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2014 STAR OF THE YEAR: Local chiropractor gives back to the community

Sugar Land resident Dr. Rick Barrett is the inaugural Star of the Year honoree. Barrett points to the photos on his office wall of medical mission trips he’s been a part of since 1995. (Photos by Michael Sudhalter)

By Michael Sudhalter Dr. Rick Barrett still remembers the amazing experience of going on a medical mission for the first time 19 years ago. “Of course, it was an eye-opening experience and very humbling, for sure,” said Barrett, a Missouri City-based Chiropractor. “It makes you keenly aware of circumstances people live in.” Since that time, […]



FINALISTS GARY ADAMS Adams works as a counselor at Fort Settlement Middle School where he works with students, including those with severe mental and emotional issues. He’s also the owner of Fort Bend Driving School, the oldest and largest driving school in Texas. Adams has lived in the community for 30 years and has financially […]

Grand jury process scrutinized at community meeting


By Michael Sudhalter In recent weeks, grand juries have stepped into the discussion of American politics, and the conversation about grand jury reform in several communities, including Fort Bend County have begun. The recent tragedies of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have sparked interest in the matter as grand juries in Ferguson, Mo. and […]

High-flying Legends bring their game to Sugar Land


By Michael Sudhalter An uptempo pace and a red, white and blue basketball evoke memories of the original American Basketball Association (ABA), which saw legends such as Julius Erving and George Gervin star between 1967 and 1976. The original ABA ended 38 years ago when some of its teams merged into the NBA, but […]

Team Hosts Lunch for Donations to Toys For Tots Fort Bend


Piles of toys sure to bring smiles to the faces of Fort Bend area children were donated to Toys for Tots Fort Bend when technology distributor AVNET hosted a Christmas luncheon in exchange for a toy.  Toy donations can be made at locations throughout the county including First Colony Mall. Visit the website for locations, […]

Civil Servant of the Week: Judy Rodgers


What was it like to watch Missouri City grow like it did over the past 38 years? “Working in Building Permits for 19 years, I really had the chance to see Missouri City grow. Cartwright Road was two lanes with ditches. The Police Department and City Hall shared a small building at 310 Orchard St.  […]

Tip of the Spear assists troops with holiday packages


Tip of The, a non-profit organization, shipped holiday packages to the troops this month. The group in the picture below from the Sugar Land area. St. Laurence donated the use of their Parish Hall for the packing. Among all of the “Boots on the Ground” volunteers, we have shipped approximately 200 packages for deployed […]

COMMENTARY: Listening is the first step in reconciliation…


Listening is a lost skill in our contemporary society. We have all of the technology and gadgets, but somehow the relatively simple skill of listening has largely gone away. We often hear what other people are saying, but do we actually take the time to contemplate and absorb it? That’s what made the Dec. 9 […]

State Legislature considers de-criminalizing truancy


EDITOR’S NOTE: Today’s story is Part I in a two part series about Truancy in Fort Bend County By Karen Daniels For The Star When the 84th Legislative Session begins on Jan 13, a bill filed by Texas State Senator John Whitmire (D-Houston) will attempt to decriminalize truancy. In Texas, when a student misses 10 […]

International choir to perform in Missouri City


By Karen Daniels For The Star Celebrating their 30th year anniversary, the African Children’s Choir will perform a free holiday concert, with their lively voices and festive dances, at 7 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Missouri City. The choir is composed of 18 children, 7 to 11 years of age, from […]

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