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Sheriff’s Office warns residents about phone scammers

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The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a scam alert concerning suspects posing as law enforcement officers, including the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. Numerous calls have been made to Fort Bend County residents where the suspect impersonating a law enforcement officer tells the victim that he or she must pay a fine or […]

CIVIL SERVANT OF THE WEEK: Stephanie Williams named FBISD’s Director of Teacher Development


The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved Stephanie Williams as the Director of Teacher Development at its May 11 Special Called Meeting. Williams most recently served as the District’s Coordinator of Secondary Mathematics in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. An educator of 21 years, Williams joined FBISD in 2001 as a Geometry teacher at […]

Organizer says tax demonstrations are part of long-term strategy


By Michael Sudhalter Allison Walla received the Notice of Appraised Value on her Fulshear home from the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District (FBCAD) and was surprised to see a sharp increase from $338,270 last year to $372,500 this year. She’s protested the appraisal before an Appraisal Review Board (ARB) before, but she wanted to […]

Former Missouri City councilman: city manager job is ‘not a stepping stone’


By Michael Sudhalter Former Missouri City council member Robin Elackatt won’t be part of the hiring process as his former colleagues choose the next City Manager in late June or early July. But he hopes the city isn’t conducting another search for the city staff’s chief executive within the next few years. “The next […]

Skeeters thrive without MLB affiliation

The Sugar Land Skeeters play in the independent Atlantic League, and according to owner Bob Zlotnik, affiliating with the Houston Astros does “not make financial sense currently.” There are other obstacles to affiliating with a Major League Baseball team, but the Skeeters have been successful, on and off the field, as an independent franchise.  (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

By Michael Sudhalter To the untrained eye, it would make more sense for the Houston Astros to have their top affiliate 20 miles away in Sugar Land than 1,764 miles northwest of Minute Maid Park, in Fresno, Calif. But the truth is both organizations are doing well without each year, and there’s not much […]

Winning Stafford council members hope for election reform

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By Michael Sudhalter Stafford city council member A.J. Honore won a city council election on May 9 by five votes. But the second-term council member is challenging the format of the status quo that put him into office. In Stafford, city council and school board elections hold plurality elections where voters choose three candidates […]

Scavenger History hunt raises funds and friends for Heritage Foundation

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The Sugar Land Heritage Foundation launched its first Discover Sugar Land Scavenger History Hunt on Sunday, May 17, with a splash. Fifteen competitive teams took off to discover and locate historical landmark sites in Sugar Land. Despite the morning downpour, the teams enthusiastically embarked on their quest and texted in their answers and locations to […]

COMMENTARY: Local communities must ban texting & driving

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever sent a text message or checked social media while you’ve been driving a car. If you haven’t raised your hand, I assume that you’re currently sending a text or a tweet – but hopefully, not while you’re behind the wheel. Texting & Driving has become a habit for many […]

Sugar Land’s Mayor Thompson and Councilmember Porter Weigh in on Wal-Mart Controversy


By Subhrata Barot For The Star It’s no secret in Sugar Land’s District One that Wal-Mart applied with the Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) to open up a proposed neighborhood grocery store and fueling station. And even though many Barrington Place residents are fuming over what may come to the area, City of Sugar Land […]

Be A Champion strives to solve hunger problem

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Founded by two University of Houston football players in 2001, “Be A Champion, Inc.” (BAC) provides an extensive variety of During School, After School, Tutorial and Extended Day enrichment programs for at-risk youth. To date, Be A Champion, Inc. has worked with more than 1,515,450 local children. When BAC Co-Founders Jaron Barganier and James Hong […]

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