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Houston Community College puts forth tentative plan to build Texas Parkway campus

Discussing HCC Southwest’s expansion plans are, from left, Neeta Sane, HCC Trustee, District VII; Dr. Fena Garza, President of HCC SW; Mayor Allen Owen of Missouri City; and Betty Coleman, President of HCC Coleman.

The Houston Community College Board of Trustees has approved the $3.6 million purchase of 41 acres on Texas Parkway in Missouri City. The new property, adjacent to Missouri City Hall will be the location of a 75,000 square foot building to be constructed with 2013 CIP bonds. This action represents the culmination of more than […]

Fort Bend resident chairs Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition

Claude Treece

By Subhrata Barot For The Star For 19 years, Fort Bend County resident and Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP attorney Claude Treece has chaired the Gardere Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition. Designed to commemorate Dr. King’s life and legacy, the competition also recognizes and encourages the oratory skills of Houston Independent School District elementary school […]

HCC officials break ground on Workforce Training Center in Stafford

Stafford Workforce Bldg. Groundbreaking

It doesn’t take a four-year degree to earn a salary above $50,000. Every year, thousands of well-paying jobs are created in the Houston area, but employers are seeing a shortage of trained workers. That’s why Houston Community College is breaking ground on a $27 million, state-of-the-art workforce training facility at the HCC Southwest Stafford campus. […]

Stafford council to discuss Legacy Place tomorrow, but no final announcement expected


By Michael Sudhalter The city of Stafford discussed the future of the 192-acre potential Legacy Place project at its meeting tonight, and could potentially discuss it further in executive session on Wednesday night. The proposed mixed use development includes a 45-acre outlet mall, similar to those in Cypress, Texas City and San Marcos, as well […]

Willowridge High School students adopt Families for the Holidays

Photo 1: Pictured (from left) are: Shirley Joseph, Willie Yarber, LaSonya McArthur and Raphael Breda.

Students from Willowridge High School (WHS) spent part of their winter break reaching out to local families in need, giving food and toys to more than a dozen families in the Willowridge High School feeder pattern. Members of the WHS AVID program, WHS Men of Excellence, and their sponsors gathered at the school on December […]

Reynolds proposes single member districts for Fort Bend ISD

Bob Hebert (R)

State Representative Ron Reynolds (Fort Bend County, District 27) filed today HB 717 which will create single-member districts for the Fort Bend Independent School District Board (Fort Bend ISD). This bill will require each board member to be elected in single districts instead of the current at-large system. “The members of our school board need […]

Elkins’ Romo overcomes odds, signs with UT-Arlington


By Adrian Martin For The Star Apparently, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex will be able to handle two exceptional athletes with the last name, Romo. Tears of joy fell from the face of Elkins High senior Fabian Romo after he signed a letter of intent to play wheelchair basketball at the University of Texas at Arlington. […]

Bush High grad competes for second Super Bowl ring

Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Russell Okung, a Bush High graduate, will face the Carolina Panthers in the NFL Playoffs on Saturday night. (Photo courtesy of Seattle Seahawks)

By Michael Sudhalter When Russell Okung accepted a football scholarship to Oklahoma State nine years ago, he didn’t expect that he’d be playing in the NFL. “I just wanted to go to college and a get a good education,” said the Bush High graduate. “I consider it one of my greatest accomplishments.” Okung was […]

Sugar Land police search for Whataburger robbery suspects

Sugar Land Police

Sugar Land police are looking for four black men who robbed a Whataburger at gunpoint, 340 State Highway 6, on Jan. 4. The men entered the business just after 1 a.m. Two checked the restrooms and front doors, while the other two entered the kitchen and displayed handguns. One of the men grabbed a manager […]

Kempner High grad to face Dallas Cowboys on Sunday

Green Bay Packers safety Chris Banjo, a Kempner High graduate, will face the Dallas Cowboys at 12:05 p.m. Sunday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo courtesy of the Green Bay Packers)

By Michael Sudhalter Green Bay Packers safety Chris Banjo, a Kempner High graduate, grew up in Fort Bend County, played college football at SMU and makes his offseason home in Dallas. But at 12:05 p.m. Sunday, the 24-year-old Sugar Land native will look to break hearts across Texas. “Some of my neighbors and former […]

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