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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 […]

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, […]

Meritage homes acquires land in Imperial Sugar Land for 335 home sites

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Meritage Homes has purchased 127 acres in Imperial Sugar Land where it will develop 335 home sites in the Fort Bend master-planned community at Highway 6 and Highway 90A. The acquisition represents about a third of the land to be developed in the community, according to Imperial Sugar Land General Manager Shay Shafie.  The new […]

Nominate The Star of the Year

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The Fort Bend Star is starting a new tradition this year – The Star of the Year. We’re going to write a story toward the end of December honoring a Fort Bend County resident who has shown extraordinary effort in making Fort Bend County the exceptional place that it is. This person could be a […]

Lake Olympia, Riverstone parents object to proposed feeder patterns

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com The $484 million Fort Bend ISD bond passed by a 3-to-1 margin on Nov. 4 as voters voiced their support for new construction and renovations to alleviate overcrowded schools, increase technology, safety and more. But there’s far less consensus on feeder patterns, boundaries and academy programs – all issues that will […]

Athlete Spotlight: Bush High’s Jarra Owens

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Bush High senior outside hitter Jarra Owens played her final volleyball game on Nov. 4. The Broncos lost to George Ranch in a hard-fought 3-0 match in the UIL Class 5A playoffs at Wheeler Fieldhouse. “We fought, but we just needed to fight a little harder,” said the 5-foot-9 senior. Owens, […]

Local family of entrepreneurs gets an early start

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com When it comes to getting an early start in the world of entrepreneurship, the Thomas siblings of Missouri City skipped the neighborhood lemonade stand. Chase, 12, Chance, 10, Chasity, 8, and Chandler,7, have set their sights on building their own small businesses. They were inspired by their mother, Ebony Thomas, an […]

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