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INTEREST 281.564.1345 NO if paid within 10009 HIGHWAY 6 • SOUTH (between Bissonnet & Old Richmond) 12 months. INSIDE STORY | Meadows Place repeals drive-thru ban, page 6 the Public p. 2 Burglars crash vehicle into Sugar Land Verizon store the Opinion p. 3 Meet The Star’s new editor Star Spotter p. 14 WEDNESDAY | AUG 6 | 2014 Fort Bend / Southwest • Volume 36 • No. 50 Fort Bend’s Happenings Visit Jonathan McElvy tapped to lead Star Staff Report The City of Sugar Land looks at redeveloping the land where the Central State Prison once operated. See related story at Fort Bend Star   Carter Publications Inc., owners of the Fort Bend Star, Fort Bend Business Journal and Star Video have tapped a new management team, effective immediately. Jonathan McElvy, who has worked in newspapers across the Houston metro area for more than eight years, has been named publisher of The Star and to me, and it’s imFort Bend Business portant to the legacy Journal, according my mother left, that to Michael Fredwe do everything rickson, president of possible to give our Carter Publications readers a strong, Inc. community news“I have gotten to paper, and I believe McELVY know Jonathan over JONATHAN Jonathan can help Publisher the past year, and us get there.” we’ve had a lot of conversaMcElvy was formerly tions about The Star and my vice president of content for desire to see it grow,” Fred- Houston Community Newsrickson said. “It’s important papers from 2006-2012. In July 2012, he purchased The Leader newspaper, which covers the Heights, Garden Oaks and Oak Forest areas of Houston. He will continue to own and operate The Leader while taking over management duties for Carter Publications Inc. “For almost 37 years, I know The Star has been a fixture in this community. In taking this position with Carter Publications, my job $324M FY15 budget targets performing arts center, parks projects for Sugar Land. By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter @ See story on page 11 INSIDE TODAY’S STAR Meet Mr. Sugar Land Skeeter Page 7 A look at Stafford MSD’s budget Page 14 Tax-Free Weekend Page 4 & 5 The Kempner High football teams began its first day of practice bright and early on Monday morning. The Cougars will open the season on Aug. 30 at Pasadena Rayburn. See Page 7B for a story on and more photos. (Photos by Michael Sudhalter) The Fort Bend Star now has a partnership with KHOU Channel 11 ABOUT US The Fort Bend Southwest Star 4655 Techniplex Dr. Suite 700 Stafford, Texas 77477 281-690-4200 281-690-5200 fax THE INDEX Fort Bend’s Finest.....................2 Real Estate Showcase...... 8 & 9 Classified..........................10-12 Community Calendar.............13 Fort Bend Starspotter............14 H SEE McELVY PG 6 TTU parents, students find strength in numbers The Boys of Fall Budget Update is to come in and reinvigorate the role we play in the lives of our readers,” McElvy said. “Cosmetically, I think you’ll see a lot of initial changes, and we hope those are for the better. But where I really hope our readers see the greatest improvement is in the stories we write and the product we deliver to you every week.” Man arrested in Leonetti murder case By Michael Sudhalter Fort Bend Star Stafford Police are questioning a suspect in connection with the death of a well-known Missouri City businessman, according to our news partner, KHOU Channel 11. Eric Norris, 25, was arrested on Thursday, on the north side of Houston by the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force in the shooting death of 45-year-old Donald Leonetti. Leonetti died two weeks ago after being shot during a robbery at a high stakes poker game. Norris was arraigned on Friday in Fort Bend County Court and a $500,000 bond was set. Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey said a prosecutor from his ERIC NORRIS office has been in contact with Stafford PD. Stafford PD spokesman James Leedom said due to an ongoing investigation, the department can’t comment on whether any other potential suspects are under investigation. Leonetti, a Dulles High graduate, was a fixture in the local business community. For 25 years, his Leonetti Graphics kept busi- nesses, sports teams, schools and others in T-shirts and signs. Leonetti enjoyed participating in private poker games, including one hosted by a friend on July 17. That is where two masked gunmen broke in to the invitation only game waving rifles. Shots were fired and Leonetti was killed and 56-year-old Charles Olsen was injured. Leonetti’s tragic death has resulted in an outpouring of support from residents through the county. Ross Sears. on Facebook, offered some kind words to Leonetti’s wife Jennifer, and his children, Matthew, 18, and Lauren, 14. “Donald was the nicest human being I have ever known,” Sears said. “I love him and will miss him dear- ly. To his beautiful family, please remember you are not alone. You are surrounded by love, family and friends. This entire community loves Donald and will watch over his family. Thoughts and prayers.” When Sugar Land residents Brenda and Dave Bristow found out that their son, Eric, was going to be a Texas Tech University student, they seemed to have 522 questions – one for every mile between Sugar Land and Lubbock. They joined the Texas Tech Parents Association, Southwest Houston Chapter to help answer some of those queries and to network with other Tech parents in the area. They found that there were unique challenges from the ones they faced in sending their other children to Texas A&M and Texas State, respectively. The distance, and its related challenges, were the most obvious. Two years later, the Bristows are helping to educate the parents of incoming Tech freshmen. On Sunday, they attended the Parents Association’s Red Raider Sendoff at the T.E. Harman Center in Sugar Land. 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