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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Demerchant announces District 26 candidacy

Laquitta  DeMerchant

By Michael Sudhalter New Territory business owner/IT Security professional Laquitta Demerchant has announced that she will run for the District 26 State Representative position currently held by two-term incumbent, Rick Miller. Demerchant, a Democrat, knows it will take an extraordinary effort to unseat Miller in November. “I want to be a breathe of fresh […]

Rep. Reynolds feels emboldened after Misdemeanor Barratry convictions


By Michael Sudhalter District 27 Rep. Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City) expected to clear his name in a Misdemeanor Barratry last month, but instead he stood before a Montgomery Court in a prison uniform, with shackles on Nov. 23. The third-term incumbent received the maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $20,000 fine […]

Pet of the Week 11/25/15


Beautiful Belle is an outgoing, friendly dog that walks well on a leash and knows how to sit on command.  She’s smart, amazing and ready to be adopted at the Houston Humane Society.  You can meet Belle in person at 14700 Almeda Rd, and see hundreds of pets for adoption online at

Sugar Land man arrested for threat

Fort Bend County Sheriff

A 26-year-old man has been charged with threatening to “shoot up a mosque” on social media, according to our news partner KHOU Channel 11. Clayton Alexander Cansler was arrested Tuesday and charged with making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony punishable upon conviction by 2-10 years in prison. “We take every threat seriously and will […]

State Rep. Rick Miller to run for third term

Rick Miller
State Representative

Saturday, State Representative Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land) officially filed as a candidate for re-election for a third term as the legislator representing the constituents of House District 26, which encompasses part of Fort Bend County. Representative Miller was first elected to represent House District 26 in 2012. “It is a privilege and a great honor […]

Missouri City hires Snipes as new City Manager


By Michael Sudhalter With two finalists for the City Manager position, the Missouri City city council had a clear choice – go with a known quantity, or hire a new candidate. It’s decision proved to be a compromise. The council voted unanimously to hire former Austin Assistant City Manager Anthony Snipes, but Interim City […]

How soon could Sugar Land see a female mayor?

Mary Joyce is running for the Sugar Land At-Large Position 2 council seat. If Joyce is elected, Sugar Land will have three female council members for the first time in the city’s history.

By S. Barot For The Star With half of the Sugar Land’s population being female, there is still a lack of gender parity in city politics. Nevertheless, Sugar Land has more women on Council, compared to Missouri City and Stafford. Both of those cities currently only have one sitting female council member. Since 1959, 16 […]

Fort Bend ISD Board expects improvements at schools that didn’t meet state standards


Staff Reports Sixty-seven of Fort Bend ISD’s 70 campuses met the standards of the State Accountability Ratings for a total of 96 percent. But FBISD board president Grayle James, speaking on behalf of the board of trustees, said the board won’t be satisfied until those statistics are 70-of-70 and 100 percent. The three campuses that […]

OakBend Medical Center – A Center for Change

CEO —OakBend Medical Center

CEO Joe Freudenberger talks future community plans at Center By Donna Hill For The Star In health care, life and death situations call for location, location, location. Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center, knows this is the future of medical care. As the CEO for over seven years, many consider him to be a […]

Fort Bend ISD Board Member KP George participates in leadership program

FBISD Trustee

KP George, a member of the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees, joined 34 other school board members from across Texas at the kickoff session of the Leadership TASB Class of 2016, held in October. Selected by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the group is participating in a yearlong education leadership study program. […]

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