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

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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

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Missouri City City Manager Anthony Snipes marks his first year with the city with a long list of accomplishments and plans for many more to come.

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 […]

Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital opens new Neuro Intensive Care Unit

Dr. Wamda Ahmed (second from left) consults with members of the neurotrauma team inside the new Neuro Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital has taken another step forward on its journey towards becoming a Level II trauma center with the recent opening of an eight-bed Neuro Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU). This dedicated specialty critical care unit will enable the Memorial Hermann Southwest neurotrauma team to provide effective care and intervention to patients suffering […]

The Force of Star Wars is strong in my family


For a moment, I was 11 years old again. For a moment, I was that boy pretending to be Luke Skywalker, blasting away at the Stormtroopers while rescuing the princess from Darth Vader and the Death Star. The moment was fleeting but the pain that went with running, jumping, ducking and stretching lingered on for […]

Police department earns Bureau of Justice Assistance award

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Recurring grant will fund bulletproof vests for officers The Missouri City Police Department has once again received an award from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) under the Fiscal Year 2016 Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) solicitation. The city has received the recurring grant for more than a decade, which reimburses the police department for 50 […]

Overcoming instability to achieve great success

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Her parents separated when she was 3 years old and divorced when she was 6. In her 12 years of schooling, she attended seven schools across three states. She followed that by attending two community colleges and a university in two states. In that time she bounced back and forth between three families and 14 […]

Legislators say policy issues to guide the next session


Education and healthcare are hot topics for Legislature By Joe Southern jsouthern@fortbendstar.com With guarded optimism, State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst and State Rep. John Zerwas gave members and guests of the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce a preview of what to expect from the 85th Texas Legislature when it convenes next month. The two were keynote […]

Explosion in Stafford was accidental

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The back half of the Jimerson Underground, Inc., facility was blown apart around 4 a.m. Thursday morning by a gas explosion. No one was injured in the blast. The Stafford Fire Department quickly extinguished the blaze.

By Joe Southern jsouthern@fortbendstar.com An early morning explosion ripped apart the back half of an underground utilities company warehouse in Stafford Thursday, causing plenty of damage but no injuries. Investigators with the Stafford Fire Department and insurance companies are sifting through the ruins of the secluded building on Brand Lane near Highway 90 to try […]

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