Sean Burnett files to run against Jajoo on Sugar Land City Council


Sean Burnett a 17-year resident of Sugar Land and business owner has officially announced his intent to run for the City of Sugar Land Council Member District 4 in the May 6 election. “I believe our city is among the greatest in the country and I want to do my part to ensure Sugar Land […]

Jerry Seinfeld opens Smart Financial Centre


By Joe Southern Although the attention over the weekend was on the grand opening of the Smart financial Centre at Sugar Land, the entertainment on stage was still much ado about nothing. The $84 million arts and entertainment venue opened Saturday night with two performances by comedian Jerry Seinfeld, whose self-titled TV program in […]

Reynolds files bills about racism, police killings, minimum wage, small businesses


House Minority Whip, Rep. Ron Reynolds, wasted no time taking action when the 85th Legislature convened earlier this month. The Democrat from Missouri City released five press releases recently outlining action he has taken on issues of the minimum wage, racism, officer-involved deaths, the economy and minority representation. They are as follows: Statement after filing […]

Actors should keep politics out of award shows


I didn’t watch the Golden Globes when they were on television a couple weeks ago. I didn’t even know they were on. Not that it matters; I wouldn’t have watched anyway. I did hear about it, though. Social media was on fire with reports about how Meryl Streep went on a political rant against President-elect […]

Incumbents file for city council, school board


Complied by Joe Southern Several incumbents have field for re-election to the Sugar Land City Council and the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees. The election will be held May 6. Sugar Land Councilman Steve Porter announced his re-election bid last week. Since then, a flood of announcements have been made by incumbents of […]

Sugar Land to address 2016 accomplishments, vision for the future


Sugar Land will partner with the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce to present a State of the City Address focusing on the City’s 2016 accomplishments. This is the ninth year that the City has presented an annual summary of activities to citizens. The community is invited to attend the program to be held Jan. 19 […]

Schools, districts given letter grades


By Joe Southern As a preemptive strike before Friday’s release of the “work in progress” A-F letter grade accountability report from the Texas Education Agency to the Texas Legislature, both the Fort Bend ISD and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) issued statements decrying fairness of the grading system. “I regret that our […]

Smoking is stupid and brings out the worst in people


You’re driving down the road when all of a sudden a shower of sparks erupts alongside the car in front of you. Perhaps you’re walking through a public place when someone nearby blows a cloud of smoke (or vapor) out their mouth and smugly takes another drag. Those little eruptions cause volcanic flashes of anger […]

Oaths of office

(Photo by Joe Southern)

County Court at Law No. 1 Judge Chris Morales, left, administers the oath of office to his father, Vincent Morales, who was sworn in Sunday as Precinct 1 Commissioner for Fort Bend County. Seated by Vincent Morales are other elected officials who were sworn in moments early by Administrative District Judge James Shoemake. Shoemake had […]

Fed up with 2016? Make this year and the rest of your life better


There are many people who are glad to have 2016 behind them. I am not one of those people. Last year was a great year for me. From the Denver Broncos and the Sugar Land Skeeters winning their respective championships and being able to cover the Houston Texans to having a great, new job here […]

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