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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 Volume XXXVI • No. 13 Sugar Land voters gave their blessing to two bond proposals in the November 5 election that would create 10-miles of hike and bike trails and develop parkland along the Brazos River with an adjacent festival site. But voters passed on a proposition that would have created a community park in Telfair . Unofficial results show that 51% voted against Proposition 1 which called for $18.5 million to build the community park in Telfair. Proposition Two, which allocated $21.3 million to develop 128 acres along the Brazos River with a festival site passed with 53% of the vote. Proposition 3, approved by 52% of voters, called for $10.1 million for a series of connecting hike and bike trails spanning 10 miles. "The bond election provided an opportunity for our residents to choose whether to authorize property taxes to fund parks projects", said Mayor James Thompson. "The vote reaffirms that residents believe the Founded on January 5, 2011, the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Employees Charitable Foundation (FBCDSA) was established as an outreach to provide support and assistance to all employees of the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office. Their first fundraiser was "successful beyond our expectations" to help the family of fallen officer Deputy John "J.D." Norsworthy. Not long after, the FBCDSA expanded their scope of the charity beyond employees of the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office to "provide support and assistance to all public safety professionals working in Fort Bend County." This is now a 501C(3) corporation operating as Behind Twenty nine veterans honored at The Terrace First Colony Sugar Land By Betsy Dolan It was 1942 and World War II had begun. Blondina Porter had just finished nursing school and was looking for adventure and a chance to see the world. "I decided to enlist in the Navy and was a flight nurse for six years," Porter said. Stationed in China, the Philipines, the Lucian Islands, and Guam, Porter got her wish to see the world and much more. "I was on the plane bringing the boys who had been hurt in the Western Pacific to the hospital in VETERANS, continued on page 4 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. Bill Smith who served during World War II with the U.S. Navy proudly displays a pin honoring him for his service at a Veterans Day celebration at The Terrace at First Colony. Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Bike the Bend for Literacy approved projects are important to Sugar Land's quality of life and economic prosperity." While the community park would have been available to all Sugar Land residents, social media sites suggests the measure may have failed because voters are hesitant to spend tax dollars on amenities in master planned communities."I agree that the community park and hike and bike trails should have been paid for by the many developers who SUGAR LAND, continued on page 4 Behind the Badge lends a helping hand to Fort Bend First Responders By Karen Daniels TOM MALER 4405 Highway 6 • Sugar Land 281-203-6900 Fort Bend’s most in-depth news coverage • Check our website Sugar Land voters approve two parks projects, reject one By Betsy Dolan Saving hundreds on car insurance is. the Badge Charities. This includes peace officers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, and 911 emergency communications professionals serving with governmental or volunteer emergency service organizations. Their mission has three components: Officer Assistance Fund; Fallen Officer Memorial Scholarships; and support for community and youth activities in Fort Bend. Behind the Badge Charities is run by 100% volunteerism. Vice-President, Marshall Whichard, had this to say about a recent event that Behind the Badge had the opportunity to assist. "As an example, a shooting incident results in a first responder being transported to the hospital. Two small children are home knowing a parent has been hurt, but their grandparents live on the west coast. Within hours, Behind the Badge has not only wired round trip tickets to them, but has also coordinated with their local police department to transport them to the airport. When these grandparents arrived here they are met by a staff member of the responder's agency. There are many stories of first responders in need." BEHIND, continued on page 4 Bling, Boots & The Best in the West Christmas will come early to one lucky raffle ticket-holder. The Arc of Fort Bend County’s “Best in the West” 36th annual fundraiser will be raffling off a replica of a classic car as part of their iconic evening. In fact, the Mercedes convertible roadster replica, is just one of many luxury items that will help raise monies for the non-profit. “We have a King Ranch Hunt that is always a favorite among the bidders,” says Co-Chairperson, Jo Ann Stevens. But she is quick to add; “Between our silent and live auctions we have something for everyone.” Tickets are on sale now for $100 a piece and only 500 raffle tickets will be sold for your chance to win the roadster. Make your shopping list and mark your calendar for Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 6p.m at the George Ranch arena. Be part of this grand event that benefits great people! For ticket or table information visit Shown are co-chairs Commissioner James Patterson, Ann Smith, Jo Ann Stevens (seated) & Arc supporter Mike Casey. See related on article on page 5 Please join them on Sunday, November 24, for an exciting biking event - “Bike the Bend for Literacy”.  This popular event is the perfect opportunity to get some exercise, enjoy the scenery of Fort Bend County. Bike the Bend is a BP MS 150 Recommended Ride benefiting the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County and begins at 8 a.m., starting and finishing at Foster High School, 4400 FM 723, in Richmond. Mark your calendars and save the date!  Interested bikers may register online at or by calling the Literacy Council at 281.240.8181. All proceeds will support the life-changing work of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County. Cyclists at the starting line from 2012’s Bike the Bend. See related on article on page 5 Post election results Less than nine percent in Fort Bend County rule By Elsa Maxey The votes from this month’s November 5th General Election will have soon been canvassed making them official. In Fort Bend, of the 343,398 registered voters the turnout was 8.68 percent, a classic low. That’s who decided on the governance of the entities impacting Fort Bend and had a voice this go round on policy making for the items on the ballot. Fort Bend County Elections Administrator John Oldham told the "Star" that a total of 12,266 voted early in person and 234 by mail. All nine Texas constitutional amendments passed statewide, and those voting in Fort Bend were in accord, but close to being Mental Health crisis ends in tragedy barricaded in the bathroom since early afternoon with a knife. Monday afternoon, November His family called 911 at about 4, Sheriff’s deputies responded 5:45 p.m., that same afternoon to a 911 call for help with a seeking help from authorities. barricaded subject in psychiatric Haenel said, “When the crisis in the Sunrise Meadow deputies entered the residence, neighborhood south of they were confronted by Richmond in Fort Bend County. Michael Blair, 26, who was According to the Sheriff’s holding a knife. The deputy spokesman Bob Heanel, 26 year attempted to subdue Blair with old Michael Blair, a resident a taser to no avail. In close of the home, was suicidal. He quarters, Blair advanced toward had barricaded himself in his the deputy who shot and fatally mother’s home in the 7000 block wounded Blair.” of Dawn Bloom. According to reports, Blair had been MENTAL, continued on page 4 By LeaAnne Klentzman Four busted for burglary by Sugar Land Police his home on Sunrise Court in the Colony Grant subdivision. Sunday evening about When police arrived on 6:30 p.m. Sugar Land Police the scene they discovered a responded to a possible burglary/ vehicle parked in the driveway home invasion robbery in process occupied by four men. Further after a man called 911 and said someone was trying to break into FOUR BUSTED, continued on page 4 By LeaAnne Klentzman Terrance Nevels Roshanda Nfor Chazzerea Ford Michael Jones split on one of them, Proposition 3 - allowing extension of exemption from inventory taxes for aircraft parts. That vote shows 58.27 percent in favor and 41.73 against. Of all of them statewide, that amendment also showed the least support, 57.73 percent. Locally, Fort Bend voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of the $184.9 million mobility bond for road, bridge and related infrastructure construction. The county is expecting to continue to grow at a rapid pace and the current mobility conditions over the past couple of years and supporting census data are a clear indication of more of that growth to come. Fort Bend County Commissioners reported that it plans no tax increase related to the approval of this bond measure - probably some say was the reason for its great support. POST ELECTION, continued on page 4 Goat rope’n! By LeaAnne Klentzman For those of you who hail from other parts…pay attention, it’s CRIMINAL time for some OF THE WEEK learn’n. Goat Rope’n: a messy or disorganized situation. So now that you have the definition; here’s an example! A couple of weeks ago a Goat Rope’n unfolded up in north Fort Bend County, you know up there near Katy. It was burglars, burglars everywhere; they were run’n like scattered cats and fall’n out like fainting DUMB GOAT, continued on page 4

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