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09.18
2014

Memorial Hermann, Texas Children's open urgent care clinics in Katy

Memorial Hermann Katy and Texas Children’s Hospital West have both targeted Katy as a location for urgent care clinics. Texas Children’s opened a pediatric urgent care office at 9727 Spring Green Blvd. in May, while Memorial Hermann announced its plans in July to open a Convenient Care Center at Grand Parkway and FM 1093 in the spring of 2015.

The Texas Children’s urgent care center provides after-hours pediatric care to children who need immediate care but do not need an emergency room. Lisa Helfman, director of real estate for Texas Children’s Hospital said the cost of urgent care READ MORE »

09.11
2014

Memorial Hermann, Texas Children's open urgent care clinics in Katy

Tagged in: Katy, Health, community

Memorial Hermann Katy and Texas Children’s Hospital West have both targeted Katy as a location for urgent care clinics. Texas Children’s opened a pediatric urgent care office at 9727 Spring Green Blvd. in May, while Memorial Hermann announced its plans in July to open a Convenient Care Center at Grand Parkway and FM 1093 in the spring of 2015.

The Texas Children’s urgent care center provides after-hours pediatric care to children who need immediate care but do not need an emergency room. Lisa Helfman, director of real estate for Texas Children’s Hospital said the cost of urgent care READ MORE »

09.3
2014

Katy ISD places $748 million bond on ballot

Katy ISD could see the addition of six new schools, a second district stadium and a slew of major campus renovations in the next five years if voters approve a $748 million bond referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot. 

District administrators saw the need for a bond election primarily to keep up with future growth in the community, Superintendent Alton Frailey said. Demographic firm Population Survey Analysts has projected KISD will grow from 70,000 to 80,000 students by 2018 and 94,000 students by 2023. 

“This bond will address our needs over the next three years,” Frailey said. “We READ MORE »

08.6
2014

Market to bring fresh, local food to Katy

Tagged in: Katy, community, Food

Harvest Farm to Market, a grocery store focused on organic and locally produced food, will open its second store and first Katy location at the corner of Westheimer Parkway and Greenbusch Avenue by the end of the year.

Director Inci Akpinar said the market’s focus is on carrying fresh, healthy products and supporting local farmers. The chicken, eggs and beef will come from Texas farms. Harvest raises its own free-range chicken as well.

““By shopping at our store, our guests support our local farmers, protect the environment, and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. By shopping at our READ MORE »

08.2
2014

Board approves pay raises for teachers, bus drivers, workers

The Katy ISD school board, during its regular meeting June 23, voted to increase teacher salaries in the district by a range of 3 to 7 percent. In contrast with previous pay raises, this year’s salary bump was targeted largely toward teachers with six to 20 years of experience, district officials said. 

“This is not just a straight percentage raise across the board but one that addresses specific increases,” said Todd Schneider, assistant superintendent for human resources. 

His staff and other district officials have been working on the new salary schedule since April and made READ MORE »

07.25
2014

The Macaroni House

Tagged in: Katy, Food, community

The Macaroni House is a family business in every sense of the word. The restaurant serves a classic comfort food, macaroni and cheese, with a variety of different ingredients—ranging from chicken to brisket to mushrooms—that draws customers of all ages. Richmond couple Chef Carlos Arenas and his wife, manager Jennifer Koh, opened the restaurant a year ago with help from Koh’s father. Their children, Lindsey and Matthew, are often present to watch mom and dad work.

“All our family’s been in the restaurant business for about 20 years, and it’s always been a family dream for us to open READ MORE »

07.18
2014

Sweet Heat Jam Co.

Tagged in: Katy, community

It is hard to find a “good fit” for a recent high school grad with Down syndrome. Many jobs require long stretches of standing or sitting and that can be a challenge for individuals with special needs.

Nolan Stilwell and his mother and job coach Christine, figured out a solution to that problem.

“We wanted to start a business where students with special needs could work,” Christine said.

The idea grew out of Nolan’s passion for gardening and cooking. It was a ground up calculation, she said—figure out what he liked and turn it into a business, rather than search for READ MORE »

07.11
2014

New retail and office center planned at Westheimer and Greenbusch

Tagged in: Katy, community

A new retail and office center is underway at Westheimer Parkway and Greenbusch Road. The Marcel Group, which developed the Villagio Town Center, plans to break ground on a 58,500-square-foot office and retail center, named Marcel Commons, in October. The development is expected to open in 2015.

The 4.5-acre site is located at the northwest corner of Westheimer Parkway and Greenbusch Road. It will consist of 32,000 square feet of retail space, a 24,000-square-foot, two-story office building and a 24,000-square-foot drive-thru pad site, said Vernon Veldekens, CEO of the Marcel Group READ MORE »

07.3
2014

New Weatherford facility pumps jobs into Katy area

Tagged in: Katy, Jobs, community

 Weatherford, an oil and gas services company, is now operating from its newest manufacturing and office facility in the Katy area. The 354,000-square-foot facility is located on 174 acres in Waller County, off Hwy. 90. So far, Weatherford has brought on 135 employees to staff its Katy location. The company expects to hire 335 more by the end of 2015.

The company provides artificial lift technology and services, which help oil and gas companies maximize the profit and productivity of their extraction operations.
The availability of land in the Katy area, its general location READ MORE »

06.27
2014

Boardwalk near Katy Mills to offer view of wetland, wildlife

The city of Katy is making progress toward creating a $1.3 million boardwalk just south of Katy Mills. The project could provide residents and visitors with an up-close view of an area teeming with wildlife. City officials said they are working with a land planner to decide how best to approach the project and expect to purchase the needed land in coming months. Future plans for the area include a full-service hotel and convention center.

Meanwhile, nearby homeowners are waiting to see how the project might affect them.

Boardwalk soon underway

During the mall’s READ MORE »

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