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 […]

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 […]

@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 […]

Super food bank volunteers

Nine Stafford High students, KJ Bodwin, Cesar Benitez, Miguel Aguilar, Josh Pamugo, Jason Pamugo, Terence Boxie, Carl Flowers
Kody Gums and TuShawn Wilson, participated in a Houston Food Bank event to help families in need on Super Bowl Sunday. The students were joined by a trio of NFL players – Jeff Allen (Houston Texans), D’Qwell Jackson […]

Keep Texas Beautiful return on investment study highlights major savings to Texas taxpayers

Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) announced the findings of its recent return on investment (ROI) study, highlighting significant savings to Texas taxpayers through its widespread cleanup programs and activities. The study, conducted by environmental consulting firm Burns and McDonnell, is the first of its kind in KTB’s 50 years of service to the state. Burns and […]

Tornado hits Stafford, Missouri City damaged by winds

By Joe Southern A brief but fierce storm blew through the region Valentine’s Day morning around 8:45 a.m., including a tornado that caused property damage in Stafford but did not injure anyone. “It went from west to east on the north side of Stafford down Greenbrier,” said Jennifer Taylor, Stafford’s emergency management coordinator. A command […]

Cousins erupts again as Flutie beats him in charity flag football game

By Bill McCaughey For The Fort Bend Star In front of a standing room only crowd at Katy’s Rhodes Stadium, 54-year old Doug Flutie led his team to a second consecutive victory over Kirk Cousins, starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins, in a celebrity touch football game where the proceeds go to veterans with mental […]

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