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Voters will determine road funding, courts will decide education finance

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com The future funding of roads and schools in Texas hangs in the balance, but they will be decided in different ways. Texas voters will get the opportunity to choose whether they’d like to pass Proposition 1, which will allow revenue from the oil & natural gas production tax to be transferred […]

Owen makes impact in 20 years as MC mayor

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com When Allen Owen was elected Mayor of Missouri City, the Houston Rockets were World Champions and Ace of Base had the top song on the pop charts. That was 1994, and Owen said he’s proud to be serving the citizens of Missouri City. It’s something he’s been able to do because […]

Church finds solution for hog problem

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Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 5653 W. Riverpark Dr. in Sugar Land, hosts an annual Pumpkin Patch on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October. It’s a popular event for the church, but this season, kids weren’t the only ones interested in the pumpkins. Wild hogs wanted in on the action, too, so the church […]

It’s time for Houston, Richmond to annex or let go…

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Every economic boom brings a unique set of benefits and challenges. Sugar Land’s job growth has increased by 10 percent over the past four years, and home values have increased in many areas of Fort Bend County. As the County continues to grow, many of its residents live in unincorporated areas (outside any city limits) […]

Civil Servant of the Week: Fort Bend County Clerk Dianne Wilson

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Fort Bend County Clerk Dianne Wilson is retiring in December after 32 years of public service with the county. Wilson, the longest serving county official in Fort Bend County’s history, will be the guest of honor at the Safari Texas Ranch’s “Palm Pavilion”, 11627 FM 1464 in Richmond, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7. […]

Some residents wish FBISD would move quicker on feeder patterns

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Fort Bend ISD officials and some local parents are in agreement that the district’s feeder patterns need to be updated. Their respective timelines, however, aren’t the same. The district revealed a plan in September to continue studying long-term feeder patterns for FBISD’s 45 elementary schools, 14 middle schools and 11 high […]

Pecan Grove resident, MUD close to resolving dispute

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com A Pecan Grove man was prepared to take the neighborhood’s Municipal Utility District (MUD) to court over its request to purchase an easement that butts up against his home. But it now appears as if Jeffrey Hale and the Pecan Grove MUD will resolve the issue without ever setting foot in […]

Groth Corp donates $3,000 to Fort Bend Cares

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By Elsa Maxey Operating locally in Stafford, Groth Croporation is helping Fort Bend Cares with its mission to help serve disadvantaged youth of Fort Bend County.  Its recent $3,000 donation will help fund essential services provided by charitable organizations. The check was presented by Betty Jurado on behalf of Groth Corporation.  The donation represents the […]

Civil Servant of the Week: Wayne Poorman

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Wayne Poorman’s first experience in law enforcement was quite memorable. In the early 1970s, Poorman was a diver for the reserve unit of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office’s Marine Division. Harris County was working together with the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office on a capital murder case when Poorman –on his first […]

Fort Bend County aims to deploy new text-to-911 system by end of year

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By Christina Martinez christina@theleadernews.com In serious emergencies, picking up the phone to dial 9-1-1 may not be realistic. If an intruder invades a home or school, a phone call for help could give away your presence. But if you can’t call, what do you do? By the end of the year, Harris text and Fort […]

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