Fort Bend County

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Upcoming: Brand New, Café Tacvba, Gladys Knight, ICP, Nick Jonas, Royal Blood, etc.

    '90s Burned Out: With Hayden Jones, Shadow Hound, Thrill. Sat., September 20, 8:30 p.m., $10. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838. Aaron Einhouse: Sat., November 15, 8 p.m., $8. Cypress Saloon, 12710 Telge, Cypress, 281-304-7777. Advance Cassette: With the Freebie, Banshee Bones. F ... More >>

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    September 10, 2014

    The Musical Cream of This Fall's County-Fair Crop

    If you've been lucky enough to see the so-called "supermoon" the past couple of nights, you know good things are coming: not only cooler temperatures but fairgrounds full of carnival midways, fried foods, beauty pageants, golf tournaments, parades, cookoffs, livestock auctions and top-notch country ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Police Looking For Man In Pot Farm 'Selfie'

    Take this pot farm selfie as evidence that solo snapshots are always a bad idea. Benigno Ramirez of Michoacan, Mexico, might be regretting his recent selfie right now, considering it has landed him at the center of the investigation into last week's $10 million marijuana farm bust in Fort Bend Cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    HPD Officer Discharges Weapon While Apprehending Alleged Teen Auto Thieves, One Rifle-Wielding Suspect Still at Large

    Two teens are in custody and another is still being sought by police after an incident Sunday night that involved a stolen van, a brandished rifle and one officer firing at a suspect. The incident took place in the 16000 block of Clarke Springs in Fort Bend County. According to a report from police ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    I-69 Signs Along I-59: No, It's Not a Clever Joke. Stop Giggling.

    Whenever I think of U.S. 59, I think of constant gridlock from Shepherd through the 288/I-45 interchange, the flat, treeless drive to Ft. Bend County and the piney woods of east Texas, in all its glory. It is a unique stretch of road that runs from Mexico well into Missouri. Oh, sure, it changes num ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Francisco Sanchez, 53, Bayou Body Count No. 182

    Police have a suspect in the case of a man who was punched to death in Fort Bend County and later died in a Houston hospital. Francisco Sanchez, 53, was punched by two men in his driveway about 8:30 p.m.September 27 in the 5300 block of Castlecreek Lane, witnesses told police. HPD says one of thos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Breaking News: Funnel Cloud Warning for Fort Bend County

    Click 2 Houston is passing on a weather report warning of possible funnel clouds this morning in Fort Bend County. The report says that rapidly developing thunderstorms coupled with "a very buoyant atmosphere" will lead to funnel clouds. Their report follows:

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    June 28, 2012

    Za'Mor Turner: HFD Firefighter Seeks Help In Search For His Son

    Firefighters have set up an account to provide a reward for anyone who can help reunite three-year-old Za'Mor Turner with his HFD dad Roderic Taylor. Za'Mor is adopted and is believed to be in the care of his birth mother, who has had her parental rights terminated. That woman, Tenika Alfred, face ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    The Healthiest County in Texas Definitely Isn't Around Here

    The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have put together a list of health by county across the nation, looking at births, deaths and various measures of the quality of life. You can get a statewide ranking of the counties in your state, and if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    The Weather Outside Is Frightful (with Photos)

    You wanted rain, you're getting it. You're also getting a reported tornado touchdown in Fort Bend County and flooded service roads and intersections. Power is out in some areas of the city; others have lost internet service. Reports coming in from TxDOT and various tweeters indicated impassable c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    Enjoy Our Playground!! Our Deadly, Alligator-Infested Playground

    Photo by Gary BeaverAh, playground memories!​Driving around the more rural parts of Fort Bend County, we found this playground tucked inside a subdivision. When you count your blessings, you might be grateful this isn't your childhood playground.

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    August 4, 2011
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    July 26, 2011

    Former Tony's Chef Bruce McMillian Charged with Sexual Assault of a Minor

    Bruce McMillian, in his mugshot from Fort Bend County.​Although owner Jeff Vallone cited "a tough economy" when Amici closed in late last year, it appears that something much more sinister could be behind the Sugar Land restaurant's closing. Former chef Bruce McMillian is planning an insanity ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Almost a Ton of Pot Seized? No Biggie

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    That's a Whole Lotta Weed, Son: 1,700 Pounds of Marijuana Seized in Ft. Bend County

    "Mike" from the K-9 unit looking awfully smug...or stoned.​So, there you are, rolling down the highway in your tractor trailer filled with weed one minute, just minding your own business, and the next minute, you are busted by a drug sniffing dog. Mama said there'd be days like this. Apparent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Tow Down: Busted Rapper/Grower's Lyrical Tipoffs

    keepittrill.comTow Down (left) and Big Pokey​The Bubba Sparxxx of Fort Bend County, Tow Down, was arrested Wednesday for using three houses as weed nurseries, where he and several associates including his older brother cultivated more than 600 marijuana plants, the U.S. Attorney's office annou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    SBOE Member Lawrence Allen Doesn't Live in the District

    Photo by Margaret DowningLawrence Allen (left)​Lawrence Allen Jr. might be convinced to the contrary, but the state agency that oversees redistricting confirms the seven-year member of the State Board of Education no longer lives within the boundaries of his own district. Allen is the voice o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Robin Jeanette Jordan: Sole Arrest So Far in Raid on Fort Bend Cul-de-Sac Cathouse

    Hookers in Pecan Grove. Who knew?​Apparently, pecans weren't the only nuts hanging in the Richmond, Texas suburb of Pecan Grove. Authorities based both there and here in Houston say that 37-year-old Robin Jeanette Jordan, a.k.a. "Lianna," has been involved in an Internet-based prostitution r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Commuter Rail Makes Sense

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Comment Of the Day: Ye Olde Sexual Double Standard

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Seven Best Texas Sex Stories Of 2010

    Feel free to mess with Texans, apparently​'Twas the night before Chritmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring...except for an ex-surgeon with a suitcase full of dildos.That's just one of the Christmas tales parents can tell their young'ns as the year winds down. We now present ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    In Ongoing Bat Invasion Of Texas, Terrifying New Theaters Of War Opened

    ​Two weeks ago today, in an nearly all-but-exclusive report, Hair Balls broke the story of the ongoing bat invasion of Texas schools and courthouses.At the time, the winged mammals had seized control of two schools in Clear Lake and one each in Chambers and Matagorda counties. They had also staked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Dude, Where's My Air: More Fort Bend County Pot Follies

    What is it with Fort Bend County stoners these days? Why do they continue to reenact scenes from Cheech and Chong movies? Last week we brought you the tale of the unlucky East Bernard motorist whose simple pot possession charge was upgraded to felony evidence-tampering after he ate the joint he was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    A Wonderful New Pollution-Free Coal Plant In Fort Bend!! Well, Maybe

    ​NRG Energy, a redundantly named company in New Jersey, has announced plans to build a wonderful new space-age "carbon-capture" system at their coal plant in Fort Bend County.Well, they've announced plans to ask the federal government to pay for half the project, anyway.The carbon-capture system r ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    From Black Prison To New Branch of The Houston Museum of Natural Science

    ​The Houston Museum of Natural Science is opening a new branch in Fort Bend County; the 43,000-square-foot HMNS at Sugar Land will open in October in a "historic prison building," according to the museum's official announcement.The new facility sounds nice -- four permanent exhibits mirroring the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Hightower High Broadcast Academy Scores Another Grant

    This past January, when the Houston Press awarded its first-ever MasterMinds Awards to three local groups showing cutting edge creativity and determination, one of the recipients of a $2,000 check from us was the Hightower High School's Broadcast Academy, headed up by Ted Irving, the media academy c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    After Six Months, Officials Throw In The Towel On That Fort Bend-Med Center Bus Service

    Back in September, with great fanfare and more than its share of glitches, officials from Fort Bend County and the Medical Center announced a new bus service for the estimated 14,000 people who worked in one place and lived in the other.Today the dream died.Fort Bend County Commissioners Court accep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008

    Fort Bend Transit Has A Charmingly Naive Trust In Its Customers

    Things were a little bumpy yesterday on the inauguration of the Fort Bend County-Texas Medical Center Park-and-Ride. One bus broke down and two more got stuck in traffic, making some of the 265 riders a little late to work. Fort Bend Transit officials tried to make it up to riders this morning with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2008

    Early Voting in Fort Bend County

    Out in Fort Bend County, usually a stronghold of Republicans, the polling place at Hightower High School meant a wait of about 25 minutes mid-day – if you were a Democrat. There was no wait on the Republican side because no one was there other than a lone poll worker and the precinct election judg ... More >>

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    March 23, 2007
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    February 22, 2007

    Homeless in Suburbia

    Michael Lyddon slept on this bench at night because he had nowhere else to go. According to elected officials in Fort Bend, though, he doesn't exist

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2007

    We Hear Houston Is Lovely. Have You Tried There?

    Daniel Kramer Michael Lyddon slept on this bench at night because he had nowhere else to go. According to elected officials in Fort Bend, though, he doesn't exist. More poor people live in suburbs than in cities. Surprising, no? The homeless population in suburban Fort Bend County is surging, t ... More >>

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    January 19, 2007
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    October 19, 2006

    A Date with Dubya'

    Mamas, line up your babies now... Breaking news from the Republican Party of Fort Bend County, Texas (no Tom DeLay didn't switch hairsprays). This, from Gary Gillen, FB's chairman: I am very pleased to inform you that the President of the United States will visit Fort Bend County on the afternoo ... More >>

  • Best of Houston

    September 28, 2006


    Other record stores have bitten the dust, but not this one

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    July 24, 2006

    So Much for Waterfront Views

    "Why yes, we have redecorated the kitchen." A story in your daily information source raises a significant question (cue raspy TV news voice-over guy): "Are the levees in Fort Bend County in trouble?" Dun-dun-duuuuunnnn... Well, no one really knows, it seems. The story makes note that several ma ... More >>

  • News

    May 25, 2006

    Gator Aid

    Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, alligators are everywhere in southeast Texas. So now the state is going to make it easier for you to shoot you one.

  • News

    April 13, 2006

    Baby, Please Don't Go

    It's not too late to keep the Hammer

  • Calendar

    March 25, 2004

    Branching Out

    A new tree house exhibition will have you out on a limb

  • News

    July 12, 2001

    Up a Creek

    Diverting streams into the Brazos and Posh Amenity lakes has been great for fancy Fort Bend developments. But it's killing Oyster Creek, the lifeblood for legendary Texas cattle ranchers.

  • News

    June 28, 2001

    Naked Shame

    Years ago, courts ruled that routine strip searches in jails were unconstitutional. But for Fort Bend County women, if you got booked, they took a look.

  • News

    April 20, 2000

    Deep Six

    Corps beliefs about wetlands stall TxDOT's paving plans

  • News

    March 23, 2000

    Not Your Grandma's Girl Scouts

    Rachelle Anderson just took super Girl Scout honors. And it wasn't hustling cookies that got her there.

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    January 1, 1998
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    November 6, 1997

    The Mall That Ate Katy

    Big money, big lobbyists, big tax breaks. The Mills Corporation is bringing one of its "megamalls" to Katy, and it's hardly business as usual in the little town on the prairie.

  • Calendar

    May 1, 1997
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    September 26, 1996
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    September 5, 1996
  • News

    March 14, 1996

    The Avenging Exterminator

    Why the House majority whip got involved in the Fort Bend sheriff's race

  • News

    February 15, 1996
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