RAILROAD CROSSING SAFETY: Texas saw 36 deaths of trespassers on railroad tracks in 2018

Katy is home to the Katy Railroad, which started as the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railway, according to the Katy Railroad Park Information and Tourist Center. The railroad is owned by Union Pacific Crop., but the railroad franchise has not owned the depot since the city of Katy bought it in 1977 when former Katy Mayor Dan Cox was in office

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In compliance with Gov. Greg Abbott's July 2 executive order, the University Interscholastic League is requiring the use of facial coverings when practical to do so for all summer activity participants, among other guidelines. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
UIL releases guidelines for conducting summer activities during COVID-19 pandemic

The University Interscholastic League released udpated guidelines for schools conducting summer activities such as sports training and marching band practices on July 8.

Craft Burger is one of 15 restaurants, catering companies and food trucks participating in this year's Black Restaurant Week. (Courtesy Craft Burger)
Houston's fifth annual Black Restaurant Week returns July 10-19

Participating patrons can play Black Restaurant Week Bingo and vote for their favorite participating eateries for a chance to win prizes such as restaurant gift cards, culinary treats and cash prizes.

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Katy ISD to give update on fall reopening plan the week of July 13

The Texas Education Agency released new guidelines for the 2020-21 school year July 7.

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3 Katy-area children's services businesses host June openings

Imagine Early Education & Childcare, Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy and Play Street Museum Katy opened Katy-area locations in June.

The city of Houston confirmed only 204 new cases July 8, down from over 1,000 July 7, a discrepancy that officials attributed to a "computer system slowdown." (Community Impact Staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 701 new cases confirmed as hospitalizations hold steady July 8

The city of Houston confirmed only 204 new cases July 8—down from over 1,000 July 7—a discrepancy that officials attributed to a "computer system slowdown."

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Katy-area COVID-19 cases increase day-over-day by 139, per July 8 data

Waller County issued an update on its coronavirus web page, which showed that all 10 Katy-area cases have recovered.

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2020 census: Bureau prepares nonresponse follow-up field operations

For individuals who have not responded to the 2020 census, one of about 500,000 census takers will visit the their household between Aug. 11-Oct. 31.

Home sales were up across most pricing categories in Houston in June, with a 15.7% jump as compared to the same period last year. (Community Impact staff)
Despite COVID-19, year-over-year Houston-area home sales up nearly 16% in June

Home sales were up across most pricing categories in Houston in June, with a 15.7% jump as compared to the same period last year.

Emler Swim School operates 28 year-round locations in Texas and Kansas. (Courtesy Emler Swim School)
Emler Swim School now offering interactive lessons online

Families can choose to receive training via weekly video calls or through instructional videos online.

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MAP: More than 2,000 apartment units under construction in Katy area

“A lot of new product is being built, and it’s usually higher quality,” ApartmentData.com President Bruce McClenny said.

Eligible businesses in Harris County may receive a grant of up to $25,000. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Applications open soon for Harris County's $30 million small business assistance program

Eligible small businesses may receive a grant of up to $25,000 to cover payroll costs, rent and other operating expenses.