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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 […]

Civil Servant of the Week: Constable Deputy David Rivera

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By Christina Martinez Christina@theleadernews.com Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable Deputy David Rivera never thought last week Wednesday would end with rescuing five children wanted in connection with an amber alert. What started as a normal day, turned into a day testing Rivera’s Deputy training. Rivera says that he started his day like any other. […]

Eagles’ volleyball leader

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Fort Bend Christian sophomore middle blocker Taylor Bannister (No. 7) has received attention from multiple Division I schools and would like to play for Texas or LSU. Bannister, 15, hopes to lead FBCA to its fourth trip to the TAPPS 4A Final Four and its first state volleyball championship. In the offseason, she plays club […]

Athlete Spotlight: Travis’ Steven Sims

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Steven Sims knows a thing or two about playing football after Thanksgiving Day. The Travis High senior wide receiver/kick returner was a sophomore on the Tigers’ team that lost to eventual state runner-up Houston Lamar in the third round of the UIL Football Playoffs in 2012. “The atmosphere and school spirit […]

CD release concert this Friday

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By Elsa Maxey Elsa@FortBendStar.com It started as worship singing weekly and now there’s a CD about to be released by the Merry Ministries Worship Team, recorded earlier this year in the local area.  On Friday, Sept. 12, a free admission CD release concert at First United Methodist Church’s Great Hall, 432 Eldridge Road in Sugar […]

Ridge Point’s Turner excels on and off the field

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Tyler Turner hopes to spend his career winning verdicts and delivering justice for his clients. That’s no surprise considering the Ridge Point High senior is ranked 36th in a senior class of 465 and is enrolled in four Advanced Placement classes. “Academics come naturally to me, but I do put a […]

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