Texas Senate moves forward on education funding plan

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star The Texas Senate approved its proposal for increasing education spending before a possible school finance overhaul next session. The bill, passed late Monday night, would add more than half a billion dollars to districts and teacher retirement programs, much less than the $1.8 billion proposed by the […]

Feedback sought on proposed property tax rate

Sugar Land has public hearings on the proposed 2017 tax rate scheduled on Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. and Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. at Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North. The proposed budget was filed with City Council on July 18, and City Council has since held a series of budget […]

Sugar Land mayor meets with governor to preserve quality of life for residents

Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman met with Gov. Greg Abbott last week as part of ongoing efforts to ensure the city is able to meet the expectations of its citizens to provide a safe community and quality city services. Throughout the regular and special legislative sessions, Sugar Land’s elected leaders and representatives have testified on […]

Willowridge to begin year at Marshall High

Compiled by Joe Southern jsouthern@fortbendstar.com The students and staff of Willowridge High School will report to class Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Marshall High School. The two schools will begin the school year under one roof as clean-up and remediation efforts continue to clear Willowridge of mold that coated much of the school over the summer. […]

Houston area to witness first solar eclipse in decades

By Edwin Vega For the Fort Bend Star On Aug. 21, 2017, more than 300 million people in the United States could potentially view a total solar eclipse. A partial eclipse will be visible in every state, however, a total solar eclipse – which is when the moon completely covers the sun – will occur […]

Glen Campbell will always be Gentle on My Mind as the Rhinestone Cowboy

“I’ve been walkin’ these streets so long, singing the same old song.” Those lyrics are the first words to one of my favorite songs. “I know every crack in these dirty sidewalks of Broadway.” I know every crackle and pop in the album I played over and over as a kid. “Rhinestone Cowboy” was a […]

Senate stands to oppose bigotry and hatred

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star Members of the Texas Senate spoke against racism and intolerance in the wake of a rally in Virginia that has set off a national discussion on the nature of free speech and assembly. Protests against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday turned deadly when […]

Sugar Land seeks feedback on proposed budget, property tax rate

A public hearing on a proposed $231 million budget for fiscal year 2018 is scheduled for Aug. 15, at 6 p.m., at Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North. Public hearings on the proposed 2017 tax rate are scheduled at the same location on Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. and Sept. 5 at […]

Willowridge students, staff to begin school year at Marshall High

Willowridge High School students and staff members will begin the 2017-18 school year at Marshall High School as cleanup efforts continue at the WHS campus. The school year begins on Aug. 22, and the Fort Bend Independent School District is planning a Community Forum and Celebration on Wednesday, Aug. 16, so that the community can […]

Court dismisses red light camera lawsuit

By Theresa D. McClellan For the Fort Bend Star The 434th District Court of Fort Bend County dismissed his case basically saying you can’t sue the city, but Helwig Van Der Grinten said that doesn’t put a stop to what he calls his pursuit of red light traffic camera justice. “The city has deemed itself […]

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