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Reynolds comments on passage of Body Camera Bill

Texas State Rep. Ron Reynolds

Texas House Democratic Whip Ron Reynolds released the following statement regarding the passage of SB 158: “Body cameras are now a reality in the state of Texas. This historic legislation paves the way for police departments throughout the state to equip their officers with body cameras,” said Rep. Reynolds. “SB 158 was passed today, and […]

Local teen builds service organization

Baiyinah Iman Abdullah

By Keon Broadnax For The Star A high school senior from Richmond has big plans to help the community that she’s proud to call home. Baiyinah Iman Abdullah, or Bay, is a high school senior at Texas Virtual Academy (TXVA), an online high school, but what many might not know is that she has been […]

You Did It & We Got It: High school graduations on full length DVD

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By Elsa Maxey To further commemorate the occasion of high school graduations, Star Digital Studios will again make available to parents and students a full length DVD of area high school graduation ceremonies at an affordable price.  Going on its fourth year, it captured video of a nearby school district, the Spring Branch Independent School […]

Residents urged to practice safe measures during hurricane season

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 As the region continues to cope with heavy rains, flooding and high winds, residents are reminded that hurricane season starts June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. Emergency Management Officials in Missouri City encourage citizens to have a plan in place if a storm strikes the Gulf Coast. To be fully prepared, residents can follow […]

COMMENTARY: Fiscal Conservatism starts at home…

Michael Sudhalter

After nearly two months of marriage, I have nothing but good news to report. The honeymoon to the Pacific Coast of California was a success as evidenced by the 3,000 or so photographic reminders we brought home with us. But once that plane landed at Intercontinental, the honeymoon was officially over. If wedded bliss is […]

COMMENTARY: Commissioner’s Court was right to seek funding for Public Defender pilot program

The Fort Bend County Commissioner’s Court applied for a state grant in May to fund a five-year pilot program which will form the county’s first ever Public Defender’s Office (PDO). If approved, the Office will open to the general public who can’t afford a criminal defense attorney. About 10-20 percent of cases will be represented […]

Sheriff’s Office warns residents about phone scammers

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The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a scam alert concerning suspects posing as law enforcement officers, including the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. Numerous calls have been made to Fort Bend County residents where the suspect impersonating a law enforcement officer tells the victim that he or she must pay a fine or […]

CIVIL SERVANT OF THE WEEK: Stephanie Williams named FBISD’s Director of Teacher Development

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The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved Stephanie Williams as the Director of Teacher Development at its May 11 Special Called Meeting. Williams most recently served as the District’s Coordinator of Secondary Mathematics in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. An educator of 21 years, Williams joined FBISD in 2001 as a Geometry teacher at […]

Organizer says tax demonstrations are part of long-term strategy

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Allison Walla received the Notice of Appraised Value on her Fulshear home from the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District (FBCAD) and was surprised to see a sharp increase from $338,270 last year to $372,500 this year. She’s protested the appraisal before an Appraisal Review Board (ARB) before, but she wanted to […]

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

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com 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 […]

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