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COMMENTARY: Fort Bend ISD makes the right call in honoring fallen hero

Michael Sudhalter

One hundred and ninety-seven years before I was born, there was a woman from my home state who chose danger over complacency. Deborah Sampson of Plympton, Mass. fought in the Revolutionary War to keep America an independent nation in 1782 – six years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Sampson later settled in […]

Fresno residents concerned about game room

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By Michael Sudhalter Fresno resident Raquel Mamou and some of her neighbors in the Teal Run Civic Association were surprised to discover that a game room has moved into a shopping center adjacent to the Teal Run subdivision. Mamou – the chairperson for the Teal Run Civic Association – and Teal Run board member […]

Three mistakes to avoid if you want to cure your chronic pain


Chronic pain affects about 100,000,000 American adults—more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Pain also costs the nation up to $635,000,000,000 each year in medical treatment and lost productivity. Celebrities with chronic pain include Jillian Michaels (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome,)  Kobe Bryant (knee pain,) George Clooney (back pain.) According to Dr. […]

Fort Bend ISD honors longtime Sugar Land educators


By Michael Sudhalter Sugar Land residents Carolyn and Vernon “Corky” Madden are as synonymous with education in Fort Bend County as John Madden is with football and video games. The Maddens, however, were surprised when Fort Bend ISD decided to name Elementary School 46 in their honor, last week. The school, which is set […]

Missouri City woman benefits from regenerative therapy


By Michael Sudhalter Missouri City resident Paige Kinkaide had always been a healthy person, so she was surprised to deal with serious pain a few years ago. “It was really strange,” Kinkaide said. “I woke up one morning and thought I’d just slept wrong. I’d usually been really active at work, but I had […]

Saint John Baptist Church hopes to stay open another 100 years


By Michael Sudhalter Drive around Missouri City, and it’s rare to find anything built before the 1970s. The Saint John Missionary Baptist Church, 6731 Oilfield Rd., has been an exceptional to the rule. The church was founded by freed slaves, four years after the end of the Civil War, in 1869 in what used […]

Report: Missouri city sues ex-Sugar Land mayor

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There’s new trouble for former Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace and his development company Wallace Bajjali Development Partners, according to our news partner, KHOU Channel 11. Last week, the tornado-ravaged city of Joplin, Mo., filed a lawsuit against Wallace, his company and former business partner Costa Bajjali. Wallace Bajjali Development was hired by Joplin as […]

Bond Oversight Committee set to update community


By Michael Sudhalter When Fort Bend ISD looked at putting a school bond together last year, the district wanted to make sure it was vetted properly. The board of trustees selected a Bond Oversight Committee (B.O.C.), made up of 23 community members from a wide variety of fields such as legal, financial, construction, security, […]

DEVELOPMENT NOTEBOOK: Sugar Land restaurant Preview Modern Seafood Cuisine Shifts to Houston

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By Subhrata Barot For The Star Preview Modern Seafood Cuisine closed its doors in Sugar Land on March 16. It plans to reopen later this year in a new Midtown location, with a new name – Tides Modern Seafood Cuisine. In a statement posted to the restaurant’s Facebook page, the “Preview” staff thanked their guests […]



By Michael Sudhalter Say the name ‘Smithers’ outside of Fort Bend County, and for many, the first thing that will come to mind will be a supporting character on “The Simpsons.” But inside the borders of the county, people think of a kind, dedicated public employee named Don Smithers, a former Sugar Land city […]

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