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Advocating for equality in discipline


It has been more than half a century since Dr. Martin Luther King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and told the world that he had a dream; a dream that “children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by […]

20 Fort Bend Youth in Philanthropy teens worked on several landscaping projects

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Nearly 20 Fort Bend Youth in Philanthropy teens worked on several landscaping projects in preparation for the grand opening of the new Richmond-Rosenberg Boys & Girls Club last month.  Teens worked with professionals from Harvey Builders and Wesco Landscaping to plant trees and flower beds around a detention pond located near the new Club site. […]

School board criticizes Scarcella’s rhetoric


By Michael Sudhalter Members of Stafford Municipal School District’s board of trustees want to have an ongoing conversation about enrollment for Stafford residents and Limited Open Enrollment (LOE) non-residents. But during Thursday’s joint City Council-School Board meeting, many of the school board members asked Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella, Mayor since 1969 and a longtime […]

MC’s Smith faces Kemp in re-election campaign


By Michael Sudhalter Missouri City council member Don Smith (District B) won his most recent re-election campaign by 81 percentage points, in 2013. But Smith, a 72-year-old retired Marketing executive, isn’t taking anything for granted when he faces JaPaula Kemp, a 45-year-old Missouri City resident who practices law in Houston, on May 9.  Early […]

Fort Bend club celebrates a classic instrument


By Michael Sudhalter Fort Bend County native Vince Ramos has been playing the accordion for more than 50 years. A dozen years ago, Ramos and fellow Sugar Land resident Mario Pedone, a world class accordion player who’s performed with the Houston Symphony, decided to start the Fort Bend Accordion Club. “Accordion used to be […]

COMMENTARY: Do we throw in the towel on commuter rail?

Michael Sudhalter

When pondering commuter rail in Fort Bend County, I often pose the question, “will it happen in our lifetime?” Well, I guess it depends on your age. I recently read a Time magazine cover saying that a baby born in 2015 could live until the age of 142. The optimist in me says that little […]

Four candidates vying for FBISD board seat in May

L~R: Jenny Bailey
Incumbent Board Member, Addie Heyliger
Candidate, Stuart Jackson Candidate

By Michael Sudhalter Fort Bend ISD Position 6 trustee Jenny Bailey ran on a platform of change when she defeated incumbent Marilyn Glover, 56 to 44 percent, in 2012. Now, Bailey, a Missouri City resident who worked in the financial industry, is touting those changes and saying it’s not time to change course as […]

Filmmaker shares grandparents courageous story at Clements High School screening


By Michael Sudhalter When Massachusetts-based filmmaker Artemis Joukowsky III was a freshman in high school in the early 1980s, his teacher asked him to interview someone of “moral courage.” Little did he know that a ninth grade assignment would become a lifelong project. Joukowsky’s mother recommended that he interview his grandparents – Waitstill and […]

DEVELOPMENT NOTEBOOK: Former MC Cinema to become performing arts hall


By Michael Sudhalter Missouri City doesn’t currently have a performing arts hall, but that could change as soon as this summer. Troy and Charity Carter, owners of the Fort Bend Academy of Arts & Dance in Missouri City, have decided to bring a Fine Arts and Performance Hall to 2420 Texas Parkway – the […]

COMMENTARY: Now is the time to Re-authorize “No Child Left Behind”


Thirteen years after being enacted by Congress, it appears the time has finally come to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) commonly referred to as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The House Education and the Workforce Committee recently considered legislation to reauthorize the ESEA, paving the way for it to ultimately come before […]

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