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Fort Bend ISD's Board of Trustees reviewed the preliminary report by educational facility planning firm DejongRichter at a December 16 board workshop. The board also reviewed a preliminary assessment from Jacobs Engineering which found $448 million in facility needs over the next five years. "The probability of you addressing all $448 million is very slim", Tracy Richter of Dejong-Richter told the board. "There is a financial cap that you're going to have because the community will not support things past a certain point." The Dejong-Richter report was the result of a series of community dialogue meetings and an online survey that looked at the three geographic planning areas in the district: Area A in the north and west; Area B in the south and Area C in the east. Richter said 1,100 people attended the meetings and 1,500 online and written surveys were submitted. "Community meetings can get uncomfortable but your community did not, at any point, make this process uncomfortable", Richter said. "They came with a concern, expressed their concern and left feeling like they had been heard". The Dejong-Richter report FBISD, continued on page 5 H1N1 virus widespread Ready or not - area in the midst of flu season the flu and three other adult deaths in Harris County, three in Dallas, five in Beaumont, Flu season is ramping up one in Austin, and three in and reports from health officials Longview related to flu with indicate that H1N1, formerly others possibly yet to be reported called the swine flu, has arrived from other parts of the state. in Fort Bend County. No longer Health officials advise those considered pandemic but part who are presently sick to see of the flu season, the swine flu their doctor if they suspect they reference of H1N1 was due to have the flu so they can be a virus similar to those found treated, especially if they are in a in pigs. But it probably won’t high risk group with respiratory conditions such as asthma. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) further recommends everyone six months and older be vaccinated, and should speak to a health care provider about the best type of flu vaccine for Fort Bend County Judge Bob 1935 addition to their original them. A nasal spray version is Hebert, Commissioners Richard beauty, and includes modern available for healthy persons Morrison, Grady Prestage, day functionality to provide the 2 to 49 years who are not Andy Meyers, and James necessary office environments pregnant, and a high-dose Patterson; and County Attorney for the Fort Bend County Roy Cordes invite the citizens Judge’s office and the Fort Bend vaccine is approved for people 65 and older, according to of Fort Bend County to the County Attorney’s office. DSHS. This year’s flu vaccine Re-Dedication of the Historic The Historic Landmark will Courthouse on January 19, at also be the new home of the Fort reportedly includes protection against the most common flu 2:30pm; which is the 105th Bend Historical Commission strains, including H1N1. Anniversary of its dedication in and Commissioners Court. Influenza typically peaks in 1909. Tours will be available after the January and February and a flu In the last 12 months, the $5.8 official re-dedication. million rehabilitation project For more information, please shot is reported to still be the has substantially transformed call the County Judge's office at best way to avoid the flu. But take note, it takes about two the 1909 Courthouse and the 281-341-8608. weeks after the vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against the influenza virus infection. Although a flu shot is one of the best ways to stop the spread of the flu, it can also be done by covering coughs and sneezes, washing one’s hands frequently with soap and water or a hand sanitizer, and staying home if you’re sick. For more information on influenza and the importance of getting vaccinated, area residents are asked to call Fort Bend County Department of Health and Human Services, 281- 342-6414. Historic Courthouse Re-dedication By Elsa Maxey STAFFORD CENTRE SHOW HOURS: Saturday 9am-7pm • Sunday 10am-6pm FREE Parking SugarLandHomeAndGarden.com Fort Bend’s most in-depth news coverage • Check our website FortBendStar.com FBISD board reviews school zoning and capacity options By Betsy Dolan january 25 & 26 be called that much longer. Texas is among six states with increasing H1N1 flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control. There are several reported deaths in the state believed to have influenza complications being linked to the swine flu – a man testing positive for H1N1 with an illness that began as bacterial pneumonia, a Houston teen’s death from Fort Bend County historic courthouse re-dedication set for Sunday, January 19 Wednesday, January 8, 2014 Rededication of the Margaret Havens Library tells story of “Remarkable Woman” By Karen Daniels Though it wasn’t a dark and stormy night, the cold weather and warm gathering at Stafford MSD library to rededicate the Margaret Havens Library Media Center on Monday, January 6 was as memorable as the famous first line. Margaret Scarcella Havens (1918-2008) gave 57 years of her life to education by introducing thousands of students to “the wonderful world of reading.” After Superintendant Dr. Lance Hindt thanked the SMSD Board of Trustees and Stafford City Council for their leadership, and Trustee President Ed Castillo spoke about the strategic vision plan that had brought them to this day, a more intimate picture of Margaret Havens was provided. Growing up during the depression in a small town outside of Bryan, Texas, Margaret was sent by her father to Missouri City to attend high school so that she could get a better education. Sadie Williams, President of the Stafford Historical Society, added that Margaret was Shown are SMSD Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt, Trustee President Ed Castillo, Congressman Al Green, and Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella. “always seeking the very best for children” first in educator, then as a administrator, and finally as a trustee. Mayor Leonard Scarcella is the only child of Margaret Havens and Leon Scarcella, and expressed his “deep appreciation” as he explained that his grandfather, a farmer with one year of education, only had enough money to send Margaret to college for 2 ½ years. So, that’s what she did—attended Margaret Havens REDEDICATION, continued on page 5 All in; all done Last and final murder suspect arrested in Minnesota By LeaAnne Klentzman Sheriff’s investigators have been searching for 22 year old Demetrius “Meach” Levale Stalling since early December for his suspected involvement in a December 4, 2013 Townewest murder. According to authorities, Stalling, in association with Houstonians Martin Ferrel, 20, Cynthia Sandoval, 38, Shakur Briggs, 18 and Robert McClure, 22, and an unidentified juvenile were involved with the murder of Antonio Cesar Hinojosa. On December 4, 2013, 32-yearold Hinojosa was found murdered in his residence in the 14200 block of Bay Gardens Drive in the Townewest subdivision. According to Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel, deputies responded to a call for service at the home after Hinojosa’s brother found his body in the residence. Five of the six suspects were arrested within days but Stalling managed to elude authorities by leaving the state. Heanel said Investigators learned that Stalling had family and friends in Minneapolis so they expanded their search to include authorities in that area. “Demetrius “Meach” Levale Stalling, 22, was apprehended Winning isn’t everything. Saving hundreds on car insurance is. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 by the Minneapolis Police Department in Minneapolis, MN.,” said Haenel. While Stalling’s arrest was not until January, the initial arrests in this case were made within days of the murder. Stalling faces extradition back to Fort Bend County on a murder charge; his co-conspirators remain in jail each on $500,000 bond for murder. Along with murder charges, Martin Ferrel has another bond of $50,000 for an additional Demetrius Stalling charge of credit card abuse; Sandoval faces additional charges of credit card abuse with a bond of $50,000 and theft bond of $25,000; McClure was also wanted on a parole violation. How to earn a PhD in crime waiting to scoop up his sorry self, right there, right outta’ the A west Fort Bend County man wreckage. But wait!!! Now he has earned his PhD in crime. Ya’ wants to see if the po-po can see, there was this guy, run! he was tootling along Yep, after making the streets of Richmond them chase him, wreck’n when a local police out his car, he wants to officer tried to stop him out run’m. on outstanding warrants. CRIMINAL So off to jail he goes OF THE WEEK Umm hum, they know on outstanding warrants, ya’ well enough to know you on a litany of traffic violations, sight? Never gonna work out evading arrest or detention and well… So, he refuses to stop and most importantly…making the …. bolts. Hard to imagine, but a po-po RUN!!! pursuit ensues. After they arrive at the Then the no-drive’n-fool hoosegow, it was determined wrecks out. That’s right; he piles he is also wanted in Wharton up his car in a single vehicle and Sealy. Yessum, a PhD in accident…with the po-po just crime…Pile it high and Deep! By LeaAnne Klentzman DUMB TOM MALER 4405 Highway 6 • Sugar Land 281-203-6900 Some discounts, coverages, payment plans and features are not available in all states or all GEICO companies. GEICO is a registered service mark of Government Employees Insurance Company, Washington, D.C. 20076; a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary. GEICO Gecko image © 1999-2012. © 2012 GEICO.