Property tax protest and appeal procedures

The law gives property owners the right to protest actions concerning their property tax appraisals. You may follow these appeal procedures if you have a concern about: the market or appraised value of your property the unequal appraisal of your property the inclusion of your property on the appraisal roll any exemptions that may apply […]

Committee takes second look at texting ban

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star The Senate State Affairs committee on Monday took another look at a bill banning texting and driving. The committee approved the Senate version, SB 31 by Laredo Senator Judith Zaffirini, back in March, but the measure never made it to the floor for a vote. A similar […]

Senate passes Sandra Bland Act

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star The Senate gave unanimous approval to a measure Thursday intended to improve the treatment of individuals with possible mental health issues in county jails. The bill is named after Sandra Bland, who was found dead in her cell of an apparent suicide after spending three days in […]

Free health screenings, fun and food at grand opening of UT Physicians-Rosenberg May 13

UT Physicians is offering an inside look at its new Rosenberg multispecialty clinic during a grand opening celebration filled with free family fun, food and entertainment. During the event on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the doors will be open to the clinic to view exam rooms, meet UT Physicians health […]

Man sentenced to life for murder at Stafford store

Cristhian Cardozo, a father of two, was murdered Dec. 10, 2014, at the Stafford Walmart while trying to defend his family from attackers. A Fort Bend County jury sentenced the shooter, Jason Lara, to life in prison on May 5 after convicting him of Cardozo’s murder. Cardozo, age 35, was shot in the face and […]

Bill would let daycares keep EpiPens on hand

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star A bill to ensure that day care facilities can keep epinephrine auto-injectors on site received unanimous approval in the Senate Wednesday. The measure, SB 1101 by Plano Senator Van Taylor, would let day care administrators get prescriptions to keep the life-saving drug, often known by its trade […]

Incumbents win big on election day

By Joe Southern jsouthern@fortbendstar.com Saturday was a good day for incumbents as voters went to the polls to vote in city and school board elections. All but one of the incumbents in the Fort Bend the Lamar Consolidated independent school districts held their seats, as did all the incumbents on the Stafford City Council. In […]

Bill would allow two immigrant detention centers to continue to hold children

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star Two facilities that house immigrants seeking asylum while they await legal hearings would be permitted to continue to house children under a bill tentatively passed by the Senate on Tuesday. In 2015, two federal family residential centers were opened in Texas near San Antonio to house immigrants […]

Fort Bend Star wins Anson Jones MD Award

Dr. Elizabeth Torres, left, an internist and a member of the Texas Medical Association’s Council on Health Promotion, presents the 2017 Anson Jones MD Award to Fort Bend Star Editor Joe Southern during a ceremony May 3 at the newspaper office. Southern won the award in the small circulation category for a story he wrote […]

Former Rep. Charlie Howard passes away

By Joe Southern jsouthern@fortbendstar.com Former State Rep. Charlie Howard, the District 26 representative who amassed a strong conservative voting record in the Legislature and helped secure funds to widen Highway 59 in Fort Bend County during his 18 years in office, passed away May 2 at the age of 74. Howard served as Sugar Land’s […]

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