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Shown front row are: Ava Gonzalez, Anna Harralson, Taylor Reeves, Maddie Gerard, Cati Law, Avery Edelbrock, & Ella Ngo. Middle row: Lizzie Tyer, Lily Winter, Blaze Chaka, Grayson Keefe, Matthew Krafcheck, Hayden Holleck, Andrew Pereira, Ben Fielder, Max Zollner, & Luke Ingelmo. Back row: Ben Burgess, Michelle Koerth, Principal; Jack Lucas, Mason Kloeber, Katcher Halligan, Aaron Santiago, Anna-Marie Nguyen, Maddie Jones, Madison Bradley, Suzanne Stavinoha, Counselor; Brenda DeFrayne, Gulf Coast Region Blood Drive Coordinator. Stafford MSD Board names interim superintendent ISD’s sixth superintendent and served the district from February 1995 through June 2002. Dr. Hooper Dr. Don Hooper is the founder of the education consulting firm, Center for Quality Leadership. His work history includes “37 years of experience in public education, serving 33 years as an educator, instructional leader, and district administrator—serving 25 years as superintendent in five school districts ranging in size from 110 students to 60,000 students.” SMSD Board of Trustees have put together a survey to assist them in finding their next superintendent. This form is available at each school campus, department offices, and on the district website in English and Spanish. The responses are confidential. The following questions are: SMSD, continued on page 5 Public hearing for Rosenberg's OneWay Pairs project set for April 8 By Betsy Dolan The Texas Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on April 8 to give Rosenberg residents their chance to discuss the social, economic and environmental impacts of the controversial One-Way Pairs project . The project would turn By LeaAnne Klentzman Next time you look over at the po-po car sit’n next to you at the stop light… CRIMINAL OF THE WEEK and ya’ feel the need to…uh, punch it - just to see what he’ll will do, just remember, you might be able to out run his car, but you will NEVER out run that radio! Sho’n nuff, Tuesday morning some mullet decided DUMB 832-500-2020 4405 HWY 6 | Sugar Land Auto quote only, new inquiries only, limited quantities, no purchase necessary. 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 ©1999-2014. © 2014 GEICO portions of Avenues H (U.S. 90A) and I (F.M. 1640) into one-way streets to alleviate congestion and reduce accidents. The land in question is on Damon and Louise streets and would be used as a crossover in the project. TxDOT also plans an elevated intersection to ease congestion at the intersections of U.S. 90A, State Highway 36 and FM 1640 on Rosenberg’s west end. Cities must pay 10 percent of the right-of-way costs for any farm-to-market or state highway project. Rosenberg has discussed donating the land to pay for the 10 percent cost. A special election will be held May 10 to decide whether the land should be donated. In an email to the "Star", Councilman Billy Benton said the ONE-WAY PAIRS, continued on page 5 9 overpasses almost all complete Grand Parkway’s 3 toll plazas open Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Sugar Land adopts new flood maps and drought policies By Betsy Dolan As expected, Allen ISD formally offered Dr. Lance Hindt the position of superintendent of their school district, and he accepted. The SMSD Board of Trustees have now officially accepted his resignation, and his last day on the job will be Friday, March 21. The Board also approved the hiring of former Fort Bend Superintendent, Dr. Don Hooper, as Interim Superintendent. Dr. Hooper was named Fort Bend Stop by our office for a free auto quote and receive a free $10 gas card. Fort Bend’s most in-depth news coverage • Check our website FortBendStar.com Volume XXXVI • No. 29 By Karen Daniels FREE $10 GAS CARD STAR 4655 Techniplex Dr. Suite 300, Stafford, Texas 77477 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • Website: www.fortbendstar.com Office: 281-690-4200 • Fax: 281-690-4250 • TOLL FREE 1-888-430-7478 You might out run the car • FULL KITCHEN & BATHROOM REMODELING • PAINT • TILE • CARPET • WOOD • LAMINATE & MORE... FEMA manages the National Flood Insurance Program. The re-mapping in Sugar Land, which started in 2004, focused on areas around Oyster Creek and the Brazos River. "We did have a number of issues here in Fort Bend County and the appeals process lasted for a few years", said Shashi Kumar, City of Sugar Land Senior Engineer. One of those issues involved The Orchards, The Estates at Oyster Creek, Belknap/ Brookside and Alkire Lake where the re-mapping showed some homes were in the 100-year flood plain. The city held public meetings in 2010 to inform residents about the new maps and possible changes to their flood insurance policies. Areas the city had targeted for development, like the Imperial site, were also shown to be in the 100-year flood plain. In addition, 8 levees had to be raised after the maps revealed higher than expected base flood elevations along the Brazos. SUGAR LAND, continued on page 5 Trial begins on the death of Marine David Stidman By LeaAnne Klentzman The jury has been selected and the trial has begun for the Booth man accused of killing a young Marine. The trail of Sean Michael McGuire has begun and the jury has been seated. McGuire is on trial for the death of 23 year old David Stidman, a B.F. Terry High School graduate, class of 2005. He participated in ROTC at Terry and joined the Marines shortly after graduation. Stidman served multiple tours in war zones, and earned the rank of Corporal. David Stidman was back home on terminal military leave to help his father who had been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident only months before. According to his father, Dwayne Stidman, in the short time David had been home, he had made changes to their business operation so he (Dwayne) could get around while he was recovering in a wheelchair. Dwayne said David was scheduled to study Engineering in college. During the early morning hours of August 2, 2010, David Stidman was on his Harley Davison motorcycle on FM 762, south of US 59, near the intersection of Brazos Center Boulevard when his bike was hit from behind by a Ford F250 pickup truck operated by Sean Michael McGuire, 34, of Richmond. Stidman was killed in the accident. McGuire was arrested and charged with Failure to Stop and Render Aid (FSRA) and intoxicated manslaughter. He was released on $17,000 bond. However, after taking the case before the Grand Jury, McGuire was initially indicted for murder and intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle. According to court documents McGuire’s attorney, Mike Elliott said, “It is the defense’s position that the alleged murder TRIAL, continued on page 5 David Stidman Houston Rodeo hinders Stafford Centre 10 Year Anniversary plans By Karen Daniels Mayor Leonard Scarcella made it abundantly clear at the March 5, City Council meeting, the very night of the 10 Year Anniversary of the Stafford Centre, that he was, “Deeply disappointed that we didn’t have something last night, and tonight, to acknowledge and celebrate this anniversary.” It is especially important to the Mayor because so many people said it wouldn’t succeed. He shared a story about traveling to see two buildings designed for the same capacity they were interested in, however, both buildings were in bankruptcy court. City Council and the Mayor didn’t let that RODEO, continued on page 5 By Elsa Maxey On the 18 miles of the Grand Parkway connecting U.S. 59 to IH 10, the Fort Bend County Grand Parkway Toll Road Authority reports the opening of three of seven toll plazas on the nearly completed nine overpasses. This is “the section of Segment D from US-59 to just north of US-90A/ FM-1464,” toll road authority spokesman Mike Stone told the Star. The toll for each of these sections is 35 cents for RUN, continued on page 5 OVERPASSES, continued on page 5 BREAKING NEWS Long time Fort Bend Lawman dies By LeaAnne Klentzman Schematic for Toll Plaza locations furnished by FB County Grand Parkway Toll Road Authority. Fort Bend County’s longest serving lawman dies just shy of his 85th birthday. R.L. “Tiny” Gaston began his law enforcement career as Richmond police chief in the late 40’s. According to legend, he was old enough to carry a gun but not old enough to buy the bullets. Bullets had to be purchased by the mayor, Hilmar Moore. “Tiny” served as the Richmond police for many years, he left Richmond when he was elected Sheriff. He was Fort Bend County Sheriff for four terms before resigning to run for County Judge in the 70’s. After losing his bid for County Judge, he returned to the sheriff’s office as an administrator. He then again entered an elected office in the mid 80’s as Precinct 1 Constable until his retirement in 1997. Arrangements are pending. More on the life and legend of “Tiny” Gaston will follow next week.