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Filmmaker shares grandparents courageous story at Clements High School screening

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com 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

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com 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”

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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 […]

Sienna Plantation teen helps African village

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Alyssa Ferguson spent the past year enduring 20 rounds of outpatient Chemotherapy, nine rounds of in-patient chemo, 30 days of radiation and a surgery to remove a tumor the size of a baseball. While doctors at M.D. Anderson Cancer worked hard to ensure that Ferguson, 13, survived the Medulloblastoma tutor, social […]

COMMENTARY: These days, specialization is the name of the game

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Thirty-eight thousand dollars. That’s the average price of four years of college, for an in-state college, and it continues to rise each year. Full athletic scholarships are very rare, but some athletes receive partial scholarships or combination athletic/academic scholarships. College is as expensive as ever, and competition for those aforementioned scholarships is at an all-time […]

CIVIL SERVANT OF THE WEEK: Precinct 1 Commissioner Richard Morrison

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Fort Bend County Precinct 1 Commissioner Richard Morrison decided to run for office because he found a cause important to his friends and neighbors in Greatwood. “There was a proposal for (the toll road portion) of Highway 99 to come through Crabb River Road,” Morrison said. In 2008, Morrison opposed the […]

Mayor wants Stafford MSD to stop accepting out-of-district students

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella opposes Stafford Municipal School District’s “Limited Open Enrollment” (LOE) program and would like to see it end by this summer. Scarcella, Mayor of Stafford since 1969, hopes the matter is discussed at Thursday’s joint City Council/School Board Meeting. It’s currently on the agenda for that meeting. “A […]

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital upholds national Chest Pain Center Accreditation

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As the leader of heart care in Fort Bend County, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital continues to uphold its Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). This designation is reserved for hospitals across the country that demonstrate the highest level of expertise in treating heart attack patients. This accreditation demonstrates […]

Sugar Land Fire Department has started ambulance service

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By Subhrata Barot For The Star On Jan. 1, the Sugar Land Fire Department (SLFD) launched the city’s first ever ambulance transport service. Since the program’s inception, it has helped numerous residents in the city and has paved the way for new technologies in ambulatory care and emergency medical dispatching services. Additionally, the new service […]

Stafford raises possibility of Municipal Wi-Fi

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com A small percentage of cities in the world have municipal wireless networks, but Stafford could potentially join that rare group. “We’ll be talking about it, and I imagine that the recommendation of council would be to refer that to the IT Committee to see exactly what’s involved,” Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella […]

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