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 […]

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital receives Texas Ten Step re-designation

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital was again designated as a Texas Ten Step facility by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred feeding method for newborns and infants. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land has been designated a Texas Ten Step facility since 2011. Based on the World Health Organization […]

Smoking is stupid and brings out the worst in people

You’re driving down the road when all of a sudden a shower of sparks erupts alongside the car in front of you. Perhaps you’re walking through a public place when someone nearby blows a cloud of smoke (or vapor) out their mouth and smugly takes another drag. Those little eruptions cause volcanic flashes of anger […]

Oaths of office

County Court at Law No. 1 Judge Chris Morales, left, administers the oath of office to his father, Vincent Morales, who was sworn in Sunday as Precinct 1 Commissioner for Fort Bend County. Seated by Vincent Morales are other elected officials who were sworn in moments early by Administrative District Judge James Shoemake. Shoemake had […]

Fed up with 2016? Make this year and the rest of your life better

There are many people who are glad to have 2016 behind them. I am not one of those people. Last year was a great year for me. From the Denver Broncos and the Sugar Land Skeeters winning their respective championships and being able to cover the Houston Texans to having a great, new job here […]

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