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Report: Missouri city sues ex-Sugar Land mayor

Former Sugar Land Mayor

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, […]

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 […]

‘Houston’s Largest Home Tour’ returns to Fort Bend County in April


The Johnson Development Corp. is opening hundreds of doors citywide this April for “Houston’s Largest Home Tour,” including homes in three of Fort Bend County’s premier developments, Imperial, Riverstone and Sienna Plantation. Nearly 500 homes — including more than 100 models showcasing the latest decorator trends — will be open weekends in April in 10 […]

Skeeters’ season on the horizon

(Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

The Sugar Land Skeeters will open the 2015 season on April 23 vs. the Lancaster Barnstormers in a rematch of last season’s Atlantic League Championship Series, which Lancaster swept, 3-0. Check out the April 22 edition of The Star for a special section on the Skeeters 2015 season.

FBISD names Dr. Dawn Carlson as the new Director of the Department of Student Affairs

Director of the Dept. of Studen Affairs

Fort Bend ISD named Dr. Dawn Carlson as the new Director of the Department of Student Affairs. The department was established in the 2013-2014 school year to ensure that student-related policies are applied consistently across the District. After only one year, the District is seeing positive results due to its important work. “I am pleased […]

Missouri City builds consensus toward public safety improvements 


By Michael Sudhalter Missouri City is building consensus to increase compensation for its police officers and to address capital improvements for the police station as the Fiscal Year 2015 budget process begins. “We will determine the best way for us to address the pay situation,” Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen said. The FY 2015 […]

Rising costs affects some Sugar Land’s construction projects

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By Subhrata Barot FOR THE STAR The Sugar Land City Council voted on March 17 to amend the Fiscal Year 2015 budget after city officials expressed concern regarding budget shortfalls on area projects. The vote to amend the budget came after a February “budget workshop” at a council meeting. A rise in construction cost was […]

COMMENTARY: If – not when – is the key to municipal election participation

Michael Sudhalter

Fort Bend County Republican Chairman Mike Gibson and Fort Bend County Democratic Chairman Don Bankston rarely agree on anything. But both men – for different reasons – believe municipal and school board elections should be moved from May to November. Gibson’s line of reasoning comes from a cost-saving standpoint, while Bankston thinks it would increase […]

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