Distracted driving ordinance begins

Sugar Land’s newly approved distracted driving ordinance took effect Monday. The new law prohibits the use of portable electronic devices while driving a vehicle in Sugar Land unless the device is in hands-free mode or being used for an emergency. Portable electronic devices include mobile phones, personal digital assistants, MP3s or other hand-held music players, […]

Learning to smile is something I can sink my teeth into

Learning how to smile isn’t an easy thing to do. Seriously, I’ve spent the first five decades of my life ashamed of my teeth and doing everything I could to hide them. Last month, however, the braces that I had been wearing for nearly two and a half years came off. For the first time […]

Spur 5 closed for new connector project

Beginning last Friday, the Texas Department of Transportation closed Spur 5 going northbound on the I-45 Gulf Freeway. The closure is the first of three phases for the I-45 Northbound Direct Connector Project. The project, once complete, will give this heavily traveled corridor two direct connectors at the I-45 Gulf Freeway and I-69/US 59 interchange. […]

Senate passes array of pro-law enforcement bills

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star Monday saw the end of the 60-day constitutional prohibition on considering non-emergency legislation, and the Senate marked the occasion by passing a number of bills intended to protect and honor law enforcement in Texas. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who sets each day’s agenda, says the idea came […]

Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road Overpass ribbon-cutting held

County and City officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 6 to celebrate the completion of the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road overpass. The 1.2-mile project is the final segment of the approximate 10 miles from Sienna Parkway to U.S. 90A/South Main. Of that, 7.5 miles are within the Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority boundaries […]

Stafford students build robot to conquer the world

By Bill McCaughey For The Fort Bend Star For the past two months, a handful of Stafford High School students, working out of the Stafford Engineering Academy Laboratory (SEAL Lab) on the Stafford campus, has been quietly assembling a robot that they hope will conquer the world. The FIRST Robotics World Championship that is. FIRST […]

Crusader blames brakes, not distracted drivers, for crashes

Man says no one in authority will listen to him By Joe Southern jsouthern@fortbendstar.com Charles Brixey claims Sugar Land has it all wrong with its red light cameras and now the pending cell phone ban for drivers, but no one will listen to him. Brixey is convinced that all the studies the city cites as […]

Fried fair fare on a stick judged good eatin’ at Rodeo Houston

I made my return to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo last Thursday as a judge for the Gold Buckle Foodie Awards (also known as 101 Ways to Totally Trash Your Diet). It was the second time in three years that I’ve been a Gold Buckle Foodie judge. I missed last year because I was […]

Senate approves bill targeting sex offending teachers

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star Teachers who commit sex offenses would automatically lose their teaching certificate under a bill unanimously approved by the Senate Wednesday. Senate Bill 7 author, Houston Senator Paul Bettencourt, said the number of inappropriate teacher-student relationships has grown dramatically. He pointed to a 43 percent increase in investigations […]

Sugar Land’s $100,000 donation to TSTC upsets some

Council passes measure on 4-3 vote By S. Barot subrata@fortbendstar.com Sugar Land City Council recently approved a controversial $100,000 donation to Texas State Technical College’s (TSTC) Fort Bend County campus. In a 4-3 vote, council amended Sugar Land 4B Corporation’s (SL4B) budget to specifically fund costs relating to the TSTC Career Center. The move caused […]

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