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Missouri City resident/HCC professor coordinates geneaology program

Dr. Helen Graham was 
appointed to oversee The 
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands.
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By Deborah Rowe For The Star A Professor of English and Humanities at Houston Community College is helping African Americans use genealogy to Index records and conduct former slave ancestral research to reunite them with their Civil War-era ancestors. Missouri City resident Dr. Helen Graham was appointed to oversee The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and […]

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NOTEBOOK: Economic projections solid despite oil slump

By Michael Sudhalter Uncertainty has become a fact of life in the Greater Houston area, including Fort Bend County, with the drop in oil prices. But not all of the news is bad, according to Jeff Wiley, Director of the Fort Bend Economic Development Council. “I think we’ll have a strong year economically,” Wiley […]

COMMENTARY: America and Its Refugees: A Retrospect For the Future

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By Hacer Berra Akcan Throughout the last 15 years, Houston has been the most prominent city for refugee resettlement, embracing more than 1,500 refugees from various countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, and now, Syria. Many Americans tend to either ignore or protest the possibility of refugees entering our country, especially after the major terror […]

SUGAR LAND NOTEBOOK: Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market coming to north Sugar Land

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By Michael Sudhalter A Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is coming to Barrington Place, a north Sugar Land neighbor, but not everyone in the neighborhood is happy about it. Wal-Mart’s Neighborhood Markets are grocery stores that are significantly smaller than the size of a standard Wal-Mart. Residents are concerned about traffic and related issues that the […]

REMEMBERING: Barbara (Babs) Nesbitt Miller


Last week was an especially sad one for the Fort Bend community, which continues to mourn the loss of Barbara Nesbitt “Babs” Miller. She was 68. She died unexpectedly in her sleep on Feb. 2 at her Sugar Land home. Miller, the wife of District 26 State Rep. Rick Miller, was a community leader of […]

Former high school sweethearts now happily married in Missouri City


By Michael Sudhalter Jim White asked for Kathleen Ballard’s phone number twice — on occasions separated by 40 years. White and Ballard grew up in the Houston Heights and were briefly high school sweethearts at Reagan High in 1963. They went their separate ways. After both became divorced and widowed, they re-connected on, […]

Star Valentine’s Day Contest: Love Stories in Fort Bend County


CHANCE MEETING TURNS INTO LOVE Karen Morrison & Daniel Ehler I met my boyfriend in Cub Scouts. My son was only 5 years old at the time. He is 14 years old now. And when I saw him sitting there, I started talking to him about the Cub Scouts. My son had just joined, and […]

COMMENTARY: Stanley’s courageous mayoral candidacy

Michael Sudhalter

With five declared candidates, the Sugar Land mayoral election on May 7 is getting crowded. Potential candidates still have until next Friday to declare, and if the trend continues, there may have to be two sets of debates, similar to the Republican Presidential hopefuls. The candidates – current council members Harish Jajoo and Joe Zimmerman, […]

Civil Servant of the Week: FBCSO Deputy Raymond Russell

Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert, left, honored several county employees last month, including Fort Bend Sheriff’s Deputy Raymond Russell, a 30-year-veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. 
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By Michael Sudhalter Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office Deputy Raymond Russell has noticed a lot of changes in patrol work over the past three decades. “I like everything about working patrol,” Russell said. “It’s come a long way. When I started in 1986, there were no computers in the patrol car, no plexiglass cages. There […]

COMMENTARY: The Chaos of Armed Students

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By Zaghum Khalil I am a freshman at William B. Travis High School in Fort Bend Independent School District and last November, a handgun was brought to my school by a student. The student was caught and arrested, but the incident has made me quite frightened of what could have happened. It also makes me […]

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