Actors should keep politics out of award shows

I didn’t watch the Golden Globes when they were on television a couple weeks ago. I didn’t even know they were on. Not that it matters; I wouldn’t have watched anyway. I did hear about it, though. Social media was on fire with reports about how Meryl Streep went on a political rant against President-elect […]

Post Oak Bancshares buying The State Bank of Texas

Post Oak Bancshares, Inc. announced Friday that it will acquire Houston-based The State Bank of Texas. According to the terms of the agreement, Post Oak Bancshares, Inc. ($1.128 billion in total assets as of Dec. 31) will acquire all of the outstanding stock of The State Bank of Texas in a stock and cash transaction. […]

Nelson files base budget bill in Senate

By Richard Lee Special to The Fort Bend Star The first draft of the Senate version of the state budget was filed Tuesday, setting the baseline for the coming negotiations on how the state should spend money and meet critical needs. The bill, SB 1 by Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, would spend $103.6 billion […]

Patrick, West unveil plan to protect police

By Richard Lee Special to the Fort Bend Star Police officers at all level of government would be given access to new bulletproof vests under a plan unveiled by lawmakers Wednesday. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Dallas Sen. Royce West said that the tragic shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers by an assailant armed […]

Sunset commission wraps up interim work

The Sunset Advisory Commission of Texas held its final meeting of the 84th Interim Session on Wednesday, approving a number of recommendations relating to the agency charged with overseeing medical practice in Texas as well as recommendations for the Texas Department of Transportation. Every agency in Texas government must undergo a periodic review, usually every […]

Texas Senate opens 85th session

The Legislature of the State of Texas was called to order in both houses on Tuesday, kicking off a fresh 140-day session for lawmakers to address the needs and future of the state. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was happy to welcome members new and old to the storied building. “We are blessed to serve others, […]

Incumbents file for city council, school board

Complied by Joe Southern jsouthern@fortbendstar.com Several incumbents have field for re-election to the Sugar Land City Council and the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees. The election will be held May 6. Sugar Land Councilman Steve Porter announced his re-election bid last week. Since then, a flood of announcements have been made by incumbents of […]

Sugar Land to address 2016 accomplishments, vision for the future

Sugar Land will partner with the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce to present a State of the City Address focusing on the City’s 2016 accomplishments. This is the ninth year that the City has presented an annual summary of activities to citizens. The community is invited to attend the program to be held Jan. 19 […]

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 […]

Bellaire mobility project ribbon cutting

Fort Bend County officials gathered for the Bellaire Mobility Project Ribbon-Cutting ceremony on Dec. 19. The ribbon cutting marks the completion of the four-lane concrete boulevard from Parkway Lakes Lane to Lakehead Lane completing the missing links for the four-lane boulevard from Grand Mission Boulevard to Grand Parkway. County Judge Bob Hebert said, “This Bellaire […]

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