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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. 47 Wednesday, July 10, 2013 Fort Bend County loses Texas Journalism Icon Beverly Karen Carter 1941-2013 By Patti Parish-Kaminski, LeaAnne Klentzman, Elsa Maxey Maverick, trailblazer, publisher, writer, editor, teacher, mother, grandmother and friend all describe a Texas icon, a journalistic force for to be reckoned with for the past 35 years. Whether you knew her as Bev, Beverly, B.K., Mom, BB or simply the author of Bev’s Burner, Beverly Karen Carter helped put Fort Bend County on the map and in the process, left an indelible mark on the Fort Bend community.    Bev Carter, owner and publisher of The Fort Bend Star Newspaper, passed away on Saturday, July 6th after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. Bev won numerous state and national awards for her work, and served as the publisher for The Fort Bend Star, the newspaper she built with her children and a few Photo ID now required when voting By Elsa Maxey The next time you go vote in Fort Bend, take a photo ID because it will now be required when voting in Texas elections. Locally, that probably means the November 6th upcoming election with Sugar Land about to call it for a $50 million bond referendum, which may list project components individually or in a lump sum. PHOTO ID, continued on page 5 trusted friends. At the helm of the Star, she served as the people’s voice for Fort Bend’s largest circulated newspaper for 35 years and kept local politicians in check with her weekly column affectionately known as Bev’s Burner. Many elected officials felt the heat from Bev’s column that consistently held politicians and government services accountable to the people. Bev founded The Fort Bend Star in 1978, a Fort Bend institution, and since that time, county residents have consistently been able to obtain in-depth reporting from the straight shooting Carter, along with her unique take on politics, policy, community, religion and virtually any other subject that intrigued her. Known for her strong sense of public integrity, Bev and her “Star” reporters pounded the pavement in Fort Bend to bring their readers insightful and concise information about their community. News without spin was the norm from Carter, and her investigative reporting brought much notoriety to the small, community newspaper that grew into a staple of the Fort Bend community. Bev was asked to share her views with the nation when she was interviewed on the television shows 48 Hours and Nightline regarding happenings in Fort Bend. Her latest interview was conducted by Discovery ID’s Behind Mansion Walls and is scheduled to air this year. Beverly Karen Carter was born on April 9, 1941. She was the daughter of J.C. Carter and Beatrice Compton Carter of Ballinger, Texas and older sister to Vance.  She was raised in the Beverly Carter Scholarship Fund established Renowned newspaper publisher and journalist Beverly Karen Carter died at the age of 72 on Saturday, July 6th. The award-winning journalist was featured on 48 Hours and Nightline for her interesting, insightful and investigative views on Fort Bend County. Most recently, she taped a segment for Discovery ID Behind Mansion Walls which is scheduled to air this fall. The Beverly Carter Scholarship in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University was formed to honor Carter’s memory. Carter’s son, Michael Fredrickson, is a Texas State University alumni and Carter’s granddaughter, Kathryn Kluge, is currently attending the university. Donations should be sent to Texas State University, Attn: Donor Services, JCK-480, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666 or call 512-2453022. The Circus is coming to town Beverly Karen Carter West Texas town of Ballinger, which forever remained in her heart; she often referred to herself as a “West Texas Broad.” Bev left Ballinger to study at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.  After college, she taught school briefly in Lubbock before moving to the Houston area where she had a ten-year teaching career at Alief ISD. While at Alief-Hastings and BEVERLY, continued on page 5 Commuter Rail debate continues at Stafford’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting By Karen Daniels At a recent Stafford Planning & Zoning Commission meeting, Mayor Leonard Scarcella gave an update on the status of the potential for commuter rail along US 90A, otherwise known as the Glidden Corridor. The Mayor is a board member of the Gulf Coast Rail District, and at their last meeting, (soon to be retiring) Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Congressman Al Green spoke on the topic. Mayor Scarcella said, "If Congressman Al Green was not pushing the US 90A commuter rail project it would literally be dead in the water." A second rail line is currently being added next to the current rail that runs down US 90A. According to Mayor Scarcella, Union Pacific is against a commuter rail being used on this track. With the widening of the Panama Canal, more cargo will be coming to the Port of Houston, and the Glidden Corridor will be a primary freight rail route. On average, 35 trains travel through per day. It is predicted that this number will increase to roughly 60 trains. It was not explained whether the Fort Bend County’s SMART Card use for transportation services begins next month By Elsa Maxey SMART Card will provide Starting next month, Fort passengers a more convenient Bend County through its Public way to pay bus fares and it will Transportation Department, will function like a re-loadable gift be issuing a SMART Card to card. That means the amount replace the paper ticketing system of money to be loaded on the used by passengers using their card can be predetermined public transportation services. allowing additional fund loading The county announced that as needed. The transportation with the smart card technology, fare can then be electronically passengers can pay for rides deducted from the dollar value by swiping a card through a stored on the SMART Card. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!  And an elephant, too!  The Rosenberg Railroad Museum presents The scanning device that is similar Here’s the convenient part. Circus Comes to Town and coming October 12 with committee members Joe Gurecky, Lisa Rickert, Doris in size and function to a debit Adding funds to the SMART Gurecky, Marcia Vogelsang and Honorary Ring Masters Nancy and Pete Olson.  For more information, call or credit card. SMART CARD, continued on page 5 281.342.5926 or visit The county advises that the 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 then, Elsik High School, Bev taught English, sponsored the school newspaper, drama club and bowling team while raising her two children Sherry Carter and Michael Fredrickson. In 1978, Bev arrived in Fort Bend County with a dream, determination and the tenacity to do what she loved. She was feisty, determined and unflappable in her quest to give the community a voice in their government.  She started the newspaper by pounding the streets, council chambers, government offices and beer joints of Fort Bend to bring her readers some insight into their community through her fledgling newspaper. As the community grew, The Fort Bend Star newspaper grew, and in 1982, she started the Fort Bend Business Journal. In the early 1990s, Bev started the Fort Bend Community TV cable cast showcasing local news including city council, county and public meetings. The cable channel, and subsequent Star Digital Studios, was managed by Bev’s daughter, Sherry Carter. Sugar Land, Texas 77478 (By Kroger at Settler’s Way) No one can pay higher than us! We pay up to 98.5% of the market value! 2 8 1 . 3 1 3 . 9 9 9 9 • W W W. K K B G O L D R E F I N E RY. C O M • W E A L S O B U Y D I A M O N D S Bring 300 $ 500 $ 1000 $ Bring Bring commuter train would occupy one of the two rails or if a third rail line would need to be installed. Union Pacific has a 100 foot right-of-way down US 90A. LaHood explained that "the only other potentially important force that can get Union Pacific's attention is the people." There are funds from the Obama administration that can assist, according to Mr. LaHood, but momentum is needed. Mayor Scarcella said, COMMUTER RAIL, continued on page 5 Dead End By LeaAnne Klentzman So, we are here to tell ya’, there is a dead end around each corner in Sugar CRIMINAL OF THE WEEK Land! Monday, a man was driving from Houston to Sugar Land on US 59 when he happened to see his STOLEN car. Yep, there, traveling along with him. So, what’s a guy to do? He fell in behind his still STOLEN car and called the po-po. Seems the man’s car was stolen in DUMB DEAD, continued on page 5 worth of Gold or Silver, get $20! extra worth of Gold or Silver, get $50! extra worth of Gold or Silver, get $ extra 80! Coupons limited to public only. Coupons must be presented before appraisal. One coupon limited to one transaction. Expires: 7-31-2013

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