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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Literacy Council improves lives of mother, son

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Evie Serrano plans on becoming a pastor in the United Methodist Church, and her son, Steve, is studying Criminal Justice with hopes of working as a police officer soon. Evie and Steve agree that their career dreams wouldn’t have been possible without the math tutoring they received at the Fort Bend […]

Mosquitoes still bugging local residents

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Missouri City, Sugar Land and Fort Bend County’s Health and Human Services (HHS) division have stepped up mosquito spraying efforts with West Nile Virus being detected in the area, including three human cases (all of whom have recovered or are expected to) since July 30. But some local residents don’t think […]

Anderson powers Kempner High football team

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Nick Anderson has spent several mid-to-late November evenings watching high school playoff football. Now, the Kempner High senior running back is ready to experience it firsthand. “People can’t tell you about it,” Anderson said. “You have to experience it yourself, and it’s something you’ll remember for the rest of your life.” […]

Missouri City dance studio hosts a class for Down Syndrome kids

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Sugar Land resident Shajaira Farfan loves to see the face of her 3-year-old daughter, Bella, light up after she finishes a Saturday morning dance class at Robin’s Dance Studio in Missouri City. Bella was born with Down Syndrome three years ago, and Shajaira heard about a dance class at Robin’s, 3643 […]

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