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The Changing Face of North Sugar Land

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By Karen Daniels For The Star After closing its doors in 2003, the redevelopment of the former Imperial Sugar refinery site has been in the works for some time. Progress is finally being made with the culmination of several projects. Johnson Development is finalizing the infrastructure of the 27-acre refinery site. Parts of this land […]

New ownership has big plans for Skeeters

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Bob and Marcie Zlotnik have begun sole ownership of the Sugar Land Skeeters with the enthusiasm of rookies on the first day of Spring Training and the experience of many years in entrepreneurship and business. “We have a huge to-do-list,” Bob said. The Houston couple had owned a third of the […]

Clements, Austin High School football teams donate breast cancer shirts

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Two Fort Bend ISD high school football squads recently made generous donations to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Breast Care Center. Athletes from the Clements High School and Stephen F. Austin High School football teams donated a number of post-mastectomy pocketed button-up shirts to the Center.  The shirts are specially designed for the unique needs […]

Red Mango Athlete Spotlight: Elkins graduate Nick Harwell

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com After graduating from Elkins High in 2009, Nick Harwell’s football career took the scenic route. But the 6-foot-1, 193-pound Missouri City native has found a home in a major football conference as the top receiver for the University of Kansas. Harwell, a senior who will graduate in December, has caught 41 […]

Stafford High senior joins Fort Bend Symphony

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By Karen Daniels Fort Bend Star The Fort Bend Symphony and the Stafford High Honors Band played together for the first time last month as part of the Stafford Centre’s 10th anniversary celebration. Stafford High senior Misaela Pineda had no idea his life was about to change. Pineda began playing the percussion in the sixth […]

Kempner High grad looks forward to facing Texans

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Kempner High graduate George Iloka made a decision just before his senior season that propelled him to an NFL career. Iloka, 24, had been a wide receiver for the Cougars during his first three years. Then-head coach James Brown and teammate Chris Banjo, now a safety with the Green Bay Packers, […]

Civil Servant of the Week: EMT Paramedic Becky Schuett

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By Karen Daniels For The Star After 23 years of dedicated service, Becky Hays Schuett will retire at the end of the month as a volunteer firefighter where she is a first responder to 911 calls in both Harris and Fort Bend Counties. “I’m going to miss it, but I’m leaving it in very good […]

One injured in American Materials explosion

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Missouri City Fire & Rescue Services responded to an explosion and fire at the American Materials asphalt plant, located at 2122 Hwy 90A.  Upon arrival of the first units, firefighters found a tank of material burning and two injured workers.  One of the workers was critically injured and transported to Memorial Hermann in the Medical […]

COMMENTARY: Academies are here to stay, but compromise is necessary

The parents and students showed up at the Fort Bend Annex early and brought signs urging Fort Bend ISD to keep the Academy Programs last Thursday. Others wore T-Shirts with a message requesting the district refrain from leaving high-achieving students behind. Opponents may ask them to look at the big picture, but when it comes […]

FBISD will keep academies, consider new feeder patterns

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Fort Bend ISD’s community dialogue meeting regarding Academies & Career Pathways last Thursday may have been one of the most anticlimactic public gatherings in the history of the county. In a standing-room only crowd, 40 or so parents and students held signs urging the district to keep the Digital Media, Engineering, […]

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