Registration open for 11 YMCA locations offering virtual learning centers to help working families this fall

“We understand these are uncertain times and many families are worried how they are going to balance work and follow the vital school curriculum at home,” YMCA President and CEO Stephen Ives said in the release.


Texas Medical Center ICU capacity returns to Phase 1 levels as COVID-19 hospitalizations decline

The Texas Medical Center has fewer patients in intensive care units as of Aug. 2.



Willie Mae's Soul Food Cafe and Music Lounge to open in Katy area

Willie Mae's Soul Food Cafe and Music Lounge will open in the Katy area in 2021, said Ryan Muccular, the founder and owner of That's My Dog.


Report: With boost in e-commerce, Texas sales tax receipts increased 4.3% in July

The loss of extra unemployment support could send numbers back down, however.


Fort Bend County reports 100th coronavirus-related death, sees hospitalizations decline July 27-Aug. 1

During the week of July 27-Aug. 1, Fort Bend County Health & Human Services reported 661 new coronavirus cases.


Funeral for Waller County Sheriff R. Glenn Smith set for Aug. 5

Sheriff R. Glenn Smith, 61, died Aug. 1 from an apparent heart attack.



Texas State Teachers Association demands TEA prohibit in-person classes until Sept. 8

The statement was released after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton earlier this week said that local districts have the sole authority to close schools due to the ongoing pandemic.


Fort Bend County discusses FY 2020-21 budget, lowering property tax rates

Commissioners Court and county staff considered the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on both the county and its residents.


Harris County coronavirus count: Recoveries jump, active cases fall under new case tracking definitions

The confirmed number of COVID-19 recoveries in Harris County jumped over the August 1 weekend as the city of Houston began operating under a new record keeping protocol that redefines recoveries to include any cases where it has been "28 days or more since the case was reported, or released from [the] hospital and [is] not deceased."


Backlog of felony court cases grows as officials explore options to lower jail population

"We have to take the valve off. It’s a pressure cooker."





MAP: See COVID-19 concentrations by population in Harris County

As of July 30, more than 45,000 cases have been reported in Houston and over 71,000 in Harris County overall since the outbreak began.


Attack wing commander talks mission, future of Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base

The airport is for both military and public use and is located about 17 miles southeast of downtown Houston.



The Arc of Katy celebrates 30 years with car parade Aug. 3

The event, which will be livestreamed, will also include a historical review of the nonprofit, photos and special guest videos.


Harris County coronavirus count: 1,724 new cases, 21 deaths confirmed July 30

The vast majority of the new cases and deaths were confirmed in the city of Houston.



Katy ISD discusses boundary modifications to accommodate Junior High No. 17

The new junior high school will open at 25737 Clay Road, Katy, in August 2021.



Texas Association of School Administrators asks state for more local control, clear guidelines in 2020-21

TASA leaders said in the letter that changing guidelines coming from the state are overly complicated and have only created confusion.


Texas Education Agency to fund online program supporting schools, parents in 2020-21

Teachers, students, parents and administrators can access classes, assignments and grades through the system whether learning from the classroom or elsewhere.


Charter school plans to launch complete virtual program for all Texas students in August

All classes will be conducted live, giving students the opportunity to engage with teachers and fellow classmates.


Here’s what the moviegoing experience will look like when Regal theaters reopen this summer

Face masks will be required of guests in lobbies, hallways, restrooms and in auditoriums when not eating or drinking.