Reading through the pages of this edition of the Fort Bend Star, it’s easy to come away with a feeling for the size, scope and ambition of Fort Bend County these days.
In my time as a journalist, I’ve written about all manner of interesting court cases, from one about an employee suing his boss over flatulence to one involving a lightsaber-making business. But of all the legal cases I’ve ever heard of, the one that most sticks in my mind is one I’ve only r…
On this Veterans Day, I hope each of you takes some time to do one of my favorite parts of my job – just sit down and have a conversation with a veteran. No doubt many of you have a loved one who’s served. Or maybe it’s a neighbor, or a respected community member.
It’s hard to believe election season is already here again, but in two short weeks, Fort Bend County residents will head to the polls on election day to cast their ballots in both statewide amendments and several local races and referendums. Early voting already is underway, having started Monday, and is scheduled to continue through Oct. 29.
Some of you may have noticed, but for those of you who haven’t, in recent weeks we’ve started publishing a daily newsletter that we send out each weekday morning to our subscribers, detailing the latest breaking news in Fort Bend County.
What does it say about us, as Americans, that we’ve been so easily distracted and changing? Or that we’re leaving Afghanistan – some 20 years, thousands of lives and billions of dollars later – much the same as we found it? It’s a question well worth pondering and considering amongst all Fort Bend County residents.
Last Monday, more than 50 people crowded into the Fort Bend ISD administration building, passionate to speak for or against a proposed mask mandate. Many of them bore signs and showed up hours before the 6 p.m. meeting, spending the time before the meeting going over talking points.
While touring the newly-renovated Fort Bend Museum, I was perhaps most struck by an exhibit discussing the controversy surrounding the Jaybird Monument in Richmond.
Those of us who’ve called this region home for any extended period of time are familiar with the challenges of living along the Gulf Coast. Whether it’s the barrage of tropical storms, flooding or the coronavirus pandemic – Fort Bend County residents are a resilient bunch.
Editor's note: A quote from Missouri City council member Vashaundra Edwards that was originally abbreviated for brevity and clarity has been included in its entirety to provide additional context.
With the Sugar Land Skeeters scheduled to host their first home game as an affiliate of the Houston Astros organization Thursday, there’s been plenty of buzz about Triple-A baseball coming to Fort Bend County.
The reason I volunteered to coach my oldest son’s youth baseball team this year was to pay back what some wonderful men gave me when I was a long-haired, baggy-socked, rail of a kid more than three decades ago. Without a second’s hesitation, I can list them all.
Parents of school-age children have a lot going on. I’m sometimes too caught up with work to follow along with live tweet threads of Fort Bend ISD board meetings that are going on into the middle of the night, and that’s without having to change diapers or pack lunches or help kids with homework.
A frustration I have shared with journalism friends and colleagues going back to my college days that persists ever so stubbornly is the question-begging and strawmen that reporters are often faced with when they report on topics that are “bad news” or “negative.”
If you’re weary about election fatigue after the first quarter of 2021 and the slog of a year that was 2020, you’re not alone.
One thing I’ve observed that has never sat right with me is that decisions deemed to be made in the best interests of children are often made without actually consulting the children who are affected by the outcomes of the choices made by decision makers.
I can still remember being an elementary school student and being excited to sit on a cold gymnasium floor while a police officer or firefighter or another local community member came to visit my classmates and I for what we called “assemblies.”
While I’ve never quite understood the need to switch between Daylight Savings Time and Standard Time, I’ve become quite accustomed to the mantra of “spring ahead, fall behind” having lived in the Central Time Zone for most of my life.
With Monday having been International Women’s Day, coinciding with March’s observance of Women’s History Month, I’m thrilled to share a story with you about one of the most influential women in my life.
If you’ve ever been in the middle of a fight between a couple or a pair of close friends, you know it can be a painfully awkward situation.
Just a week ago, many of us were shivering through at least one night without power and heat and mesmerized by the record cold temperatures that were brought upon by Winter Storm Uri. And it was a bit jarring to think about how I used a credit card and a shoehorn to scrape snow and ice off m…
It is disappointing, but entirely unsurprising to see political squabbles find their way into the midst of yet another emergency in the Houston area as Winter Storm Uri’s unsparing wrath has knocked out power for nearly half of Fort Bend County electricity consumers, and many find themselves…
Until recently, I’d never thought of Valentine’s Day as a particularly family-oriented holiday. Nor, frankly, had I given it much consideration at all beyond the sugar-high I received after exchanging boxes of “conversation hearts” in elementary school.
By Jonathan McElvy email@example.com The refrain from every person – every creature – with a smart phone and social feed was simple: “So long 2020.” Come to think of it, that’s rather tame language for how most of us sent the past year packing. In the four corners of your home (assuming you followed government […]