B.J. Thomas returning to his roots with Stafford show

By Joe Southern jsouthern@fortbendstar.com Are you hooked on a feeling? Do raindrops keep falling on your head? If you answered yes to either of these questions then you’re probably already a fan of B.J. Thomas. The septuagenarian singer of timeless classics such as “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” and “Another […]

County judge at odds with Senate over bill to reform property tax

By Joe Southern jsouthern@fortbendstar.com In his annual State of the County Address for the Central Fort Bend and Fort Bend chambers of commerce on Friday at Safari Texas Ranch, County Judge Robert Hebert gave a mundane lesson on how the county budget is spent but spiced his talk with jabs at the Legislature, specifically the […]

Local bareback rider retiring from rodeo on his own terms

Clint Cannon is a character of a cowboy who is a cowboy with character. The 38-year-old bareback rider from Waller has been “blowin’ and goin’” throughout a 17-year rodeo career, living large and going hard as long as he can remember. Beginning with pee-wee football and moving on to star as a fullback at Waller […]

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 […]

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