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Making Stafford’s teachers a priority


By Michael Sudhalter Stafford Municipal School District superintendent Dr. Robert Bostic inherited a challenge when he arrived in June from Denton ISD. Luckily, for Stafford ISD teachers, local residents and students, he’s taking the district staff’s 23 percent turnover rate seriously and has already taken steps to address it. Bostic presides over a district […]

Lawyers cry foul over Sugar Land towing contract


By Michael Sudhalter Lawyers representing a longtime owner of a Missouri City-based towing business filed a suit on Monday in Fort Bend District Court, alleging that the city of Sugar Land unfairly awarded its tow truck contracts. The lawsuit, which doesn’t seek monetary damages but rather to void the current contracts, isn’t against the […]

Some citizens object to security cameras in FBISD schools


By Michael Sudhalter Editor’s note: This week’s story on the proposed Fort Bend ISD bond is the first in a series of stories. This story focuses on school security, while others will look into school construction, facilities, and more. Given the ongoing concerns about school safety, Fort Bend ISD is preparing to spend approximately $14.1 […]

Blood donors save Missouri City boy’s life


By Michael Sudhalter Andre Graves doesn’t know the people responsible for saving his life more than a decade ago, but tears come to his eyes when he thinks about it. The 11-year-old Missouri City resident believes that divine intervention played a role in delivering four pints of blood to save him from a deadly […]

$324M FY15 budget targets performing arts center, parks projects for Sugar Land


By Betsy Dolan For the Star Sugar Land residents can expect to see progress on several quality-of life-projects, a new fire-based EMS service as well as street and drainage improvements if the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget is approved by City Council. City Manager Allen Bogard submitted the FY15 budget to the City Council July […]

PennyWise Resale Center plans several special events this fall


By Michael Sudhalter PennyWise ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 3 PennyWise director Joy Dowell, right, and volunteer manager Liz Moreno have several exciting events coming up at the PennyWise Resale Center. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter) Last year, the three PennyWise Resale Centers in Fort Bend County generated enough revenue to donate $350,000 […]

An opportunity to build on tradition…


Walking through the Fort Bend Star office last week, I could tell that this was the home of a grand tradition of journalism. Press association awards, and more importantly, community-issued recognitions, adorn the walls of a newspaper that the late, great Bev Carter built from the ground up. I fully grasp that tradition, and hope […]

Civil Servant of the Week: Missouri City FD’s Daryl Maretka


By Michael Sudhalter The new Civil Servant of the Week feature recognizes an employee in our local community who makes a difference in law enforcement or public service. You may nominate a civil servant by e-mailing Michael Sudhalter at Daryl Maretka may live in Wharton, but the Missouri City Fire Department is truly his home. […]

Stafford MSD board hopes to retain more teachers with new budget


By Karen Daniels For The Star Stafford resident Hilary Brown-Smith hopes that Stafford Municipal School District can give its teachers salaries that are competitive with other districts in the area. Brown-Smith, the parent of two SMSD students and another that graduated recently, hopes the district’s 2014-15 budget can address the cause of the district’s 23 […]

TTU parents, students find strength in numbers


By Michael Sudhalter When Sugar Land residents Brenda and Dave Bristow found out that their son, Eric, was going to be a Texas Tech University student, they seemed to have 522 questions – one for every mile between Sugar Land and Lubbock. They joined the Texas Tech Parents Association, Southwest Houston Chapter to help […]

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