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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!

Report reveals $449M in FBISD facility needs By Betsy Dolan

  In its preliminary findings, Jacobs Engineering Group revealed $449 million worth of facility needs during a Board of Trustees workshop December 16.  Since January, Jacobs has been conducting a five-year facilities needs assessment at all 92 of the district's locations. While the December 16 board workshop was a discussion of the preliminary findings, the final

report will be the foundation of a future district facilities master plan. The Jacobs study addressed three different areas:  the life-cycle of its systems, educational adequacy, and facility assessment. "If educational adequacy is identifying what may be missing from a school, facility assessment teams identify what is broken", said Casey Morris, Manager of Projects for Jacobs Engineering. The life-cycle team looked at

how well mechanical systems are functioning and predicted which items, from roofs to HVAC systems, will need to be repaired or replaced within five years. "We have 30,000 records of deficient conditions within your buildings.  That's a sizeable amount of data but no big red flags for how things are going in Fort Bend.  It's typical findings for a district of your size",  Morris told the Board. REPORT, continued on page 8

Stafford Police reorganization brings “fervent” discussions to council meeting By Karen Daniels

The last final regular Stafford City Council meeting for 2013 ended well past midnight. The agenda was jam-packed with important issues, but the item for police reclassification and salary increases was greatly debated. Chief Bonny Krahn presented the new proposal to Council and Mayor Leonard Scarcella, a plan designed to help retain and attract skilled officers. At the present time, the City of Stafford has the lowest starting salary for a police officer compared to neighboring cities. The following

starting salaries were listed at the meeting: • Stafford – $37,400 • Richmond – $39,000 • Meadows Place – $40,000 • Rosenberg – $46,000 • Missouri City – $48,000 • Sugar Land – $49,000 • Pearland – $50,000 The proposed starting salary for Stafford Police Department is $43,000. Officers with five years of Texas law experience will receive a pay increase as well. According to Chief Krahn and the Salary Committee, the restructuring of job titles will eliminate overlapping

Demetrius Stalling at large Sheriff's detectives looking for last murder suspect By LeaAnne Klentzman

Twenty two year old Demetrius “Meach” Levale Stalling, remains a wanted man. He is the last of six suspects wanted in connection with the murder of Antonio Cesar Hinojosa. Hinojosa was found murdered in his Townewest home in the 14200 block of Bay Gardens on December 4. Hinojosa’s murder was discovered by his brother after the family had not had any contact with him since December 1. His brother went to his home in Townewest, located in northeast Fort Bend County and discovered the murder. At the time of the discovery, investigators said the home had been ransacked and within days 5

duties and compression issues. Two lieutenants will become captains; five sergeants will become lieutenants; and twelve corporals will be divided – six to sergeants and six to detectives. The corporal position will be completely eliminated. (Currently the only nearby city that still has this position is the City of Bellaire.) “By doing this we have found it is gong to give us, on a per shift basis, more supervision,” noted Chief Krahn. The increase to the City’s bottom line will be approximately $110K. Originally this agenda item was to be voted on two weeks earlier, but Council did not receive the documents until the start of the meeting, so a motion was made to postpone the presentation until this week. Additionally the Mayor acknowledged that the City’s annual budget is “to be adopted no later than September 30th addressing expenditures for the year.” STAFFORD, continued on page 8

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of the 6 suspects were arrested. Stalling is the last suspect to elude law enforcement. Already in custody and charged with murder are Martin Ferrel, 20, Cynthia Sandoval, 38, Shakur Briggs, 18, Robert McClure, 22, DEMETRIUS, continued on page 8

The Big Guns were out many who had been there all day and all night; it is their job One of the strangest things and that’s what they do.  happened Christmas They are public evening … It was a servants and they miracle of sorts.   seamlessly keep the Yep, on Christmas wolf from our door evening as we were all as we go about our CRIMINAL wrapping up our family OF THE WEEK everyday lives but this celebrations or dashing year, on this Christmas to our last destination there was evening with no fanfare (or a man out working the streets.  He was not alone, there are BIG GUNS, continued on page 8 By LeaAnne Klentzman

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Supporters for the January 18 Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation’s 12th Annual Founders’ Ball gathered to toast the upcoming event benefiting the historic Sugar Land Auditorium.   Shown l. to r. are Kirk Feldman, Ace Theatrical Group; Tim  Stubenrouch,  SLCAF Board President; David Anderson, ACE Theatrical Group; Kevin Matocha, Stonehenge Companies LLC; Don Kerstetter, Classic Chevrolet; Gary Becker, ACE Theatrical Group; and Craig Fredrickson, Linbeck Group LLC.  For tickets and more information, go to www.slcaf.org.

Health coverage sign up deadline, but open enrollment thru March 31 5 insurance companies ok’d for Fort Bend By Elsa Maxey

  There’s a certain degree of misunderstanding about deadlines and what’s in store relating to the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act.  Here’s an important deadline there is a requirement to have health insurance in 2014 or face a fine.  Arrangements must be made for coverage with an employer or with private companies for purchasing health insurance.  This includes buying it by signing up on a federal website. Critics have said that the deadlines in the ObamaCare enrollment process have been a moving target and that has partly been the cause of the confusion. What affects us locally is that Texas is serviced by the federal enrollment website, HealthCare.gov.  By going on this website, a

health insurance policy may be selected and purchased for coverage in 2014.  But in order to have coverage begin, this needs to be done by the end of the day on Monday, January 1 followed by a payment. As is the case with any insurance plan, enrollees have to pay the first month's premium to begin coverage. Take note, however, that potential enrollees still have until the end of March to get insurance.  After that time, the federal government will fine those without coverage.  So putting it simply, Monday is the deadline for residents to sign up for ObamaCare if they want coverage starting January 1. The deadline to enroll in coverage to avoid a fine is March 31. That's the date that the program's open enrollment period officially ends. Another reported deadline, October 15th,

is when enrollment will reopen. In Fort Bend, according to Carolyn Edwards, CEO of Access Health in Richmond, there are only five health insurance companies with approved plans offering the essential benefits of the national health law. They are Humana, Aetna, Signa, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Community Health Choice.  Plans that do not have the essential benefits set forth by the Affordable Health Act cannot participate in the health marketplace.  Edwards said people can continue to keep employer plans but the plans have to meet the essential benefits.  Those reportedly loosing the plans are doing so because the health plans not have the benefits required by the federal health law. HEALTH, continued on page 8

Team approach used to construct Sugar Land's Performing Arts Center By Betsy Dolan

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Sugar Land's estimated $84 million Performing Arts Center will use a team approach, called a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) agreement to ensure that the building process is finished on time and on budget. On December 17, the Sugar Land City Council approved the plan which includes preconstruction services for $98,500 with Linbeck Group, LLC. The company's past projects include the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio and the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. The City of Sugar Land previously worked with Linbeck, along with Barton Malow, in the construction of Constellation Field.

The approximate 6,500-seat performing arts venue will be located on a portion of 38.5 acres of city-owned property in the Telfair commercial district, southeast of U.S. Highway 59 and University Boulevard. The CMAR process will enable Sugar Land, the design team and Linbeck to work together to ensure design

decisions can be efficiently implemented into the construction project within an established budget and project timeline. "This is a complex project with a budget ceiling", said Chris Steubing, City Engineer. "Interaction between the owner, PERFORMING ARTS, continued on page 8

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With some many improvements to the U.S. Postal service to keep it viable like the Online Postage on Demand website, stamps.com, for stamps, printing shipping labels even directly on envelopes, it would seem reasonable to make tweaks to the onsite services…like the self service kiosk, which represents a tremendous improvement.  At the self service areas in post office lobbies available 24/7 like the one in Sugar Land on Grants Lake with the self service kiosk, you can purchase postage for letters and packages and much more using a debit or credit card.  This is where there’s

a scale to weigh packages. But if your package does not fit in the bin located pretty much next to the kiosk, then you can’t even purchase the stamps for the oversized package, and you must stand in line for this altogether. There’s clearly a better way, relates one local customer. “Why not allow getting postage for the oversized packages at the kiosk, and once that’s done, simply hand the package to a post office worker on the other side of the counter eliminating a wait in line?”  It seems like in private business one would do whatever it can to make an experience more convenient for a customer.  Not that long ago there were reported revenue drops in postal service operations partly due to recession influenced  mail volume, which showed declines “Customers may well look for other options for package deliveries given this little snafu in kiosk services,” said the local customer. This may be something the postal service may consider looking into.

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NewFirst National Bank

RVOS Insurance Lodge 70

281-342-4671 • www.garmanycarden.com ESTABLISHED 1865

832-344-2100 • www.newfirst.com ESTABLISHED 1902

979-793-7411 ESTABLISHED 1903

69 YEARS

65 YEARS

64 YEARS

MEMBER FDIC

10522 Will Lahman • Needville

95 YEARS

Sugar Land First United Methodist Church

431 Eldridge Rd, Sugar Land 281-491-6041 • sugarlandmethodist.org ESTABLISHED 1919

Coastal Butane Service Co.

60 YEARS First Community Credit Union

281-342-2042 ESTABLISHED 1949

3230 Bamore Rd. • Rosenberg 281-342-5637 ESTABLISHED 1950

281-856-5300 • FCCU.org ESTABLISHED 1954

60 YEARS First Community Credit Union

60 YEARS First Community Credit Union

60 YEARS First Community Credit Union

60 YEARS First Community Credit Union

281-856-5300 • FCCU.org ESTABLISHED 1954

281-856-5300 • FCCU.org ESTABLISHED 1954

281-856-5300 • FCCU.org ESTABLISHED 1954

281-856-5300 • FCCU.org ESTABLISHED 1954

57 YEARS

51 YEARS

46 YEARS

46 YEARS

McNutt Electric

Ray Glass Company Inc.

281-232-3515 ESTABLISHED 1945

3212 Ave. R • Rosenberg

8900 Highway 6 (inside HEB) Sienna Plantation Office

Charlton’s Body Repair

1131 Staffordshire @ 5th St. • Stafford

281-499-1126 www.charltonsbodyrepair.com ESTABLISHED 1957

44 YEARS Stafford Chiropractic Clinic

2719 Ave. H • Rosenberg

23120 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Cinco Ranch Office

6711 S. Fry Road (inside HEB) Grand Parkway Office

3400 Highway 6 South Sugar Land Office

25675 Nelson Way (inside HEB) Katy Market Office

Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene

Oscar’s Barber Shop

The School for Little Children

281-980-5050 ESTABLISHED 1963

281-242-3080 ESTABLISHED 1968

281-242-5437 • www.schoolforlittlechildren.com ESTABLISHED 1968

43 YEARS

41 YEARS

39 YEARS AccessHealth

2323 Town Center Dr. • Sugar Land

431 Eldridge Rd. • Sugar Land

11110 Highway 6 South • Sugar Land

3643 Glenn Lakes Lane • Missouri City

Robin’s Dance Studio

400 Austin Street, Richmond, Texas 77469

281-499-2424 • StaffordChiropracticClinic.com ESTABLISHED 1969

281-498-8270 • www.amsds.com ESTABLISHED 1971

281-499-3921 ESTABLISHED 1973

281-342-4530 www.myaccesshealth.org ESTABLISHED 1975

38 YEARS Linda J. King • Re/Max MTC

38 YEARS E.E. Reed Construction, L.P.

38 YEARS

37 YEARS Living Improvements

Sports and Wellness • Dr. John A. Felker III 2434 South Main, Stafford, Texas 77477

Successfully Selling Homes in Fort Bend Areas

Ann Moody Dance Studio

5022 Hwy. 90-A • Sugar Land

333 Commerce Green Blvd. Sugar Land, Texes 77478

Riverbend Montessori School 4225 Elkins Road • Sugar Land

2719 Fifth St., Suite A • Stafford

281-393-4000 • www.eereed.com ESTABLISHED 1976

281-980-4123 • www.riverbendmontessori.com ESTABLISHED 1976

281-499-7000 www.living-improvements.com ESTABLISHED 1977

37 YEARS Best Investments Siding and Windows

37 YEARS

36 YEARS

35 YEARS

BestInvestmentsSidingandWindows.com

4655 Techniplex, Suite 300 • Stafford

Coldwell Banker United Realtors • Sugar Land

281-852-1866, 1-888-852-BEST ESTABLISHED 1977

281-690-4200 • www.fortbendstar.com ESTABLISHED 1977

281-414-8400 ESTABLISHED 1978

14905 SW Frwy • Sugar Land 281-207-5037 ESTABLISHED 1979

35 YEARS

35 YEARS

34State YEARS Farm

33 YEARS Houston Community Bank, N.A.

3130 N. Pebble Beach • Missouri City

2515 Cartwright Rd. • Missouri City 281-499-8772 ESTABLISHED 1979

5819 Hwy 6 Ste. 260 • Missouri City

13811 Murphy Road • Stafford

281-499-5687 ESTABLISHED 1980

281-208-2111 ESTABLISHED 1981

31 YEARS

Previous Re/Max Owner 281-236-4251 ESTABLISHED 1975

12314 FM 1960 • Houston

Fort Bend Star

Oak Point Montessori Academy Country Club Groom Inn 281-499-9555 ESTABLISHED 1979

Arlene Rolsen

Bert Schmidt

Jennifer Weaver, Realtor

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RE/MAX Southwest

Jeff Smith - President

33 YEARS Houston Community Bank, N.A.

32 YEARS

31 YEARS Ed’s Pharmacy

3740 Cartwright Road • Missouri City

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

19855 SW Frwy, Ste 100 • Sugar Land

Beard Realty • Sugar Land

281-343-7700 ESTABLISHED 1981

281-413-9732 ESTABLISHED 1981

281-499-4555 ESTABLISHED 1983

281-342-3086 ESTABLISHED 1983

31 YEARS

31 YEARS

31 YEARS

30 YEARS

Claude Leatherwood - Vice Chairman & C.O.O.

Fort Bend Business Journal

Anita Milne

Serving Fort Bend County

www.FortBendBusinessJournal.com

14000 Old Richmond Rd. • Sugar Land

Houston Landscapes

Dr. Eric Tepper, Podiatrist

Integrated Pest Management

281-690-4200 ESTABLISHED 1983

281-568-7500 • www.houstonlandscapes.com ESTABLISHED 1983

281-980-3668 ESTABLISHED 1983

281-341-1761 ESTABLISHED 1984

3143 Highway 6 South • Sugar Land

1118 Hwy 90A Richmond

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BUSINESS HONOR ROLL THE BEGINNINGS AND GROWTH OF SOME OF FORT BEND COUNTY’S LEADING BUSINESSES

30 YEARS Julius Metals

3018 Fifth St. • Stafford 281-499-6400 ESTABLISHED 1984

28 YEARS Taurus Mechanical Inc. Sugar Land A/C Heating Residential, Commercial 832-731-5256 • #TACL B18036E

29 YEARS

Jeanne Gregory, Realtor ® RE/MAX Southwest

28Mary YEARS Titel HomeTrust Mortgage

Sugar Land

28 YEARS

The Real Estate Experts 4655 Techniplex #100 • Stafford

14905 SW Fwy • Sugar Land 713-854-0923 ESTABLISHED 1985

281-565-7525 ESTABLISHED 1986

281-980-1888 ESTABLISHED 1986

28 YEARS

27 YEARS

27 YEARS Surya K. Battu, M.D., F.A.A.P.

5819 Highway 6, Ste 230 • Missouri City

17510 W. Grand Parkway S. Suite 340 • Sugar Land, 77479

281-499-3541 ESTABLISHED 1987

281-342-7111 ESTABLISHED 1987

24 YEARS Barbara Montgomery

Freedom Automotive

Fort Bend Dental Associates

Pediatrics Children & Adolescents

ESTABLISHED 1986

13403 Murphy Road • Stafford 281-499-4797 ESTABLISHED 1986

25 YEARS

25 YEARS

25 YEARS

Free Diagnostic • Free Towing

9920 Hwy. 90 A #D120 • Sugar Land

4655 Techniplex, Suite 600 • Stafford

713-695-4161 ESTABLISHED 1989

281-242-8585 www.vasos-bbq.com ESTABLISHED 1989

281-690-4280 ESTABLISHED 1989

24 YEARS

23 YEARS

23LaneYEARS Pearson

23 YEARS RC Hobby Shop

713-857-4416

281-969-7751 ESTABLISHED 1991

Santillan Transmission II

Vasos Bar-B-Q

Star Digital Studio

ABR, GRI, Million Dollar Producer Better Homes & Gardens/Gary Greene

713-898-3938 ESTABLISHED 1990

Sugar Creek Animal Clinic

Colony One Auto Center

281-242-9070 • www.sugarcreekanimalclinic.com ESTABLISHED 1990

281-980-4440 ESTABLISHED 1991

23 YEARS Sylvia Hooke, Realtor

23 YEARS

22 YEARS

RE/MAX Southwest 281-207-5200 ESTABLISHED 1990

12780 South Kirkwood • Stafford

22 YEARS Today’s Vision Sugar Land, P.A.

21 YEARS

20 YEARS

20 YEARS

15337 SW Freeway • Sugar Land 281-242-2020 • www.2020sugarland.com ESTABLISHED 1992

6171 Highway 6 • Missouri City

1120 Burney Rd • Sugar Land, TX 77498

8653 FM 2759 Road • Richmond

281-261-8066 ESTABLISHED 1993

281-242-2100 • www.sugarmillmontessori.com ESTABLISHED 1994

281-545-9200 • www.winsim.com ESTABLISHED 1994

19Julies YEARS Cakes

19 YEARS

18 YEARS WJ Interests, LLC

16 YEARS Marlena Berger

14015 SW Frwy., Bldg. 2 • Sugar Land

Hooke’d on Real Estate Sugar Land/Richmond

281-565-0964 ESTABLISHED 1991

Thomas P. Arnold, O.D.

3424 FM 1092, Suite 230 Missouri City, Texas

281-261-8229 • www.juliescakes.net ESTABLISHED 1995

16 YEARS Sherrie Fontenot

ABR, CBR, CRS, e-PRO,GRI, PMN, SRES RE/MAX Fine Properties

1131 Dulles Avenue • Stafford

Virginia Mack, Realtor

Kwik Kar

Rick Wells/Broker Associate 14905 Southwest Freeway • Sugar Land

713-725-7783 ESTABLISHED 1995

15 YEARS Cathy Simeone,

GRI, CDPE, PMN, SRES

RE/MAX Fine Properties 4500 Hwy 6 • Sugar Land

2013 FIVE STAR REAL ESTATE AGENT BHGRE GARY GREENE

ESTABLISHED 1991

Learning Stages

281-240-0480 ESTABLISHED 1992

Sugar Mill Montessori School

2333 Town Center Drive, Suite 100 Sugar Land, Texas 77478

206 Brand Lane, Stafford www.rchobbyshop.com

22 YEARS Ace Tile / Eddie Allum

Ceramic Tile, Granite Countertops, Wood Floors, Carpet & Painting Missouri City

281-265-6058 ESTABLISHED 1992

WinSim Inc.

BH&GRE Gary Greene Realtors

281-634-9400 • www.wjinterests.com ESTABLISHED 1996

2323 Town Center Dr. • Sugar Land 713-398-0170 ESTABLISHED 1997

15 YEARS The State Bank of Texas

15 YEARS Witts Catering

Member FDIC 13010 Murphy Road • Stafford

Corporate & Large Events

281-468-2233 ESTABLISHED 1998

281-250-7513 ESTABLISHED 1999

281-494-6686 ESTABLISHED 1999

281-344-8338 www.WittsCatering.com ESTABLISHED 1999

11Edward YEARS Jones

11 YEARS Las Haciendas Mexican Grill

11 YEARS My FInancial Center Multiservice

11 YEARS Batteries Plus Bulbs

281-494-3737 ESTABLISHED 2003

Alba T. Espinosa 223 Murphy Rd. • Stafford, Texas 77477

14 area locations Serving Fort Bend County for over 2 years

281-240-3060 • www.LasHaciendasGrill.com ESTABLISHED 2003

281-261-7774 ESTABLISHED 2003

281-565-1191 • www.batteriesplus.com ESTABLISHED 2003

11 YEARS Home Helpers Fort Bend

9 YEARS Kelsey-Seybold Clinic

8 YEARS Mike Tidwell Plumbing, LLC

7 YEARS Level Pro

19901 SW Frwy., #245 • Sugar Land

11555 University Blvd. • Sugar Land

Residential Repair & Remodel

Foundation Repair, Remodeling and More 920 Murphy road, Suite C • Stafford, TX

281-980-6265 ESTABLISHED 2006

281-397-2299 • levelprohomeservice.com ESTABLISHED 2007

5 YEARS

1 YEAR Yoga Mix Studio

Dalyn Hoegemeyer 4623 Austin Pkwy. • Sugar Land

Senior Care • Concierge Assistance • Medical Alert Systems

We Cater - Party Room Available

12821 Southwest Frwy • Stafford

Fort Bend Medical Diagnostic Center

281-207-5359 • www.homehelpersfortbend.com ESTABLISHED 2002

713-442-9100 ESTABLISHED 2005

7 YEARS RS Water Service

5 YEAR

We sell, service and install water softeners and reverse osmosis systems.

281-416-9353 • rswaterservice.com ESTABLISHED 2007

Sugar Land Mixed Martial Arts

Licensed & Insured MPL37825

Tradition Roofing

13745 B Southwest Frwy • Sugar Land

Serving All of Fort Bend County

281-313-5562 ESTABLISHED 2009

281-342-2300 • www.traditionroofing.org ESTABLISHED 2009

2519 Cartwright Road Missouri City, Texas 77459

281-969-8175 • yogamixstudio.com ESTABLISHED 2013

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OXFORD / COMMONWEALTH – Fantastic 2 Story with Updates Throughout! Gleaming Hardwoods in family & formals. Cul-de-Sac lot, No back Neighbors!. Updated Kitchen with Granite Counter tops, large center island (great work space), cabinets galore & much more! Grand Master Bedrm w/large sitting area. Updated Master Bath, shower w/seamless glass with tiled walls, double sink granite vanity & lighting. Lattice covered deck with benches. 3 car garage with one stall converted, sheetrocked & A/C’d, perfect work shop/hobby room! $314,900 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM3702BC)

SIENNA PLANTATION – Come see this Darling 4/3.1/2 Home in the Highly Desired Sienna Plantation on a Large Corner Lot. Has over $32,000 in Upgrades! Hardwood floors, 2’’ blinds throughout, spacious island kitchen w/Gas Range & Open Kitchen Concept. Lg. Game Room up. Beautiful Plantation style porch in front & back. Loft can be computer nook. 2 Master Suites (1 upstairs & 1 down). Alarm & sprinkler system. Fabulous Area Amenities....Resort Style Community Pools, Private Golf Course & Much More. A Must See! $220,000 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM6030SB)

D SOL OXFORD / COMMONWEALTH – Beautiful Cul-de-Sac Perry Home w/Sparkling Pool & No Back Neighbors! Fabulous(Summer 2013)Renovations Include: Kitchen w/Granite Countertops, SS Appliances & Recessed Lighting, 2’’ Blinds, Inter. Paint, Carpet, Light fixtures, Master Bath has granite & updated Frameless glass shower, Secondary bath has granite & tile flrs. Roof 4 yrs old. New(2013)Upstairs A/C & Heater. Pool Resurfaced & concrete decking around pool(2013). Double Paned Windows. Hardi-siding. Sprk.sys. Hurry Don’t Miss This One! $349,900 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM4027BS)

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SWEETWATER – Gorgeous 1 Story Sweetwater Golf Course Home! Exquisitely designed, very well built. Harrington builder, built (& lived in) this home for himself. Over $200,000 in updates/upgrades! Kitchen features Granite countertops, SS appliances & walk-in pantry. Beautiful Hardwood floors in all formals & kitchen. Also features Plantation Shutters, Double Crown Molding, Study w/Built-Ins & much more! Oversized back yard patio w/covered deck overlooking a breath-taking golf course view of ‘’rolling hills’’! $489,000 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM52GL)

BRIGHTWATER – Lovely 2 story home w/tons of recent updates & upgrades! 1/2 a blk from beautiful greenbelt & waterway. Some upgrades include: 5/13 Lt Neutral Carpet, Fresh Int. Paint, Resurfaced Kitchen Cabinets & Front Door, SS Appliances, Ceramic Smooth Top down draft Range, 2’’ Faux Blinds,Gate & partial fence. 2012 Bull-nose edge Granite Countertops, Undermount sink, 20’’ tile floors in Kit. & Bkft, Traventine in entry, hall & 1/2 bath. Hardwood flrs in Dining rm. Study/ Flex Rm. Recent HVAC, Roof & Hardi! $249,900 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM4107HP)

TELFAIR – Exquisitely Designed 1.5 Story w/Over $70K in Upgrades! Architectural Flair Thru-out with Columns, Art Niches, High Ceilings, Hardwoods in Formals, 20’’ tile, Plantation Shutters, Stained Glass & Much More! Kitchen w/Granite Counter Tops & Center Island. Open Concept Floor Plan. Large Master Suite w/cozy sitting area accented by a wall of windows. Spacious Master Bath w/2 Walk-in Closets, both w/ custom built-ins! Beautiful Sun Room off Formal Living Rm. Lg. Upstairs Media Rm. A Must See! $590,000 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM1902TL)

The Virginia Mack Team

RIVERBEND NORTH – Elegant Emerald Home w/large pool accented by soothing waterfall! Great curb appeal w/large mature shade trees & landscaping. Master bedroom down. Downstairs flex room/study/or 4th bedroom w/connecting bath. Spacious kitchen w/large center island. Open concept large family room w/ 2 story ceiling height, gas log fireplace & a wall w/built-in cabinets & accent shelves. Large back yard w/sparkling pool w/tanning ledge & accent waterfall. Covered patio. Perfect for outdoor entertaining! $249,900 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM1622GR)

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www.virginiamack.com e-mail:virginiamack@ftbendhomes.com Each office Independently Owned & Operated

THE HIGHLANDS – Darling 3/2/2 Highland Home with split floor plan. Family Room with Vaulted Ceiling, 2’’ Blinds & Gas Log Fireplace! Spacious Kitchen with Granite Countertops w/ rainfall edge, tumbled tile backsplash & large center island. Cabinets galore with plenty of counter space. Spacious bedrooms, 20’’ tile floors, entertainment size back yard & much more! Hurry don’t miss this one! $169,900 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM3026RG)

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SUGAR CREEK

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CALL BARBARA MONTGOMERY 713-898-3938

5/4/2 in Sienna Plantation, fairway of golf course, upgrades, granite. $359,000. CALL BROOKS SIMMONS 713-502-8905

Gourmet kitchen w/large island, soaring 2 story ceiling & wall of windows, oversized patio w/FP & covered outdoor kitchen. $464,900. CALL BROOKS SIMMONS 713-502-8905

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14033 SW FRWY., Suite 702 Sugar Land, TX 77478

281.414.8400

www.coldwellbankerunited.com

TELFAIR - Classic Designed 2-Story Home offers Both Formal + Family; Island Kitchen w/ Granite; Wood & Travertine Tile Flrs; Game + Theater Rm; Gentleman’s Library; Putting Green w/6 Holes; Bocce Ct; Salt-Water Pool/Spa.5/4.1/3A $1,050,000. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (7514TA)

SINCERELY, ARLENE ROLSEN

Anita Milne 281-413-9732 MEADOWGLEN

RIVERSTONE - A spectacular stucco & stone Westport designed home offers private study; island kitchen w/granite & SS appliances; 1st flr owner’s retreat+ 2nd bedrm down; game rm; theater rm; pool/spa; summer kitchen; much more! Zoned to excellent schools. 5 bedrms/5.1 ba/3A $1,199,000. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (4CA)

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MEADOW HOLLOW 4/2/2 • $154,500

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WHITTINGHAM 3/2/2 • $99,900 CUL-DE-SAC, FRESH PAINT

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VILLAS OF SWEETWATER - Charming Condo features Living Rm w/High Ceiling & F/P; Bright kitchen w/Granite & Refrigerator; Screened Patio; Fresh Interior Paint; Neutral Carpet & Tile Flrs; Reverse Osmosis Water System; Stackable Washer & Dryer; 2 Bedrms; 2 Baths. $179,000. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (4144GR)

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CARYN BEARD BANK OWNED!!! Over 6000 sqft, built in 2007 and over an acre lot on the water!! Dont miss the great buy on this upgraded beauty. Call Caryn for more info 281-867-7575. (6022SA)

14090 SOUTHWEST FRWY SUITE 300 #127

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BANK OWNED BEAUTY!!! Over 3000 sqft, built in 1993, with your own pool and upgrades galore!! Your friends will envy you in this one!! Call Caryn 281-867-7575 (7535DM)

FANNIE MAE BEAUTY in an awesome golf course commuity, Huge home, over 4000 sqft, built in 2001. This 5/3.5/2 beauty has all new carpet and paint. Both formals, master down and gameroom up. Hurry call 281-867-7575 for your private viewing of this awesome buy!! (8115SW)

Wow, many updates, tile floors in den, split bedroom plan. grainte counter tops amd under counter lights, formal dining, french doors in the master open to pool, call now 281-867-7575. (13035HU)

CREEKMONT • This immaculate PERRY home is stunning and must be seen. Energy efficient, open floor plan, high ceilings, arches, 2 inch blinds, 42 inch cabinets, wet bar area. Mannington hardwood floors in the living room and in the office/study. Builtin entertainment center w/remote control fire place. Over sized backyard with sprinkler system. This is property is a must see. Upgrades are top notch and can NOT be matched. $179,000 (4422KI)

Great Perry built home on cul-de-sac.5 bedroom,plus gameroom and study! 3 car garage! Fresh interior paint,granite in large island kitchen with many replaced fixtures and gas cooktop! Wood in living and dining! Large master suite down, with beautiful tile in bath-whirlpool and separate shower! HUGE closet! Fabulous gameroom up,room for pool table and much more! Four large bedrooms with two full baths up! Large study. Golf course community within walking distance to school, park, and GREAT pools! $369,900 (1627FR)

SUGAR LAND , TEXAS 77478

281-867-7576 832-867-7575

www.carynbeard.com

FANNIE MAE property on over an acre in a gated community!! Dont miss this one, over 5800 sqft built in 2004. And a one story with all new carpet, paint and appliances waiting for you!! Call Caryn quick at 281-867-7575. (8118CI)

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CRS, Realtor

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TELFAIR – Absolutely Stunning 4/3.1/3 Tandem Home in Desired Telfair! Soaring Ceilings, Spiraling Staircase w/Wrought Iron Accent, Lg. Arched Windows, Double Crown Molding, 2’’ Blinds & 18’’ Tile Flooring. Gourmet Style Kitchen w/Granite counters & Tiled Back Splash, Center Island, Dark Cherry Wood Cabinets, Walk-In Pantry, Butler’s Pantry & SS Appliance Package. Master Bedrm. w/3-sided gas Log Fireplace & Sitting Area. Lg. Upstairs Gamerm. Back Yard Overlooks Greenbelt & Water, Fabulous for Entertaining! $475,000 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM1902CA)

Rare opportunity. One story on Jane Long Lake. Upscale golfing community, just fabulous. $409,999. CALL BARBARA MONTGOMERY 713-898-3938

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LAKE COLONY – Wonderfully updated & upgrade Newmark Home in highly sought after First Colony w/Clements High. This fabulous home has Pecan hardwood flooring in both formals & main living area. Plt. Shutters. Granite Counter tops & island kit. w/refurbished cabinets, Bosh dishwasher & GE profile double oven-one is even a convec. oven. Hickory hardwood flrs in Master w/large arched window overlooking cool,refreshing sculpted pool w/tanning ledge, flagstone edge & cool decking. Seamless shower door. Roof-2013. $265,000 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM2827WL)

4/3/2 • Perry home on cul-desac, formal dining, spacious kitchen, pool, putting green $424,900. CALL BARBARA MONTGOMERY 713-898-3938

montgomb@garygreene.com

832-202-9001 nlalani5@gmail.com

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COMMONWEALTH PARK – Stunning updated & upgraded Newmark Hm in the desirable Commonwealth. Highly Rated Schools, Low taxes & wooded parks, playgrounds, pools, splash pad & tennis courts. This gorgeous home has lots of Hardwood flring downstairs & up. Carpet in only 2 bedrooms up-new(7/13). New 2’’ blinds(7/13). Gourmet Kit. w/ granite, ss.appl. 2-headed shower w/frameless glass dr. New spa heater(7/13). Recent paint. Lg. covered Patio w/ceiling fan. Sculpted pool/spa-resurfaced(12). Lushly landscaped w/sprkler sys. $409,900 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM22BF)

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GARY GREENE

CONTACT: 281-460-4236 cell 281-980-5050 office 281-980-5426 fax kanderson@garygreen.com

www.kandersonhomes.com

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SIENNA PLANTATION - Charming 1 story all brick ‘Plantation’ home. Light & bright w/high ceilings & skylights. Gleaming hardwood floors in entry and DR. Master suite in rear of home with beautiful bamboo flooring. A must see!. $219,000. MLS# 2348395. (3434CC)

BRIGHTWATER - Looking for a well kept 4 BR home with a pool? Here it is. Peaceful and private backyard and mature landscaping. Enjoy the Brightwater amenities which include lake, walking trails, pool, garden club, social events and much more. Make this your home today! $259,000. MLS# 27384894. (4614PE)

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ISD reading specialists (representing 49 campuses) held their “Books for Babies” event to benefit students enrolled in the District’s Pregnancy Education and Parenting (PEP) Program and their children. Dr. Teresa Grimm, Dyslexia Coordinator, and Dulles Elementary School Reading Specialist Rhonda McCoy presented 97 books to PEP Program staff on behalf of the District’s reading specialists. “The first teachers children have are their parents, and we want to ensure that our PEP students are equipped to prepare their children to become avid readers by providing books that they can enjoy during their cuddle times at home,” said Dr. Grimm.

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school and now I find out that classrooms haven't been used at Jacobs is taking paper and capacity, I've lost all faith in this computer generated floor plans district". By Elsa Maxey from the district and converting Max Cleaver, the district's When the first meeting them to one consistent format Chief Operations Officer, said that of the Fort Bend County to be uploaded into Jacobs map he is comfortable with the Jacobs Commissioners Court was held at software program for the district's numbers. the newly renovated courthouse use.  "Every high school has 12 to in Richmond built over 100 Part of the data gathering for 15 rooms that were called "special years ago, a sentiment about the the software program involved teaching stations" but they did not option for the governing body to calculating square footage, space count for capacity.  I don't know move back to its former meeting inventory and classroom capacity why because there are students in site may well be exercised. “We in order to determine which there every period", Cleaver said. may move it back to the Travis rooms are over and under utilized. Board president, Jim Rice, Trustee Jenny Bailey asked several safety questions Building, if we find significant questioned the difference between including key card access to doors problems with this building,” Fort Bend County Commissioners recently met in the newly renovated Jacobs' capacity numbers with and whether schools needed said Judge Bob Hebert during historic courthouse in Richmond planned for dedication in January. those of the district's former additional security cameras. consideration of an agenda demographer, Justin Silhavy. Facilities Director, John item requiring that the move be columns.” In a nutshell about the "It's no wonder the community Holmes, said that a survey has formally acted on in accordance the meeting promptly started at 1 columns, it was between having doesn't trust us", Bailey said.  "If been done on the security camera with a local government code. p.m., in his welcoming remarks I've been zoned to a different issue and they hope to present The inaugural meeting at the Judge Hebert said, “as you can them or “having the roof fall in renovated historic courthouse on see we’re trying to get used to on us while we’re meeting,” he Jackson Street in Room 203 took these facilities, it is a change,” and quipped. TV monitors for viewing place on December 17. When “there’s a lot of work to be done.” were mounted in the meeting Logistic issues include the room and other improvements are height of the podium in the room. still in the making. “No matter FORT BEND of the job that Chief Krahn and STAFFORD, continued from page 1 DRIVING SCHOOL “We’re trying to get the podium where you sit in the courthouse, the Stafford Police Department short enough that people can use you’ll be able to view anything Serving the students of Mayor Scarcella pointedly do for the City, but warned that that’s on exhibit up here, I am Fort Bend for over 25 years it without blocking the view,” he stated, “I don’t think this is a “next year’s salaries could be said, also noting “there’s nothing told,” said Judge Hebert. FortBendDrivingSchool.com we can do about those two good deal. I don’t think this cut” if the City is faced with a A dedication of the restored is a fair deal.” He had “great budget shortfall. Chief Krahn 1908 courthouse is planned for concern” over one group of explained that the playing January and that’s “when we’ll have all the bugs worked out,” he employees receiving certification field is different for officers. pay while another group did If an officer is convicted of said. Show Us Your Telephone Bill! a DWI, “his career is over.” During the massive restoration not. “My job is to have a level playing field for everyone and If an employee of the City of the courthouse building, there For about the same price you’re paying compensate appropriately.” The is convicted of a DWI, he is were additions to the original AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, Mayor stressed how proud he is not even required to report it. structure that were removed to restore the courthouse to its Windstream or any telephone majestic condition. A recorded company, we can install a historic landmark, the renovated complete VoIP telephone system. Fort Bend County Courthouse represents the fifth courthouse for • Free Maintenance Stalling, 22, is a Houston resident. Fort Bend County. The structure DEMETRIUS, continued from page 1 CALL FOR He is a black male who is 6' and was built in 1908 and dedicated in • Free Programming A QUOTE weighs more than 250 pounds. 1909. Its exterior styling features a and a 14-year-old juvenile. They • Free Domestic LD are all identified as Houston The case remains under dome, the scales of justice statue, • Voice Mail to E-mail residents. investigation and details and cornices of copper with the At press time, sheriff’s surrounding the crime have yet interior having a 3-story rotunda. • Auto Disaster Routing detectives are asking the public to to be released. 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their findings along with the results of the technology survey in March. Bailey asked if the district had the money to pay for the facilities needs assessment findings. "Ultimately we are going to have to prioritize and make some hard decisions about whether we are going to use existing bond funds", said Superintendent Charles Dupre.  "We know we are headed toward a bond but there are other ways to fund some of this work that we'll consider doing as well." Dupre said the next step would be for the staff to put together a comprehensive package for the board's consideration about what projects the district decides to take on, the timeline and how it will be funded.

Sheriff rolled and patrolled that evening he spied a car, parked in the deep recesses, secreted by the shadows…. Now you know what he was think’n … I got me a burglar! Well, as things shook out, imagine their surprise, when it was the Sheriff that broke up their Christmas interlude and…

you can only imagine this … when he realized they weren’t burglars! It is quite a change to see the Big Guns out work’n with the troops, not just roll’n around in his county car. Makes ya’ wonder what he has planned for New Year’s Eve.  

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Chief Krahn also mentioned that other employees do not typically risk getting shot on the job. The Mayor clarified, “When you put policies in place for your employees they need to be fair.” A motion was made to move forward on the salary increase and reclassification recommendations for the sworn and non-sworn employees of the police department. The motion passed 5 to 2.

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warning), Sheriff Troy Nehls was out answering calls for service with his troops. Who could ever have imagined a Sheriff answering calls for service, much less, on Christmas evening?     Story goes that as the

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FISHERS OF MEN LUTHERAN CHURCH (LCMS) • 281-242-7711 2011 Austin Parkway - Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.fishersofmen.org Sunday Worship: 8:30am - 11:00am Sunday School classes for ages 2 & up: 9:40am

NEW HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA) • 281-499-7611 1424 FM 1092 Rd., Missouri City, 77459 Worship w/Holy Communion: 8:00 & 10:30 am Education hour for all ages: 9:15am www.newhopelc.org

FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH, LCMS 281-242-7729 800 Brooks St., Sugar Land Sunday: 8:00 am Traditional Worship 9:15 am Sunday School 10:30 am Contemporary Worship (Nursery Available) 4:00 pm Spirit of Life Worship NON DENOMINATIONAL

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FREEDOM CHURCH • 281-240-1055 121 Wood ST. • Sugar Land, TX 77498 Sunday Worship: 11:00am www.facebook.com/freedomchurchintl Pastor - Bryan Eggenbeger

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designer, and the construction manager is almost mandatory in a project of this nature because of the size and scale". The CMAR team will work to ensure Sugar Land's venue incorporates industry-wide best practices, durable construction, a layout that's easy to operate and one that will maintain the acoustics and sight lines that accommodate a wide range of performances. The process will result in a guaranteed maximum price for construction which has not yet been set. One of the advantages to using a CMAR plan, according to Steubing, is to get Linbeck involved in the design process earlier which saves money down the line.

"We can value our dollar and perform everything to the project budget as we go through the design process to make sure that the guaranteed maximum price gets everything the city intended it to have", Steubing said. Designs for the venue are expected to be finished this spring. Councilman Steve Porter said that one of the dangers when a project starts to come together is the temptation to begin adding more amenities and he wanted to verify that any additional costs would be brought before the council. "We will have a wish list", said Steubing. "If we start to see savings, we will work with Linbeck to negotiate that change." Designs for the venue are expected to be finished this spring. Construction is projected

to begin in the summer of 2014 take about 24 months. Based on voters' approval of the financing tools in 2008 and the City's goal to create a financially feasible, operationally self-sustaining venue, the estimated $83.6 million performing arts center will be funded through a unique package of special funding sources. No general fund tax dollars will be spent on the project. The City's partner, ACE, will make a $10-million equity contribution to the project. A portion of sales tax revenues that may only be used for economic development purposes and a portion of hotel occupancy tax funds that are restricted to tourism initiatives will be dedicated to the project. Rent revenues generated by the facility will also fund the Performing Arts Center.

Health coverage sign up deadline, but open enrollment thru March 31 HEALTH, continued from page 1

Access Health is a federally qualified community health center providing services at a reduced cost.  It operates with a $15 million budget with funds from the federal government,

state health department, United Way, insurance company billings and sliding fee scale charges. Edwards says Access Health can help answer questions from anyone about health insurance coverage and will also assist with the electronic or other walk-

through process. Its hotline is 281-633-3175, and the agency has a live person on the phone unless staff is tied up helping others. Persons leaving messages with contact information will be called back, said Edwards.

Two burglars busted in home invasion - third suspect in hiding HOME INVASION, continued from page 1

investigate. When she walked into the kitchen she was face to face with three black males inside the house attempting to remove a flat screen television. “The woman yelled at the suspects and they ran out the back door and got into a white Chevrolet Impala, which was headed toward FM 2977 (Minonite Road),” said Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel. She was able to provide the 911 operator with solid physical descriptions and vehicle information so within minutes of the suspects fleeing the scene, Needville Police officers

spotted the suspect vehicle. After a brief pursuit in the getaway car and then another on foot, two of the three suspects were arrested. However, the third suspect eluded capture. The two suspects arrested were identified as Leonard Mayberry Jr., 25, of Needville, and Alfonzo Armstead, 20, also of Needville. Both remain in the Fort Bend County Jail under $20,000 bonds. The elusive suspect has been identified as Jarcquez Williams of Rosenberg. These three are facing charges in connection with the Janda Road burglary as well as another burglary in the 7800 block of

FM 2977 (Minonite Road). The property stolen from the Minonite Road burglary was recovered from inside the Impala getaway car. Anyone with information which leads to the apprehension and conviction of Jarcquez Williams could earn a reward of up to $5,000. Call Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-4665, Fort Bend Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342TIPS (8477) or text plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Tips also can be submitted online at www. fortbend-tx-crimestoppers.org. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.

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reports, “A woman said she placed her phone in a shopping cart while waiting in line to checkout. While looking at merchandise, someone took the phone.” As Monday night wound to an end at 11:11 pm, near the intersection of Eldridge Road and US 90A drugs were discovered in a vehicle during a traffic stop. Police reports indicate that a vehicle was stopped for erratic driving and an obstructed license plate. Inside the vehicle was a man and two women; the man and one woman exhibited slurred speech and erratic behavior, said a police spokesman. “The male driver consented to a search. Several illegal prescription pills were located on the male driver. A further search of the vehicle resulted in additional pills found inside a purse. One of the women was transported to a hospital after it was learned she took a large number of pills,” explained Doug Adolph. As a result of this traffic incident, a 42 year old man was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and a 37 year old woman was transported to a hospital for ingestion of multiple pills, she too, will face charges of possession, eventually. The third woman was released. All in all, Monday was a quiet day for Sugar Land Police. It will be interesting to see what the days leading up to the New Year will bring.

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On Monday, December 23 as everyone scurried to finish Christmas shopping, here are just a few examples of what mischief was happening around Sugar Land. As police patrolled and kept order amongst the shopping crowds in a proactive style of law enforcement, they also participated in some reactive police work. Shortly after noon that Monday, in the 1100 block Lake Estates Drive, police responded to a theft. A neighborhood resident told officers he witnessed an unidentified man pull up in front of his home and blocked his driveway in a tan SUV. That man then got out of the tan SUV, walked over and removed two storm grates from the street, placed them in his SUV and drove away at a high rate of speed. The unidentified man was described as a heavy set Hispanic male. Police are investigating. At 5:59 that same evening a woman was detained by lost prevention officers and arrested by police for shoplifting at an unidentified business in the 16500 block of the Southwest Freeway. No further information was available on this case. At 11:08 p.m., Sugar Land police responded to a theft call in the 300 block of State Highway 6 at Walmart. According to

By LeaAnne Klentzman

Robbers hit two northeast Fort Bend County businesses and Crime Stoppers is willing to pay a reward for information. Sheriff’s spokesman, Bob Haenel, reported that on December 20, shortly before 6 p.m. the employees of the Get Wireless Cricket Store in the 9400 block of State Highway 6S near Bissonnet were threatened by two men wielding guns and robbed. Haenel explained that one of the suspects waved a gun around, ordered everyone in the store to get on the floor. He took the cash from the register while his co-conspirator acted as a lookout. With cash in hand the two left the store. Haenel said the gun wielding suspect is believed to be a Hispanic male. At the time of the robbery he was wearing white t-shirt wrapped around his face and a white baseball cap. No description was available on the pistol used. The co-conspirator/lookout was described as possibly a black male wearing a white hoodie. Heanel said he called the suspect with the gun “Chris.” The beauty salon robbery was about 30 minutes later, across Highway 6S at the RJ Salon. In this robbery, the active suspect was wearing a t-shirt wrapped around his face. He was described as between 18-25 years old wearing dark clothing. When he and his

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coconspirator/lookout entered the store this suspect ordered an employee of the salon to give him the cash in the register. The coconspirator/lookout did not interact with anyone in this case either. With cash in hand the duo left the salon. Fort Bend Crime Stoppers, Inc., is willing to pay up to $5,000 in reward monies for information leading to the arrest and conviction of either of these suspects. Call Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281341-4665, Fort Bend Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477) or text plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Tips also can be submitted online at www. fortbend-tx-crimestoppers.org. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.

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Fitness Connection FBISD bus driver displays act of bravery  Teen robbed outside exit. The teen gave chase of the suspects was described Denise Dolcoe has been deemed a “hero,” and rightly so. The Fort Bend ISD Lake Olympia Terminal bus driver saved a young girl from a dog attack that she happened to see while completing her afternoon bus route. Dolcoe was driving within the Quail Run subdivision when she noticed a little girl being attacked by a pit bull. Without hesitation and regard for her own safety, Dolcoe immediately stopped the bus, grabbed a bucket and ran to the girl’s defense. She threw the bucket at the dog in hopes that the animal would be distracted long enough for her to get the child to safety. She solicited the aid of other adults in the area and remained on the scene until an ambulance and police officers

arrived to take care of the child. “It is soothing to my soul to know that there is a real hero and angel around to care for our children,” said Barbara Brown-Johnson, Quail

Run resident and witness to the attack. “Miss Dolcoe’s maternal instinct and quick thinking helped save the child, and we commend her for her unselfish act of heroism.”

By LeaAnne Klentzman

Monday, December 23, about 6:48 p.m., Sugar Land police responded to a robbery call at the Fitness Connection in the 4600 block of State Highway 6S near Austin Parkway. According to Sugar Land police spokesperson Doug Adolph, a teenager was playing basketball when he saw three black males take his bag and run toward the

and a confrontation occurred just outside the business. Adolph explained that after the teen confronted the three thieves he was hit and kicked by the three thieves before they escaped in a SUV. Adolph said the teen suffered minor injuries from the assault. A total of four bags were stolen in this criminal episode. The suspects were all described as black males between the ages of 16 and 20. One

as a light-skinned black male with short, parted hair; about 5'6"; and wearing a red buttondown jacket, basketball shorts, and CP3 Air Jordan shoes. Witnesses and the victim said they recognized at least some of the suspects as regulars at the gym. Fitness Connection refused to allow responding officers to view their surveillance video. This case remains under investigation.

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Stacy Broussard, FBISD Lake Olympia Terminal Area Supervisor (left) presents Denise Dolcoe (right) with a framed copy of the thank-you letter sent from Barbara Brown-Johnson.

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In celebration of the anniversary of Reading Recovery (20th year) and Descubriendo la Lectura (15th year), Fort Bend ISD will host a celebration event on Monday, January 6, from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, in the FBISD Administrative Annex Main Auditorium (3119 Sweetwater, Blvd., Sugar Land. All past and present FBISD

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in classroom instruction. FBISD introduced Reading Recovery in 1994 at two elementary schools. In 1999, the Spanish language version of the program, Descubriendo la Lectura, was provided at four schools. The programs are currently offered to first-grade students at 45 FBISD elementary schools.

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went through the red light was not from Sugar Land. The It doesn't surprise me at all that majority of Sugar Land residents the Houston Coalition against know where the cameras are red light cameras , or Capt. Van and tend to be more careful. Der Grinten, would use the Out of city folks are not aware death of someone to enforce of camera locations hence the their stand that cameras modification recommendation didn't prevent the accident. to put signs alerting everyone.  Once again, the driver who Some who lives outside

of our city don't seem to care about safety but rather have nothing better to do.  Safety and education are the primary reasons for the cameras and as more and more out of city folks become aware of the cameras, violations will be reduced and less red light jumping will take place. Cameras are effective when

the drivers know they are active and do what is necessary to prevent getting a ticket  and avoid possible accidents. Once again , education , awareness, and compliance will do  much to HELP reduce accidents. W.T. Roy Sugar Land Resident

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Dear Sir/Madam,   Considering the way the Sugar Land City Council used a technicality to avoid putting the red light photoshoot on the ballot would indicate, to me at least, that they fear the outcome of the ballot on this subject. If the City is truly interested in Public safety, there is a better way to do it, rather than to take photos of cars going through red lights, with an assumption of guilt built-in. The better way is this: just as we have countdown clocks/timers for pedestrians crossings -- which indicate to the pedestrians as to how much time they have left to safely cross the road – the city can improve safety by installing similar countdown timers at these vehicle traffic intersections.   These timers would help motorists understand where they stand with respect to

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The article on December 25 by Betsy Dolan is very interesting. Here's a news flash, nothing guarantees our safety!! We buckle up and yet people die while using seat

belts. Intelligent cyclists wear helmets and yet people die while wearing them. I don't know if anyone knows exactly how effective these cameras are in reducing the rampant running of red lights but one thing is certain, the camera did

provide evidence of who was at fault in the death which occurred at 90-A and Dairy Ashford on December 8. Just a few thoughts in support of the cameras. Sincerely, Randolph Holford

Holy Family Church celebrates 100 Years in Fort Bend County Holy Family Catholic Church in Missouri City celebrated its 100th anniversary in its’ newly renovated church with a jubilant Centennial Mass co-celebrated by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of the Galveston – Houston Diocese, Fr. Sunny Joseph, Pastor, and many invited priests from the USA, Canada and India held on Sunday, December 15. It was in 1912 when Father George A Montrouill spearheaded the creation of the church by acquiring land at the current site at Fifth and Orchard in Missouri City. A small, wood-framed structure was built and called St. Patrick’s Chapel. Later, a new church was established in a donated building and land in Stafford and re- named Holy Family. By 1948, a new church had been built, but it eventually became too small for the burgeoning parish. To accommodate the growing congregation, the parish returned to its original site in Missouri City in 1974, after building the current classroom and office building. Mass was held in the Hall until the current church was finished in 1979.

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Fort Bend AAUW meets Fort Bend American Association of University Women branch will meet Thursday, January 9, Sugar Land Campus of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, 6 p.m. to learn about the new Paleo exhibit and other updates. The public is invited to attend the meeting. Membership is open to everyone with an associate or higher degree. For more info please go to www.fortbend.tx.aauw.net.

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Local DAR Chapter to meet Fort Bend Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 10:30-12:30, chapel of the First United Methodist Church, 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City. January program will be “DNA by Leon Anhaiser”. Contact Natalie-aggarwal@hotmail.com or Gwen jbbumdar@hotmail.com for more info.The Fort Bend Chapter website www.texasdar. org/chapters/FortBend/. Free Family Law Workshop Fort Bend Lawyers CARE (FBLC) Family Law Workshop welcomes low-income residents of Fort Bend with family law questions. It is an open forum. Veterans who are low-income residents. invited to attend. Bring to the workshop any prior court orders or documents that you have prepared. Call Fort 281-239-0015 to pre-qualify. The workshop is Jan. 8, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Parish Hall of Calvary Episcopal Church, 806 Thompson Road, Richmond.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 & 24 Free answers to legal questions Fort Bend Lawyers Care offer this free advice Friday, January 10 & January 24, 10 a.m. – noon. Available only to low income residents of Fort Bend. Call to qualify at Legal Line 281-239-0015. Attorney will return calls from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the same day. If you do not answer your phone there is no guarantee that attorney will be available that same day if you call back. Are you a veteran? Ask about FBLC’s Veteran Program.

Al-Anon Support Group Does someone have a drinking problem? Weekly, 1 hour meetings every Saturday night, 8 p.m., Lamplighters, 2425 FM 1092, (Murphy Road) in the Baytown Seafood strip center. Last Saturday of month the meetings are held at Denny’s Hwy.6 near Murphy Rd. Call Jill 281-416-9005. Interested about breastfeeding? Mothers wishing to find out more about breastfeeding are invited to attend a meeting of La Leche League of Fort Bend every second Monday at 7pm at Memorial Hermann Sugarland Hospital or every third Monday at 10:30am at St. Theresa Catholic Church Family Life Center. Babies are always welcome at meetings. For more info call Erin: 281-325-0618, Laura: 281-277-4989, Lisa: 281-710-7171, Briana: brianavalencia@gmail.com.

JANUARY 17, 18, 24, & 25 Austin HS Wizard of Oz Austin High School’s Fine Arts Department to present Wizard of Oz, Jan. 17, 18, 24, 25 at Stephen F. Austin Playhouse, 3434 Pheasant Creek Drive, Sugar Land. Tickets in advance – $10 for adults and $6 for students.Tickets at the door will be $12 for adults and $8 for students. For more information call 281-634-2071.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 AHS ProGrad garage sale Austin High School to have garage sale Sat., Jan. 18, 8a.m.-1 p.m., Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Territory Blvd, Sugar Land. Treasures await you. All proceeds benefit ProGrad. For more information: austinbulldogprograd.weebly.com Free screening of “Apart” Come & see the movie “Apart” in 3rd Street Park, downtown Rosenberg on Saturday, January 18, 6 p.m. International promotional posters displayed at the fountain. Box lunch, drink & movie DVD to take home available for $15 from Another Time Soda Fountain & Cafe. Josh Danziger, former Richmond resident starred & coproduced the movie shot locally.

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Missouri City Green Electronics Recycling Event is January 11 Start 2014 off right by properly recycling your unwanted electronics. Missouri City Green is hosting a free Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, January 11 from 9am to 1pm in the Public Safety Headquarters parking lot located at 3849 Cartwright Road in Missouri City. This event is open to everyone and accepts a wide range of household electronics. View the full list of acceptable items at HYPERLINK "http:// www.missouricitygreen.org" www.missouricitygreen.org. Missouri City Green is the city’s Keep Texas Beautiful affiliate and a non-profit organization that seeks to foster and encourage local residents to take responsibility in the community through recycling, planting native trees and plants and other earth-friendly activities. For questions or more information, email info@ missouricitygreen.org.

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January 1, 2014 - Fort Bend Community Newspaper