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List your car for sale online FREE at The Fort Bend / Southwest STAR 4655 Techniplex Dr. Suite 300, Stafford, Texas 77477 E-Mail: • Website: Office: 281-690-4200 • Fax: 281-690-4250 • TOLL FREE 1-888-430-7478 TOM MALER 281-203-6900 4405 Highway 6 • Sugar Land Fort Bend’s most in-depth news coverage • Check our website Volume XXXV • No. 46 George Ranch Historical Park celebrates 25th Anniversary Wednesday, July 3, 2013 Missouri City Council approves re-zoning land for apartments By Betsy Dolan During a heated public hearing, the Missouri City Council voted 5-2 to re-zone 30 acres of land from retail to multifamily residential at their July 1 meeting. The plan calls for 600 units to be built on land that is north of Highway 6; south of Trammel- Fresno; east of the Fort Bend Parkway and west of Hightower High School. The units will be marketed to young professionals with rents between $1100-$1400. The issue had grown contentious on social media since the council approved the measure's first reading at the June 17 meeting setting the stage for a lively public hearing. Dave Rosenthal, a Fort Bend ISD Trustee but speaking as a Missouri City resident, expressed concerns about overcrowding at Hightower High School and skepticism that the apartments would attract young professionals to the area. RE-ZONING, continued on page 7 Stafford to honor first responders and veterans at their celebration George Ranch Historical Park invites the public to be part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, July 13, during regular Park hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In appreciation of the enduring friendship and support of the community over the years, the park is offering FREE admission for everyone, plus 25 cent hot dogs, chips, sodas and sno-cones, while supplies last. In 1988, the George Ranch Historical Park debuted as a living history partnership of the Fort Bend County Museum Association and The George Foundation. The 480-acre interactive outdoor museum tells the story of more than 100 years of Texas history through the experiences of four generations of one family, whose roots date back to Austin’s Old 300 in 1824. To read the entire article please visit For more information, visit By Karen Daniels and Park interpreter “Uncle Bob” Berringer welcomes guests of all ages to the 1890s Sharecropper Farm. The Fourth of July involves many traditions for Americans. Parades, barbeques, and fireworks to name a few. Firefighters are also a big part of this holiday. Their shiny red trucks in the parades, their presence at fireworks shows. This year at the 38th Annual By Elsa Maxey July 3rd & 4th Celebration, the Touted as an opportunity City of Stafford will honor first for citizens to choose whether responders and military veterans to invest in quality of life for their dedicated jobs of projects that will make Sugar protecting and serving our nation Land an even more attractive and our cities. destination for residents, As you know, four weeks ago business and visitors, a $50 the Houston Fire Department million bond referendum suffered a horrific event. Four will probably be making it to lives were lost and three lives will this November’s ballot for a be changed forever. Stafford's vote. But first, the Sugar Land Fire Chief, Larry DiCamillo, also City Council will need take a Houston firefighter, was at that action accepting bond project recommendations on July 16, Graph courtesy of City of Sugar land hold a public hearing on August 6, and call for the November 5 bond election on August 20. In a city council workshop last week on the four proposed bond projects, their components were detailed by Citizens’ The Fort Bend ISD Board in the starting teacher salary Bond Committee volunteer of Trustees approved a to $46,500 from $44,750. leaders assisted by Karen $497,159,194 operating budget This budget also provides for the 2013-2014 school year market adjustments to certain BOND ELECTION, continued on page 7 at its June 10 regular business steps on the Teacher Salary meeting. The budget is designed Schedule to make sure Fort to provide educational services Bend ISD salaries remain for a projected 70,184 students. competitive with other districts. The Board approved a two The estimated cost of these percent salary increase for all FBISD, continued on page 7 current staff and an increase Sugar Land’s $50m bond election package almost final scene on May 31, punching holes in the motel roof to create an exit route for the flames. He said, "it was a regular day at the Station" when the call came in at 12:07. Southwest Houston is an area known for having a large number of multi-family properties, and consequently large fires, but nothing on the way to the scene made anyone think this was not going to be a routine call. From the time Station 68's crew arrived on the scene to the time the mayday call went out over the radio, approximately 14 minutes had passed. Larry did not see or hear the tragedy from where he worked, but 45 minutes later they learned the awful fact that four firefighters had lost their lives, and two were from their crew. Anne Sullivan was raised in Sugar Land and wanted to be a firefighter since she was 17. For three years she was a volunteer firefighter with the City of Stafford before becoming a STAFFORD, continued on page 7 Fort Bend Star will be closed Thursday July 4th In celebration of Independence Day The office will open Friday at 9:00 a.m. Golf “Fore” Student Success FBISD Board approves 2013-2014 Budget No coveting or looting! By LeaAnne Klentzman Sugar Land Police have been getting blasted by car burglaries. To be fair, car CRIMINAL burglaries are a OF THE WEEK plague for all law enforcement agencies, especially when car owners don’t bother to obscure their valuables or even lock their cars. That however is a whole ’nother story. DUMB LOOTING, continued on page 7 Mother charged with child abandonment arrested By LeaAnne Klentzman On Monday afternoon, June 24, about 3:30 p.m., Rosenberg police responded to a call at the Woodlands Inn and motel along US Highway 90A, locally known as Avenue H in Rosenberg, after several children were reportedly not being attended by an adult. When officers arrived on the Sarah Gonzales scene they found four children left alone. Those children ranged in age from 6 months to 8 years of age. According MOTHER, continued on page 7 Say Aloha to the new school year with the Back to School Scramble Committee on August 26 at Sweetwater Country Club.  Front row (L-R): Danita Carey, Co-Chair Rod Nelson, Co-Chair Claude Leatherwood, Matt Brown.  2nd row (L-R): Lina Sabouni, Mary Ahner, Carol Scott, Fran Steele, Lynn Halford, Allan Holley, John Novak, Peggy Jackson and FBEF Events Coordinator Carol Evans.  3rd row (L-R); John Wantuch and Ron Bailey. Not pictured, Bob McHugh; Director of Golf Operations, Sweetwater Country Club. See related article on page 6. Turn your unwanted precious metals into CA$H! Sell your gold, silver and copper directly to the refinery -- No Middle Man! 3599 Highway 6 Gold & Silver Refinery Sugar Land, Texas 77478 (By Kroger at Settler’s Way) No one can pay higher than us! 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