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Christmas Advent Season

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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital would like to cordially invite the Fort Bend and surrounding communities to join us as we usher in the Christmas Advent Season. Through a series of worship events, we will tell the story of the coming of the Christ Child. Please join Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital on the following […]

The Starspotter 09/24/14

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Stafford grassroots to do it again No one can argue about how so many people living and working in Fort Bend can be said to be caring and giving.  That’s one of the distinctive characters of the communities out here. In Stafford, for example, a core group of community leaders recently met in an effort […]

Red Mango Athlete Spotlight: Dulles High’s Alex Merchant

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Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Dulles High senior linebacker Alex Merchant is a two-sport athlete who knows what it’s like to achieve success on the field. Merchant, 17, was a sophomore on the Vikings’ 2012 team that reached the second round of the UIL Class 5A playoffs and a backup outfielder on the 2013 DHS baseball team […]

Sugar Land Eagle Scout completes project

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We often hear the term “Oh, he’s such a Boy Scout,” meaning he’s a good guy or “too good,” yet in today’s world of loosened values clouded with the threat of terrorism, can anyone be too good?  Sugar Land high school Junior John Clayton, who just completed his Eagle Scout project, has “good” company in this […]

Smith to bring himself & Dibbles Jr. to Fort Bend County Fair

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Granger Smith built his career as a popular country music in Texas as a poignant, thoughtful singer-songwriter. His alter-ego, Earl Dibbles Jr., is a wild country boy who has a penchant for firing up an audience. Together, they work well-together, and their act will come to the Fort Bend Fair in […]

The Wealth of Notions

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My last get-rich scheme didn’t work out too well. I bet the Texans and Cowboys would play in the Super Bowl. But I heard that organic foods were the current fad, so I invested heavily in them, and went broke because no one would buy my organic foods, not even my organic transplants. “Organic is […]

Rhyder enjoys making Texas music

Texas Country artist Brandon Rhyder will play the Fort Bend Fair at 9 p.m. Saturday.

By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Toward the end of 1998, recent college graduate Brandon Rhyder was sitting around at a barbecue with some friends in his native East Texas. They were laughing, joking and playing guitar – something Rhyder had recently picked up. One of Rhyder’s friends told him that he had a gift that would […]

Hightower alum helps build young HBU football program

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Terrell Brown III had several opportunities to play college football at established programs throughout Texas. But the 2012 Hightower High graduate decided to help build a program just 12.7 miles northwest of his high school alma mater. “I picked Houston Baptist University because it was a new program, and I’d started […]

Civil Servant of the Week: Wayne Poorman

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Wayne Poorman’s first experience in law enforcement was quite memorable. In the early 1970s, Poorman was a diver for the reserve unit of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office’s Marine Division. Harris County was working together with the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office on a capital murder case when Poorman –on his first […]

Fort Bend County aims to deploy new text-to-911 system by end of year

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By Christina Martinez christina@theleadernews.com In serious emergencies, picking up the phone to dial 9-1-1 may not be realistic. If an intruder invades a home or school, a phone call for help could give away your presence. But if you can’t call, what do you do? By the end of the year, Harris text and Fort […]

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