Joe Southern

Joe Southern

Joe Southern has been covering the Katy area for Community Impact Newspaper since 2012 and has been reporting news in the Houston area since 2008. He has worked for eight newspapers in four states. His hometown is Niwot, Colo.

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Fire/EMS departments keep pace with population growth in the Katy area

The boom is on and Katy, like most of the Greater Houston area, is growing rapidly, often leaving fire and emergency responders working to keep up with the pace. more »

Jan 31, 2013 Katy

The Katy Tigers take the fi eld for the start of the second half.

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Katy Tigers, State Champions

The Katy Tigers are getting used to playing in professional and collegiate football stadiums. That happens a lot for championship teams. more »

Jan 31, 2013 Katy

John Zerwas - State Representative, District 28

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John Zerwas

John Zerwas, M.D., had a tough fight to win the District 28 seat in the Texas House of Representatives in 2006, but he has easily handled the competition in the three following races. more »

Jan 31, 2013 Katy

Retired Katy ISD administrator O.D. Tompkins is greeted by Henry Dibrell, left, and Bonnie Holland after the KISD Board of Trustees voted to name a new high school after him.

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KISD formally names high school after Tompkins

The seventh high school in the Katy ISD was formally named Obra D. Tompkins High School after a unanimous vote of the board of trustees Jan. 22. more »

Jan 24, 2013 Katy (1 Comments)

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The annual Rice Harvest Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

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Go with the grain at Katy Rice Harvest Festival

The Katy Rice Harvest Festival begins its 32nd year with a parade on Saturday, Oct. 6 and two days of fun, family friendly activities on Oct. 13-14. more »

Oct 2, 2012 On the Town

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Babaloo manager John Sullivan (left) and co-owner Fred Routon look over an array of dishes.

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Babaloo International Café and Bar

Cliff Clavin and Norm Peterson may not be seated at the bar being served drinks by Sam Malone, but there is a definite resemblance to the “Cheers” television show at Babaloo International Cafe and Bar. more »

Dec 20, 2012 Katy (3 Comments)

Cedars Mediterranean Grill is operated by Ibrahim Radwan, left, with his wife, Amal, and son Rami.

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Cedars Mediterranean Grill and Market

It may be a small restaurant in a small strip center in an out-of-the-way place near Katy, but Cedars Mediterranean Grill and Market is a big deal for those with a taste for Middle Eastern fare. more »

Nov 21, 2012 Katy

Co-owner Jeff Smith and manager Josh Oberdove promise quality food and service.

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Hasta la Pasta

Do not be fooled by the name — there is a lot more than pasta at Hasta la Pasta Italian Grill. more »

Oct 26, 2012 Katy