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In a unanimous decision Monday night, the Fort Bend Independent School District Board of Trustees authorized Superintendent Charles Dupre to negotiate an inter-local agreement with Fort Bend County regarding a memorial for the Sugar Land 95. “This mirrors the action taken last week by the Fort Bend County Commissioner’s Court,” said school board president Jason Burdine. “We agree that the state-sanctioned convict leasing program was

an oppressive system and we remain hopeful that an agreement will lead to the preservation and memorialization of the individuals discovered at the site of the James Reese Career and Technical Center,” said Burdine. The Sugar Land 95 are the remains of 95 victims of the state’s convict labor leasing program who were buried in an unmarked cemetery between 1879 and 1910. The district’s action, however, does not mean they will necessarily drop the lawsuit currently before Judge James H. Shoemake in 434th District Court. “It won’t affect the court case at this point,” said the board president.

The school board meeting was still going on well past the Fort Bend Star’s deadline, but Burdine took a moment to text the Star following the 6-0 unanimous decision to approve negotiations. The seventh board seat was vacated last month by former school board member KP George, who won election as county judge. It was George’s decision to ask the county’s historical commission to advise the county commissioners court on how it should respond to a lawsuit filed by the school district seeking removal of the cemetery designation and allow relocation of the bodies found there. George said he got involved be-

cause he felt the school district was not listening. “The FBISD acted as if they were the only party in the discussion. As the top county elected official, I am responsible for all, alive and dead, and they are citizens of Fort Bend County. The Sugar Land 95 never were served justice,” said George. “As a civilized society, we have an obligation to serve justice.” The district has stated all along that they are not equipped to maintain a cemetery. The county has that authority. Now the county and the

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After four weeks of hearing agency requests for funding, the Senate Finance Committee will now move on to the next phase of developing the Senate proposal for state spending in 2020 and 2021. Since Jan. 22, the committee met 13 times publicly to consider the advice of the Legislative Budget Board and question agency representatives, offering praise for a job well done in many cases but in others, demanding answers on why long-term problems go unsolved. Hearings were broken down by budget article, with Articles II and III taking up both the most hearing time and the most proposed funding. Those are the sections of the budget that fund health and human services and public education, respectively, and together they make up about 85 percent of total proposed state spending. In keeping with priorities laid out by the Governor and Lt. Governor earlier in the session, the Senate budget as

If Debra Greenwood-Sharp could harness her excitement for the outcome of the inaugural George Ranch Rodeo, she might be able to outride the best competitors on the meanest of bulls Saturday night. “If you could see the smile on my face right now,” she said. “It was fantastic! It was fantastic and also very successful. I couldn’t sleep that night because I was so excited and thrilled.” Greenwood-Sharp chaired the committee that spent the last two years planning the rodeo and setting into place an event they hope will become an annual affair. It was hosted by the Fort Bend History Association in the arena at George Ranch Historical Park Saturday evening. “For this first event – our first rodeo, literally – it went the way of the vision that was given to me,” Greenwood-Sharp said. She said early estimates put attendance at around 1,000 people – nearly double what was anticipated. The rodeo honored the history and legacy of black cowboys and rodeo riders, highlighting her uncles, James and Willie Thomas. The Thomas brothers grew up at the George Ranch and, from a young age, rode anything they could – including pigs. Both brothers went on

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A total of 12,332 students enrolled during the 2018 fall term at The University of Alabama were named to the Dean’s List with an academic record of 3.5 or above or the President’s List with an academic record of 4.0. Students on the list include: Ashley Boyd of Missouri City, Dean’s List Shelby Crommett of Missouri City, Dean’s List Emma Lankford of Missouri City, Dean’s List Caitlyn Lopez of Missouri City, Dean’s List Julie McAdory of Missouri City, Dean’s List Nathan Pantera of Missouri City, Dean’s List Caroline Petrie of Missouri City, President’s List Emily Aromy of Richmond, Dean’s List Lanie Malek of Richmond, Dean’s List Amber Woodard of Richmond, Dean’s List Jonathan Adams of Sugar Land, Dean’s List Emma Brown of Sugar Land, President’s List Lucy Couture of Sugar Land, Dean’s List Leland Durley of Sugar Land, Dean’s List Kelsey Jones of Sugar Land, Dean’s List Kyle Jones of Sugar Land, Dean’s List Paige Loux of Sugar Land, Dean’s List Ryan McMichael of Sugar Land, Dean’s List Harrison Cantrell of Richmond, Dean’s List Nicole Edison of Missouri City has been named to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester. Temiloluwa Yusuf of Richmond has earned a $12,000 annual Founders Scholarship to Albright College, in Reading, Pa. A senior at Saint Timothy’s School, Yusuf is interested in studying psychology and public health in college. Leia Cook of Richmond was among more than 1,000 students from Miami University who received degrees during fall commencement exercises Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Cook graduated with a master of arts in teaching degree, majoring in biological science. The University of Alabama awarded 2,065 degrees during its fall commencement Dec. 15. Among them were: Katherine Armstrong of Missouri City, bachelor of science. Emily Aromy of Richmond, bachelor of arts. Joy Lewis of Missouri City, bachelor of science in human environmental science. Opeyemi Ojo of Richmond, doctor of nursing practice. Vidya Sagar Ronanki of Sugar Land, doctor of philosophy. Danbing Wu of Missouri City, bachelor of arts communication. Oklahoma City University announced that Kristen Olmsted of Richmond has been named to President’s Honor Roll for the fall 2018 semester. Oklahoma City University Dean’s Honor Roll for fall 2018 includes: Mary McLain of Missouri City Nkechinyere Nwankwo of Rosenberg. Zari Isabella O’Connor of Sugar Land has been named to the President’s List at Clemson University for the fall 2018 semester. O’Connor is majoring in biochemistry.

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School briefs Teacher of the Year finalists named Fort Bend ISD announced the finalists for the 2019 District Teacher of the Year Program. FBISD’s finalists for elementary and secondary teacher of the year include: Elementary finalists: Rebecca Blevins, Quail Valley; Shannon Bandish Nash, Ridgemont; Heather Lowrie, Neill; Laci Tonnesen, Sienna Crossing; and Lisa Vogel, Sugar Mill. Secondary finalists: Dionna Budd, McAuliffe Middle; Ricardo Garcia, Clements High; Brittany Lindsey, First Colony Middle; Baijayanti Sarkar, Missouri City Middle; Lorelei Thorp, Kempner High; and Ashley Thompson, Hodges Bend Middle. Each finalist will complete a classroom observation and interview phase. The finalists will be honored on April 18 at the district’s annual TOY Banquet, along with all FBISD Campus TOYs and District Rookies of the Year, where the 2019 District Teachers of the Year for elementary and secondary will be announced. Spring vendor fair is April 16 Fort Bend ISD will host a vendor fair on April 16, at the Fort Bend ISD Administration Annex, 3119 Sweetwater Blvd., Sugar Land. The fair will run from 5-7 p.m. Busi-

ness owners can learn about opportunities and ways to partner with school PTO/ PTA groups and booster clubs to support students and increase awareness about their brand and services. For more information, contact Genyne Vinson at genyne. vinson@fortbendisd.com or call 281-6343327. Mission West Elementary earns state distinction Mission West Elementary earned a CREST (Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas) from the Texas School Counselor Association, thanks to the dedication of MWE’s counselor Karen Powell. Mission West Elementary is one of 101 campuses from across the state to earn the distinction. This is a first for Fort Bend ISD. CREST assesses seven areas: principal support; school counseling advisory counseling; school climate and safety; student results; major achievements; community partnerships and resources; and parent collaboration. The program aids counselors in evaluating their programs, providing campuses with a continuous improvement framework, helps counselors to promote their work to stakeholders, and provides access to a network of state resources.

Drowning survivor meets rescuers On July 11, 2018, at 6:05 p.m., Missouri City dispatch received a call from a bystander performing CPR on 2-year-old Noah Whittington, who fell into a pool and drowned. Squad 31, was the first arriving unit and found CPR being performed on Noah. The crew quickly assessed Noah’s condition and began treatment. Battalion 31 Ladder 31 and Fort Bend County EMS Medic 8 arrived shortly after. While on the scene all the responding crews performed life support measures and prior to Noah’s transport his pulse returned. He was quickly transported to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s emergency room. The quick actions of the bystander’s CPR and initial actions, interventions of the responding units all led to Noah’s survival. His mother recently brought him to the Missouri City station to meet and thank his rescuers. (Submitted photo)

City schedules meeting for 7th Street drainage project From staff reports

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including a new drainage relief line across City Park that will discharge into an existing drainage channel. Plans include pavement reconstruction along 7th street between Woodlake Circle and City Park. The project is intended

to improve the capacity of storm sewers and reduce street ponding during heavy rainfall. The project is scheduled to begin in May to minimize interference with school activities and is intended to ensure Sugar Land remains safer than

ever before, an accomplishment based on years of investments in drainage infrastructure. Drainage improvements implemented in nearby areas protected residents from historic amounts of rainfall during Hurricane Harvey.

Staff continues to evaluate areas throughout the city to ensure the city remains prepared for future storms. For more information, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/CIPStoryMap, call 281-275-2780 or email cityengineer@sugarlandtx.gov.

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DNA test is very revealing about who you really are I suppose it’s only fitting that I received my DNA test results during Black History Month. I used 23 and Me to do my DNA test and they give you plenty of warning that your results might turn up some surprises. Mine sure did! It turns out I’m .4 percent black. That means a fifth-great-grandparent was of sub-Saharan African origin, probably Congolese. Having done some ancestral research on my family, my mind immediately went down my paternal lineage to my fifth-great-grandmother. She had two out-of-wedlock sons, one of whom is my fourth-greatgrandfather. There is no record anywhere of his father. There are, however, photographs of the two boys as adults and they are as lily white as they come. There are no visible signs of African heritage in them. (Seeing how they lived in the early 1800s in Virginia, I doubt either of them selfidentified as black either.) So the mystery is afoot. Where does my black ancestry come into play? That’s going to take some serious investigation. I can

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trace my paternal line to England. The first Southern to arrive in the New World came from England as part of the Second Virginia Charter in 1609. His son followed 11 years later on a ship called the George. If my black ancestor is paternal, it will likely be on my grandmother’s side and I haven’t been able to trace that line very far. It’s doubtful my black ancestor is from my maternal side. Both sets of my mother’s grandparents came from Scandinavia and what little I have learned indicates those roots run deep in that part of northern Europe. Still, anything is possible and I’m not ruling it out. I do find it exciting to know that I’m much more diverse than I grew up be-

lieving. Knowing that my family line runs the gamut of American history, I have a lot to learn. I wonder if this is how Alex Haley felt when he was researching his book “Roots.” I loved the TV miniseries made from the book and I’m inspired to watch it again. Although much of my DNA didn’t reveal anything I didn’t already know, there were a few areas and percentages that now have me questioning everything I’ve learned about my heritage. My mother always said she was part Spanish, and sure enough there is 1 percent Spanish DNA in me. Unfortunately, she and her parents have passed away so I’ll probably never have the opportunity to investigate that side of my family very well. As I sit here writing this I realize that life is a great mystery. One of the oddities about 23 and Me is that they test for Neanderthal variants. I have 288, which is pretty high for their current customer base, but it is less than 4 percent of my overall DNA. They test for 2,872 Neanderthal variants. How they can do that

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become so diverse in race, color, and ethnicity? If we could grow so far apart in those regards, it’s only logical that we could return to our roots. After all, it’s in our DNA. I can’t say that I even begin to understand the complexity of DNA and genetics, but I can appreciate that magnitude of information we are learning about ourselves. The things we are learning can help us cure diseases, birth defects and such. I just wish it could help us cure prejudice and hate. Who knows, maybe with a better understanding of what makes us what we are on the outside will lead to a better appreciation of what we are on the inside. Last week I learned that a very small fraction of me is black. That made my world a whole lot bigger. Suddenly I have something in common with a whole race of people that I didn’t think I had much connection with. The thing is, I like that very much. I’m proud of my newfound black heritage. It may not show on the outside, but I’m feeling it on the inside.

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Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, I have read with interest the coverage regarding the cemetery found adjoining the new Technical School construction site. As I understand it, the issue is the identification and historical recognition of all the people interred there. The place of the burial is less important than the circumstances and history of

is beyond me because there haven’t been any Neanderthals around for several millennia. I have to assume that the largest known assemblage of direct Neanderthal descendants can be found in Washington, D.C., and Hollywood because they seem to be bent on taking us back to the stone ages, at least in terms of behavior. But I digress. One of the main things I’ve been learning about DNA and ancestry isn’t how much we are different but how much we are alike. What sets us apart isn’t our physical features or what part of the world our ancestors are from. What sets us apart is our attitude about it. Genetically, I’m a European mutt – a regular Heinz 57 blend. Ultimately, we are all human. All of us are made in the image of God. To disrespect that is to disrespect the creator and, by extension, ourselves. I doubt we will see in our lifetimes a true colorblind society that is welcoming and accepting of all humans. There is far too much hate and prejudice

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Dear Editor, E pluribus unum (from many, one) is our national motto, and it affirms that strength is not found in diversity. strength is Rather, found in unity. Very great strength is found in a people who come from diverse backgrounds and share a sense of common identity, purpose, and destiny. That unity has described the American experience for most of its existence. However, the currently fashionable call to “respect diversity” describes a fading sense of unity. To a great degree, this balkanization of our society is the result of cynical attempts by some elites to

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17 unmarked graves. In the as-yet unresolved search for the grave of Texas Revolution hero Erastus “Deaf” Smith, Grethen detected seven ground anomalies in the suspected location around the intersection of Houston and Sixth streets in Richmond. “Bruce has contributed to the knowledge and preservation of historic and cultural resources of Fort Bend County in many other ways,” Crosser said. Those include adjusting and refining location coordinates for all known historic cemeteries and creating a database of extracted information from county death records (19031990) containing up to 10 identifiers for each decedent. He sought out and obtained for the commission, at processing cost only, 650 frames of a 1941 highresolution aerial survey of

the county and created a digital base index map of the photos. He has created hundred of GIS projects using these aerials and other historic data to determine the location of lost cultural resources and cemeteries. Other projects Grethen has initiated or aided include determining the likely location of the 19th century Churchill Fulshear Jr. horse racing track and designing and constructing internal bracing for the cistern on the Mirabeau B. Lamar home site in advance of archeological investigation. His volunteer time is divided between the commission office and the county roadways, from which he reconnoiters for historically important structures as candidates for preservation and also checks the conditions of historic cemeteries. Grethen and his wife Linda live in Sugar Land.

transfer his skills in geology, geophysics and geographic information systems (GIS) to his volunteer duties. “Bruce used his high proficiency in geophysics and computer science,” Crosser explained, “to introduce the historical commission to the use of ground penetrating radar to locate unmarked graves and other historic elements not visible at the surface. Bruce designed and conducted a testing program for the GPR system acquired by the Friends of the FBCHC, he performed scientific tests of the equipment. He then designed a standard for processing the measurements the equipment would yield.” Crosser said Grethen has designed and conducted numerous GPR investigations including one at the Bland Cemetery, which contained

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The Stafford Municipal School District dedicated its high school baseball field on Saturday to Coach Michael Mesa, a Class of 2008 Stafford MSD graduate who returned to teach and coach in the district. Mesa was the youngest Class 4A head baseball coach in Texas when he unexpectedly passed away at age 26 just days after the end of the 2016 season. The district retired Mesa's number 11 jersey and presented a jersey to his 5-year-old son, Leandro. The other number 11 jersey will be displayed inside the Stafford High School competition gym's trophy case. At the end of the ceremony, Leandro threw out the first pitch to his grandfather (and Coach Mesa's father), Raul Mesa. Stafford MSD also unveiled a plaque in Mesa’s honor.

Mission4Mike, a nonprofit started in Mesa’s memory, donated a windscreen to Stafford MSD. On the windscreen, the baseball program's first retired number (11) is displayed. Gracie Martinez, president and cofounder of Mission4Mike, was the master of ceremonies for the event. dignitaries Several spoke at the dedication, including Stafford MSD Superintendent Dr. Robert Bostic, Stafford MSD Trustees Christopher Caldwell, Xavier Herrera, Alicia LacyCastille, Manuel Hinojosa, Greg Holsapple and Auturo Jackson. All six were on the board when Mesa passed away. Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella spoke, as did Councilmember A.J. Honore. Councilmembers Wen Guerra, Don Jones and Ken Mathew were in attendance. SMSD Deputy Superintendent Marva Rasberry spoke at the event. Rasberry was Stafford Middle School's

principal when Mesa was a student there between 200204. Angel Maldonado, who graduated from Stafford with Mesa in 2008 and worked alongside him at the district, spoke about the coach. The current group of Stafford High senior baseball players were freshmen when Mesa passed away. They spoke about what Mesa meant to them. The Stafford Elementary choir performed an a cappella version of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.” Prior to the dedication ceremony, the current Stafford baseball team played the Stafford alumni in an alumni game. The current players won 5-0. The alumni team included current Trustee Manuel Hinojosa, a Stafford High graduate who played alongside his sons, Manny and Raul Hinojosa – both of whom graduated from Stafford last spring. Stafford second-year head baseball coach Donald Allen

Leandro Mesa, son of the late Michael Mesa, receives a jersey with his father’s number on it during a ceremony Saturday to name the baseball field after Mesa, who died suddenly in 2016. (Submitted photo)

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Lady Canes shut down Foster 64-44 By Bill McCaughey FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

The Hightower Lady Canes beat Foster for the third time this season and advanced to the Region 3 semifinals with a 64-44 win at Wheeler Fieldhouse on Monday night. The game was decided

in the first quarter as Hightower took a 17-0 lead. Foster scored on a free throw with 1:05 to go in the quarter and added two more free throws to make the first quarter score 20-3. Tae’lor Purvis scored nine points in the first quarter to lead the Hurricanes. The second quarter wasn’t The Lady Canes celebrate their Region quarterfinal (Round 4) win against Foster. (Photo by Bill McCaughey)

Fastest in nation Stafford High senior Ryan Martin has the fastest 100-meter time among high school students in the United States this season. He ran 10.42 seconds at a track meet at Katy Seven Lakes on Saturday, Feb. 16. Last May, Martin ran 10.41 seconds at the UIL Class 4A state meet in Austin. (Submitted photo)

much better for Foster. The Falcons could only muster six free throws in the quarter, and Hightower led 32-9 at halftime. Morgan Strawder had four points for Hightower in the second quarter. Foster scored its first field goal of the game with 4:15 to go in the third quarter, but by then Hightower led 4012. The quarter ended with Hightower on top 48-24. Aresa Gipson and Winnie Kuimi each had six points in the quarter for the Lady Canes. Hightower substituted freely in the fourth quarter and the final score was 6444. For the game, Purvis had 15 points, Gipson 13, and Kuimi 10. Hightower and Foster are both in District 24 5A and Hightower had won both of their previous meetings. Knowing it’s tough to beat a team three times in one season, Coach Deborah Mize had her team focused on defense to start the game, as evidenced by allowing only 3 points in the first quarter. “A lot of that was our intensity and level of play,” Mize said. “My five starters have a lot of experience and have been in these moments before, plus we hit most of our

shots.” The Hurricanes’ 6-foot 4-inch center, Winnie Kuimi is a strong presence in the lane on offense and defense. “Winnie takes up two players most of the time, so we have been working on getting the off-post player some good looks at the basket,” Mize said. On defense, Kuimi will get the rebound and quickly make an outlet pass and the Hurricanes are racing down the court. “We don’t want to have to set up a play, if we don’t have to,” Mize said. “With the athletes we have, we can get up and down the floor pretty good. We like to get out and go every time.” Hightower will play the winner of Magnolia West and Rudder on Friday night at the Campbell Center at 1865 Aldine Bender Road. The Hurricanes beat Magnolia West 64-49 in early November, which means nothing at this point in the playoffs. In the other semifinal match Friday night, fellow District 24 rival Manvel will play the winner of Pflugerville and College Station, raising the possibility of an all-District 24 Region Final on Saturday afternoon.

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H CEMETERY, FROM PAGE 1 district will hammer out the details of tasks. Before entering closed session to address multiple issues including the status of the Sugar Land 95, the board heard from the public, many who came to discuss potential movement on the complicated issue. Reginald Moore, president of the Convict Leasing and Labor Project (CLLP) and

who for years was the lone voice warning that bodies could be present in unmarked graves, was feeling optimistic over the possibility of collaboration. He applauded the school district for its willingness to work with county commissioners and said “the potential for results is huge. It will help to heal our local community and signal to the nation that the city of Sugar Land and schools are on board.” Moore was also excited

about some Sugar Land 95-related state bills introduced by state Rep. Ronald Reynolds including House Bill 51 calling for a joint interim committee to study the legacy of convict leasing in Texas and House Bill 55 bill “directing the State Preservation Board to initiate steps to provide for the replacement of the Children of the Confederacy plaque with a plaque to honor victims of the state's convict leasing system.”

Naomi Carrier, executive director of the Convict Leasing and Labor Project noted the CLLP and the school district have clashed in the past but she saw potential opportunities for everyone. “While we have been at odds in the past, we have always wanted to collaborate with the district. Recent developments are presenting us with this new opportunity for unprecedented collaborations. In the spirit of this new partnership, we re-

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quest FBISD to stop all legal proceedings regarding removing the remains,” said Carrier. The matter of legal action was a sticking point for Houston mother and Sugar Land 95 advocate Swatara Olushola. “We had a small victory last week with the commissioners joining the legal process. But the fact that we have to go through a legal process for basic human dignity is an issue for me and

everyone should know you (school district) don’t want the judge knowing all the facts. The FBISD has been completely disrespectful through the entire process. And don’t build a memorial with inmate number one or inmate number two. We need to bring families into the process. This is their legacy. As free laborers they literally built this city for Im-

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Nitro Circus coming to Constellation Field From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

Nitro Circus will perform its famed You Got This show on May 4 at Constellation Field. It will be Nitro Circus’ only 2019 stop in Texas for the You Got This Tour. Nitro Circus launched the show last year, performing in some of the world’s most famous arenas across the globe. Now

the crew is bringing the adrenaline-charged You Got This tour to outdoor venues across the United States, including Constellation Field, for the first time. You Got This features a star-studded cast of top tier international athletes who hold over 45 X Games medals combined, including freestyle motocross riders such as 12-time X Games medalist Jarryd McNeil, 19-time X Games medalist

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business administration in management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and certifications in executive development from Michigan University and Harvard University. The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation. Texas Early Learning Council Abbott has appointed Katherine Abba, Ph.D., Sarah Abrahams, Courtney Arbour, Travis Armstrong, Ed.D., Weldon Beard, Terrie Breeden, April Crawford, Ph.D., Sam Eng, Alferma Giles, Ph.D., Melissa Horton, Beck Huss-Keeler, Ph.D., Ramah Leith, Jerletha McDonald, Dana McGrath, Jacquie Porter, Julie Richards, Teresa Robledo, Stephanie Rubin, Kierstan Schwab, and June Yeatman to the Texas Early Learning Council for terms to expire at the pleasure of the Governor. Additionally, the governor named Jacquie Porter chair of the council, and Texas first lady Cecilia Abbott will serve as honorary chair. The Texas Early Learning Council serves as state advisory Texas’ council as required by the federal Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007. The Council utilizes its breadth of stakeholder representation to

increase coordination and collaboration across state agencies and local program and service providers in order to improve the quality of and access to early childhood services across Texas. In 2019, the Council will lead a statewide birthfive needs assessment and strategic plan as part of Texas’ Preschool Development Grant project. Alferma Giles, Ph.D. of Richmond is director of the Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Children’s Learning Institute. Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners Abbott reappointed Donna Guthery to the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners for a term set to expire on January 31, 2023. He also appointed Claudine Vass for a term set to expire on January 31, 2021. The board has licensing, examination, and rulemaking responsibilities in the field of acupuncture. Claudine Vass of Sugar Land is president of Fort Bend Pets Alive! She is a founding board member of Houston Pets Alive! and immediate past chair of the Rosenberg Animal Shelter Board of Advisors. Additionally, she volunteers for

Rescue Bank. Vass received a Bachelor of Science in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Houston. Industrialized Building Code Council Abbott appointed Stephen Shang and Roberto Lay-Su and reappointed Roland Brown, Scott McDonald, and Douglas Robinson to the Industrialized Building Code Council for terms set to expire on February 1, 2019. Additionally, he appointed Marcela Rhoads, Suzanne Arnold, and Brian Bailey and reappointed Randall Childers and W.F. “Dubb” Smith for terms set to expire on February 1, 2020. The council oversees the state program regulating industrialized housing and buildings. Roberto Lay-Su of Sugar Land is president of LS&A Group, Inc. He is a past president of the Asian American Association of Architects and Engineers. Lay-Su received a Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering and a Master of Science in engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is referred to as “A Day On, Not a Day Off.” That was certainly the case as approximately 200 youths and leaders coming from 12 diverse congregations from the Fort Bend Interfaith Community met Monday, Jan. 21, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sugar Land. “What a way to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy to bring kids of different backgrounds, different races, religions to do good for the community,” said Rabbi Josh Lobel, serving as chair of the Fort Bend Interfaith Community Council. “It was his dream – a world in which the color of one’s skin doesn’t matter. At the heart of all the different religions is the idea that we are going to work together to create a better world. We ask what can we do for someone else?” The youths responded. They built six beds for foster children in conjunction with Cultivating Families. They made 200 hygiene kits for the Star of Hope, and 200 sack lunches for Lord’s Kitchen in Rosenberg. They made cards and wrote encouraging notes for patients at the Houston Veteran’s

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LEGALS REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN and ENGINEERING SERVICES The Stafford Municipal School District (SMSD) is seeking statements of qualifications from architectural design and engineering firms to provide architectural and engineering services for SMSD. SMSD invites interested parties to submit Statements of Qualifications for this work, as outline below. An RFQ package may be requested from George Daniel Flores, geflores@staffordmsd.org and/or 281-261-9361. A copy of the RFQ may also be obtained by visiting the Stafford MSD website. Statements of Qualifications must be received by 2:00 P.M. on March 6, 2019 at 1625 Staffordshire Rd., Stafford, TX 77477. Stafford MSD reserves the right to reject any or all qualifications or waive any or all irregularities.

CITY OF STAFFORD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held before the City of Stafford Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., in the City Council Chamber, Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas and before the City Council of the City of Stafford, Texas on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Council Chamber, Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas for the purpose of receiving testimony for and against the following:

Legal Description: Unrestricted Reserve A, Replat of Tract 68 Stafford Oaks Subdivision, and Commercial Reserve B, Stafford Oaks Subdivision, Replat of Lot 69.

A proposal to adopt an ordinance amending Chapter 102 of the Code of Ordinances, the same being the City’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, Section 102-83 – Principal Permitted Use Table, and deleting Section 102-170 – SFR-1 – Single Family Residential Dwelling District – 1. Copies of the changes are available for public inspection at City Hall.

All residents of the City of Stafford and other interested parties are invited to attend and will be given the opportunity to be heard.

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H CEMETERY, FROM PAGE 6 perial Sugar,” said Olushola. Carrier said the group’s long-term plan is the creation of an “Interpretive Center for Education and Reconciliation.” She asked the district to consider negotiating an additional five acres of land for the center surrounded by a memorial park whose usage could be a collaboration between the county, city and school district. Carrier wants the CLLP to be one of the organizations that have custody of the artifacts as they are in the process of becoming a certified repository, she told the board. She marveled at the collaborative possibilities and the ability to link with the Smithsonian’s National Museum for African American History and Culture and

H SENATE, FROM PAGE 1 filed includes $6 billion in spending in Article III to pay for across-the-board teacher pay raises and to offset revenue lost by any property tax reform measures passed this session. Next, senators on the 15-member committee will break up into workgroups focused on individual budget articles and develop a spending plan for that section of state government. Then each workgroup recommendation will be rolled into a final version to be voted on by the full committee. Last Monday, the Senate Property Tax Committee amended and passed the property tax growth reform bill, Senate Bill 2, by committee chair and Houston

H INTERFAITH, FROM PAGE 7 dialogue. Questions were asked to stimulate discussion about their own faith, and to discuss stereotypes and misconceptions they have encountered. Here’s what some of the youths thought:

the National Park Service, “Teaching with Historic Sites” program. “Our real partnership begins with healing our local relationships and beginning to establish opportunities for collaborative planning,” said Carrier. “We envision the entire historic site as not only attracting national attention but stimulating heritage tourism for the state of Texas, the county and the city of Sugar Land wherein the school may bring their students for field trips. This is indicative of CLLPs’ plans for programming in its Interpretive Center for Education and Reconciliation,” said Carrier. U.S. Rep. Al Green, who along with several elected officials penned a letter to the school district asking them to return the bodies to their original graves, attended the board meeting and asked several elected officials to

stand with him as he addressed the board. “I’m here because I love my country, and an injustice has been perpetrated but we have an opportunity to right a wrong. This is an opportunity for us to show the world that we will respect the remains of people regardless of who they are. We will treat them with respect and dignity because that is what a great country, a great community does,” said Green. “Let us not waste this opportunity. There is only one race, the human race that we are all a part of, let's make a positive difference and do justice for the Sugar Land 95.” After announcing the trustees unanimous decision, Burdine added, “unlike a public school district, it is legally permissible for a county to operate a cemetery. We remain committed to educating future generations about this piece of history.”

Sen. Paul Bettencourt, after adding 15 amendments. “This will be a big step in Texans getting the needed property tax relief that they deserve,” he said. Bettencourt said the changes were developed following more than 11 hours of public testimony on the bill in a hearing last Wednesday. The major provisions in the bill remain: the 2.5 percent rollback rate, automatic trigger for tax ratification, or rollback, elections, as well as the myriad of transparency and appraisal review board changes. Most of the amendments were technical corrections, but there were some significant modifications. the biggest Perhaps change is an amendment added by Conroe Sen. Brandon Creighton, which would allow voters in smaller tax-

ing jurisdictions a chance to decide if they want to implement the provisions of SB 2. As filed, the bill exempted those taxing entities that collected less than $15 million in combined sales and property tax revenue. Another change would prohibit cities and counties from cutting funding to first responders due to fears of lost revenue caused by passage of the bill itself, and a third would change the name of the rollback rate to the “voter-approved rate.” Author Sen. Kelly Hancock of North Richland Hills said he believed that this would better describe what the rollback rate means, that is, the maximum rate of annual growth in a property tax rate allowed before taxpayers get the final say. That bill now heads to the full Senate.

“I came because it is an interfaith social and I can learn about other religions and the different aspects of what they believe and also I can teach others about my religion,” said Enara Roohullah, a ninth-grader. “We made a footboard for foster children. It felt good to help people in need. I

came to help my community out, especially on this important day,” said Kelvin Mayes, and 11th-grader. “This is a great activity for everyone to come and meet together. It’s a lot of fun. I don’t know many but I’m getting to know them now,” said Liam Moss, a 12th-grader.

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Dream4Adoption’s third annual event is available to order through Easter. Have candy-filled eggs placed in your yard or the yard of someone else. All proceeds benefit Dream4Adoption Home Study Assistance Program to help families through the adoption process. For more information, visit www.Dream4Adoption.org or call 832-535-4883.

MONTH OF FEBRUARY ESL CONVERSATION CIRCLES

The circles will take place at locations throughout the Fort Bend County library system. Individuals of all nationalities can practice their English language and conversation skills in a relaxed setting. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-341-2652, or any of the branch libraries.

FREE CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

The Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge, presents a variety of programs – Toddler Time, Story Time, and After-School Breaks – every month. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-2382140 or 281-633-4734.

FRIDAY, FEB. 1 THROUGH APRIL 15 FREE INCOME-TAX PREPARATION

Fort Bend County Libraries will host AARP, who will provide assistance for low-income taxpayers at several library locations. Income-tax forms are no longer be available at the libraries, but may be printed from the libraries’ computers. Please bring a photo ID; Social Security card(s) for self, spouse, and all dependents; last year’s tax return; W-2, 1099s, and any other compensation received in 2018; and any other documents necessary to complete your return. Free and open to the public, for more information and locations please call 281-633-4734.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20 OPEN- MIC NIGHT

At George Memorial Library, 6-8 p.m., 1001 Golfview in Richmond. Amateur performers take the stage and express themselves with original poetry, music, comedy, or one-act plays, or to showcase any other unique talents. Performances are limited to five minutes or less. For adults and teens aged 14 and older. Free and open to the public. Visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us to register or call 281-341-2604.

THURSDAY, FEB. 21 ALTERNATIVES TO GUARDIANSHIP INFORMATION SESSION

Brazos Bend Guardianship Services is hosting the meeting at 1001 Golfview, Richmond, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Session provides information on obtaining legal guardianship of an incapacitated loved one. Alternatives to guardianship will also be discussed. An attorney will be present to answer any legal questions related to guardianship and alternatives to guardianship. RSVP to Kirk at 281-232-7701 or visit www.brazosbendguardianship.org.

located in Room 20714 in the Fort Bend County Justice Center. Free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register, visit www. fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on Events, select Law Library, and find the program, or call 281-341-3718.

MASTER OF MEMORY WORKSHOP

Courtney Bryant of the Prairie View A&M County Extension Program will present the workshop at St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal Church, 4747 Sienna Parkway, Missouri City, at 10 a.m. Learn how the brain takes in new information and processes it, learning strategies to help improve memory, and determining what exercises are important for the brain. For more information, call 281-778-2046. Free and open to the public.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27 COLLEGE FAIR

Students can visit the First Colony Branch Library, 6:30-8 p.m., 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. Representatives from colleges and universities will be on hand to share information about their programs with current high school students and their parents or guardians. Students will learn about educational opportunities as well as admission requirements, financial aid, student housing, and more. Schools represented include Baylor University, Houston Baptist University, Sam Houston State University, Texas State University, Texas Tech University, Texas Women’s University, University of Houston (main campus), University of North Texas, and University of Oklahoma. Free and open to the public. For more information, call at 281-238-2800 or at 281-633-4734.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2 PLANNING FOR (AND IN) RETIREMENT

The Sugar Land Branch Library will present the program, 2-4 p.m., at 550 Eldridge. A basic overview of money-management and how to plan for retirement. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2140 or 281-633-4734.

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 DREAM4ADOPTION PICNIC BENEFIT

Come to Memorial Park, Sugar Land, from 11 a.m. to p.m. Vendors, food, and drinks. Adults $10, children $7. All proceeds benefit Dream4Adoption Home Study Assistance Program to help families through the adoption process. For more information, visit www. Dream4Adoption.org or call 832-535-4883.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 MONTHLY BIRD HIKE

Will be held at 8 a.m. at Seabourne Creek Nature Park, 3831 Texas 36 South, Rosenberg. All ages and levels of birders are welcome; meet in the parking lot before 8 a.m. Binoculars, weather-appropriate clothing and footwear recommended. This is a monthly series of free, guided bird hikes. For more information, call 281-633-7033, or visit https://txmn. org/coastal.

FREE HEART HEALTH SCREENINGS

Schedule an appointment to learn more about your 10-year risk for heart disease and receive cholesterol and blood pressure screenings. Brazos Pavilion Conference Center on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land campus. Registration required. For more information or to register, visit events.houstonmethodist.org/heart-sl or call 281-2747500.

SATURDAY, FEB. 23 DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS

Hosted by First Colony Branch Library, 2 to 4 p.m., 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. Teens, grades 9-12, are invited to practice their problem-solving skills while meeting and socializing with others. All experience levels are welcome. Dice and character sheets will be provided. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281238-2800, or 281-633-4734.

LET’S GROOVE TO THE DISCO BEAT

Help support the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas at the Safari Texas Ranch, 6:30 p.m., 11627 FM 1464, Richmond. Presented by Fred Mabel R. Parks Foundation. Individual tickets and sponsorships are available. For more information, visit fbbctx.org or call 281-240-3800.

TUESDAY, FEB. 26 CACHE YOUR MONEY: HOW TO FIX YOUR CREDIT

Learn the factors can positively and negatively affect your credit at a special program at George Memorial Library on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 7-8:30 p.m., in Room 2A of the library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281-633-4734.

FREE LEGAL INFO RESOURCES

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Law Librarian Andrew Bennett will present a series of “Pro Se Basics” demonstrations of the informational legal resources that are available to the public at the Fort Bend County Law Library. The introductory classes will take place on Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m., in Conference Room C of the law library,

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SATURDAY, MARCH 16 HEROES IN HEELS

DAV Chapter 233 is hosting a free outreach for female veterans to meet over lunch and the movie, Unsung Heroes: The Story of America’s Female Patriots. 10 a.m. at The United Way Center, 12300 Parc Crest Dr., Stafford. Door prizes, goodie gags, child care provided. Register online at DAVChapter233.com/events.

THURSDAY, MARCH 28 MISSION AND MARTINIS

Friends of Child Advocates of Fort Bend will host its annual social in Harvest Green, 6 p.m. In addition to socializing, martinis and hors d’oeuvres, guests will learn more about the mission of Friends. For more information, the location and to RSVP, email kristin.janossy@gmail.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 SECOND MILE MISSION ANNUAL BANQUET AND SILENT AUCTION

Celebrate a year of lives changed and hope renewed throughout Fort Bend County. Your participation helps provide food, financial education, health care and support to neighbors in need. 6 p.m. at Safari Texas Ranch, Richmond. For more information to be a sponsor or to attend, visit www.secondmile.org.

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WHILE WE’RE WAITING SUPPORT GROUP

For Bereaved Parents - grieving the loss of a child at any age. Meets the third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., at the First Colony Church of Christ, 2140 First Colony Blvd., Sugar Land. For more information, call 281-413-2484

BINGO AT THE VFW

Help support our veterans! Play bingo at Post 3903 every Tuesday and Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. 1903 First St, Rosenberg. All prizes paid in cash. Pull Tabs, $200 Bonanza, $300 Coverall, $750 Coverall, kitchen & bar service.

RICHMOND-ROSENBERG ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

Caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias are invited to attend the first Thursday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 400 Jackson Street in Richmond, across from the historic Fort Bend County Courthouse. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 713-314-1313 or 1-800-272-3900.

QUAIL VALLEY WINE SOCIETY

Meets the fourth Wednesday of every month for education of wines, food pairings and fellowship at the Quail Valley City Centre, 2880 LaQuinta, Missouri City. For more information, call 281-437-6798 or jackipauley@comcast.net

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Pregnancy Resource Medical Center has moved to 4411 Avenue N in Rosenberg across from Navarro Middle School. Volunteers are needed on a continual basis. For information on volunteering or supporting the PRMC in other ways, email info@prmcfortbend.org. 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.

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 and to donate.

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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Volunteers are needed to be a role model, mentor and friend to children with exceptional needs in the community. Training, mileage reimbursement, tax-free monthly stipend if eligible. Call today to help change the world, one child at a time in Rosenberg. For more information, call 281-344-3515.

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Meets the second Monday of every month at 11:30 a.m., at 2701 Cypress Point Dr., Missouri City Rec Center. Lunch, education, and entertainment. All seniors over 50 invited. For more information, call 713-859-5920 or 281-499-3345.

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