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Thank you for choosing the best…


We’re proud to announce the winners of the inaugural Fort Bend Star Reader’s Choice Awards in this week’s edition and online digital page at docs/star062415/10 Reader’s Choice is an important award because it was selected by the citizens of Fort Bend County. Voters cast their ballots for businesses of all types and sizes, and today, […]

COMMENTARY: Harvest Green community farm is encouraging

Daron “Farmer D” Joffe is working with Harvest Green, a new Johnson Development community in western Fort Bend Community, to build a community farm. It will be the first of its kind in the Greater Houston area.  (Submitted photos)

I grew up in a suburb that was primarily an agrarian community in the decades prior to my birth in 1979. As a child, I would ride my bicycle past some of the farms that managed to survive, but still had no concept of the farming life. Statistics show that my experience was hardly unique. […]

Gov. Greg Abbott signs Truancy Reform into law


Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law House Bill 2398, ending the criminalization  of Truancy, and instead making it a civil offense instead. The bill was co-sponsored by representatives Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City) and James White (R-Hillister). Until Abbott signed the bill, Texas was one of two states to criminalize Truancy. HB 2398 requires school districts to […]

Rep. Miller to set up District 26 Tax Advisory Team


Texas State District 26 Rep. Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land) plans to address growing concerns about rising property taxes with a District 26 Advisory Team on “tax issue” this fall. Last week, a group of 1,000+ Fort Bend County residents have protested what they believe to be high and arbitrary property taxes this year in front […]

COMMENTARY: Thanking my dad for life lessons…

Michael Sudhalter

Growing up, I always thought that Father’s Day was somewhere between a reason to have a nice family gathering, and a Hallmark Holiday. Things have changed now that I live two states away from my father, and most of the time, we’re apart during that special Sunday in June. Thanks to technology, we use FaceTime […]

Do not take hurricane advisories lightly

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While Sugar Land is somewhat removed from the Gulf Coast area, it is not immune from Mother Nature during tropical storms and hurricanes. Here are some suggestions on staying safe: Get A Kit / “To-Go Bag” Get an Emergency Supply Kit, which includes items like non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights […]

Fort Bend law enforcement emphasizes pro-active approach


By S. Barot For The Star A city only 300 miles away from Fort Bend County – is the newest municipality to be put on the center stage for police and civilian relations. Earlier this month, McKinney Police officers were dispatched to an altercation at a pool party. A bystander took a cell phone video […]

Here Comes the Sun: A few simple actions will help you protect against skin cancer this summer


With more than 2 million people diagnosed every year, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States.  It’s one of the most treatable cancers when diagnosed early, but it’s also largely preventable if you avoid the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.  Everyone, regardless of skin type, is at risk of potential harmful […]

Lower Brazos Coalition works to develop river’s resources


By Michael Sudhalter After the late May downpour in the Houston area, it’s difficult to think about the possibility of a drought. But several area leaders formed the Lower Brazos River Coalition in January as a way of “ensuring” that the river’s limited resources are developed and managed for the benefit of all stakeholders. […]

Sheriff’s Office generates revenue for Fort Bend County residents

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In early 2013, Sheriff Troy E. Nehls and the executive staff of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Detention Bureau began to reach out to neighboring agencies in an attempt to formulate partnerships in regards to the housing of those agencies’ excess inmate populations.  Within months, the Detention Bureau reached contract housing agreements with the […]

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