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PennyWise Resale Center plans several special events this fall

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com 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…

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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

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com 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 msudhalter@fortbendstar.com 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

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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

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com 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 […]

Jonathan McElvy tapped to lead Star

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Staff Report Fort Bend Star  Carter Publications Inc., owners of the Fort Bend Star, Fort Bend Business Journal and Star Video have tapped a new management team, effective immediately. Jonathan McElvy, who has worked in newspapers across the Houston metro area for more than eight years, has been named publisher of The Star and Fort […]

Fort Bend County announces positive West Nile Virus test

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A sampling of mosquitoes in Fort Bend County has tested positive for the West Nile Virus (WNV).  When an area tests positive for the WNV in a few mosquitoes, it does not always mean there is a high risk of human infection. Simple measures can prevent the spread or infection from the WNV.  Working together with Fort Bend County and the cities […]

Report: Stafford PD questioning a suspect in Leonetti case

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Stafford Police say they are questioning a suspect in connection with the death of a well-known Fort Bend County businessman, according to our news partner, KHOU Channel 11. Eric Norris, 25, was arrested on the north side of Houston by the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force in the shooting death of 45-year-old Donald Leonetti. […]

George Memorial Library has room to grow as new admin building opens

By Betsy Dolan  In some ways the George Memorial Library is like an empty nester–in reverse. Now that administration, which oversees all of the branches in the Fort Bend County Library system, has moved into their own building next door, the Richmond branch has extra room to grow and is adding new features and amenities. […]

No change here in fees for 2015 motor vehicle registrations

By Elsa Maxey  Recent Commissioners Count action indicates there will be no change to the optional county fees collected in 2015 for motor vehicle registrations in Fort Bend County. Commissioners Court took approval action on the amount of the collection of those fees and will notify the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles in accordance with […]

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