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Former Missouri City councilman: city manager job is ‘not a stepping stone’


By Michael Sudhalter Former Missouri City council member Robin Elackatt won’t be part of the hiring process as his former colleagues choose the next City Manager in late June or early July. But he hopes the city isn’t conducting another search for the city staff’s chief executive within the next few years. “The next […]

Skeeters thrive without MLB affiliation

The Sugar Land Skeeters play in the independent Atlantic League, and according to owner Bob Zlotnik, affiliating with the Houston Astros does “not make financial sense currently.” There are other obstacles to affiliating with a Major League Baseball team, but the Skeeters have been successful, on and off the field, as an independent franchise.  (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

By Michael Sudhalter To the untrained eye, it would make more sense for the Houston Astros to have their top affiliate 20 miles away in Sugar Land than 1,764 miles northwest of Minute Maid Park, in Fresno, Calif. But the truth is both organizations are doing well without each year, and there’s not much […]

Winning Stafford council members hope for election reform

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By Michael Sudhalter Stafford city council member A.J. Honore won a city council election on May 9 by five votes. But the second-term council member is challenging the format of the status quo that put him into office. In Stafford, city council and school board elections hold plurality elections where voters choose three candidates […]

Scavenger History hunt raises funds and friends for Heritage Foundation

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The Sugar Land Heritage Foundation launched its first Discover Sugar Land Scavenger History Hunt on Sunday, May 17, with a splash. Fifteen competitive teams took off to discover and locate historical landmark sites in Sugar Land. Despite the morning downpour, the teams enthusiastically embarked on their quest and texted in their answers and locations to […]

COMMENTARY: Local communities must ban texting & driving

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever sent a text message or checked social media while you’ve been driving a car. If you haven’t raised your hand, I assume that you’re currently sending a text or a tweet – but hopefully, not while you’re behind the wheel. Texting & Driving has become a habit for many […]

Sugar Land’s Mayor Thompson and Councilmember Porter Weigh in on Wal-Mart Controversy


By Subhrata Barot For The Star It’s no secret in Sugar Land’s District One that Wal-Mart applied with the Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) to open up a proposed neighborhood grocery store and fueling station. And even though many Barrington Place residents are fuming over what may come to the area, City of Sugar Land […]

Be A Champion strives to solve hunger problem

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Founded by two University of Houston football players in 2001, “Be A Champion, Inc.” (BAC) provides an extensive variety of During School, After School, Tutorial and Extended Day enrichment programs for at-risk youth. To date, Be A Champion, Inc. has worked with more than 1,515,450 local children. When BAC Co-Founders Jaron Barganier and James Hong […]

Toll Road Authority general manager discusses future possibilities 


By Michael Sudhalter Will the Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority (FBCTRA) ever link the 10-mile gap between the Fort Bend Parkway and the Grand Parkway? “It’s a very long term project – it’s at least 7 to 10 years down the road,” said FBCTRA General Manager Stone. “Ultimately, it will be beneficial because […]

CIVIL SERVANTS OF THE WEEK: FBISD names 2015 Teachers of the Year


Fort Bend ISD is proud to announce the names of its 2015 Teachers of the Year: Melanie Hines of Oyster Creek Elementary School is FBISD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year; and Stacy Vinson of Baines Middle School is FBISD’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. Hines and Vinson were named winners at the District’s annual awards […]

The Fort Bend Star Reader’s Choice


The students, teachers and parents are all counting down the days of summer. It’s time for summer camp, some fun time at the pool or that vacation you’ve been waiting for all year. But before you pack that suitcase, remember to cast your vote. No, this one doesn’t require registration or heading out to the […]

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