Senate approves modified school choice bill

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star The Texas Senate on Thursday passed a narrowed version of the bill intended to let some families use public funds to pay for private school tuition. The version that passed out of the Senate Education Committee would’ve allowed any family to access the program to receive a […]

Fort Bend Recovers granted $3 million for flood relief

George Foundation, Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation commit to recovery process In response to the unprecedented needs in Fort Bend County following the May 2016 flooding of the Brazos River, United Way of Greater Houston has been awarded a $1.3 million grant in 2017 and up to $1.8 million in 2018 by The George Foundation and The Henderson-Wessendorff […]

Lone Star Stomp will be a groovy time at George Ranch

Get ready for a groovy time at the Fort Bend County Museum Association’s 28th annual Lone Star Stomp! Set for Saturday, April 8 at the George Ranch Historical Park, this year’s Stomp will be a throwback to the 1960s as the Museum Association celebrates its 50th anniversary. Revel in the decade that brought Beatlemania, flower […]

Panel considers retired teacher healthcare reform

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star A bill to make sweeping changes to TRS-Care, the healthcare provider for most retired teachers, was considered in the Senate State Affairs Committee Monday. Rising healthcare costs have made current funding streams for the program unsustainable and the state is faced with a difficult choice, said bill […]

Senate approves modified school choice bill

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star The Texas Senate on Thursday passed a narrowed version of the bill intended to let some families use public funds to pay for private school tuition. The version that passed out of the Senate Education Committee would’ve allowed any family to access the program to receive a […]

Free income-tax help at Fort Bend County Libraries

Fort Bend County Libraries will again host representatives from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), who will provide free income-tax-preparation assistance for low-income taxpayers at several locations in the Fort Bend County library system through April 18. Income-tax forms will no longer be available at the libraries, but patrons may use the libraries’ computers […]

Measure would create police interaction education

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star High school students would receive instruction on what is expected of them when interacting with police officers under a bill approved by the Senate on Wednesday. Bill author and Dallas Senator Royce West says that there is a lot of confusion about how a person is supposed […]

Sugar Land Earth Day Celebration scheduled for April 1

Sugar Land’s Earth Day Celebration – called Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rock – will be held Saturday, April 1, from 1-5 p.m., on the plaza at Sugar Land Town Square. This year’s Earth Day Celebration promises to be a rockin’ good time with live performances by Vocal Trash. Don’t miss this green-minded high energy performance! […]

B.J. Thomas returning to his roots with Stafford show

By Joe Southern jsouthern@fortbendstar.com Are you hooked on a feeling? Do raindrops keep falling on your head? If you answered yes to either of these questions then you’re probably already a fan of B.J. Thomas. The septuagenarian singer of timeless classics such as “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” and “Another […]

County judge at odds with Senate over bill to reform property tax

By Joe Southern jsouthern@fortbendstar.com In his annual State of the County Address for the Central Fort Bend and Fort Bend chambers of commerce on Friday at Safari Texas Ranch, County Judge Robert Hebert gave a mundane lesson on how the county budget is spent but spiced his talk with jabs at the Legislature, specifically the […]

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