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Ruling defines ‘supervisor,’ puts limits on employer liability in harassment cases

By Katie Loehrke, editor, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. The U.S. Supreme Court recently considered the definition of “supervisor” to determine when an employer is liable for workplace harassment. In this case, Vance v. Ball State University, the main question was whether supervisor liability applies to harassment by any employee with authority to direct […]

Employers may need to make religious accommodations for vegans

By Katie Loehrke, editor, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. When a workplace practice conflicts with an employee’s religious beliefs, the employer must consider whether a religious accommodation is available. Often, such scenarios arise in the form of scheduling conflicts when an employee’s religion compels worship on a particular day. Common examples of religious accommodations […]

Band competition held

Shown are the Wessendorff Middle School band members.

By Madison Palmer 6th grade student  Students in the band at Wertheimer Middle School recently attended a solo and ensemble competition held at Wessendorff Middle School.  Our band students had been preparing for this special event the whole year both at school and at home.  Each student who participated played a solo, ensemble, and if […]

Local elections on tap

Early voting thru May 4, election Sat. May 11 By B.K. Carter  There hasn’t been a lot of hot politicking this year it seems to me. Of course, I’ve been waylaid by my health so maybe it has been a lot hotter than I think. The candidates have thankfully left me alone but I still […]

Who can legally assist Veterans with VA Claims?

Veterans scam alert The preeminent fraud—“helping” Veterans with the VA benefit commonly called Aid & Attendance. Getting yourself through the maze can be difficult, but it is worth the effort to wartime Veterans and Widows of Veterans during the difficult economic times we now face. More Veterans and surviving spouses file claims for disability benefits […]

Valentine’s “Love Day”celebrated at Wertheimer Middle School

Students celebrate Valentine's Day at Wertheimer MS.

By Madison Palmer The popular holiday is named for St. Valentine was a priest who served during third century Rome.  According to, legend has it that Emperor Claudius II, who ruled Rome during this time, decided that single men made better soldiers than those who were married.  Because of this, he outlawed marriage for […]

EDITORIAL: Time for county commissioners to take care of their own precinct

Commissioners elected in their precincts only; other officials elected county-wide By LeaAnne Klentzman Here we are sitting on the edge of the fiscal cliff and possibly the end of the world (if you buy into the Mayan thingie) and what are our conservative, oh so fiscally responsible, Fort Bend Commissioner’s doing? Well, they are trying […]

Time to put up your guns, sheriff

By B.K. Carter It’s a shame that Sheriff Milton Wright is going to sully his tenure as sheriff by acting so bad at the end. When Wright’s fair-haired boy Craig Brady didn’t get elected sheriff this past election, Wright, who had turned the sheriff’s department over to him many years ago, pitched a hissy fit […]

The Leadership void

An editorial By LeaAnne Klentzman While we have said for years that there has been no adult supervision over at the Sheriff’s Office; since the primary when their heir apparent lost his bid to Constable Troy Nehls in the Republican Primary, the Sheriff’s Office has been a rudderless ship.  Many employees have told the Star […]

Editorial Opinion: “School Choice” is not the right choice 83rd legislative session

By Jim Rice  FBISD Board of Trustees Recently there have been many public comments made concerning the pending 83rd Texas Legislative Session and how legislators will expand the “School Choice” options available in Texas. Some state business organizations are already floating trial balloons to tout an agenda of allowing an unlimited number of open enrollment […]

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