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Sugar Land’s District 3 race hangs in suspense with one vote difference By SESHADRI KUMAR A recount of votes cast in the Sugar Land City Council’s District 3 June 11 runoff election will be held at the Fort Bend County Elections Administration, 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, at 9 a.m., on June 22. The runoff election resulted in Amy Mitchell getting one vote more than Howard Paul. On June 15, Howard Paul filed the necessary petition and deposit requesting a manual by-hand count of the printed ballot images. City Secretary Glenda Gundermann, who will be the recount supervisor, said the digital image of each ballot cast in the election will be printed and recounted. Sugar Land Mayor Jimmy Thompson has appointed a recount committee with former Councilwoman and Sugar Mill resident Mary Von Tungeln in District 1 as the committee chair. Four other members of the committee are Kathy Huebner, (Alkire Lake), Steve Porter, (Glen Laurel), Joe Zimmer-

man, (Lake Pointe) and Stephen Ip, (Baybridge at Sugar Lakes). City Council was scheduled to canvass the returns of the runoff election on June 21, and administer the oath of office to Harish Jajoo, elected to the office of single member district four. Because of the recount of the votes cast for district three, the issuance of a certificate of election and qualification for that office is delayed pending the completion of the recount, according to Gundermann. About 120 postal ballots were received and processed during the counting on June 11. Three overseas postal ballots were received after the election and two of them were rejected because they were post marked after the election. The third postal ballot was rejected because the signature in the application for the mail-in ballot did not match the signature accompanying the ballot. There were provisional ballots as well where the voter’s name could not be immediate-

ly found in the voter list, but those votes were counted after verifying that the voters were eligible to cast the vote. Also, there were 12 under votes, meaning 12 people went to the polls, got the ballot, but failed to vote for either of the candidates. Seven years ago, when a recount was conducted in the race between Thomas Abraham and Mike Casey for the at-large city council seat, the recount yielded two additional votes for both the candidates, and the result remained unchanged, with Abraham winning the race. At that time, optical imaging system was being used and voters used a pencil to darken circles. Now, with electronic voting system the voter’s intention would be clear, and the chances of doubting a voter’s intent in casting the vote is likely to be non-existent, or minimal. Though the chance of a change in the vote count is remote, nothing can be said until the recount committee reveals its finding.

County redistricting plans ready for public comment By SESHADRI KUMAR The 15-member redistricting committee appointed by Fort Bend County Commissioners Court has completed its job. The committee has unanimously voted on a draft plan and recommended two additional, alternatives. Commissioners court will hold a public hearing on the proposals next month before adopting a final plan. The public hearing dates will be determined by county commissioners at the June 28 meeting. The redistricting is necessitated by the 2010 census to ensure that the county’s population is distributed equally among the four precincts of the commissioners. The current population of Fort Bend County is 580,510. Roughly, each precinct should have a population of

145,000. Precinct 3, for example, has about 75,000 more people and they should be reallocated to other precincts. While doing so the existing strength of the minorities should not be diluted. Under the plan unanimously adopted by the committee, known as Draft proposal 3, there is no change to Precinct 1, currently held by Richard Morrison, a Democrat. Precinct 2 Commissioner Grady Prestage (D) will get about 50,000 more people from Precinct 3, held by Andy Meyers (R). Under this plan, Quail Valley will be moved from Precinct 2 to Precinct 4, held by Commissioner James Patterson, (R). Other areas which will move to Precinct 2 include Meadows Place, parts of Barrington Place in Sugar Land, TowneW-

est, Mission Bend, Mission Glen and some neighborhoods around Bush High School on FM 1464. Precinct 4 will get Quail Valley, portions of Covington Woods in Sugar Land and Lakeside Estates and Long Meadow Farm along the Grand Parkway. About 20,000 people will move from Precinct 3 to Precinct 4 under this plan. Draft proposal 1, in addition to these changes, keeps Quail Valley in Precinct 2, moves Lake Olympia from Precinct 4 to 2 and moves Pecan Grove from Precinct 3 to 4. In Draft Proposal 2, Fresno/ Arcola area will move from Precinct 2 to 1 and a Republican precinct along FM 359 will be moved from Precinct 1 to Precinct 4, thus giving more Democrats to Precinct 1.

Impact A Hero weekend nets $825,000

Christian Okoye, left, former American Football running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, Marine Cpl. Ronny Porta, USMC and mom Natali, Kevin Robert, SVP of Marketing, Ensco , and Edd Hendee, Gala Master of Ceremonies. Impact Player Partners hosted the Seventh Annual Impact A Hero Weekend June 4 to June 6. Impact A Hero Weekend set new record of over $825,000 in donations, sponsorships and participation. Impact A Hero supports severely wounded veterans returning home from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and their families. Many times mothers, fathers, husbands, wives become caregivers to our wounded heroes and are forced to leave their jobs. Emergency financial aid is needed to pay bills including mortgage, rent, utilities, food and home and vehicle disability retrofits. Impact Player Partners is there to provide unbiased financial aid to our wounded heroes and their families. Impact A Hero and KPRC’s Sports Director Randy McIlvoy hosted on June 4 Impact A Hero 5k Walk, Run and Wheel at Mercer Stadium, Sugar Land. This year, Impact A Hero had more than 2,100 runners, including 50 wounded heroes and their families. Houston Texans Head football Coach Gary Kubiak and several of his coaches par-

Jim Hoelker, Chairman of the Board for Impact Player Partners, Corporal Ronny Porta, USMC and Deborah Clifton, Gala Chair. ticipated in the run with the A. Pepper, (Ret.), Ralph J. Vasami, Lance Corporal Garret wounded heroes. At 7 p.m. Impact A Hero Gamble, USMC (KIA), CorConcert by Chase Nease was poral Ronny Porta, USMC, held at Sugar Land Town Army SSG Matthew Lammers and Army SGT Eric EdSquare. Sugar Land Mayor James mondson, (Ret.) On June 6, Impact Thompson honored and presented each veteran with a A Hero Golf Challenge proclamation from the City of was held at Champions Golf Club with Jackie Burke as Sugar Land. Impact A Hero, Hall of Honorary Chairman. Impact A Hero Weekend Fame Gala Dinner at Sugar Land Marriott Hotel on June gives Houstonians an opporce5 was a sold out event. The tunity to join national event included Partner of the lebrities in thanking our seYear presentation to The City verely wounded servicemen of Sugar Land and Hall of and women for sacrificing their minds, bodies and someFame Inductions. The Hall of Fame Induct- times their lives. Visit www. ees were: Army SSG Jason impactahero.org

Benefit luncheon for Joplin relief Mario, Maggie, Kevin and Karen Rios, owners of Post Oak Grill Sugar Land, heard from a friend about a local relief drive for the Joplin, Missouri residents that suffered catastrophic damage when a tornado ripped through their city. They decided to do something to help. And they decided to do what they do best! So, they partnered with the local Sugar Land Tea Party to host a benefit luncheon, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Joplin Relief Drive. This benefit is part of a larger drive that Tea Party leaders started in the Houston area. Tea Parties believe in people helping people, it is part of their core value. “The people of Joplin were left without a home, clothes, food, all of the basics you need just to survive. We knew that if we asked for help, the people of Sugar Land would answer and they sure have answered,” said Judy Schmid, Sugar Land

Tea Party Organizer. The coordinated relief efforts involved more than eight area groups - seven Tea Parties and the local 912 Association. So far, the effort has raised donations that have filled two 18-wheeler trucks. More recently, through the efforts of the Area Tea Parties of Greater Houston, an account has been established at the local Wal-Mart and Sam’s retail centers in Joplin, Missouri where discounted goods can be purchased on site, so the benefit luncheon was a particularly good idea. All funds raised will be added to this account. “We wanted to do something to help the people of Joplin who have been devastated by this storm. It made perfect sense to host a benefit luncheon. People will be able to enjoy a delicious meal and support Joplin at the same time,” said Mario Rios. The benefit luncheon will be held Tuesday, June 28, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are

$50 each and tax deductible and 100 percent of your ticket purchase will go straight to the Joplin residents. Join Post Oak Grill for a wonderful lunch benefiting a wonderful cause. For more information, visit www.postoakgrillsugarland. com. The Post Oak Grill Sugar Land at Lake Pointe opened in Sugar Land in 2006 and offers subtly delicious flavors on their menu featuring the finest center-cut steaks, chops, fresh seafood and an international wine list. The Sugar Land Tea Party, which formed in 2010, is an organization whose mission is to empower individuals to act in preserving the economic freedoms and political liberties which are the foundation of American society; to support the community through advocacy; to work in partnership with like-minded groups; and to educate citizens. Visit www. sugarlandteaparty.org.

On May 25, the Exchange Club of Fort Bend participated in the rededication of the Club’s Freedom Shrine at Bush High School. Stephen Longoria, member of the Exchange Club of Fort Bend gave a brief history of the shrine. Jason Chern, Bush’s Valedictorian and the Club’s Youth of the Year, gave a description of why the Freedom Shrine was important to the school and the students. Michael McKie, left, Mike Reichek, Steven Longoria, Candace Cagle, Jason Chern, John Healey, Phil Klosowsky and Paul Wells at the Freedom Shrine,a permanently mounted collection of 30 of the most important and historic

American documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Gettysburg Address.

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Methodist Sugar Land Cancer Center has taken care of me since my diagnosis and I owe them a huge debt of gratitude. The radiation team at the cancer center is awesome. It sure helped to have skilled people who are fun taking care of me and keeping my spirit up,” said Climo. “Congratulations to Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for an excellent and uplifting celebration of cancer survivorship, every year this event continues to grow. This means two things; there are more and more people surviving cancer and Methodist Sugar Land Cancer Center is reaching and treating more people every day and giving the chance of life,” said Tommy Thompson, Executive Vice President of CanCare. “We are here today to celebrate you. Thank you for your hope and courage.” “You who are here today have come to celebrate life. You are unique individuals who have used your mind, soul and body to beat the beast. We pay tribute to you all. We as health care professionals, from the physician to the nurse, from the therapist to the technician are humbled by you allowing us to be part of your cure, part of your life, part of your story,” announced Clive Shkedy, M.D., radiation

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center recently hosted a celebration of life in honor of cancer survivors. We joined America’s 11 million cancer survivors around the world in observing the 24th annual National Cancer Survivor’s Day. Hundreds of communities worldwide hosted events this month to celebrate life and demonstrate that there is hope. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center invited all local cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital physicians and employees and anyone passionate about the cause for the National Cancer Survivor’s Day celebration. During the event, community members joined together in honoring the survivors living with a history of cancer in America today. The contributions of their families, friends and healthcare providers who support cancer survivors were also recognized. During the celebration Dagmar Climo, a two time breast cancer survivor, bravely shared her story and provided hope for those attending the event. “My mission is to inform women of the importance of early detection. Getting a yearly mammogram can truly save your life, as it did mine.

Craig Butler, Chaplain; Frances Goerlich, Cancer Center Director; Tommy Thompson, Can Care; Lindsey Turnau, Dagmar Climo, Breast Cancer Survivor who spoke at the event about the importance of early detection and Melissa Lampp. oncologist and medical direc- I have been cancer free for altor of Methodist Sugar Land most 30 years. My family and Hospital’s Cancer Center. “We I thank the fine doctors who also acknowledge all those have dedicated their lives to family members, friends and this specialty at the sacrifice care givers who have support- of time away from their own ed you through your ordeal. families, and I am thrilled We cannot forget those who that Methodist Sugar Land were less fortunate, who have Hospital has brought such a succumbed to their illness, yet high-quality cancer facility at their memory serves as an eter- the doorstep of Fort Bend resinal reminder to all health care dents,” says Debbie Markesiprofessionals to work harder no, cancer survivor. For more information on to find better ways to cure this Methodist Sugar Land Hospidisease.” “Thanks to the strides be- tal, visit www.MethodistSuging taken in cancer research, arLand.com or call 281-274people like me are able to say, 7500 for a physician referral.

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News Voluntary irrigation schedules encouraged Lack of rainfall across Texas has created record-breaking drought conditions. With no rain expected soon, Sugar Land is requesting voluntary water conservation to help reduce peak usage. Demand is greatest during weekday mornings and early Sunday evenings. To reduce peak demand and total water consumption, Sugar Land residents are asked to water lawns according to the following schedule: ●Even numbered addresses on even numbered days of the month from 8 p.m. to midnight ●Odd numbered addresses on odd numbered days of the

month from 8 p.m. to midnight The City is closely monitoring water consumption to determine if additional measures may be needed in the future, including implementation of the City’s Drought Contingency Plan; however, mandatory restrictions are not expected. “Dry, hot weather in Sugar Land typically results in increased water consumption, primarily from watering of lawns and landscaped areas,” said Water Resources Manager Colleen Spencer. “While the City has ample water supply, even in drought conditions, voluntary water conser-

vation measures can greatly reduce the demand at peak times during the day. Getting ahead of drought conditions through voluntary conservation reduces the likelihood that the City will need to initiate its Drought Contingency Plan.” Other water conservation tips: ●Set lawn mower blades one notch higher so they cut grass 2 to 3 inches tall, leave grass clippings on lawns, and cover bare ground with mulch to save up to 100 gallons or more per week. ●Check sprinkler heads, valves and drip emitters monthly. Make sure heads are aimed correctly, and immedi-

ately repair broken heads. ●Use a broom to clear pavement. ●Use a hose spray nozzle with a shutoff handle to stop water flow. ●Create a water-efficient landscape (called a xeriscape) by using drought-resistant and native plants. ●Repair leaks ●Run faucets only when using them. ●Install water-efficient fixtures. For more information on the City’s voluntary irrigation schedule, call the Sugar Land Utilities Department at 281275-450. Texans Insurance & Financial Group, Inc 101 Southwestern Blvd, Ste 230 Sugar Land, TX 77478-3535 PH (281)277-7800 FAX (281)277-7801 basil@texansinsure.com

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Fort Bend County Commissioners have passed an “Order Prohibiting the Sale and Use of Restricted Fireworks.” The order prohibits certain fireworks from being sold and/or used in the unincorporated areas of Fort Bend County and was initiated from the drought conditions that are being experienced across the region. The order specifically prohibits the sale or use of “Sky Rockets with Sticks” and “Missiles with Fins” from being sold or used. It has been determined that the restrictions are needed for these types of fireworks due to the lack of rainfall over an extended period of time and as a method for mitigating the threat of dangerous fires.

Help SLPD partner against crime Sugar Land Police are seeing an increase in overnight, residential burglaries of vehicles. I-pods, cellular phones, GPS devices and other items left in vehicles created easy targets for criminals. Residents are leaving valuables in plain view, creating easy targets for criminals. It’s a “smash and grab” crime that occurs quickly and is often difficult for police officers to prevent. SLPD is utilizing several tools to prevent this crime, include targeted patrols, surveillance, cameras and volunteer citizen patrols. Many recent arrests have been the result of alert citizens who immediately call 911 to report suspicious activity, including people and vehicles that seem out of place. However, public education remains one of the most effective deterrents. SLPD needs citizens to “Partner Against Crime.” So what’s the answer? Simple -- do not leave valuables in vehicles. Sounds easy, but people are not getting the message. The following tips can help prevent vehicle burglaries: ● Keep vehicles locked at all times. ● When parked overnight, remove all valuables from vehicles. ● If personal property must be left in a car, lock it in the trunk. Unfortunately, this option does not exist for pickup trucks or SUVs. Thieves are aware that there is no secure place to store items in these types of vehicles. ● Finally, before leaving a vehicle, take a second to look inside and make sure nothing is visible from the outside that could attract a thief.

Are you looking for something meaningful to do this summer and interested in making a difference in the lives of children? Beginning August 1st, Child Advocates of Fort Bend is offering a week-long training class to train volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. This is a great opportunity to complete the volunteer training class in a single week. Child Advocates of Fort Bend is a non-profit agency dedicated to providing a voice for abused and neglected children in Fort Bend County. With an army of volunteers, Child Advocates of Fort Bend currently serves more than 400 children each month through its Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program and Children’s Advocacy Center. Preparing for the summer training(L to R): Heather Rashid, Sasha Soileau and Casey Davis. Volunteers must be over 21 years of age, complete an application and submit to background screening. For more information or an application, contact Volunteer Services at 281-344-5100 or cdavis@cafb.org.

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Opinion The View from Sugar Land Perry goes national

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By RUSSELL JONES Rick Perry’s unannounced run for the presidency took a giant step forward last week as he reappeared in the spotlight just as other candidates were showing signs of going dark. Last year Perry stood among the top 10 potential candidates for the Republican nomination. In December he disappeared from the scene when he responded with a “definite no” to the question of whether he was running. Now, he is back with more enthusiasm and apparent support than he had before. Being unannounced, Perry did not participate in the CNN Republican candidate debate last week. That event may have eliminated all but four of the announced candidates. Romney was universally acclaimed as looking presidential, making no mistakes and appearing prepared to take on Obama. Bachmann scored the highest on points for enthusiasm as she formally announced her candidacy. Cain came across as eloquent, original and practical. Finally, staff or no staff, Gingrich could not help but be recognized as the party’s intellectual and creative leader. Other candidates simply did not measure up. Neither Pawlenty nor Santorum stirred the audience, perhaps giving it a chance to catch a few zees. Ron Paul woke them up, but in the process managed to mystify listeners who were trying to understand his isolationist foreign policy. Romney still has not satisfied many moderates who look to the mayhem caused in Massachusetts by Romneycare. Without adequately distinguishing his own plan from what Pawlenty called “Obomneycare” and suffering from past flip-flops on social is-

By RON PAUL Last week I joined six Republican and three Democrat colleagues to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its illegal war against Libya. Now that more than 90 days have passed since the president began bombing Libya, no one can seriously claim that the administration has complied with the clear requirements of the 1973 War Powers Resolution. In a remarkable act of chutzpah, the administration sent to Congress its response to the growing concern over its abuse of war powers. Its argument, in a nutshell, is that the War Powers Resolution is not relevant because US armed forces are not actually engaged in hostilities because Libya is so militarily weak it cannot fight back! This explanation would be laughable if not so horrific. The administration wants us to believe that there is no real violence because the victim cannot fight back? Imagine if this standard was applied to criminal law in the United States! I am sure Libyans on the receiving end of US and NATO bombs feel hostilities are quite definitely taking place. We must recall the origins of these attacks on Libya. The Obama administration made no claim that Libyan leader Gaddafi was killing his civilian population. Rather, the claim was that Libya might begin killing its civilians in the future. One need not defend Gaddafi’s regime -- and I most certainly do not -- to object to this flimsy and dangerous rationale for violating the sovereignty of another coun-

Jones sues, Romney may not be able to overcome continuing doubts of suspicious party members. The field is by no means certain. Giuliani has stepped up to the plate, making noises of another run for the support of the middle of the party and independents who are not ready to accept its right wing. He could give Romney serious problems, as he would be acceptable to moderate party types and independents. Perry’s support must come from right of center, and his performance last week makes it clear that he is heading in that direction. The resignation of the entire senior staff of the Gingrich campaign puts the seriousness of that campaign in question, opening a gap for Perry on the social right which Bachmann may not be able to fill. (That is not to suggest that Perry could possibly step in as an intellectual and creative leader of the party.) The great question mark is, of course, Trump, who, on the one hand, says he enjoys doing his television show too much to take time for a presidential run. On the other hand, he still threatens to play a spoiler role by running as an independent if he is not satisfied with the Republican candidate. That move would prove

disastrous for anyone trying to defeat Obama. Trump fared well in polls earlier this year and would pull many independents away from any Republican in the general election. In a speech Saturday, Perry highlighted job growth in Texas since Obama took office, accounting for half of all new jobs nationally, and claimed an ability to lower taxes and balance the budget. At first sounding like a unifier of everyone who opposes Obama’s left wing agenda, Perry touched on the theme of individual liberty and called for a move away from the national government to more control by the states. At the same time Perry tried to appeal to the right by claiming that the “party cannot be all things to all people,” a theme which could guarantee the failure of any unified opposition to Obama. Like a rogue effort by Trump to run as an independent, Perry’s exclusionary philosophy could the divisive factor exploitable by Democrats to keep Obama in office for another term. In a typically faulty revision of Republican history, Democrats are hot on Perry’s heels, looking for reasons to discredit any potentially strong candidate. Talking points have already been distributed to the usual talking heads, who contend that the country cannot survive another Texan as president. If that is not a good enough reason to discredit him among potential supporters, Perry is already being portrayed as a “secessionist,” based upon a single statement last year in which he declined to condemn statements made by others. Jones is a member of the Sugar Land City Council, having been first elected in 2003. He owns a law firm and a title insurance company in Sugar Land.

Musings: Capitalizing on green By JANICE SCANLAN I’m writing from the road this week on an adventure that started with literally months of research. So what is the first thing I notice on my adventure? I didn’t even get out of Missouri City. Missouri City’s tower is going up. The plans for the tower are quite nice. . . it’s at the southwest corner of Texas Parkway and 90. It will have a kiosk and there is a backdrop of existing trees. It’s may be a little obscured by the overpass . ..but Missouri City will now have its own tower to compete with Stafford’s obelisks. There is still an ant farm of activity on Texas Parkway in getting the new sidewalks completed and removing the huge dirt piles from the drainage project. I suspect that’s where some of the fill dirt comes from in the re-contouring of MacNaughton Park (which is the old Executive 9 golf course). Actually they are doing a nice job of making the park easier to mow. John and I have walked it several times. It’s safer from removing collapsing paths and bridges. Good news. The bad news came in that there is no money dedicated for

Scanlan this park! We passed a bond issue for Quail Valley Park. We could find $50,000 to “study MacNaughton Park”, as always conveniently before an election, but we don’t have any money to do anything about it beyond recontour it? Now this is from the same group that finally figured out that maybe we didn’t need to air condition the golf cart barn at the golf course. Yes, you read that right. The capital expense is one thing . . . what about future energy costs? Bids are coming in higher than expected on the community center. Do we really need an extensive locker facility? The idea that if we keep spending,

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we can make the golf course do much beyond break even is silly. Golf spending is like the arms race. The irony is many of us would just like to make this a true park and better use the taxpayer funded resources. For example, what about an “early course” and a late twilight course that begins at 3 p.m. like twilight at Memorial Park Golf course? The course could rotate during the weekdays which course opened at 9 or 10 a.m. and which course closed at 3. That would give taxpayers more hours to enjoy the trails. Tournaments could be an exception to the weekday time rotation. No one wants to “hurt the golf course.” And why not open the paths to bicycles? Oyster Creek Park has simple rules for hikers, bikers, roller bladers, runners and walkers. There is no damage to the trails from bikes. Hey, go look at the golf cart ruts along the courses paths. There’s nothing like those deep ruts at Oyster Creek Park. And the back trails are narrower than our course paths. So let’s get creative, take some pressure off the golf facility to “make money” by making this a hub for the entire community so that a family can golf, tennis, work out, hike, bike, go to a park, or have a bite to eat-whatever. And, where is the extension of the Oyster Creek Trail from the Y to Oyster Creek Park? We surveyed it, but will the trail be in the budget? That’s what taxpayers thought we were voting for in TWO bond issues since 1993! Capitalizing on “green” and existing assets of trees and nature that make Missouri City unique. Let’s keep building them. Write to janicescanlan@clear. net

Paul try. Imagine a scenario where the UN approves military action against the United States as a preventative humanitarian measure over US enforcement of its immigration laws, for example! Now in Libya we see the possible use of depleted uranium shells, we see infrastructure destroyed, we see universities bombed, we see all the “collateral damage.” Yet, this is a “humanitarian intervention”? In our lawsuit against the administration, among other critical issues we are demanding that the courts provide relief and protection to the country from the administration’s policy that a president may commit the United States to a war under the authority of the United Nations and NATO without authorization from Congress, and that previously appropriated funds by Congress may be used for an unconstitutional and unauthorized war in Libya or other countries. These are fundamental Constitutional

issues and I expect the judicial branch to treat our challenge with the same level of gravity as we do in the legislative branch. Remember, we were told that this attack would last “days, not weeks” and we are already three months and likely nearly a billion dollars into it. As the bombings obviously target Gaddafi’s houses, even killing some of his family members, we can see that the real goal is regime change rather than protection of civilians. Do we know much about the rebels whose side we have taken in what is, in fact, a civil war? Although it is a bit late, I am pleased to see that congressional leadership has started to listen to our constituents, who are solidly against this war on Libya. I commend Speaker Boehner’s expressions of dissatisfaction with the administration over this war and I sincerely hope he will use the full constitutional authority granted to the legislative branch to bring into check an administration clearly out of control. Polls show that the American people increasingly favor a truly conservative foreign policy: one that rejects the leftist, utopian doctrines of nation building and preemptive war, and one that is NOT funded by debt. Forcing the Obama administration to obey the clear letter of the law is one step towards restoring a traditional, patriotic foreign policy that serves American interests. (Ron Paul represents the 14th Congressional District in Texas.)

Sugar Land Democrats hold public forum on drug policy The Sugar Land Democrats Club held their fifth public policy forum for 2011 with a discussion on drug policy issues and the “War on Drugs.” More than 40 residents of Sugar Land gathered to hear the viewpoints of Jerry Epstein, President of the Drug Policy Forum of Texas www. dpft.org and Prof. William Martin of Rice University and a Senior Fellow of Religion and Public Policy at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy www.bakerinstitute. org The event was recorded by journalist Dean Becker and aired on over 90 broadcast affiliates in North America. Dean Becker concentrates his time and energy educating the public on the truth about the drug war and current USA policy on drugs via his radio show The Drug Truth Network that can be accessed at www. drugtruth.net or on radio station 90.1 KPFT Pacifica Radio. Epstein said “Seven percent of the adult population aged 26 and older in the USA has a problem with a drug and the number one drug of choice in America is alcohol.” If we consider seven people out of one-hundred have a problem with a drug that means five of the seven have problems with alcohol, thus leaving two people for every one-hundred with a problem with prescription pain killers, or cocaine/crack, or heroin. Martin has been advocating for a needle exchange program in Texas for many years due to the overwhelming evidence that it reduces pain and suffering for our brothers and sisters who have become addicted to heroin. Martin said “30 percent of all AIDS infections and 70 percent of all Hepatitis infections are spread by injecting drug

Jerry Epstein, left, William Martin, Cynthia Ginyard, Precinct matters Chairperson, Fort Bend County Democratic Party, and Deron Patterson, Co-founder/Co-chair of Sugar Land Democrats Club. cally reduce the chances that users.” He added, “A John Hopkins you will get HIV or Hepatitis study of the Baltimore City Ex- or spread the disease. It will change found that the incidents dramatically reduce the cost of HIV in Baltimore decreased the state is spending for the by 35 percent overall and by medical expenses associated 70 percent among the 10,000 with the treatment for AIDS and Hepatitis. But, because we participants in that program.” Texas has the fourth high- believe what you are doing is est number of AIDS cases in illegal, sinful, immoral, we are the USA and to date we are not going to do what we know the only state that prohibits a works. You are social lepers, needle exchange program. A and because as upright, moral, joint study by John Hopkins righteous, deeply religious and Cornell Medical Schools people, we prefer that you and estimated that every case of your social kind die. Is that the HIV prevented saves $303,000 message we want to send?” An overwhelming majority in medical expenses. Martin who has a Master of of the audience participants Theology and more important- answered that we need to do ly brings a Christ-like attitude what we know works and what to our brothers and sisters who is just and compassionate for are suffering under the weight our brothers and sisters in the of an addiction said the follow- name of all helpers of humaning powerful statement, “ Now kind. The Sugar Land Democrats despite the evidence of the many highly successful needle Club will have a special fundexchange programs in other raising event on Saturday, parts of USA and Europe, many Aug. 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. politicians (Democrats and Re- at the Sugar Land Social Club publicans) often reflecting the in Sugar Land. The keynote views of their constituents fall speaker will be Jim Hightower, back on the argument, “Well an advocate for the Democratit sends the wrong message to ic Party in Texas. Appetizers will be served provide clean needles to drug users.” Well, think about the alongside a cash bar. Donation message we now send. We $20 at the door. Host sponsorknow a way that can dramati- ships are available.


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News Fort Bend leads region in job growth Fort Bend County consistently wins top rankings when it comes to economic factors – employment rate, job creation, economic climate, tax rate and cost of living. Recent data released by national expert Woods & Poole Economics (W&P) highlights the reality driving the accolades. W&P, renowned for metropolitan and community forecasting research, predicts a 3.04% growth rate in job creation in Fort Bend from 2011-2015, putting the County top in the region and fifth in the nation. During fiscal year 2010, deals worked through the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council (GFBEDC) and economic development partners produced one of the best job and capital investment years in the EDC’s history, adding more than 1,200 jobs, $130 million in investment and nearly 1.5 million square feet of commercial absorption or new space. This growth was realized in a number of industries, including: chemical, construction, finance, healthcare and packaging. A major factor contributing to Fort Bend’s positive economic climate is its diverse population. County

residents are diverse both ethnically and professionally. Based on updated U.S. Census data, the Texas Tribune ranked Fort Bend the fourth most diverse county in the nation. Fort Bend residents have many different backgrounds, creating a strong and diverse workforce and talent pool for local companies to take advantage of when hiring new employees. Diversity is also fulfilled in the industries represented within county lines. Oftentimes businesses move to Fort Bend seeking differentiation from major industry hubs in other areas. As a result, the technology, energy, education, hospitality, manufacturing and medical sectors are all represented in Fort Bend, creating a distinct work environment to match the population. “These two elements have combined with others to help Fort Bend County realize the success it has seen in the past few years,� says Jeff Wiley, president of the GFBEDC. “This diversity of people and industries is likely to continue to be a strength for the County in the future.� For more information about Fort Bend County, visit online at FortBendCounty. com or call (281) 242-0000.

Facebook for seniors Are you a senior citizen whose children and grandchildren like to keep in touch and share pictures on Facebook? Fort Bend County Libraries will present a special program, “Facebook Set-up for Senior Citizens,â€? in July, for older adults who would like to learn more about this popular social-networking website. The class will take place at the following libraries: •Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge Thursday, July 7, 10:15 a.m. Tech Center •Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway Tuesday, July 12, 7 p.m. Conference Room Thursday, July 14, 10 a.m. Conference Room •Mamie George Branch Library, 320 Dulles Avenue, Stafford; Thursday, July 28, 10 a.m. Those attending should have a basic working knowledge of computers and must have a personal email account before attending the class. The class is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www. fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,â€? select the library, and find the program. Participants may also register by calling or visiting the library. For more information, call 281-341-2677.

Skeeters, Legends Hospitality partner food service at ballpark The Sugar Land Skeeters, the Houston area’s minor league baseball team, and Legends Hospitality, have announced a 10-year concessions management agreement for StarTex Power Field. StarTex Power Field is under construction and will open in April, 2012. Under the agreement, the Skeeters and Legends Hospitality will partner to provide all food, beverage and merchandise service at the new ballpark. StarTex Power Field will be the home field for 70 professional baseball games each year, in addition to concerts, festivals and many other events. “Legends Hospitality is a proven world-class food service professional with impeccable focus on customer service,� said Matt O’Brien, Skeeters President. “This partnership will allow us to tap into the experience, resources and buying power of a premier company like Legends Hospitality, while keeping the intimacy of local control and involvement. This is truly major league quality and service at affordable minor league prices.� “We have worked with the ownership of the Skeeters on other projects and know their commitment to first-class operations,� said Dan Smith, Legends Chief Operating Officer. “Sugar Land will give us the

opportunity to provide fans the best of Texas cuisine and hospitality, and some exciting surprises along the way.� The concession areas will feature standard ballpark fare, plus new food options that include a large variety of healthy, vegetarian, regional specialty and international-theme food offerings. The ballpark will have an extensive picnic area wrapping around the left-field foul pole, a Texas Ice House, and a luxu-

ry restaurant club overlooking the field. Set to debut in April 2012, the Skeeters will play in the $35 million-dollar StarTex Power Field, which is being constructed by both the City of Sugar Land and the Skeeters at the intersection of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 90A. Get your season ticket priority number today at www.SugarLandSkeeters.com or call 281.240.HITS (4487).

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, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg TX 77471 for the following until THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2011 AT 1:30 P.M. (CST).

LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BIDDERS Sealed Bids will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX 77471 for the following until THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2011 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Bids received after the specified time will be returned unopened. BID 11-078 – OIL AND LUBRICANTS Unit pricing is required; payment will be by check after products/services are rendered. Bonds are not 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

Q11-077 – DESIGN BUILD CONCESSION STAND FOR BARKER PARK Payment will be by check after products/services are rendered. Bonds are required. 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

CITY OF MISSOURI CITY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING On Tuesday, July 5, 2011, there will be held, during the City Council meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chamber, City of Missouri City City Hall, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, a public hearing relating to designating Reinvestment Zone No. 8 for tax abatement purposes. The proposed Reinvestment Zone No. 8 located in Reserves 26 and 27 in Block 3 of Lakeview Business Park, a recorded subdivision in the City of Missouri City, Fort Bend County, Texas, in the vicinity of Fondren Road and Buffalo Run, within the City of Missouri City. Any interested person is entitled to speak and present evidence for or against the designation of Reinvestment Zone No. 8.

High Cholesterol: Quick facts By BRENT W. GALLOWAY, M.D. Let me start by saying that not all cholesterol is bad! Cholesterol is actually needed for good health, but too much cholesterol in your blood can increase your risk for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Your liver makes all the cholesterol your body really needs but your body can also get cholesterol directly from the foods you eat. Cholesterol is used in the body to protect nerves, make cell tissues and produce certain hormones. However, as we all know, too much cholesterol can have negative impacts on your health. If you have high cholesterol, your body may store

Galloway the extra cholesterol in your arteries and cause a buildup of cholesterol called plaque. Over time, plaque can become hard and make your

arteries narrow. Large deposits of plaque can completely block an artery. Cholesterol plaques can also split open, leading to formation of a blood clot that blocks the flow of blood. If an artery that supplies blood to the muscles in your heart becomes blocked, a heart attack can occur. If an artery that supplies blood to your brain becomes blocked, a stroke can occur. The sad thing about having high cholesterol is that you can’t tell if you have high cholesterol without having it checked. There are usually no symp-

toms at all. So how do you know if you should be checked or not? A simple recommendation is that all adults 20 years of age and older should have their cholesterol checked every 5 years. If your cholesterol level is high or you have other risk factors for heart disease, you may need to have it checked sooner and more often. Stay tuned for more information on high cholesterol and your treatment options. In the meantime, feel free to make an appointment at Family Practice of Fort Bend and ask to see Dr. Galloway. 281265-3456.

WANTED. Small law firm seeks legal assistant with 2-5 years experience. Must be willing to take on multiple, varied responsibilities. Non-smoking, family firm. Fax resume and salary requirements to 281-242-7474 or email sstigant@jonesattorneys.com. CITATION BY PUBLICATION DIVORCE STATE OF TEXAS TO: NIDAL AL -SOBHE ALSAO, and to all whom it may concern, Respondent GREETINGS. You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do (does) not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 a.m. on the 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 first amended petition for divorce of Fayka Salem Ramadan, was filed in the 328TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County, Texas on October 11, 2010 against NIDAL AL -SOBHE ALSAO, being numbered 10-DCV-184735, and entitled and In the Interest of Salem Alsao, Sultan Alsao, Shums Alsao and Sudeen Alsoa, Children. The suit requests DIVORCE. The Court has authority in this suit to enter any judgment or decree dissolving the marriage and providing for the division of property which will be binding on you. The Court has authority in this suit to render an order in the child(ren)’s interest which will be binding on you, including the termination of the parentchild relationship, the determination of paternity and the appointment of a conservator with authority to consent to the child(ren)’s adoption. Issued and given under my hand and seal of said Court at Richmond, Texas, on this the 9th day of June, 2011.

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 8TH day of APRIL, 2011 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 09-DCV-168940 in favor of the Plaintiff - PARK AT MISSION GLEN HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, for the sum of $5,601.24 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 2ND day of MAY, 2011, 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) NORMAN CORRALES had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of JULY, 2011 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: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: LOT 35, BLOCK 01, OF PARK AT MISSION GLEN, SECTION ONE, AMENDING PLAT NO.1, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NOS. 2164B AND 2165A&B OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AS MODIFIED BY ANY ADDITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR REPLATS THEREOF.

ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONER: Behzad Saffary 1644 W. Alabama St.#4B Houston, TX 77006-4102 832-466-6104

ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $125,310.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final.

ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money FORT BEND COUNTY DISTRICT CLERK Order 301 JACKSON Sale to be held at or about 10:00 A.M. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE RICHMOND, TEXAS 77469 Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy District Clerk Jamie Perez Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317 281-633-7609

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Legal Notices LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is now issuing a Request for Proposals for the following: RFP # 207-11 Redistricting Services The City of Missouri City is soliciting proposals for comprehensive redistricting services for voting precincts as a result of the 2010 Census and a framework for implementation of a redistricting plan, if appropriate. Proposals will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. local time July 5, 2011 and then opened. The RFP packages may be obtained beginning June 15th by requesting the document name and number listed above by: • contacting the City Purchasing Office at 1522 Texas Parkway (281) 403-8626 • email charles@missouricitytx.gov Proposals must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery envelope with the RFP name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Proposals 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. Proposal packages marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Proposals are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers. Charles Oberrender, CPPB Purchasing Manager City of Missouri City, Texas

NOTICE TO BIDDERS WATER LINE REPLACEMENT AT THE TOWNHOMES OF SUGAR CREEK The City of Sugar Land seeks bids for furnishing all labor, material, and equipment and performing all work required for the following project in the City: CIP PROJECT NAME: CIP PROJECT NUMBER: LOCATION OF WORK:

Water Line Replacement at the Townhomes of Sugar Creek WA0803 – Phase II River Creek Way, Sugar Land, TX

Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained at the following office and locations with payment of $100: Lockwood, Andrews, & Newnam, Inc. 2925 Briarpark Drive, 3rd Floor Houston, TX 77042 Contact Kerri Burton at (713) 821-8406 Sealed bids shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land City Secretary Office, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2011, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held 1:00 p.m., Thursday, June 30, 2011, Brazos Room, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, TX 77479. The City Council will award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder that complie with all requirements of the Request for Bids. The City of Sugar Land will give notice of the contract award within ninety (90) calendar days after the bid opening date and time. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary

Notice of Public Hearing Release for Public Review and Comment City of Sugar Land Annual Action Plan For Use of CDBG Funds A public hearing will be held to give all Sugar Land residents an opportunity to voice opinions on the Annual Action Plan for the use of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and proposed projects for next year. The City would like to hear your comments on how to prioritize programs for the coming year and how we plan to spend our CDBG funding in 2011-2012. Each year, the City of Sugar Land produces an Annual Action Plan that prioritizes the use of CDBG funds. A draft of the Annual Action Plan will be available for public review and comment beginning June 27, 2011 through July 26, 2011. The draft plan may be found on the City website www.sugarlandtx.gov and in the City Secretary Office, City of Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas 77479. In addition, the City will host a public meeting to further explain the CDBG process and solicit comments and feedback from residents concerning the proposed activities. Comments will be taken into consideration for any changes to the draft plan before submittal to HUD. All attendees are invited to speak on the subject of CDBG at the public hearing on: Monday, July 11, 2011 6:00 PM Sugar Land Community Center 226 Matlage Way Sugar Land, Texas 77478 Residents may also send comments to the City of Sugar Land Community & Environmental Services Department, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas 77479 or P.O. Box 110, Sugar Land, Texas 77487-0110. Residents may fax their comments to the City at (281) 275-2771. All comments must be received by the end of the comment period on July 26, 2011 in order to be considered and referenced within the City’s Annual Action Plan. CDBG Program Background The national objective of the CDBG program is to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities principally for low and moderate-income persons. Not less than 70% of CDBG funds must be used for activities that benefit low and moderate-income persons. CDBG goals include: 1. 2. 3.

Improving the urban environment in low and moderate income areas; Eliminating blighting influences and the deterioration of property, neighborhoods and public facilities in low and moderate-income areas; and Ensuring decent, safe, sanitary housing for low and moderate-income residents.

Eligible activities include but are not limited to: public facility construction and improvements; handicapped accessibility; operational funding for non-profit agencies servicing primarily low income persons; rehabilitation of owneroccupied housing; housing development assistance; enforcement of City codes; clearance and demolition; infrastructure improvements; business development and job creation activities. Fair Housing Issues The Public Hearing will also be a forum regarding input on fair housing and related issues. Citizens with suggestions and/or concerns will be provided opportunity to voice those issues during the last portion of the public hearing. Note: In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, this facility is wheel chair accessible and accessible parking spaces are available. Requests for special accommodations or interpretive services must be made at least 72 hours prior to this meeting. Please contact Stacie Henderson at 281-275-2170 or by FAX at 281-275-2771.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Cinco Ranch Southwest, Section 31, Section 38 and Section 41, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

CONSTABLE’S NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, that by virtue of a certain Order of Sale issued by the clerk of the 240TH District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas on APRIL 19, 2011 in cause numbered 10-DCV-184886 styled FIRST COLONY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. vs. SARAH B. PARSONS., in which a judgment was rendered on FEB, 3, 2011 in favor of FIRST COLONY COMMUNITY SERVICES ASSOCIATION, INC, for the sum of THREE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED SEVENTY FIVE DOLLARS AND SIXTY-FOUR CENTS (3975.64) Dollars; plus fees for posting notice of sale, publishing, costs of suit rendered by the court, legal fees, and all costs of executing this Writ. I have levied upon the below listed property on MAY 5, 2011 and will on JULY 5, 2011, Tuesday, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. proceed to sell for cash to the highest bidder, all the Rights, Title, and Interest of SARAH B PARSONS in the following described Real Property LOT TWELVE (12)IN BLOCK THREE (3) AUSTIN PARK, SECTION 2 FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AS RECORDED IN 648B-649A OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, SUCH PROPERTY HAVING A COMMON ADDRESS OF 3406 WATER LOCUST DR, SUGAR LAND TX 77479 The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment in favor of FIRST COLONY COMMUNITY SERVICES ASSOCIATION, INC., Plaintiff, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE, RICHMOND, TX 77469 DATE: JULY 5 2011 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 am BY: SGT. M KUTACH TROY E. NEHLS Constable Pct. 4 Fort Bend County, Texas NOTICE OF CONSTABLE 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 27th day of MAY 2011 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND COUNTY VS. DA VID JAMES HOEDEBECK, JR., ET AL in Cause # 09DCV-173893 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 5th day of July, 2011, which is the first Tuesday of said month, a t the Official door of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 340000001510]907 THE NORTH ONE-HALF OF LOT 51 OF FRESNO RANCHOS SECTION A, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 254, PAGE 239 OF THE DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Levied on the 07th day of June 2011 as the property of DAVID JAMES HOEDEBECK, JR. DANIEL DWIGHT HOEDEBECK, LAURA FRANCINA TEAGUE, MARGUERITE ELISZABETH TEAGUE to satisfy a judgment amounting to $3,747.15, 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. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 07th day of June 2011. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. HUTSON,#1310 CONSTABLE’S NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, that by virtue of a certain Order of Sale issued by the clerk of the 400TH District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas on April 8, 2011 in cause numbered 08-DCV-164275 styled BRIGHTWATER HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. vs. ROGER WALLS JR. AND ALICIA WALLA , in which a judgment was rendered on NOV 9, 2009 in favor of BRIGHTWATER HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, for the sum of TEN THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED NINETY FIVE DOLLARS AND FORTY EIGHT CENTS (10695.48) Dollars; plus fees for posting notice of sale, publishing, costs of suit rendered by the court, legal fees, and all costs of executing this Writ. I have levied upon the below listed property on MAY 5 , 2011 and will on JULY 5 2011, Tuesday, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. proceed to sell for cash to the highest bidder, all the Rights, Title, and Interest of ROGER WALLS JR. AND ALICIA WALLS in the following described Real Property LOT THIRTEEN (13) IN BLOCK TWO (2) OF THE AMENDING PLAT OF LAKESHORE AT BRIGHTWATER, SECTION TWO (2) , A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NO (2) 1085/A AND B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment in favor of BRIGHTWATER HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION. Plaintiff, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE, RICHMOND, TX 77469 DATE: JULY 5 2011 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 am BY: SGT. M KUTACH TROY E. NEHLS Constable Pct. 4 Fort Bend County, Texas

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 for Riverpark West Section Nine Replat No. 2, Precinct 1. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact Warren Escovy with LJA Engineering Inc. at 713-953-5200 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on April 29th 2011 by the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09DCV-175159 in favor of the plaintiffWinfield Lakes Community Association, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $4,282.61++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/ or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on June 6th, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 5th day of July 2011 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 (s) -Nakeisha Archer and William T. Archer, Jr., had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT 26, IN BLOCK 3 OF WINFIELD LAKES, SECTION FOUR, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 2377/A OF THE MAP/PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, 3222 GLENMONT RIDGE CT., FRESNO, TEXAS 77545 TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 3RD day of MAY, 2011 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 1O-DCV-179500 in favor of the Plaintiff - PARK AT MISSION GLEN HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, for the sum of $6,148.61 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 18TH day of MAY, 2011, 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) - ALSPETH A. WILLIAMS & TIMOTHY E. WILLIAMS had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of JULY, 2011 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., 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: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: LOT 39, BLOCK 2, OF PARK AT MISSION GLEN, SECTION 3, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NO. 2397A AND 2379B OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AS MODIFIED BY ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR REPLATS THEREOF. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $113,890.00 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 A.M. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317 NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 240TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 27th day of May 2011 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND COUNTY VS. TIMOTHY LEE MULLINS, ET AL in Cause #09DCV-176836 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 5th day of July, 2011, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Official door of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 5855020030060907/5855020030060 67% INTEREST IN LOT 6, IN BLOCK 3, OF PROVIDENCE, SECTION TWO (2), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN VOLUME 28, PAGE 13 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. TRACT 2: GEO: 5855020030061 33% INTEREST IN LOT 6, IN BLOCK 3, OF PROVIDENCE, SECTION TWO (2), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN VOLUME 28, PAGE 13, OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Levied on the 7TH day of JUNE, 2011 as the property of TIMOTHY LEE MULLINS, THOMAS MULLINS, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., CITIMORTGAGE, INC., PROVIDENCE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. to satisfy a judgment amounting to $6,375.73, 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; KINGSBRIDGE MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT; WEST KEEGANS BAYOU IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT; FORT BEND COUNTY AND ALL OTHER RELATED ENTITIES. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 1ST DAY OF JUNE, 2011. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. HUTSON,#1310

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for King Lakes, Section 3, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., 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 THE STATE OF TEXAS REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 9TH day of MAY, 2011 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 $3,693.10 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 10TH day of MAY, 2011, 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) - MICHELLE HAWKINS had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of JULY, 2011 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: PROPERTY 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. ADJUDGED MARKET VALUE: $82,500.00 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 A.M. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317 NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 240TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 26th day of May 2011 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND COUNTY VS.LAWRENCE E. GARVIN, AKA LAWRENCE EUGENE GARVIN, ET AL in Cause # 09-DCV173846 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 5th day of July, 2011, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Official door of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 5856020020021907 THE NORTHERLY PORTION OF LOT TWO (2), IN BLOCK TWO (2), OF QUAIL BRIDGE, SECTION TWO (2), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN VOLUME 25 PAGE 15 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (ACCOUNT NUMBER 5856020020021907). Levied on the 1ST day of JUNE, 2011 as the property of LAWRENCE GARVIN AKA LAWRENCE EUGENE GARVIN, QUAIL BRIDGE COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, A TEXAS NON-PROFIT CORPORATION to satisfy a judgment amounting to $7,855.84, 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 AND CITY OF HOUSTON. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 1ST DAY OF JUNE, 2011. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. HUTSON,#1310 NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 7th day of APRIL, 2011 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 08-DCV-167751 in favor of the Plaintiff - KlNGSBRIDGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, for the sum of $5,093.17 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 12TH day of MAY, 2011, 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) - SlAMA NOEL had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of JULY, 2011 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., 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: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: LOT 13, IN BLOCK 2, OF KINGSBRIDGE PARK, SECTION 3, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS , ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 1644/A & 1644/B, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (THE PROPERTY) ALSO KNOWN AS 14206 ANDREA WAY LANE, SUGAR LAND, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, 77478. 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 A.M. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 03rd day of May, 2011 by the 240th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 10-DCV184256 in favor of the Plaintiff -KINGSBRIDGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, for the sum of $2,760.00 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 03RD day of JUNE, 2011, 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) RENE JOE MORENO AND MARGARET ROSS MORENO had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 05TH day of JULY, 2011 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., 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 31, IN BLOCK 2, OF KlNGSBRIDGE PLACE, SECTION 1, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NO(S)1183/B & 1184/A, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (THE “PROPERTY”) ALSO KNOWN AS 9410 GATMERE CT., SUGAR LAND, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, 77478. Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. ADJUDGED MARKET VALUE: $146,060.00 Terms: Cash Sale to be held at or about 10:00 AM. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. HUTSON,#1310

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on April 28th 2011 by the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09DCV-175157 in favor of the plaintiffWinfield Lakes Community Association, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $7,788.25++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/ or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on June 6th, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 5th day of July 2011 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 (s) -Frankie L. Hall had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT 6, BLOCK 3, WINFIELD LAKES, SECTION 3, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE 2438B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, 3322 DARTMOUTH FIELD LANE, FRESNO, TEXAS 77545. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR SEALED COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS Sealed Competitive Proposals will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX 77471 for the following until THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011 at 1:30 P.M. CST). All proposals will then be opened in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX 77471 and the names of the proposers made public. Proposals received after the specified time will be returned unopened. RFP 11-076 – REHABILITATION OF SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURES A pre-RFP conference with site visits will be conducted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:00 AM (CST). The conference will be held at the Public Transportation Conference Room at the Fort Bend County Emily Court Annex located at 12550 Emily Court, Sugar Land, Texas. All contractors are encouraged to attend; no additional site visits will be conducted. Unit pricing is required; payment will be by check after products/services are rendered. Bonds are not required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on April 29th 2011 by the 240th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #10-DCV181988 in favor of the plaintiff- QUAIL BRIDGE COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, plaintiff, for the sum of $2,855.51++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on June 6th, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 5th day of July 2011 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 (s) -RONNIE L. LEADY, JR., had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT 43, IN BLOCK 2 OF BENCHMARK, SECTION ONE, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 28, PAGE 22 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, (THE PROPERTY) ALSO KNOWN AS 16722 SENTINEL DRIVE, HOUSTON, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS 77053. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable


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Jordan/Green Lantern and he is clearly the next Ryan Reynolds. Oh, I see, he’s already a Hollywood hunk with charming eyes and a cut body just like Ryan Reynolds. It’s getting difficult to keep up with the long list of hunky actors with a six pack. I have a six pack. Actually, RR was a bright spot for this sophomoric mess, but not nearly as hot as Blake

FILM REVIEW: Green Lantern I have to write this review very fast as I am late for a doctor’s appointment; can’t keep a doctor waiting on a Friday afternoon. As long as I am inside; when I got out of AMC’s First Colony, the temperature was 105 degrees according to my car’s thermometer. That’s not fit for man nor beast. And “Green Lantern” is fit for only those who are comically tested and DC committed. As in DC Comics. I did not read comics when I was a poor child from the rice fields of Bay City, so I really don’t care a wit about a superhero in a green outfit and a power ring. But I do love a great movie. Unfortunately, this movie is full of grandiose special effects and 3D visuals, but just another comic book trying to make it big on the big screen. “In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight! Let those who worship evil’s might, beware my pow-

er. Green Lantern’s light!” That’s a beautiful oath of the Green Lantern. I threw that in for the freaks. There’s a lot

to like and admire about this flick, but I was not impressed with the story although the visual effects and overall pro-

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FBJSL donates $140,000 to Parks Youth Ranch The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL), along with Sterling McCall Lexus, presented the 2011 “Vintage Vegas” Charity Ball and Casino on March 5 at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. The event raised $140,000. Ten percent of the event proceeds will be donated to the FBJSL Community Assistance Fund, while the remaining $126,000 will be donated to the Ball’s primary beneficiary, the Fred & Mabel R. Parks Youth Ranch. Parks Youth Ranch serves at-risk and homeless youth by providing a safe, supportive and structured environment to address a variety of family situations requiring referrals, intervention, mediation, counseling, and temporary emergency shelter. Funds from the Charity Ball will be used to convert an existing barn into a recreation center for the children residing at the Ranch shelter and for those receiving services at the Ranch’s George Counseling Center.

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Local volleyball team to compete for national championship The girls playing on the Southwest Juniors 14U Asics will be heading to Atlanta, Georgia to compete in the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships, June 25-28, 2011. They are the only team from the Houston area who qualified to play in the 14U Open Division. The girls will stack up against the best 31 other teams from across our country. After practicing a short time together, it was obvious this team had a winning chemistry. It is very exciting to watch their defense dig balls with seemingly instinctive precision. Emily Butters (libero) and Jessica Dorey (defensive specialist) are constantly diving on the court to get even the most difficult of spikes from the opposition back in the air. They have recently added Emilee Schlom, the newest addition to the team, to dig up balls in the back row. The season began with a bang when the Southwest Juniors 14U Asics won the first official tournament of the year (The Texas Region Warm-Up Tournament), held at the George R. Brown Convention Center. It was nail biting, but a huge boost to open the season with a tournament win. The girls were starting off an amazing season of volleyball. An amazing season it has been! Mid-season, the team’s long practices, three days a week, were reaping rewards as they won third in the Tour of Texas Championship. Team captain Tamia Dockery (setter) reads the court better than players much older. When Tamia jumped up and spiked the ball straight

down onto the opponent’s side, making a well deserved point, a parent stood up and quietly said to a fellow team parent “And that was our setter spiking that ball,” Annie Loyd (setter) is very skilled as well and has a bright future. Tamia and Annie make the team a very powerful hitting team. Makayla Randle and Jarra Owens hitting on the right side along with Ciara Appelbaum and Cailin Paul hitting from the outside, love receiving sets from Tamia and Annie. Both Makayla and Jarra approach the net and hit with an unsuspecting left hand. Cailin and Ciara make a powerful combination hitting from the left side. When it counted the most, the 14U Southwest Juniors club headed to the Big South National Qualifier to earn a bid to the USA National Championships. There were 72 teams in their division. The girls won it all coming in first place. These determined young ladies now are in an exclusive club. Only 32 teams earned the honor of playing for the USA Juniors National Championship. “We’re all really good in our specific positions, so playing with everyone together just makes us all better. We’re so excited to have qualified for Junior Nationals. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said the 6-foot, outside hitter, Ciara Appelbaum. “It’s an honor to be able to go and play against the best teams in the country. Whether we win or lose, we are the national champions in my eyes. ” Not only are the Southwest Juniors friends and teammates, but they push each

other to become more skilled. That chemistry and intensity may well have helped the team qualify for nationals. That chemistry will be tested as a late season back injury to Rebecca Luebeck (middle) has caused several players to switch positions. Sadly, Rebecca suffered a back injury. Jarra Owens and Makayla Randle moved from right side to help at middle and Annie Loyd is playing both setter and right side. Southwest Juniors 14U Asics will play three matches each day during two days of pool play. Final rounds will take place on days three and four. The 14U club team, coached by Priscilla Sandoval, consists of players from Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, and Katy. These young ladies have a winning character. They take care of business on the court. During the 2011 season, the team played in tournaments in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio (in the Alamo Dome), and Atlanta. But the June 2011 championship is the one they’re most excited about. The national tournament will give the Southwest Juniors 14U the opportunity to measure themselves against other top-notch teams. No matter the outcome, being on this squad has given the Southwest Juniors 14U a wealth of opportunities. Their hard work and determination is sure to make Houston, and the south suburbs very proud. “I was just hoping to get to play at a high competitive level, really, and I’ve gotten so much more,” says Gabby Crowell, a junior outside hitter.

Joplin, Missouri Relief Drive Benefit Luncheon for Joplin, Missouri Tornado Victims Post Oak Grill and the Sugar Land Tea Party have joined forces to raise much-needed funds for Joplin, Missouri, hard hit by a recent tornado. Join us at

Tuesday, June 28 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 1550 Lake Pointe Parkway, Suite 500 Sugar Land 77478 Tickets are $50 and tax deductible Lunch includes a soup or salad, your choice of three delicious main courses and a dessert. Alcohol is an additional charge.

Purchase your tickets in advance at www.sugarlandteaparty.org For additional information, contact Nancy Dunham at 832-725-7303 or by email at getinvolvedinfbc@gmail.com or visit www.PostOakGrillSugarLand.com.

Southwest Juniors 14U volleyball team.

The team in action.

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