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MLB drafts three Fort Bend ISD graduates

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Two Fort Bend ISD graduates will have a chance to play on the major league stage for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Angels selected two local pitchers – Travis High graduate Nathan Bertness in the 16th round on Wednesday, and Austin High alum Taylor Cobb in the 26th round. Bertness completed his second season […]

Stafford MSD approves raise for teachers

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The starting pay for Stafford MSD teachers has increased to $49,500 – a $1,310 upgrade, after the SMSD board of trustees unanimously approved the raise on Monday night. The rest of the Pay Increase column is calculated by taking the difference between years of experience or steps from one year to the next. For example, […]

Sugar Land’s Tal Smith disappointed to see Astros’ “hill” go away

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Sugar Land resident Tal Smith, the former Houston Astros General Manager and the namesake of Minute Maid Park’s “Tal’s Hill”, is disappointed that the team’s new management will do away with the center field landmark. “I’m disappointed – it’s a nice feature for the ballpark and the fans,” Smith said. Smith, […]

Tracy Byrd headlines 2015 Fort Bend Fair entertainment lineup

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Regardless of your musical tastes, there’s a good chance that the Fort Bend Fair & Rodeo, 4310 Hwy. 36 South, will have something that you’ll enjoy. Red Dirt legend Stoney Larue will kick off the Fair on Sept. 25, while Texas artist Jon Pardi will follow on Sept. 26. Sept. 27 is “Go Tejano Day” […]

Brazos River water is gradually receding

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Last night, the Brazos River fell slightly as measured by the Hempstead, Richmond, and Rosharon gauges. The river level decrease should be gradual at first, then we should see a decrease in levels of around two feet per day until it settles in below 40 feet. Many areas have seen increases in water levels, some […]

Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office and task force partners make 23 arrests in online solicitation case

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The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and partners in the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) concluded special operations over a month-long period that led to the arrest of 23 suspects. The objective of the operation was to identify and arrest individuals engaging in the solicitation or online sexual exploitation of children […]

Standout from Sugar Land gets his chance at TCU

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Before the 2015 season, Sugar Land native Mitchell Traver had only pitched one-third of an inning at the college level. Fast forward to June, and the 21-year-old right-hander is one of the top NCAA pitchers in the country for the TCU Horned Frogs baseball team. “We believe we can win the […]

Sugar Land police search for woman using stolen credit card

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Sugar Land police are looking for a woman seen on surveillance video using a stolen credit card at Dollar General, 2421 FM 1092, and Target, 5757 Fairmont Parkway. The card belongs to a 93-year-old veteran who believes the card was stolen from his wallet while he was sleeping in his room at Atria Assisted Living, […]

Fort Bend County continues to monitor Brazos River

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The Brazos River is at its highest level in more than 20 years (50 feet), and Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is doing everything possible to keep citizens safe from a potential overflow. OEM director Jeff Braun said there have been both mandatory and voluntary evacuations from areas of Richmond, Rosenberg and […]

Ridge Point Softball headed to state semifinals

The Ridge Point High softball team celebrated during a victory over Willis in the regional semifinals last week. On Saturday, the Panthers defeated Santa Fe to advance to the UIL Class 5A State Semifinals. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

If you don’t succeed at first, try again. That’s what happened with the Ridge Point High softball team did, and now the Panthers are headed to the UIL Class 5A State Semifinals in Austin. Ridge Point defeated Santa Fe, 2 games to 1, to earn the school’s first trip to the state semifinals in any […]

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