Harvey Updates – Katy, Texas – Saturday 7 AM

Katy Texas News
Posted August 25th 2017

Katy, Texas News (August 25, 2017) Overnight, Harvey slammed ashore and has downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane. But that doesn’t mean Katy is out of the woods. Reduced wind speeds and persistent rain mean that we are still in for potentially disastrous flooding and possibly fast moving tornadoes.


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Katy ISD Varsity Football Scrimmages Rescheduled Due to Weather Concerns

Katy Texas News
Posted August 24th 2017

Katy, TX News (August 24, 2017) – Several Katy ISD Varsity football scrimmages have been rescheduled due to tropical storm Harvey’s anticipated landfall on Friday afternoon.

Current Katy ISD Varsity Football Scrimmage Schedule:

  • Katy High School 
    8/25 @ 7:30 a.m.
    vs. Clear Springs/Paetow HS
    Legacy Stadium
  • Cinco Ranch High School
    8/25 @ 1:00 p.m.
    vs. Stratford
    Cinco Ranch High School
  • Mayde Creek High School
    8/25 @ 9:00 a.m.
    vs. Aldine Davis
    Rhodes Stadium
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Helpful Tips and Links for Tropical Depression Harvey in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted August 23rd 2017

Katy, Texas News (August 23, 2017) –  According to the National Weather Service, tropical storm Harvey has now reformed into a tropical depression and is anticipated to bring 10″ – 15″ of rainfall to the Texas coast through the weekend beginning on Friday. With flooding, property damage, and personal safety at stake, here are some helpful tips and links to keep you prepared in the event of an emergency.

 

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Katy ISD Board of Trustees Calls for a 2017 Bond Election

Katy Texas News
Posted August 22nd 2017

Katy, TX News (August 22, 2017) –  With a unanimous vote of 7-0, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees called a November 2017 bond election for the 239-project bond package presented by a community-led committee this past July.  The total bond package is $609.2 MM and would have no impact on the school tax rate.

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Katy ISD and VLK Architects Celebrate Grand Opening of Robert & Felice Bryant Elementary School

Katy Texas News
Posted August 16th 2017
Katy, TX News (August 16, 2017) – VLK Architects and Katy ISD are pleased to celebrate the opening of Bryant Elementary School. The new school, designed for 1030 students, is located in the Young Ranch Subdivision, south of I-10 at Pederson Road and Kingsland Boulevard. The facility was designed to allow for ease of student circulation while providing a safe and secure learning environment. The school was named after Robert & Felice Bryant. Robert Bryant, who retired in 2015, started his career as the director of bands and fine arts department chair in 1983. Felice Bryant, who retired in 2012, started her legacy at KISD in 1987 as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher. The couple collectively dedicated nearly 60 years to the Katy Independent School District.
“It was an honor to work with Katy ISD and an added bonus to have this facility named after our friend Bob Bryant and his wife Felice who served the district for so many years” commented Todd Lien, VLK Partner.

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Katy Magazine Announces New, All-Digital Platform

Katy Texas News
Posted August 15th 2017

Katy, TX News (August 15 2017) – After nearly 15 years of publishing award-winning local content in a printed format, Katy Magazine is excited to announce the launch of Katy’s first, all-digital magazine designed to be viewed on phones and iPads. This decision comes after extensive market research, which shows that while print readership continues at a steep decline industry-wide (3%) digital readership has grown to an unprecedented rate (40%).  

 

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Outback Steakhouse Opening a New Location in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted August 14th 2017

Katy, Texas News (August 14, 2017) – Baker Katz recently announced that they will be opening two new, 6,500 SF locations in the Houston area, one in Katy at the intersection of IH-10 and Katy Fort Bend Road. The new location will be close to popular spots like Katy ISD’s Legacy Stadium,  Typhoon Texas, Katy Mills Mall, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

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Waffle Tour to Honor Katy First Responders in August

Katy Texas News
Posted August 11th 2017

Katy, TX News (August 11, 2017)First Service Credit Union is using a “Waffle Tour” to show appreciation to public servants in Katy for what they do for the community.

August 24 has been designated National Waffle Day, and in connection with that special day, the whole week of August 21-25 has been proclaimed Waffle Week in Katy. First Service is planning a multi-day event in the city to deliver free delicious and fresh-made waffles to educators and first responders.

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Katy Fire Department Awarded $2+Million SAFER Grant to Hire 16 Firefighters for Station #2

Katy Texas News
Posted August 09th 2017

Katy, TX News (August 9, 2017) – The Katy Fire Department was honored today as a recipient of a Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant awarded for Fiscal Year 2016 from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Cane Island Developer, Rise Communities, Wins Texas Association of Builders’ Developer of the Year Award

Katy Texas News
Posted August 07th 2017

Katy, TX News (August 7, 2017) – Rise Communities, developer of the Katy master-planned community of Cane Island, has won the prestigious Developer of the Year Award from the Texas Association of Builders. The award was presented at the association’s 2017 Star Awards program, part of the Sunbelt Builders Show in Dallas. “When the top minds in home construction and real estate development give you a thumbs up, that’s certainly speaks volumes for the quality of our work,” says Dan Naef, president of Rise Communities.

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Seven Lakes Students Win Award for Outstanding Best Buddies Chapter at National Conference

Katy Texas News
Posted August 07th 2017

Katy, TX News (August 7, 2017) – Seven Lakes High School Best Buddies President, Anna Celeste Fedewa, and co- Vice President, Reagan Kallina, represented their chapter at the 2017 Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Indiana this summer.

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Katy Resident to Be Featured in National Down Syndrome Society Video

Katy Texas News
Posted August 04th 2017

Katy, TX News (August 4, 2017) – Isaiah Brodie of Katy, Texas, will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, September 16, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Times Square Video presentation. The featured photographs highlight children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome, reminding the world in a very big way about the contributions and milestones of people with Down syndrome. These collective images promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

The photo of Isaiah, who happens to have Down syndrome, was selected from over 2,000 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos. Almost 500 photographs will appear in the video, which will be shown in the heart of Times Square.

Isaiah is pictured in his Houston Texan jersey with his parents at a Texan game.

 

The Times Square Video presentation kicks off Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. The video presentation will be followed by the 23rd Annual Flagship Buddy Walk in New York City. This year, Buddy Walk events will be held in more than 275 cities across the country, as well as select international locations, in and around October with over 325,000 people participating around the globe. For information about the NDSS Buddy Walk Program, visit www.buddywalk.org or call 800-221-4602.

ABOUT NDSS

The National Down Syndrome Society is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome. NDSS provides state-of-the-art, comprehensive programming to all individuals with Down syndrome and their families with four main areas of programming which include: the National Advocacy & Policy Center, the National Buddy Walk® Program, Community Outreach and Resources and Public Awareness. NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities. For more information visit www.ndss.org.

 

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Christ Clinic in Katy Announces New Executive Director

Katy Texas News
Posted August 04th 2017

Katy, TX News (August 4, 2017) – Christ Clinic, a charity medical clinic in Katy, has announced the selection of Lara Hamilton, RN as its new executive director.  Hamilton, who served as the interim executive director, will fill the vacancy created by former director Kara Hill’s departure to join the Christus Foundation. The selection was made by the Christ Clinic’s board of directors in July.

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Dedication of Mike Johnston Field and Legacy Stadium on August 17

Katy Texas News
Posted August 02nd 2017

Katy, TX News (August 2, 2017) – Parents, students, staff, and other community members, as well as media outlets, are invited to join Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt and the Board of Trustees for the official dedication of Mike Johnston Field and Legacy Stadium.  Katy ISD namesakes and local officials will also participate in the celebration.   

Photo by Bob McSpadden

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Kingsland Baptist Church Announces Opening of Second Location

Katy Texas News
Posted August 01st 2017

Katy, TX News (August 1, 2017) – Beginning on October 1, 2017, Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy will open their doors for families on the north side of Katy. Services will be held at Bethke Elementary, 4535 E. Ventana Pkwy.  in the Ventana Lakes subdivision.

This development comes hot on the heels of KBC celebrating 40 years of serving Christ and helping people reach true spiritual fullfilment at their original campus at 20555 Kingsland Blvd. near Taylor High School.

 


For more information about Kingsland Baptist Church, their service times, events, ministries, and more, visit kingsland.org.

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Katy ISD High Schools Rank in Top 10 Best Overall SAT Scores in Houston

Katy Texas News
Posted August 01st 2017

Katy, TX News (August 1, 2017) – Texas Education Agency (TEA)  has released SAT scoring data for Houston area high schools in 2015, and three Katy ISD high schools ranked within the top 10 highest overall performance scores in the region.

The schools and their combined SAT scores from 2015 are listed below:

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Bryant Elementary Staff Meet at Katy’s Cane Island

Katy Texas News
Posted July 28th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 28, 2017) – Teachers and staff of Katy’s ISD’s new Bryant Elementary School pause for a group photo during a recent get-together at the Cane Island Amenity Village Event Center.  Residents of the Katy master-planned community of Cane Island will attend the all-new school located at 29801 Kingsland Boulevard.

 

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New Groundbreaking at West Ten Business Park in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 25, 2017) – NAI Partners is pleased to announce that VAHLE Inc., a world-leading manufacturer of mobile electrification products with over 100 years of innovation and tradition, is the latest tenant to break ground at West Ten Business Park, a premier master-planned business park located on Interstate 10 and Cane Island Parkway in Katy, Texas, that John Simons and Holden Rushing of NAI Partners are marketing on behalf of Parkside Capital.

VAHLE Inc.’s July 10 groundbreaking celebration. From left, Contractors, Managers and Technologists Inc. General Superintendent, Booker White, Acosta Architecture L.L.C. Project Architect, Jerry Acosta, Contractors, Managers and Technologists Inc. President, Rusty Monk, VAHLE Inc. Chief Financial Officer, Evelyn Clark, VAHLE Inc. President, Scott Gardner, and VAHLE Inc. Controller, Andrew Clark.

 

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Cane Island to Host Back to School Bash and School Supply Drive

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 25, 2017) – Katy’s Cane Island will conclude its Summer of Fun and Music with RadioKaty as the master-planned community of new homes hosts three music performances in August – all free and open to the public – including two at its Back to School Bash and school supply drive on Saturday, August 19.

Cane Island’s August live music schedule features the folk and pop sounds of singer/songwriter Allison Bishop on Friday, August 4 from 7 – 9 p.m.  Guests also can enjoy fine wines from Haak Winery available for purchase.

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Young Katyite Donates Over 500 Gallons of Gatorade to Houston Firefighters

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 25, 2017) – When six-year-old Katyite Kylee WalkingStick learned that her favorite uncle Kevin, a firefighter at Station 68 in Houston, and his comrades only had water to drink during the sweltering summer months, she decided to take action, and created Mission: Hydrate Houston.

Photography by Steven Meador Photography

 

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Debbie Decker Named 2017 – 2018 President of Texas High School Athletic Directors Association

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 25, 2017) – Katy ISD’s head athletic director, Debbie Decker, was recently appointed president of the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association (THSADA). Decker is the first person from Katy ISD to serve in this capacity.

In addition to overseeing the day-to-day business of the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association, Decker will also be responsible for writing columns for quarterly newsletters, appointing committees and committee members, and serving on the special events committee, among other tasks.

 

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New South African Fusion Restaurant, Peli Peli, Now Open in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted July 20th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 20, 2017) – Vista Equities Group is proud to announce that the highly anticipated Peli Peli, a popular South African fusion restaurant, has officially opened its third location at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. Peli Peli will be located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., in Phase I of the mixed-use development, adjacent to Central Green Park.

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Katy ISD Announces New Principals for Memorial Parkway, McRoberts Elementary

Katy Texas News
Posted July 20th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 20, 2017) – Katy ISD is pleased to welcome Dr. Doreen Martinez as the new principal for Memorial Parkway Elementary, and Mr. Rashan Smith at McRoberts Elementary.

Dr. Martinez has worked in the field of education for 28 years.  She began her educational career in 1989 as a teacher in Pasadena ISD.  She has also work in Angleton ISD, Clear Creek ISD and as a grant/technology coordinator in Royal ISD.

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Two Katy ISD Teachers Named Finalists for Region 4 Teacher of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted July 18th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 18, 2017) – Katy ISD’s 2017 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year Kristal Parrish and Secondary Teacher of the Year Phuong Nguyen have been selected as finalists in the Region 4 Teacher of the Year program.

Ms. Parrish is a fifth grade teacher at WoodCreek Elementary where she teaches reading, writing and social studies.  Since 2013, Ms. Parrish has also been the fifth grade team Curriculum and Instruction Leader.  She’s a dedicated teacher that inspires her students to make an impact in the world.  She does this by teaching them to be critical readers and writers, and deep thinkers who are compassionate.  Her philosophy surrounds the ideal that “there is no program, no app, no curriculum that can replace the tremendous power and essence of an effective and passionate teacher in the life of a student.”

 

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Making Katy PONY History: Six-Year-Old All-Star Team to Compete in World Series

Katy Texas News
Posted July 12th 2017

Katy, TX (July 13, 2017) – The Katy Disciples 6U All-Stars team is going to the PONY World Series in Youngsville, Louisiana on July 13-15.  “What makes this so special is that it is the first six–year-old team to make it from the Houston area,” says Shaye Mathew, one of the team parents.

Submitted by Neil & Shaye Mathew | Edited by Katy Magazine

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Cane Island Residents Now Have Access to Herb & Vegetable Gardens

Katy Texas News
Posted July 12th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 12, 2017) – Residents of Katy’s Cane Island now can pick their own herbs, vine-ripe tomatoes, flavorful peppers and a handful of other fresh produce thanks to a new collection of raised gardens in the community’s Amenity Village.

Hub’s Garden, aptly named after the Cane Island’s popular canine ambassador, features several raised planter boxes adjacent to the Amenity Village conservatory where residents can pick herbs, fruits and vegetables at no cost.  The gardens are managed by Cane Island’s landscaping team. 
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Morton Ranch High School Students Earn Gold Medal at National STAR Competition

Katy Texas News
Posted July 12th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 12, 2017) – More than 7,500 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, and guests from across the country gathered in Nashville, TN for the 2017 National Leadership Conference.  The meeting provided MRHS FCCLA members with the opportunity to attend leadership and program training, hear national speakers, and explore colleges and careers. Kyle Triplett, an 11th grader  and Michael Hurley a 9th grader at Morton Ranch High School in Katy, Texas, were among the members and took part in STAR Event competitions at the conference.

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Katy ISD Student Qualifies for U.S. Olympic National Championship

Katy Texas News
Posted July 11th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 11, 2017) – Katy ISD Seven Lakes Junior High sixth grader Rowan Dumond, recently competed at the 2017 U.S. Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships in Kissimmee, FL.  Over 800 of the country’s top male gymnasts competed in the regional team, all-around and individual apparatus events.

After two days of competition, Rowan tied for first place earning the title of National Champion for Floor in his division.  He had a career high score of 13.45 on Floor during the preliminary competition.  Rowan is an honors student at Seven Lakes Junior High, and when he’s not training at the gym, he enjoys playing percussion with the SLJH Honors Band, designing with Legos and solving Rubix cube puzzles.

Courtesy of Katy ISD
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Operation Backpack to Kick-Off for YMCA of Greater Houston

Katy Texas News
Posted July 07th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 7, 2017) – YMCA Operation Backpack, an initiative of the YMCA of Greater Houston, is one of Texas’ largest back-to-school supply drives. In its 13th year, YMCA Operation Backpack is expecting to reach its highest goal to date by giving school supplies and/or a new backpack to 120,000 youngsters whose families struggle to make ends meet. Last year, the YMCA delivered backpacks and supplies to more than 105,000 children. Thirty-six school districts in the Houston area will benefit from the event.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Receives TAPE Award

Katy Texas News
Posted July 07th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 7, 2017) – The Quality Texas Foundation has awarded Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE). The prestigious award recognizes strong dedication to quality and high performance.

“We are honored to be among the select group of organizations to achieve this distinction from the Quality Texas Foundation. Winning the TAPE award is a reflection of the focus on clinical excellence, quality, and patient safety that the team at Memorial Hermann Katy provides every day,” said Heath Rushing, Senior Vice President and CEO, Memorial Hermann Katy.

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University of Houston Katy Campus to Offer Subsea Engineering Courses

Katy Texas News
Posted July 07th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 7, 2017) – As of fall 2017, the University of Houston’s Katy campus will offer engineering courses that may be applied toward a Master’s degree in electrical, subsea, and environmental engineering upon successful admission into the respective graduate programs. Individuals with a Bachelor’s degree may apply at egr.uh.edu/engineering-katy. Courses can be taken on campus or online.

There will be an information session on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1550 Foxlake Dr. Interested parties must RSVP by Monday, July 10, 2017 t0 subsea-advisor@me.uh.edu.

Courtesy of University of Houston, Engineering

 

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Memorial Hermann Hospital Announces New President and CEO

Katy Texas News
Posted July 06th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 6, 2017) – Memorial Hermann Health System is pleased to announce the appointment of longtime and highly accomplished System Chief Operating Officer (COO) Charles “Chuck” D. Stokes to President and CEO of Memorial Hermann, effective immediately. In addition to his role as Executive Vice President and COO, Stokes had been serving as interim President and CEO following the departure of Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., who left the organization in June to pursue his passion in public and health policy.

Stokes, who began his career as a registered nurse, is a well-respected industry veteran with nearly four decades of leadership experience and demonstrated success in fostering a culture of innovation and exceptional patient care experiences, with an emphasis on superior quality, safety and stellar operations.

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Patients at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Experience the Joy of Summer Camp

Katy Texas News
Posted July 06th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 6, 2017) – Last week, Camp For All 2U brought the joy of summer camp to patients at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. The program transforms areas of the hospital into camp, providing patients who may not get the experience of camp outside of the hospital the opportunity to enjoy a variety of games and activities. A different theme each day, camp activities included archery, a petting zoo, arts and crafts and much more.

“We are so excited to have Camp For All 2U here at West Campus for the first time,” says Matt Schaefer, president of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. “For many of these patients, this is the only opportunity they will have to experience camp this summer due to their current medical condition. To provide them with the chance to temporarily forget what they are going through and just enjoy being a kid is what it’s all about.”

Camp For All 2U at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus was generously sponsored by Wood Group. For more information about Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, visit texaschildrens.org/westcampus. For more information about Camp For All, visit www.campforall.org.”

 

Courtesy of Texas Children’s Hospital 
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Katy Asian Town Officially In Progress

Katy Texas News
Posted July 05th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 5, 2017) – Katy Asian Town, the 100,000 square foot shopping center anchored by H Mart, is set to begin construction soon, with plans to open in early 2018. The 15-acre property, located at 23119 Colonial Pkwy. on the northwest corner of Grand Pkwy. and IH-10 will be the third H Mart location in the Greater Houston area, and will offer fresh meat, seafood, organic produce, and a food court.  Other store locations offer services like Smart Cards for discounts, in-store savings, and special entry into sweepstakes.

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Katy Mills Shoppers and Tenants Surpass $1 Million Fundraising Goal for Susan G. Komen

Katy Texas News
Posted July 05th 2017

Katy, TX News (July 5, 2017) – Katy Mills, along with more than 180 Simon Malls, The Mills and Premium Outlets nationwide, has surpassed its $1 million fundraising goal for 2017 in support of Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer.  Katy Mills participated in a range of activities from October 2016 through October 2017 to raise funds.

“It is thanks to the tremendous support and engagement we have received from our retailers, shoppers, community partners and employees that we were able to achieve, and exceed this fundraising goal in support of Susan G. Komen,” said Sabrina Scruta, Katy Mills Director of Marketing. “From selling discount cards to honoring survivors through photos and messages to hosting race events at our centers – we are so grateful to all who participated and contributed as part of this campaign to reduce deaths from breast cancer.”

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Monty Ballard YMCA Offering Free Swimming Classes to Katy Apartment Complexes

Katy Texas News
Posted June 29th 2017

Katy, TX News (June 29, 2017) – Of the 107 child drownings in Texas last year, Harris County experienced the most with 18 children losing their lives.

In Texas, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 14. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries. Many drownings occur at apartment swimming pools, which typically have no lifeguards on duty.

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Katy Woman Thanks Memorial Hermann Doctor Who Helped Save Her Life

Katy Texas News
Posted June 29th 2017
Katy, TX News (June 29, 2017) – A Katy woman recently returned to thank the physician who she says helped saved her life. Back in March, Danisha Henry was home alone when she collapsed. After reviving enough to call 911, she was taken to the Emergency Center at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. That’s when Dr. Mikael Lucas, an emergency medicine physician affiliated with Memorial Hermann Katy, discovered a ruptured brain aneurysm and sent her to Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center. There, neurosurgeons fixed her aneurysm and Henry has since made a full recovery.
 
“If you met me today, you wouldn’t know that I had a life-threatening aneurysm. I don’t think it was until after I recovered that I realized how rare it is for people who experienced a brain aneurysm to recover without any lasting neurological damage. I believe Dr. Lucas’ care and quick action made a big difference in my recovery. I had to come back and say thank you,” says Henry.
“As an emergency medicine physician, you don’t always get to see how a patient recovers after they leave the emergency center. I can remember what she looked like when she came in, and it was like seeing two different people. It was such a nice surprise to see Danisha again and learn how well she’s doing,” says Dr. Lucas.
Memorial Hermann Katy has a level IV trauma center staffed with specially-trained nurses and physicians prepared to provide critical care services. The neuroscience program at Memorial Hermann Katy brings together a collaborative group of fellowship-trained, board-certified neurologists and neurosurgeons who are prepared to treat some of the most acute brain, spinal cord and neural conditions, so patients can receive advanced treatment close to home.  In cases where additional treatment is critical, Memorial Hermann Life Flight® can transport patients to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and the highly-acclaimed Mischer Neuroscience Institute.
Courtesy of Memorial Hermann Hospital 
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Katy ISD Accepting Naming Nominations for South, East, and West Transportation Centers

Katy Texas News
Posted June 29th 2017

Katy, TX News (June 29, 2017) – Katy ISD is now accepting nominations for naming the South, East and West transportation centers.  Deadline for submissions is August 1, 2017.

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

Please submit other supplemental materials, such as in-depth biographies, news clippings, photos, letters of recommendation and/or other printed resources that would assist the naming committee in making a recommendation to the Board.

The Nomination for Naming a New School or Facility Form and all supplementary materials may be submitted in the following manner:

  • Via email to schoolnaming@katyisd.org
  • By mail to:                 Katy ISD School/Facility Naming
    Communications Department
    P.O. Box 159
    Katy, TX 77492-0159
  • Personal delivery to: Education Support Complex (ESC)
    Communications Department
    6301 S. Stadium Lane
    Katy, TX  77494

Submissions must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on August 1, 2017.

Click here to learn more.
Katy ISD

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Texas Children’s Hospital Ranked #4 in the Nation

Katy Texas News
Posted June 27th 2017

Katy, TX News (June 27, 2017) – The 2017-18 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report ranked Texas Children’s Hospital fourth in the country among the nearly 200 pediatric centers. For the ninth straight year, Texas Children’s Hospital was placed on the Best Children’s Hospital Honor Roll of best pediatric institutions.

Texas Children’s is one of only 10 children’s hospitals across the country to achieve the Honor Roll designation, and the only hospital in Texas – and the southern U.S. – awarded this distinction. Over the last decade, no other pediatric hospital in the state has ever achieved an overall ranking as high as Texas Children’s.

Each year, in addition to ranking pediatric hospitals overall, U.S. News also ranks the top 50 pediatric hospitals across 10 major subspecialties. This year, Texas Children’s Heart Center® ranks as the best cardiology and heart surgery service in the country. In addition, six subspecialties ranked in the top five.

#1     Cardiology and Heart Surgery
#2     Pulmonology
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#4     Cancer
#4     Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#4     Nephrology (kidney disorders)

#4     Neurology and Neurosurgery
#6     Diabetes and Endocrinology
?#6     Urology
#11   Neonatology
#16   Orthopedics

Visit the U.S. News website for more information.

Courtesy of Texas Children’s Hospital
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New to Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted June 26th 2017

Katy, TX News (June 26, 2017) – A list of newly opened and coming soon retail, dining, and businesses in Katy, Texas.

 

JUST OPENED

Abuelo’s The Flavor of Mexico
24600 Katy Fwy.

AGU Ramen Bistro
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Aji Ramen
1645 Winding Hollow Dr.

The Cheese Bar
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Alicia’s Bakery
3616 N. Fry Rd.

Bambu Desserts & Drinks
9555 Spring Green Blvd.

Chipotle
24600 Katy Fwy.

DR34M Home Rug & Design
5000 Katy Mills Cir.

F45 Training Cinco Ranch West
4950 Katy Gaston Rd.

Iconic Eyecare
9722 Gaston Rd.

Grand Imperial Chinese Restaurant
27131 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Katy Hardware
559 Pin Oak Rd. 

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Texting & Driving Simulator Coming to Monty Ballard YMCA

Katy Texas News
Posted June 21st 2017

Katy, TX News (June 21, 2017) –  The AT&T* IT CAN WAIT campaign has partnered with the YMCA of Greater Houston to raise awareness about the dangers of smartphone distracted driving. Research shows that seven in 10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving.** And, people are doing much more than texting from behind the wheel.

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Katy ISD Elementary Participates in Raising Family Partnership Program

Katy Texas News
Posted June 15th 2017

Katy, TX News (June 15, 2017) – Schmalz Elementary was recently selected to participate in the 2017 Raising Family Partnerships Fellowship.  The school is one of 20 from across the state selected to redesign and transform their family engagement plan based on best practices, personal experiences and lessons learned from other participants.

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Construction Underway for Katy Boardwalk District

Katy Texas News
Posted June 14th 2017

Katy, TX News (June 14, 2017) – “Located off of Kingsland Blvd, just south of I-10 in Katy Texas, The Katy Boardwalk District is an approximately forty acre development conceptualized by the City of Katy and the Katy Development Authority to transform the underutilized property and existing detention lake into an exciting retail, residential and recreational destination.

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Cane Island Named Among Nation’s 50 Best Communities for Retirees

Katy Texas News
Posted June 13th 2017

Katy, TX News (June 13, 2017) – The Katy master-planned community of Cane Island, where active retirees enjoy culinary classes to wine and book clubs, has been recognized by Where to Retire Magazine as one of the 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States.

Cane Island’s selection follows a nine-month process when the magazine’s editors reviewed of hundreds of communities across the country to create its 50 Best Master-Planned Communities list.

The 2016 GHBA Community of Year, Cane Island boasts lifestyle patio homes and larger, family homes in a resort-quality setting where social clubs, classes and workshops create a well-rounded, active lifestyle.

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Alba Energy Announces New Solar Office in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted June 13th 2017

Katy, Texas News (June 13, 2017) – Texas may be oil country, but another energy resource is taking the state by storm. Alba Energy, an industry-leading solar panel design and installation firm, announced today they have expanded operations to Katy, a suburb of Houston.

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Katy ISD Teams Rank High in Global Destination Imagination Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted June 13th 2017

Katy, TX News (June 13, 2017) – Three Katy ISD teams classified in the “Top 10 Teams” during the Global Destination Imagination Tournament, which took place in Knoxville, Tennessee on May 24-28.

More than 1,400 teams representing 45 states and 14 countries competed in the event to showcase their innovative challenge solutions.  In total, five Katy ISD teams attended the tournament, including students from Griffin Elementary, Hayes Elementary, Beckendorff Junior High and Katy High School.

In the Improv Challenge, 3-Peat, the Katy High School “Tie Di ers” finished in 10th place.  This placed them as the highest ranking team in the state of Texas, who was in attendance.  Participating in the Scientific Challenge, Top Secret, the Hayes Elementary team “It’s Classified” finished in third place.  The “Altos Kryptos,” from Griffin Elementary won second place in the same category.

Courtesy of Katy ISD
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Memorial Hermann and Medistar Announce New Post-Acute Community in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted June 07th 2017

Katy, Texas News (June 7, 2017) – Vibra Healthcare, LLC (“Vibra”), Memorial Hermann Health System, and Medistar Corporation (“Medistar”) announced today their collaboration on the development of VibraLife of Katy, a new VibraLife post-acute and residential care community coming to the Houston area. The new state-of-the-art facility will be located in the Parkwest Business Park off Interstate 10, adjacent to Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. The facility will occupy 58,000 square feet and provide a total of 104 beds, including a 70-bed transitional care rehabilitation center, an 18-bed assisted living center, and a 16-bed secured memory care unit.

 

“We are delighted to be jointly pioneering a new post-acute care service model with Memorial Hermann,” said Brad Hollinger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vibra Healthcare.  “Memorial Hermann has an exceptional reputation for the delivery of outstanding, end-to-end patient care experiences. We are committed to delivering the same high quality, affordable care in this new state-of-the-art post-acute facility.”

 

Affiliated with Memorial Hermann, the largest non-profit health system in Southeast Texas, and Medistar, a long-standing Houston-based developer and owner of healthcare real estate, VibraLife of Katy will be expertly equipped to serve the Houston community. The new, innovative facility will deliver a fully integrated post-acute care continuum and provide personalized services and care options that will help address the unmet needs of local healthcare providers and patients.

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Governor Abbott Signs Into Law a Statewide Ban on Texting While Driving

Katy Texas News
Posted June 07th 2017

Katy, TX News – (June 7, 2017) – Gov. Greg Abbott signed the ban into law Tuesday, ending a decade-long effort by safety advocates to reduce potentially deadly driver distractions on the road.

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Katy ISD Announces Top 10 Grads for Class of 2017

Katy Texas News
Posted June 06th 2017

Katy, TX News (June 6, 2017) – Close to 5,000 Katy ISD seniors walked across the stage at the Leonard E. Merrell Center during this year’s graduation ceremony. Katy ISD congratulates all graduates and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

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Special Pals Searching for First-Responders to Feature in 2018 Calendar

Katy Texas News
Posted June 05th 2017

Katy, TX News (June 5, 2017) – Special Pals, Inc., a no-kill animal shelter serving the Katy/West Houston community, is searching for 13 area first responders to be featured in our 2018 Red White & Rescue calendar.

The calendar will include male and female first responders from the Katy/West Houston/Fulshear areas along with pets from the shelter.  Special consideration will be given to first responders who currently own a pet adopted from Special Pals.

“Our goal for this calendar is to raise funds and awareness for Special Pals,” said Melissa Houser, member of the Board of Directors.  “We also want to recognize our local first responders who bravely protect our communities every day. They work hard to save human lives while we work hard to save animal lives.”

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Katy ISD Valedictorians and Salutatorians

Katy Texas News
Posted June 01st 2017

Katy, TX News (June 1, 2017) – Katy ISD is proud to announce the top two students from each high school who are ranked highest academically in their respective graduating classes.  These students have worked extremely hard from the very first day of their ninth grade year until the last day of their senior year.  Many of them are now moving on to prestigious colleges and universities throughout the nation.  The 2016-2017 valedictorians and salutatorians are:

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Katy ISD Students Receive Scholarships from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted June 01st 2017

Katy, TX News (May 31, 2017) – Five Katy Independent School District (KISD) athletic trainers were recently awarded sports medicine scholarships from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, the official healthcare provider for KISD.

 

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Walmart Supercenter in Katy Creates up to 300 Jobs

Katy Texas News
Posted May 31st 2017

Katy, TX News (May 31, 2017) – The Katy Walmart Supercenter at Grand Morton Town Center held a grand opening ribbon-cutting at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31, bringing a broad assortment of fresh groceries and general merchandise to the community at everyday low prices. At this store, customers can enjoy convenient on-site services such as a full pharmacy and a free in-store pickup service, providing an easy way to shop millions of products on Walmart.com. The new store, located at 22850 Morton Ranch Road, will employ up to 300 full- and part-time associates.

“The associates have been working so hard to get this store ready for the community,” said Store Manager Jeremy Butler. “It’s exciting for everyone in Katy and we are ready to open our doors.”

Fresh, Affordable Produce, Meat and Groceries

The store includes a grocery department featuring a large selection of fresh organics, crisp greens, and premium products, the finest cuts of USDA choice meats and deli offerings. The in-store bakery offers freshly baked bread, personalized cakes, single-serve items and more.

Shop How, Where and When You Want

Walmart is innovating the shopping experience like no one else, so customers can shop when and how they want. Families in Katy can shop nearly 35 million items on walmart.com. The Pickup Discount gives customers a discount on select items if they choose to pick up their Walmart.com order at a store. In addition, Walmart offers free two day shipping with no extra cost for orders of $35 or more.

Courtesy of Walmart
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Katy ISD to Break Ground on Elementary School #41

Katy Texas News
Posted May 30th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 30, 2017) – The Katy ISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Lance Hindt will be joining staff and community members as the district breaks ground on Elementary #41.  This new educational facility is being made possible in part from savings out of the 2014 bond package and will serve to address growing enrollment that is taking place in the southwest quadrant of Katy ISD.   The school is expected to open in Fall 2018. The new school will be located at 3701 Cross Creek Bend Ln. The groundbreaking will take place May 31, 2017 at 9 a.m.

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Katy ISD Names New Assistant Superintendent for Elementary School Leadership

Katy Texas News
Posted May 30th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 30, 2017) – The Katy ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Dr. Dawn Carlson-Scruggs as the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary School Leadership and Support.

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Cane Island Reports Strong Phase One Sales Figures

Katy Texas News
Posted May 30th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 30, 2017) – As Cane Island begins its second summer since its grand opening, the Katy master-planned community reports more than 50% of its phase one homesites either sold or under construction as new home buyers continue to flock to the 2016 GHBA Community of the Year.

Upon build out, Cane Island’s first phase will include approximately 550 traditional and lifestyle patio homes from the $200’s to the millions amidst a resort-style setting which earned Cane Island the prestigious GHBA Community of the Year Award for 2016.

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The Vista Companies Breaks Ground on Final Phase of Development at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted May 26th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 26, 2017) – Today, Houston-based developer Vista Equities Group broke ground on the Final Phase of development at Katy-area’s LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. The Final Phase will be anchored by a 37,000 sq. ft. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 7,500 sq. ft. of retail space and a 5-story parking garage. “LaCenterra is on the heels of its 10th anniversary celebration, so breaking ground on the Final Phase shortly after is very meaningful and important not only for us, but for the Katy community,” said Woody Mann, President of Vista Equities Group. “We are thrilled to see our development continue to grow and to welcome Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, along with many other exciting new tenants, to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch.”

 


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Dr. Gallas Named Top Doctor Once Again

Katy Texas News
Posted May 24th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 24, 2017) – Realself empowers women and men to make sound decisions about cosmetic procedures by providing a unique platform for discussion between those considering cosmetic procedures and experts in their field, such as Dr. Gallas.  Based on decades of experience, continued medical and surgical education, and maintenance of  high ethical standards, Dr. Gallas has once again been named a “Top Doctor” with Realself.com.

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Katy ISD Announces New Principal for Taylor High School

Katy Texas News
Posted May 24th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 23, 2017) – During the Regular Board of Trustees meeting, Katy ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lance Hindt, announced Christopher Morgan as the new principal for Taylor High School.  Mr. Morgan will be replacing Jeff Stocks, who recently accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent for Instructional and Administrative Support – Area 2.

 

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Katy ISD Surpasses One Million Volunteer Hours

Katy Texas News
Posted May 22nd 2017

Katy, TX News (May 22, 2017) – For the second year in a row, Katy ISD’s Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program reached an unparalleled milestone by donating an extraordinary 1,056,073 hours to the district’s students and staff.  Although the number is impressive unto itself, the greater impact lies in the thousands of personal stories it reflects.  Each one of those million+ hours represents a person who lovingly donated the gift of time to better the lives of Katy ISD children.

 

 

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Katy’s First Under Armour Store to Open at Katy Mills Mall

Katy Texas News
Posted May 17th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 17, 2017) – Simon, a global leader in retail real estate, is pleased to announce the addition of Under Armour to Katy Mills and the Katy area.

“We are thrilled to share this highly-anticipated brand with the community,” said Sabrina Scurta, Director of Marketing and Business Development. “Katy Mills continually evolves to exceed shopper expectations and offer an elevated shopping experience for our visitors.”

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Katy ISD Board of Trustees Elects New Officers

Katy Texas News
Posted May 17th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 17, 2017) – During the monthly Katy ISD Work Study meeting, William “Bill” Lacy was welcomed as the newest member of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees.  Lacy along with incumbents Ashley Vann and Courtney Doyle took the Oath of Office and were officially sworn in during a Special Board meeting held ahead of the Work Study.

Photo courtesy of Ashley Vann

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YMCA to Host Free Activities Day at Camp Cullen

Katy Texas News
Posted May 11th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 11, 2017) – On the banks of scenic Lake Livingston mounted to the tall pines is one of the longest dual zip lines in Texas. All summer long, children – secured in their harnesses – race each other down the cabled lines in what many have described as an “experience of a lifetime” on the 530 acres of YMCA’s Camp Cullen.

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Katy ISD Foundation Awards $284K to Local Educators

Katy Texas News
Posted May 11th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 11, 2017) – The Katy ISD Education Foundation is committed to helping teachers create extraordinary classroom experiences for their students through grants. The foundation has awarded approximately $1 million dollars to Katy ISD teachers in their first five years. This year, $284,000 in grants were awarded to schools at the elementary through high school lever. The a few of the lucky grant recipients are listed below.

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Katy ISD Receives Recognition for Transparency Efforts from Texas Comptroller

Katy Texas News
Posted May 10th 2017

 

Katy, TX News (May 10, 2017) – Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced that the Katy ISD Financial Services Department is the latest local government entity to achieve specific transparency goals through the Transparency Stars program. Katy ISD received a star in the area of Traditional Finances which recognizes entities for their outstanding efforts in making their spending and revenue transparent and easily accessible to the public.

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Katy ISD Women Dominate Among Katy Magazine’s Top 100 Women

Katy Texas News
Posted May 09th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 9, 2017)  – This year Katy Magazine “Women’s Issue” included “Katy’s Top 100 Women” and over 30 Katy ISD women, including teachers, principals, district staff and namesakes, were recognized.

The list was generated through community nominations and remained a secret until the magazine hit the stands and when social media posts started circulating the final list.

“We get the pleasure of seeing the passion of many of these women first-hand and the love they have for school children so we have a very high regard for local educators, principals, trustees and namesakes,” says Kirsten Cornell, lead associate editor for Katy Magazine. “There were so many other educators and staff that we want to include and will continue to find ways to celebrate and recognize these hardworking women.”

Katy ISD is very happy to work with Katy Magazine on a daily basis to recognize the positive stories taking place in our district. Next year Katy Magazine is working on an even bigger and better surprise for Katy women.  Those interested in nominating a Katy ISD woman, may email editor@katymagazine.com with the person’s name and a paragraph as to why she is so special.

Congratulations to all the Katy ISD women who made “Katy’s Top 100 Women” list!

Courtesy of Katy ISD

View Katy Magazine’s Top 100 Women of 2017.

 

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Katy ISD Board of Trustees Election Results

Katy Texas News
Posted May 08th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 8, 2017) – Katy ISD voters elected new members to serve of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

  • Ashley Vann won Position 3 with a total of 2,279 votes.
  • Courtney Doyle won Position 4 with a total of 2,364 votes.
  • William “Bill” Lacy won Position 5 with a total of 2,451 votes.

For full election results by precinct, please view the Katy ISD Board Election Tabulation.

Courtesy of Katy ISD
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Memorial Hermann Katy Nurse Among Houston’s Top Nurses of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted May 08th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 8, 2017) – A total of 20 nurses across Memorial Hermann earned recognition among the best in their profession in the region, including Melissa Evans, RN, at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, who was named one of Houston’s Top 10 Nurses of the Year by the Houston Chronicle. Additionally, 19 other Memorial Hermann nurses across the System were named to the Chronicle’s overall Top 150 “Salute to Nurses” 2017 list.

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Katy Mayoral & City Council Election

Katy Texas News
Posted May 06th 2017

Katy, TX (May 5, 2017) – Polling locations for the City of Katy mayoral and city council election.

Election Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Ward A
Katy City Hall
901 Ave. c

Ward B 
Katy Municipal Courthouse
5432 Franz Rd.

Click here to see the most current City of Katy Ward map.

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Katy Magazine Takes Top Honors in National Publishing Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted May 04th 2017

Katy, TX News (May 4, 2017) -This spring, Katy Magazine competed in the Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) Awards, a national program that seeks out the “best of the best” and showcases the highest quality publications in the United States. A panel of judges selected winners and finalists from over 1300 entries and 90 categories.

This year, Katy Magazine received 10 awards in categories such as general excellence, best single ad, cancer-awareness, community service, and best original writing. See all of the awards and the judge’s comments below:

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Katy Student Awarded One of the Most Prestigious Scholarships in the World

Katy Texas News
Posted May 03rd 2017

Katy, TX News (May 3, 2017) – Alec, a year 13 student at the British International School of Houston has been awarded one of the world’s most prestigious scholarships, the Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship at the University of Toronto. The school is located in Katy off of Westgreen Blvd. and Franz Rd.

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Union Pacific Locomotive, “The Katy” Part of Larger Heritage Fleet

Katy Texas News
Posted May 02nd 2017

Katy, Texas News (May 2, 2017) – Katy families may have seen and taken photos with the brightly-painted locomotive on the railroad tracks in Historic Katy. What Katyites may not know is that the train is more than a great photo op. The #1988 SD70ACe locomotive is part of a larger, Presidential Heritage fleet from Union Pacific that pays tribute to the Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad, and the historical significance it plays in American history.

 

Other locomotives in the fleet include: 

  • UP Western Pacific, #1996
  • UP Southern Pacific, #1983
  • UP Denver & Rio Grand Western Railroad, #1989
  • UP Missouri Pacific Railroad, #1982
  • UP Chicago & North Western Railroad, #1995

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Earns Recognition for Quality and High Performance

Katy Texas News
Posted May 01st 2017

KATY, TX (April 27, 2017) – The Quality Texas Foundation has awarded Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE). The prestigious award recognizes strong dedication to quality and high performance.

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Car Collectors Win Big Money at Cane Island Car Show

Katy Texas News
Posted May 01st 2017

Katy, TX News (May 1, 2017) – Several Katy-area car collectors did more than just turn heads with their hot rods and roadsters at the recent Cane Island Car Show, they also won big cash prizes as the winners in several categories as selected by public vote.

Anel Brown was awarded $2,000 as the winner of Best in Show and Best Vintage; Jim Walters was awarded $1,000 for Best in Paint; Isac Ramos won $1,000 for Best Interior; and Mark Green took home $1,000 for Most Unique entry.

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Cinco Ranch Named No. 2 Best Suburbs to Live in Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted April 27th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 27, 2017) – Niche, an online ranking site for colleges, k-12 schools, and places to live, has ranked the Katy suburb of Cinco Ranch as the second best place to live in Texas for 2017. Coming in second only to Rollingwood, a suburb of Austin, Cinco Ranch was given four out of five starts for it’s safety, clean streets, schools, and friendly neighbors. View the Top 100 list below:

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Early Voting Begins for May Elections in Harris County

Katy Texas News
Posted April 24th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 24, 2017) – Early voting for the May 6, 2017 election starts Monday, April 24 and ends on May 2. The Harris County Clerk’s office will conduct elections for eight political subdivisions serving over 900,000 registered voters in Harris County. Fifty-four additional political entities in Harris County will also conduct elections on the same day. The deadline to submit an application for a mail ballot is April 25.

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Wood Group to Host Recycling Drive Benefiting Local Charities

Katy Texas News
Posted April 20th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 20, 2017) –  On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Wood Group will host a community recycling drive at its Park Ten campus to support its environmental stewardship program. A portion of the recyclable proceeds will benefit the Heart of Mustang, Wood Group’s 501 (c3) charitable organizations.   Heart of Mustang raises money to benefit a variety of causes, and its success is a direct result of dedicated employees who generously volunteer their, time, labor and monetary gifts.

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Katy ISD 2017 Board Election Dates and Information

Katy Texas News
Posted April 19th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 19, 2017) – The dates for early voting and election day for the 2017 Katy ISD Board election have been announced. The Board is comprised of seven members who are elected at-large to fill available positions. In accordance with the provisions of the Texas Education Code, a person may not be elected as a trustee of Katy ISD unless the person is a qualified voter.

An individual seeking election as a member of the Board of Trustees must have been a resident of the state for 12 months and a resident of the District six months prior to the last date on which the candidate could file to be listed on the ballot. The following persons have filed as candidates for the upcoming election.

Dates, candidate information, polling information, and more below.

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TUTS Houston Will Host Local Auditions for Pippin

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2017

Katy, Texas News (April 17, 2017) – Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) will hold auditions in Houston on May 6th and 7th for the upcoming production of PIPPIN, slated to run at the Miller Outdoor Theatre this summer. PIPPIN will be directed and choreographed by Michelle Gaudette who directed MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET for TUTS last summer at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

“We are so looking forward to our annual summer shows at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Our relationship with our friends and colleagues at Miller Outdoor Theatre provides us with the opportunity to remember our beginnings there nearly 50 years ago. Our lineup for this summer, which includes PIPPIN, will build upon our tradition of providing access to some of Houston’s best musical theatre. We are delighted to be working with our long-time collaborator Michelle Gaudette and our immensely talented local actors to create a summer line-up that inspires, entertains, and celebrates all that is great about Houston and the Houston arts scene,” said Hillary Hart, Executive Director of Theatre Under The Stars.

PIPPIN, a circus inspired production, features a troupe of acrobatic performers led by a very charismatic Leading Player. The performers’ main purpose is to tell the story of Pippin, a young prince who is longing to find adventure and passion in all areas of his life. PIPPIN, with book by Roger O. Hirson and music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, will play at Miller Outdoor Theatre July 11-16, 2017.

The Houston auditions will take place at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in the Administration Building, located at 800 Bagby St., Houston, Texas 77002, and the schedule for the days will be as follows:
Saturday, May 6, 2017
2-6 p.m.
Combined EPA / ECC
7-11 p.m.
Combined Male / Female Dance Call


Sunday, May 7, 2017 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
By Appointment ONLY
3-7 p.m.
Callbacks
Anyone interested in this audition should come fully prepared. Auditioners should be aware that TUTS complies with all Actor’s Equity Association guidelines, and that all rehearsals for the production are held in the daytime during normal business hours.
To schedule an appointment or for any questions about the auditions, please email auditions@tuts.com. Rehearsals for PIPPIN will begin on June 23rd. For more information, visit www.TUTS.com/auditions.


SEEKING:
Leading Player: Male/Female, Any Ethnicity. The ultimate ‘ring leader.’ Masterfully charming and manipulative, the Leading Player is a chameleon of sorts. Guides Pippin through his own story and tries to intervene at the end. Excellent dancer. Obsessed with putting on a great show for the audience. Ab4 – Db3

Pippin: Male, Any Ethnicity, 16 – 25, our story’s young and confused protagonist. He is longing to find his purpose in life. Naive, innocent, and discontent. Eventually finds love, and meaning in life, with Catherine and Theo. Ab4 – G2

Charles: Male, Any Ethnicity, 55 – 70, Pippin’s demanding father. As the King of the Holy Roman Empire, Charlemagne is more comfortable wielding a sword than breaking bread. He wears his years with great pride. E4 – G2
Lewis: Male, Any ethnicity, 25 -35, the son of Charles and Fastrada. More brawn than brains. The perfect soldier, who loves Lewis above all else.
Fastrada: Female, Any Ethnicity, 35 – 55, Pippin’s conniving stepmother. A seductress, who is no stranger to deceit and betrayal, she is both sexy and smart. Skilled at using her sexual appeal to benefit her and her son. F5 – A3
Berthe: Female, Any Ethnicity, 60 – 80, Pippin’s saucy grandmother. A brassy broad full of wisdom, grace, and sass. She tries to help Pippin and encourages him to live his life to the fullest. C5 – E3
Catherine: Female, Any Ethnicity, 25 – 40, a widow and mother. She is a beautiful and a hopeless romantic, who possesses graceful elegance. Encounters Pippin at his lowest point and eventually falls in love with him. Db5 – F#3
Ensemble: Male/Female, Any Ethnicity, All Ages. Strong Dancers. Charlemagne’s Army, Monks, Nobility, Peasants, The Players.
The Theatre Under The Stars production of PIPPIN is sponsored in part by Wells Fargo, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Wortham Foundation, Inc., the Miller Theatre Advisory Board, Inc., the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is the official healthcare partner of Theatre Under The Stars and the official sponsor of the 2016/17 Season. United Airlines is the official airline partner of Theatre Under The Stars. KTRK ABC13 is the official media partner of Theatre Under The Stars.

*Theatre Under The Stars is committed to diversity in casting, and will not discriminate against any Actor or applicant for a part in a cast by reason of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, sexual or affectional preference, age, handicap, political persuasion, or belief.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.tuts.com. Theatre Under The Stars is Houston’s leading Musical Theatre Company since 1968, with a focus on education and community engagement. TUTS is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization that relies on the generous support of our donors to deliver first-rate theatre experiences.

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Katy YMCA to Host Free Healthy Kids Day

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 17, 2017) – The YMCA of Greater Houston is committed to healthy living and wants to share the activities that will keep children’s bodies and minds in good shape over summer break at YMCA Healthy Kids Day ® on April 22.

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University of Houston Names Director for Engineering Programs at Katy Campus

Katy Texas News
Posted April 14th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 14, 2017) – Phaneendra Kondapi, a veteran engineering educator who helped develop the nation’s first subsea engineering program at the University of Houston, has been named founding director of engineering programs at the University of Houston at Katy.

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Houston Methodist West Hospital Receives an “A” Rating for Patient Safety

Katy Texas News
Posted April 13th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 13, 2017) – The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization which assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide, yesterday released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety grades. Houston Methodist West was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

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Katy Magazine Announces Their Top 100 Women

Katy Texas News
Posted April 13th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 13, 2017) – Katy Magazine released their list of influential, inspirational women who are leading the way in Katy.

(in alphabetical order)

1. CAROL ADAMS
Katy historian and community leader

2. MINDY ADAMS
Arts and community volunteer, CFO for Adams Law Firm

3. KATHY ALT
Executive Director of Cinco Charities

4. BJ ALVAREZ
Assistant to Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt

5. DR. SANÉE BELL
Principal at Morton Ranch JH

6. CATHERINE “GIGI” BETHKE
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New Buc-ee’s Katy Store Rumored to Build Largest Car Wash in the World

Katy Texas News
Posted April 13th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 13, 2017) – The popular Texas convenience store and gas station is rumored to be building the largest car wash in the world. It will be 255 feet long, and will accompany a 56,000 foot store and 120 gas pumps. The store was originally scheduled to open this spring, but construction timelines have been pushed back due to the installation of a generator powerful enough to keep the store running in the event of a power outage. The new anticipated opening is set for this fall, and will provide approximately 200 jobs to the area.

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Katy High School to Host Inaugural Tiger Hall of Fame Induction

Katy Texas News
Posted April 11th 2017

Katy, Texas News (April 11, 2017) – Katy High School invites you to celebrate the inaugural class of the Tiger Hall of Honor, which recognizes the efforts and contributions of former student athletes, athletic teams, coaches and special merit individuals who have brought distinction, honor and excellence to themselves and to the District.  Honorees include Clint Black, William Haskett, Patricia Wardlaw, Nancy Wilson, Renee Zellweger, Andy Dalton and Darren McPherson.

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Cane Island Car Show Gets a Big Turn Out

Katy Texas News
Posted April 11th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 11, 2017) – Throngs of car enthusiasts and fans of classic cars flocked to Katy’s Cane Island for the master-planned community’s Get Away to the Car Show, sponsored by Sterling McCall Lexus and Rescue Realtor, on Saturday, April 8.

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Katy Chamber to Host Candidates’ Forum for 2017 Mayoral and Council Elections

Katy Texas News
Posted April 11th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 11, 2017) – The Katy Chamber of Commerce  will host a candidates forum for the 2017 mayoral and city council member, ward B seats. Community members can email questions for the candidates to ann@katychamber.com or submit via web survey at surveymonkey.com/r/cityofkaty.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Katy ISD Administration Building
6301 S. Stadium Ln.


Candidates for Mayor
Hill Adams
Chuck Brawner
Steve Jurovic


Candidates for Council Member Ward B
Jessie Campbell
Kayse Kendall Johnson
Jimmy Mendez, Jr.

 

The candidates forum will follow the guidelines of the League of Women Voters.
Courtesy of the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce

 

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Texas Children’s Hospital First to Be Designated Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Katy Texas News
Posted April 06th 2017

Katy, Texas News (April 6, 2017) – The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Texas Children’s Hospital is the first to be designated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) as a level IV NICU, the highest level of care available for premature and critically-ill newborns. One of the first NICUs reviewed by the state, the hospital was officially designated following a rigorous site visit conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ NICU Verification Program.

The designation comes as a result of legislation passed in 2013 requiring Texas to establish and implement neonatal and maternal level of care designations by March 1, 2018, with the intent of ensuring that neonatal intensive care units have the resources and expertise to provide high-quality patient care that leads to the best outcomes for newborn patients and their families.

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Katy ISD Student Artwork Auctions for Record-Breaking Amount

Katy Texas News
Posted April 06th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 6, 2017) – Hard work and determination pays off for two Katy ISD students whose artwork advanced to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo art auction.

McMeans Junior High eighth-grader Charles Jang’s artwork competed in the Grand Prix judging and won first place against students from over 100 districts. His project was a drawing titled “A Rare Connection.” This was the first year that a junior high student became auction eligible at this level. Jang’s artwork earned “Class Champion” recognition and auctioned off for $65,000.

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The detailed work on Fatemeh Ebrahimi’s “Reserve Class Champion” three-dimensional sculpture caught the attention of buyers, who were out-bidding each other to purchase the unique piece. The Taylor High School eleventh-grader’s artwork is titled “The Spirit Within.” Only two entries for the three-dimensional category advanced to the art action where Ebrahimi’s work broke a world record and sold for $102,000.

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Cane Island Welcomes New Lifestyle Director

Katy Texas News
Posted April 05th 2017

Katy, TX News (April 5, 2017) – The Katy master-planned community of Cane Island has named Maddy Burt as its new on-site Lifestyle Director where she will plan family move nights, wine dinners and tastings, culinary classes, signature and holiday festivals, arts workshops and photography classes, resident social clubs and many other events for residents and prospective homebuyers.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for event planning,” says Burt.  “Our Amenity Village, with its central lawn, conservatory, fire pit and multi-purpose event space, is ideal for year-round activities.”

Maddy Burt

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YMCA, UT Health, & National MS Society Create Unique Fitness and Education Program

Katy Texas News
Posted April 03rd 2017

Katy, Texas News (April 3, 2017) – Moving Stronger, an exercise and education program specifically designed for people with multiple sclerosis, will be launched in April by three institutions that are national leaders in their respective fields.

The program, which is free of charge and the first of its kind in the country, was created in a collaboration between YMCA of Greater Houston, McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Houston.

MS participants preparing for an aquatics class. Photo courtesy of YMCA of Greater Houston.
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YMCA Spring Golf Classic Raises Funds for Scholarships, Subsidized Programs

Katy Texas News
Posted April 03rd 2017

Katy, Texas News (April 3, 2017) – The Fort Bend Family YMCA, T.W. Davis Family YMCA, Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch, and the YMCA at Katy Main Street – all four located in Fort Bend County – raised more than $64,000 in the 11th Annual YMCA Spring Golf Classic.

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Commissioner Andy Meyers to Host Literary and Fine Arts Festival and Parade

Katy Texas News
Posted March 30th 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 30, 2017) – Fort Bend County Libraries and Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner, Andy Meyers, will host the 4th Annual Literary and Fine Arts Festival & Parade on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cinco Ranch Branch Library (2620 Commercial Center Dr.). Fun for all ages, this annual community event celebrates the Fine Art & Literary talent of Fort Bend County Precinct 3 students. The day also includes a Character Parade where kids ages K-12 can dress up as their favorite story book character for a chance to win prizes, live entertainment from our local schools, animal adoptions, food trucks, tons of vendors, everything you need to know for 2017 Summer Camps, as well as a chance to meet & visit with local Police, K9 Unity, EMS & Fire Department. For more information, visit fortbendfafp.com.

Andy

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Amazon Announces Katy Area Fulfillment Center to Create 1,000 Full-Time Jobs

Katy Texas News
Posted March 29th 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 29, 2017) – Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open its tenth Texas fulfillment center in Katy where it will create 1,000 new, full-time jobs. Since Amazon launched operations in Texas in 2013, the company has quickly grown its fulfillment workforce in the state to 10,000-plus full-time employees across seven existing facilities in Coppell, Haslet, Dallas, Fort Worth, Schertz, and San Marcos. Previously announced facilities in Houston and Coppell are currently under construction.

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Houston Methodist West Hospital Now An Accredited Chest Pain Center

Katy Texas News
Posted March 29th 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 29, 2017) – Houston Methodist West Hospital has received full Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The accreditation acknowledges Houston Methodist West’s expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.

“Houston Methodist West has been leading the way in cardiovascular care since we were first established,” said Vicki Brownewell, RN, Houston Methodist West’s chief nursing officer. “I’m proud of our team for continuing to deliver the best possible care for all of our heart patients.”

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Katy’s First-Annual Color Run Attracts More Than 700 Runners

Katy Texas News
Posted March 28th 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 29, 2017) – Over 700 local residents attended the first annual Katy Color Run. The event benefited three local organizations: Christ Clinic, Clothed by Faith and Hope Impacts. The event got off to a colorful start with a 1K Kids’ Dash and was followed by a chalk filled 5k. The run was held at the APEX medical building at 25277 Kingsland Boulevard in Katy, and sponsored by Kingsland Baptist Church along with the City of Katy and Healthy Gourmet.

Jackson Potter, 12 and Alexia Diermeier, 15 were the top male and female finishers in the 5K. Potter finished with a time of 19:47 and Diermeier clocked in at 21:58. Paloma Medrano, 8 and Kian Ghilzadeh, 11 were the winners of the Kids’ Dash 1K.

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Photo by Tiffany Lanza

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Cinco Ranch Engineering Club Qualifies for State Competition in Waco

Katy Texas News
Posted March 27th 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 27, 2017) – The CRHS Engineering Club competed in its first ever Regional competition event as an affiliated member of the TSA (Technology Students Association). Students competed in a wide variety of events ranging from digital video production to structural engineering and biotechnology. The CRHS team advanced four students to the state level competition in Waco in April. Please congratulate the following students on their outstanding effort and success:

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Katy ISD Campuses Qualify for Destination Imagination Tournament in Lubbock

Katy Texas News
Posted March 24th 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 23, 2017) – After months of practice, 19 teams from Katy ISD have qualified to compete at the Texas Destination Imagination Affiliate Tournament held at Lubbock ISD on April 7-9.

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Katy ISD Pre-Registration Dates for 2017 – 2018 School Year

Katy Texas News
Posted March 24th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 24, 2017) – Katy ISD has released their pre-registration dates for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and new first grade. Pre-registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017
    Kindergarten and new first grade
  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017
    Pre-Kindergarten

Registration will be open from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on both days. Attendance zone information for all Katy ISD schools can be found by using the Student Assignment by Residential Address (SARA) application or mobile app.  This app provides the ability to search by a specific address or you can select any campus to see what subdivisions and apartment complexes it serves.  Visit katyisd.org for more information.

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Senate Education Committee Passes School Choice Bill

Katy Texas News
Posted March 23rd 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 23, 2017) –  After little debate Thursday, the Senate Education Committee voted 7-3 to pass legislation that would create two public programs subsidizing private school tuition and homeschooling expenses.

Senate Bill 3, a priority for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, now heads to the full Senate, where it’s also expected to pass. Corresponding bills have not been taken up by the House Public Education Committee.

Thursday’s vote came two days after a committee hearing that lasted more than eight hours, with more than 150 people filling the room to testify in support and opposition. The bill’s author, Senate Education Chairman Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, submitted a new version of the bill that he said would decrease the cost of the programs.

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Katy ISD Seeks Community Input at Education Summits

Katy Texas News
Posted March 22nd 2017

Katy, TX News (March 2, 2017) – Katy ISD has launched a strategic design process to create a community-inspired road map for its schools over the next three to five years.  Recently, a series of stakeholder meetings were held to gather baseline data from parents, business leaders, principals, teachers, clergy and students on where the District is currently and where the community hopes for the District to be in the near future.  The next steps in the strategic design process begins this week as Katy ISD hosts two of four education summits to provide the community an opportunity to share their highest hopes and aspirations for their children. The dates, times and locations for all of the education summits are listed below.

Wednesday, March 22

  • Education Support Complex
    6301 S. Stadium Lane
    11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Morton Ranch High School
    9th Grade Commons
    21000 Franz Rd.
    6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 30

  • Education Support Complex
    6301 S. Stadium Lane
    11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Cinco Ranch High School
    Main Commons
    23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd
    6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
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The Ballard House in Katy to Receive 2 Million Dollar Grant for Expansion

Katy Texas News
Posted March 22nd 2017

Katy, Texas News (March 22, 2017)The Ballard Foundation has announced that it will donate $2 million to The Ballard House-Katy for an expansion of their existing location.

Katy’s Ballard House provides patients battling life-threatening or critical illnesses, along with their families and caregivers, Texas-sized hospitality in a home away from home environment. “We are so grateful for this generous gift and wish to express our sincere gratitude to The Ballard Foundation and the entire Katy area for their continued support,” stated Kathy Alt, The Ballard House Director.

Families come from around the world travel to stay at The Ballard House, and once there can create bonds and friendships with those who are going through similar life experiences. The expanded facilities at The Ballard House-Katy will allow the local non-profit organization a chance to help more families in need. More information: www.theballardhouse.org.

 

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Garth Brooks to Open and Close Rodeo Houston in 2018

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Posted March 17th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 17, 2017) – Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officials announced that Garth Brooks will open and close 2018 RodeoHouston®, Feb. 27 and March 18.

“We are thrilled to welcome Garth Brooks back to the RodeoHouston® stage,” said Jack A. Lyons, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo chairman of the board. “This is the first time in multi-entertainer Show history that one artist has opened and closed RodeoHouston®, and we could not think of a more engaging performer to take on this epic presentation.”

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Science-Based Summer Camp Comes to Katy

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Posted March 16th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 16, 2017) – Club SciKidz Houston, a franchise of Georgia-based, Club SciKidz, LLC is proud to announce its expansion into Katy, TX. With two Sugar Land, TX locations at Faith Lutheran Church and Fisher’s of Men Lutheran Church, Club SciKidz Houston is currently accepting Summer Day Camp registrations for its CrossPoint Community Church location at 700 S. Westgreen Blvd.

Club SciKidz Houston features in-school field trips, after school programs and summer day camp sessions for grades PK – 8 (or ages 4 – 15). While the week-long summer day camps are at churches, Club SciKidz also provides its other services at both public and private schools and day care centers.

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Former City Council Member Hill Adams Announces Candidacy for Mayor

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Posted March 14th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 14, 2017) – Hill Adams, long time Katy resident and former City Council member, has declared his candidacy for Mayor of the City of Katy.

Hill and his wife Carol have lived in Katy for 25 years and from the beginning they have been very active in our community through schools, church, local charities and public service. Best known for their work with the Katy Heritage Society; Carol is best known for working with then-Mayor Doyle Callender to create Katy Heritage Park and Railroad Park. The Adams’ have been married for 37 years and have two children; Anne and Robert. Strongly rooted in protecting Katy’s past, Hill Adams is also committed to Katy’s future.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Welcomes New Medical Director

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Posted March 14th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 13, 2017) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently appointed Peter Walker, M.D., as its new medical director of the bariatric program.  In his new role, Dr. Walker will oversee the growth of the program, which aims to help people lose weight after diet and exercise options have been exhausted.

“We are excited to have Dr. Walker lead the bariatric program here at Memorial Hermann Katy. He is dedicated to providing patients with state-of-the-art surgical therapies using the least invasive, most advanced and safest techniques available. We know the Katy community will appreciate having his expertise close to home,” says Heath Rushing, Sr. Vice President and CEO for Memorial Hermann Katy.

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British International School Boys Varsity Soccer Team Wins State Championship

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Posted March 10th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 10, 2017) – The British International School of Houston (BISH) varsity boys’ soccer team played an impressive game  and won the 2017 TAPPS Texas Division III State Soccer Championship title against Dallas Covenant with a final score of 5-2. The team notably played 21 matches over four months before winning this coveted title. Over the last six years they have been district champions four times and state champions twice.

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Chuck Brawner Announces Candidacy for Katy Mayor

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Posted March 07th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 7, 2017) – Chuck Brawner has filed to run in the open seat to be the next Mayor of the City of Katy.  Brawner served as Katy City Council Member since 2013 and Mayor Pro Tem since 2014. He was required to vacate his Council Seat to run for Mayor.  Brawner is committed to making the families of Katy and the city’s legacy the center of his campaign.

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Cane Island Conservatory, Event Center Now Taking Reservations

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Posted March 06th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 6, 2017) – Cane Island’s glass-walled conservatory, the only one of its kind in the area, and its multi-purpose event center, both situated within the community’s resort-style Amenity Village, now can be reserved for business, civic and social gatherings.

Available for both residents and non-residents of the Katy master-planned community, both venues are located minutes north of the Cane Island entrance at 2100 Cane Island Parkway.

Cane Island’s 3,500-square-foot event center is serviced by a restaurant-quality commercial kitchen making it ideal for morning, afternoon or evening catered functions, receptions, meetings and networking events.  Ample covered space just outside the event center is available for pre-function activities.  The event center also can be converted into an indoor/outdoor venue by opening its large sliding doors.

For more intimate events, groups can reserve Cane Island’s 1,500-square-foot glass-walled conservatory, the only such facility in the area.  Available for seasonal use in the fall and spring, the enclosed, air-conditioned space with its wall of fresh flowers is ideal for showers or smaller social events. The conservatory also is serviced by the Amenity Village’s full-service commercial kitchen.    Cane Island

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John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Visits Katy ISD

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Posted March 06th 2017

Katy, TX News (March 6, 2017) – Katy ISD will host the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus for a special one-day event.  The tour bus is a state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility.  It allows students to write, record and produce songs, music videos and documentaries among other digital media projects – all in one day.

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

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Posted February 28th 2017

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

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Legacy Stadium Approved as New Name for Katy ISD Second Stadium

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Posted February 28th 2017

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

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YMCA at Katy Main Street to Host Grand Opening Weekend

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Posted February 27th 2017

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

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YMCA Now Recruiting Teams for Spring Classic Golf Tournament

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Posted February 27th 2017

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

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Katy ISD Elementary School Recognized with Prestigious Award

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Posted February 27th 2017

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

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Mayor Hughes Announces Withdraw from Last Term

Katy Texas News
Posted February 24th 2017

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

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

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Tiff’s Treats is Coming to Katy

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Posted February 24th 2017

 

 

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

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Kingsland Baptist Church Celebrates 10 Years of Caring for Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted February 23rd 2017

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

Katy Texas News
Posted February 22nd 2017

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

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

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New Breakfast/Brunch Eatery Coming to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted February 20th 2017

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

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Cinco Ranch High School Quartet to Perform With Touring Beatles Musical

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Posted February 17th 2017

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

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Penske Truck Rental Debuts New Katy Location

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Posted February 17th 2017

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

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

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Posted February 16th 2017

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

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Katy Grand Theatre Project Holds Fundraising Golf Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted February 15th 2017

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

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

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Posted February 15th 2017

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

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Katy VFW Honors Outstanding Volunteers

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Posted February 13th 2017

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

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Total Closure of I-45 Gulf Freeway This Weekend

Katy Texas News
Posted February 10th 2017

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

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

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

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Katy ISD Announces KEYS Mentors of the Year

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Posted February 10th 2017

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

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Katy ISD Accepting Nominations for Naming of Second Stadium

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Posted February 09th 2017

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

Individuals interested in submitting a name are asked to review the Katy ISD Board Policy CW (Local) for specific facility naming guidelines, and submit a completed Nomination for Naming a New School or Facility Form.  Click here for guidelines and form.
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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Welcomes New Senior Vice President and CEO Heath Rushing

Katy Texas News
Posted February 06th 2017

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

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

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Solis Mammography Discusses Advances in Women’s Health Technology

Katy Texas News
Posted February 06th 2017

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

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

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YMCA Katy Main Street Grand Opens on February 4

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Posted February 03rd 2017

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

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

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted February 02nd 2017

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

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Harris County Hosts Super Bowl 51 Safety Briefing for Elected Officials

Katy Texas News
Posted February 02nd 2017

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

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

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Surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital Receives Prestigious Award

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Posted February 02nd 2017

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

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

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Katy ISD National Letter of Intent Signing Day

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Posted January 31st 2017

Katy, TX News (January 31, 2017) – National Letter of Intent Signing Day is February 1, 2017. Several Katy ISD high school athletes, accompanied by their family, friends and Katy ISD staff, will be signing a binding letter of intent offered by distinct college teams from across the United States.  Below are the times for signing day at each school:

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Your Total Foot Care Specialist Announces Scholarships for Katy ISD Students

Katy Texas News
Posted January 31st 2017

Katy, TX News (January 31, 2017) – Dr. James M. Jacobs and Associates with Your Total Foot Care Specialist, are pleased to announce two $1,500 “Stepping into the Future” scholarships for 2017 KISD graduating seniors. Applications must be submitted to the offices of Your Total Foot Care Specialist by March 31, 2017, 5:00 p.m. A third party committee will select the two winning applicants.

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Katy Tiger Aquatic Team Has Record-Breaking Weekend at District Meet

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Posted January 30th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 30, 2017) – The Katy High School varsity swimming and diving team had a record-breaking weekend at the district meet located at Tompkins High School last weekend.

The team took third place over all in what was one of the fastest district meets Katy ISD has seen in a long time. Diver Chloe Ceyanes was crowned the district champion while fellow diver Hollie Schaper took fourth. In boys diving, Jacob Adkisson was fifth and John Salder placed sixth.

In swimming, their team broke two school records and received numerous medals. All six relay teams advanced to regionals, along with numerous individual swimmers. Massimo Gasponi broke the Boys 100 Fly record previously set in 2004 and Kaloyan Bratanov broke the Boys 100 Free record previously set in 2003.

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Katy ISD Invites Residents to Join 2017 Bond Advisory Committee

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Posted January 30th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 30, 2017) – Dear Katy ISD Parents/Guardians, Staff & Community Members,

It’s no secret that Katy ISD is considered one of the most successful school districts in the country due to a robust curriculum and the wealth of opportunities available to our students.  Likewise, our parents and community members take great pride in supporting our kids and schools and value the role we all play in building the legacy.

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Celebrity Chili Bowl and Football Game Brings Big Names to Katy, TX

Katy Texas News
Posted January 26th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 26, 2017) –  The City of Katy will host this once-in-a-decade event happening at Rhodes Stadium on the Saturday before the Super Bowl, on February 4. The day will start with the Taste of Katy Chili Bowl, followed by a celebrity flag football game and an after party. On the celebrity roster are former Katy Tiger and Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton, Cowboys legend Michael Irvin, Doug Flutie, Seven Lakes High School alum and UFC fighter Sage Northcutt, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, and more.

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Memorial Hermann Opens New Urgent Care in Katy/Fulshear

Katy Texas News
Posted January 25th 2017

Katy, TX News  (January 25, 2017) – Memorial Hermann has further expanded healthcare services in the Katy area with the opening of Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Fulshear. The clinic represents yet another major investment made by Memorial Hermann in the Katy community over the last few years.

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Katy ISD Releases 2017-18 Instructional Calendar Survey

Katy Texas News
Posted January 24th 2017

Dear Katy ISD Parents, Community, Staff, and Students,

As you may be aware, it is anticipated that the Katy ISD Instructional Calendar will look a little different beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

State law currently prohibits a school start date before the fourth Monday in August. Faced with the annual challenges imposed by this start date, our Katy Improvement Council, along with staff, explored ways in which we might better meet the identified needs of our students and families. This led the District to pursue a District of Innovation (DOI) designation by the state which allows for greater local control and flexibility in constructing the school calendar.

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Katy EDC Passes Resolution to Support Widening of FM 1463

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Posted January 19th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 19, 2017) – On January 11, 2017, the Katy Area Economic Development Council (Katy Area EDC) and its Board of Governors passed a resolution to support the widening of FM 1463 in the Katy area between I-10 and FM 1093, which will provide for enhanced mobility.  TxDOT has identified $15 million in funding for widening a segment of FM 1463 between I-10 and Spring Green Boulevard.
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Katy ISD Announces New Athletic Directors for Morton Ranch and Paetow High Schools

Katy Texas News
Posted January 18th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 18, 2017) – Katy ISD is pleased to announce the addition of Ron Counter and B.J. William Gotte as our new Campus Athletic Coordinator/Head Football Coach’s for Morton Ranch High School and Paetow High School.  Both positions were approved unanimously during the Katy ISD Board of Trustees Work Study meeting tonight.

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Local Foundation Seeks Applicants for $1 Million in Scholarships

Katy Texas News
Posted January 17th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 17, 2017) – The Galleria and Katy Mills are once again proud to help a deserving graduating senior pay for college. Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, is now looking for qualified applicants who live near The Galleria, Katy Mills and the surrounding community.

Each year, Simon Youth Community Scholarships are awarded in every community across the country that is home to Simon, Mills, or Premium Outlets malls. The application period has begun and ends on March 1, 2017. Students can apply online by visiting syf.org/scholarships.

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Willowfork Fire Department Announces Third Station in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted January 17th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 17, 2017) – Fort Bend County Emergency Services District No. 2 and the Willowfork Fire Department are pleased to announce the commencement of the construction phase of the District’s third fire station.   A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 9:30 AM at 2700 Spring Green Boulevard, Katy, Texas.

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Rep. Mike Schofield Files Bill to Cap Growth of State Spending

Katy Texas News
Posted January 16th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 16, 2017) – State Representative Mike Schofield filed House Bill 936 this week to prevent state government spending from growing more than the growth in the state’s population, allowing for inflation. The bill would change the spending cap currently in the Texas Constitution to prevent the state budget from growing above the previous budget by more than the increase in the number of people and the cost of providing the same level of services.

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Alamo Drafthouse to Open New Location in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted January 13th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 13, 2017) Houston-based developer Vista Equities Group and Amstar Group, its equity partner, are pleased to announce that the Final Phase of LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch will be anchored by a new 37,000 sq. ft. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2017 with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema anticipated to open in Spring 2018.  The Final Phase will be located on the southeast side of LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch and will consist of the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, an additional 7,500 sq. ft. of retail space and a 6-story parking garage.

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Mayde Creek Soccer Team Shows Exemplary Character at Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted January 13th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 13, 2017) During a tournament in College Station this week, the Mayde Creek High School men’s JV soccer team showed that there is more to competition than points on a scoreboard. When the players learned from their coach that one of the opposing team members had down syndrome, they banded together to show a level of sportsmanship that is seldom seen in competitive tournaments. Read the story below:

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Katy ISD Drill Team Students Will Perform in Washington, DC

Katy Texas News
Posted January 12th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 12, 2017) Texas Dance Educator’s Association is proud to announce the invitation from the Texas State Society to perform at the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Gala in Washington D.C. on January 19, 2017.  The 2017 Ball promises to live up to its spectacular reputation as the “hottest ticket in town” during Inauguration weekend, and far exceed expectations.  The Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball will be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in the banks of the Potomac River. This facility is the largest and most elegant facility in the entire DC Metropolitan area. Guests include Texas state officials, dignitaries, thousands of guests from all over the United States.

Only 25 All-State members will be performing at this prestigious event. The following Students are thrilled to be selected from Katy ISD:

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Seven Lakes High School Girl Scout Receives National Honor

Katy Texas News
Posted January 11th 2017

KATY, TX News (January 11, 2017) According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s (GSRI) report, The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients receive greater lifetime benefits than their peers with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement thanks to their experience in Girl Scouting, including earning their Gold Award.

Chloe Bartine, a senior at Seven Lakes High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting.  The award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete. Less than five percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.

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YMCA at Katy Main Street Slated to Open in February

Katy Texas News
Posted January 06th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 6, 2017) It’s just weeks away from the Feb. 1 grand opening of the new YMCA at Katy Main Street. As the final touches are put on the 41,000 square-foot facility, the YMCA of Greater Houston is inviting the public to preview the premises on designated days beginning Jan. 7.

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Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt Addresses TEA Letter Grade Ratings

Katy Texas News
Posted January 06th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 6, 2017) In a letter to parents, Dr. Lance Hindt, Ed. D., Superintendent of Katy ISD, addressed the validity of the unofficial letter grade ratings released by the TEA.

“Dear Katy ISD Parents and Community,

Today, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will release unofficial letter grades for every campus and district throughout the state — a requirement of House Bill 2804.  This unofficial ratings report is considered a trial run for the new 2017-18 accountability system and is designed to provide districts with a benchmark to track progress and make improvements ahead of releasing the official August 2018 ratings.

It is no secret that Katy ISD is one of the best school districts in the state, consistently earning TEA’s highest accountability rating year after year.  In addition, our community is highly regarded for its family values and business growth.  However, I and many others believe that TEA’s new methodology for calculating ratings does not accurately reflect where we are as a district and community. In fact, the unofficial ratings show that our district and some of our schools have received less than average ratings in one or more areas (see FAQs for more information on House Bill 2804).

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Katy Taste Fest to Serve Food and Fun for a Good Cause

Katy Texas News
Posted January 05th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 5, 2017) Katy Taste Fest is set to serve up good food for a good cause. The festival is an event for foodies to experience fare from Katy’s diverse restaurant scene. Emphasis is on fun for the whole family with a variety of local restaurants, cooking demonstrations, a large kids zone, a dessert oasis, live entertainment, and a silent auction. The festival will debut at Villagio Town Center on March 4, 2017. Katy Taste Fest has partnered with several nonprofits that focus on abused, neglected, and abandoned children.

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UHV Katy Campus Lands Top-10 List for Best Texas Online College Education

Katy Texas News
Posted January 05th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 5, 2017) The University of Houston-Victoria is starting the new year with a new ranking as one of the best Texas universities to earn an online degree. Value Colleges recently listed UHV as a 2017 Top 10 Best Online College in Texas.

“UHV leaders realized early on that significant numbers of our students were unable to take a traditional, face-to-face class schedule,” says David Cockrum, UHV interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “If they couldn’t come to us, we wanted to come to them. The university has spent a lot of time and energy coming up with effective ways to teach online. This ranking reaffirms that what we are doing is working and that UHV’s online education remains a great value.”

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Representative Mike Schofield Files Faithless Elector Bill

Katy Texas News
Posted January 04th 2017

Katy, TX News (January 4, 2017) State Representative Mike Schofield filed House Bill 771 to disqualify and replace faithless electors in the Electoral College.  Senator Paul Bettencourt will sponsor the bill in the Senate. HB 771 would require electors to cast their vote for the candidates for president and vice president who received the most votes in Texas.  If an elector attempted to change their ballot, that elector would be removed and replaced by an alternate elector.  Under HB 771, alternate electors would be chosen in the same process that electors are chosen.

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Katy ISD Selects Academy Sports + Outdoors for Exclusive Naming Rights of Student Activities Complex

Katy Texas News
Posted December 13th 2016

Katy, TX (December 13, 2016) Katy Independent School District (ISD) announced that Academy, Ltd. (d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors), a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, will receive exclusive naming rights to the school district’s Student Activities Complex, as part of a new ten-year deal. The complex is home to Jack Rhodes Memorial Stadium and a second football stadium to be completed in summer 2017.

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Katy ISD Board of Trustees Approves Attendance Boundary Modifications

Katy Texas News
Posted December 13th 2016

Katy, TX (December 13, 2016) During the Regular Meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the attendance boundary modifications (ABMs) presented to them on December 5, in preparation for the opening of Bryant Elementary, Stockdick Junior High and Paetow High School.

The approved ABM maps, which are designed to help balance enrollment at overcrowded campuses and ensure all students have equal access to a high quality education, were updated based on the feedback provided by the public through the survey and other reviews of campuses that are currently overcrowded.

These ABMs will impact Morton Ranch High School, Katy High School, Katy Junior High, McDonald Junior High, Katy Elementary and Wolman Elementary. A letter will be mailed directly to all the impacted families by the end of January 2017.

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Katy Magazine Announces Katy People of the Year Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted December 13th 2016

The publishers of Katy Magazine honored 10 extraordinary citizens at the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s general assembly meeting

Katy, TX (December 13, 2016) Today, Katy Magazine officially announced their People of the Year award winners at the Katy Area Economic Development Council General Assembly meeting held at the Education Support Complex. Ten outstanding Katy area residents were presented with awards in front of a large audience of business and community leaders at the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s monthly assembly meeting. The 10 honorees are also featured in the Dec/Jan issue of Katy Magazine and will be showcased in their upcoming Katy Business Magazine launching in early 2017.

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Katy ISD Education Foundation Wins Chick-fil-A True Inspiration $15,000 Award

Katy Texas News
Posted December 07th 2016

Katy, TX (December 7, 2016) – Chick-fil-A customers nationwide helped select the recipients of more than $1.1 million in grants, thanks to the new Chick-fil-A One app. The 2017 True Inspiration Awards honor and provide financial support to 22 not-for-profits in 16 states to help further their work with youth, fostering leadership skills and developing an entrepreneurial spirit. For the first time since the awards program began in 2014, Chick-fil-A utilized its new mobile app to allow customers to vote for organizations in their local communities. As a result, the Katy ISD Education Foundation was selected as a $15,000 award recipient.

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El Tiempo Katy Plans to Rebuild Following the Destructive Fire

Katy Texas News
Posted December 05th 2016
Katy, TX (December 5, 2016) Chef Laurenzo and the El Tiempo Cantina- Katy Family have released the following statement:
To the residents and businesses of Katy, Texas,
I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for all of the wonderful support from the people of Katy. We are grateful for everyone’s help and outpouring of support and words of encouragement. Thank you to the businesses in Katy who were able to, and have, offered employment to those who lost their jobs as a result of the fire. The El Tiempo family is so very grateful for such kind acts in helping us out in this challenging time. Thanksgiving this year was one which we will never forget as it was marred by the loss of our Katy location and many of our employees sacrificed their Thanksgiving to help out in any way they could. It was an unexpected, tough, and sad sacrifice, one in which we were grateful that no one was hurt. We thank the Katy and surrounding fire and police departments for their hard work.

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Nearly 400 Katy ISD Classes Benefit from the 19th Annual Promise to Read Program

Katy Texas News
Posted December 01st 2016

Katy, TX (December 1, 2016) This month, 181 community and business members from across Katy came together to bring the love of reading into almost 400 Katy ISD classrooms during Promise to Read.  The annual initiative is part of a 19-year-old tradition led by Katy ISD’s Partners in Education.  Promise to Read affords the community a unique opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the world of children’s literature by spending 30 minutes reading to a classroom of excited elementary students. Each November the program is offered over the course of two weeks at various elementary campuses.

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Katy Triathlon Celebrates Record Numbers with Virtual Victory Lap for $25,000 Raised

Katy Texas News
Posted November 30th 2016

Katy, TX (November 30, 2016) Rotary Club of Katy and City of Katy, sponsors of the 24th Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne, are doing a virtual “victory lap” to celebrate the record number of participants and the $25,000 net funds raised in 2016.  The success of the competition, whose registration was up 20 percent over last year, enabled the club to increase its Katy Independent School District 2017 college scholarships from $1,500 to $2,000.

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Katy Magazine Announces Launch of Katy Business Magazine

Katy Texas News
Posted November 22nd 2016

Katy Business Magazine to reach 30,000 high level executives, business owners, and decision makeers in the greater Katy and West Houston areas.

Katy, TX (November 22, 2016) The publishers of Katy Magazine announced their newest product, Katy Business Magazine, to be released January 2017. The latest addition to a growing family of award-winning publications serving the greater Katy area, this new publication offers a one-stop resource for everything business in Katy, Texas.  “We are thrilled to provide Katy specific content and local purchasing resources that business owners and executive level decision makers just can’t find anywhere else,” says publisher Matt Katsarelis. Katy Business Magazine will be mailed and hand-delivered to local businesses, executives, and purchasing and HR directors in the greater Katy area. It will also tap into the burgeoning West Houston Energy Corridor where a majority of the Katy executives work.

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Katy Business Magazine covers important topics facing local businesses such as new laws pertaining to labor and health benefits, the latest IT viruses spreading in our community, commercial office space availability, and so much more.  More importantly, this innovative business magazine shines a light on the people that genuinely reflect the work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit of the Katy area. “I’ve been inspired by the sheer grit and determination of local business owners we’ve had the pleasure of working with through the years,” says Katrina Katsarelis, editor-in-chief. “We are delighted to be able to showcase these hardworking people in various features such as our family business success stories, entrepreneur’s panel, and Ask the Experts business forums.”

Katy Business Magazine publishers understand the struggles of growing a business first hand. In 2002, Katrina and Matt Katsarelis founded Katy Magazine out of their home office in Kelliwood Gardens with just a $2,000 investment.  After 14 years, they’ve grown the original publication to $2.5 million in annual sales and have 15 full-time employees. Their magazines have won over 100 national and state level industry awards and accolades in everything from general excellence, cover design, editorial excellence, and community service, to name a few. Katy Magazine also won the highly-coveted Katy Business of the Year Award from the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce in January 2014 and the Katy ISD Media Honor Roll Award. The Katsarelis’ are heavily invested in the Katy community, and serve on multiple boards and committees including the Katy Area Economic Development Council, the Katy ISD Education Foundation, and the Katy ISD Partners in Education.

Katy Business Magazine will have the same heart for the community that all our magazines have become known for,” says Katrina Katsarelis. “We live and work here in Katy, and wanted to create a magazine that has the top resources, exceptional stories, and features on the dedicated people in our growing Katy business community, which is most important.”

Katy Business Magazine welcomes submissions from local authors on pertinent business topics for consideration. Email info@katymagazine.com to submit editorial content or to get advertising information.

 CONTACT: Katrina Katsarelis, Editor-in-Chief & Publisher Katy Magazine 281.579.9840 katrinak@katymagazine.com

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Katy ISD Board of Trustees Seeks Public’s Feedback on Proposed Attendance Boundary Modifications

Katy Texas News
Posted November 21st 2016

Katy, TX (November 21, 2016) During the Work Study meeting on Monday, the Board of Trustees discussed attendance boundary modifications (ABMs) to help balance enrollment and prepare for the opening of three new campuses (Bryant Elementary, Stockdick Junior High and Paetow High School) in the fall of 2017.

Based on the preliminary ABMs discussed, the following schools would be impacted: Wolman Elementary, Katy Elementary, McDonald Junior High, Katy Junior High, Morton Ranch High School and Katy High School.

In an effort to gather feedback from the public on the proposed ABMs, the Board encourages everyone to complete the online survey, available in English and Spanish, from November 15 – 30.  Hard copies of the survey are also available at all campuses.

A final recommendation will be presented to the Board on December 5.  For more information and FAQs regarding ABMs, click here.

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Traffic Alert for November 18 – November 21

Katy Texas News
Posted November 18th 2016

Katy, TX (November 18, 2016) The Texas Department of Transportation’s contractor working on the US 290 Project H from Pinemont to W. Little York continues to progress with mainlane construction.  This weekend, crews will switch traffic on the US 290 westbound mainlanes from Hollister to Fairbanks N. Houston, signifying completion of a major milestone for the project.

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UH System and Parkside Capital Finalize Purchase of Land to Establish Katy Campus

Katy Texas News
Posted November 11th 2016

Katy, TX (November 11, 2016) The University of Houston System (UHS) has completed the purchase of 46 acres of land in Katy from Parkside Capital. The land is located at the northeast corner of I-10 and the Grand Parkway and will be developed into a campus serving West Houston. Academic programs from two UH System universities, the University of Houston and the University of Houston-Victoria, will be offered at the new campus.

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Monty Ballard YMCA’s School-Business Partnership Supports Katy ISD Children

Katy Texas News
Posted November 11th 2016

Katy, TX (November 11, 2016) Since opening its doors in 2001, the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch has been devoted to the healthy minds, bodies and spirits of our community.  It serves not just as a place where folks can go to further their individual well-being but also as a place of outreach, kindness and compassion.  And since opening those doors, our YMCA has also been a devoted Katy ISD Partner in Education, always on the lookout for ways to help children.

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Katy’s Cane Island Names New Lifestyle Coordinator

Katy Texas News
Posted November 07th 2016

Katy, TX (November 7, 2016) – Kat Garza never dreamed she would work for Cane Island when she moved to the new Katy master-planned community with her husband and two small children.

“We were looking for a community to raise our kids with good schools and a short work commute to the Energy Corridor where my husband works,” she says. “I never thought my new job would be right in my backyard!”

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Katy Area EDC Announces Stan C. Stanley “Eagle” Leadership and Economic Development Award Winner

Katy Texas News
Posted November 04th 2016

Katy, TX (November 4, 2016) In March of 2016, the Katy area lost a beloved leader and community member in Mr. Stan C. Stanley.  To honor his contributions and continue his legacy, the Katy Area Economic Development Council created the Stan C. Stanley “Eagle” Leadership and Economic Development Award.  Today, on November 3, Stan’s birthday and what has been proclaimed Stan C. Stanley Day by the City of Katy, the Katy Area EDC is proud to announce Mr. Stan Goss as the winner of the inaugural Stan C. Stanley “Eagle” Leadership and Economic Development Award.

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Cinco Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Center Invites Public to Nominate a Senior Who Could Use Some Holiday Cheer

Katy Texas News
Posted November 04th 2016

Katy, TX (November 4, 2016) As part of their community outreach program, Cinco Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Center is sponsoring Celebrating the Light, a program created to deliver Christmas decorations to someone who could use an extra dose of cheer this holiday season.

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Dozens of Kids at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital “Flying High” after Donation from United Airlines

Katy Texas News
Posted November 02nd 2016

Katy, TX (November 2, 2016) A visit to the hospital isn’t always a pleasant one, especially for children. However, a special teddy bear aims to help kids through the process with flying colors. United Airlines recently donated 48 Adventure Bears, named “Ben Flyin” to Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. The bears will be given to children as they undergo outpatient procedures, visit the emergency center, or are admitted to the hospital. This is the second year United Airlines has partnered with Memorial Hermann Katy for the Adventure Bear Program. (more…)

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Notice of Required Identification for Election Day

Katy Texas News
Posted November 01st 2016

Katy, TX (November 1, 2016) A voter must show one of the following forms of acceptable photo identification at the polling location before the voter may be accepted for voting, unless the voter has a reasonable impediment to obtaining one of these forms of acceptable photo identification or the voter qualifies for one of the other exemptions identified below:

• Texas Driver’s License issued by the Department of Public Safety (“DPS”)

• Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS;

• Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS;

• Texas Handgun License issued by DPS;

• United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph;

• United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph; or

• United States Passport.

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YMCA to Offer Free Childcare on Election Day

Katy Texas News
Posted November 01st 2016

Katy, TX (November 1, 2016) In an effort to provide busy parents and guardians an opportunity to vote on Election Day on Nov. 8, the YMCA of Greater Houston is offering two hours of free childcare through its Child Watch program.

At the Y, children ages 6 months through 11 years will be supervised by trained and attentive staff members and can engage in arts and crafts, games, puzzles, blocks, and storytelling.

Parents and guardians can register for this opportunity on or before Nov. 8 by visiting their local YMCA in person and completing the registration process. Child Watch hours and capacities will vary from center to center.

“The YMCA wants to make sure that all people are able to exercise their right to vote,” said Paul McEntire, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Houston.

The YMCA is the largest provider of childcare in the nation.

To learn more about this opportunity or the YMCA’s Child Care programs, please visit ymcahouston.org or visit your local YMCA.

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Katy ISD’s Partners in Education Kicks Off Food for Families Campaign

Katy Texas News
Posted October 31st 2016

Katy, TX (October 31, 2016) The Katy ISD Partners in Education department is once again inviting the community to support families in need this holiday season.  Food for Families is an annual campaign that provides $50 grocery gift cards to Katy ISD students and their families. Principals from every Katy ISD campus identify students in need of assistance, and the gift cards are given to those students before winter break.  Last year, our Katy ISD community raised $25,000 to support students and their families during the holidays.  Since its inception in 2002, this initiative has blessed over 3,000 Katy ISD families thanks to the generous support of our community.    (more…)

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Harris County ESD 48 Fire Department Introduction

Katy Texas News
Posted October 27th 2016

Katy, TX (October 27, 2016) Harris County ESD 48’s Annual Open House on Sunday October 23rd was a spectacular success this year with well over 3,000 people in attendance at all 3 participating stations. With the early unveiling of the brand new Station 5, the new multi-building complex drew the largest crowd with just over 1,600 people throughout the day.  Those who came out not only got to see equipment and apparatus that will be stationed there when it officially opens but they also got to take guided tours of the three buildings that make up the new Station 5 Complex.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Celebrates Volunteers

Katy Texas News
Posted October 26th 2016

Katy, TX (October 26, 2016) Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently celebrated volunteers, both past and present, who have supported the hospital’s operations throughout its 35-year history of serving the Katy community.

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Stan Stanley Day – November 3rd

Katy Texas News
Posted October 25th 2016

Katy, TX (October 25, 2016) If you ever had the pleasure of knowing Stan Stanley, one of the first questions he asked was, “How can I help you?” He genuinely looked for ways to help others by offering advice, assistance, or just an encouraging word. Stan mentored hundreds of students, teachers, and boy scouts throughout the years and made sure each of them knew how unique and important they were. After an undiagnosed heart condition claimed his life earlier this year, thousands of people showed up at his memorial service to celebrate the man who made an enormous impact on Katy and enriched so many people’s lives.

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Early Voting Locations October 24th

Katy Texas News
Posted October 24th 2016

Katy, TX (October 24, 2016) To ensure the voting process is a pleasant experience, the chief election officer of the County  has a few suggestions for voters heading to the polls:

 

1.   Voters should confirm voter registration status. A voter registration search can be performed at http://www.hctax.net/voter/search;

2.   Voters should study a sample ballot, mark it, and take it to the poll. Voters can download a voter-specific ballot at www.HarrisVotes.com;

3.   Voters should identify the nearest or most convenient early voting location. Voters can vote at any one of the 46 early voting locations;

4.   Voters should find out what photo identification is acceptable to vote at the poll, what other identification options are now available to vote a regular ballot, and what identification expedites the qualification process. The voter identification guidelines are available at www.HarrisVotes.com;

5.   Voters should NOT wear clothing or paraphernalia that promotes a party, a candidate or a proposition to the poll;

6.   Voters should be aware that the use of electronic devices is prohibited inside the poll. The right to cast a secret ballot must be respected;

7.   Voters should not wait until the last minute to vote early. During peak voting hours, the wait time could be  longer than we wish.

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Katy ISD Police Department Teams up with Drug Enforcement Administration for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event

Katy Texas News
Posted October 17th 2016

Katy, TX (October 17, 2016) The Katy ISD Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. at the Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center located at 20370 Franz Road.

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Building on its Legacy, Memorial Hermann Life Flight® Offers Active Shooter Training for First Responders

Katy Texas News
Posted October 14th 2016

Katy, TX (October 14, 2016) For the past year and a half, Memorial Hermann Life Flight® crew members have been working alongside first responders throughout the Greater Houston area to prepare them to respond and provide timely emergency care in active shooter situations. Life Flight is the only air medical transport service in the Southeast region to offer this specialized training, which is part of a national training program called Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC). By coordinating emergency response efforts and operating under a single protocol, first responders can work quicker and more effectively to identify and treat the injured, helping prevent any additional fatalities and casualties.

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Cane Island Takes Home GHBA Community of The Year PRISM Award

Katy Texas News
Posted October 14th 2016

Katy, TX (October 14, 2016) Less than a year after its grand opening, Katy’s Cane Island has been named Community of the Year by the Greater Houston Home Builders Association.

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US 290 Project to be Completed by 2018

Katy Texas News
Posted October 14th 2016

Katy, TX (October 14, 2016) State Representative Mike Schofield issued a statement about the construction of US 290:

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Willow Fork Park Grand Opening

Katy Texas News
Posted October 12th 2016

Katy, TX (October 12, 2016) Willow Fork Park is a passive-use park that will provide residents with another high-quality recreational environment. The project which is part of WFDD phase II of their master plan, improved flat land into a multipurpose environment with compelling topographical undulations, open lawns, trails, a lake, and other recreational features. Additional park components include boardwalks, a pedestrian bridge, and pavilion with restroom facility, playground, 18-hole disk golf course, solar-powered lighting, rock outcroppings, bio swales, and educational signage.

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Katy ISD Education Foundation Among Finalists for Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Award

Katy Texas News
Posted October 07th 2016

Katy, TX (October 7, 2016) – The Katy ISD Education Foundation, a southwest region finalist for 2017 Chick-fil-A True Inspiration awards, invites the entire Katy/West Houston community to rally in support of its campaign. One of four non-profit organizations competing for the prize, the Foundation could potentially gain up to $75,000 for its Inspiring Imagination teacher grant program.  The winning organization will be determined in part by number of votes received. Voting ends at midnight, Monday, October 17. (more…)

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Katy ISD Seeks Proposals from Businesses for Naming Rights of Student Activity Facilities Complex

Katy Texas News
Posted September 30th 2016

Katy, TX (September 30, 2016) Katy ISD is seeking proposals from businesses for the exclusive naming rights of the Katy ISD Student Activity Facilities Complex, which is comprised of the Jack Rhodes Stadium and the future Student Activity Facility: Second Stadium.

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YMCA Offering FREE Classes to Cancer Survivors to Improve Quality of Life and Decrease Fatigue

Katy Texas News
Posted September 29th 2016

Katy, TX (September 29, 2016) By far, Harris County sees the greatest amount of newly diagnosed breast cancer cases in women in the state. Every year, an average of 2,295 new cases are diagnosed, according to the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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