Schools, districts given letter grades

By Joe Southern jsouthern@fortbendstar.com 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

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 […]

Steve Porter announces re-election bid for Sugar Land City Council

Steve Porter announced his decision to seek re-election to the Sugar Land City Council District One in the May 6 election. The City of Sugar Land City Council has always kept both Safety and Quality of Life for its citizens as top priorities, and Steve Porter is committed to keep Sugar Land District One as […]

The Top 10 stories of 2016

By Joe Southern jsouthern@fortbendstar.com So it is with the passing of another year that we reflect on the tumultuous times that made up 2016. To be sure, not all the things that made news were bad. Some were good – very good! With that being said, below are the Top 10 stories of 2016 as […]

A peek at the process of picking Top 10 stories

This is what happens when you reach the end of December, schools and most government offices are closed and nothing much is happening in the way of news. Every December we look back on the year that was and quite subjectively pick the top 10 or 20 news stories of the year. It’s what we […]

Highway 6, Sienna Parkway roadwork rescheduled

The scheduled Highway 6 closure concrete deck pour initially set for Sunday, Dec. 18, has been rescheduled due to the forecasted cold temperatures and high winds. The Highway 6 closure at the Fort Bend Parkway has been rescheduled for the following times: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 and 8 […]

December is disappearing faster than the meaning of Christmas

What do you mean Christmas is this weekend? What on earth happened to December? Usually December is a slow time for those of us in the news business. It’s hard to reach people due to vacations and pressing deadlines to get things done by the end of the year. I can usually spend much of […]

Snipes has Missouri City moving toward High Performance

City manager celebrates first anniversary By Joe Southern jsouthern@fortbendstar.com After a year on the job as Missouri City’s city manager, Anthony Snipes has a lot of accomplishments to look back on. He’s more concerned, however, with what’s ahead. His first year was spent organizing and positioning the city to better serve the citizenry and to […]

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