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Today, every county resident who is U.S. citizen over the age of 18 meeting voter eligibility requirements may register to vote and will have VOTER, continued on page 4 New Missouri City motorcycle patrol hits the road Photo by Chris Ramsey Although the weather wasn’t kind to some July 4th celebrations, this spectacular photo was captured at the Sugar Land firework display at constellation Field Friday night. Public hearing July 17 A new five-person motorcycle unit is officially patrolling the streets on specially designed Victory cycles. Missouri City saw a 50 percent By Betsy Dolan increase in traffic accidents. The Speeders beware - the boys in new motorcycle unit will be used blue are hitting the roads in a new to target traffic violators while way in Missouri City. allowing patrol vehicles to focus A new five-person motorcycle on protecting neighborhoods and unit is officially patrolling the businesses. streets on specially designed “The newly formed Victory cycles. motorcycle unit offers another While the officers are enjoying opportunity for us to be the ride, their focus is on public responsive to the concerns of our safety. Between 2012 and 2013, MOTORCYCLE, continued on page 4 The Arc celebrates athletes and volunteers at the Athletic Banquent Lamar CSD considering $243M bond referendum By Betsy Dolan The Lamar Consolidated Independent School District will hold a public hearing next week to gauge  support for a possible $243 million bond proposal in November. Driving the need for a possible bond measure are projections of continued growth in West and six new elementary schools by the 2019-20 school year. In addition, $3.8 million will be used to expand shell space at the planned Churchill High School in Fulshear. Other items included in the proposed bond include • Land sites, $20M • Technology, $18.9M • Upgrades to existing Stafford combines Independence celebration with driver safety demonstrations By Karen Daniels The Stafford Police Department recently received By Karen Daniels a $10K grant from State Farm There was a “warm, fuzzy Insurance to purchase and feeling in the air” at The Arc’s implement a driver safety course Annual Athletic Banquet for SMSD high school students. on June 28, at the Missouri With the new equipment’s recent City Community Center. arrival, what better place to Two-hundred and thirty display the gear than the 39th people attended the event that Annual Independence Party celebrates the participants at the Stafford Centre. With and says thank you to the storm clouds and lightening volunteers. The Arc provides ARC, continued on page 4 strikes lingering over Houston, to everyone’s amazement, the severe weather dissipated at the County’s edge, bringing only gentle breezes and cooler temperatures to the July 3rd party. The parade, carnival, dedication and live music—day one of a two-day celebration—was well attended all evening long. As attendees entered Festival Field, the Stafford police department proudly set up the driver safety course for the public to view. The first demonstration Smiles abound all around as these special olympians show off their showed the effects of seat belts trophies! versus no seat belts with a quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At the banquet, the bowling league, Special Olympics’ dignitaries, and the “incredible” volunteers were honored with awards while they dined on BBQ, and danced the afternoon away with a DJ. Margo Pasko, Director of Fort Bend County, particularly Fulshear over the next decade.  According to the LCISD website, enrollment will increase from 28,141 students in the 2014-15 school year to 44,218 students by the 2022-2023 school year. The majority of the proposed bond amount would go toward new construction, including a new middle school in Fulshear rollover simulator. The cab of a truck turned like a rotisserie. With seat belts, the manikins (driver and baby in a car seat) are safe and stay secured. Without seat belts, the driver was tossed out the side window (windows shatter almost immediately in a roll-over) and the baby remained in the truck cab, with its child seat rotated. Chief Bonny Krahn wants everyone to know, officers included, “Nothing warrants not wearing your seatbelt.” STAFFORD, continued on page 4 Man abducts woman; shoots self By LeaAnne Klentzman Courage and quick thinking result in the release of an abducted Stafford woman. Early Saturday morning, at about 7:30 am, a 79 year old woman was searching for cans long the roadside of FM 1092 in Stafford.  While she was focused on can retrieval, a man approached her from behind, put a gun in her back and ordered her to get into her car.  She did as he demanded, she got behind the wheel; he got into the back seat behind her.  He ordered her to drive.  As she drove, she frantically honked at every car and pedestrian she passed. Each time she honked, her armed abductor would smack her in the head.  Eventually she ended up on Dulles Avenue.  As she traveled down Dulles she saw a crowd at Soliz House of Tacos in the 300 block of Dulles; she pulled in honking and yelling for help, her abductor bolted from the car and ran.    Responding Stafford Police were assisted by Sugar Land Police in their pursuit of the young male abductor.  According to authorities, the armed suspect ran from police along the fence line, jumping back and forth over ABDUCTS, continued on page 4 facilities, $15.2M • Transportation, $5.1M • Satellite agriculture barn, $3.7M • Band storage at LCHS & Terry, $1.4M • Baseball/softball complex improvements, Terry, $975,000 • Baseball scoreboard/stands, Foster, $40,000 A $40 million multi-purpose convention center was originally part of the discussion but was removed from the list. LCISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle said Fort Bend County is considering a similar facility and the district decided not to include it. LCSD, continued on page 4 Move along... By LeaAnne Klentzman Divorce, Uncoupling, call it whatever you want... but when a divorce CRIMINAL OF THE WEEK is pending, most folks are finished living together and move along. Not necessarily, in the winter of 2012 a Richmond man was mad at his soon to be ex-wife for kicking him out of their home. Fight or not, as life necessitated, the woman left the house to take kids to school and go to DUMB MOVE ALONG, continued on page 4 FOUNDATION PROBLEMS? $500 OFF PLUS 713-983-8400 FREE Estimate Foundation and Structural Solutions Since 1840 1.800.STRUCTURE • “Setting standards through three centuries and six generations.” Celebrating 174 years of service! One coupon per customer

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