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As Fort Bend County continues to recover from Winter Storm Uri, two local elected officials have engaged in an icy blame game.

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The fallout of Winter Storm Uri prompted the Texas House of Representatives to convene its Energy Resources and State Affairs committees last Thursday and Friday in response to the crisis that left thousands of Fort Bend County residents without power and/or water in the midst of freezing te…

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Area residents in need of relief with rent and utility payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic have additional resources available to them in the form of Fort Bend County’s emergency rental assistance program, which began on Feb. 17. 

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Effective next Wednesday, March 10, businesses and facilities in Texas can open at 100 percent capacity, and Texans will no longer be mandated to wear masks in public, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday. 

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On Monday, the Fort Bend County District’s Attorney’s Office announced the launch of a new community outreach initiative called the Expose Excellence Youth Program. Under the program, the district attorney’s office and other government agencies in the county will partner on various activitie…

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With Winter Storm Uri in Fort Bend County’s wake, area residents are beginning to recover from a week marred by freezing temperatures, power outages and damage to homes and businesses caused by water pipes that froze and then burst.

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State Rep. Gary Gates, a Republican from Richmond serving House District 28, which includes portions of Rosenberg, Pecan Grove and Katy, is facing scrutiny from some of his constituents after flying to Orlando, Florida during Winter Storm Uri, which left many Fort Bend County residents witho…

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  The boil water notice for Fort Bend WCID No. 2, which serves Stafford, was rescinded Sunday, city officials announced on Twitter. 

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The City of Sugar Land’s water system rescinded its boil water notice for Greatwood Friday after officials submitted laboratory test results to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) which indicated the water no longer requires boiling prior to use, city officials said in a new…

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Fort Bend County residents have been hammered by Winter Storm Uri’s below-freezing temperatures and precipitation that began Sunday and continued into Wednesday, leaving more than half of the county without power, County Judge KP George wrote in a tweet Wednesday. 

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As a winter storm continues to freeze the Houston region, including Fort Bend County, there are impacts on the area’s school districts and county offices along with its transit system.

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Fort Bend County residents have been hammered by below freezing temperatures and precipitation that began Sunday and continued into Tuesday and Wednesday, leaving more than half of the county without power, County Judge KP George wrote in a tweet Wednesday. 

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Fort Bend County, Greater Houston and much of Texas hunkered down over the weekend due to a cold snap. The dipping temperatures were followed Sunday night and Monday morning with reports of ice, sleet, and snow across the Houston area, resulting in widespread road closures, shutdowns of scho…

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 The city of Rosenberg’s recycling program, operated by Republic Services, could be suspended due to residents’ continued inclusion of non-recyclable materials, which contaminates the loads of recycled materials and forces them to be disposed of in a landfill, city officials said in a Jan. 2…

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During a Jan. 11 special meeting, the city council for Missouri City unanimously approved a series of charter amendments from its charter review commission, including establishing four-year terms and a limit of three consecutive terms for the mayor and council members.

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In anticipation of today’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, new Fort Bend County Sheriff Eric Fagan announced in a news conference Monday that countywide a…

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Fort Bend County first responders in need of trauma counseling now have a support officer available for meetings within the department.

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By Landan Kuhlmann LKuhlmann@fortbendstar.com The FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force and the Sugar Land Police Department are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man responsible for a December bank robbery in Sugar Land. The suspect is described as a 5-foot-10 white or Middle Eastern man with a thin build, according to police. Authorities […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com A rift between longtime political adversaries in Stafford continues to deepen. City council member Don Jones and Cecil Willis, who succeeded the late Leonard Scarcella as mayor on Dec. 12 after a runoff election victory over AJ Honore, are at odds over an Oct. 12 photo the Willis campaign posted to […]

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By Landan Kuhlmann LKuhlmann@fortbendstar.com The deadline to enter a digital photo for Fort Bend County Libraries’ “Bridging Differences” photography contest has been extended to Jan. 25, according to a news release from the library system. Photos were originally set to be due on Monday. In partnership with the Fort Bend County Diversity Over Division Initiative, […]

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By Landan Kuhlmann LKuhlmann@fortbendstar.com The city of Rosenberg announced Jan. 5 that it has introduced Curtis Campbell as its new fire marshal. “The Rosenberg Fire Department is proud to have Curtis as the next fire marshal for the city of Rosenberg,” Fire Chief Darrell Himly said in a news release. “The knowledge and experience that […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com Troy Nehls surrendered his badge and gun upon his election to the U.S. House of Representatives, but the new Republican U.S. Rep. for Texas’ 22nd Congressional District and former Fort Bend County Sheriff put his law enforcement training on display to the world Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol following a break-in […]

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Richmond emergency management coordinator dies from COVID-19 complications By Landan Kuhlmann LKuhlmann@fortbendstar.com The City of Richmond announced Monday that Emergency Management Coordinator Anthony Pryor has died of complications from COVID-19. Pryor is survived by his wife, Julie, and a son. He was hired as Richmond’s emergency management coordinator in July 2019, and had more than […]

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By Landan Kuhlmann LKuhlmann@fortbendstar.com Increased utility rates for Sugar Land residents that were approved by the city council in September took effect on New Year’s Day. Community members will now see an increase in their water and residential waste bills each month, according to the city. A news release from the city said residents with […]

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By Landan Kuhlmann LKuhlmann@fortbendstar.com Two leading ladies in Sugar Land’s municipal court system have received statewide recognition for their efforts. A Dec. 30 news release from the city said the Texas Court Clerks Association (TCCA) had selected Municipal Court Administrator Kendra Beverly as the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Service Award. Beverly and Deputy Court […]

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By Landan Kuhlmann LKuhlmann@fortbendstar.com The city of Sugar Land named application developer Tahamidur Rahman as its 2020 employee of the year. According to a Monday news release from the city, the employee of the year is selected annually from a group nominated by their peers “based on Sugar Land’s values that include open and honest […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls was elected in November to become the next U.S. Representative in Texas’ 22nd Congressional District, which includes 75 percent of the county. He will be part of a class of 57 freshmen members of Congress. During a Dec. 15 Zoom meeting with Don McCoy, president […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com While Stafford Mayor-elect Cecil Willis and recently re-elected City Councilmen Don Jones and Ken Mathew have not yet been sworn in to begin their new terms, the 2021 election cycle is already in motion. A special election to fill Willis’ vacated seat on the council, Position 5, has been scheduled for […]

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From Staff Reports The City of Sugar Land recently topped the list of cities ranging in populations from 75,000-124,999 in the 2020 ranking of Digital Cities by the Center for Digital Government (CDG), a national research and advisory institute on information technology. Cities were evaluated on their responses to 100 questions in 12 areas of […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com Fort Bend County Judge KP George is asking that teachers be included in the first round of COVID-19 vaccine distribution by the state of Texas. George did so in a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott that was shared on social media Monday. State Rep. Ron Reynolds of House District 27, which includes parts […]

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By Landan Kuhlmann LKuhlmann@fortbendstar.com Through Dec. 22, the City of Sugar Land is accepting applications for its “Sugar Land 101” class that will be held virtually from January through March. During the class, participants will learn about city operations, get a virtual tour of city facilities and take a leadership development component. In order to […]

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By Landan Kuhlmann lkuhlmann@fortbendstar.com Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) is accepting submissions through Jan. 11 for its “Bridging Differences” photography contest. In conjunction with the Fort Bend County Diversity Over Division Initiative, the contest is looking for entries that “capture the themes of anti-racism and bridging differences in Fort Bend County through your eyes,” according to […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com  Challengers Robin Elackatt and Lynn Clouser won their respective races in Saturday’s Missouri City runoff election for mayor and city council, according to unofficial results released by Fort Bend County. In nearby Stafford, Cecil Willis was elected to be the town’s first new mayor in more than 50 years. Elackatt received 5,622 […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com What will the 87th Texas Legislative session look like when it gavels in on Jan. 12? “The key word to this session is going to be patience,” said State Sen. Borris Miles, who represents Senate District 13, which includes Stafford as well as portions of Missouri City. “We’re going to have […]

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                    By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com  The 2020 election cycle has been particularly trying for Stafford voters. The economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the loss of widely beloved longtime Mayor Leonard Scarcella has been on the minds of many residents, including Councilman Cecil Willis, […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com  There’s one thing both candidates for Missouri City’s At-Large Position 2 City Council seat agree on: Neither is taking anything for granted — even the fact that there is a runoff election going on, with voter fatigue setting in for some ahead of the Dec. 12 runoff. Chris Preston, the incumbent […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com As Missouri City residents prepare to make their voices heard at the polls in Saturday’s runoff election for mayor and a city council seat, the city is still in a dispute with Fort Bend County over the handling of the election. City officials filed a lawsuit against the county Dec. 2 […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com After filing a lawsuit Wednesday against Fort Bend County, Missouri City officials said in a news release Friday that the two entities had reached an agreement to extend early voting hours at all three polling locations. The amended schedule is as follows: Saturday, Dec. 5: extended hours until 7 p.m. at […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com Missouri City officials filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Fort Bend County regarding what they allege are “ongoing voting irregularities” and “disenfranchising citizens” in the county’s handling of the 2020 election cycle, most recently with the early voting period for the city’s Dec. 12 runoff election. Early voting began Nov. 30 and […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com This year’s The Thankful Ones Turkey Trot in Pecan Grove will look different. But founder Matthew Martin is eager to try to make the event safe for all involved as he and his nonprofit strive to aid in the adoption of children whose parents have been afflicted by addiction or substance […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com  A Richmond resident is among seven alleged participants in a scheme to obtain approximately $16 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, according to a Nov. 17 news release from the U.S. Department […]

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By Landan Kuhlmann LKuhlmann@fortbendstar.com The City of Richmond announced Nov. 18 that Jerry Jones has been hired as the city’s newest director of economic development. He brings more than 12 years of experience with workforce development, neighborhood revitalization and regional outreach, according to a news release from the city. “The city of Richmond as well […]