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Houston Finalist Ties for First Place in H-E-B Food Contest

| October 1, 2016
Houston Finalist Ties for First Place in H-E-B Food Contest

Creators of unique products from the Lone Star State are relishing the sweet taste of success as winners of H-E-B’s Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best contest. A panel of expert judges narrowed a field of 25 finalists to an unprecedented FIVE winners, increasing the winnings totaling $90,000. The winners received cash prizes and coveted […]

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Katy ISD Alum Returns Home to Take the Reins as Superintendent

| September 1, 2016
Katy ISD Alum Returns Home to Take the Reins as Superintendent

Dr. Lance Hindt Was Strongly Influenced By Katy ISD Educators, Coaches And Colleagues By Mara Soloway Along with the city it serves, Katy ISD has experienced a major growth spurt since 1983 when Lance Hindt, its new superintendent as of Aug. 1, graduated from Taylor High School as part of its first four-year graduating class. […]

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Katy ISD Police Department Urges Drivers to Share the Road with Returning Students

| September 1, 2016
Katy ISD Police Department Urges Drivers to Share the Road with Returning Students

Katy ISD Police To Enforce Traffic Codes In School Zones With the start of the school year just around the corner, it’s important for drivers to remember to slow down near school zones and pay attention when kids are present, especially before and after school. The Katy ISD Police Department, in conjunction with area law […]

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The 80th Annual Fort Bend County Fair

| September 1, 2016
The 80th Annual Fort Bend County Fair

The Fun Runs From Sept. 23-Oct. 2 September in Fort Bend County is Fair Time! This year the tradition of the Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate 80 years of family fun. Grab your hat; dust off your boots, and head out for good music, great food and a grand time at the […]

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Star Furniture Introduces its Newest Collection

| September 1, 2016
Star Furniture Introduces its Newest Collection

Magnolia Home brings Joanna Gaines’ style sensibilities to a wider audience Nearly 2,000 fans of Chip and Joanna Gaines greeted the stars of the hit HGTV home makeover show, Fixer Upper, when they appeared at Star Furniture’s West Houston Star Showroom in July. The couple was there to promote / launch Joanna’s new furniture line, […]

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Cat Spring Tea, Processed in Katy and Generating a Media Buzz

| August 1, 2016
Cat Spring Tea, Processed in Katy and Generating a Media Buzz

Cat Spring Tea Cofounders Recognize Potential In The Yaupon Plant And In The Lives Of Their Employees By Mara Soloway   Images from Cat Spring Tea Since the idea for Cat Spring Tea began brewing in the minds of sisters JennaDee Miller Detro and Abianne Miller Falla in 2011, the company has grown from selling bagged […]

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Local Pet Resort Raises $23,521 for Mission K9 Rescue

| August 1, 2016
Local Pet Resort Raises $23,521 for Mission K9 Rescue

Rover Oaks’ Annual Operation:War Dogs Fundraiser A Success Rover Oaks Pet Resort just wrapped up its sixth annual Operation: War Dogs fundraiser for nonprofit organization Mission K9 Rescue, the Houston chapter of the United States War Dogs Association (USWDA). The fundraiser began on Memorial Day and ended on July 4. This year, Rover Oaks raised […]

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Katy Student is Named a Texas State-Fish Art Contest 2016 Winner

| August 1, 2016
Katy Student is Named a Texas State-Fish Art Contest 2016 Winner

Nasa Xu Won Best In Show And First Place Awards And Will Advance To National Competition The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, headquarters for the Texas division of Wildlife Forever’s State-Fish Art Contest, has announced the winners for 2016. First-place entries advance to the national level and compete against winners from other states. This year, Nasa […]

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Impact A Hero Holds Its 12th Annual Hall of Fame Gala Dinner

| July 1, 2016
Impact A Hero Holds Its 12th Annual Hall of Fame Gala Dinner

Severely wounded heroes and family members were honored Co-founder Jim Hoelker and Gala Chair Megan Harper were on hand as Impact A Hero presented its 12th Annual Impact A Hero Hall of Fame Gala Dinner, Diamonds & Denim, on May 22 at NRG Stadium. The event benefits severely wounded heroes injured in post 9/11 combat […]

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Beckendorff Farms Provides a
History-Filled Environment for
Social Occasions

| July 1, 2016
Beckendorff Farms Provides a <br>History-Filled Environment for <br>Social Occasions

Stacey and Blake Beckendorff’s structure is steeped in character Text by Mara Soloway  |   Photos by Kevin Douglas West In 2013, Blake and Stacey Beckendorff took several personal and professional leaps of faith. They got married, and Stacey became pregnant with their first son. They quit good jobs to start their wedding and event […]

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Beekeeping in Suburbia

| July 1, 2016
Beekeeping in Suburbia

Caring For Bees In Your Backyard Is Easier Than You Think By Melanie Saxton If you’ve ever thought about beekeeping as a hobby, you’re not alone. Our first and third presidents, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, kept bees. Martha Stewart and Henry Fonda have done the same. People from all around the greater Houston area […]

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Erica and Roberto Molina Pay it Forward

| June 1, 2016
Erica and Roberto Molina Pay it Forward

Their Passions Are Reflected In Their Community Service By Mara Soloway When he moved out to the country from Houston in 1989, Roberto Molina could never have predicted how passionate he would become about rural life and how deeply connected he and his wife Erica would become to their community, the Houston Livestock Show and […]

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Marriott Marquis Houston and Former Houston Astros All-Star Craig Biggio Partner to Open Biggio’s

| June 1, 2016
Marriott Marquis Houston and Former Houston Astros All-Star Craig Biggio Partner to Open Biggio’s

Two-Story Sports Bar To Open In Hotel In November The Marriott Marquis Houston has announced a partnership with Houston Astros All-Star Craig Biggio to open Biggio’s, a two-story sports bar to debut in November. Just steps from the Houston Astros’ home field, Minute Maid Park, Biggio’s will pay homage to the baseball legend through showcasing […]

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Living the Sweet Life in Katy

| May 1, 2016
Living the Sweet Life in Katy

Success Of Momma Made It Cookies A Delicious Achievement By Judy Latta That delightful aroma wafting from Jessica Ringley’s kitchen is the sweet smell of success. Jessica runs her family business, Momma Made It cookies, out of her home in the idyllic community of Firethorne. She is in charge of production, baking scrumptious cookies and […]

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Meet the Janczaks

| April 1, 2016
Meet the Janczaks

  Katy Couple Devoted to Helping Area Youths Achieve Their Dreams By Judy Latta Photo By Kevin Douglas West Jim and Crystal Janczak, Katy ISD employees, are both passionate about their work supporting area youths to realize their potential and pursue their dreams. He is in his 28th year with the district, 12th year as […]

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Bayou City Art Festival’s Featured Artist Brings an Upbeat, Colorful Vibe

| April 1, 2016
Bayou City Art Festival’s Featured Artist Brings an Upbeat, Colorful Vibe

April Murphy Uses Color And Whimsy To Create Joy For years, April Murphy, who is this year’s featured artist at Houston’s prestigious and fun Bayou City Art Festival (BCAF), made a solid living as a artist doing marketing and graphic design for a local bank. In January 2009 that bank was bought by BBBA, and […]

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‘Lend-a-Book / Give-a-Book’ Program Comes to Katy/Fulshear

| April 1, 2016
‘Lend-a-Book / Give-a-Book’ Program Comes to Katy/Fulshear

Firethorne Launches First-Ever Little Free Library Firethorne resident Meg Glenn is a former English teacher whose life-long passion for instilling the love of reading books into the minds of children has opened a new chapter in her life. Though she officially retired from the Katy ISD classroom in 2013, she now dedicates herself to placing […]

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Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Brings Horses and Riders Together with Their Fans

| March 1, 2016
Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Brings Horses and Riders Together with Their Fans

Horse Show And Charitable Event Also Gives Lifelong Meaning To Its Participants By Mara Soloway More than 1,000 horses – Andalusians, Lusitanos and American Saddlebreds, as well as hunters and jumpers – are set to compete in Week I of the annual Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. During Week II, 1,000 hunters and jumpers fill […]

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Kevin Douglas West’s Photos from Cuba to be Shown at KCAM Exhibit

| March 1, 2016
Kevin Douglas West’s Photos from Cuba to be Shown at KCAM Exhibit

  Katy Resident Finds Vibrant Life Beyond The Stereotypes By Mara Soloway Kevin Douglas West finds inspiration – and the best photo opportunities – in places that are off the beaten path. Tequila Mexico. Cuba. Big Bend in West Texas. “I like to go to places that other people don’t go to and tell the […]

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Run for the Rose, April 10

| March 1, 2016
Run for the Rose, April 10

          Brain cancer will once again meet its match on Sunday, April 10 at NRG Park in Houston as patients, supporters and family members converge for the 14th Annual Run for the Rose. Sponsored by the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation (DMRF), the event raises awareness and funds benefiting The University of […]

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Chuck Hipsher Takes Bold Artistic Steps

| February 1, 2016
Chuck Hipsher Takes Bold Artistic Steps

Katy Artist Has First Museum Show At KCAM Through Feb. 28 Art images photographed by Kelly Hipsher / Text and other images by Mara Soloway Small canvases don’t work well anymore for abstract painter Chuck Hipsher, 56. With the way he throws his whole body – make that his whole self – into his art, […]

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