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R the STA ss ALL .com i r m e n’t tat Sta Do l Es end ea rtB d Rw.Fo n Be ww rt Fo ow Sh Winning isn’t everything. 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 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 © 1999-2012. © 2012 GEICO. Early voting now underway Affecting residents in Texas, there are some constitutional amendments on the ballot, 9 of them listed as propositions. Fort Bend County has a mobility bond referendum for road and bridge construction costing just about $185 million. Previous mobility bond referendums approved in Fort Bend were in 2000 and 2007 for which reportedly almost all the road projects have been completed. Fort Bend By Elsa Maxey Early voting started this Monday in Fort Bend County and it runs until Friday, November 1 for the General Election scheduled on Tuesday, November 5. For those not registered to vote, it’s too late for this next election since the deadline was Oct. 7. But for the eligible voters living in Fort Bend County, what’s there to vote on? Mark your calendars for the Fort Bend Education Foundation’s iFest LIVE 2013 International Festival & Vendor Fair scheduled for Saturday, November 2, from 10:00am-2:00pm at Constellation Field. iFest LIVE! 2013, underwritten by the Sugar Land Skeeters and Legends, is an event that celebrates the tremendous diversity of Fort Bend ISD by highlighting the unique traditions, arts, and foods of its many cultures, as well as increasing awareness for the Education Foundation and its mission. Front row (L-R): Ann Larasati, Arlita Pang, iFest Chair Shefali Jhaveri, Tracy Feng, Abla Amin, Nappinnai Natarajan. Back row (L-R): Daniel Nwadei, Stephanie Figoli, FBEF Board Member Lina Sabouni, Yamei Zhong, Sugar Land Skeeters Kyle Dawson, Mona Barai, Lisa Kulhanek, FBEF Board Member Terri Wang, FBEF Board Member Beatriz De Alvarado and Rustin Buck. See related article on page 8. By Betsy Dolan Ron Meisinger remembers January 9, 2012 well."I waded home to find water two inches below the top of my foundation," he recalled. In just ninety minutes, over five inches of rain fell in Meisinger's Ragus Lakes neighborhood, flooding streets and homes. It wasn't the first time Meisinger had seen his neighborhood flooded in the last 30 years. public officials from being civilly But after the January 9, 2012 sued for damages unless they flooding, Meisinger wrote a letter violated "clearly established law" and hand delivered it to Sugar of which a "reasonable official in Land City Hall. Meisinger says his position would have known." he was "shocked" when Mayor This stems from the tragic James Thompson called wanting incident that occurred on to set-up a walking tour of the February 18, 2009, when Stafford neighborhood in February of 2012. STAFFORD, continued on page 8 Now, after unanimous approval by the Sugar Land City Council, $4.4 million dollars in drainage improvements are set to begin in Ragus Lakes and Trick shooting... it’s only for the movies By LeaAnne Klentzman So, last week when a gang of reprobates are showing off their pistol CRIMINAL pack’n acumen OF THE WEEK at a local party, imagine, it all went wrong when one buddy shot another and killed him, on accident of course. He was a buddy. After that kind of shock, who’s gonna think clear, so they load the dead buddy in the back seat of the shooter’s Caddie and off DUMB TRICK, continued on page 9 SMSD participates in two donation drives SMSD, continued on page 8 VOTING, continued on page 8 adjacent Covington Woods. "From February of 2012 to tonight took twenty months", Meisinger told the city council on October 15. "That's warp speed by city standards. A snail's pace by mine. But I'm glad we're here". SER Construction Partners was awarded the construction project which includes the installation of an 8 foot by 5 foot box culvert along Ragus Lake Drive, Vickery Drive, Kathi Lynn Lane, Jo Ann Lane and then a 42inch reinforced concrete pipe will be installed along Jo Ann Drive. Improvements will continue into $4.4 MILLION, continued on page 8 Perfect score for SMSD's Financial Integrity Report By Karen Daniels Each year school districts must disclose their financial information to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) so that the State may determine that schools are spending responsibly and being "held accountable for their financial resources." Public schools and open-enrollment charters (1,026 total) must participate. This year, Stafford MSD received a perfect score of 70 for the State's rating system. Each question on the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) is worth 5 points, and a passing score is 52. There are four categories assigned to districts after their final score is established: Superior; Above PERFECT SCORE, continued on page 8 Running for a cause By Karen Daniels This week at SMSD, now through October 25, a donation drive benefitting the Fort Bend County Women's Shelter is being held. Gently used clothing and items such as toys, dish wares, purses, jewelry and shoes are being requested to stock at the PennyWise Resale Center located in Stafford. Commissioners Court announced plans not to increase the county tax rate to fund the mobility projects called for in this election. If you live in Sugar Land and are registered to vote, consider Sugar Land’s three propositions amounting to $50 million of parks projects and broken down as: 1) the issuance of $18.5 million for a major 60-acre $4.4 million Ragus Lakes drainage project to begin Stafford City Council alters schedule to attend 5th Circuit Court of Appeals other cases, it does help to have a presence." This case is strictly to present to a three-panel judge the argument for the removal of Chief Bonny Krahn's and Officer Jesus Estrada's name as individuals from a pending case that involves the City of Stafford. The grounds are qualified immunity that can be applied to Wednesday, October 23, 2013 What’s on the November 5 ballot? iFest LIVE! 2013 set for November 2 The current meeting schedule for Stafford City Council is the first and third Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled meeting, November 6, 2013, will be held one week earlier so that several members of Council and Mayor Leonard Scarcella may attend oral arguments in the Hobart v. Estrada hearing at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Councilmember Felecia Evans-Smith spoke about the need for this date change. "It's very important that we show our support." Mayor Scarcella added, "Having been there on three TOM MALER 4405 Highway 6 • Sugar Land 281-203-6900 Fort Bend’s most in-depth news coverage • Check our website Volume XXXVI • No. 10 By Karen Daniels Saving hundreds on car insurance is. Shown in the photo are students from Stafford Intermediate School. Fort Bend County woman abducted and assaulted By LeaAnne Klentzman A Northeast Fort Bend County woman was abducted and assaulted along a neighborhood roadway last week as she jogged. Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel said Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in finding the two men who abducted and sexually assaulted Suspect a woman in the early morning hours of October 14, 2013. According to Haenel, the victim was out jogging near ABDUCTED, continued on page 8 The Fort Bend Optimist Club Sugar Land conducts an annual fund raising event to support their community youth activities. The event is a Fun Run / Walk and will be held on Sunday, November 3. The goal is to raise $31,000 to celebrate the 31st year of helping the youth in Fort Bend County. The 8:30 a.m. 5K certified race will be followed by a 2-mile walk at 8:40 a.m. Both events will begin at Sugar Land Memorial Park, located at the corner of Commonwealth Blvd. and University Blvd. For more information to sponsor the Fun Run, call Mel Haycraft (281) 208-2838 or Bill Johnson at (281) 734-3349. Runners gather at starting line at last year’s fun run. See related article on page 8. Turn your unwanted precious metals into CA$H! Bring 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) 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 r y. c o m 300 $ 500 $ 1000 $ Bring We also buy DIAMONDS Bring No one can pay higher than us! We pay up to 98.5% of the market value! 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. 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