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By Michael Sudhalter 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


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


By Michael Sudhalter 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”


By Michael Sudhalter 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


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 […]

Pet of the Week 03/25/15


Meet Oreo. This 7 month old long-haired Tuxedo cat is hoping to find a family who’ll appreciate his social, loving personality (and his dapper good looks). Tuxedo cats are known to be highly intelligent and sweet and Oreo is no exception. What goes together better than Oreos and milk? This Oreo and your family. Learn […]

Missouri City resident stays on track


By Michael Sudhalter Henry Landry grew up competing in track & field, and he’ll continue to stay in it as long as he’s able. “I meet a lot of people and do a lot of networking,” said the 53-year-old Missouri City resident. “I’ve been running for 40 years. I love to run.” Landry, a […]

ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: Ridge Point’s TJ Alexander


By Adrian Martin For The Star Ridge Point’s TJ Alexander wears many hats around campus. Alexander’s fall job is quarterbacking the panthers football team, which went undefeated until a third round loss to Temple in the UIL playoffs last fall. Then in the spring months, after a brief “offseason”,  he roams the outfield on the […]

Gator time


Alligators are out and about at Brazos Bend State Park in Needville. Be sure to follow park and safety regulations when visiting the park. For more information, log on to, for more information. 

Sugar Land native wins popular Food Network show


By Michael Sudhalter From a young age, Sugar Land native Jackie Khanich was destined for culinary success. The 29-year-old California entertainment attorney’s grandmother watched her as a toddler. Khanich shadowed her grandmother, and by the age of 4, she was capable of baking a cake on her own. Fast forward 20+ years and Khanich’s […]

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