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DEVELOPMENT NOTEBOOK: KIPP Houston charter school coming to Fort Bend County

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By Subhrata Barot For The Star KIPP Houston Public Charter Schools is opening a new location in Fort Bend County. The new school, formally called KIPP Unity Primary, will grow to serve over 1,200 students and is set to open in the Fort Bend area the fall of 2015. KIPP is a national network of […]

Students honored by Fort Bend Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution


Good Citizen Award and American History and Christopher Columbus Essay Contest The Fort Bend Chapter of the D.A.R. honored students Jan 25 at the George Memorial Library. The students who were chosen by their high schools as Good Citizens are Madeline Allen, Ridge Point; Tabitha Coco, Marshall; Ariel Wyatt, Hightower; and Theodora VO, Kempner. Theodora VO […]

Crime rate in Sugar Land hits historic low

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Part 1 crimes in Sugar Land decreased 12.75 percent last year while the City’s five-year trend shows an overall decrease of more than 26 percent.  The results were included in the Sugar Land Police Department’s 2014 Annual Report and placed Sugar Land’s crime rate at a 20-year historic low. Last year, Sugar Land was named […]

Advocating for equality in discipline


It has been more than half a century since Dr. Martin Luther King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and told the world that he had a dream; a dream that “children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by […]

20 Fort Bend Youth in Philanthropy teens worked on several landscaping projects

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Nearly 20 Fort Bend Youth in Philanthropy teens worked on several landscaping projects in preparation for the grand opening of the new Richmond-Rosenberg Boys & Girls Club last month.  Teens worked with professionals from Harvey Builders and Wesco Landscaping to plant trees and flower beds around a detention pond located near the new Club site. […]

School board criticizes Scarcella’s rhetoric


By Michael Sudhalter Members of Stafford Municipal School District’s board of trustees want to have an ongoing conversation about enrollment for Stafford residents and Limited Open Enrollment (LOE) non-residents. But during Thursday’s joint City Council-School Board meeting, many of the school board members asked Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella, Mayor since 1969 and a longtime […]

MC’s Smith faces Kemp in re-election campaign


By Michael Sudhalter Missouri City council member Don Smith (District B) won his most recent re-election campaign by 81 percentage points, in 2013. But Smith, a 72-year-old retired Marketing executive, isn’t taking anything for granted when he faces JaPaula Kemp, a 45-year-old Missouri City resident who practices law in Houston, on May 9.  Early […]

Fort Bend club celebrates a classic instrument


By Michael Sudhalter Fort Bend County native Vince Ramos has been playing the accordion for more than 50 years. A dozen years ago, Ramos and fellow Sugar Land resident Mario Pedone, a world class accordion player who’s performed with the Houston Symphony, decided to start the Fort Bend Accordion Club. “Accordion used to be […]

COMMENTARY: Do we throw in the towel on commuter rail?

Michael Sudhalter

When pondering commuter rail in Fort Bend County, I often pose the question, “will it happen in our lifetime?” Well, I guess it depends on your age. I recently read a Time magazine cover saying that a baby born in 2015 could live until the age of 142. The optimist in me says that little […]

Four candidates vying for FBISD board seat in May

L~R: Jenny Bailey
Incumbent Board Member, Addie Heyliger
Candidate, Stuart Jackson Candidate

By Michael Sudhalter Fort Bend ISD Position 6 trustee Jenny Bailey ran on a platform of change when she defeated incumbent Marilyn Glover, 56 to 44 percent, in 2012. Now, Bailey, a Missouri City resident who worked in the financial industry, is touting those changes and saying it’s not time to change course as […]

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