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Holiday Shopping Trends for 2014

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By Karen Daniels For The Star There are several strategies available to local families shopping the day after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as Black Friday. Consumer Reports says that 53 percent of Americans don’t plan to shop on Friday and only 7 percent plan to shop on Thanksgiving Day. The main reason? The Internet does not […]

New ownership has big plans for Skeeters

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Bob and Marcie Zlotnik have begun sole ownership of the Sugar Land Skeeters with the enthusiasm of rookies on the first day of Spring Training and the experience of many years in entrepreneurship and business. “We have a huge to-do-list,” Bob said. The Houston couple had owned a third of the […]

Civil Servant of the Week: EMT Paramedic Becky Schuett

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By Karen Daniels For The Star After 23 years of dedicated service, Becky Hays Schuett will retire at the end of the month as a volunteer firefighter where she is a first responder to 911 calls in both Harris and Fort Bend Counties. “I’m going to miss it, but I’m leaving it in very good […]

COMMENTARY: Academies are here to stay, but compromise is necessary

The parents and students showed up at the Fort Bend Annex early and brought signs urging Fort Bend ISD to keep the Academy Programs last Thursday. Others wore T-Shirts with a message requesting the district refrain from leaving high-achieving students behind. Opponents may ask them to look at the big picture, but when it comes […]

FBISD will keep academies, consider new feeder patterns

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Fort Bend ISD’s community dialogue meeting regarding Academies & Career Pathways last Thursday may have been one of the most anticlimactic public gatherings in the history of the county. In a standing-room only crowd, 40 or so parents and students held signs urging the district to keep the Digital Media, Engineering, […]

DEVELOPMENT NOTEBOOK: US90A commuter rail deemed feasible

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The Gulf Coast Rail District (GCRD) Board of Directors, which includes Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella, determined that commuter rail from Missouri City/Stafford into Houston is feasible. Harris County, the City of Houston, and Fort Bend County created the Gulf Coast Rail District (GCRD) under authority granted by the State of Texas in Section 171 of […]

Missouri City police adapt to city’s growth

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com When Missouri City Assistant Police Chief Lance Bothell joined the department as an officer in 1990, the city had a population of 36,176 –a little less than half of its current population of 67,358. He remembers a time when there was just one patrol officer per shift at a time – […]

Nominate The Star of the Year

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The Fort Bend Star is starting a new tradition this year – The Star of the Year. We’re going to write a story toward the end of December honoring a Fort Bend County resident who has shown extraordinary effort in making Fort Bend County the exceptional place that it is. This person could be a […]

MIDNIGHT MADNESS

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GALVESTON – Splice the drumstick, marinate the trampoline, and look lively about it! For we are at this beach resort to re-tell another great Texas yarn of blood, betrayal and heavy drama – hey, this is Texas. Now, everyone knows the Republic of Texas had an army at the Alamo, San Jacinto and lately along […]

Lake Olympia, Riverstone parents object to proposed feeder patterns

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com The $484 million Fort Bend ISD bond passed by a 3-to-1 margin on Nov. 4 as voters voiced their support for new construction and renovations to alleviate overcrowded schools, increase technology, safety and more. But there’s far less consensus on feeder patterns, boundaries and academy programs – all issues that will […]

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