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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Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.


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Katy-area residents may see water bills increase in 2020

The authorities’ increased rates are meant to help pay for billion-dollar water infrastructure projects to reduce their dependence on groundwater.

The Greater Houston area is expected to see a net gain of 42,300 jobs in 2020. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Greater Houston region expected to see slower job growth in 2020

The Greater Houston area is expected to see a net gain of 42,300 jobs in 2020.

Downtown Katy will turn into a winter wonderland for Katy Old Fashioned Christmas Festival on Dec. 7. (Courtesy Katy Market Days)
14 things to do in the Katy area this weekend, Dec. 6-8

This weekend offers hayrides, snow fun and other holiday activities.

Fusion Grill opened in Katy. (Courtesy Fusion Grill)
Fusion Grill opens on Mason Road in Katy area

The new restaurant made its debut in November.

Harris County Commissioners Court
Harris County unanimously approves plan for Healthy Food Financing Initiative program

The countywide competitive grant program will provide funding to support healthy food retail, nutrition education and urban agriculture in underserved communities.

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games plans Katy-area facility

The business will have electric go-karts among other activities across 90,000 square feet.

Aloft Hotels opened in November. (Courtesy Aloft Hotels)
Aloft Hotels opens near Katy Mills

The hotel has 104 rooms.

(Courtesy Katy Responds)
Katy Responds fixes, returns Katy-area home damaged by Hurricane Harvey to local family

Fixing the home took about 480 volunteer hours and about $27,000 in grants and donations.

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Here’s where to vote for the state House District 28 runoff election

Early voting runs Jan. 21-14, and election day is Jan. 28.

Children’s Lighthouse of Nottingham
Children’s Lighthouse of Nottingham opens on Kingsland Boulevard in Katy

This location is owned and operated by locals Andy and Allisa Hovis.

Harvey
New federal funding available for small businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey

Small-business owners can apply for up to $250,000 dollars in federal disaster relief.

Santa Claus is coming to Katy. (Courtesy Pixel-Shot/Adobe Stock)
Katy Fire Department 2019 Santa Tours gather toys, food in miniparades Dec. 2-18

Upon Santa’s arrival at a neighborhood, sirens, bells and music ring in the air, and families can wave to Santa.

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