Government can’t control your quality of life

Last week I had the privilege to serve on a panel during the candidates’ forum for Stafford City Council. Three of the four candidates were there (the fourth couldn’t attend due to a health issue). Although I have covered numerous candidate forums in my career, it was the first time I’ve been invited to be […]

Education chair rolls out school finance reform package

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star The Senate Education Committee heard testimony April 18 on a bill that would drastically change the current school funding formula. Often criticized for its complexity and inaccessibility to lay people, the current formula uses a number of complex calculations, multipliers, exceptions, tax thresholds and valuations to arrive […]

Reynolds gives updates from Legislature

State Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, has been busy in the regular session of the 85th Legislature. He released the following statement April 19 regarding the marking of the 100th day of the 85th Legislative session: “Today is the 100th day of the 85th legislative session. That means my colleagues and I have 40 days […]

700 robots to invade Houston this weekend

By Bill McCaughey For The Fort Bend Star The FIRST Championship is coming to Houston April 19-22, bringing 700 robot teams from more than 30 countries, including a team from Stafford. The event will take up over 1.8 million square feet of event space in the George R. Brown Convention Center and Minute Maid Park, […]

Fort Bend ISD to issue green bonds to fund new schools

The Fort Bend Independent School District will make history by becoming the first in Texas to issue green bonds, which will finance the environmentally sustainable construction of three new elementary schools. The district plans to issue a total of $99 million tax-exempt bonds this month, and approximately $52 million of the bonds will be designated […]

Oak Ridge Boys rock the Redneck with energized show

I’m singin’ Elvira and doing my oom poppa oom poppa mow mows. Thanks to Michael Berry, my wife and I got to see the Oak Ridge Boys Friday night at the Redneck Country Club. Oh man, did that ever take me back in time. I’ve been a fan of the Oaks since the 1970s and […]

Vendors preparing for good times at Family Fun Day

By Joe Southern jsouthern@fortbendstar.com Vendors for the first Family Fun Day hosted by The Fort Bend Star and the Sugar Land Skeeters are preparing to provide plenty of fun activities and information to guests at the event on May 6 at Constellation Field. Among the early vendors to sign up are Urban Air Adventure Park, […]

Stafford robot team wins Alamo Regional, qualifies for World Championship in Houston

By Bill McCaughey For The Fort Bend Star The Stafford High School robotics team, in just its second year of competition, and with its three alliance members, won the Alamo Regional last Saturday. The win qualifies the team for the FIRST Robotics World Championship to be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center and […]

Candidates to debate issues in upcoming forums

Compiled by Joe Southern With municipal and school district elections coming up on May 6, the public will have several opportunities to meet and hear from candidates at upcoming forums. Fort Bend ISD The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Education Division will host the Fort Bend ISD Candidates Forum on April 19, at 5:30 p.m. […]

Stafford students on a mission to fight teen hunger locally

By Theresa D. McClellan For the Fort Bend Star With a community plan to raise hunger awareness, the sophomore and junior high school students from Stafford leaned over poster boards with a mission. “Everyone is pitching in to make a mark on the world and that’s really good. You have to start small and they […]

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