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Local non-profits keep an eye on Oil Prices

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By Subhrata Barot For The Star Non-profit organizations typically get their funds from government, foundation and corporate grants, so they’re often in better shape when the local economy is strong. Some local Fort Bend charities are keeping a close eye on the $46 per barrel gas prices, and how it may impact their respective budges. […]

Low oil sparks interest in public jobs

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By Subhrata Barot For The Star When one section of the economy is tanking and generates layoffs, it’s natural that other sections will see a rise in interest and applications for work. Law enforcement officials in particular have commented that they receive more applications when the economy is suffering.  Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office Public Information […]

COMMENTARY: The bright side of low oil prices

Michael Sudhalter

There’s nothing fun about being laid off. A human resources employee will call you into an office, present you with a letter about “reduction in workforce”, a severance check, a hand shake and a “good luck.” As someone who was laid off in the wake of a corporate merger, and someone who saw a parent […]

COMMENTARY: Global Studies? – How about local studies?

Michael Sudhalter

Designing an effective feeder pattern system for 70 campuses and approximately 70,000 students is no easy task. Parents may sit through a four-hour plus school board meeting to listen to the process, but board members, administrators and well-compensated consultants spend far more time on the issues. Fort Bend ISD must balance the seemingly conflicting issues […]

Fort Bend residents benefit from Knowledge-First program

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Missouri City resident Ottressia Williams believes that stepping into the Knowledge-First Empowerment Center, 2651 Cartwright Road in Missouri City, was the best decision of her life. “I can’t thank God enough for bringing me to this school,” Williams said. Williams, a 48-year-old who has three children and eight grandchildren, stopped going […]

Marshall grad enjoys record-day in return to Texas

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com UCLA sophomore linebacker Deon Hollins, a Marshall High graduate, returned to his home state with an exceptional performance. Hollins registered four tackles and a career-high three sacks in the Bruins’ 40-35 win over Kansas State in the Alamo Bowl last Friday in San Antonio. It was Hollins’ second trip to Texas […]

Civil Servant of the Week: Susana Mejia

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By Subhrata Barot For The Star To most children, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Spiderman are considered heroes. But to a child left in the throws of violence, dysfunction and abuse, Susana Mejia of the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services is more than a hero. Mejia is a Child Protective Services (CPS) Case […]

New health section is more than a Resolution

Fort Bend YMCA Healthy Living Coach/Certified Personal Trainer LaQuita Thompson, right, helps Missouri City resident Ashley Garcia with a workout.  Read our inaugural “#TrendingHealthy” Specials, starting on Page 1B. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com It’s customary for people to focus on health and wellness when the New Year rolls around. The beginning of a New Year offers the opportunity to shed those holiday pounds and the promise of 12 new months where you can control that temptation – or at least eliminate that extra cookie […]

Fort Bend YMCA highlights healthy lifestyles

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com The beginning of January is usually a time when gyms and fitness centers find a rush of new customers. In the absence of a personal trainer, it’s easy to get lost in the seemingly vast world of exercise and fitness. The Fort Bend YMCA, 4433 Cartwright in Missouri City, has 10 […]

Legislature must make veteran toll exemptions a priority

Michael Sudhalter

As Americans, we talk a big game when it comes to patriotism. We put decals and bumper stickers on our cars, and come every major American holiday, many of our streets are lined with American flags. It’s great that we express our love for the United States of America in this way, but it’s not […]

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