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FBISD eliminates Internal Audit Department By SESHADRI KUMAR Fort Bend ISD board of trustees has decided to eliminate the Internal Audit Department and all positions in the department. The board voted on the recommendation of the audit committee comprising Trustees Susan Hohnbaum, Bruce Albright and Grayle James at the Jan. 13 meeting. Board President Jim Rice alone voted against the proposal. The audit committee evaluated the future needs for audit services and decided to hire outside firms to do the audit, Hohnbaum said. The district spends about $250,000 a year on the internal audit department, but the board has not seen any productive work from the department. Though the internal audit department is being eliminated, the internal audit process is not eliminated, Hohnbaum said. “This is something we could manage ourselves. We will be doing it ourselves and outside audit firms will work with us,” she said. The audit committee desired that there should be continuity in the committee, meaning the same members should continue for a reasonable period, but the committee has not yet come to any conclusion on how to accomplish the continuity. Hohnbaum said the board should be more engaged in the audit process. In spring, the audit committee will come with a summary on how the process worked and if that did not work well, the board can find another alternative, she said. Elimination of the internal audit department requires a policy revision and that item will be considered by the board in February. The Texas Comptroller’s school performance report pointed out in 2001 that FBISD failed in having a meaningful Internal Audit department. Subsequently, the district strengthened the department. In 2006, the internal audit department produced eight reports, in 2007, nine reports, in

2008, four reports, in 2009 four reports, in 2010, three ports and in 2011, three reports. There was one audit report in 2012 and in 2013, two reports. The school district website says: “Internal auditing is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization’s operations. It helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.” Fort Bend Independent School District Internal Audit Department has a procedures handbook, which says: “The concept of accountability for public resources is key in Fort Bend Independent School District’s governing process. Texas state legislators, government officials, and taxpayers want to know whether school district services are being provided efficiently, effectively, economically, and in compliance with laws and regulations. They also want to know whether district programs are achieving their objectives and desired outcomes, and at what cost, managers are accountable to the public for their activities and related results. The district’s Internal Audit Department is a key element in fulfilling the district’s duty to be accountable. Auditing infuses confidence in reports on the results of school district programs or operations, as well as in the related systems of internal control.”

Chequered history Fort Bend ISD’s Internal Audit Director Tina Worrel, whose critical internal audit reports highlighted the shortcomings in various departments of the school district in the past, causing a political upheaval, abruptly quit, for unspecified reasons, this newspaper reported on April 23, 2008. Then FBISD’s Chief Communications Officer Mary Ann Simpson confirmed that Worrel resigned on March 24 voluntarily, but she denied the

suggestion that Worrel and Superintendent Timothy Jenney had disagreement over the time frame for compliance with the internal audit reports. In 2005 and 2006, the then school board took the internal audit reports seriously and one of the reports alleged irregularities, implicating then superintendent Betty Baitland and Associated Superintendent of Business and Finance Charles Dupre (now superintendent.) Both denied any wrongdoing and shortly left the district. In 2004, when information about the internal audit reports became public, the district initially declined to release them. An internal audit report on risk management, for example, was sought by this writer at that time. The school district attorney said portions of the report are confidential and cannot be disclosed. He referred the open records request to the attorney general. In November 2005, the attorney general ruled that Fort Bend ISD cannot keep confidential certain portions of the internal audit report of the risk management department. By this time, Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey had received a complaint regarding alleged violations of the Open meetings Act by the school board, with reference to the internal audit reports. In May 2007, Healey concluded that the FBISD did not comply with the Texas Open Meetings Act in 2003-05, but ruled out criminal prosecution. “There is compelling evidence that several of the audits were improperly presented in executive session, under the theory that they related to personnel matters,” Healey said. Healey said safeguards were now in place to ensure heightened compliance by the FBISD board with the Texas Open Meetings Act. FBISD promoted senior auditor Michele Forward as director of internal audit in January 2013. Forward joined the district in 2012. (See Page 4)

School district spends $2,200 a day to transport “homeless” students By SESHADRI KUMAR The number of “homeless students” attending Fort Bend ISD schools may be shocking to many. More shocking may be the fact that the school district spends an average of $2,200 a day to transport the students from wherever they are, as far away as in Tomball or Pearland. This is due to the MckInneyVento Homeless Education Assistance Act, an unfunded mandate by the Federal government. Currently, FBISD has 549 students who are legally determined to be “homeless.” Of these, 13 students live in cars, 15 live in hotels, 56 are in shelters, 63 have been without parents, meaning they are kicked out and 402 are in transition, (not in dual residency.) The law requires the school district to provide the transportation wherever the homeless students live because, their last

attendance before becoming homeless decides their home school district. On August 26, 2013, FBISD entered into an agreement with American Logistics Company to test a cost effective transportation alternative for students covered under the McKinneyVento Homeless Education Assistance Act. The company uses minivans and utility vehicles to provide transportation for individuals and small groups of students. The pilot program began October 29, 2013, to determine the reliability and effectiveness of the vendor. The vendor is currently transporting approximately 25-35 students per day and has performed as promised. At the current rate of spending, the district will reach the Board purchasing approval threshold by mid-January 2014. The average daily cost of ALC’s service is approximate-

ly $1,200 - $2,000, depending on the number of riders and the distance of the trips. ALC’s cost is comparable to FBISD’s in-house cost, so staff believes utilizing a contractor for this particular activity would be budget neutral. By contracting for the transportation of FBISD’s homeless students, the transportation department is able to reduce wear and tear on district vehicles and to redirect man power and equipment for higher impact transportation activities such as regular student routes and field trips. The district requested approval to continue the program with an annual cost not to exceed $396,000 (180 Days X $2,200). This amount will provide a contingency in the event that more students must be served. The board unanimously approved the request after ascertaining the details of the program.

Six flags over Texas

Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra violinists Gloribelle Kelly and Daniel Hung show their Texas spirit as they prepare for the Six Flags Over Texas concert on Sunday, Feb. 2. See Page 3.

Local GOP activists recognized The Republican Party of Fort Bend County hosted its annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner at Safari Texas on Jan. 10. Texas Senator Ted Cruz was the featured speaker. Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri, Congressman Pete Olson and the senior Texas Senator John Cornyn were among the dozens of state and local elected officials and Republican Party candidates who attended the dinner. Cruz made President Barack Obama’s “attack on Liberty and the Bill of Rights” as the central theme of his speech and enumerated the President’s “pattern of rampant lawlessness.” Cruz said President Obama’s administration disrespected religious rights, adamantly opposed the right to bear arms, won’t implement immigration laws and provided exemptions to Congress from Obamacare laws. If the President can pick and choose laws and implement parts of it, then “Liberty is under attack,” he said “Income inequality has increased dramatically under President Obama’s administration. Restoring jobs and economic growth are my priorities,” Cruz said. “American people have stood their ground. We are winning this war. 2014 will be a phenomenal year for the Republicans. We will stand for Liberty and the Constitution,” Cruz told the cheering crowd. After the introduction of elected officials by Mike Gibson, Fort Bend GOP chairman, County Judge Bob Hebert and Rosenberg Mayor Vincent Morales presented the Jim Adolphus Award and the Maureen Thode Award, respectively. The Adolphus Award recipient for 2013 was Robert Garcia. He was part of a group that formed a new organization focused on growing the party, the Hispanic Republicans of Texas Fort Bend Chapter, and is its first chairman. He helped organize through HRT and working with Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, donating air conditioners to seniors who do not have them and a health fair which saved the life of a resident of Rosenberg.

Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert, left, Robert Garcia, Jim Adolphus Award recipient and Fort Bend GOP Chairman Mike Gibson. Adolphus was a former Fort Bend County Judge.

Rosenberg Mayor Vincent Morales, left, Maureen Thode award recipient Danielle Settles and Fort Bend GOP Chair Mike Gibson. Garcia did this while holding both the office of Chief of Police and City Manager in Rosenberg. The Maureen Thode Award for Executive Committee member for 2013 went to Danielle Settles. Settles first accepted the Committee Chair for Outreach, leading early plans for growing the party.

When resignations required shuffling the leadership, she agreed to chair the Communications Committee working to make many critical changes necessary to continue the growth of the party including a new website which has gone live now, getting more timely updates to the party calendar, and designing the new logo.

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Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats at the HMNS Sugar Land Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats, a touring museum exhibition produced by Evergreen Exhibitions, is bringing the mystery surrounding bats out of the dark at the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, beginning Jan. 18. The 2,500 square foot exhibition dispels popular misconceptions about bats, describes their ecological importance and gives visitors an appreciation of the true wonders of the bat world. The special exhibition also includes special effects, multisensory interactive displays, a Gothic castle and environmentally lifelike settings. “This exhibition is a fun learning experience for all ages,” said Adrienne Barker, director of the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land. “It dismisses traditional myths surrounding bats and provides an understanding of one of the world’s most misunderstood animals.” A Neo-Gothic portal opens the way into the exhibition. The adjacent home of the 18th-century bat enthusiast walks visitors through centuries of mythic representations of bats by different cultures. A transitional area with bat portrait photography and a giantscreen video introduces patrons to the real world of bats as diverse, beneficial mammals with fascinating skills and extraordinary abilities. A hands-on display relates to the evening activities of bats, such as echolocation (sonar ability), pollination, diet and flight. For example, in a demonstration of echolocation, guests can use a joystick to maneuver a bat model in search of food using a laser to simulate sonar. Also, visitors learn how caring bat mothers are by using sound to help the mother bat find her baby in a bat nursery, and much more.

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Rick Forlano seeks Republican nomination for CCL Judge No.1 Frederick P. “Rick” Forlano has announced his candidacy to replace the retiring judge of County Court-at-Law No. 1 Bud Chilers. Forlano is a long time Fort Bend attorney and resident, who has been actively involved in both the legal community and the Republican Party for more than 35 years. “I believe my experience, maturity, competence, and fairminded approach will be an asset to Fort Bend County as Judge for County Court at-Law No. 1.” Forlano stated. He currently holds the highest rating for a lawyer, AV, from the legal rating service of MartindaleHubbel. He is a member of the Fort Bend County Bar Association, the Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association were he served as Treasurer, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Texas Bar Association where he was a long time member of the Law Practice Management Committee. “Working with the Law Practice Management Committee, I traveled across Texas lecturing to attorneys and law students about the basics of establishing and maintaining an efficient and productive law practice,” said Forlano. “My management experience will be an advantage to this court so that it can be run in the most efficient manner possible.” Forlano cited several examples of how he would improve upon the present administrative system. “The courts need to upgrade technology to function efficiently. My experience as

Forlano an IT consultant and member of the State Bar Law Practice Management Committee make me the best suited to accomplish this. Individuals coming before the court need judicial determinations in a timely manner. Our citizens should not have cases ‘lost in legal limbo’ waiting to be heard and finalized. “It can be extremely embarrassing for someone who showed up in court with their attorney, had their case postponed, but still got arrested at work in front of their boss, or at home in front of their family, because the computer system did not acknowledge the change,” Forlano continued. Before becoming a lawyer, Forlano worked as a computer consultant in the oil industry where he designed and integrated computer systems for the corporate offices of Shell Oil. As a court of general jurisdiction, Forlano understands that the judge of this court must have a background in civil, criminal, juvenile, mental health and probate law. During his over

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35 years as a highly respected attorney he has represented hundreds of clients in all of these very different areas of the law. He enjoys sharing his valuable knowledge and expertise with attorneys throughout the state as a lecturer at Texas and County Bar seminars and programs. Forlano advocates being tough on crime, but explains that we must also be “smart on our response to crime.” To this end, he would like to introduce innovative judicial programs into the justice process. He points out that this court has a special mental health docket where individuals charged with a misdemeanor can be sent if they have a mental problem and be handled by mental health professionals rather than take up space in our jails and then be released to be charged with another offense” he said. Forlano is well suited to work with the issues that come before this court since he served in the United States Air Force where he commanded a Mobile Port Aerial Squadron and served on the staff of the 10th Air Force, retiring as a major. He has dealt with individuals and knows their problems. Juvenile delinquency is another area of the justice system where Forlano believes the system should work smarter. “If we simply lock up our young people, then many times we do not teach them to be better citizens,” Forlano observed. He warns that if we do not work to rehabilitate juvenile delinquents, then Fort Bend County will have no alternative but to keep building more and more jails. “Rather than invest in jails, we

Quail Valley Fund

invites applications for filling the vacancy on the board. The Johnson Development Corp. has purchased additional Anyone wishing to run for the land adjacent to Sienna Plantation in Fort Bend County for a new Board of Directors for Quail neighborhood of luxury waterfront homes from Taylor Morrison Valley Fund should send their available in the spring of 2015. information to QV Fund office The new community will be located near the intersection of at 3603 Glenn Lakes Lane, Sienna Parkway and the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road for easy Missouri City by January 31, access to the toll road and U.S. 90A, just minutes from downtown 2014. If you have any quesHouston and the Texas Medical Center. tions on this please contact The property was acquired just as Sienna Plantation’s final Cheryl or Kerry at 281-499neighborhoods were completed thereby providing an additional 8371. opportunity for families once considering a new home in the awardNOTICE OF CONSTABLES SALE winning master-planned community. THE STATE OF TEXAS “We secured this property just as we completed the last of SiCOUNTY OF FORT BEND enna Plantation’s existing neighborhoods, so the timing could not By virtue of an Order of Sale issued of the Honorable 400TH DISTRICT have been better,” says Doug Goff, chief operating officer of The out COURT of FORT BEND County on the 11th day of December, 2013 by the Johnson Development Corp. thereof, in the case of FORT BEND Another 30 acres at State Highway 6 and Lake Olympia Park- Clerk COUNTY VS. FRANCISCO FLORES, way will be incorporated into the master-planned community of AKA J FRANCISCO FLORES, ET AL in # 10-DCV-182270 and to me, as Riverstone for luxury garden patio homes. A final 30 acres in the Cause CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will newly acquired property on the corner of Sienna Parkway and proceed to sell, at 10:000’ Clock AM on the 4th day of February, 2014, which is McKeever Road will be set aside for longer-term commercial the first Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking development, Goff adds.

Bargain Book Sale Join the First Colony Friends of the Library on Saturday, Feb.1, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for their book sale at First Colony Library (2121 Austin Parkway). Paperbacks, hardbacks, DVDs, children’s/ youth books, nonfiction and so much more at bargain prices. Proceeds benefit the library and its programs.

FBSO combines history and music It’s a bit of history and plenty of beautiful music as the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra presents Six Flags Over Texas on Sunday, Feb. 2 beginning at 2 p.m. at the Stafford Centre. FBSO will take concertgoers on a musical journey as they perform classical and popular music from the six countries that have laid claim to the Lone Star State. The music of Spain comes from Joaquín Turina’s La Procesión del Rocío, which depicts the sights and sounds experienced during the annual Procession of the Dew festival in Seville, Spain. The music of France comes from composer Jacques Offenbach. FBSO will perform Ballet Parisien, a suite of tunes from Offenbach’s operas that begins with Overture from La Vie Parisienne and ends with the famous Can Can from Orpheus in the Underworld. Also on the program is Laredo Paso Doble by James Clifton Williams. This fast-paced piece, representing the music of Mexico, honors Elmo Lopez, a Laredo, Texas native recognized by the Texas Legislature for promoting goodwill between the U.S. and Mexico. Concertgoers young and old will undoubtedly recognize music that represents the Republic of Texas and the United States: Texas Our Texas, The Yellow Rose of Texas and The Stars and Stripes Forever. Music Director Dr. Héctor Agüero will share more background on the musical selections during an informal “Beyond the Baton” talk beginning in the theatre at 1:30 p.m. Ben Hoang, winner of FBSO’s 2014 Marielle Ogletree Young Artist Concerto Competition, will perform the final movement of the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16. Reserved seats for adults begin at $12 with discounts for adults 55 and over, students, military and groups of 10 or more. Children 12 and under are free with a reserved ticket. Order tickets at fbso.org or by calling 281.276.9642. The Stafford Centre is located at 10505 Cash Road in Stafford.

Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Level l of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway “B” of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RlCHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: R63759, 0065190059611903 A TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND CONTAlNING 34.414 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, LOCATED IN THE ANDREW NORTHINGTON LEAGUE, ABSTRACT 65, IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED BY METES AND BOUNDS AS ‘FIRST TRACT’ IN A DEED FROM RUTH STOCKTON TO JOHN J. SZYMANSKI DATED OCTOBER 16, 1969 AND RECORDED IN VOLUME 520, PAGE 621 OF THE DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; SAVE AND EXCEPT THE FOLLOWING PORTIONS THEREOF; A) A TRACT OR PARCEL OF CONTAINING 15.22 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, BEING PORTION OF THAT PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN A DEED RECORDED UNDER FORT BEND COUNTY CLERK’S FILE NO. 9116208; B) A TRACT OR PARCEL CONTAINING 5.900 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, DESCRIBED IN A DEED RECORDED UNDER FORT BEND COUNTY CLERK’S FILE NO. 2000022826; LEAVING HEREIN A RESIDUE OF 13.294 ACRE, MORE OR LESS, AND BEING THAT SAME PROPERTY IDENTIFIED ON THE PLAINTIFF’S TAX ROLLS AS ACCOUNT NO. 0065190059611903 Levied on the 19th day December, 2013 of as the property of FRANCISCO FLORES AKA J. FRANCISCO FLORES, JOHN 1. SZYMANSKI AKA JOHNNY JOE SZYMANSKI, to satisfy a judgment amounting to $9,839.53, representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of BRAZOS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, FORT BEND COUNTY, FORT BEND COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICT AND FORT BEND COUNTY GENERAL FUND. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS , 2013. TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 19th day of December, 2013. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct 3 Fort Bend County 22333 Grand Corner Drive, Suite 103 Katy, Texas 77494 M. Scheibel, #1331 Deputy

need to invest in people,” said Forlano. He also proudly talks about the kids he has helped to go on to lead productive lives. One child in particular that he helped get into a residential facility was so successful in their program, that he became their shining star student, representing the facility around the state and ultimately becoming a missionary. Forlano and his wife, Sharon, are also members of Saint Theresa Catholic Church in Sugar Land. He has been active in the Republican Party since before he was old enough to vote, starting off as the publicity chairman of his college Young Republican Club. Forlano also worked as a county campaign manager for Senator John Tower, and has worked for many other Republican candidates. He has served as General Counsel to the Republican Party of Fort Bend County. Forlano is also active in the community. He is the President of the Board of Directors for the Fort Bend Boys Choir, a member of the Sugar Land Exchange Club, a board member and assistant secretary of Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels. Forlano is a 35-year board member of The Wilhelm Schole, a non-profit educational charity, and former Meadows Home Owner’s Association president. NOTICE OF CONSTABLES SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 268TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 18th day of December, 2013 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT VS. BETTY JONES FKA BETTY DUNCAN, ET AL in Cause # 10-DCV-177873 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 A’ Clock AM on the 4th day of February, 2014, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Levell of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway “B” of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 2: GEO: 4600005465002907 An approximately 1 acre portion of Lot 546 of Magnolia Place, being the southern1/2 of the 2 acre tract described in a deed recorded in Volume 216 Page 94-95 of the Deed Records of Fort Bend County, Texas. Levied on the 30th day of December 2013 as the property of BETTY JONES FKA BETTY DUNCAN, ERNEST DUNCAN, GUSTAVIA DUNCAN, JOHNNY JONES JR. KENNETH JONES, THELMA JONES to satisfy a judgment amounting to $2,084.60, representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, FORT BEND COUNTY GENERAL FUND; FORT BEND COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICT; FORT BEND COUNTY LATERAL FLOOD ROAD CONTROL AND FORT BEND COUNTY FRESH WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT #1. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 30th day of December, 2013. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct 3 Fort Bend County 22333 Grand Corner Drive, Suite 103 Katy, Texas 77494 M. Scheibel, #1331 Deputy NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 11TH day of DECEMBER 2013 by the 268TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 12-DCV-200311 in favor of the Plaintiff - NORTH MISSION GLEN ESTATES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, for the sum of $5,220.06++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on December 12, 2013 and will offer for sale on the 4th day of February, 2014 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., and all rights, title, interests and claims which the said defendant CHERYL ANN DANIEL, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS HEIRS TO THE ESTATE OF ZEBY DANIELS, JR. AKA ZEBY DANIEL, JR. had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: 15296 HIGHLAND BROOKE DRIVE, HOUSTON, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, BEING LEGALLY DESCRIBED AS LOT 16, IN BLOCK 1, OF MISSION GLEN ESTATES, SECTION 9, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP AND/OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 1568/B, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS . Terms: Cash Time : Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Precinct Two Fort Bend County, Texas By Lieutenant G. Majors Deputy Constable #73

The Brightwater Garden Club will have its January meeting at 6:30 p.m on Monday, January 27, at the Brightwater Clubhouse located at 2410 Brightwater Drive, in Missouri City. Janice Scanlan will share her knowledge and love of birds that live and/ or migrate through Missouri City in her talk: Attracting Birds to Your Garden. Brightwater residents and neighbors from surrounding subdivisions are invited. For more information, call club president Betty Grant at 281-261-5913 or membership chair Diane Giltner at 281-499-0695. Steel Magnolias. Welcome to Truvy’s beauty parlor, where good friends gather to share life’s joys and sorrows and dish the dirt, as Fort Bend Theatre presents Robert Harlings’ Steel Magnolias. From planning a wedding to planning a funeral, these six amazing southern women reveal what it takes to be true “Steel Magnolias.” This unforgettable view of strong female relationships will be playing Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through Feb. 16 at 2815 N. Main, Stafford. Tickets are $16 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $13 for children. Tickets can be purchased at www.fortbendtheatre.com.

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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Cinco Ranch Southwest Section 60, Section 63 and Section 67, Pct. 3. Notice Public Hearing Stafford Municipal School District will hold a public hearing on the Annual Performance Report and Academic Excellence Indicators at the February 10, 2014 School Board meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Stafford Municipal School District Administration Building in the Boardroom, 1625 Staffordshire, Stafford, Texas, 77477.

The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom at 401 Jackson Street, Second Floor, Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Lost Creek Section 4 and Lost Creek Section 5, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom at 401 Jackson Street, Second Floor, Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Grand Oaks Business Park, First Oaks Street, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom at 401 Jackson Street, Second Floor, Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the revised traffic control plan for Sienna Ranch Road, Precinct 2. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom at 401 Jackson Street, Second Floor, Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 26TH day of NOVEMBER 2013 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 13-DCV203795 in favor of the Plaintiff - QUAIL RUN COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, for the sum of $8,885.53++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on December 18, 2013 and will offer for sale on the 4th day of February, 2014 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., and all rights, title, interests and claims which the said defendant DEBORAH AWE AND AYODEJI AWE had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 50, IN BLOCK 19, OF QUAIL RUN, SECTION 2, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP AND/OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOL. 22, PAGE 30 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AS MODIFIED BY ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR REPLATS THEREOF. Terms: Cash Time : Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Precinct Two Fort Bend County, Texas By Lieutenant G. Majors Deputy Constable #73 NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 2nd day of NOVEMBER 2014 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 07-DCV-159433 in favor of the Plaintiff - DOVER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC, Plaintiff, for the sum of $5,417.81++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on January 6, 2014 and will offer for sale on the 4th day of February, 2014 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., and all rights, title, interests and claims which the said defendant MICHELLE HAWKINS had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT TWENTY-FIVE (25), IN BLOCK FIVE (5), OF DOVER SECTION ONE (1), A REPLAT OF KINGSBRIDGE, SECTION THREE (3) AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 26, PAGE 13, OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Terms: Cash Time : Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Precinct Two Fort Bend County, Texas By Lieutenant G. Majors Deputy Constable #73

CAUSE NO. 12-CCV-049529 THE STATE OF TEXAS TO: MOSES TAKU AYUK, DEFENDANT, GREETING: YOU (AND EACH OF YOU) ARE HEREBY COMMANDED TO APPEAR before the Honorable county Court at Law 3 of Fort Bend County, Texas, at the Courthouse being located at the Fort Bend County Justice center, 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, in the City of Richmond, Fort Bend county, Texas, by filing a written answer at or before 10 o’ clock A.M. of the Monday next after the expiration of 42 days from the date of issuance of this citation, same being the 6th day of February 2014, to Plaintiff ’s Petition filed in said Court, on the 19th day of November 2012 in this Cause, numbered 12-CCV-049529 on the docket of said Court and styled: Lucrecia Ruiz vs Moses Taku Ayuk allegations as shown in said petition now on file in the Fort Bend County Clerk’s Office. The officer executing this Writ shall promptly serve the same, according to requirements of law and the mandates hereof, and make due return as the law directs. ISSUED AND GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND SEAL of said Court at office, this the 19th day of December, 2013. DIANNE WILSON, COUNTY CLERK, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS 30 JACKSON , SUITE 101 RICHMOND, TEXAS 77469-3108 By Lydia Esparza, Deputy

Throwing the baby out with the bath water The Fort Bend ISD board of trustees have taken a momentous decision to do away with the Internal Audit Department, ostensibly because the department has not produced any results or any report worth the value for the money spent. Seen in the context of the troubled tenure of the Internal Audit department, and coupled with the frustration of the board, the decision may look legitimate. But, having known the origin and the performance of the internal audit department in the past, the board may have been ill-advised in eliminating the department. Instead of finding the cause for the poor performance of the internal audit, and fixing it, the board is taking on a task which it simply cannot find time to do. Internal auditors, by the very nature of their profession, are usually the unwelcome cousins of the administration and the superintendent. In fact, the internal audit department to function effectively and independently,

Inside Track By Seshadri Kumar should be far removed from the superintendent and the board alone should have the say in hiring or firing the internal auditors. Only when the entire board backs an internal auditor, without influenced by the superintendent, can the department perform. Even in 2006, when the first crop of internal audit reports came up, one group of trustees did not like what they saw in the reports and kept them a secret. When a new group of trustees came on board, they exploited it to the full extent. The ensuing battle between the group of trustees continued for a while. Then the new superinten-

City of Missouri City LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is issuing an Invitation For Bid (IFB) for: Drainage Ditch Cleaning and Excavation IFB # 079-14 The City intends to award a contract to provide material, labor, and equipment necessary to perform grading, shaping and cleaning out of roadside ditches along various subdivision roads and major arterial roadways located throughout Missouri City. Bids will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. local time February 4, 2014 and then publicly opened in City Hall Chambers. Bid packages are available by contacting DemandStar bid service at (800) 711-1712 or by free download from the Public Purchase website at www.publicpurchase.com. Bids must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery envelope with the bid name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Bids must be delivered to the attention of the Sealed Bid Box, City of Missouri City Purchasing Office, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Bid packages marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified.

and sought specific reports. The current head of internal audit had been there barely for two years, with a flux in the administration. Before getting anything done, the board should have the willingness to let another eye look into the administration. If they think it could hurt the feelings of the superintendent, then say good bye to the internal audit. Did the board seriously try to give direction to the internal audit department? What happened to Tina Worrell who abruptly quit? Can’t the board find another Tina Worrell?

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City of Missouri City LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is issuing a Request for Statements of Qualifications (RSQ) for: Auditing Services RSQ # 077-14 City of Missouri City, Texas is Requesting Statements of Qualifications from qualified firms of certified public accountants to perform financial auditing services for the City. Qualifications will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. local time February 4, 2014 and then publicly opened in City Hall Chambers. RSQ packages are available by contacting DemandStar bid service at (800) 711-1712 or by free download from the Public Purchase website at www.publicpurchase.com. RSQs must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery envelope with the RSQ name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. RSQs must be delivered to the attention of the Sealed Bid Box, City of Missouri City Purchasing Office, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. RSQ packages marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified.

City of Missouri City NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING REZONING 10.2 ACRES UNIVERSITY BOULEVARD AND TELFAIR AVENUE REZONING 10.2 ACRES, EXCHANGE AT TELFAIR PHASE 1, NORTHWEST CORNER OF UNIVERSITY BOULEVARD AND TELFAIR AVENUE FROM PLANNED DEVELOPMENT (PD) DISTRICT AND INTERIM STANDARD SINGLEFAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1-I) TO PLANNED DEVELOPMENT (PD) DISTRICT (FINAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN). PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION WILL HOLD ONE (1) PUBLIC HEARING 6:30 P.M., FEBRUARY 11, 2014 AT WHICH ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSED REZONING SHALL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD. CITY OF SUGAR LAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER, 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH. DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED REZONING MAY BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE (281) 2752218 OR BY EMAIL PLANNING@SUGARLANDTX.GOV. Vicinity Map:

You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 A.M. on the next Monday next following the expiration of 20 days after you were served this citation and petition, a default judgment may be taken against you. The name and address of the Plaintiff ’s attorney is: Henry Ha Trinh Dinh Law Firm PC 7001 Corporate Dr., Suite 280 Houston, TX 77036 281-879-0447

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 11TH day of DECEMBER 2013 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 12-DCV-200314 in favor of the Plaintiff - NORTH MISSION GLEN ESTATES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, for the sum of $4,003.52++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on December 12, 2013 and will offer for sale on the 4th day of February, 2014 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., and all rights, title, interests and claims which the said defendant DEANNA MARTIN had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 6, IN BLOCK 4, OF MISSION GLEN ESTATES, SECTION 10, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP AND/OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 1848/A, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS AND MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 8203 TAMAYO DRIVE, HOUSTON, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS 77083. Terms: Cash Time : Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Precinct Two Fort Bend County, Texas By Lieutenant G. Majors Deputy Constable #73

dent was hired and in less than two years, the director of internal audit abruptly quit. Then the continued fight over the new superintendent and the splintered board had no time to really look into internal audits. The current board was busy in getting rid of Tim Jenney and hiring a new superintendent. A majority of the new board had no faith in anything that Jenney or his administration did. The question is whether the board collectively hired a qualified internal auditor, gave all the necessary resources,

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING A public hearing will be held by the City of Missouri City to receive comments for or against proposed amendments to the City’s Zoning Ordinance regarding: (1)Amendments to the City’s parking regulations regarding vehicle parking in backyards. (2)The public hearing is scheduled: Planning & Zoning Commission Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Time: 7:00 PM Place: City Council Chambers (2nd Floor of City Hall) 1522 Texas Parkway (FM 2234) Missouri City, Texas Specific information is available at City Hall, Missouri City, Texas, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, or you may call 281-403-8541 or e-mail ndesobry@missouricitytx.gov for additional information. NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Georgia Ann Kennard Williams, Deceased, were issued on January 13, 2014, in Cause No. 13-CPR-026188, pending in the County Court at Law No. 2, Fort Bend County, Texas, to: Baye Erasto Williams. All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them to the undersigned within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. c/o: James J. Nestor Hrbacek Martinez & Nestor, P.C. 130 Industrial Blvd., Suite 110 Sugar Land,Texas 77478 DATED the 14th day of January, 2014. Hrbacek Martinez & Nestor, P.C. By /James J. Nestor State Bar No.: 24056034 jnestor@hrbacek. com Katherine M. Marinacci State Bar No. 24076998 kate@hrbacek.com 130 Industrial Boulevard, Suite 110 Sugar Land, Texas 77478 Telephone: (281 ) 240-2424 Facsimile: (281) 240-7089 Attorneys for Baye Erasto Williams

CITY OF SUGAR LAND

CITY OF SUGAR LAND

NOTICE TO PROPOSERS

NOTICE TO PROPOSERS

Six (6) sealed proposals, one (1) original and five (5) copies, addressed to the City of Sugar Land, Texas, will be received until 2:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, January 30, 2014 for:

Six (6) sealed proposals, one (1) original and five (5) copies, addressed to the City of Sugar Land, Texas, will be received until 2:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, January 30, 2014 for:

RFP NO. 2014-05 CONVENTION / CONFERENCE CENTER MARKET ANALYSIS BIDDER’S NAME, ADDRESS, AND DUE DATE.

RFP NO. 2014-04 RETAIL STUDY BIDDER’S NAME, ADDRESS, AND DUE DATE.

Sealed bids shall be appropriately marked as shown.

Sealed bids shall be appropriately marked as shown.

Respondent shall sign and date the proposal. Proposals that are not signed and dated will be rejected.

Respondent shall sign and date the proposal. Proposals that are not signed and dated will be rejected.

Signed and sealed proposals shall be delivered to the Office of the City Secretary, on or before 2:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, January 30, 2014. City of Sugar Land, City Hall, Suite 122, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. All proposals received after the appointed time shall be returned to bidder unopened. Notice of the award of contract shall be given by the City within ninety (90) days following the date of bid opening.

Signed and sealed proposals shall be delivered to the Office of the City Secretary, on or before 2:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, January 30, 2014. City of Sugar Land, City Hall, Suite 122, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. All proposals received after the appointed time shall be returned to bidder unopened. Notice of the award of contract shall be given by the City within ninety (90) days following the date of bid opening.

The City reserves the right to revise or amend the specifications prior to the date set for opening of proposals. Such revisions or amendments, if any, will be announced by addenda or addendum to the specifications. Copies of such addenda so issued will be furnished to all prospective bidders and may or may not affect the bid opening date.

The City reserves the right to revise or amend the specifications prior to the date set for opening of proposals. Such revisions or amendments, if any, will be announced by addenda or addendum to the specifications. Copies of such addenda so issued will be furnished to all prospective bidders and may or may not affect the bid opening date.

The City of Sugar Land reserves the right to reject any and all proposal and to waive informalities in bids received. The award will be made to the lowest responsible bidder based on the evaluation criteria provided in the RFP.

The City of Sugar Land reserves the right to reject any and all proposal and to waive informalities in bids received. The award will be made to the lowest responsible bidder based on the evaluation criteria provided in the RFP.

Proposal documents may be secured from City of Sugar Land Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, or by registering at www.publicpurchase.com. Registration is free. All bid documents, amendments and other information relating to the bid will be posted on this site.

Proposal documents may be secured from City of Sugar Land Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, or by registering at www.publicpurchase.com. Registration is free. All bid documents, amendments and other information relating to the bid will be posted on this site.

Questions regarding this request for proposal must be received by Thursday, January 23, 2014 on or before 3:00 P.M. Please contact Jason Poscovsky, Contracts Manager, telephone number (281) 275-2302 or via email at jposcovsky@ sugarlandtx.gov .

Questions regarding this request for proposal must be received by Thursday, January 23, 2014 on or before 3:00 P.M. Please contact Jason Poscovsky, Contracts Manager, telephone number (281) 275-2302 or via email at jposcovsky@ sugarlandtx.gov .

Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, City Secretary

Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, City Secretary


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NOTICE OF SALE STATE OF TEXAS

BY VIRTUE OF AN ORDER OF SALE

§ § §

FORT BEND COUNTY

and issued pursuant to judgment decree(s) of the District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas, by the Clerk of said Court on said date, in the hereinafter numbered and styled suit(s) and to me directed and delivered as Sheriff or Constable of said County, I have on January 8, 2014, seized, levied upon, and will, on the first Tuesday in February, 2014, the same being the 4th day of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, TX, Level 1 of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway "B", in the City of Richmond, Texas, between the hours of 10 o'clock a.m. and 4 o'clock p.m. on said day, beginning at 10:00 AM, proceed to sell for cash to the highest bidder all the right, title, and interest of the defendants in such suit(s) in and to the following described real estate levied upon as the property of said defendants, the same lying and being situated in the County of Fort Bend and the State of Texas, towit: Sale #

Cause # Judgment Date

Acct # Order Issue Date

Style of Case

Legal Description

1

06-DCV150805 10/15/13

005800480001090 8 DECEMBER 30, 2013

FORT BEND COUNTY, ET AL VS. PERMELIA HOGAN AKA JODI P. HOGAN, JR. AKA JODI P. STRUTHERSHOGAN

2

08-DCV165304 10/15/13

005805050001090 8 DECEMBER 30, 2013

FORT BEND COUNTY, ET AL VS. LT 4, BLK 2, BEN GUESS PATRICIA ANN PURNELL, NKA ADDN,TOWN OF KENDLETON , PATRICIA ANN SYLVESTER, ET VOL 496, PG 546* AL

3

09-DCV173935 03/19/13

340000002260090 FORT BEND COUNTY VS. 7 OSCAR GARZA, JR., ET AL DECEMBER 30, 2013

4

09-DCV174931 10/15/13

6

Adjudged Value

Estimated Minimum Bid

$12,990.00

$4,600.00

$2,760.00

$3,000.00

$45,000.00

$11,500.00

004800000064490 FORT BEND COUNTY VS. ABST 48, A KUYKENDALL 1 MARKET DEVELOPERS, LLC, ET LEAGUE, TR 62 (PT), ACS 1.85, MORE OR LESS, CLKS'S FILE NO. DECEMBER 30, AL 2005101168* 2013

$59,480.00

$11,500.00

10-DCV183149 11/12/13

005800480000090 FORT BEND COUNTY VS. HARMON BRAXTON 8 DECEMBER 30, 2013

ABST 58, I MCGARY LEAGUE, ACS 13.0, MORE OR LESS, LT 5, WARNER BRAXTON PARTITION, 16.700000% UDI, VOL 562, PG 5*

$13,030.00

$4,600.00

7

11-DCV189552 04/16/13

115000004510090 FORT BEND COUNTY VS. 7 ROBERT K. THOMAS, AKA DECEMBER 30, ROBERT KING THOMAS, ET AL 2013

ARCOLA FARMS, BLK 4, LT 51, VOL 4, PG 20*

$23,730.00

$8,500.00

8

11-DCV190802 10/15/13

340000004270090 FORT BEND COUNTY, ET AL VS. FRESNO RANCHOS, BLK D, LT 7 TRISHA VELA, AKA TRISHA 27, (N PT), VOL 254, PG 239* DECEMBER 30, LYNN VELA, ET AL 2013

$18,770.00

$4,400.00

9

11-DCV190827 11/12/13

120000092140090 7 DECEMBER 30, 2013

FORT BEND COUNTY, ET AL VS. ARCOLA HEIGHTS ADDN, BLK ALEJANDRO MARTINEZ, AKA 92, LT 14, & (E 1/2) LT 15, VOL 321, ALEJANDRO MARQUEZ PG 498* MARTINEZ

$27,000.00

$2,100.00

10

11-DCV190839 11/12/13

783500011003090 1 DECEMBER 30, 2013

FORT BEND COUNTY, ET AL VS. ROSENBERG , BLK 11, LT 3, VOL VERA GERALDINE EVANS P, PG 146* TURNER, AKA VERA J TURNER AKA VERA J EVANS, ET AL

$4,650.00

$4,650.00

Sale #

Cause # Judgment Date

Acct # Order Issue Date

Style of Case

ABST 58, I MCGARY SRVY, ACS 13.0, MORE OR LESS, LT 5, WARNER BRAXTON PARTITION, 16.66% UDI, VOL 562,PG 5*

FRESNO RANCHOS, BLK B, LTS 26-27, VOL 254, PG 239*

Legal Description

Adjudged Value

Estimated Minimum Bid

11

12-DCV199116 10/15/13

330000012260090 FORT BEND COUNTY VS. 7 EDWARDO ZAMORA, AKA DECEMBER 30, EDWARD ZAMORA, ET AL 2013

FRESNO GARDENS, BLK 12, LT 26, VOL 297, PG 350*

$31,250.00

$5,500.00

12

12-DCV199686 10/15/13

004400000030090 1 DECEMBER 30, 2013

ABST 44, SAMUEL KENNEDY SURV, ACS .5 MORE OR LESS, VOL 378, PG 179*

$27,000.00

$4,000.00

13

12-DCV199715 10/15/13

460000029206090 FORT BEND COUNTY VS. R F 7 PETTY, AKA R F SMITH, ET AL DECEMBER 30, 2013

TR. 1: MAGNOLIA PLACE, BLK 29 (S 1/2), LT 6-10, VOL 188, PG 526*

$16,340.00

$4,000.00

14

12-DCV199715 10/15/13

460000032206090 FORT BEND COUNTY VS. R F 7 PETTY, AKA R F SMITH, ET AL DECEMBER 30, 2013

TR. 2: MAGNOLIA PLACE, BLK 32 (S 1/2), LT 6, VOL 196, PG 605*

$6,250.00

$2,800.00

15

12-DCV199715 10/15/13

460000107111090 FORT BEND COUNTY VS. R F 7 PETTY, AKA R F SMITH, ET AL DECEMBER 30, 2013

TR. 3: MAGNOLIA PLACE, BLK N 1/2 107, LTS 11,12,13 & 14, VOL 188, PG 525*

$9,990.00

$3,000.00

16

12-DCV199715 10/15/13

460000304217090 FORT BEND COUNTY VS. R F 7 PETTY, AKA R F SMITH, ET AL DECEMBER 30, 2013

TR. 4: MAGNOLIA PLACE, BLK 304, LTS 17,18,19, 20, 21,22, 23 & 24, SEC 2, VOL 259, PG 463*

$1,330.00

$1,330.00

12-DCV199715 10/15/13

460000324004090 FORT BEND COUNTY VS. R F 7 PETTY, AKA R F SMITH, ET AL DECEMBER 30, 2013

TR. 5: MAGNOLIA PLACE, BLK 324, (PT) TR 4, CHAS HEYWOOD SURV, VOL 224, PG 53*

$960.00

18

12-DCV199715 10/15/13

460000013006290 FORT BEND COUNTY VS. R F 7 PETTY, AKA R F SMITH, ET AL DECEMBER 30, 2013

TR. 6: MAGNOLIA PLACE, BLK 13, LT 6 (S 1/2), S M SWENSON SURV, VOL 130, PG 191*

$680.00

$680.00

19

12-DCV199715 10/15/13

460000013007190 FORT BEND COUNTY VS. R F 7 PETTY, AKA R F SMITH, ET AL DECEMBER 30, 2013

TR. 7: MAGNOLIA PLACE, BLK 13, LT 7 (N 1/2), S M SWENSON SURV, ABST 317, VOL 188, PG 591*

$680.00

$680.00

17

FORT BEND COUNTY VS. BEATRICE HERALD, AKA BEATRICE PHILLIPS HERALD, ET AL

The Social Security Administration is perhaps the largest service of the U.S. government. More than 52 million people receive some benefit annually from the SSA, including retired workers and their spouses, disabled workers, widows and widowers, the children of a deceased parent, and other covered groups. Unfortunately, Social Security is also one of the more complicated government benefits. There are 2,728 separate rules in the Social Security Handbook that govern benefits. What you receive can be impacted by details like how long you worked, what your job is/was, and if you are or were married. The following are a few helpful tips for navigating the uncertain waters of Social Security. These are general rules of thumb, and may or may not apply to your situation. File for benefits at your full retirement age. Your full retirement age depends on when you were born and can range anywhere from ages 65 to 67. This does not necessarily mean that you take your benefit, just that you file for it. You may choose to file and suspend, which will allow your benefit to continue to grow. There is no disadvantage to filing at your full retirement age. It gives you greater versatility going forward, and may actually allow you to recapture benefits in the past if you change your mind. Patience pays. Every year you defer taking payments, your benefit goes up. The difference between taking Social Security at age 62 or waiting until age 70 can be as much as 76 percent, adjusted for inflation. There is no benefit for waiting to take a spousal benefit after you reach full retirement age. Unlike your own benefit, which can continue to grow

Bill & Jared Jameson until you reach age 70, spousal benefits stop accruing at full retirement. If you are working, defer taking benefits until at least your full retirement age. If you don’t, the Social Security Administration will reduce your benefit by $1 for every $2 you make above $15,480 annually, until your entire benefit is eliminated. There are many nuances to Social Security, and the differ-

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BY VIRTUE OF AN ORDER OF SALE

§ § §

FORT BEND COUNTY

and issued pursuant to judgment decree(s) of the District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas, by the Clerk of said Court on said date, in the hereinafter numbered and styled suit(s) and to me directed and delivered as Sheriff or Constable of said County, I have on January 2, 2014, seized, levied upon, and will, on the first Tuesday in February, 2014, the same being the 4th day of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, TX, Level 1 of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway "B", in the City of Richmond, Texas, between the hours of 10 o'clock a.m. and 4 o'clock p.m. on said day, beginning at 10:00 AM, proceed to sell for cash to the highest bidder all the right, title, and interest of the defendants in such suit(s) in and to the following described real estate levied upon as the property of said defendants, the same lying and being situated in the County of Fort Bend and the State of Texas, towit: Sale #

Cause # Judgment Date

Acct # Order Issue Date

Style of Case

Legal Description

Adjudged Value

Estimated Minimum Bid

20

12-DCV199715 10/15/13

460000022125090 FORT BEND COUNTY VS. R F 7 PETTY, AKA R F SMITH, ET AL DECEMBER 30, 2013

TR. 8: MAGNOLIA PLACE, BLK 22, LTS 25 & 26 (N 1/2), S M SWENSON SURV, ABST 317, VOL 197, PG 639*

$770.00

$770.00

1

12-DCV199682 11/12/13

264000001000290 7 DECEMBER 31, 2013

FORT BEND COUNTY VS. GREENWAY ASSOCIATES A JOINT VENTURE FKA ATLAS REALTY COMPANY KNA AMERICAN REALTY INVETMENT CORPORATION

TR. 1: COVINGTON WEST, ACS 1.014, MORE OR LESS, LAND ABOVE HOUSTON PIPELINE CO ESMT, VOL 15, PG 11*

$7,300.00

$3,500.00

21

12-DCV199715 10/15/13

460000304121090 FORT BEND COUNTY VS. R F 7 PETTY, AKA R F SMITH, ET AL DECEMBER 30, 2013

TR. 9: MAGNOLIA PLACE, BLK 304, LTS 21, 22, 23 & 24, S M SWENSON SURV, ABST 317, VOL 213, PG 468*

$330.00

$330.00

2

12-DCV199682 11/12/13

264000001000190 7 DECEMBER 31, 2013

FORT BEND COUNTY VS. GREENWAY ASSOCIATES A JOINT VENTURE FKA ATLAS REALTY COMPANY KNA AMERICAN REALTY INVETMENT CORPORATION

TR. 2: COVINGTON WEST, ACS .482, MORE OR LESS, LAND ABOVE TRUNKLINE PIPELINE ESMNT, VOL 15, PG 11*

$3,470.00

$2,200.00

22

13-DCV204537 11/12/13

783500020012090 FORT BEND COUNTY VS. 1 FRANCIS FIZER, ET AL DECEMBER 30, 2013

ROSENBERG , BLK 20, LT 12, VOL P, PG 146*

$5,100.00

$2,500.00

3

12-DCV201947 10/15/13

338000013008090 FORT BEND COUNTY VS. MARY TOWN OF FULSHEAR, BLK 13, 1 LTS 8, 9 & 12, VOL U, PG 177* KATHRYN SHAMEL, ET AL DECEMBER 31, 2013

$148,760.00

$11,600.00

Estimated Minimum Bid

4

13-DCV206772 11/12/13

587000003029090 FORT BEND COUNTY VS. JOHN QUAIL PARK PATIO HOMES, 7 RAND, AKA JOHN BRIAN RAND, BLK 3, LT 29, VOL 21, PG 3* DECEMBER 31, ET AL 2013

$28,880.00

$4,900.00

5

13-DCV207394 11/12/13

586301006034090 FORT BEND COUNTY, ET AL VS. QUAIL GREEN WEST, SEC 1, BLK 7 6, LT 34, VOL. 22, PG 56* ROSE STOKES, AKA ROSE DECEMBER 31, BROOKS STOKES, ET AL 2013

$61,840.00

$3,700.00

Sale # 23

24

25

Cause # Judgment Date

Acct # Order Issue Date

Style of Case

Legal Description

Adjudged Value

13-DCV205308 11/12/13

035200000160190 FORT BEND COUNTY VS. 7 LUCINDA BELL DECEMBER 30, 2013

ABST 352, I & GN SRVY, TR 2 (PT), ACS 1, MINNEQUA GARDENS S/D, CLK'S FILE NO. 8656584*

$13,070.00

13-DCV206722 11/12/13

039100008020590 FORT BEND COUNTY VS. 1 SANDRA KAY IZAGUIRRE, AKA SANDRA MCNEIL IZAGUIRRE DECEMBER 30, 2013

ABST 391, G SCHLEY,SRVY, TR 20 (PT), ACS 3.2532, MORE OR LESS, CLK'S # 9436738*

$40,770.00

13-DCV207366 11/12/13

174002001002390 FORT BEND COUNTY VS. D. R. BORDENS ADDN SEC 2, CITY OF 1 MCKINNEY, AKA DORMAN RAY RICHMOND, BLK 1 (PT), ACS MCKINNEY 0.0833, MORE OR LESS, TR C, DECEMBER 30, VOL B, PG 758 & VOL 576, PG 720* 2013

$3,250.00

$6,317.00

$3,800.00

$2,400.00

(any volume and page references, unless otherwise indicated, being to the Deed Records, Fort Bend County, Texas, to which instruments reference may be made for a more complete description of each respective tract.) or, upon the written request of said defendants or their attorney, a sufficient portion of the property described above shall be sold to satisfy said judgment(s), interest, penalties, and cost; and any property sold shall be subject to the right of redemption of the defendants or any person having an interest therein, to redeem the said property, or their interest therein, within the time and in the manner provided by law, and shall be subject to any other and further rights to which the defendants or anyone interested therein may be entitled, under the provisions of law. Said sale to be made by me to satisfy the judgment(s) rendered in the above styled and numbered cause(s), together with interest, penalties, and costs of suit, and the proceeds of said sales to be applied to the satisfaction thereof, and the remainder, if any, to be applied as the law directs.

(any volume and page references, unless otherwise indicated, being to the Deed Records, Fort Bend County, Texas, to which instruments reference may be made for a more complete description of each respective tract.) or, upon the written request of said defendants or their attorney, a sufficient portion of the property described above shall be sold to satisfy said judgment(s), interest, penalties, and cost; and any property sold shall be subject to the right of redemption of the defendants or any person having an interest therein, to redeem the said property, or their interest therein, within the time and in the manner provided by law, and shall be subject to any other and further rights to which the defendants or anyone interested therein may be entitled, under the provisions of law. Said sale to be made by me to satisfy the judgment(s) rendered in the above styled and numbered cause(s), together with interest, penalties, and costs of suit, and the proceeds of said sales to be applied to the satisfaction thereof, and the remainder, if any, to be applied as the law directs.

RECENT CHANGES IN THE PROPERTY TAX CODE NOW REQUIRE PURCHASERS OF TAX SALE PROPERTY TO HAVE A STATEMENT FROM THE FORT BEND COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR CERTIFYING THAT THE PERSON/FIRM/COMPANY PURCHASING PROPERTY AT A TAX SALE OWES NO DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAXES TO ANY TAXING ENTITY WITHIN THE COUNTY. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A TAX SALE DEED TO ANY PROPERTY YOU PURCHASE WITHOUT THIS CERTIFICATE.

RECENT CHANGES IN THE PROPERTY TAX CODE NOW REQUIRE PURCHASERS OF TAX SALE PROPERTY TO HAVE A STATEMENT FROM THE FORT BEND COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR CERTIFYING THAT THE PERSON/FIRM/COMPANY PURCHASING PROPERTY AT A TAX SALE OWES NO DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAXES TO ANY TAXING ENTITY WITHIN THE COUNTY. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A TAX SALE DEED TO ANY PROPERTY YOU PURCHASE WITHOUT THIS CERTIFICATE.

TO OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR FORT BEND COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR AT LEAST TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE SALE. Dated at Richmond, Texas, January 2, 2014

TO OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR FORT BEND COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR AT LEAST TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE SALE.

Constable Rob Cook Fort Bend County, Texas

Dated at Richmond, Texas, January 8, 2014 Constable A. J. Dorr Fort Bend County, Texas By Deputy Notes: The Minimum Bid is the lesser of the amount awarded in the judgment plus interest and costs or the adjudged value. However, the Minimum Bid for a person owning an interest in the property or for a person who is a party to the suit (other than a taxing unit), is the aggregate amount of the judgments against the property plus all costs of suit and sale. ALL SALES SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. THERE MAY BE ADDITIONAL TAXES DUE ON THE PROPERTY WHICH HAVE BEEN ASSESSED SINCE THE DATE OF THE JUDGMENT. For more information, contact your attorney or LINEBARGER GOGGAN BLAIR & SAMPSON, LLP., attorney for plaintiffs, at (713) 844-3576

By Deputy Notes: The Minimum Bid is the lesser of the amount awarded in the judgment plus interest and costs or the adjudged value. However, the Minimum Bid for a person owning an interest in the property or for a person who is a party to the suit (other than a taxing unit), is the aggregate amount of the judgments against the property plus all costs of suit and sale. ALL SALES SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. THERE MAY BE ADDITIONAL TAXES DUE ON THE PROPERTY WHICH HAVE BEEN ASSESSED SINCE THE DATE OF THE JUDGMENT. For more information, contact your attorney or LINEBARGER GOGGAN BLAIR & SAMPSON, LLP., attorney for plaintiffs, at (713) 844-3576


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FORT BEND REAL ESTATE 1/2/3 38CB 38CB First Colony SL•$1,499,000•4/31/2

1/2/3 4CC 4CC Riverstone SL•$1,199,000•5/5+11/2

Anita Milne

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281-413-9732 Beard Realty Group

First Colony Telfair SL•$1,050,000•5/4 Telfair/3 SL•$1,050,000•5/4 /3 SL•$179,000•2/2/Condo 1/2

7514T

1/2

Meadows Place • Meadowhollow • 4/2/2 Meadows Place • Dorrance • 4/2/2 Meadows CovingtonPlace•Sturdivant•4/2.5/2 West • Greenway • 4/3/2

4144G

7514T

Also for Lease

Reduced

$156,000

$154,900 $154,500 Sharpstown Parkglen • Whittingham • La Rouche • 3/2/2 4/2/2

For All Your Real Estate Needs Call Arlene Rolsen CRS, Realtor (281) 414-8400 www.ArleneRolsen.com THE STATE OF TEXAS CITATION BY PUBLICATION TO: SANDRA JEAN HARRIS NOTICE: You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 a.m. on Monday next following the expiration of forty-two days from the date of issuance of this citation, same being February 24, 2014 a default judgment may be taken against you. Said answer may be filed by mailing same to: District Clerk’s Office, 301 Jackson, Richmond, Texas 77469, or by bringing it to the office. Our street address is 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond TX 77469. We are located on the first floor of the Justice Center building. The case is presently pending before the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County sitting in Richmond, Texas, and was filed on August 28, 2013. It bears cause number 13-DCV-208897 and is styled: William Humphrey Gillett vs Larry G. Harris And Sandra Jean Harris The name and address of the attorney for PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is: RON E. FRANK F & L LAW GROUP PC 1251 PIN OAK ROAD SUITE 13 KATY TX 77494 281-542-3575 The nature of the demands of said PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is as follows to-wit: THE PROPERTY IN QUESTION IS A 5 ACRE TRACT OF LAND LOCATED AT 34013 FULSHEAR FARMS ROAD, FULSHEAR, TEXAS 77441. IT IS DESCRIBED IN VOLUME 936, PAGE 435 OF THE DEED OF RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS AND DESCRIBED IN A FIELD NOTE OF A 5.0 ACRE TRACT OF LAND OUT OF 230.77 ACRE TRACT BEING OUT THE ORIGINAL HARVEY BOWSER 564.6 ACRE TRACT (VOLUME 329, PAGE 94 DEED RECORDS) BEING IN THE NOEL F. ROBERTS LEAGUE ABSTRACT #79, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. (“PROPERTY”). If this Citation is not served, it shall be returned unserved. Issued under my hand and seal of said Court, at Richmond, Texas on this the 8th day of January, 2014. DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS Deputy District Clerk LESLIE PENA Telephone: 281-633-7613

THE STATE OF TEXAS CITATION BY PUBLICATION TO: ALL UNKNOWN HEIRS OF L H PARKER, DECEASED, AND ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PERSONS CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THIS LAND. NOTICE: You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 AM on the Monday next following the expiration of forty-two days from the date of issuance of this citation, same being February 17, 2014, a default judgment may be taken against you. Said answer may be filed by mailing same to: District Clerk’s Office, 301 Jackson, Richmond, Texas 77469, or by bringing it to the office. Our street address is 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond TX 77469. We are located on the first floor of the Justice Center building. The case is presently pending before the 400th JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County sitting n Richmond, Texas, and was filed DECEMBER 26, 2103. It bears cause No. 13-DCV-211553 and is styled: Raquel Hernandez vs All Unknown Heirs of L H Parker, Deceased; and Any and All Unknown Persons Claiming an interest in This Land The name and address of the attorney for PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONERS is: BRENT LANE BEARD & LANE PC 12841 JONES ROAD, STE 100 HOUSTON TX 77070 281-897-8848 The nature of the demands of said PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is as follows to-wit: THIS IS A SUIT BY PLAINTIFF TO ESTABLISH OWNERSHIP TO THE PROPERTY BY ADVERSE POSSESSION. A DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPERTY IS AS FOLLOWS: ALL OF LOT EIGHT (8), BLOCK SEVEN (7), OF GULF VIEW ACRES, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN VOLUME 349, PAGE 614 OF THE MAP AND/OR PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS AND KNOWN BY STREET ADDRESS OF 5819 JERRY ST., ROSHARON, TEXAS 77583. If this Citation is not served, it shall be returned un served. Issued and given under my hand and seal of the said Court at Richmond, Texas, on this the 30th day of December, 2013. DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT, Fort Bend County, Texas By Deputy District Clerk RACHEL CRISLER Telephone: (281) 238-1960

THE STATE OF TEXAS CITATION BY PUBLICATION TO: LARRY G HARRIS NOTICE: You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 a.m. on Monday next following the expiration of forty-two days from the date of issuance of this citation, same being February 24, 2014 a default judgment may be taken against you. Said answer may be filed by mailing same to: District Clerk’s Office, 301 Jackson, Richmond, Texas 77469, or by bringing it to the office. Our street address is 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond TX 77469. We are located on the first floor of the Justice Center building. The case is presently pending before the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County sitting in Richmond, Texas, and was filed on August 28, 2013. It bears cause number 13-DCV-208897 and is styled: William Humphrey Gillett vs Larry G. Harris And Sandra Jean Harris The name and address of the attorney for PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is: RON E. FRANK F & L LAW GROUP PC 1251 PIN OAK ROAD SUITE 13 KATY TX 77494 281-542-3575 The nature of the demands of said PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is as follows to-wit: THE PROPERTY IN QUESTION IS A 5 ACRE TRACT OF LAND LOCATED AT 34013 FULSHEAR FARMS ROAD, FULSHEAR, TEXAS 77441. IT IS DESCRIBED IN VOLUME 936, PAGE 435 OF THE DEED OF RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS AND DESCRIBED IN A FIELD NOTE OF A 5.0 ACRE TRACT OF LAND OUT OF 230.77 ACRE TRACT BEING OUT THE ORIGINAL HARVEY BOWSER 564.6 ACRE TRACT (VOLUME 329, PAGE 94 DEED RECORDS) BEING IN THE NOEL F. ROBERTS LEAGUE ABSTRACT #79, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. (“PROPERTY”). If this Citation is not served, it shall be returned unserved. Issued under my hand and seal of said Court, at Richmond, Texas on this the 8th day of January, 2014. DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS Deputy District Clerk LESLIE PENA Telephone: 281-633-7613

Meadows Place • Meadowhollow • 4/2/2 Meadows Place • Brighton • 3/2.5/2

SOLD

SOLD

$139,000 $99,000

Legal Notices NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 26th day of November, 2013 by the 268th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 11DCV-189035 in favor of the Plaintiff Kingsbridge Community Association, Inc. Plaintiff, for the sum of $6,315.21 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 30th day of December, 2013, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant( s) - Adebola A. Ogungbade and Sekinat A. Ogungbade had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 4th day of February, 2014 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 32 IN BLOCK 2, OF KINGSBRIDGE PLACE, SECTION 1, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 1183/B AND 1184/A, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 14822 ARMITAGE, SUGAR LAND, TEXAS 77498. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $177,910.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10:00 AM. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas BY: M. Scheibel Deputy Constable #1331

NOTICE OF CONSTABLES SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 400TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 19TH day of DECEMBER, 2013, by the Clerk thereof, in the case of CITY OF ROSENBERG VS. CAVAZOS,IGNACIO, ET AL in Cause # 08- DCV162755 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 4th day of February, 2014, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Level I of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway “B” of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 7835000380130901 LOT THIRTEEN (13), IN BLOCK THIRTY-EIGHT (38), IN THE TOWN OF ROSENBERG, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT OF SAID TOWN SHOWN OF RECORD IN VOLUME ‘P’, PAGE 146 OF THE DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. TRACT 2: GEO: 7835000380140901 LOTS FOURTEEN (14) AND FIFTEEN (15) IN BLOCK THIRTY-EIGHT (38) OF THE CITY OF ROSENBERG, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT OF SAID CITY OF ROSENBERG, APPEARING OF RECORD IN VOLUME P, PAGE 146 OF THE DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Levied on 20TH December, 2013 as the property of IGNACIO CAVAZOS, LUPE CAVAZOS, VIVIAN GUTIERREZ, SANDRA PEREZ, LORNA DANACHES, LEONARDO PEREZ, to satisfy a judgment amounting to $21,355.93 representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of CITY OF ROSENBERG, FORT BEND COUNTY, FORT BEND COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICT, LAMAR CONSOLIDATED INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT AND FORT BEND COUNTY GENERAL FUND AND FORT BEND COUNTY LATERAL FLOOD CONTROL. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 20th day of December, 2013. A.J. DORR, CONSTABLE , PRECINCT 1, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS By CPL. MIKE BEARD, DEPUTY NOTICE OF CONSTABLES SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 400TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 19TH day of DECEMBER, 2013, by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND COUNTY VS. JAMES BELL, ET AL in Cause # 13- DCV-205316 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 4th day of February, 2014, which is the fIrst Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Level I of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway “B” of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 7835000070090901 LOT 9 IN BLOCK 7 OF THE CITY OF ROSENBERG, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME ‘P’, PAGE 16 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Levied on 20TH December, 2013 as the property of GERTRUDE DAVIS AKA GERTRUDE FREELON DAVIS, CLEMONS DAVIS AKA CLIMON DAVIS, JAMES BELL to satisfy a judgment amounting to $1,081.13 representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of CITY OF ROSENBERG, FORT BEND COUNTY, FORT BEND COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICT, LAMAR CONSOLIDATED INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT AND FORT BEND COUNTY GENERAL FUND. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 20th day of December, 2013. A.J. DORR, CONSTABLE , PRECINCT 1, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS By CPL. MIKE BEARD, DEPUTY

$159,900 $172,500

LEGAL NOTICE REQUESTS FOR STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATIONS Sealed Qualification Statements will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, William B. Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2014 AT 1:30 P.M. (CST). All submissions will then be opened in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 and the names of the firms made public. Submissions received after the specified time will be returned unopened. Solicitation and any and all addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.fortbendcountytx.gov Q14-028 – INVESTMENT BROKER DEALERS Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all qualification statements received. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BIDDERS Sealed Bids will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2014 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469. Bids received after the specified time will be returned unopened. Solicitation and any and all addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.fortbendcountytx.gov. BID 14-029 – ELECTRICAL RELOCATIONS SERVICES AND SUPPLIES FOR TDCJ HARLEM RD

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$159,900

NOTICE OF CONSTABLES SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 268TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 11th day of December, 2013 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT VS. ALVIN GIBSON III, ET AL in Cause # 10-DCV-184834 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:000’ Clock AM on the 4th day of February, 2014, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Level l of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway “B” of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 3900040440600907 LOT SIX (6), IN BLOCK FORTY-FOUR (44), OF HUNTINGTON VILLAGE, SECTION FOUR (4), ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 208, PAGE 24, OF THE MAP RECORDS OF HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS, AND IN VOLUME 14, PAGE 9, OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Levied on the 19th day of December, 2013, as the property of ALVIN GIPSON III, ROYLIN GIPSON, RTR PROPERTIES, LLC, JOSH LONGLEY INDIVIDUALLY AND DBA AFTON ENTERPRISES to satisfy a judgment amounting to $20,479.55, representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, CITY OF HOUSTON; FORT BEND COUNTY GENERAL FUND; FORT BEND COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICT AND FORT BEND COUNTY LATERAL FLOOD ROAD CONTROL. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 19 th day of December, 2013. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct 3 Fort Bend County 22333 Grand Corner Drive, Suite 103 Katy, Texas 77494 Deputy M. Scheibel, #1331

Unit pricing is required; payment will be by check. Bonds are required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

THE STATE OF TEXAS CITATION BY PUBLICATION TO: ALL UNKNOWN HERIS OF EVA DEAN CALHOUN, DECEASED, AND ANY AND ALL UNKNWON PERSONS CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THIS LAND, ADDRESS UNKNOWN. NOTICE: You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 AM on the Monday next following the expiration of forty-two days from the date of issuance of this citation, same being February 17, 2014, a default judgment may be taken against you. Said answer may be filed by mailing same to: District Clerk’s Office, 301 Jackson, Richmond, Texas 77469, or by bringing it to the office. Our street address is 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond TX 77469. We are located on the first floor of the Justice Center building. The case is presently pending before the 400th JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County sitting n Richmond, Texas, and was filed DECEMBER 23, 2103. IT bears cause No. 13-DCV-211548 and is styled: Marta L Peraza and Maria Cruz Perez vs All Unknown Heirs of Eva Dean Calhoun, Deceased; and Any and All Unknown Persons Claiming any interest in This Land The name and address of the attorney for PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONERS is: BRENT LANE BEARD & LANE PC 12841 JONES ROAD, STE 100 HOUSTON TX 77070 281-897-8848 The nature of the demands of said PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is as follows to-wit: THIS IS A SUIT BY PLAINTIFF TO ESTABLISH OWNERSHIP TO THE PROPERTY BY ADVERSE POSSESSION. A DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPERTY IS AS FOLLOWS: ALL OF LOT FOUR (4), BLOCK ELEVEN (11), OF RIDGEWOOD ESTATES, STREET ADDRESS: TEAKWOOD, FRESNO, TEXAS 77545. If this Citation is not served, it shall be returned un served. Issued and given under my hand and seal of the said Court at Richmond, Texas, on this the 30th day of December, 2013. DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT, Fort Bend County, Texas By Deputy District Clerk RACHEL CRISLER Telephone: (281) 238--1960

NOTICE OF CONSTABLES SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 434TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 18th day of December, 2013 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT VS. MILDRED B. WATKINS, SOLE HEIR TO MARY ETTA NELSON in Cause # 13-DCV-204981 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:000’ Clock AM on the 4th day of February, 2014, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Level l of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway “B” of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RlCHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 0170000000500907 A TRACT OF LAND OUT OF THE MANUEL ESCALERO SURVEY, ABSTRACT 170, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ADJOINING THE SUBDIVISION KNOWN AS ARCOLA FARMS RECORDED IN VOLUME 4 PAGE 30 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, SAID TRACT BEING DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: THE EAST THREE (3) ACRES OF THE 5.99 ACRE TRACT AS SHOWN THE PLAT OF ARCOLA FARMS, THE TRACT HEREBY CONVEYED FRONTING 109.23 FEET, MORE OR LESS, ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF OAK AVENUE AND EXTENDING SOUTH BETWEEN PARALLEL LINES 1197 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID 5.59 ACRES, THE WEST LINE OF SAID THREE (3) ACRE TRACT BEING PARALLEL TO THE EAST LINE OF LONG STREET AND 94.31 FEET, MORE OR LESS THEREFROM; AND SAID PLAT BEING REFERRED FOR A MORE COMPLETE AND ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF SAID PROPERTY, REFERENCE TO WHICH IS HEREIN MADE FOR ALL PURPOSES. Levied on the 30th day of December, 2013 as the property of MILDRED B. WATKINS, SOLE HEIR TO MARY ETTA NELSON to satisfy a judgment amounting to $6,153.32, representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, FORT BEND COUNTY GENERAL FUND; FORT BEND COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICT AND FORT BEND COUNTY LATERAL ROAD AND FLOOD CONTROL. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 30th day of December, 2013. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct 3 Fort Bend County 22333 Grand Corner Drive, Suite 103 Katy, Texas 77494 M. Scheibel, #1331 Deputy

$157,500 NOTICE OF CONSTABLES SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 434TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 18th day of December, 2013 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, ET AL VS. JILLIAN GRAHAM, ET AL in Cause # 12-DCV-202042 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 4th day of February, 2014, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Level l of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Comer, near Stairway “B”of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 8133030020010907 LOT ONE (1), IN BLOCK TWO (2), OF SIENNA VILLAGE OF SHIPMAN’S LANDING, SECTION THREE (3), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 1739/A&B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Levied on the 30 day of December, 2013 as the property of JILLIAN GRAHAM, DERRICK GOODWILL, WELLS FARGO HOME MORTGAGE, INC. to satisfy a judgment amounting to $20,689.57, representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest,’ and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT; SIENNA PLANTATION LEVEE IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT; SIENNA PLANTATION MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT # 2, FORT BEND COUNTY GENERAL FUND; FORT BEND COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICT AND FORT BEND COUNTY LATERAL ROAD AND FLOOD CONTROL. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 30TH day of DECEMBER, 2013. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct 3 Fort Bend County 22333 Grand Corner Drive, Suite 103 Katy, Texas 77494 M. Scheibel Deputy

NOTICE OF CONSTABLES SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 268TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 11th day of December, 2013 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT VS. DEBRA ZUNIGA, ET AL in Cause # 11DCV-194055 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:000’ Clock AM on the 4th day of February, 2014, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Level l of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway “B” of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 0064000002353907 ABSTRACT 64, WILLIAM NEAL 1/4 LEAGUE, TRACT 6 & 7 (S 1/2)(PT), ACRES 0.643, 50.000% UNDlVIDED INTEREST, PROPERTY LOCATED AT 1411 GUADALUPE STREET; FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. TRACT 2: GEO: 0064000002357907 ABSTRACT 64, WILLIAM NEAL 1/4 LEAGUE, TRACT 6 & 7 (S 1/2) (PT), ACRES 0.643, 50.000% UNDIVDED INTEREST, PROPERTY LOCATED AT 1411 GUADALUPE STREET, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. TRACT 3: GEO: 0064000002352907 ABSTRACT 64, WILLIAM NEAL 1/4LEAGUE, TRACT 6 & 7 (S 1/2) (PT), ACRES 0.643, 50.000% UNDIVIDED INTEREST, PROPERTY LOCATED AT 1411 GUADALUPE STREET, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. TRACT 4: GEO 0064000002356907 ABSTRACT 64, WILLIAM NEAL 1/4 LEAGUE, TRACT 6 & 7 (S 1/2) (PT), ACRES 0.643, 50.000% UNDIVIDED INTEREST, PROPE TY LOCATED AT 1411 GUADALUPE STREET, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Levied on the 19th day of December, 2013, as the property of DEBRA ZUNIGA to satisfy a judgment amounting to $41,892.97, representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRlCT, PROPEL FINANCIAL SERVICES, LLC (“PROPEL”); FORT BEND COUNTY GENERAL FUND, FORT BEND COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICT, AND FORT BEND COUNTY LATERAL FLOOD AND ROAD CONTROL. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 30th day of December, 2013. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct 3 Fort Bend County 22333 Grand Corner Drive, Suite 103 Katy, Texas 77494 Deputy M. Scheibel, #1331


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The Terrace resident celebrates 100th birthday

Centenarian Jay Lewis, right, with wife, Gini, speaks at his 100th birthday celebration held at The Terrace at First Colony in Sugar Land.

The Terrace at First Colony, an Independent Senior Living Community located at 16900 Lexington Boulevard, Sugar Land, held a birthday party for Jay Lewis who turned 100 on January 6, 2014. The celebration was held in the dining room of the facility on Saturday, January 11. Jay and his wife, Gini, have been residents of The Terrace since 2003. The Lewises also celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in April 2013. Joining in the January 11th festivities were their children, Dr. James Lewis and Judith Lewis as well as seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and friends, fellow residents and guests of the couple. This was a unique party honoring Jay and Gini whose combined ages total close to 200 years. The Terrace at First Colony is also home to two other cente-

narians, Mary Coffee, 104 and Lois Childers who turns 101 in March. Approximately 300 residents of this thriving and vibrant retirement community enjoy an abundance of activities and celebratory ceremonies. A Terrace Resident wrote a monthly column called “The View From The Terrace,” where she said: “More than 100 people crowded into our Dining Hall Saturday, January 11th to celebrate Jay Lewis’ 100 birthday. There was music, delicious food, drinks and

cameras rolling to record this gala event. The new Centenarian, who actually turned 100 on January 6th, gave a thank you speech highlighting his life. Both Jay and his lovely wife, Gini, looked wonderful as they greeted their many relatives, friends and Terrace residents. Their son, Dr. James Lewis and daughter, Judith hosted the one-of-a-kind celebration. This was an amazing tribute to an extraordinary man and we wish the best of everything and more birthday parties for Jay in the years to come.”

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FILM REVIEW: Nebraska

I suspect that most of you have not seen Nebraska. The estimated budget for this movie is $13 million, and so far it’s grossed only a little over $8 million in two months. But surely that is all about to change with its recent accolades of five Oscar Nominations. If you admire great acting and directing and want to visit the lost art of Black and White cinematography, then this is the movie for you. It also helps if you can relate to an old, alcohol-addicted geezer who is so demented

that he believes that he won a million-dollar sweepstakes that came in the mail. Bruce Dern, at age 77, plays Woody Grant, with the professionalism and talent that comes from 50+ years of working in the movies. I’ve been a huge fan of Dern even though I’ve also held a grudge against him for killing John Wayne in The Cowboys in 1972. That’s a 40-year resentment; perhaps I should get some help in letting that go. Dern deserves his nomina-

tion for Best Actor, and I will be mildly pulling for him on Oscar Night on March 2nd, but the Best Actor category has some stiff competition. (Leo D.). This is Dern’s second nomination; the first was for Best Supporting Actor in Coming Home (1979). He did not win. June Squibb plays his wife in this film and she was also nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She is my front-runner for Best Supporting Actress; she is awesome and memorable as the curt, sharp-tonged, loveable old battle-axe, Kate Grant. Much of this movie is about family greed and the misguided love between a father and his son, David Grant, splendidly played by Will Forte. Woody’s son accompanies him on his trek to Nebraska from his home in Billings, Montana, to claim his million dollars. Even though David explains to Woody that “… Dad, this is a total scam…” he dutifully helps is hard-nosed parent make the fanciful trip

to Lincoln, Nebraska. Along the way, we are treated to the introduction of many of Woody’s family members and old friends who want a piece of the new-found fortune that has come to Woody; allegedly. They are a colorful group and Kate Grant shares “…nah, I liked Rose, but my God, she was a slut.” Alexander “The Descendants” Payne has garnered a nomination for Best Director and was instrumental in the nomination for Cinematography when he made the gutsy decision to shoot this movie in black and white. Who does that? Payne is known for taking chances. The final nomination is for Best Picture. I approve of all five of these nominations, but I would add nominations for Best Supporting Actor for Will Forte and Best Original Screenplay by Bob Nelson. Go see this movie and help Woody seek his million dollars. Rock ‘n Roll. Grade 93. Larry H. www.larryhmoviereviews. com

AUTOMOBILE: Honda Odyssey By BARBARA FULENWIDER The 2014 Honda Odyssey offers best-in-class fuel efficiency, refreshed styling, enhanced features and more standard features. Key changes include a standard 6-speed automatic transmission on all trims resulting in class-leading fuel-economy ratings and also revised instrumentation and electronic controls. For the first time all 2014 Odyssey models will include standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink connectivity, a 4-way power passenger seat, Expanded View Driver’s Mirror, Pandora interface and an SMS text messaging function. New optional features include the Honda LaneWatch blind spot display, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning. Additionally, Odyssey Touring Elite models come standard with HondaVAC, an in-vehicle vacuum cleaner, that reaches every corner of the minivan. With the addition of a standard 6-speed automatic transmission paired to the 3.5-liter, 24-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management, the Odyssey further solidifies its place as the fuel economy leader in the minivan segment with all 2014 models offering EPA fuel economy ratings of 19/28 mpg city/highway. The 2013 EPA ratings were 18/27 mpg on all models except Touring and Touring Elite. Further enhancing occupant safety, the 2014 Odyssey got reinforced frontal structure improvements that are expected to get the Odyssey the

highest rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a GOOD rating in the stringent new IIHS small overlap frontal collision test. The Odyssey is expected to be the first minivan to earn a top safety pick plus from IIHS. For 2014, the Odyssey continues with five different available trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Odyssey Touring Elite. A DVD Rear Entertainment System and satellite-Linked navigation system™ with voice recognition are available on EX-L models and above. The LX model features 17inch steel wheels with premium covers, while EX and EX-L models use 17-inch premium aluminum alloy wheels. Touring and Touring Elite models ride on 18-inch premium sport aluminum alloy wheels. The 2014 Odyssey EX, EXL, Touring and Touring Elite models have a wiper-linked headlight system that automatically turns on the head-

lights when the front wipers are activated. In addition, new standard one-touch turn signals improve convenience for the driver when making routine lane changes. With this system, one flick of the turn-signal lever provides three blinks of the turn signals - ideal for changing lanes. Pressing the lever past the “click point” provides continuous blinking. A new keyless entry system with push button start on EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite allows the driver to approach the vehicle, open the door and start the engine - all without touching a key. The system only requires the driver have possession of the key fob. All 2014 Odyssey models get an Expanded View Driver’s Mirror. The driver’s side mirror provides a 19 percent increase in visible area, offering an enhanced view of objects that might otherwise be hidden in the vehicle’s blind spot. Included on Odyssey EX, EX-L and Touring models, the Honda LaneWatch™

blind spot display provides an expanded rear view of the passenger side roadway. A camera mounted on the bottom of the passenger door mirror is activated by the right turn signal or the signal-stalk LaneWatch button, which displays a live, 80-degree view of the passenger-side road, compared to 18- to 22 degrees typical of a standard door mirror. A rearview camera is standard on all Odyssey models. The Odyssey Touring Elite in-vehicle vacuum cleaner system is engineered for dry use and runs on the vehicle’s 12-volt electrical system. It lives in the rear cargo area and has an extendable hose. Two separate head attachments expand versatility. It runs up to eight minutes with the ignition turned to the accessory setting - or continuously if the engine is running. Audio system output is 240 watts for Odyssey LX, 270 watts for EX, EX-L and EX-L RES, and 246 watts for EX-L Navi and Touring. The premium audio system in the Odyssey Touring Elite has 650 watts. All audio systems have seven speakers except for the Touring Elite, which has 12 speakers. The 2014 Honda Odyssey will all standard equipment has a starting MSRP of $28,825. The test drive model was the top of the line Honda Odyssey Touring Elite, which included every standard bell and whistle Honda offers, rides like a dream, is lovely to look at and highly functional. I love minivans and this one is a major winner that retails for $44,450.

The Sugar Creek Garden Club is celebrating the season with its annual friendship luncheon and silent auction on Feb. 1, 2014, at 10: 30 a.m. This annual fund-raising event will be held at the Sugar Creek Country Club with proceeds going to the many projects that the garden club supports. Among these are the Fort Bend Women’s Center, Mamie George Library, several scholarships, and various Sugar Creek beautification projects. There will be a silent auction with tea pots, gift baskets, children’s toys, and many other fun and exciting items. The luncheon will follow at the close of the silent auction. Cancellations may be made by noon 2 days before the event . Please call Marie Fuller at 281-686-7336 for additional information. To make a reservation call Connie Bingham @ 281-494-5065. Above, standing L to R: Helen Rosenthal, Marie Fuller, Event Chair, Patti Pearson, Karen Bradbury. Seated: Carol Wilcox and Annette Dietch.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

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News Travis cadet has life-defining moment at Arlington National Cemetery

Samantha Guerrera of Travis High School. Life often brings us opportunities to experience lifedefining moments, and for Travis High School senior Samantha Guerrero, one moment came during a visit to Washington, D.C. Samantha, a Cadet Commander in Travis High School’s Marine Corps JROTC program, was selected to attend the National Youth

Leadership Forum on National Security, held in our Nation’s Capital. While there, she had the opportunity to visit Arlington National Cemetery and actually lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Un-

known Soldier. She was one of four students selected after submitting a winning essay that explained why they deserved the honor. In her essay, Samantha mentioned how “The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier enables us to, at the very least, pay respect to and thank those who were unable to be brought

home. I believe that it is my duty as a citizen to honor the memory and service of our nation’s courageous heroes.” The experience had special meaning to Samantha because it allowed her to honor her Great Uncle Joaquin, a military pilot who was labeled as Missing in Action during the Pacific Campaign of World War II. As a child growing up in a family of military soldiers, Samantha was always fascinated with stories of her family, especially those of her Great Uncle Joaquin. Her recent trip to the Arlington National Cemetery, as well as a special interest in science, helped confirm Samantha’s plans to become a military forensic anthropologist so that she can visit war sites and return memorabilia to families of fallen soldiers.

Hand and Stone Massage and Facial SPA PARTY! Benefitting the Fort Bend Education Foundation. Sunday, Jan. 26, - 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Make a donation to the Fort Bend Education Foundation of $10.00 and you will receive one of the following for free: mini facial, mini massage, hot towel foot treatment, hot towel hand treatment, peppermint scalp massage, mini cold stone face massage or aromatherapy. Additional mini spa services available for $10 each. Snacks and Beverages will be served, along with games and prizes. Additionally 10% of all other retail sales will be donated to the Foundation. Reserve your space today,

spaces are limited - by calling 281-265-0065. Pictured above L- to R - Shelbie Farquar, Preet Munday, Terri Wang, FBEF VP of Community Affairs, Rafael Marquez; Owner, Peggy Jackson, FBEF Board Member Randi Henson, and Morghann Milburn.

Freedom from Bullying Event Join for free the Freedom From Bullying communitywide event (sugarcreek.net/ protectors), featuring guest speaker Paul Coughlin, in the Sugar Creek Baptist Church Main Auditorium on Thursday, January 23 at 7 p.m. This event is sponsored by The Protectors Alliance of Fort Bend Communities, a unique partnership of local business leaders, community leaders, civic organizations, faith based organizations and Fort Bend ISD Student Support Services. Paul Coughlin is Founder & President of The Protectors, which works with both public schools and private religious organizations to diminish bullying. The Protectors anti-bul-

lying program, presentation and curriculum are used by more than 100 organizations around the world. “Bullying is not about conflict, misunderstanding and related myths,” says Paul Coughlin, Founder & President of The Protectors, which works with both public schools and private religious organizations to diminish bullying. “Bullying is an intentional form of abuse, the only one of its kind that we tell the most vulnerable among us to ‘just ignore.’ In many cases, bullying is really about contempt and hatred, which are learned behaviors. In many cases it’s about pride, arrogance, entitlement, and a belief by some that they are superior to others. Stand-

ing against bullying is really about standing for human dignity, and the Protectors Alliance of Fort Bend Communities can play a unique role in bringing health and healing to the community.” “Bullying is an issue that is no longer confined to the elementary school playground. As we have seen it reaches from the playground to the pro sports arena,” says Clif Cummings, Associate Pastor of Sugar Creek and Chaplain for the Sugar Land Police Department. “Solving the problem of bullying cannot be laid solely upon the shoulders of school teachers and administrators. It affects the entire community and must be addressed by the entire community.”

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Rootin’ Tootin’ Western Fun is the theme for the February 20, 2014 Fort Bend Friend & Neighbors Luncheon to be held at the Fort Bend Country Club in Richmond. Just as the title implies members and guests will be gearing up for rodeo by showing off their best jeans, boots and western hats. The BBQ menu is being catered by The Swinging Door. Entertainment will include some down home, toe tapping country music; a square dance demonstration by the Hey Lollies Square Dance Club in Houston lead by Tom Welker, a professional caller; and an easy lesson on line dancing just in time for rodeo. Contact Chayo Huff at 281-341-7717 for more addition information and reservations. Picture left to right Bobby Bresky, Melanie Hartshorn, Nancy Franks, Carole Kanusky .

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