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The TOMA complaint, by Sugar Land resident Nancy Faced with potential legal Dunham, was filed with Fort action after Fort Bend ISD Bend County Attorney Roy Trustee Bruce Albright was Cordes Jr., and District Attorney accused of violating the Texas John Healey on June 28. Open Meetings Act (TOMA) At issue is the BOT meeting in June, the Board of Trustees on June 11 where the trustees decided to vote again on considered the recommendations proposed re-zoning changes and by the Building Utilization the opening of a new elementary Committee concerning four reschool at their meeting in August. zoning proposals. When Board By Betsy Dolan

overpasses on a segment of the Grand Parkway. The sections are part of what is known as Segment D. Sections 2 and 3 are the proposed overpasses on New Territory Boulevard and US 90A/FM 1464. About a year ago, a groundbreaking ceremony organized by the county and the Texas Department of Transportation for the overpasses

Three cent tax rate increase for City of Stafford Karen Daniels

The annual Special Joint Session of the Board of Trustees for SMSD and Stafford's City Council met last week to vote on the 2012/2013 school budget and proposed tax rate increase. After two hours of introductions, updates, discussions, a public hearing (where only one person spoke) the votes for the proposed budget and the three cent tax rate increase were passed unanimously.

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Three cents to a home valued at $150,000 will amount to a $32 increase from last year. Dr. Hindt called the budget "conservative, yet provides for the staff and students." Stafford MSD had a record setting attendance the first week of school with 3,317 students registered in the District. And this will probably not be the final number. On September 8, the District is TAX RATE, continued on page 15

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President Jim Rice asked for a motion to approve, Albright made a motion to amend the plan to include an opening date of Elementary School No. 46, planned for Aliana, in August of 2014. When Trustee Grayle James questioned why the school opening was not originally included on the June agenda FBISD, continued on page 15

Fort Bend Grand Parkway overpasses in the making Fort Bend County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a $33,973,716 contract on Aug. 28 between the Fort Bend Grand Parkway Toll Road Authority and Williams Brothers Construction Company to construct two sections of

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took place on the Grand Parkway signaling the ceremonial start of the project. As announced the tolled overpasses, part of the county’s move to develop its own mobility solutions, are scheduled for completion within two years. These overpasses on Segment D of the Grand Parkway are intended to be financially selfsustaining. On July 24, County Commissioners okayed issuing $179,825,000 in bonds and entering into an agreement for the payback of those bonds to finance the Segment D project.The roadway where the overpasses will be constructed stretches over 17 miles from US 59 to IH 10 and runs through both Harris and Fort Bend counties. Once this project is completed, motorists may elect to take the non-stop tolled roads using an EZ-TAG or continue to use the frontage roads with traffic lights and avoid paying a toll. At the time of the groundbreaking announcement to construct the overpasses, some critics said there was not OVERPASSES, continued on page 15

High School Football Underway in Fort Bend

Mark your calendars and save the date so you can come to Sugar Land Rotary’s Fall Classic “Party at the Ballpark” on Saturday, September 15, beginning at 6:30 pm at the Sugar Land Skeeter’s Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land. Title sponsor Classic Chevrolet representatives are pictured with Sugar Land Rotarians with the event raffle prize, a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, courtesy of Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land: (Front Row left to right) Jared Jameson, Sugar Land Rotary president; Ray Aguilar, Don Kerstetter, Classic Chevrolet owner; Pat Houck (seated), David Alexander, Richard Booker, Jim Munnell; (Back Row) Kerry Jarka and Jeff Tallas, Past President & Past District 5890 Governor and Fall Classic Chair. Come and share the fun and fellowship at the 2012 Fall Classic Party at the Ballpark with Sugar Land Rotarians and go to bat to benefit our community! For more information, call 713-515-9119. See related story on page 10

Lamar CISD maintains tax rate and approves raises for staff By Betsy Dolan

The new school year in the Lamar Consolidated School District started with a balanced budget and across-the-board raises for all Lamar CISD staff. The Board of Trustees approved budgets for the 2012-2013 school year which included the staff raises without increasing

the tax rate. “We were able to accomplish three goals: a balanced budget, no tax increase and Thomas Randle a raise for our employees,” said Lamar CISD Superintendent, Dr. Thomas

Randle. “The credit goes to our Trustees and to our staff, both of which have done a terrific job of planning and holding down costs, even while we continue to add students.” The raise for teachers amounts to about $2.6 million, according to LAMAR ISD, continued on page 15

Missouri City's thirst for new business prompts Lakeview expansion  By Betsy Dolan

Large construction vehicles have just started moving dirt at the site of the new Niagara bottling facility in Missouri City's Lakeview Business Park and already the company has decided to expand by implementing Phase 1 and Phase 2 simultaneously. Niagara’s decision has spurred Lakeview Business Park developer

Trammell Crow to move forward with $2.75 million in drainage and road improvements in Phase 2 of the business park. "Niagara is taking 25 acres in the center of the project which means we need to finish the roads and get those water and sewer lines in place faster than we had initially intended", Bob Graf, Economic Development Coordinator said. In May, Niagara, the second

Innocent neighbors injured in shootout By LeaAnne Klentzman

In a flashback to the 1980’s and street antics that lured Houston television reporters to the mean streets of Richmond, police on nearby calls for service heard the explosion of gunfire in the early hours of Saturday morning. About 1 am, Saturday Photo by Kirk Holt morning, gunfire erupted in In the second week of football, Fort Bend Austin played George Ranch last Friday night. Fort Bend Austin north Richmond. A father lost to George Ranch 28 to 20. Vic Enwere running back for FB Austin narrowly escapes from George Ranch and son were shot in the Linebacker Chris Greer. For a recap on Game of the Week - Clements Rangers vs Pasadena Memorial, see page 7. flying barrage of bullets

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that were fired from assault weapons, an AK47, Tec 9 according to police. A .380 pistol was also recovered. INNOCENT, continued on page 15

largest bottled water company in the United States, announced their decision to build a 356,000 square foot facility in Missouri City. While the plant will be large enough to accommodate EXPANSION, continued on page 15

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Remember the story of Hansel and Gretel? They left a trail …. Well, so did a CRIMINAL Richmond man OF THE WEEK over the weekend. Only this guy, well, he left a trail of stolen property… that led right to him! Yep, he broke into a place on Jackson Street and cut himself all up in the process. Then looking like he had been in a fight with a slice and dice machine, he left the scene – on his BICYCLE!

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Ticket to ride Back in ancient history when the female elected officials sued the county for pay parity, the county commissioners were getting $500 per month for a car allowance. When the county caved the day before commissioners were scheduled to start depositions in the law suit, the $500 per month was rolled into their salary and the women were given the following pay: tax assessor- same as commissioners; county clerk and district clerk- 97% of commissioners salary; and county treasurer-95% of commissioners salary. This salary schedule is in effect to this day, and is around $100,000 annually for each position. It is interesting to note that in 2006, becoming effective 2007, Commissioners tied their salary raises to that of State District Judges whose salary is set by state legislators. But wait, state legislators, who are normally known for their salary frugality

since they make hardly anything themselves in salary, have their retirement tied to state district judges salary. This is the incentive for the legislature to raise the state district judges’ salary. At the time in 2006, it was discussed that state district judges didn’t get raises but about every six years. Lately, a couple of commissioners have been complaining that it’s been too long and it’s time for them to have a raise. So now they want to go off the state district judge salary schedule. Of course it’s like one former elected official in Fort Bend County, Glory Hopkins, who was district clerk for 20 years and was the female official who organized the lawsuit for pay parity, said in a letter she wrote during that time in 2006: “Our Commissioners have a much higher self-esteem quotient ... and are so impressed with themselves that they want to tie their salaries to the base salary of

State District Court Judges! “County judges and commissioners must get filled with blinding self-importance at training camp, because they spend most of their terms in office looking in a mirror admiring their own reflections. They learn the definition of a commissioner is being self-employed while picking up a county paycheck, and probably spend a lot of time laughing at the poor taxpaying fools back home.” So we discover that our commissioners want to tie their salary increases to that of state district judges when it is convenient for them but to disregard that when it “takes too long.” Commissioners are currently talking about a 2.35% salary increase for themselves and other elected officials. Exception: they don’t want to give a salary increase to state district judges, county court at law judges BEV’S BURNER, continued on page 4

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and the district attorney all of whom receive both county pay and state pay, but that’s a whole nother story. Since the topic of commissioners pay schedule is being discussed, I took a look at commissioners monthly expense reports. You remember I mentioned earlier that their former $500 a month car allowance was rolled into their salaries after the attorney general ruled it was illegal for them to receive an allowance plus free gas, batteries, tires, etc. So commissioners rolled that into their salary and agreed to turn in mileage only when they travelled outside of Fort Bend County. They did that for about a year, but the next year, realizing they were leaving money on the table, they came back and decided they could be reimbursed for mileage inside the county. For example, Pct. 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers, that bastion of penny-pinching (when it’s his own money, or campaign contributions) charges the taxpayers mileage to attend commissioners court every Tuesday. But the king of expenses is Pct. 2 Commissioner Grady Prestage. Commissioner Prestage spent a total of an extra $10,200.34 for 7-1-2011 to 7-1-2012; $3,179.04 for mileage expense and $7,021.30 for other travel expense (i.e. rental car, conference registration, hotel, and airline.) He went on county business, conferences and continuing education to Fort Worth,

commercial burglary as well as vehicle vandalism and burglary." The first meeting will focus on what suspicious activity is and what residents can do about it. Specific tips will be given on what to look for and how to go about reporting it. Captain Ashton explained that structure and organization will come with time, and the eventual goal is to divide the City into sections and assign block captains to each section. The block leaders will then be assigned a police officer that they can contact in the event that criminal activity occurs.

Community relationships is what makes the City of Meadows Place special. Captain Ashton stressed that "it's neighbors looking out for other neighbors that makes the difference." If you think something looks out of place, call the police. Is the man in the tee-shirt entering backyards really with the gas company? Is the car driving slowly around the neighborhood lost or casing homes? Is the person dressed in black on a hot summer day up to something? Call the police so that they can check it out. This is what they are

paid to do. Mayor Jessup says, "Police would rather come to nothing, then not come to something they should have." The Neighborhood Watch meeting will be the first meeting in the new Tactical Training Center. The City of Meadows Place renovated their MUD building to accommodate state mandated classes for their officers, training classes for their officers, as well as other agencies, and public education classes. To learn more about the Neighborhood Watch meeting, go to www. cityofmeadowsplace.org.

Portland Oregon, Washington D.C., Decatur, Hill County, and Pittsburgh. Pct. 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers is the next big spender logging $6,879.06. He turned in $4,904.56 in mileage and spent $1,974.50 going to conferences or continuing education courses. Commissioners Richard Morrison (Pct. 1) and James Patterson (Pct. 4) and County Judge Bob Hebert all spent less than $3,500 each. Commissioner Patterson spent $3,342.34--$2,893.44 for mileage and $448.90 for travel.

Commissioner Morrison spent $3,029.29--$2,233.39 for mileage and $795.90 for travel. County Judge Bob Hebert spent a total of $2,355.28-$659.00 for mileage and $1,696.28 for travel. I’ll discuss this in more detail in upcoming weeks. Now commissioners are considering adding a whole new department to the county without benefit of a public hearing or even public discussion. It is a department to deal with transportation problems, like fleet issues, certainly not their own travel expenses. My concern as a taxpayer is ...

who is going to head this department, what kind of credentials must they have (foc-friends of commissioners), what is the budget for the department, and how much money will it save? These are driving questions that need to be answered. We’ll delve into more transportation next week. B.K. Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend/Southwest Star. She can be reached at beverly@fortbendstar.com. Follow Bev on Twitter. Search for BevsBurner.

"Care to Chat Connect Conference" to be held Sept 29 As teenagers reach adolescents they may not understand what changes are happening with in their bodies. As parents, it’s important to talk with your children about these changes as well as other effects they may encounter growing up. Fort Bend ISD’s Volunteers and Partnerships Office is joining Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and the University of Houston Victoria School of Nursing in presenting a free community conference, “Care 2 Chat.” “Fort Bend ISD is proud to partner with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and the University of Houston-Sugar Land in presenting the Care 2 Chat Community Connect Conference,” said Pamela Shaw, FBISD Volunteers and Partnerships Coordinator. “By joining the hospital and university

in this exciting event, we are able to extend our offerings beyond our school district and provide a greater venue of sessions and vendors from which the community can benefit.” The four-hour conference will give community members the opportunity to take part in a variety of informative sessions presented by area professionals on topics such as: • “School Transitions – Now What Do We Do?” • “Hang 10 – Internet Safety beginning with 10 Basic Rules” • “Child in Sports? – A guide to Sports Medicine Injuries” • “Allergies and Asthma” • “Eating Healthy is NOT Expensive” • “Understanding and Motivating the Underachieving Child” As a convenience to

participants, a limited number of sessions will be available in Spanish. The event will take place on Saturday, September 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the University of Houston-Sugar Land, located at 14000 University Blvd., Sugar Land, 77479. Also part of the conference includes free health screenings- blood pressure, glucose and bone density, a free breakfast, and door prizes given away (including an Apple iPad donated by Memorial Credit Union). The event is free but registration is required. Call 713.222.CARE to register. Space for the conference will be limited to the first 500 people to call and register for the event. More information regarding registration will be forthcoming via the FBISD website at www.fortbendisd.com.


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the country cried out before and after the vote was taken for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Conservatives understood way ahead of the curve what this potentially By Barbara J. Carlson pernicious law could mean—for all of us. The Democrats are clearly going after ex-military. This is only the beginning what Former U.S. Marine Raub and Special Justice Stokes our Veterans will endure, as Brandon J. Raub has joined was unable to be reached as to this law will quietly transform the Democratic hit list simply the clerical errors on Raub’s its affliction onto all of us. The for speaking out on his paperwork. John Whitehead, vagueness of this law is most recently created and private Raub’s attorney, claimed that discerning. This power grab of Facebook page. What sets there was nothing alarming our freedom is a devastating this 26-year-old ex-military in Raub’s Facebook posts. blow to our Constitution. incident apart is the dangerously So, in essence, an arrest— Smart meters have become aggressive unconstitutional which was claimed to not really a false reality, the unexplained action taken against Raub. have been an arrest in Raub’s inordinate purchase of one With one swoop, a former case—allows the Federal billion rounds of ammo by this Marine—a man who has served Government to detain ex-military government, the Feds are taking both in Iraq and Afghanistan for for an undetermined amount over states’ rights, the TSA six years—was involuntarily of time simply based on mere has gone beyond inappropriate ushered into a psychiatric ward suspicion while completely behavior in keeping us without proper evaluation, just circumventing due process. All “safe,” the drones are already cause and lack of any basis to because one chose to exercise domestically circling and this hold him. Making matters worse, his First Amendment right. administration—uneducated in the second judge ruled that Raub At what point does one the medical profession—wants to be further detained for another mouthing some of the most dictate who, how, when and if we month until the public outcry terrifying Rapp songs come will receive medical care, while was heard loud and clear. Not under fire? Or does that fall our borders are not secure and only was Raub arrested and under the Left’s political safe our financial stability is at stake. detained against his will without haven? More importantly, at Yes, indeed, we, the first being served with a warrant what point will some of the most greatest country in the world, and read his Miranda Rights, articulate Conservative radio will face horrific domestic but Raub’s lawyer was denied talk-show hosts be gathered devastation—to all of us—if cross-examination of medical up and detained indefinitely? the military advances much personnel who had assessed Conservative voices across further in encroaching on our

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Constitution. The domestic battle for our country’s future and becoming a police state will be decided by this election. Obama’s newly-concocted campaign slogan “Forward” is not a miscalculated and erroneous word choice. Vorwarts! Vorwarts! (meaning Forward) was a Nazi marching tune. Where is the outrage? The Democrats have no problem as they continue to subject all of us to the perimeters of our language, claiming discrimination against one minority or the other. Where is the voice for the millions of our innocent Jewish and Polish fellow men and women who endured utter inhumane torture? Offensive? This is beyond offensive. We can only “hope” for Obama’s explanation as to his inexcusably tardy visit to New Orleans—still no sound bites from the Democrats—long after Romney’s visit. What we can be assured of this week at the DNC is the arrogance that will exude from this most inept leader our country has ever been plagued with as he stands before the teleprompter and attempts to bamboozle Americans one more time along with his expected abdication from us if he gets another four years. Have your Tums in hand.

Austin Angels honor new members and directors at Induction Ceremony The Austin High School (AHS) Angels welcomed 15 rookie members to its team during their annual Induction Ceremony, held August 18. The team also welcomed Lilian Mason as their new director and Ashlee Williamson as assistant director. Mason is an AHS graduate and former Angel officer. She has also performed as a member of the University of Houston’s Dance Ensemble. While at UH, her dancing and choreography were featured in the Emerging Choreographers Showcase, Canvas in Motion. As a former Austin Angel, Mason can appreciate the value of being on the team. “The Austin Angels have taught me what it means to be a respectful, disciplined, goaloriented, and compassionate dancer,” she said.

“This organization is one of merit and value that has a lasting impact on the lives of its members, not only in the dance studio, but in all aspects of life.” Williamson, the team’s new assistant director, is a recent graduate of Point Park University and a 2003 graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She has studied with many renowned choreographers and was cast in the off-Broadway production of Contact. She began working with the Angels dance team in 2008 as a choreographer between contracts as an international singer and dancer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She is looking forward to bringing her many talents to the Angels in her new role as assistant director.

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I'm Sick and Tired... I’m sick and tired of outrageously high college tuition costs. When I started at a Texas public college Michael Fredrickson 28 years ago the cost of a three hour course was $12. That was tuition only. No lab fees or books or parking etc. Today, I pay $1500 for that same three hours of college credit for my

daughter at the exact same university. Even room and board costs did not increased that much! After my first two or three years of college and after the state’s loss of oil revenue, they tripled the tuition to $36 for a three-hour course. The state’s entire justification for the cost increase was the loss of oil revenue in the Texas Permanent School fund. Supposedly, the inflation adjusted cost of a barrel of oil is still lower today than during

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Springs of Life Music and Arts Center is currently registering students for the Fall/Winter 2012/2013 music classes for different locations in Houston. Professional instructors are giving beginning lessons for group Piano / keyboard, guitar, string instruments, percussions and vocal instruction. For over 15 years Springs of Life has taught students the importance of fundamental theory, ear training, sight reading, and professionalism for beginning and advancing musicians. The founder of Springs of Life, Ravi Varughese, says that the “formative years for children (typically 6-9 years of age) are the most crucial in developing the mind through music. One of the most powerful tools available to the development of the mind is music. Since music involves math at many levels the mind grasps critical thinking skills applied to math and science.” Music is a universal language that everyone can learn and communicate through. Neurological science supports this statement since the Front Temporal Lobe is the language center of the brain. The Mozart

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their peak in the early 1980’s. However, aren’t they drilling twice as many oil wells today than 25 years ago? Has the university’s cost of electricity gone up that much. Have professor’s salaries increased that much? I don’t know of any single factor that can justify that amount of inflation. When I’ve asked some smart finance friends of mine they say there are more people attending college. So what! Build more classrooms, hire more faculty, etc. A college education is not a commodity like oil that fluctuates depending on supply and demand. When demand increases, just build some more classrooms and hire more professors and bingo - you have increased the supply. Texas public schools educate kids in grades K-12 for about $9,000 per year and that includes the costs of textbooks and busing. What is the cost of a high school classroom? The only difference between a college classroom and a high school classroom should be the teachers salary versus the professors salary. I remember a parking permit costing about $35 per semester. Today it is around $500 for the year. Who is keeping an eye on these knuckleheads that are coming up with these rates? Why is it so much cheaper for

a three-hour freshman English course at WCJC than at Texas State or the University of Texas? These costs are absolutely outrageous! To add insult to injury many of the college students are building up huge amounts of student loan debt that they cannot afford to repay after graduation unless they can find a job. It would seem to me that the Texas Permanent School fund should be decreasing college tuition costs. Doesn’t this revenue source increase in value annually and throw off increasing amounts of revenue to fund education. Why does college tuition just increase. In the financial meltdown of 2008, the recession, etc., etc. I saw lots of costs decrease throughout the economy. When are those tuition costs going to decrease? This column expresses the personal opinions of Michael Fredrickson. If you would like to post your opinion online regarding this column, go to "columns" on our website. Register to post your comment on any column or article or write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Names can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number. Email comments to Michael@FortBendStar.com. State Wide Award Winning Columnist

Poisoned nuns? It must be Nunsense!!! Fort Bend Theatre opens its dynamic 24th season with an encore production of the proven crowd- pleaser, Nunsense, at 2815 North Main Street in Stafford, September 21 – October 6, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidently poisoned the fifty-two bingo-playing nuns that help run a leper colony on an island south of France. With no funds for the burials,

five of the nineteen surviving nuns must find a way to overcome this disaster. What follows is an outrageously hilarious story that will make you laugh from beginning to end! Adult tickets are only $16, seniors and students are $15, and children under 12 are $13. Tickets may be purchased on the FBT website, www. fortbendtheatre.com. For more information, please call 281-208-3333.

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Missouri City preparing for a “Team Clean” day Sept. 21 On Friday, Sept. 21, Missouri City employees will join forces for a “Team Clean” and dedicate the day to cleaning out and organizing their work areas. All non-emergency city offices will be closed except for Permits & Inspections; that office will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to accept monthly Planning & Zoning submittals. It will be closed for the duration of the day. City offices will reopen for regular business hours at 8 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 24. Residents who have questions about city services and programs should call 281.403.8500 and leave a message. Residents and businesses with questions about inspections and permits should call 281.403.8600 and leave a message. City staff will promptly return all calls

on Monday. For emergencies, please call 281.403.8700. The goal of the “Team Clean” project is to provide city staff an opportunity to review, organize and archive electronic and paper files, clear out nonessential files and clutter, and to recycle paper, office equipment and other accessories. A newly formed City Green Committee will coordinate the recycling portion of the project. “Missouri City is proud of our clean, green environmental initiatives,” said Records Management Coordinator Vickie Berglund, who is spearheading the project. “As part of our goals to effectively and efficiently serve citizens, employees will work together to clear out any clutter we have; helping to streamline our work processes.”

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“What are the Benefits of Nitrogen in Tires” Compressed nitrogen has long been used to inflate the tires of race cars and aircraft. Regular air is approximately 78 percent nitrogen, 21 percent oxygen and 1 percent water vapor. The oxygen and water vapor can degrade tires and wheels, shortening tire life. Nitrogen inflation is now available from many commercial and passenger car dealers. David Alexander Slower Inflation Pressure Loss - A tire inflated with Service Director regular compressed air will lose about one and a half to two psi of pressure per month. Most of the pressure loss is due to oxygen molecules permeating through the tire rubber. Replacing the air with 95 to 98 percent nitrogen reduces the pressure loss to less than one-half psi per month. Since many drivers do not regularly check their air pressure, nitrogen inflation will allow their tires to maintain proper inflation levels longer. The major benefit of properly inflated tires is optimum Oxygen can cause oxidation of tire rubber and corrosion of metal and alloy wheels. The water vapor in air can accelerate these processes, especially under pressure like the compressed air in a tire. The corrosive effects of both oxygen and water vapor are multiplied when a tire overheats due to under-inflation. Nitrogen is an inert gas and will not cause corrosion or rust. Nitrogen also will not degrade the seals in air valves, further preventing pressure loss. Improved Tire Life - Using nitrogen to pressurize tires has benefits over regular air for tire longevity. The greatest threats to tire life are heat and uneven tread wear. Both of these result from improper tire pressure; using nitrogen will maintain a more even tire pressure over the life of a tire. Also, the rubber inner lining of a tire will degrade over time in an air environment. As the rubber lining degrades, air pressure will be lost faster, accelerating the effects of under-pressurization. Nitrogen will not cause the inner lining of a tire to degrade, extending its useful life. According to the Innovative Balancing website, inflating tires with nitrogen can extend tire life up to 25 percent. Classic Chevrolet Nitrogen for Life - Classic Chevrolet will install Nitrogen in your tires for $39.95 for life. That means when you purchase Nitrogen for your Vehicle, all of your tires that you purchase from Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land for the life of that vehicle we will put nitrogen in them for free.

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Clements Rangers loses to Pasadena Memorial  33 - 7 Another long season for Clements? Well, time will tell but Thursday night didn't go very far in proving not. Seven fumbles, 6 in the first half, and a 21-0 deficit in the first quarter doomed the mighty Rangers quickly.

Pasadena had over 350 yards of total offense to the Rangers 150. This game was won on the ground by Pasadena. Reggie Turner rushed for 218 yards for Pasadena averaging 7.2 yards per carry. Three way Clements team leader Trevor

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Moore was on the sideline nursing an injury suffered in the Foster HS scrimmage.                                      Pasadena got rolling early when Reggie Turner phoned home for a TD scamper with only 1 minute and 45 seconds into the game. The 2 point conversion was successful and Clements was down 8-0 early. Pasa"get down"dena scored again on a 10 yard pass to Justin Acosta from quarterback Wyant. Female kicker Tara Cole hit her extra point with 5:47 left in the 1st quarter to put Pasadena Memorial up 15-0. Harmon Mccleod would find pay dirt on a 12 yard run and another 2 point conversion for Pasadena with 2:52 in the 1st quarter. Twenty

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three to zip, Memorial was in control, completely.  And the roust was on.         Pasadena added a touchdown early in the 4th quarter to go up 30-0. Tara Cole put the icing on the cake when she popped a 19 yard field goal straight through the uprights to make the score 33-0. Clements showed character however, when Demarcus Cobb powered his way in for a rushing TD late in the 4th quarter. Blake Thompson converted the point after and the Rangers were on the scoreboard. Ranger quarterback Kolt Hartfield threw 4 completions for 40 yards and Demarcus Cobb ran for 88 yards in the game. Hopefully Clements can turn things around.

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Touchdown Club of Houston selects four Fort Bend ISD athletes to 2012 Pre-Season Team  The Touchdown Club of Houston recently named its annual Pre-Season Greater Houston Team at its annual Touchdowner of the Year awards dinner. The team includes 31 student athletes, four of whom represent Fort Bend ISD high school football teams. Selected were: • Deon Hollins – Defensive End, Marshall High School (verbal commitment to University of California, Los Angeles) • Maurice Porter – Offensive Tackle, Marshall High

School (verbal commitment to Texas Tech University) • Joshua Price – Linebacker, Hightower High School (undecided) • Maurice Smith – Cornerback, Dulles High School (verbal commitment to The University of Alabama) Their team coaches include Jim Creech, Head Football Coach at Dulles High School; Padriac McGinnis, Head Football Coach at Hightower High School; and James Williams, Head Football Coach at Marshall High School.

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Students receive backpacks filled with supplies On the first day of school, Fluor employee volunteers made a welcomed visit to Hunters Glen Elementary School to present each student with a backpack filled with school supplies. Each year, Fluor selects a Fort Bend ISD campus to benefit from its Fluor Cares backpack program. During the summer, Fluor employees hold a school supply drive at their worksite. Employees donate grade appropriate school supplies and help sort and package the supplies to distribute to students at the selected campus Fluor Cares volunteers are shown distributing backpacks to Hunters Glen on the first day of school. “We are extremely Elementary School students.

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By taking care of his or her own needs, the caregiver will be able to better care for those who depend on them. Powerful Tools for Caregivers® is an educational program hosted by Methodist Sugar Land Hospital with co-sponsorship from United

Prayer List Darren Glynn, civilian contractor Corporal Jarrod Wayman, USMC Sgt. Simon Gutierrez, USMC Pvt. Marques Roberson, U.S. Army Capt. Daniel Seiter, U.S. Army Mike Carroll, 1st Lieutenant, USMC Dan Carroll, 1st Lieutenant, USMC Henry Blassingame, contractor SPC Christopher Kimrey, U.S. Army Sgt. Bryan Lemmon, USMC Pvt. Ezequiel Grimaldo, U.S. Army Capt. Matthew Fox, U.S. Army Cpl. Jason Lee Mejorado, USMC Airman Oscar Mejorado II, USAF Seaman Jacob G. Mejorado, USN Capt. Richard Carrell, USAF Sgt. Jeffrey A. WIlliams, USMC Sgt. Holly K. Williams, USMC Maj. William J. Stoesser, U.S. Army Airman Caleb J. Powell, USAF Cpl. Erick Tijerina, USMC LCDR James D. Shaw, U.S. Navy TSgt. Daniel Vargas, USAF LCpl. Jeffrey B. Brock, USMC FC2 Penny McGaughy, U.S. Navy LCpl. Raymond Padilla, Jr., USMC LCpl. Robert Originales, Jr., USMC PFC Patrick Fege, U.S. Army Corporal Jonathon Ross, USMC Capt. Clay Bland, U.S. Army Capt. Hunter Bland, U.S. Army LCpl. Michael Gomez, USMC PFC Eli Harrington, USMC LCpl. “Trey” L. Chapa III, USMC Lt. Col. Bentley Nettles, U.S. Army Cpl. Jose R. Zepeda, USMC Jerry Zepeda, civilian contractor FR Brad Lindsey, U.S. Navy Capt. Chris Taylor, U.S. Army LCpl. Michael Pereira, USMC LCpl. Kevin Canada, USMC SPC Donald McPaul, U.S. Army SSgt. Percy Engineer, U.S. Army LCpl. Douglas R. Johnson, USMC Sgt. Jerome Estrada, USMC SSgt. Joseph Crow, USAF DaNetra D. Pittman, Civilian Conractor Airman Shannon Fleming, U.S. Navy Corporal Jake Crocker, USMC Corporal Armando Olivares, USMC

Corporal Jonathan McCoy, USMC Sgt. Cory Wolston, U.S. Army LCpl. Brad Robideaux, USMC PFC Kent Finley, 1st Cavalry Ens. Leslie Ward, USN LCpl. Chris White, USMC Spc. Mark Shimala, U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Austin Gaines, U.S. Army PFC E4 Michael Andrew Hernandez, U.S. Army LCpl. Michael Cannata, USMC John R. Simmons, U.S. Army Capt. Sean Nolan, U.S. Army Pvt. V. JordanVoss, U.S. Army LCpl. Alfred Paul Garza, USMC John David Woodcock, Petty Officer, US Navy Lt. Ryan Stevens, U.S. Army Senior Airman Oscar J. Perez, USAF Spc. Johnny Ray DeLeon, U.S. Army Capt. Robert Jason Wisham, U.S. Army PFC Zachary T. Gazaway, USMC PFC Luke M. Havemann, U.S. Army PFC Zachary Johnson, U.S. Army PFC Charlie Kasel - U.S. Army LCpl. Adam C. Turek - USMC PFC Sean (CJ) Johnson, U.S. Army Seaman Fernando Hernandez Jr., USN Chaplain Joe G. Grace II, Army Reserves LCpl. John Rossi, USMC SR Francisco Quintanilla, U.S. Navy SR Joel Soto, U.S. Navy PFC Miguel Soto, Jr., U.S. Army RP Jeffrey (Bubba) Evans, U.S. Navy PFC Rodolfo Castellanos, U.S. Army Pvt. Domingo Arrona Jr., USMC Lt. JG Megan Haydel, U.S. Navy Pvt. Matthew Butcher, U.S. Army SPC Michael Spencer Tesanovich, U.S. Army Cav. Cpl. Michael Fleming, USMC Pvt. Andrew R. Winchell, US Army PFC Bryan Horner, U.S. Army PFC Shawn Robinson, U.S. Army Petty Officer (AET3) Kameron Kelso, USCG OSSR Dustin Stratton, U.S. Navy PFC John Lundgren, US Army Alex Quintanilla, U.S. Navy Sgt. Derek A. Hibler, US Army Lt. David Farrell, U.S. Navy

Methodist Church. The primary focus of the course is to help and educate family and friends caring for older adults with long-term health conditions. The free seminar consists of six classes, each of which focuses on different tools that will help guide the caregiver through the caregiving journey. You will learn about setting goals, staying motivated and dealing with feelings of anger, guilt and depression, giving you the increased confidence and ability to cope with the demands of caregiving. This six-week course begins Monday, September 17 and runs through Monday, October 22. Classes are held every Monday from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Sweetwater Pavilion Chapel at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. To register or for more information, call the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Spiritual Care department at 281-274-7164 or email SNBowman@tmhs.org. Seating is Limited.

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HERITAGE BAPTIST CHURCH • 281-403-4994 MURPHY RD. CHURCH OF CHRIST • 281-261-5216 2223 FM1092 • Missouri City, TX 77459 Dr. Charles Murphy, Pastor Sunday Bible Study 9:30am - 6:00pm Sunday Worship 10:45am - 7:00pm Wednesday: 7:00pm Bible Study / AWANA "A Place To Call Home" - www.hbctx.org METHODIST CHURCH

2025 FM 1092 • Missouri City Sunday Worship: 9:30am - 5:00pm Bible Classes: Sunday 10:45am Bible Study: Wednesday 7:30pm www.murphyroadchurch.org LUTHERAN CHURCH

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CHRIST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH • 281-980-6888 2011 Austin Parkway - Sugar Land, TX 77479

3300 Austin Parkway • Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.fishersofmen.org Sunday Worship: 8:15am - 9:45am - 11:05am Sunday Worship: 8:30am - 11:00am the hub - 11:00am Sunday School classes for ages 2 & up: 9:40am Sunday School for all ages - 9:45am www.cumcsl.org

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH • 281-499-3502

NEW HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA) • 281-499-7611 1424 FM 1092 Rd., Missouri City, 77459 Worship w/Holy Communion: 8:00 & 10:30 am Education hour for all ages: 9:15am www.newhopelc.org

3900 Lexington Blvd., Missori City, TX 77459 Sunday Worship: 8:30am, 9:45am, 11:00am Open Skies Worship: 8:30am • www.fumcmc.org

University Branch Sunday School All Ages 9:45am NON DENOMINATIONAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Library to hold BRIGHTON CHURCH • 281-988-7755 SOUTHMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH • 281-499-2310 college fair 11925 SW Frwy 59 • Stafford Students who would like to have more information on area colleges are invited to attend a special College Fair at Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library on Saturday, September 22, beginning at 2:00 pm, in the Large Meeting Room of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus. Representatives from the University of Houston, Wharton County Junior College, Houston Baptist University, and Houston Community College will be available to answer questions and distribute information. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-6335100.

4200 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, 77459 Worship Service: 9:00am and 11:15am Sunday School: 10:15am www.southminpres.org CHURCH OF CHRIST

SUGAR LAND CHURCH OF CHRIST • 281-561-0881 15590 Voss Road • Sugar Land • www.slcoc.org Sunday Worship Services: 7:00am • 10am • 5pm Bible Study (all ages): Sun. 9am & Wed. 7pm Tuesday Seniors' Bible Study: 10am

(Between W. Airport and Murphy Rd.) Sunday Worship: 10:30am www.brightonhouston.org • Refreshing & Relevant

FREEDOM CHURCH • 281-240-1055 121 Wood ST. • Sugar Land, TX 77498 Sunday Worship: 11:00am www.facebook.com/freedomchurchintl Pastor - Bryan Eggenbeger

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SUGAR CREEK • Lovely custom home in Sugar Creek with one of the best views you will ever see of the golf course. Sitting on the 3rd green of the Trent course you can see water, trees, several golf holes & think you are at a resort. Separate office off one of the 2-car garage, could be quarters or garage apt. Has 4-car garage, high ceilings, light & bright, sep study, master down & game rm. up, 2-balconies to enjoy outside & views. Tile roof, cul-de-sac. Gt home for entertaining or just relaxing!! Just gorgeous! $527,500. Call Barb Montgomery 713-898-3938.

SUGAR CREEK • Lovely custom Sugar Creek home with pool & many updates. Silestone & stainless in kitchen. Hard to find 2 bedroom down. High ceiling, open, lite, airy. Perect for entertaining. Large deck, gameroom up. Tv on wall in master is negotiable. Lots of storage, huge utility room with built ins. Wet bar, huge corner lot. Don’t miss this wonderful home. $279,900. Call Barb Montgomery 713-898-3938.

ALCORN BEND • Palm Beach/Hollywood meet Sugar Land! Unique Showplace! Entertainer’s Dream. Contemporary Steve Fuqua custom in a class of its own. Dramatic free standing staircase w/lucite bridge w/sensational views.Glamorous custom touches, furniture. Updated chef’s kitchen. Dramatic Media Room, Sun Room. Master Ste w/ His-Hers toilets, Double Jacuzzi, waterfall fills, Game Room w/Mural. Sec Sys w 4 cameras, Illumascape. $755,000 CALL DEBBIE AT 281782-2102

RIVERSTONE • Expansive luxury showplace backs to the spectacular 75 acre lake in Hartford Landing 2, gated community w/a Sugar Land address/ excellent Fort Bend schools. Variation in plans/ square footage may occur. Elevator capable/ upscale finishes and millwork, soaring ceilings w/water views from many rooms, highly regarded builder’s product is designed to wow you! Extra 1,162 sq.ft Bonus space upstairs allows flexibility for second master, media, whatever fits your needs. Call agent to arrange walk through. $1,664,000 CALL DEBBIE AT 281-782-2102

RIVERSTONE • Expansive luxury showplace backs to the spectacular 75 acre lake in Hartford Landing 2, gated community w/a Sugar Land address/ excellent Fort Bend schools. Variation in plans/ square footage may occur. Elevator capable/ upscale finishes and millwork, soaring ceilings w/water views from many rooms, highly regarded builder’s product is designed to wow you! Extra 1,162 sq.ft Bonus space upstairs allows flexibility for second master, media, whatever fits your needs. Call agent to arrange walk through. $1,599,000 CALL DEBBIE AT 281-782-2102

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REDUCED 70 BEES CREEK DR. Sienna Plantation 4/3.5/4, Brick and Stucco exterior, hardwood and slate floors, designer wall finishes. Nell Osborn $624,900

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SUGAR LAND! Built in 2005!! 2 story original owners! 4 bedrooms 2.5 bath & study & gameroom! Master down. Looks like new. Tile floors thruout downstairs. Gourmet kitchen, custom blinds and double pane windows! Upgrades and more! Priced to go $150’s Hurry!!

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SAVANNAH – Wonderful 4 bedroom home perfect for growing family. Wood floors in den, dining, study. Tile in kitchen. Oversized gameroom. Huge backyard. Short walk to area pool, park, etc. Close to schools. $167,000. MLS# 49895264 (14209RB)

SUGAR LAND – This former model home has everything a family could want. Beautiful wood flooring in formals and den. Gourmet island kitchen. Master suite down and 4 spacious bedrooms up. Plus huge gameroom. Custom heated pool/spa and flagstone decking! No back neighbors! MLS# 78636943 $297,000. (13919BV)

PECAN GROVE - Pride of ownership shows in this 4 bed, 2/1 bath home. Beautifully updated with real wood floors in dining and den. Remodeled kitchen w/Granite counters, tile backsplash, master bath w/ all new counters, sinks, mirrors, shower, even toilet! Master down, 3 big bedrooms and gameroom up. MLS# 21443044 $172,500 (3530TI)

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SILVER RIDGE – Everything is special about this home! 1.8 acres of serene lakefront property. Beautifully customized w/ hardwoods, granite, lighting, fixtures – too numerous to list all. Master down w/room-sized closet. HUGE gameroom up. Formals, Study, 4 bed, 3 ½ bath, and 4-car garage! Fabulous covered patio area. Your own private paradise! $588,000. MLS# 26273044 (4710AL)

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LAKE OLYMPIA - Fabulous open floor plan perfect for growing families. All 4 bedrooms up, spacious formal living & dining on 1st floor. Updated kitchen with Granite counters, undermount sink. Gleaming wood floors in breakfast and family room. French doors open to backyard. Sits across from nature reserve so no neighbors in front. MLS # 21372600 $162,500. (2726PV)

SIENNA - One year young and barely lived in!! One story 4bedroom, 3 full bath, study, formal dining. Beautiful tile flooring, granite counters, stainless appliances including gas cooktop. French doors to covered back patio. Nature reserve behind so no back neighbors and side lot also reserve area so only one side neighbor! $258,000 MLS# 58021145 (3119LO)

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PLANTATION CREEK – Spacious, wellmaintained 6-BDRM, 3.5-bath home nestled on quiet tree lined cul-de-sac street. Formal dining & large gamerm. Master suite down. Granite cntrs tops, custom paint, ceramic tile, crown molding & custom shutters. Spacious backyard w/mature citrus fruit trees. Walking distance to elem. School. Don’t Miss!! $229,900 Arroyos Team 832-282-9115 (2411GO)

RIVER PARK – Open 9/9 2:00-4:00 2810 Richland Spring Ln – Beautiful homeMust See!! Gorgeous views of backyard paradise with pool & Spa..Outdoor living at its’ best! Upgrades Galore! Travertine flrs, granite cntrs, wood flrs. Great island kitchen w/ SS appl. Open floor plan to family rm. Fabulous master suite. COME TAKE A LOOK! $250,000 Arlene Novak 281-684-0207 (2810RS)

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SWEETWATER – Beautiful home w/ many updates & lush backyard garden. Large cvrd patio area off the completely renovated kitchen. Master bath updated & many updates upstairs. Homeowner has lovingly cared for this home & it shows. Exemplary schools at all levels. Near Sweetwater CC & First Colony Mall. $381,675 Barbara DiBlasi Marlin 832483-1905 (23HO)

OAKWICK FOREST – Can’t find the perfect home on a large lot?!!! Build your DREAM HOME on this beautiful corner 1-acre lot in prestigious Oakwick Forest Subdivision. Not ready to build? Buy the lot and build when you are ready. So many options. Come by and take a look! $85,000 Ann LeTulle 832818-4764 (0PO)

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FABULOUS Mediterranean on culdesac. Almost new home in sought after Spring Valley! Seller spared no expense! Beautiful entry with Juliet balconies. Unbelievable wetbar area with wine closet and cooler! Travertine with inlays.Beautiful hardwoods, upgraded granite, and Plant.Shutters. Custom woodwork throughout! Two master suites, one with fireplace. 5th BR could be gameroom- 5/1 baths,3 car.Media room down!Study for two up! $1,115,000 (8831CA)

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Live at your own resort! Fabulous home with beautiful views of lake and resort style pool.Swim up to your sunken wetbar, and rest on the stools in the pool! Custom built, and like new! Large kitchen opens to family room. Dramatic living area! Fabulous lake views from almost every room! Master retreat with study, two sided fireplace also in master bath! $525,000 (2734PE)

PECAN GROVE

Beautiful four bedroom w/gameroom in golf course community! Spacious kitchen w/ granite countertops that opens to large living area-great for entertaining! L.wood flooring thoughout most of downstairs, including staircase. Master w/bay window. Bath w/ seperate shower & wirlpool. Large gameroom upstairs along w/ spacious guest rooms. $194,900 (2022QU)

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Beautiful two story with pool and spa, NO rear neighbors! High ceilings, with island kitchen open to den. Granite countertops, replaced appliances, and beautiful cabinets. Butlers pantry, as well as lam. wood flooring in dining and family room/gameroom. Breakfast area with window seatfresh paint. LARGE family room/gameroom down, as well as gameroom up! Master with cozy firelace and sitting areawirlpool. $239,900 (2214CH)

Absolutely breathtaking! This home shows like a model! Grand entry w/high ceilings. Tile throughout most of downstairs. Granite countertops, rich 42’’maple cabinets in kitchen that opens to living area. Nice master down w/ executive master bath! HUGE utiltity room w/ sink! 3 Spacious bedrooms up along w/gamerm. 2’’ blinds throughout $179,900 (5418HH)

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Riverstone debuts new models for September tour Fort Bend residents can discover why Riverstone is one of the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities during its Model Home Celebration, Sept. 15-30. More than 20 model homes

will be showcased during the event, including five of the community’s newest. “It’s been a busy year for Riverstone, with new neighborhoods, new builders and new models,” said Tom Wilcox,

general manager of Riverstone. “Buyers have responded to the great variety of homes available here, as well as impressively low interest rates. It’s such a great time to buy that we’re enjoying record-breaking sales for a consecutive year.” Riverstone’s showcase will feature five new model homes by builders Taylor Morrison, competition) kicks off with three new models; Saturday morning, followed Meritage Homes; and a patio by skydivers and air sport home model by The Manors activities all day long. by Westport. Fedrick, Harris Estate Homes, Trendmaker The festival thanks its returning partners who make and Darling Homes will open the event possible: City of four models later in the year. Nassau Bay, KHOU 11, M.D. A full list of Riverstone’s Anderson Cancer Center, Select model homes and a tour map 55, Lockheed Martin and are available at http://www. namesake sponsor RE/MAX. riverstone.com/model-homes. For Sponsor information html. Custom estate homes also contact sunny@clearlakearea. will be open during the event. com; festival volunteers Also opening later in the year contact shari@clearlakearea. is an extension of University com and for the festival schedule and more information, visit www. ballunarfestival.com.

Ballunar Liftoff Festival, Inc. makes a difference The RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff Festival, set for Sept. 28-30, is produced by a non-profit organization that is focused on ensuring that school-age children’s pursuit of discovery bolsters their interest in math and science. Grants to the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation benefit students across the Houston metropolitan area by supporting field trips to the Johnson Space Center and its museum, Space Center Houston. Students participate in hands-on interactive activities including seeing the inside of a space shuttle, learning about the controls in the flight deck, simulations of operating robots on Mars and how astronauts must prepare for the physical limitations of living in space. A Houston tradition, the non-profit RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff Festival sprouted wings in 1993 and is now a hallmark event that encourages young people’s interest in math and science through the study of aeronautics. Nassau Bay,

the traditional hometown for the engineers and pilots who pioneered America’s space exploration, has given partnership support in bringing the festival to an ever-wider audience of families. The weekend celebration features approximately 50 giant hot air balloons piloted by the world’s most skilled aerial navigators, punctuated by daylong skydiving exhibitions, para-gliders and hang-gliders, all set in a carnival atmosphere with food, arts and crafts, a midway with rides and live musical entertainment. For the first time half-price tickets will be sold online atwww.ballunarfestival. com for $10 per vehicle; at-the-gate admission is just $20 per vehicle, including free onsite parking at Johnson Space Center. Saturday’s expanded NASA Open House is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to astronaut training facilities and a mock-up of the ISS, new displays will reveal the next generation of vehicles

currently in development. The RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff Festival is produced by hundreds of Clear Lake-area volunteers in conjunction with the non-profit organization’s board of directors comprised of various community leaders in the greater Clear Lake area. Community service is provided by local Boy Scouts every year to help with the clean-up detail. Gates open on Friday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. followed by high-energy music and entertainment, with a mass balloon glow at 8 p.m. The 7:30 a.m. Shuttle Rendezvous (balloon navigational

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Boulevard through the community, which will connect to another new segment, opening University Boulevard from Highway 6 to U.S. 59. Starting construction next year in Riverstone is a new 17-acre water park that will feature a resort pool, multiple tennis courts, a pavilion, a playground and an 8,000-squarefoot clubhouse. The facility is expected to open in 2014. Riverstone is currently among the three top-selling communities in the Houston area and is No. 15 among top-selling communities in the nation, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting. New-home prices in Riverstone vary from the $200,000s to the millions. For more information on Riverstone, visit www. riverstone.com.


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Sugar Land Rotary “Party at the Ballpark” set for Saturday, Sept. 15 Mark your calendars and save the date so you can come to Sugar Land Rotary’s Fall Classic “Party at the Ballpark” on Saturday, September 15, beginning at 6:30 pm at the Sugar Land Skeeter’s Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land. There is a complimentary happy hour from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. “The Sugar Land Rotary legacy of excellence has continued for over two decades through giving back to our community, state, nation and world through the proceeds of our annual fundraiser. As part of the strong community presence that Rotary enjoys, we are extremely excited to have the support of Don Kerstetter and Classic Chevrolet as our Title Sponsor,” said Jared Jameson,” Sugar Land Rotary President. By participating in the “Party at the Ballpark,” you

will be able to give back to the community while you enjoy various food stations and beverage options, meet Skeeters’ Mascots Moe and Swatson, tour the fabulous Constellation Field, participate in a Live Auction and Bid Board, and enjoy 50s, 60s & 70s music and dancing. The Fall Classic Party will also feature exciting drawing for a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, courtesy of Classic Chevrolet. Every $100 ticket includes one event ticket, as well as a raffle ticket. Raffle tickets can be purchased from any Sugar Land Rotarian. If you would like attend and purchase a ticket, be an event sponsor or have live or bid board auction items to donate, please go to www. rotaryfallclassic.com for details. For more than 24 years, Sugar Land Rotary has supported the community and

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community and beyond. We are excited about hosting our event at Constellation Field and want you to join us. Make sure you buy your tickets prior to the event,” said Jeff Tallas, Fall Classic Chair. All of the proceeds raised at the Fall Classic will be returned to the community

throughout the year. For more information about Sugar Land Rotary, go to www.sugarlandrotary.org. Come and share the fun and fellowship at the 2012 Fall Classic Party at the Ballpark with Sugar Land Rotarians and go to bat to benefit our community!

Fort Bend Buyers Group celebrates 10th Year The Fort Bend Buyers Group is celebrating its 10th year of participating in the Fort Bend County Fair.  The Fort Bend Buyers Group is a membership organization that uses its membership dues each year to participate in the auctions at the Fort Bend County Fair.  This group also helps students who raised livestock projects and their animal did not make one of the sales.  Each year there are hundreds of students who participate in the Fort Bend County Fair by exhibiting FFA or 4-H livestock projects.  These students are learning valuable life skills and responsibility through their projects.  The Fort Bend Buyers Group was created to increase the community support for all Fort Bend County students at the Fair.  Increasing numbers of FFA Chapters are organized in high schools in urban areas, and unfortunately the

surrounding communities are not aware of their programs.  The group was started by Commissioner James Patterson, Linda Harris, Don Smithers, and Kim Icenhower.  There has been an average of 85 members per year who join the Fort Bend Buyers Group, and in 2011 the group had 113 members.  In the last nine years the Buyers Group has grown helped 454 students at the Fort Bend County Fair.  Membership dues are $100 each year to become a member Photo used with permission by Barker Photography & the Jackson family of the Fort Bend Buyers Shown are (l-r): Brenda Jackson; Kim Icenhower, Fort Bend Buyers Group.  The Buyers Group Group; Sean Jackson, exhibitor; Danny Jackson; Caitlin Herrera, 2011 designates a buyer to attend the Fort Bend County auctions Fort Bend County Fair Queen. and bid on student projects, as well as provide “add-ons”.  Also, a portion of the funds Get the smartest card of all at libraries each year is used to help the The best investment any recommend materials suitable non-sale student projects.  parent can make is a library for various ages and interests. If you are interested in card. It’s free. It opens doors to A library card becomes even becoming a member of the benefits that kids can’t break, more valuable when someone Fort Bend Buyers Group, you wants to access many of the can get a membership brochure wear out, or outgrow. September is Library Card library’s online databases from at www.fbbuyersgroup.com. Sign-up Month, and Fort Bend home. The cost of subscribing to County Libraries wants to make these databases as an individual sure that your child is among would make them unaffordable the two-thirds of Americans that to many people, but a library carry the smartest card of all – a card levels the playing field by making them available to library card. This event is sponsored Studies show that children everyone free -- as long as you who are read to in the home have a library card.  Since a by Earthman Southwest and -- and who use the library -- library card is free, how can Settegast-Kope Funeral home. Hosting the event in perform better in school and are parents afford not to give their their Chapel is Sugar Creek more likely to continue to use children such a valuable tool? For more information on how Baptist Church, CAPSTONE the library as a source of lifetime Ministry, and will be held learning. you can sign up for your library A library card provides free card, visit any of the branches Tuesday, September 18, 6 p.m. access to videos, DVDs, CDs, in the Fort Bend County library The Chapel is located next software, and books. Libraries system, call the library’s Public to Classic Chevrolet.  Call Barbara Kasper to reserve also offer a wide range of other Information Office at 281-341your seat at 281.274.7432. items to lend to children and their 2677, or see the library’s website families, including toys, games, at www.fortbend.lib.tx.us and and puzzles.  Most importantly click on the “Online Library -- librarians are on hand to help Card Application” link.

CAPSTONE ministry to hold funeral planning seminar Though this is something most of us avoid thinking about, this no pressure/free seminar will help not only facilitate an individual’s wishes, but also remove much of the burden many family members face after the passing of a loved one. U.S. Veterans, come and get the latest updated information concerning your VA Burial Benefits, they have changed.

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WATER DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE The Sienna Plantation Municipal Utility District No. 3 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2012 on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. at the offices of Sienna Plantation Residential Association, Inc., 9600 ScanlanTrace, Missouri City, Texas. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal:

R. Coltharp, D. Trull, K. Bender, and M. Parsons

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The following table compares taxes on the average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year. Total tax rate (per $100 of value) $

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Average taxable value $ 270,123 $ 263,418 Tax on average residence homestead $ 1,944.89 $ 1,896.61 Annual decrease in taxes if Proposed tax rate is adopted -$48.28 And percentage of decrease -2.4824% NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code. Questions or comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.

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Imperial Arts gives and receives Imperial Arts is pleased to announce 2 gifts - an original piece of fine art was given by Imperial Arts, and a rare grand piano was given to Imperial Arts. Imperial Arts gives... On July 26, Imperial Arts' Visual Arts and Education Director, and Director of The Imperial Gallery, Ms. Robyn Miller, was a featured live artist at Rosenberg's Business Appreciation Reception, cosponsored by the Rosenberg Development Corporation and the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance. The event, held at the Rosenberg Civic and Convention Center, hosted over 30 restaurants, small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and community leaders for a midday time of networking and refreshments. Ms. Miller painted a 30" x 40" canvas in an abstract design of oranges and greens. Attendees at the reception were able to observe the piece being painted, literally inches away from the creation of an original piece of

fine art by a professional artist. Imperial Arts receives... In 1909, a grand piano was built by Chickering & Sons of Boston, MA (founded in 1823, and ceased production in 1983). That piano has finally made its way to Imperial Arts and their new Center for the Arts in Historic Downtown Rosenberg. The late Mr. and Mrs. R. Herb Bailey of Houston purchased the instrument in 1969 from Steinway & Sons in Houston. After Mr. and Mrs. Bailey's passing, the beautiful and rare instrument was inherited by the Bailey's son and daughter-in-law, Brent Bailey and Jenny Bailey. When the Bailey Family decided that it was time for the Chickering grand to find its new home - one in which it would be played and enjoyed - they looked to Imperial Arts. Imperial Arts' Executive Director Mr. Edward Crowell III received the gift at the Bailey's home, presenting them with a tax-deductible donation receipt and a certificate of appreciation.

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A free drawing was held by Imperial Arts to select a winner of the piece, titled Elemental Passings (from Miller's newest collection, Back to Basics).  The winner was Ray Aguilar, Manager of Classic Chevrolet in Sugar Land, who received the painting from Ms. Miller and Imperial Arts' Founder and Executive Director Mr. Edward Crowell III. Aguilar will enjoy this original piece of artwork for years to come. During the photo shoot, Mr. Aguilar commented on the impact of the arts in our society: "I had a rough childhood growing up in Houston's Fifth Ward.  I performed in a production of 'Grease,' and my life was forever changed.  I no longer had to be 'that' guy; I could be all that I wanted to be."

Missouri City residents will partner with police officers, firefighters and city officials on Tuesday, Oct. 2 to participate in the 29th Annual National Night Out and promote crime prevention and safe neighborhoods. This year, a kick-off gathering will be held at the new Police Mini-Station on Texas Parkway prior to the National Night Out block parties. The event is set for Saturday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m., 1703-A Texas Pkwy. Then, on Oct. 2, the date cities statewide will celebrate National Night Out, citizens will gather in the Target parking lot on Highway 6 at Murphy Road at 5 p.m. Members of the Fire & Rescue Service and the Police Department, including the Burglary and Auto Theft Taskforce and the Dive, SWAT, Bike Patrol and ATV

Search Teams, will attend both events to greet participants and hand out crime-prevention materials. Police vehicles, tactical equipment, a ladder truck and rescue boat will also be on display. Residents can register block parties and pick up National Night Out supplies on Monday, Sept. 24 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Public Safety Headquarters, 3849 Cartwright Rd. Block party hosts who register on that date will receive a free “National Night Out T-shirt”. Evett Kelly, Community Liaison for the Police Department, said the events are “a great way for residents to meet their neighbors and to learn more about what they can do to prevent crime in their communities.” For more information, call Evett Kelly at 281-403-5830 or email her at ekelly@missouricitytx.gov.

Beware … duo dups Richmond resident Richmond police wants everyone to be aware that a man and woman gained access to an unsuspecting homeowner’s residence and got away with a safe. Richmond police spokesman, Master Sergeant Lowell Neinast, said a man and a woman knocked on the door of a home in the 1700 block of Magnolia last Wednesday.  They told the

resident that they needed to check the meter in his backyard.  The female went to the backyard and the male returned to wait out front by the white SUV they were driving.  Neinast said the female suspect was in the backyard “inspecting” the meter for about 10 – 15 minutes.  The resident joined her for most of that time; when he returned to his house, he noticed that

the white SUV was gone. Neinast said, “The resident did not realize anything was wrong until Friday afternoon when he went to get some money out of his safe and discovered that the safe was missing.” Once he discovered the safe gone, he immediately called police.  The suspects were described as a white male and a white female both in their mid-

twenties with slender builds.  They were driving a white SUV.  Although the male was wearing a Center Point Energy cap; neither he nor his female associate had any other Center Point identifying markings. Richmond police want to remind everyone to properly identify any stranger that comes to their door or seeks access to their property.   

Driveway robbery occurs in Mission Bend subdivision By LeaAnne Klentzman

A woman, her daughter, and a male friend were victims to driveway robbers Sunday, September 2, shortly before 11 p.m. Fort Bend Sheriff’s deputies were called to investigate this driveway robbery in the 14700 block of Sierra Valle Drive in the Mission Bend subdivision. Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel said, “The victims told

the deputies two unknown persons took items from them and threatened them.” He went on to explain that the female victim told officers that she and her daughter arrived at her mother-in-law’s home on Sierra Valle at about 10:50. When they got out of the car, they were accosted by two men, armed with pistols. According to Haenel, one of the suspects pushed the woman against a car while he

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Missouri City will host a National Night Out kick-off gathering at its new Police Mini-Station on Texas Parkway on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m., 1703-A Texas Pkwy. Then, on Oct. 2, citizens will gather to celebrate National Night Out in the Target parking lot on Highway 6 at Murphy Road at 5 p.m.

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Message to flag nabber  By Elsa Maxey

A Quail Valley resident living in the 3200 block of La Quinta reports that an American flag was taken from his residence this past Saturday at around noon. “We donate $50 dollars a year to Boy Scouts Troop #15003 for placing an American Flag in our front yard every U.S. holiday,” reports Jim Young. He told the "Star" right after Labor Day that it’s not a big deal, but the Boy Scouts actually own the flag. There are about 25 residents in the neighborhood that donate $50 a year to the Boy Scouts to have the American flag placed in front of the yard next to the street curb during seven official U.S. holidays. The scouts even have a Missouri City sign permit, advised Young.

Fort Bend Chamber’s Government Relations Division luncheon is Sept. 10

The flag was placed on his yard this past Friday to celebrate Labor Day. Young said that he is not aware of any other flag thefts, but thinks that the number of residents participating in this project has gone down “because of theft, I suppose,” he said. He reported the incident to the Missouri City police after having heard that political signs were also recently stolen and received a prompt response from Police Chief Joey Fitzgerald about looking into the matter. Young said he will compensate the Boy Scouts for the flag loss. “Obviously this is no big deal, just not good for our neighborhood image and the image the Scouts are beginning to have of our neighborhood, and (that) will probably cause the Scouts to stop working” on this citizenship project.

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce will host Fort Bend Commissioner Richard Morrison, Fort Bend County, Precinct 1 as guest speaker. The luncheon will be held at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, 445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land, TX on Monday, September 10th from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. This event is sponsored by A Quail Valley resident reports that an American flag was taken from his Cobb Fendley and Associates. residence this past Saturday at around noon. So, thief, if you’re still out Richard Morrison grew there, “put the flag back on the pole.” Young is hoping this robber may up in nearby Liberty County, be moved to do the right thing. earned his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in 1992 This long-time Quail Valley So, “punk,” if you’re still and graduated from South resident, who also was active out there, “put the flag back Texas College of Law in 1995. in Boy Scouts during his youth, on the pole.” Young’s Clint Morrison has lived in Fort said he has no idea who took Eastwoodesque demand Bend County for 16 years and the flag, removed the pole and on the sign is in hopes that is a resident of Greatwood. his message sign overnight the robber may be moved Richard was elected in 2008 and put it back up Tuesday. to do the right thing. and is a board member for the YMCA, a charter member of the Sons of the American Legion, Needville, Texas, on the Advisory Board of the Richmond State School and on the Advisory Board of the Mental Health Public and other disorders. The provide information, emotional and meets ADA standards group will meet the second support and practical advice for accessible design. Wednesday of each month, related to living with a spinal For more information starting on September 12, from cord injury or disorder. The about the Spinal Cord Injury 7-8 p.m. Refreshments will be Spine Center is located on the and Disorders Group or to “Dine Out Loud” in Fort offered starting at 6:45 p.m. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital R.S.V.P., please call 281Bend County this September!  The Spinal Cord Injury campus with easy access 313-BACK (2225) or email Join the Literacy Council and Disorders Group strive to off Town Center Boulevard SpineCenter@tmhs.org. as they “Dine Out Loud,” in addition to reading out loud for Adult Literacy Awareness Month.  The Literacy Council registration is $30 for adults TelfairLife will also award will set a new record. of Fort Bend County has and $15 for children under 12. a total of $6,000 in challenge “People may remember partnered with area restaurants While registering, walkers grants to charities that raise the the event taking place in throughout the month of can also choose one of 13 most money and register the the spring, but this year, we September to offer Literacy charities to receive the entire most walkers for the event. decided on a new date in the supporters the opportunity to registration fee. For 2012, “Our motto for the Walk fall, to give more charities enjoy a delicious meal while charities include The Arc is ‘taking positive steps to the chance to participate, celebrating a great cause. of Fort Bend, Blessed Be impact Fort Bend County,’ and to take advantage of Area restaurants will support Hope for Three, Brazos Bend and that is very meaningful,” Houston’s typically wonderful the many services provided Guardianship Services, Child said TelfairLife Walk fall weather,” she said. by the Literacy Council of Advocates of Fort Bend, East Director Nicki Raimondo. Once again, the Master of Fort Bend County by donating Fort Bend Human Needs “Together, walkers can make Ceremonies will be Jacquie a portion of their proceeds Ministry, FBISD Educational a huge positive impact on area Chaumette who served as a from their “Dining Out Loud” Foundation, Fort Bend charities while also enjoying City of Sugar Land Council day(s) to the Literacy Council.  Community Partners Rainbow a healthy activity with their member from 2008-12. Visit Bullritos in Sugar Land Room, Fort Bend Family Health friends and neighbors.” Center, Fort Bend Family Last year, a record 600 Promise, Fort Bend Habitat for people turned out for the Humanity, NAMI Fort Bend, TelfairLife Charity of Your Second Mile Mission Center, Choice Walk, and Raimondo and Shape Up Sugar Land. hopes attendance this year

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital announces spinal cord injury and disorders group Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Spine Center is now hosting a monthly meeting for individuals, families and caregivers affected by spinal cord injury, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis (MS)

Defendant’s Office and involved in many other activities in Fort Bend County. Individual member reservation $25 - Nonmember reservation $35 – At the door $40. Register today at www.FortBendChamber. com or contact Matthew Ferraro at 281-491-0277 or Matthew@fortbendcc.org.

“Dine Out Loud” in September

Registration opens for 5th annual Charity of Your Choice Walk Registration is now open for the 5th annual TelfairLife Charity of Your Choice Walk, giving participants the chance to choose one of 13 worthy Fort Bend area nonprofit groups to receive 100% of their registration fee. Set for Saturday, October 13 in the Telfair community at U.S. 59 South and University Blvd., this 5k walk has raised over $200,000 for Fort Bend charitable organizations since it began in 2008. The start time is 8:00 a.m., rain or shine. Registration is $25 for adults and $10 for children under 12 when they register at www. CharityOfYourChoiceWalk. com by Oct. 9. After that date,

FBC Commissioner Richard Morrison

on Saturday, September 1, Panera Bread in Sugar Land on Saturday, September 8, Chili’s in Sugar Land on Monday, September 10, Jason’s Deli in Sugar Land on Saturday, September 15, Mia Bella from September 17-30 and any Pepperoni’s Pizza the entire month of September. They hope that Literacy supporters will “Dine Out Loud” in celebration of Adult Literacy Awareness Month.  Put away the apron and hide the plates, this delicious lineup of restaurants will only be available for a short time. For more information about our “Dining Out Loud” program, please visit www.ftbendliteracy. org or call 281-240-8181. 

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WATER DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE

WATER DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE

The Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 15 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2012 on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the offices of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, located at 445 Commerce Green Boulevard, Sugar Land, Texas. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

Fort Bend County WCID No. 2 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2013 on September 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm at its offices located at, 2331 South Main, Stafford, Texas 77477. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on a change in the taxable value of your property in relation to a change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

FOR the proposal:

D. Koy, A. Harris, and F. Yonish

AGAINST the proposal:

None

PRESENT and not voting: None ABSENT:

FOR the proposal:

President: Vice President: Director:

AGAINST the proposal:

None

Linda Walker John Ferro Martin Saldua

PRESENT and not voting: None

None

The following table compares taxes on the average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year. Total tax rate (per $100 of value) $

Last Year 0.800 / $100 $ Adopted

This Year 0.800 /$100

Difference in rates per $100 of value

$0.000 / 100

Percentage increase in rates

0.0000%

Proposed

ABSENT:

Secretary/Treasurer: John Rose Director: Jody Court

The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year. Last Year This Year Total tax rate (per $100 of value) $ 0.180000/ $100 $ 0.180000/$100 Adopted Proposed Difference in rates per $100 of value +$0.000000/$100 Percentage increase/decrease in rates(+/-)

Average appraised value General exemptions available (excluding senior citizen’s or disabled person’s exemptions)

$ $

440,425 0

$ $

Average appraised value

$

175,447

$

146,212

General exemptions available (excluding senior citizen’s or disabled person’s exemptions)

$

0

$

0

0

Average taxable value #REF! $ 443,558 Tax on average residence homestead $ 3,523.40 $ 3,548.46 Annual increase in taxes if Proposed tax rate is adopted $25.06 And percentage of increase 0.7112% NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code. Questions or comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.

+0.00%

443,558

Average taxable value $ 175,349 $ Tax on average residence homestead $ 315.63 $ Annual increase/decrease in taxes if proposed tax rate is adopted (+/-) -$56.62 and percentage of increase (+/-) -17.94%

143,894 259.01

NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residential homestead increase by more than eight percent, qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code. “However, Fort Bend County WCID#2 does not levy any operation and maintenance tax so its tax levy is not subject to rollback.”


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FBISD opts for vote “do-over” after trustee accused of TOMA violation FBISD, continued from page 1

since it had been part of the rezoning discussion at the three town hall meetings in May, district administrators said they excluded it because they felt locking down an opening date was premature. After much discussion, primarily on the rezoning proposals, the amended measure passed 4-3. The TOMA complaint, filed by Dunham's attorney, Joe M. Davis of The Davis Law Firm, stated that Albright was in violation because the proposal to build a new school was not

included in the Public Notice issued prior to the meeting. "If found in violation, I recognize that a suitable remedy is for the proposed boundary changes and Elementary School No. 46 to be placed as separate items on the agenda for consideration by the Board during its next regularly scheduled meeting", Davis wrote in the complaint. The complaint prompted Fort Bend ISD to formally disregard the June vote and to place the proposed re-zoning and opening of elementary school No. 46 as two separate items on

the August 13 agenda. Much of the discussion at the August meeting centered on the plan to move 12 students from Schiff Elementary in Riverstone to Palmer Elementary. After several parents expressed their concern that the move to Palmer would disrupt the middle school feeder pattern, Trustee Jenny Bailey proposed an alternative plan that would move the students to Austin Parkway. Trustee Susan Hohnbaum stated her reluctance to make any changes to the agenda with the TOMA complaint still

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unresolved but the district's attorney, Richard Morris, said Bailey's alternative wasn't a violation. "I do not believe it would be a violation of TOMA and just to be consistent, I do not believe and I still maintain that it was not a violation of the Open Meeting Act with respect to the board's original consideration," Morris said. The board did vote in favor of the amended zoning changes 5-2 and a unanimous vote for the opening of the new elementary school No. 46 in August of 2014.

Fort Bend Grand Parkway overpasses in the making OVERPASSES, continued from page 1

that much traffic on the road to justify them. Yet, others considered it forward thinking due to the continuing growth of Fort Bend County already showing heavier traffic these days on the Grand Parkway. Evidence of this area’s growth

was recently substantiated with a new property value total for Fort Bend County for 2012 amounting to $1,101,298,258. Commissioners Court recently voted to record the submission of the 2012 tax year appraisal roll and new property value for the county’s general fund submitted by Fort Bend County

Tax Assessor/Collector Patsy Schultz. The total taxable value of all properties in the county is reported to be $39,439,974,054. Commissioners Court also voted unanimously to authorize a $19,104,707 contract between the Grand Parkway Toll Road Authority and Williams Brothers Construction Company for

the construction of two other Segment D sections of the Grand Parkway, Sections 9 and 10, which are Bellaire Boulevard and Westpark Tollway and FM 1093 overpasses. The Grand Parkway passes through eight counties in the Texas Gulf Coast and the Greater Houston Region.

Three cent tax rate increase for City of Stafford TAX RATE, continued from page 1

holding a Drop-Out Recovery Walk that will go to the homes of students that have not only dropped out, but students who have switched to private, charter, or home schools. If you are identified as the latter, the District will be giving you a survey to fill out to discover why your student left. The District has seven strategic vision plans for the future of SMSD, the number one being college and career readiness. In 2013, the Stafford

College and Career Center will open a 92,000 square foot addition to the high school. Some of the academy programs will provide certifications in selected subjects such as education, health sciences, distribution and logistics, information technology, engineering, and natural sciences. Other subjects will provide skills and knowledge is areas such as culinary arts, law and criminal justice, military science, agriculture, and marketing and business management. A hot button topic that evening was criticism of the

Robin Hood plan, the nickname given to legislation enacted by the State of Texas in 1993 to provide court-mandated equitable school financing for all school districts in the state. This is the law that recaptures property tax revenue from property-wealthy school districts and distributes to those in property-poor districts in an effort to equalize the financing of all districts throughout Texas. Mayor Scarcella pointed out that 64% of Stafford students are economically challenged and the District should not be sending money away, and

yet they are. Councilman Willis called this Robin Hood legislature "un-Texacan and un-American to have to send money that Stafford needs to the proverbial black hole in Austin." He added, "It's time for Texas to solve this education problem." The Mayor commended Dr. Hindt for "steering the ship" of the District to a successful year. Dr. Hindt thanked the Council, the teachers and the staff for being "the wheels on the bus." A special thank you was given to CFO, Carla Merka, for her hard work on the budget.

Lamar CISD maintains tax rate & approves raises for staff LAMAR ISD, continued from page 1

a district spokesman. Although the actual amount varies depending on the particular teacher’s years of service and degree, the overall average for teachers is roughly 3 percent. The starting teacher salary is now $46,500. All other district employees are paid according to pay grade tables.The raise for these

employees amounts to about $1.2 million and is based on 3 percent of the midpoint of each employee’s pay grade. The Trustees were presented budgets showing about $183.7 million in revenues and expenditures for the general fund, $12.7 million for the Child Nutrition Program and $41.9 million for the debt service fund. The largest line items in the general fund budget are:

$130 million for salaries; $24 million for benefits; $7.5 million for utilities; $1.7 million for insurance and $1 million for fuel costs. The District’s tax rate will remain the same as last year at $1.39005 per $100 valuation with one small change: the maintenance and operations fund will increase by 2 cents to $1.04005, but the interest and sinking fund will decrease by 2

Innocent neighbors injured in shootout INNOCENT, continued from page 1

Richmond police spokesman Master Sergeant Lowell Neinast said, “A 14 year old juvenile and his 36 year old father were victims of a shooting which occurred shortly before 1:00 am Saturday morning, September 1, in the 1000 block of Rufus Street in Richmond.” According to Neinast, the teen and his father were visiting from Bay City when they suffered gunshot injuries by stray bullets from a backyard next door. “Witnesses stated that several persons exited a blue Buick with guns and walked to the back yard of a residence at the Rufus address where a group of individuals were playing dice,” said Neinast. The gang of suspects opened fire on the dice game resulting in stray bullets striking the teen and his father. None of the intended targets who were playing dice were injured. In the years since Richmond’s notorious Mud Alley was shut down, the illicit drug activity has migrated to the 10th Street area near where this shooting took place. At the time of the shooting a Richmond officer was nearby and heard the shots ring out. Several officers immediately converged on the area and a chase ensued when officers found the suspect Buick in the 2000 block of Thompson Highway/FM 762. During the chase, the Buick pulled into the Walmart parking lot located at 5330 FM 1640 and two of the suspects bolted from the car; running from police. One of the fleeing felons, identified as Reginald Washington, left the Buick and ran over to a nearby SUV with open doors and tried to steal a Walmart patron’s car as she loaded groceries. He was captured by police before he could flee. The second fleet footed felon who was fleeing was identified as Timothy Chatmon. In his attempt to get away, he ran

to the nearby Whataburger and carjacked a drive-through customer. A chase ensued when Rosenberg police attempted to stop that vehicle operated by Chatmon on Avenue I. However, that all came to an end with a crash in the 5200 Hardwood in Rosenberg. Chatmon was then taken into custody. As of Tuesday morning Richmond police are still trying to figure out all the intricacies of the case and who and how many other suspects are involved as well as the motive for the initial shooting. Most importantly, residents of Richmond want to know how and why are folks packing that kind of fire power wandering around the streets of Richmond, again? Furthermore, Richmond police were so overwhelmed this past weekend, they ran out of

police officers to answer calls. Reginald Washington, 25, from Louisiana, and Timothy Chatmon, 31 of Houston have both been arrested and charged with Aggravated Robbery, a 1st Degree Felony, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, a 2nd Degree Felony, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, a 3rd Degree Felony, and Evading Arrest, a Class A Misdemeanor. Chatmon was also charged with Aggravated Kidnapping, a 1st Degree Felony and arrested on a felony warrant out of Harris County for Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration. Both shooting victims were taken to Oak Bend Medical Center with nonlife threatening injuries. Washington and Chatmon remain in the Fort Bend County Jail.

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four bottling lines, the initial plan called for just two. Due to projected demand in the Houston area, Graf said the company decided to combine the first two phases and install three lines. "What that means for us is that it adds 98 new jobs right away but it also means that each bottling line they put in represents a taxable value to Missouri City of about $15 million dollars in equipment

value," Graf said. The company has said it intends to add 269 direct and supplemental positions within its first 10 years of operation in Missouri City. Missouri City has three years to reimburse Trammell Crow for the Phase 2 improvements at Lakeview Business Park and will do so with Metro sales tax rebates earmarked to be used for general mobility projects. Needed water and sewer improvements will be managed and reimbursed through WCID No. 2.

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Imagine his surprise when police stopped him to inquire about his blood soaked clothes, cut up arms and the trail of loot that was falling from his bike! He was such a mess they had to get a XXL jail jumpsuit to put him in the car.

Ya know, having the blood on his clothes to match to the crime scene was just icing on the cake in their efforts to link him to the crime scene. That trail of loot, well, it seals the deal. Yep, that leaving a trail thing, didn’t much work out for this guy either.

cents to 35 cents. Maintenance and Operations (General Fund) budget covers salaries, energy costs and other assorted day-today costs. Interest and Sinking is used to pay off the bonds the District uses to build new schools and other facilities.

Mr. and Mrs. Freddie K. Melton of Richmond, Texas are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Brittany Ann Ferguson to William Trey Bigger of Llano, Texas on June 2, 2012. Brittany is a 2002 graduate of Kempner High School in Sugar Land and Trey is a 2004 graduate of Llano High School in Llano. Trey and Brittany met while attending college at Texas State University in San Marcos where Trey received his Criminal Justice Degree and Brittany received her Business Management Degree from the McCoy College of Business. The couple exchanged vows at First Baptist Church of Richmond followed by a dinner reception at Sugar Creek Country Club. After a honeymoon to St. Lucia, Trey and Brittany are now residing in Arlington, Texas.

FOOT FACTS by Dr. Eric Tepper BOARD CERTIFIED PODIATRIST, ACCPPS NOT SO NICE Blame it on bacteria—foot odor is a reality for ten to fifteen percent of the population. Bacteria digest sweat and release a gas that can produce a foul odor. Although enclosing the feet in shoes can exacerbate the problem, exposing them during the warm weather can make the odor even more obvious. To eliminate or help reduce foot odor, following a regimen to conquer the bacteria can help. Feet should be washed daily with antibacterial soap and dried thoroughly. When socks are worn, they should be of a natural fiber that will absorb any sweat. Shoes should be allowed to dry out in between wearings, and insoles should be cleaned using hot, soapy water. At some point in their lives, most people suffer from some kind of foot disorder—from foot odor and nail problems to bunions and disease. Heredity, neglect, injuries, and medical conditions are often the culprits. Whatever the state of your feet, we can treat your problem to restore your comfort and ease of movement. If you are new to the area and don’t have a podiatrist, why not call us at 281-980-3668 for an appointment at 3143 Hwy. 6 South. Don't take your feet for granted - call us for an appointment. Make your next step a comfortable one - call us for an appointment. HINT: Foot odor can be worsened by excessive sweating, or “hyperhidrosis.”

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE The Meadowcreek Municipal Utility District will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2012 on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 6:00 p.m., at the Quail Valley Utility District Office, 3134 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, TX 77459. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal:

W. David Hamner, Billy Moye, Sr., Edward Paxton, Merlin Hansen, Harold Snyder

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The following table compares taxes on the average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year. Last Year This Year Tax rate $ 0.10000 / $100 $ 0.10000 /$100 Adopted Proposed Difference in rates per $100 of value

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NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code. Should you have any questions concerning this notice, please contact the tax office at 281-482-0216.


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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Family Law Workshop Family Law Workshop & *Pro Se assistance Family Law Workshop offers legal information, advice and counsel for: Divorce, child support, child custody/visitation, and adoption. *Pro Se (do-it-yourself) assistance is offered to low-income Fort Bend County residents who are representing themselves in family law matters. September 5, Child Advocates of Fort Bend, 5403 Avenue N, Rosenberg, 6:30-8:00 P.M., no admittance before 6:30. Bring any prior court orders and/or documents you have prepared with you. Call Fort Bend Lawyers CARE if you need more information and to pre-qualify, 281-239-0015. Coastal Prarie Quilt Guild meets The Coastal Prairie Quilt Guild will have its evening meeting on Wednesday, September 5, 7:00 pm, First United Methodist Church of Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd. Irena Blumh is our guest speaker. For more information, www. cpqg.org. Intro computer classes offered Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd, Missouri City, will present a variety of free, introductory computer classes this month. The classes will consist of a hands-on introduction to basic skills. The “Blogging for Dollars” Wednesday, September 5,10:00 am, Computer Lab. Different classes offered through month. The classes are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. Register by calling the library at 281238-2952, and for more information about other classes offered. Intro computer classes University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land on the UH campus, will present a variety of free, introductory computer classes this month. “MS Word Survival Basics” for version 2010 Wednesday, September 5, 10:30 am, Computer Lab. More classes on different subjects offered during the month. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations required.Call 281-633-5100 for more info.“ THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Alief AARP Chapter 3264 to meet Alief AARP Chapter 3264 will meet at the Abby, 2865 Westminster Plaza Dr.,

Houston, Thursday, September 6, 7 p.m. Catered meal at 6:30 p.m. Pat Gavin & the Buckeroos Band will entertain. Bring non-perishable foods, canned goods, etc. for Food Bank. For more info call 281-785-7372. Intro to MS Word offered Mamie George Branch Library, 320 Dulles Avenue in Stafford, will present a free, introductory computer class, “MS Word Survival Basics,” Thursday, September 6, 10:00 am. This class presents a basic introduction to using this word-processing computer resource. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited, reservations are required. call the 281-238-2880, or by visiting the library. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Giving Spirits Concert Series This concert will be held Sept. 7, Sugar Land Town Center, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Learn more about how you can give back to the community by attending a free concert by Third Coast Swing, benefiting Texana. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 TRC Run Over Cancer 5k/10k Run & Walk This event will be held Saturday, September 8, 7:30 a.m., Texas Running Company, 15890-600 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land. This event is benefiting The Snowdrop Foundation. Learn early signs of Alzheimer’s Learn about some of the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease at a special program, “Know the Signs: Early Detection Matters,” at Missouri City Branch Library, Saturday, September 8, 2:00 pm,Meeting Room of the library, 530 Texas Parkway. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-238-2100 or 281-341-2677. Make a fishing pole Missouri City Branch Library will present a special “Make Your Own Fishing Pole” program Saturday, September 8, 1:00 – 4 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at the Missouri City Recreation and Tennis Center, 2701 Cypress Point Drive. Free & open to public, reservations required limited to first 50 entries. Children must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 to receive all of the materials to make a fishing pole to take home. Call to register 281-231-2100. Intro computer classes offered Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge, will present a variety of free, introductory computer classes this month on using Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. “MS Excel Survival Basics” class Saturday, September 8, beginning at 10:15 am, Tech Center.The “MS Word Survival Basics” Saturday, September 15, 10:15 am, Tech Center. Free and open to the public. Reservations required. Participants may also register online or by calling the library at 281-238-2140. Music in the Plaza This event will be held from 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sugar Land Town Square. Come for an evening of live music performed by 33 1/3 RPM. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy their mix of Classic Rock, Pop and R&B! SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 DivorceCare offered DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. DivorceCare begins September 9 and is a 13-week group that meets Sunday nights from 5pm to 7pm at 2140 First Colony Blvd. in Sugar Land. There is no cost to attend. Contact (281) 9807070 with questions. Sugar Land Methodist Church to offer the Alpha Course Do you wonder if God is real? Is your list of questions concerning life, faith and the universe getting longer every day? Sugar Land Methodist will offer the Alpha course for 12 weeks beginning Sunday, September 9. Alpha presents the opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. Sessions will begin with a complimentary meal, followed by a short talk and discussion time. The church is located at 431 Eldridge, just north of Highway 90. Attendance is free. Pre-registering is helpful but not essential. Childcare will be available to those registering in advance. To register or acquire more information on Alpha, please contact Erik Gragert at 281-491-6041 or erik.gragert@ sugarlandmethodist.org, or refer to the church website, sugarlandmethodist.org. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Book club announces September meeting The next meeting of the University Branch Library Book Club is Monday, September 10, 1:30 pm, Large Conference Room of the library, l14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus. The book to be discussed is Dark Light, a novel by Randy Wayne White. Anyone interested invited & free to public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-633-5100 or the

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