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Sugar Land to ban cell phones while driving

New law would make it illegal to use hand-held devices behind the wheel By S. Barot For the Fort Bend Star In a 5-2 vote, the Sugar Land City Council voted in favor of Ordinance No. 2080 which prohibits the use of a handheld device while driving in Sugar Land. Opposing the ordinance in a […]

Sugar Land photographer early adopter of drones

Bill McCaughey For The Fort Bend Star Unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as drones, are about to become fixtures in your daily life, but Randy Kozlovsky, a Sugar Land photographer, may have been one of the pioneers of drone photography. Kozlovsky grew up in Sugar Land and after attempting to make a living as […]

Equipment and training protect law enforcement from active shooter situations

By S. Barot For the Fort Bend Star Following several national cases of firearm-related attacks on law enforcement, the Sugar Land Police Department (SLPD) invested in active-shooter ballistic vests to thwart officer fatalities. City Council approved the purchase of 52 vests in 2016. At $425 per vest, they will be worn mostly by the patrol […]

Skeeters teaching kids to be champions

By Joe Southern jsouthern@fortbendstar.com Although the boys of summer are still enjoying their off season, the Sugar Land Skeeters are staying busy encouraging schoolchildren to read. That is to say the Skeeters’ not-so-bookish mascot Swatson and his support staff are making the rounds to elementary schools throughout the region holding pep rallies to encourage reading […]

Sugar Land sued over red light cameras

By Theresa D. McClellan For the Fort Bend Star Helwig F. Van Der Grinten said his vehicle is not a moneymaking opportunity for the city. That’s why he filed a class action lawsuit against the City of Sugar Land claiming the city’s mayor, police chief and city manager are illegally using the red light cameras […]

Fathers must rise up to the challenge of being a dad

Who are these kids and why are they calling me Dad? There are four of them and I can’t seem to get away. Backing away slowly or making a mad dash, it doesn’t matter. They always seem to find me. Seriously though, being a dad is the greatest thing in the world. I just wish […]

Skeeters re-sign Gaetti, two players

The Sugar Land Skeeters announced they have re-signed manager Gary Gaetti to a one-year contract extension through the 2017 season. Gaetti, the only manager in franchise history, was hired as the club’s inaugural manager in 2011 and will be starting his sixth year as manager of the Skeeters in 2017. The baseball team also announced […]

Fort Bend ISD swimmers headed to UIL State Swimming and Diving Championships

Several Fort Bend ISD high school swimmers are heading to state after competing in the 5A and 6A UIL Region swim meets held at Lamar CISD Natatorium and Fort Bend’s Don Cook Natatorium recently. The qualifying students are now heading to Austin Feb. 17-18 to compete in the UIL State Swimming and Diving Championships. Below […]

@FtBendAthletics: FBISD names Rodney Chant athletic director

By Bill McCaughey For The Fort Bend Star In December, the Fort Bend ISD hired Rodney Chant as its new athletic director, succeeding Keith Kilgore, who had been interim athletic director. Chant took over on Feb. 1. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education with a minor in speech from Howard Payne University. He […]

Twin Boy Scouts awarded rank of Eagle

James and William Kesler are twin brothers who do everything together. This now includes earning the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America. The Kesler brothers have been active members of Boy Troop 1852 since they were 10 years old. Now, both seniors in high school, James and William have completed […]

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