Declining revenues force Sugar Land to raise taxes

City adopts tax rate, budget for 2018 The Sugar Land City Council was to consider the 2017 tax rate and fiscal year 2018 budget at a regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 19 at Sugar Land City Hall. Public hearings on the tax rate were held on Aug. 22 and Sept. 5, and a public hearing […]

Beware of Hurricane Harvey repair and clean-up scams

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Attorney General Ken Paxton warned those in affected areas to guard against contracting scams and offered tips to safeguard against unscrupulous individuals looking to take advantage of vulnerable Texans. “Unfortunately, scams involving contractors failing to perform work they were paid to do are not uncommon following a disaster such […]

Skeeters, Texans, rose up in time of need during Hurricane Harvey

What a difference a little wind and rain can make. Granted, when that wind and rain come in the form of a hurricane it can change lives and communities forever. Hurricane Harvey certainly changed ours. There are countless stories out there about how the storm impacted people here in Fort Bend County. Everything from high-water […]

Sen. Kolkhorst re-appointed to statewide committee to study coastal barriers

State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst has been re-appointed to a Joint Legislative Interim Committee to study a Coastal Barrier System for the Texas coast. With a district that spans nearly a third of the Texas coastline, Kolkhorst has been tapped by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to represent coastal stakeholders and join fellow lawmakers to study the […]

Governor Abbott appoints Cannata 458th Judicial District Court judge

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Kenneth S. Cannata as judge of the 458th Judicial District Court in Fort Bend County for a term set to expire Dec. 31, 2018, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified. Cannata, of Richmond, has served as Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3 in Fort Bend County […]

HARVEY UPDATE: County moves into recovery mode

By Joe Southern jsouthern@fortbendstar.com Recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey are well under way in Fort Bend County as disaster centers open, roads clear and mountains of debris line the streets of flooded communities as residents begin to rebuild. Judge Bob Hebert released video updates online last week and over the weekend to keep residents apprised […]

Snake bites girl helping others

By Theresa D. McClellan For The Fort Bend Star Not all flood victims appreciate a helping hand. One even bit the arm of a helper. The culprit was a copperhead snake hiding in a bin of toys. The victim is a 10-year-old girl whose family was helping another family recover from the recent flood. Because […]

Are hurricanes, fires and earthquakes signs of the apocalypse?

Is this the end of the world as we know it? Is the apocalypse upon us? Hurricanes, fires, massive earthquakes and more are wreaking havoc across the country and around the globe. Doomsayers are having a heyday. Bible-thumping fanatics are warning us of God’s impending wrath. Global warming warnings abound. (And somehow this is all […]

Back to school: Take two

Fort Bend ISD announces plans for students of flood-damaged school As Fort Bend ISD students return to classrooms on Tuesday, Sept. 12, students and staff members from the flood-damaged Juan Seguin Elementary will be housed at two nearby schools. Kindergarten through second-grade (K-2) students and staff will be housed at James Patterson Elementary, while third […]

Sienna Plantation, Riverstone begin digging out

Recovery from Harvey expected to take a long time By Donna Hill For the Fort Bend Star Flood recovery from Hurricane Harvey will be ongoing in Fort Bend County for months, maybe years. In Sienna Plantation and Riverstone, residents along with volunteers are helping others rebuild their lives and their homes. They are tearing out […]

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