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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 […]

Sienna Plantation teen helps African village


By Michael Sudhalter 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

Michael Sudhalter

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


By Michael Sudhalter 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

Leonard Scarcella

By Michael Sudhalter 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 […]

Sugar Land Police Department names Police Officer of the Year

Sugar Land Police Sgt. Matt Levan is the Sugar Land Police Officer of the Year. (Photo courtesy of the City of Sugar Land)

The Sugar Land Police Department recently named Sgt. Matt Levan as the 2014 Officer of the Year. The award recognizes a police officer who made an outstanding contribution to the department and the community. Levan was selected from a pool of nominations by police department employees. “Sgt. Levan is committed to making the department, City […]

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