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Dulles girls basketball determined to make playoff run

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com The Dulles High girls basketball team is balanced between five experienced seniors and a strong group of underclassmen – two juniors, two sophomores and a freshman. “I think as we get going, the players will learn what we’re doing and we’ll be able to compete for a playoff spot,” said Vikings […]

A new HCC campus could spark Texas Parkway re-development

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Valore Lott has worked for a real estate company on Texas Parkway for 31 years, and she’s seen its boom and subsequent decline. Like many Missouri City residents, she’s optimistic about the future of the area with the possibility of Houston Community College re-locating its Sienna Plantation campus to a 45-acre […]

Holiday Shopping Trends for 2014

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By Karen Daniels For The Star There are several strategies available to local families shopping the day after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as Black Friday. Consumer Reports says that 53 percent of Americans don’t plan to shop on Friday and only 7 percent plan to shop on Thanksgiving Day. The main reason? The Internet does not […]

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 […]

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