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LSU wins “Rodeo Bowl” at George Ranch Historical Park


By Michael Sudhalter LSU defeated Texas Tech at its own game last Saturday. The West Texas-based school, known partially for its cowboy culture, lost to LSU in the Rodeo Bowl at George Ranch Historical Park in Richmond. The annual event is one of the festivities leading up to the Texas Bowl, a college football […]

CIVIL SERVANT: Sugar Land Fire Dept. Lt. John Avara


By Michael Sudhalter Sugar Land Fire Department Lt. John Avara knows the risks involved in a high-danger occupation like firefighting. While some firefighters may try to block out the reality of the obvious risk, Avara acknowledges it regularly. “The thought is always in the back of my head,” Avara said. “I have two children […]

Development is the Star’s top story in 2015


By Michael Sudhalter Everywhere you look in Fort Bend County, houses are being built, schools are being constructed and businesses are opening up new locations. Even with crude oil slipping, the impact on growth has been minimal. And that’s why “Growth and Development” is the Fort Bend Star’s Top Story of 2015. Fort Bend […]

Who’s Fort Bend’s biggest Houston Texans fan?


Do you have a tattoo of the Houston Texans logo? Have you memorized the starting lineup from the inaugural Texans team in 2002. Have you named any of your kids or pets, J.J. or Toro? We want to hear from you – Fort Bend’s biggest Houston Texans fan. To nominate, e-mail The Texans’ biggest […]

Elkins hopes to build on excellent start


By Michael Sudhalter The Elkins High boys basketball team has a 16-1 record and captured the Fort Bend ISD Tournament for the first time in program history. But the talented Knights team still has a long way to prove it’s among the best in school history. “We’ve had some pretty good teams — 31-5 […]


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Continuing a tradition he began in 2013, Rick Miller, State Representative District 26, presented to Dennis Parmer, Executive Director of the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation, the 2014 Sugar Land ornament that adorned the Texas House of Representatives Christmas tree in Austin.  He was joined by Sugar Land resident Seeju Dupre, who designed and painted last […]

Star of the the Year Advisory Committee

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JACQUIE BALY Baly has been a leader in the Houston region’s business and policy communities for more than two decades. She began her career as a city and regional planner for numerous entities, then served as a gubernatorial appointee on water and wastewater issues and most recently served as Mayor Pro Tem for the City […]

CIVIL SERVANT: Civil Servant of the week Joanne Downing

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Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert presented a certificate to Fort Bend librarian Joanne Downing to honor Downing’s 20 years of service to the County Library system.

Local law enforcement prepares for open carry gun law


By S. Barot For The Star Starting Jan. 1, licensed gun owners in Texas will be able to openly and publicly carry guns in belts or shoulder holsters. Also known as “open carry,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 910 into law in June. Texas is now the 45th state to pass legislation relating […]



— MELBA PREVOT — Prevot, a former Fort Bend ISD educator, started Making Progress is a Journey (MPJ Academy) in 2008 as a way to keep students in school. She saw that students who were pregnant or had children, had to work to help their family survive, cared for ill parents or younger siblings, faced […]

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