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Mayor hits highs, lows in State of City From new amenities to Hurricane Harvey, 2017 was big year for Sugar Land By Joe Southern JSOUTHERN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM RE-ELECT

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From triumph to tragedy and back, Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman gave the 10th annual State of the City Address Monday, recapping the major events of 2017 and looking ahead to the rest of 2018. Zimmerman’s 65-minute speech was hosted by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and was held at the Sugar Land Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Zimmerman highlighted things like the opening of the Smart Financial Centre and adjacent plaza; the opening of the Brazos River Park and the newly named Crown Festival Park; the acquisition of the Central Unit prison site; the city’s recently reaffirmed “AAA” bond rating; the city’s participation in helping Houston host Super Bowl LI; and the annexation of the Greatwood and New Territory communities. “Just a few weeks ago we opened the Sugar Land Heritage Museum

and Visitors Center,” he said. Zimmerman talked about the struggles to overcome the flooding from Hurricane Harvey and the sharp downturn in projected revenues that caused the city to do some emergency belt-tightening recently. “I think you know there are still people in our community who are still hurting,” he said, referring to flood victims. He said the city, outside consultants and the Levee Improvement Districts are looking at the flooded areas to improve drainage and prevent future flooding. He noted that the city’s land use plan was last updated in 2004 and said a four-year review is about to come before the city council. “We are updating our land use plan. It’s a big piece in our comprehensive plan,” Zimmerman said. While highlighting city services, the mayor said the city is improving mobility with the help of a stateof-the-art traffic control center. He also touted the response times of first responders and the improved

services of the police department. “In 2017, Sugar Land achieved our lowest crime rate in more than 20 years,” he said. He said surveys and studies have shown that Sugar Land is one of the safest cities of municipalities its size. “Overall, the City of Sugar Land out-performed the U.S. and Texas averages in all aspects related to city police services,” he said. Zimmerman was also excited about the city’s 3-1-1 call center, which provides information to citizens 24/7. While addressing the city’s revenues, he said the council approved a $228 million budget, which increased taxes by 1.5 percent. Shortly after the budget was adopted, therewas a downturn in projected sales tax revenues and then property values, many of which were re-adjusted after Hurricane Harvey, fell below projections. He said the city is now implementing a system of more accurately projecting revenues. Looking ahead, he mentioned that

Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman talks about the many accomplishments of the city in the past year Monday during the annual State of the City Address, held at the Sugar Land Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. (Photo by Joe Southern)

Newland Communities is moving forward with the Telfair development project; the Imperial Market redevelopment project continues to progress; and the revitalization of Town Square is being planned.

Volunteers pleased with changes made at Missouri City Animal Shelter By Theresa D. McClellan FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

Rapper Travis Scott accepts the key to the city Saturday as part of Missouri City’s Black History Month celebration. (Photo courtesy the City of Missouri City)

Festival celebrates Missouri City’s black heritage By Theresa D. McClellan FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

From local authors tackling tough subjects of bullying, divorce and faith, to a national artist creating a painting of the Freedom Tree, to the mayor giving the key to the city to multiplatinum selling rap star and Missouri City native Travis Scott, the two-day Fourth Annual Black His-

This week the Fort Bend Star takes a look at the candidates in the contested primary races for county court-at-law judges No. 3 and 6 in the March 6 primary. In County Court-at-Law No. 1, Republican Chris Morales is running unopposed and will not face a Democratic challenger in the fall. The same goes for Republican Jeffrey A. McMeans in County Court-at-Law No. 2. In County Court-at-Law No. 4, Democrat Toni Wallace and Republican Amy Mitchell do not have primary challengers and will compete against each other in November. In County Court-at-Law No. 3, Democrat Juli Matthew is uncontested and will face the winner of the Republican primary. Republicans Harold Kennedy, Jennifer C. Chiang, and Tricia Krenek are profiled here. In County Court-at-Law No. 6, Democrat Sherman Hatton Jr. is unopposed and will face the winner of the Republican primary between Dean Hrbacek and Lewis White, also profiled here.

tory Month Celebration of Culture & Music showed the diversity of Missouri City talent. Coupled with the grand opening of the new Visitors Center which features a holographic virtual assistant and interactive kiosk inside the redesigned Community Center, it’s just another way to show what Missouri City has to offer to the public and for regional visitors, said City

Manager Anthony Snipes. “This is a way to share our tourism program which includes the Edible Arbor Trail, the Quail Valley Golf Course, HCC (Houston Community College) campus, Freedom Tree Park and more,” he said. The evening started Friday with local authors presenting their books and talking with potential buyers and artists from as

far away as Detroit showing off their creations. The varied works of nationally recognized artist and Missouri City resident Leonard Freeman lined the wall of the Visitors Center. Freeman’s work captured the attention of movie mogul Tyler Perry who spent $17,000 on one of his creations.

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Changes are coming to the Missouri City Animal Shelter and volunteers are so happy the Friends group said it would resume saving the city money by paying for the animals needs. After weeks of negative publicity about the care and safety of the animals and the city’s own actions getting input from outside sources, city officials announced last week that the shelter should have a manager and a vet tech to give vaccinations. “The state vet board and the health and human services made suggestions of changes. They (Missouri City Animal Shelter) were not doing some of those things aligned with best practices,” said City Manager Anthony Snipes. “Whatever we do, we have to benefit the animals, and protect staff and volunteers and they were not where they should be. Our staff went to shelters in Friendswood and Sugar Land and those (agencies) expressed things we need to do,” he said.

This all started last year after volunteer leader Valerie Tolman urged the city to hire a part-time staffer for $17,000 after years of trying to get the city to put more resources into the shelter. Tolman was named Volunteer of the Year in 2017 for her work at the shelter. Volunteers claim that once they publicly challenged city officials for what they called underfunding the shelter and encouraged the public to complain by writing letters and emails to city council members and newspapers, the animal shelter made a rapid decline. The shelter falls under the jurisdiction of the Public Works Department. Shashi Kumar, Public Works Director, said he takes seriously the concerns about the shelter. “Over the years we promoted adoptions and lower euthanasia rates. But recent events tainted the success,” Kumar said. As a result, the shelter made some immediate changes including adding better software to track the

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Election profiles Fort Bend County court-at-law judge candidates

Position seeking: Judge, Fort Bend County Court-atLaw No. 3 Name: Jennifer C. Chiang Political party: Republican Age: 36 City of residence: Sugar Land Education: University of St. Thomas Bachelors of Business Administration – Economics, University of St. Thomas

Position seeking: Judge, Fort Bend County Court-atLaw No. 3 Name: Harold Kennedy Political Party: Republican Age: 62 City of residence: Pleak Education: A.B. Dartmouth College, J.D. Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Trained mediator A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center.

Position seeking: Judge, Fort Bend County Court-atLaw No. 3 Name: Tricia Krenek Political party: Republican City of residence: Fulshear Education: I graduated from the University of St. Thomas earning both a BBA and MBA in accounting prior to obtaining my law degree from the University of Houston Law

Position seeking: Judge, Fort Bend County Court-atLaw No. 6 Name: Dean Hrbacek Political Party: Republican Age: 59 City of residence: Sugar Land Education: Doctor of Jurisprudence (1986); University of Houston Law Center Bachelor of Science; Account-

Position seeking: Judge, Fort Bend County Court-atLaw No. 6 Name: Lewis White Political Party: Republican Age: 41 City of residence: Katy Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from McMurry University, Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Thurgood Marshall School

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Agencies offer help with income tax preparation From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

Residents needing assistance filling out their income tax forms can get assistance through a couple of charitable agencies. BakerRipley BakerRipley – formerly Neighborhood Centers – is providing free tax preparation services by IRS-certified tax preparers for the 10th

year in a row. In that time, the 110-year-old nonprofit organization, with the support of the United Way and dozens of volunteers, has prepared over 288,000 tax returns, and helped hardworking families and individuals claim $390 million in net refunds. This year, BakerRipley will once again be providing this free service at 11 convenient locations in the local region for all families and individuals that earn up to $58,000. No appointments

are required as walk-ins are welcome at all 11 locations through April 17. The Fort Bend location is at United Way Fort Bend Service Center, 12300 Parc Crest Dr., Stafford. The location will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. AARP Foundation Now through April 17, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation around the

country – including at more than 200 sites across Texas – through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. Last year in Texas alone, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 162,000 Texans file their tax returns. There’s no fee, and

AARP membership is not required. “Federal income taxes continue to be one of the most befuddling processes Americans have to go through,” said Bob Jackson, AARP Texas director. “That's why more than 2,000 Texans each year become trained Tax-Aide volunteers to help members of their own communities through the process. It's downright neighborly.” AARP Foundation Tax-

Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure they know about and understand the latest changes to the U.S. Tax Code. To find an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site or more information, including which documents to bring to the tax site, visit aarpfoundation.org/taxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888227-7669). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.

Civil Servant of the Month: Rudy Roberts Staff Reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

Rudy Roberts’ students will tell you that he rocks, so it’s no surprise that the Stafford Intermediate Teacher of the Month is from the city that rocks, Cleveland, Ohio. “Being named Teacher of the Month is an honor,” said Roberts, who teaches sixth grade math. “I pride myself on being able to relate to my students.” Roberts earned a full basketball scholarship to Fairmont State University

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earned a degree in health science/nutrition. He moved to Houston and became interested in teaching, so he began as a substitute teacher. Then, he became certified in teaching mathematics. “I like mentoring – it’s natural for me to mentor and teach,” Roberts said. He’s enjoyed teaching at Stafford MSD, which he considers a close, tight-knit family. He’s also coached boys basketball for Stafford High, including last season’s undefeated district championship team.

Six named Presidential Scholar candidates On Jan. 23, six Fort Bend ISD students were named as candidates for the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars by the U.S. Department of Education. Most were selected on the basis of their ACT/ SAT score being one of the 20 highest in their state (ties included), separated

by gender. Only 4,500 students out of nearly 3.6 million graduating seniors in the country received an invitation. These students have a chance to apply and be named one of 161 Presidential Scholars and be symbolically honored by the President at a ceremony sponsored by the White

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A New, Better, Healthier You!

Pain Free in 2018

Happy New Year from the team at Texas Regional Health & Wellness. Starting off the year pain free and doing the things you love with your family and friends should be your #1 goal for the new year. About 25 million people have experienced some form of pain every day for the last three months according to a National Health Institute study. Chronic pain sufferers are unable to perform normal daily living activities. They get caught in the pain medication trap without identifying the root cause of their pain. When medications do not work, many turn to alternative Cristina Kashi treatments such as acupuncture, yoga, meditation, and chiropractic therapies. If these treatments still do not provide permanent pain relief, sufferers feel that surgery is the only option. With surgery, we are dealing with lost time from work, a long recovery, and of course, cost. This is where stem cell therapy and treatment may be your better and best option. Stem cell therapy is a type of regenerative medicine. This is a treatment that uses stem cells to seek out degeneration, inflammation, and modulate the body’s immune responses. In simple terms, these cells have the capability of going where the body needs them to go and become what your body needs them to become. Stem cells build, repair, and grow new tissue. They also help reduce inflammation. There are many types of stem cell therapies. At Texas Regional Health & Wellness, we offer stem cell treatment using human umbilical cord therapy (HUCT). These cells are derived exclusively from the umbilical cord tissue of healthy birthed babies. This is the safest and least-invasive method of extraction available. It is a simple out-patient procedure, with little to no downtime. Most patients experience a significant reduction in pain in 4-6 weeks, and some patients feel pain relief in as little as 7 days. If you are missing out on activities such as playing with your kids, grandkids, traveling, enjoying retirement, or simpler activities such as walking up and down the stairs, take back control of your life with stem cell therapy and treatment.

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Valentines Day is a good time to reflect on what love really is Happy Valentine’s Day. Feb. 14 is universally known as a day of love. Although the true origins of the day and the history of St. Valentine are muddled and mired in a mix of history and lore, the modern celebration is a day dedicated to love and romance. I’d like to take a moment here to explore love – true love. There are several different types of love, such as sexual, infatuation, familial and such. What I want to look at is agape love – the kind of love shared between a husband and wife. This is the kind of love that is selfless and sacrificial. There is an old saying that says if you think marriage is 50-50 you’re doing it wrong. Divorce is 50-50. Marriage is 100100. If you really want to fully express your love and commitment, you must be in it 100 percent or not at all. When it seems that your spouse isn’t carrying their fair share of the weight, that’s the time to dig in and work harder, not back away. You never know, that 80 percent effort

by your spouse just may be the 100 percent they have to give at the time. Sometimes you just have to give more than your fair share, but that’s what love is all about. Many people will find love on Valentine’s Day. There will be marriage proposals, weddings, firsts dates and countless acts of romance between people with varying degrees of commitment. Defining love is difficult. It’s many things to many people. If you really want to know what true love is, turn to the creator and author of love. It’s best described in the Bible in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8A: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” People will fail, but love does not. Love is more than a feeling or an emo-

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tion. Feelings are fickle and fleet. They come and go. Love stays. Love is what keeps you with your spouse when the feeling of love has faded like the light of an extinguished candle and all that remains is a wisp of smoke from a dying ember. Love is what sees the beauty in a person when their hair is gray, their skin is wrinkled and sagging, when bags form under their eyes, their waistline has expanded and they’re tired and grumpy and griping about every little thing. Love is making the bed, taking out the trash, washing the dishes, cleaning the toilet, doing the laundry, mowing the lawn, paying the bills, doing the taxes, diapering babies, cleaning up

puppy piddle, and all the other necessary unpleasantries of life without complaining. OK, maybe there will be a little complaining – or even a lot – but the point is you do these things for the other person so they don’t have to. Love is sacrificial and committed. It may mean telling your golfing/hunting buddies no so you can say yes to shopping or the ballet. It may mean watching a romantic comedy instead of an action flick (or vice versa). Love usually means biting your tongue, picking your battles, re-shuffling priorities, and delaying gratification in order to meet the needs of your spouse. This doesn’t mean you never get what you want out of the relationship, especially if this goes both ways. Look at is at as the Golden Rule in practice – do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Guys, if you were willing to climb mountains, swim oceans, and slay dragons to win the love of your life, why would you bicker and get mad about

the little things? We all do things that are annoying to other people, you’ve just got to learn to deal with it and move on. I do need to interject something here. There are some things that people should not have to endure in the name of love. That includes abuse, adultery, and abandonment. You may still love the offender, but if that’s what you’re getting in return, that’s not love. You may choose to be forgiving and to help the other person through their problem, but if they’re unrepentant and not willing to change, the relationship is no longer based in love but on control and manipulation. That’s toxic, unhealthy, and not a relationship worth investing in. I want to take a minute here to boast about my wife, Sandy. She is a godly woman who takes her vows seriously. When she committed her life to me “for better or worse and in sickness and in health,” neither of us had any idea exactly what that would mean. For several of our 18

years together it has meant living at or below the poverty level and enduring a bankruptcy and a foreclosure. It’s meant caring for me through 10 years of chronic depression. It’s meant forgiving me and helping me recover from an addiction to pornography. It’s meant that she has had to be stronger, smarter and wiser than she ever anticipated being. She has been the one to repeatedly give more than 100 percent when I’ve been incapable of giving even half an effort. Our life and our marriage are much better today and I have to give her most of the credit. I’ve seen a lot of marriages crumble under much less stress. Where we have had weakness, God has given us strength. Doubts have been erased by hope. Hope has been bolstered by faith. In faith, we have love. “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1Corinthians 13:13. So again I say, Happy Valentine’s Day!

from its $60 million contribution to this Harris County Transportation bureaucracy and that the rail link to Missouri City is just a pipe dream, at best. City leaders lack the will to break the contract or lead us out of it because of the political consequences of this horribly bad decision to commit the city’s limited resources. The second cause of the city’s bad financial straits was the decision to fund acquisition of the Quail Valley Golf Course and its surrounding amenities adding $30

million of debt and debt service to the city’s precarious finances. Again, a tremendously stupid decision and one the city will continue to pay for indefinitely, draining operating revenues for years to come. We, as residents need to voice our concerns and work for a better, more competitive city government not hamstrung by past decisions and willing to take whatever steps are necessary to resolve our city’s financial problems. Howard E. Moline Missouri City

Letters to the Editor Missouri City needs to be more progressive Dear Editor, For many years it seems, Missouri City residents have grown accustomed to not expecting much from their city and its government. Sugar Land and Stafford may have their event centers or ball team or whatever and Pearland may experience unbelievable population and commercial growth, but Missouri City residents have learned to be content with much less significant events and headlines. But, it really doesn’t have to be that way. Cer-

tainly, Missouri City is a bedroom community with a smaller tax base and has less of the open space for development that these other cities have. However, what is increasingly evident from everyone’s perspective is that these other nearby cities are more progressive, aggressive and take the initiative while Missouri City government seems to just exist and get by. Is this not true and why? One particular contributing factor stands out. Missouri City’s lack of

revenues and funding are becoming increasingly evident to all our residents, especially due to the animal shelter fiasco, which the city could have resolved many years ago by just properly funding it. Sure, the city has enough cash reserves and wins financial awards all the time but what the city does not have is money to do the extra stuff, like incentivize interesting development or build new city offices around a town center or the myriad other amazing things that our neighboring

cities have accomplished. We are all trained and encouraged to look forward and not back and expect better things but this particular situation might be one of those, which the city is just stuck with, as it has been for years. Two situations have caused the city’s tight financial scenario to happen. The first is being hamstrung by a Metro contract that drains away about one-quarter of the city’s sales tax revenues. Its increasingly certain that the city will get almost nothing

Pleas keep covering politicians Dear Editor, Please, please continue to write articles comparing and contrasting politicians stance on various issues and their platforms. I appreciate accurate, concise writing and sometimes I seem to only get that in the smaller community newspapers – especially regarding local

races. I don’t get my news from social media and have absolutely no faith in the “truth” exposed there. Even the Houston paper seems biased and appears to print only that which supports its own choice of candidate. The slick ads that inundate my mailbox daily give little insight into various contro-

versies that the candidate may be dodging. I agree that the Star should not give away free press to candidates, unless they agree to list the pros and cons of their platform – which would be truly informative! Keep up the good work! C. Davis Sugar Land

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The city nabbed Freeman to create a mural for the city. Freeman already spent more than 100 hours developing and painting the mural for the city which features the famous Freedom Tree, which holds Texas history as the place where Union General Granger announced to slaves, two years after the fact, that they were free, sparking the annual Juneteenth celebrations. Freeman has spent more than 100 hours developing and painting the mural for the city, which features multiple faces, representing the city’s diversity, beneath the sprawling old oak tree. It was expected to be unveiled Friday night but Freeman said he needed another 30 hours to do it justice and will announce in the next month when it is complete. “This tree is significant and I’m honored to be challenged. It’s weathered, worn, beat up, cracked and still alive. I’ve committed myself to it and I’m glad I did,” he said. In addition to Freeman, three local authors brought their books and were thrilled at the opportunity to be a part of the celebration that attracted politicians, educators, students and art lovers. Their books are meant to inspire. Author Fran Clark, who works for Child Advocates of Fort Bend County, had a seed of an idea for a book 20 years ago but she wasn’t ready to write. Once she allowed pen to hit paper she created “The Meeting On the Moon,” a powerful mystical tale of bullying from the point of view of the victim and perpetrator. The book, which received rave reviews on Amazon, tells one boy’s journey of pain, suffering, and forgiveness. Missouri City resident Sherie Wesley wrote about her personal healing jour-

H SHELTER, FROM PAGE 1 animals and training the staff. “It was clear from the review that we had to put enhanced policies for underlying issues. We are working on a manual to be ready by the months end on procedures and roles. We’ve established a contract with a vet,” he said. He told the City Council that with the current budget in place, and the possibility that they may not receive help from the nonprofit friends group, which raises money to pay for animal care, they may have to make budget amendments.

H WHITE, FROM PAGE 1 of Law at Texas Southern University Qualifications for this position: I have spent a great deal of time as a prosecutor and defense attorney in the county courts. I have experience with 92 percent of the types of cases heard in the court. Juvenile and criminal experience are important qualification for this bench. Juvenile cases are a large part of the over 30,000

ney in a book that has her wounded soul talking to her healed self in “From: Broken, Bitter To: Better.” She remembers being thrilled when an acquaintance was telling Wesley of a powerful book she’d just read that encouraged the woman to take back her power. It was Wesley’s book. “That just blessed my soul. We all go through things for a reason but we are never alone,” she said. “I just try to encourage.” Wesley said she believes that, “through educating communities about the importance of emotional recovery, healing and prayer, that families and communities can be changed.” Finally, Natasha D. Frazier brought her seven books including her latest “How Long Are You Going to Wait,” based on the scripture from Joshua 18:3, which looks at turning your back on your God-given talents. Her books, which can be found on Amazon, includes novels and award-winning daily devotionals. The second day of the celebration was dampened by rain, so they took it inside where they started the day with a forum on education featuring area educators.  “We’re proud to see our Black History Month tradition continue to recognize African-American culture and accomplishments. This year we wanted to seamlessly blend together celebrations of history, local artists, authors, educators, entertainers, business owners and of course our area youth,” said Snipes. So the youths were thrilled when Missouri City Mayor  Allen Owen declared Saturday “Travis Scott Day” and gave the new father the key to the city for his success in the music business. The 25-year-old rapper and musician, whose real name is Jacques Webster, attended Elkins High

School in Missouri City. Since he entered the rap scene, he raced to the top with his triple-platinum hit “Goosebumps”  and was nominated for a Grammy. He had nearly 3 million track sales, and his music streams exceeded 1 billion when President Barack Obama announced his annual favorite books and songs for 2017, including Scott’s hit “Butterfly Effect.” On Feb. 1 Scott became a new father when his girlfriend, reality television personality and youngest member of the Kardashian clan, Kylee Jenner, gave birth to a baby girl she named “Stormi Webster.” The mayor joked with Scott asking if he named the child after Hurricane Harvey. “Missouri City salutes Jaques Travis Scott Webster for his excellent success in the music industry and commitment to the city and we give you our key to Missouri City so use this anytime you want to come back.  Tell them, ‘hey, I got a key to the city,’” Owen said. Scott was visibly moved by the recognition. “I’m shaking now. We ran these streets up and down Cartwright. Course we tried not to speed ’cause they’d pull us over,” he said to laughs. “This is my first award, I couldn’t be more proud,” said Scott. “This city gave me all my ideas. I owe everything to the city, the Chick-fil-A at Highway 6, Hightower. Today is better than any day.” The audience went wild when Houston Rockets Star James Harden appeared on stage to the chants of MVP. Harden and Scott embraced and grinned.  “I want to hook people onto what this city has to offer. For somebody out there in this crowd, my job is to inspire kids to be their best. Everyone has a dream.” His newest album is

“We looked at staff levels to operate the shelter. We are looking potentially at two new positions,” said Kumar. “Our intent is to work in collaboration with volunteers moving forward and keep operations low.” After attending the city council meeting, Tolman was ecstatic. “This is a better outcome than anything we could have hoped for back when we asked for $17,000 for front desk person. The animals will be so much better off with a fullystaffed animal shelter, especially if the added employee’s sole mission is the welfare of the animals,” she stated in a Facebook

post. “I am cautious because of course the City Council still needs to vote and approve this approach, but it is a huge leap in the right direction. Let’s send our prayers and thoughts flying towards the shelter animals and the city council that the best decision will be made for all the future furry creatures that will come into the care of the city’s animal services,” she said. The city manager said he is not going to focus on the past. “We are not twiddling our thumbs. We are looking to go forward. We do care. Our city cares,” Snipes said.

criminal hearings that occur annually in the county courts. My experience is as follows: Fifteen years legal experience Assistant County Attorney, Ector County, Odessa, Texas Chief of Juvenile and Misdemeanor, Waller County District Attorney’s Office Assistant District Attorney, Fort Bend County Private Practice, Law Office of Lewis White Misdemeanors, juvenile,

and felony cases of varying legal complexity Criminal defense, civil litigation, and commercial contract drafting and review Condemnations and guardianship cases Managed and tried over 50 cases and negotiated more than 500 cases for both claimants and defendants Campaign website: www. lewiswhiteforjudge.com Email address: whiteforjudge@gmail.com Phone number: 832-8959788

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H CHIANG, FROM PAGE 1 Masters of Business Administration – International Business and Finance, University of Houston – Juris Doctorate Qualifications for this position: I am qualified for this position because I have a passion for children, I am a lifelong conservative, a dedicated community leader, and an experienced Associate Judge of the Sugar Land Municipal Court. I am passionate about championing the Juvenile Court and the Girls’ Court, a special court for young women at risk. Children in Texas are in crisis. It is more important now than ever to have a judge who understands the challenges that young people in Fort Bend County face on a daily basis. I know this because I work with at-risk youth as an attorney that practices CPS, juvenile, and criminal Law, where I deal

H KRENEK, FROM PAGE 1 Center. I studied abroad as an undergraduate at the University of Reading in England and then as a law student at the University of Innsbruck in Austria under the late United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Qualifications for this position: I am the managing partner of a litigation firm in Katy with my husband, Ed Krenek, and I have firsthand understanding and respect for the rule of law and experience that makes me the right choice for County Court-at-Law 3. As part of my legal practice, I have handled hundreds of cases to conclusion through trial, mediation, and settlement. My experience includes a wide variety of business and commercial litigation, civil rights

H HRBACEK, FROM PAGE 1 ing (1980); University of Houston Clear Lake City Qualifications for this position: My campaign is based upon my experience and qualifications in 30-plus years of law practice and 25-plus years of grassroots activism at the city, county, and state levels of Republican politics. I have practiced law in Fort Bend County since 1988. My law firm is based in Sugar Land and I have the unique distinction of being Board Certified by the State Bar of Texas and also being a CPA. I have been deeply involved in the growth of our county, not only as Mayor of Sugar Land, but as a Director on

H KENNEDY, FROM PAGE 1 Qualifications for this position: I received my license to practice law in 1983. For the next 16 years I litigated matters involving criminal law, including felony and misdemeanor cases; juvenile and family law; probate and guardianship cases; and civil law. I have extensive first chair

cases, consumer matters, business organization cases, personal injury, property tax litigation, wills and probate, trust and estate planning, oil and gas matters, landlordtenant issues, among other matters. My successes in the courtroom are the result of dedication to clients and the law as well as my zeal towards finding a resolution that promotes the interests of the parties involved while remaining committed to upholding the highest standards of the law. The qualities that make me the right choice for judge of this court are my servant’s heart; my commitment to conservative, Christian values; and my dedication to public service. My education, training, and experience provide me a strong foundation to faithfully adhere to a constitutionally sound approach

of applying the rule of law as it is written, avoiding judicial activism and administering justice in a fair, impartial and compassionate manner. My passion for public service and my love for community is reflected in my second term as a Fulshear City Council member and in my current position as Mayor Pro Tem. Serving in city government has provided me exceptional opportunities to develop skills that blend well with my legal training. I have helped create sound, conservative, and fiscally responsible policies needed to address issues important to the citizens I am blessed to serve. Campaign website: www. triciakrenek.com Email address: triciakrenek@gmail.com Phone number: 713-4598953

the Houston-Galveston Area Council, the Fort Bend Economic Development Council, the Fort Bend County and Grand Parkway Toll Road Authorities and as a longtime member of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. Fort Bend County is my home – personally, professionally, and politically. I care strongly about the integrity of our Republican Party, and I encourage all voters to consider that I’m the only candidate who has not voted in a Democratic primary. Our county, our citizens, and our Republican Party deserve to have a Judge with the best experience and the proven, conservative track record to back it up. I am the proven Republican and conservative candi-

date. My 25-plus years of involvement in the Fort Bend Republican Party and the Republican Party of Texas is a testament to my conservative values. I am the best qualified and experienced attorney, business owner, and fiscal conservative - ready to establish a productive and efficient county court for the taxpayers. And finally, I am ready to take on this important responsibility of establishing the new County Court No. 6 with the highest levels of integrity and judicial fairness. Campaign website: www. deanforjudge.com Email address: dean@ deanforjudge.com Phone number: 832-6004175

trial experience in all of these areas. In 1999 I was appointed as the first Associate Judge of the County Courts at Law in Fort Bend. The position was created to help reduce the backlog of cases in the courts and was to last for only 20 months. However, I did such a good job, the position was made permanent and I have been presiding ever since. I have handled tens

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Fort Bend Arts Center opens Portia Bell works on a community painting during the grand opening of the Fort Bend Arts Center Saturday in Rosenberg. Several local artists and authors showcased their wares and talents at the new center, located at 2012 Avenue G. Visitors to the center were invited to help paint the picture. (Photo by Joe Southern)

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Boots, Badges and puppies Behind the Badge Charities hosted its annual Boots and Badges Gala Saturday night at George Ranch Historical Park. The event was sponsored and catered by Texas Safari Ranch. Included were live and silent auctions. Two of the live auction items were a pair of lab puppies, donated by Lauren’s Labs, and a year of veterinary care provided by Foster Creek Veterinary Hospital. Pictured from the left are master of ceremonies Kevin Charles Minatrea, Anna Colley, Madison Nehls, and the auctioneer, Fort Bend County Commissioner James Patterson. (Photo by Joe Southern)

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Dr. Nish Shah now seeing patients in Long Meadow Farms Staff Reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

Dr. Nish Shah, primary care sports medicine physician. (Submitted photo)

Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine recently announce that Dr. Nish Shah is now seeing patients in Long Meadow Farms. Shah is a primary care sports medicine physician with a dual focus on family medicine and the treatment of common sports injuries in both young athletes and active adults. He is located at a new Houston Methodist Primary Care Group office

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Richmond,” said Shah. “I have a passion for both sports and family medicine because there is a connection between the two specialties that is often overlooked – an individual’s overall health is important to daily routines and the ability to be active and fit. I’m excited to begin seeing patients at the new Long Meadow Farms office.” To schedule an appointment with Shah or another Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine physician, visit houstonmethodist.org/ orthopedics-sl or call 281-6126546.

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital’s NICU receives official Level III status Staff Reports

Helen Keller once noted that out of all her impairments, she was most troubled by her loss of hearing. She elaborated, that while Terry Snook blindness separated her AuD, FAAA from THINGS, her hearing loss separated her from PEOPLE. It is estimated that 28 million Americans have a hearing loss. You may have a hearing loss if you answer yes to any of the following: · Do you frequently ask people to repeat themselves? · Do you have difficulty talking on the phone or listening to the TV or radio? · Do you have trouble understanding conversation if there is background noise? · Do you feel like people are mumbling? · Do you have ringing in your ears? · Do others complain that you have a hearing problem? · Do you complain that you can hear people, but you don’t understand what they are saying? · Do you avoid social activities because you can’t hear well? · Do you have a family history of hearing loss? · Do you have any history of exposure to loud noise in recreational activities, at work, or in the military? If you answered YES to any of the questions listed above, you should consider having a complete hearing evaluation. In addition, both children and adults are encouraged to have hearing tests every two years to help detect hearing loss. Annual hearing checkups are recommended for those who are routinely exposed to loud noises. Don’t take a chance with your hearing and don’t miss out on the sounds in your life.

University’s football team, men and women’s basketball teams and women’s soccer team, as well as the McLennan Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams. He also served as a visiting scholar for Baylor University’s exercise physiology department, providing medical coverage to participants obtaining an exercise prescription program. Shah’s unique blend of primary care and sports medicine is ideal for preteen and teenage athletes who have outgrown a traditional pediatrician, as well as ac-

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital is proud to announce its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has received the official Level III designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). The designation demonstrates Memorial Hermann Katy’s ability to care for and address the needs of critically-ill neonatal babies ex-

periencing complex and congenital conditions. “Thousands of babies are born every year at Memorial Hermann Katy, and we strive to do everything we can to get the newest members of our community off to a healthy start,” said Heath Rushing, Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. “Receiving this designation further underscores our commitment to providing the highest level of pa-

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Signing Day: FBISD football players earn scholarships By Bill McCaughey FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

Last Wednesday at Wheeler Fieldhouse, the Fort Bend ISD athletic department held a National Signing Day ceremony for 58 seniors who signed national letters of intent to play college football. Six student athletes signed to play with a Power 5 conference – the Big 12 Conference, the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big Ten Conference and the Pac 12 Conference. The University of Missouri (SEC) signed District 20-6A most valuable player Chad Bailey from Ridge Point. “Missouri kept it real with me from the jump. I have the utmost respect for their coaches,” Bailey said. Mustapha Muhammad, one of the top-ranked tight ends in the nation, and a District 20-6A All-District tight end from Ridge Point, signed with the University of Michigan (Big 10). “I chose Michigan because it is a great university. It is a place I can see myself thrive in because of the atmosphere, the academic standards, the people, the fans, the coaching staff, and it has the top business school in the country as I intend to major in business,” Muhammad said. Texas A&M (SEC) signed Luke Matthews, a unanimous District 23-5A All-District offensive lineman from Elkins, and Barton Clement,

a District 23-5A All-District offensive lineman from Marshall. Stanford University (Pac 12) signed Jacob MangumFarrar, a District 20-6A All-District inside linebacker from Kempner. The University of Colorado (Pac 12) signed Hasaan Hypolite, a District 20-6A All-District linebacker from Hightower. Two student athletes chose to attend a service academy. Mike Eziuloh, Bush High School, will be attending the Air Force Academy, and Adam Bazan, Ridge Point High School, will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. “When I visited the academy, I just saw all of the possibilities that they offered – good education, big-time football and a guaranteed future,” Eziuloh said. He intends to study civil engineering. “When West Point contacted me, I saw the endless opportunities it provided, and I just wanted to go,” Bazan said. He intends to study law and legal studies. “I think its amazing, and after seeing him there, it seems like such a natural fit,” Theresa Bazan, Adam’s mother, said. “The program, the academics, and the support are all great. This was just a natural fit.” All of the FBISD student athletes who signed national letters of intent are: Austin High School

Marshall’s Barton Clement has signed with Texas A&M. (Photo by Bill McCaughey)

Fareed Soluade, Lawrence Tech University Ronald Dixon, Lawrence Tech University Emmanuel Ngole, Bethel College Troy Hicks, Anderson University Gerald Miller, Texas Wesleyan University Bush High School Toluwashe Buoye, Pittsburg State Shawn Thomas, Texas A&M Commerce Wade Freeman, Texas Lutheran University Jeremiah Green, Alcorn State University Mike Eziuloh, Air Force Academy

Tanyitaku Tanyi, West Texas A&M University Jadon Joseph, Tyler College Brian Smith, Texas Lutheran University Clements High School Noah Ziman, Culver-Stockton University Dulles High School Alfred Gansallo, Howard University Elkins High School Luke Matthews, Texas A&M University Patrick Ballard II, University of Nevada Las Vegas Rickey McIntyre, Kansas Wesleyan University Rodney McGraw, New Mexico State University Luke LeBlanc, Trinity University Jailon Howard, Arkansas Monticello Vernon Harrell, Houston Baptist University Jamal Henry, Texas Lutheran Hightower High Schools Tyrik Ellis, Trinity Valley Hasaan Hypolite, University of Colorado Devin McAdoo, Blinn Anthony Williams Jr., Tennessee State

Quinton Alex, Sam Houston Donavan Newman, III, East Texas Baptist Kempner High School Abbott Ashioru, University of Central Arkansas Jordan Oliver, University of Louisiana – Monroe Jacob Mangum-Farrar, Stanford University Marshall High School Barton Clement, Texas A&M University Jabari James, University of Tulsa Henry Thomas, University of Houston Stephan Gay, Midwestern State Geovante Howard, Kilgore Junior College Braxton Brantley, Kilgore Junior College Ridge Point High School Chad Bailey, Missouri Corbin Ball, Dordt College Jeremiah, Glaspie, Texas Lutheran University Knowledge Smith, University of Nevada Aaron Allen, Louisiana Tech University

Carlin Wiseman, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor Dennis Osagiede, University of Massachusetts - Amherst Quent Titre, Abilene Christian University Mustapha Muhammad, University of Michigan Zach Brady, Central Arkansas Jarrett Preston, University of Texas – San Antonio Adam Bazan United States Military Academy at West Point Noah Harrington, Texas Lutheran University Treveon Hamlin, Trinity Valley Travis High School Jake Lynch, Texas State University Naveon Mitchell, New Mexico State University Eli Wall, undecided Austin Bertness, undecided Dakota Crawford, Colorado School of Mines Amryan Jeffery, Millsaps College Reginld Clark Jr., Bacone College

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Josua Vici soars over the goal line for a try in Saturday’s match against the Chicago Lions at Constellation Field. (Photo by Bill McCaughey)

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SaberCats celebrate new stadium by crushing Chicago Lions 61-10 By Bill McCaughey FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

Last week was the biggest week in the brief history of the Houston SaberCats, as the rugby team received approval from the Houston City Council to build a new $3.2 million stadium. To cap that off, on Saturday the SaberCats mauled the Chicago Lions 61-10 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. The SaberCats will build a 3,500-seat stadium and practice facilities at the Houston Sports Park facility located at Highway 288 and Airport Boulevard. They will start playing there in 2019. They are still looking for a place to play the inaugural regular season, which begins in April. “We are excited to begin building our permanent home. A place where we can bring our fans close to the action, so they can enjoy this exciting sport of rugby. The future home of the SaberCats will serve well both

those that already love the game and the many that will fall in love with Houston’s professional rugby,” Mike Loya, lead investor for the SaberCats organization, said in a press release. The SaberCats will also build playing fields for youth rugby teams to use and will provide 200 hours of free children’s rugby training annually. “As important as it is to add a stadium of this size to Houston’s portfolio, the ability to provide a base for community and youth programs for rugby, other sports, and general community outreach is equally important. Even without a place to call home, the SaberCats are already out in the community teaching and coaching at several schools and hosting areawide combines in an effort to help young players and their coaches make the game enjoyable and safe for everyone involved. With this stadium, which will have three fields, the SaberCats will have a place to expand our engagement

with the community and create a fantastic experience for everyone across the City of Houston,” SaberCats President, Brian Colona said. With their momentum at a high level from the stadium news, the SaberCats went out and destroyed the Chicago Lions 61-10. Justin Allen scored a try in the third minute and it was all SaberCats from then on. Josua Vici, Osea Kolinsau, Skeeter Stevens and Sam Windsor all had trys in the first half as the SaberCats took a 33-10 lead. Connor Murphy, Windsor, Malachi Esdale, and Cecil Garber scored trys in the second half to make the final score 61-10. Zach Pangelinan was 8-9 on conversion kicks. The SaberCats are now 4-2 in exhibition play and host the New York Athletic Club on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Constellation Field. The SaberCats are honoring first responders on Saturday with a 20 percent discount on tickets.

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CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH • 281-261-5985 2719 Kingsbrook Lane, Missouri City, TX 77459 Preachiing & teaching from the King James Version “Faithful to His Word and His Will” Sunday School for all ages 9:15 am Sunday Worship 10:30 am & 6 pm Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study 7 pm www.cbcmissouricity.org

HERITAGE BAPTIST CHURCH • 281-403-4994 2223 FM1092 • Missouri City, TX 77459 Ed Byrnes, Senior Pastor Sunday Bible Study 9:30 am • 6:00 pm Sunday Worship 10:45 am • 6:00 pm Wednesday: 7:00 pm Bible Study / AWANA “A Place To Call Home” - www.hbctx.org

THE FORT BEND CHURCH • 281-980-8322 1900 Eldridge Road • Sugar Land Byron C. Stevenson, Senior Pastor Wednesday Bible Studies Adult – noon • All ages – 6:30pm Sunday School: 7:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Services: 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. www.thebend.org METHODIST CHURCH

CHRIST CHURCH SUGAR LAND • 281-980-6888 A United Methodist Community 3300 Austin Parkway • Sugar Land, TX 77479 Sunday Worship in the Sanctuary Simple Service / Prayer & Communion: 8:15 am Contemporary: 9:30 am / Traditional: 10:55 am Sunday School for all ages available at 9:30 & 10:55 am. www.christchurchsl.org

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH • 281-499-3502 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City, TX 77459 8:00 am: Chapel Worship 9:15 am: Sunday School For All Ages 10:30 am: Open Skies Worship in the Fellowship Hall 10:30 am: Sanctuary Worship For more information, please visit www.fumcmc.org

SUGAR LAND METHODIST CHURCH • 281-491-6041 431 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Worship @ 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 am Bible Study, all ages, @ 9:45 am www.sugarlandmethodist.org

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STAFFORD CHURCH OF CHRIST • 281-499-2507 402 Stafford Run Rd. -Stafford, 77477 SUNDAY: Bible Study: 9:30 a.m. Worship: 10:30 a.m. Afternoon Worship 5:00 p.m. WEDNESDAY : Bible Study 7:00 p.m. www.staffordchurchofchrist.org

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SOUTHMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH • 281-499-2310 4200 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, 77459 Sunday School 9:00 am Fellowship & Coffee 10:00 am Worship 10:30 am www.southminpres.org LUTHERAN CHURCH

FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH, LCMS 281-242-7729 800 Brooks St., Sugar Land Sunday: 8:00 am Traditional Worship 9:15 am Sunday School 10:30 am Contemporary Worship (Nursery Available) 4:00 pm Spirit of Life Worship

Scripture of the week When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. -Isaiah 43:2


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Travis’ Egbo named McDonald’s All-American By Bill McCaughey FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

Being named to the McDonald’s All-American team is about the highest honor a high school basketball player can earn, and Queen Egbo of Travis High School has earned it. Egbo is a 6-foot-3 post player who will be playing for Baylor University next year. Egbo is ranked as the nation’s number four post player and the 15th overall player in the class of 2018. She is averaging 17 points and 12 rebounds per game this season, in leading Travis to a 25-7 record. Egbo is shooting 50 percent from the field and has 162 blocked shots. Anyone wondering how a player gets to be a McDonald’s All-American, you just have to talk to her coach and teammates. Comments like “phenomenal work ethic,” “works really hard,” “constantly pushing herself,” and “working after practice” are frequently mentioned. Coach Tanisha Ellison has coached Egbo the past two seasons.

“Queen has a phenomenal work ethic. She has a zest for wanting to learn more and to get better. Some athletes will peak at some point, but Queen seems to peak higher each year,” Ellison said. “Queen is a confident player. She has learned to shine in big time games. I think Queen has what it takes to play and be successful on the next level.” Ugoeze Anene and Mackenzie Smith have played along side Egbo for four years at Travis. “She is really outgoing and energetic. She always makes you laugh and she always pushes you to your limits. If I make a mistake she is there to tell me I can do better and forget about the mistake,” Anene said. “I knew she was going to be really good. She works hard and is constantly pushing herself, both before and after practice. I knew she set a goal to be a McDonald’s All-American several years ago, and she accomplished it.” “She is definitely a character on the team. She may not show it on the court, but off the court she is a lot

Basketball player Queen Egbo, right, of Travis High School has been named a McDonald’s All-American. She is pictured with her coach, Tanisha Ellison. (Photo by Bill McCaughey)

of fun. As freshmen I knew she would be a good player, but she has surpassed that. She has worked really hard to get where she is and done a great job,” Smith said. “She is always working after practice on her moves around the basket and she has stepped up and really

Animal Services takes steps toward ‘no-kill’ status The Fort Bend County Animal Services shelter has received the results of a 2017 assessment that included several acknowledgements as well as recommendations to further assist the shelter in moving toward “no-kill” status. Brent Toellner, Regional Director, Great Plains and South Central Regions for Best Friends Animal Society, performed the assessment, commending the staff and leadership at Animal Services. Toellner’s report states, “the single most important element in building a successful lifesaving organization is having compassionate leadership that is dedicated to providing safe and positive outcomes for the pets in the community.” Other positive comments referenced the staff’s willingness to try new things, learn better practices and work outside normal

business hours to provide adoption opportunities. The recent addition of a staff veterinarian highlights county judge and commissioners court support for the work at the shelter and allows animals arriving at the facility to receive immediate medical evaluation. “We are thrilled that the external assessment highlighted the hard work that our staff does for the pets that arrive at our shelter. Our goal is to keep progressing toward ‘no-kill’ status,” said Rene Vasquez, Director of Animal Services. “We could not have come this far without the amazing support of volunteers, rescue groups, fosters, elected officials and those who donate supplies and funds. Helping us find permanent homes for as many animals as possible will continue to take a community effort.” The Best Friends report provided Animal Services with

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several recommendations to maintain the change toward “no kill.” One of the recommendations, which will be implemented first, calls for more transparency and public awareness of the number of animal intakes, adoptions, rescues, redemptions to owners and of those euthanized. Animal Services plans to publish this data monthly on the county website and on social media. Animal Services is also researching guidance on Trap Neuter Return (TNR) and Shelter Neuter Return (SNR) programs, including the steps that would be necessary to implement pilot programs. Additional goals include developing a managed intake program, improving infection control for very young animals in the shelter – especially litters of puppies – improving shelter volunteer communication and strengthening the foster program.

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improved each year. If she keeps putting in the effort she has the past four years, she will be even greater in the next four years.” Being named a McDonald’s All-America was not a total surprise to Egbo. “Being named a McDonald’s All-America was a

goal of mine, but I wasn’t sure until they announced the team,” Egbo said. Egbo began playing basketball in fifth grade but started getting serious about it in eighth grade. “I used to play volleyball and run track in middle school, but I gave them up to focus on basketball. Basketball is more competitive, and I am a really competitive person. I could compete with other girls who were just as competitive as me,” Egbo said. Egbo plays on an elite AAU team during the offseason. Chris Johnson, coach of the Cy Fair Premier team, recognized her talent immediately. “The first time I saw her was after her freshman year, and I knew right away that she was going to be a great player,” Johnson said. Johnson keeps his star player humble by going one-on-one with her. “She hasn’t beat me yet, but that day is getting closer,” Johnson said. “My AAU team really helped me grow as a person and a player. It taught me to take care of myself as a person and a player

because everyone is always watching you. Everyone on the AAU team is the best player on their team,” Egbo said. When it came to picking a college, Egbo selected Baylor over Florida State. “Florida State was a close second, but I felt Baylor was a win-win situation. Baylor is a prestigious school, so I am going to get an excellent education,” Egbo said. “On the basketball court I will be pushed every single day. The Baylor players are going to make me better just by practicing with them every day. I just love Coach (Kim) Mulkey. She is just a real coach. She will be honest to me. I want her to tell me what I am doing wrong and what I need to do to improve. She is a great developmental coach. She makes players that aren’t that good into good players, and good players into even better players. I will get an opportunity to compete to play my freshman year, but I will need to really work hard.” The McDonald’s AllAmerica Game will be held March 28 in Atlanta.

City invests in state-of-the-art mobility solutions Sugar Land City Council recently approved more than $846,000 to expand existing adaptive signal control and wireless vehicle detection at intersections throughout Sugar Land. The project is part of an ongoing effort to improve mobility along major thoroughfares through Sugar Land, including State Highway 6, U.S. Highway 90A and University Boulevard. The technology enables traffic engineers at the stateof-the-art Sugar Land Traffic Management Center to capture real-time traffic data at signalized intersections and automatically optimize traffic signal timing cycles at identified intersections in an effort to increase traffic flow through the city based on current traffic conditions. The data, which measures current traffic conditions, is used by adaptive software to continuously optimize traffic signal timings in an effort to increase traffic flow (or decrease travel times) on some of the city’s busiest roadways. The project builds on past efforts and provides a foundation for future traffic initiatives identified in Sugar

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Land’s Intelligent Transportation System Operations Plan. Wireless detection devices called pods are installed in the pavement at intersections to measure traffic volumes and allow adaptive signal control equipment to make real time adjustment to traffic signals based on traffic demand. “The data being collected is building the foundation for a more reliable and smarter data-driven Intelligent Transportation System,” said Director of Public Works Robert Valenzuela. “This ongoing project builds on two previous projects. We plan to expand the technology to another 25 major intersections along two more corridors and install 590 more pods to help improve detection reliability, traffic operations and help plan and design a better traffic network.” Sugar Land updates the Intelligent Transportation System Operations Plan every four to five years to identify opportunities to improve mobility. The 2014 plan outlined a four-year capital improvement program and subsequent projects for each fiscal year starting in

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fiscal year 2015. Since the inception of the capital program, completed projects have included: • improved traffic signal detection; • added essential traffic data gathering capabilities; • upgraded school beacon system; • improved ITS website at www.sugarlandtx. gov/its to help motorists with travel information; • signal timing optimization of major corridors within the city; • upgraded traffic controllers with latest hardware/software; and • i m p l e m e n t e d adaptive signal control on State Highway 6. “All these projects have brought benefits such as improved travel times on major corridors, real-time/historic traffic data which assists staff in making operation decisions, better sharing of traffic information to motorists and a more reliable/self-reporting school beacon system,” explained Valenzuela. For more information, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/1131/ Traffic-Management-Systems.

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Andrea Guy-Halat’s passion for helping the less fortunate, rooted in her native Appalachian upbringing, propelled her to career success as an author, a model, a radio reporter and a television news producer in the nation’s top TV markets. Her morning routine reading the Bristol, Tenn., morning newspaper, starting at age 9, bolstered her life-long dedication to making a difference in people’s lives. Ms. Guy-Halat worked for 13 straight years on the overnight shift as a TV morning newscast producer – mostly as the only woman in leadership in “the television-news booth” – at WFMY-TV in Greensboro, N.C.; KYW in Philadelphia and KTRK in Houston. After leaving the news business, Ms. GuyHalat worked in public relations and as the outreach coordinator for a Houston foundation that runs medical and dental clinics serving immigrants, refugees and the underprivileged. All the while, Ms. Guy-Halat told only a few that she had been on dialysis for the past four-and-a-half years. She died Feb. 4 of kidney failure. She was 57. Despite her prominent career, Ms. Guy-Halat most loved her daily 7-mile run; enjoyed watching the sunrise during her regular morning swim outdoors; and, with her husband of nearly 35 years, Hakan Halat, doted on their rescue dogs and enjoyed outdoor grilling and discovering new restaurants. Mr. Halat, who grew up in Istanbul, Turkey, met Ms. Guy-Halat while he was working at his cousin’s factory in South Carolina. Mr. Halat preceded his wife in death on Oct. 13 at age 58. Ms. Guy-Halat’s best friend, Janna Patrick of Spring, Texas, said she appreciated Ms. Guy-Halat’s work expertise while also enjoying her “great sense of humor, her smile and her laughter.” “She was always looking on the bright side of life,” Patrick said. The two hit it off instantly when they met at a public information officers’ conference. “It was like we had known each other a million years,” Patrick said. “That kind of friendship comes around only once in a lifetime. I feel very privileged that I was her friend.” Ms. Guy-Halat’s ebullient outlook emerged partly from her rural, free-wheeling upbringing in Blountville, Tenn., in which she excelled as a “south paw” softball pitcher for a girls’ Central Heights Ruritan Club team; became a junior lifeguard at age 12; and reveled in being part of the Sullivan Central

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high-school traveling choir that experienced religious services of all different faiths – the more dramatic and emotional, the better. Her exceptionally high ACT and SAT test scores made her an enviable college prospect. She was graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism in 1983, and remained a big “Gamecocks” fan for the rest of her life. In college, faculty members chose Ms. GuyHalat as the only freshman to cover presidential speeches and other major political events on campus. She started her career as a radio reporter and weekend anchor at WSPA-AM Radio in Spartanburg, S.C., and then became a radio news director at WTHO-FM/WTWA-AM in Thomson, Ga., and at WGAC-AM Radio Augusta, Ga. Ms. Guy-Halat’s favorite stories were about uncovering, and ultimately helping to thwart local politicians’ plans to build a huge garbage dump in a scenic area of rural Georgia, and of learning the intricacies of golf as she covered the Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club for CBS Radio. “From that point on, Andrea loved to watch the Masters on TV, and fondly recalled the years that she had walked every inch of that beautiful course,” said her twin sister, Sandra Guy, a Chicago journalist and adjunct professor at DePaul University. Ms. Guy-Halat hosted radio shows where she interviewed newsmakers such as President Carter, his Assistant Secretary of State Hodding Carter III, Jesse Jackson, rock star James Brown, Barbara Bush and many others. Ms. Guy-Halat left her radio career to be a TV news producer, starting in 1992 as a producer for the investigative reporter at WFMY-TV in Greensboro, N.C.

She produced the news in Philadelphia and Hartford, Conn., before doing so in Houston, where she enjoyed working with long-time investigative reporter Marvin Zindler. Ms. Guy-Halat continued to send her husband and, after his death, her sister, a morning news lineup via email right up until her death. “Andrea punctuated her morning news email lineup with her personal insights, ranging from funny quips to sharp barbs to references to her favorite country-music songs that certain news items reminded her of,” said Sandra Guy. “Two of her favorite songs were Alan Jackson’s ‘Little Man’ about corporate takeovers leaving mom-and-pop businesspeople behind, and Tim McGraw’s 'Humble and Kind.'” During her news career, Ms. Guy-Halat modeled part-time for hair-salon books, reflecting her love of fashion, the latest styles and her pride in her strenuous workout routines. She also loved history, and wrote the book, “Historic Fort Bend County,” (Historical Publishing Network (November 24, 2010), published by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. As outreach coordinator for Ibn Sina Foundation, Ms. Guy-Halat took pride in the sponsorships she developed with corporations such as Walgreens and Bank of America to provide affordable medical care, backto-school supplies and healthcare resources to those most in need. She made sure that the Chick-Fil-A cow made an appearance at the health fairs that she coordinated. A letter to Ms. Guy-Halat from a woman she referred to a medical clinic read, “I would not have been able to see a doctor without your help. Once again, thank you.’” “That letter really epitomized Andrea’s big heart,” Sandra Guy said. “She always reminded me that work wasn’t everything. She was adamant that I open my heart to love, and told me how amazingly freeing it was to truly forgive someone. She was my hero.” Friends are invited to celebrate Ms. GuyHalat’s life at Noon on Feb. 24 at St. Martin's Lutheran Church, 1123 Burney Road, in Sugar Land. A reception will follow. Donations may be made in Ms. GuyHalat’s name to the Humane Society or to Honoring Hope & Faith Rescue, Inc., a non-profit dog rescue organization at 3375 Westpark Dr., #341, Houston (1866-774-HOPE (4673)).


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Grant-A-Starr prepares for fun run The Grant-A-Starr Foundation (GASF) brings awareness and vital research funding dedicated to pediatric diagnostic testing. Newer and faster diagnostic technologies can save children’s lives by reducing the critical time required to identify an illness, so treatment can begin. In 2005, Rod and Dolores Starr lost their 7-year-old son, Grant, to a deadly undiagnosed infectious disease. Had rapid and accurate diagnostic testing been available, Grant’s life might have been saved. Over the past 11 years, the foundation has supported key research projects at Texas Children’s Hospital and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, which have produced advancements in the diagnosis of meningitis, H1N1 virus, and other infectious diseases. The annual Fun Run Family – with the help of

generous sponsors, City Council, FBISD, students and volunteers – has contributed to GASF raising over $1.2 million since its inception, with 100 percent of donations funding lifesaving research. Teen board The GASF Family Fun Run is unique as it is organized by a Teen Board, with the support of parent volunteers. The Teen Board is made up of local high school students with a passion for our cause and a desire to lead all aspects of our event; including planning, publicity, sponsorships and vendors, registration and race day. The 2018 Teen Board hopes to reach new milestones with 500 race participants and a fundraising goal of $50,000 to celebrate the 10-year anniversary! Details and schedule The Fun Run is a 5K and 1-mile Run/Walk on April 21 will have an 8 a.m. start. It is open to all novice

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JERSEY DESIGN CONTEST FOR KIDS! KIDS CAN HELP STRIKE OUT AUTISM! Involve your child in autism awareness, and Hope For Three, by designing the actual game day jersey for the 6th Annual “Strike Out” Autism event. The jersey will be worn by the Sugar Land Skeeters on their opening weekend, April 29. The contest is open to anyone under 18 years of age. ACT NOW, the contest ends at midnight on February 18.

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MONTH OF FEBRUARY INTRO TO TECHNOLOGY CLASSES

First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land, will present a variety of free, introductory tech classes in February. Coding with Java- Mondays, Feb. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m. MS Word: Intermediate - Thursday, Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m. Computers 101- Thursday, Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m. Free and open to the public. To register visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on Events, select First Colony Branch Library, and find the program, or call 281-238-2800.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, presents a variety of free children’s programs ¬– Mother Goose Time, Toddler Time, Story Time, Pajama Night Story Time, Kinder Korner, and After-School Breaks. Free and open to the public. For more information, call at 281-6335100 or 281-633-4734

ESL CONVERSATION CIRCLES

Fort Bend Libraries provide an opportunity for non-English-speaking people to practice their English skills. Available at four library locations: George Memorial Library (281-341-2653); Sugar Land Library (281-238-2140); Cinco Ranch Library (281-395-1311); and First Colony Library (281-2382800). Call the library of choice for more information and dates.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 14 KINDNESS ROCKS

To celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week, Mamie George Branch Library will present this adult craft 10-11 a.m., 320 Dulles Ave., Stafford. Markers and paint are used to create messages and pictures on rocks, with #TheKindnessProject written on the bottom of the rock. The rocks are then left in random public places for unsuspecting recipients to find, brightening their day and inspiring others to spread kindness and positivity in the world. Free and open to the public, reservations are required. Visit www.fortbend. lib.tx.us, click on Events, select Mamie George Branch Library, and find the program, or call 281-238-2880.

SATURDAY, FEB. 17 THIRD SATURDAY MARKET DAYS

Family fun in Historic Downtown Rosenberg. Market Days hosts vendors with fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, handmade crafts and more. Outside Copious Deli, at the corner of Hwy. 90A and 3rd Street, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ADVANCE CARE PLANNING

Silverado Memory Care will provide an overview of the factors to consider in advance care planning for healthcare decisions, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge. Learn about living wills, medical power of attorney, and DNR orders. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2140 or 281-633-4734.

SUNDAY, FEB. 18 JERSEY DESIGN CONTEST FOR KIDS

Involve your child in autism awareness, and Hope For Three, by designing the actual game day jerseys for the 6th Annual “Strike Out” Autism event. The jerseys will be worn by the Sugar Land Skeeters on April 29, their opening weekend. The contest is open to anyone under 18 years of age. Contest ends at midnight on Feb. 18. Visit hopeforthree.org/soacontest for more information, rules, and registration form.

TUESDAY, FEB. 20 LOVING FRIENDS DINNER

At Quail Valley City Cr., 2880 La Quinta Dr., Missouri City, 5 p.m. Cloris Grimes, saxophonist, flautist, keyboardist, and composer will entertain. Loving Friends is a social group not a grief support group. Call 281-208-3124 for more information and to make reservations

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21 HOMEWORK: A PARENT’S SURVIVAL GUIDE

Hosted by First Colony Branch Library, 6 p.m., 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. The workshop will provide strategies to use to assist their students with homework. Get tips on how to help the student prepare for standardized tests such as the STAAR, the SAT, and the ACT. Parents of school-aged children are encouraged to attend. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2800 or 281-633-4734.

RENEWAL, A BREAKFAST FOR SERENITY RETREAT

Hosted by the Junior League of Houston, 7-8:30 a.m., 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston. You will hear of God’s renewing and transforming power in people’s lives, and enjoy a meal at the event.

FRIDAY, FEB. 23 NIGHT OF WORSHIP/BENEFIT

A concert benefiting the Delgado family and Dream 4 Adoption will be presented, 7-8:30 p.m., at Sanctuary Fellowship, 1315 Market St., Richmond (near Walmart). $5 donation for adults, children under 18 free. Ticket is your door prize entry

SATURDAY, FEB. 24 TEDDY BEAR TEA PARTY

Teddy bears will get their “Rodeo On” at annual tea party at the DeWalt Heritage Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The familyfriendly event, features storyteller Miriam Watson and includes a full tea, including sweets and savories. Reservations required $25/ adult, $15/child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and to make reservations, call 281-342-1256.

WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATE-PLANNING

Hosted by the Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City, at 10:30 a.m. to noon. Learn the advantages of estate planning, as well as the disadvantages of not having a plan. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2900 or 281-633-4734.

COSPLAY COLLEGE

Presented at George Memorial Library, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1001 Golfview in Richmond. Learn how to make a cosplay costume from start to finish, or improve upon existing costuming skills fashioning outfits that represent a video game, animé, manga, sci-fi, or comic-book superhero. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281-633-4734.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16 ST. PATRICK’S DAY GOLF SCRAMBLE

Join the Exchange Club of Missouri City for its 38th annual Charity Golf Tournament. Five person teams will play at Quail Valley’s El Dorado course. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. A dinner buffet and silent and live auctions will finish off the day. For more information and to register, visit exchangeclubmc.org, or call 832-466-5211.

THURSDAY, MARCH 22 COLORECTAL CANCER SEMINAR

Join Dr. Ali Mahmood, colorectal surgeon, and Dr. Nitesh Vachhani, gastroenterologist, at 6 p.m. in Methodist Hospital Sugar Land’s Brazos Pavilion Conference Center to learn more about colorectal cancer and take home a free colorectal cancer screening kit. Registration is required. Register at events.houstonmethodist.org/colorectal-sl or call 281-274-7500.

FRIDAY, MARCH 23 EGG MY YARD DEADLINE

Support Dream4Adoption by ordering a yard full of filled Easter eggs. Deliveries available for March 30 and March 31. Order on line at www. Dream4Adoption.org/EggMyYard or email Director@Dream4Adoption.org.

THURSDAY, APRIL 12 BACK AND NECK PAIN SEMINAR

Join Dr. Jeffrey Wood to learn the latest treatment options and prevention at 6 p.m. in the Methodist Hospital Sugar Land, Brazos Pavilion Conference Center. Registration is required. Visit events.houstonmethodist.org/ backpain-sl or call 281-274-7500.

SUNDAY, FEB. 25 CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL

SATURDAY, APRIL 14 COUTURE FOR THE CAUSE AT HARVEST GREEN

Celebrate at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond, beginning at 2 p.m. Dancing lions, a crafts station, and more. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281-633-4734.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28 COLLEGE FAIR

Hosted by First Colony Branch Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 2121 Austin Parkway. Representatives from colleges and universities will share information about their programs with current high school students and their parents or guardians. Schools represented include Baylor University, Houston Baptist University, Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University, Texas State University, Texas Tech University, and the University of Texas at Austin. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2800 or 281-633-4734.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 SPRING FLING TODDLER FAIR

Harvest Green hosts the American Cancer Society’s Couture for the Cause at 7 p.m. at The Farmhouse, 3400 Harvest Corner Drive. Models whose lives have been touched by cancer will showcase couture looks. Guests will enjoy local restaurants, a signature cocktail, music, a swag bag, raffles and prizes. All the proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information and tickets visit https://acshph.ejoinme.org/CoutureforCause.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 SPAGHETTI DINNER

The Exchange Club of Sugar Land will host the 31st annual dinner from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Fluor Corporation Cafeteria, 1 Fluor Daniel Dr. Local law enforcement and fire departments prepare the spaghetti and compete to win the cook-off trophy. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 713-443-8061

ONGOING INTERNATIONAL COFFEE HOUR

Sienna Plantation will host families with children aged toddler to 8 years., 1-4 p.m. Enjoy train and hay rides, a carousel, bounce houses, petting zoo, face painting, music and more. The first 500 children get a free Sienna Super Kid cape. Register to win a Kindle for Kids and tickets to the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center. The event is free. For more information, visit www.siennaplantation.com/toddler.

Beginning, Monday, Jan. 29, and the last Monday of every month, George Memorial Library will host the event beginning at 9 a.m. 1001 Golfview in Richmond. People of all nationalities are invited to come to the informal gathering to get to know one another, share cultural experiences. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281-633-4734.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4 VIEWFINDERS FILM FESTIVAL FOR YOUNG ADULTS.

Fort Bend 4-H is looking for input from the community on how it can better serve the public. To learn more about 4-H projects, join 4-H at 7 p.m. at the University Library ( 14010 University Blvd Sugar Land), visit fortbend4h.eventbrite.com or call 281-342-3034.

Sienna Branch Library invites teens to submit entries. Prizes will be awarded for the most outstanding entries. The deadline for entries is March 1 at 5 p.m. All films will be shown at the Sienna Branch Library from 2 to 3 p.m. Short films – 5 minutes or less in length – may be on any topic, but they must be appropriate for family viewing. Films can be recorded on any device. Submit entries at https://tinyurl.com/snviewfinders. For more information, call 281-238-2900 or 281-633-4734.

TUESDAY, MARCH 6 EASTER EGG MASON JAR CRAFT

Mamie George Branch Library hosts this adult craft class 10-11 a.m., 320 Dulles Avenue. Mason jars and materials will be provided, feel free to bring your own preferred jar to decorate. Free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us click on Events, select Mamie George Branch Library, and find the program, or call 281238-2880.

LEARN TO SEW

At First Colony Branch Library from 6-7:30 p.m., 2121 Austin Parkway. This introductory class for adults provides basic instruction on sewing techniques with a sewing machine. Materials will be provided, and a limited number of sewing machines will be on hand. You may bring your own sewing machine. Free and open to the public, but reservations required. Call 281-238-2800.

THURSDAY, MARCH 8 MISSIONS AND MARTINI NIGHT

FRIENDS of Child Advocates of Fort Bend will host its annual social in the home of Judy and Paul Maddison at 6 p.m. Join the party and enjoy socializing, martinis, hors d-oeuvres, learn about the mission, and a fashion show of women and men’s current fashion trends. For more information, email kristin.janossy@gmail.com.

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STORY SPINNERS WRITING CLUB

Hosted by the George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. 5:30 to 8 p.m. All levels welcome to write, share, learn and support. Free and open to the public. The program meets on the third Thursday of every month. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281-633-4734.

ADOPT A SHELTER CAT

Fort Bend Pets Alive is partnering with Half Price Books in Sugar Land to find homes for shelter cats and to promote literacy among young readers. School aged children are invited to come read to a cat, receive an “I read to a cat” bookmark and be eligible to adopt a cat for 50 perecent off that day. Held 1:30- 4:30 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at 3203 Hwy 6 S, Sugar Land.

FORT BEND RECOVERS HURRICANE HARVEY HELP

Those needing help with a recovery plan for home repairs, or any unmet needs, Fort Bend Recovers is here to help. Call one of these Helplines today: Case Management Helpline 281-207-2555, Spiritual/Emotional Helpline: 281-207-2505, Lone Star Legal Aid 866-659-0666. A case manager will contact you and get you started on your road to recovery. Visit www.fortbendrecovers.org for more information.

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CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

The Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City presents a variety of programs every month. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2900 or 281-633-4734.

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The annual recruitment sign-up is from 10 a.m. to noon at Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Territory Blvd. For young women who are high school seniors or collegians, and their parents that wish to know more sorority recruitment in the fall of 2018/spring 2019 school year. For more information, visit www.fortbendpanhellenic.org.

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