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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 […]

Stafford council elections center on economic development


By Michael Sudhalter The City of Stafford will have at least one new council member next month. Five candidates – including two incumbents – are vying for three seats on the City Council in the May 9 election. Early voting is April 27-May 5. The candidates are Mayor Pro Tem Wen Guerra, council member […]

COMMENTARY: Encouragement, not punishment, will solve truancy problems

Michael Sudhalter

There are a lot of wonderful things about Texas – economic growth, great universities, a reasonable cost of living and warm weather. The state admirably takes a serious stand against violent crime, which in turn, boosts the safety of its citizens. But even the best states have areas where they need to improve, and Texas […]

Soccer playoffs underway


The Foster High girls soccer team defeated Bush, 4-3, in a first round UIL 5A playoff game last Thursday.  Seven Fort Bend ISD soccer teams competed in the UIL playoffs earlier this week. The Clements High boys soccer team, defending 5A state champions, faced Pasadena Dobie, in the second round of its quest to win […]

The Greatest Love of All

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The greatest display of love the world will ever know was shown on the cross at Calvary. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for the sins of mankind, paying a debt we never could, and rose again on the third day. Repenting of sin and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the […]

Free library classes boost computer literacy skills


By Michael Sudhalter Sugar Land resident Marisela Pequeno is a sales associate in a local store, but she’d like to gain more experience using computers for work and life, in general. “I have no experience with it – that’s why I’m here,” Pequeno said during a MicroSoft Word class at the Fort Bend County […]

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