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Saint John Baptist Church hopes to stay open another 100 years

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Drive around Missouri City, and it’s rare to find anything built before the 1970s. The Saint John Missionary Baptist Church, 6731 Oilfield Rd., has been an exceptional to the rule. The church was founded by freed slaves, four years after the end of the Civil War, in 1869 in what used […]

Fort Bend’s kudos also due to acting students

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By Elsa Maxey For local area drama students attending Wharton County Junior College (WCJC), it’s not only acting talent they have, but the kind that gets noticed.  Recent awards earned from the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association Play Festival in Kingwood has given the students the right to list the achievement in their […]

Pet of the Week 04/01/15

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This sweet Pug-mix is friendly, eager to please and will go to his new home fully-vetted and ready to be your best friend. Did you know that, on average, a Pug sleeps 14 hours a day? If your home is ready for a loyal companion who enjoys a good snooze, this sweet boy might be […]

Softball in swing

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The Kempner High softball team defeated 6A-23 rival, Austin, 18-9, on March 24 at Austin High’s field. 

ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: Kempner High’s Connor Berry

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Kempner High  baseball pitcher Connor Berry is highly respected throughout 23-6A. He’s earned that respect with his dominating command, and variety of pitches. After a solid sophomore year, Berry committed to the University of Oklahoma, where he’ll continue his career on the mound. Berry is closing the show with a great senior year, in which […]

CIVIL SERVANT OF THE WEEK: Donald Smithers

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Say the name ‘Smithers’ outside of Fort Bend County, and for many, the first thing that will come to mind will be a supporting character on “The Simpsons.” But inside the borders of the county, people think of a kind, dedicated public employee named Don Smithers, a former Sugar Land city […]

Blood & Platelet Drive being held for Sartartia student

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A Blood & Platelet Drive will be held through Monday, April 6 at the Sugar Land Donor Center, 4949 Sweetwater Blvd., and the Katy Donor Center, 1575 S. Grand Parkway Ste. 600, to help Sartartia Middle School student Justin Stout, who is battling Leukemia. To make an appointment, call the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center […]

Free library classes boost computer literacy skills

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Sugar Land resident Marisela Pequeno is a sales associate in a local store, but she’d like to gain more experience using computers for work and life, in general. “I have no experience with it – that’s why I’m here,” Pequeno said during a MicroSoft Word class at the Fort Bend County […]

Non-profit encourages Fort Bend residents to help “Angel Gowns”

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Stillborn cases, infant mortality and miscarriages are very difficult topics to think about or discuss. Diane Dionne knows that as much anybody. Two of the Katy grandmother’s grandchildren faced that fate. “We had to plan a funeral during what should have been a joyous time,” Dionne said. “It was the first […]

Sienna Plantation announces top-producing realtors for 2014

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The team of Linda and Todd Riddle of ReMax Fine Properties has been named Sienna Plantation’s top-producing Realtor for 2014, the twelfth time the husband-and-wife team has earned the top-selling spot. Shijimon Jacob of Everest Realty finished second among the Fort Bend master-planned community’s other top-producing Realtors for the year. “We’re seeing a lot of […]

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