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Frito-Lay is adding 100-plus jobs in Rosenberg. (Photo by Matt deGrood)

an economic incentive agreement with the company, under which Frito-Lay must complete $200 million in improvements at the plant by Dec. 31, 2023, and must retain a total of 735 employees beginning Jan. 1, 2025 in exchange for 45 percent and 55 percent abatements on their property taxes, according to the agreement documents. Frito-Lay, if it meets the

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For years, when friends asked Beau and Rhonda Gilbo where they lived, the Missouri City couple would mumble the answer. The Vicksburg Village of Shiloh neighborhood, where the Gilbos have lived since 2006, stands out both for its pretty, brick homes that often sell for more than $300,000 and also its affinity for the Confederacy. Many of the neighborhood’s streets, including Confederate Drive and Bedford Forrest Court, have long stood as a reminder of

Debra McGaughey (front) explains the importance of remembering the Sugar Land 95 as Cpt. Paul J. Matthews looks on. McGaughey and Matthews are part of a nonprofit group, including Anna Lykoudis-Zafiris, Farha Ahmed, Bruce Lemmie and Robin Cole. They hope to raise money to build a museum at the site. (Photo by Matt deGrood)

Nonprofit raising awareness about Sugar Land 95 By Matt deGrood MDEGROOD@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19 across the country each year, commemorates the anniversary of Union General Gordon Granger’s arrival in Galveston to proclaim that Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had officially outlawed slavery in Texas. That the people of Texas only learned about the proclamation in 1865, some two years after Lincoln first issued it in 1863, is no small part of the story. This Juneteenth, a group of Fort Bend County residents is

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working to spread awareness about another belated piece of history – the Sugar Land 95. “The symbolism of the day is not lost on us,” said Anna Lykoudis-Zafiris, the vice

president of a new nonprofit called the Society of Justice and Equality for the People of Sugar Land. On a 100-degree summer day, several members

organization are working with school district officials as well as officials with Fort Bend County to commemorate the 95 people found at the site, with the goal of raising $20 million to one day build an indoor and outdoor museum near the cemetery, said Robin Cole, the president of the group. The 13th Amendment ended chattel slavery as it was known before the Civil War, but permitted it as punishment for a crime. Experts estimate more than 3,500 prisoners died between the beginning of the Texas convict leasing system in the 1860s and the end

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Steady progress continues at The Grid development By Matt deGrood

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Gravestones like this outside the James Reese Career and Technical Center mark the burial sites of the Sugar Land 95.(Photo by Matt deGrood)

of the group met to discuss their hopes and dreams for the site, near Fort Bend ISD’s new James Reese Career and Technical Center, where the remains of 95 people were discovered in 2018. Historians have said they were African Americans who were part of a state convict-leasing program to farm sugarcane. “There are a lot of people who are not aware of the history,” said Debra McGaughey, secretary of the group. “They’ve relegated these people to convicts. But there’s been a renewal nationally in interest about the civil rights movement. And it’s time for the truth to be told.” Members of the nonprofit

Despite the coronavirus pandemic changing life for many businesses, progress on The Grid development in Stafford continues, with crews expected to break ground on another 350 apartment units before the end of the year, according to developers behind the project. “When it’s finished, it will

be over 1,000 units of some of the nicest, newest units in the whole corridor,” said Adam Schiller, a principal with Dallas-based Edge Realty Partners, the developers behind The Grid. JLB Partners, a Houston-based firm working alongside Schiller’s group, recently finished the second phase of the development’s residential plan and has brought a total of about 725 units to the eastern side of the site, Schiller

said. Officials are busy working to design and build the third phase, which is targeted to break ground before the end of 2021, Schiller said. The Grid, once complete, will be a 192-acre mixeduse development, complete with shops, restaurants, office space, hotels and urban residences, according

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Sugar Land to host inaugural Sugar Land volunteer, businessman dies at 85 Texas theater festival By Matt deGrood MDEGROOD@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Bob Brown, a longtime community advocate and telecommunications businessman, died Monday. He was 85. Born in California, Brown and his wife, Carole, moved to Sugar Land and lived there for the rest of his life. “He was kind of my everything,” Carole Brown said. The Browns first met while growing up in California, when she was in eighth grade and he was in ninth grade, Carole Brown said. Together, they traveled and participated in many community events. The Browns had been married 66 years, Carole Brown said. During his time in Fort Bend County, Brown became known

Brown for his work on 18 professional boards and 30 community boards. He served as the chairman of the Fort Bend Economic Development Council for 30 years and volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend County, the Fort Bend Educa-

tion Foundation and Fort Bend Cares, among others. He was part of the group that helped found the development council in 1986. Brown became the president of Alltel’s Texas operations when it acquired Sugar Land Telephone Communications in 1993. He served on many telephone association boards. “He was such a neat guy,” Carole Brown said. “He had so much common sense and wisdom. People would come to him and listen to him for advice.” Brown had battled with Parkinson’s disease for several years, Carole Brown said. Family members are still planning a memorial to be held in Fort Bend County, Carole Brown said. His funeral will be in California. Details are still pending.

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The city of Sugar Land will soon play host to dozens of young thespians from around the country during a music festival billed as the first of its kind in Texas. From June 25-27, the Smart Financial Center will host 50 student theater groups representing 19 states during the inaugural 2021 Junior Theater Festival Texas, according to a news release from Junior Theater Festivals. Among the groups performing at the event will be Inspiration Stage, located at 12794 Fountain Lake Circle in Stafford. Nearly 2,300 students are slated to participate in the event, where each group will perform up to 15 minutes of a musical. iTheatrics and the Junior Theater Group, which is producing the festival, produces, hosts and

Junior Theater Festival Texas is scheduled for June 25-27 at Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land. (Contributed photo)

supports additional Junior Theater Festivals and one-day Junior Theater Celebrations in the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand. This will be the first festival in Texas. “The Junior Theater Festival’s core objective has always been to celebrate and support young people and their teachers, who make the world a better place one musical at a time,” iTheatrics and Junior Theater

Group CEO Tim McDonald said. “This past year has taken a tremendous toll on students and educators, and our team is drawing on all our creativity and problem-solving to give young people the chance to come together with people who love this art form just as much as they do.” For more information on the event, visit juniortheaterfestival. com/.

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Missouri City leaders should search for efficiency The city council for Missouri City took another step in the process of finding its new city manager by narrowing down its choice of three search firms. But is it necessary? The answer varies, depending on who you ask. During a June 1 meeting, Martin Russell, the city’s director of human resources and organizational development, said Baker Tilly U.S., LLP; CPS Inc.; and GovHR USA were the three highest-scoring firms and were selected as finalists. The council said it planned to meet with the search firms after press time on Tuesday. Councilmember Vashaundra Edwards said she was concerned about the cost of hiring a search firm after going through the process last year when the city hired Odis Jones during the mayorship of Yolanda Ford. Jones was fired in April by a 4-3 vote of the council. Jones succeeded Anthony Snipes, who was fired during a Feb. 24, 2020 meeting, also by a 4-3 vote. The division on the council can be traced back to this decision, followed by the rush to hire Jones last July, and then the new council majority’s choice to dump him 10 months later. Edwards said she would prefer to hire from within and consider promoting Bill Atkinson, the interim city manager, if it would ease the financial burden on the city by eliminating the need to spend money on a search firm. “I would love to save the city some money and just go with that option, as opposed to us continuing to go through this process,” Edwards said. “I’m just concerned about us making that decision if we’re going to hire from within.”

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The combined cost of the severance payments issued to Jones and his predecessor, Snipes, was $652,979.22, according to Missouri City CFO Allena Portis. The city spent another $562.50 to post the job opening online prior to hiring Jones, and it also spent $4,103 on a search firm during that time, according to city spokesperson Stacie Walker. The city spent $25,000 on a search firm before hiring Snipes in 2015, Walker said. If the city’s budget for a new search firm is within that range for finding Jones’ replacement, Missouri City will have coughed up almost $700,000 to cycle through three city managers in less than a year. “Utilizing an executive search firm is paramount,” Councilman Jeffrey Boney said. “It protects the city from most liabilities that you face when you go to find your own candidate and do all the due diligence. To me, it’s a minor investment compared to the risk you run by making a mistake and not checking all of the boxes.” The last 12 months have revealed that hiring a search firm does not guarantee the city will hire a city manager that the council and mayor want to keep around. That’s why Missouri City finds itself in this predicament. Missouri City residents should expect their elected offi-

cials to get it right the first time, and maybe they don’t need to shell out thousands of dollars just to identify someone worth paying a salary. But Councilwoman Cheryl Sterling and Mayor Pro Tempore Anthony Maroulis both said they had the impression the city did not have enough human resources staffers during the search to replace Snipes with Jones last year. “It’s been consistent for many years,” Maroulis said. “Our HR doesn’t have the bandwidth.” Councilmember Lynn Clouser agreed with Maroulis, saying it was “essential” to seek outside help for the city manager search. “They don’t have the resources to do the nationwide search that we need,” Clouser said. “We need to look at cities that are our same size, and we need a search firm that has experience hiring government officials.” Of course, by now we all know how the last city manager search went, and it doesn’t reflect well on anyone involved. Russell said the city still has the list of candidates it interviewed or was interested in during the last search, and that it would make that information available to whichever search firm the city selects. “We have, depending upon the search firm, guarantees in place that if there is something that did not work out in a specific period of time, we have a guarantee that the firm will go back and do another search without charging the city any additional money,” Russell said. This would be a step in the right direction. It’s something you should demand of your city council if you live in Mis-

souri City and want to ensure you’ll have the chance to relay your concerns to the selected search firm and potentially shape how they conduct the search for the next city manager. Russell, who leads a department with just two other employees, said it would be important to have the assistance of a search firm to ensure the city hires the right candidate. Ford, who used her majority on the council to allow her the opportunity to unilaterally negotiate Jones’ contract, found herself out of a job just four months after the controversial hiring was made. It was Ford’s belief at the time, according to meeting minutes from several meetings last summer, that the city council could and should be responsible for hiring the city manager. It is imperative that new Mayor Robin Elackatt, who effectively launched his campaign against Ford by filibustering in council meetings over this very issue, does not succumb to the same powerhungry temptations of his predecessor. As Councilman Floyd Emery pointed out during a July 16, 2020 meeting, following the meeting that led to Jones’ hiring, the mayor should not have carte blanche to negotiate on anyone else’s behalf. Edwards is nothing if not consistent on her stance on using search firms — she did not want to use one to hire Jones, and she’s against them now. According to meeting minutes from June 24 of last year, the city received more than 50 applications for the city manager position.

Rosenberg to receive $47.5 million in disaster funds By Matt deGrood MDEGROOD@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Ditch North, Maresh said. It’s not yet clear when work on the project might begin, Maresh said. City officials must first enter a formal agreement with the land office, a process which might take several months to complete. Maresh also wasn’t yet sure exactly how funding would work. Previous land office projects have been funded on a reimbursement basis as the work progresses, Maresh said. Vogler last Wednesday praised his colleagues at Rosenberg, while also expressing frustration that the Brazos River project didn’t receive funding. “As a specialist in drainage, my concern is drainage,” Vogler said. “I felt like most of the money should have gone to those kinds of issues.” Fort Bend County wasn’t

alone, however, in finding itself on the outside looking in. Both Houston and Harris County were denied any funding, despite them both applying for about $900 million, according to an ABC13 report. Bush later asked the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to give Harris County a direct allocation of $750 million for mitigation projects, according to a land office news release. Fort Bend officials have filed an appeal with the land office, but it still may be some time before they hear back, Vogler said. That appeal was set to be heard Monday, but state officials will then have 15 days to comment, Vogler said. The land office still has $1.14 billion remaining in mitigation funding to disburse, according

Rosenberg city officials are celebrating after the Texas General Land Office’s recent decision to award them $47.5 million in disaster mitigation funding to construct a detention pond and make other drainage improvements. But the dispersal of more than $1.2 billion in federal funding didn’t pass without some controversy in Fort Bend County. Officials with the county have filed an appeal to the land office’s decision, asking them to reconsider a request to fund a $96 million erosion project along the Brazos River between the Grand Parkway and Highway 59, according to Mark Vogler, chief engineer with the county. “Fort Bend County communities, businesses and our local infrastructure has been severely damaged by flooding in 2015, 2016 and again in 2017 with Hurricane Harvey,” said Tami Frazier, spokesperson for County Judge KP George. “The WITH A WCJC SCHOLARSHIP need for improved drainage infrastructure in many areas of Fort Bend County has been a priority for many years, and All first-time-in-college WCJC students effective flood mitigation and taking 6 or more credit hours for Fall 2021 disaster response is a priority of Judge George.” will receive a $500 to $1000 Scholarship. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) was tasked with Visit wcjc.edu for a list of other resources. dispersing more than $1.2 billion in federal grant funding and received more than 290 applications totaling $6.5 billion in CLASSES BEGIN JULY 19 & AUGUST 30 funding requests, said Brittany Eck, spokesperson for the office. Communities across Texas had to submit the applications WCJC_FundFut_July2021_3_25x3.indd 1 6/1/21 by Oct. 28, 2020. from Rosenberg’s drainage projects received funding, in part, because they would benefit residents in low-to-moderate 3740 Cartwright Road income areas that have faced (@ FM 1092) repetitive storm damage, ac(281) 499-4555 cording to a GLO news release. “This incredibly generous Treatment for Diabetic KA $47.5 million grant from (Texas Land) Commissioner George Diabetes is a condition where the body is unable to P. Bush and the Texas GLO adequately produce the hormone called insulin in the will enable us to make many of pancreas. Insulin is important because it is necessary for those critically needed improvethe transport and use of glucose from the foods we eat. ments to our drainage channels, When there is a low amount of insulin, the body may start culvert crossings and storm to breakdown body fat as an energy source. When fat is sewers,” Rosenberg Mayor Kevin Raines said. broken down it releases acids or ketones into the blood More than 80 homes in stream which can lead to coma or death. This condition Rosenberg were flooded during is called Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). It can be a lifeHurricane Harvey in 2017, City threatening condition that requires immediate medical Manager John Maresh said. attention. Those who forget to take insulin at the proper The project covered with time and those with type 1 diabetes (also called juvenilethe funding will allow crews onset diabetes) are at risk of developing ketoacidosis. DKA to add channel improvements treatment is best administered in a hospital setting. Fluids and slope paving, storm sewer improvements and regional and electrolytes would be administered to help rehydrate detention along Dry Creek, the body. Insulin is sometimes administered through a vein Theater Ditch, Rabbs Bayou, to help prevent ketones in the body from causing harm. Graeber Road and Theater

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to a news release. “We’ll continue on to that second phase,” Vogler said. “See if we can catch up.”

The city needs to do a better job of vetting its applicants, with or without a search firm. As Boney noted, the hiring process seemed to be broken during the last go-around. Will the third time be the charm?

Missouri City residents need to continue to be vigilant to make sure their elected leaders break them out of this cycle and put them on a path toward a functional and fiscally responsible government.

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Thomas Charles McMahon, 57, passed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. He was born November 12, 1963, in Wharton, New Jersey. Tom graduated from Dulles High School in 1981. He had a long career as an entrepreneur in the automotive business. Tom enjoyed golf, traveling, his family, and the finer things in life. Tom was a very generous man with a heart as big as Texas. He helped many people throughout his life. For many years he was devoted and committed to the loving care he provided for his mother. Tom is survived by his mother, Rosemary McMahon of Sugar Land, his brothers, Ned McMahon of San Diego, CA; Mark McMahon of San Diego; his sisters Maryellen McMahon of San Diego, CA,

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and Tracey McMahon Little and her husband, Bud of Richmond, TX. He is also survived by seven nieces and nephews and three grandnieces. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation be made to The American Heart Association, www.heart.org Services will be held at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Sugar Land, Texas, on Friday, June 18, 2021, at 11:00 am.

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for our library programming,” said Christina Tam, FBCL’s adult services programming librarian. “Since people were not able to attend programs, classes, and events in person, we needed to adapt to a format that would enable our communities to continue to have social interaction, meet their educational needs, and help them cope with being “stuck” at home during trying times.” Tam said many patrons have appreciated the virtual event format, while others prefer attending inperson programs. Johnson said the county’s library system plans its events months in advance, so the summer will still be light on in-person programming, while retaining its virtual options throughout the summer and fall. “Come fall, we are planning on easing back in and bringing back some in-person programming,” Johnson said. “In about a month, more events are going to start popping up on our calendar, at our events page, at our different locations.” For more information, visitors can access the FBCL website at www. fortbend.lib.tx.us or call the Missouri City Branch at 281-238-2100 or the George Memorial Branch at 281-342-4455.

Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets to sit on, the library said in a news release. Tents will be provided for shade, according to FBCL. On July 31, the Jodie E. Stavinoha Amphitheater at Richmond’s George Memorial Library will host acclaimed storyteller Toni Simmons from 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Sandy Johnson, FBCL’s marketing and communications manager, said Simmons will entertain attendees with multicultural folktales, and library staff will share stories as well. Simmons is a touring artist for the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA), and she was designated as an American Masterpiece by the National Endowment for the Arts. Johnson said a TCA grant allowed the George Memorial Library to host Simmons. In the event of inclement weather, FBCL said in a news release that the programs will be rescheduled. If families are unable to attend either event in person, they can watch it on the Fort Bend County Libraries' Facebook event page: https://www. facebook.com/FortBendCountyLibraries “The past year has presented some challenges

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In-person events, which are free and open to the public, will return to the Fort Bend County library system next month. All FBCL branches fully reopened to the public on June 4, most of which had been closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning July 10, Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will welcome families back with “Tails & Tales from Around the World,” a storytelling event held outside the Missouri City Branch Library at 1530 Texas Pkwy. The event is slated to run from 10-10:45 a.m. The program is designed for children of all ages and will feature multicultural stories, songs and rhymes from North America, Africa and Asia. Those who attend the FBCL event will be entered into a drawing to receive one of five puppets the library system is giving away from Folkmanis, a California-based manufacturer of hand and finger puppets ranging from animals to Disney characters. Children who attend will also receive materials to craft their own elephant puppet at home.

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Lance McCullers Jr. trotted out to the Constellation Field mound, and the Sugar Land Skeeters crowd greeted him with a throaty roar as they got the rare chance to see a member of the Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series team take the field along with the organization’s stars of tomorrow. Alexis Pedraza was just excited to see her favorite pitcher take the mound again. “I made a trip up here (from Pasadena) especially for Lance,” said the 21-year-old Pedraza, who was decked out for the occasion in a McCullers Astros jersey and headband. “I’m really excited to see him pitch tonight.” Pedraza’s sentiment was likely similar to many of the nearly 6,800 spectators who on June 10 made their way out to Constellation Field to see McCullers, a Major League Baseball All-Star in 2017, make a minor league rehabilitation start for the Skeeters against the Round Rock Express in what is likely to be a short stay with the club. Its anticipated brevity combined with the buzz

Lance McCullers Jr. pitches for the Sugar Land Skeeters on June 10 at Constellation Field. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

that permeated the balmy Fort Bend County night just confirmed what Sugar Land resident Bubba Warren had in mind when he came out to the park. Warren said he lives just 10 minutes from Constellation Field and has

attended Skeeters games since their inaugural season in 2012. He said Thursday night, though, had a different atmosphere than many games before it. “It’s fantastic to be able to see (those kinds of

stars) in our own backyard,” he said. Pedraza, who is a tour guide at Minute Maid Park, said McCullers has long been her favorite pitcher since he debuted with the Astros back in 2015 – even more so after

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★ JUNETEENTH FROM PAGE 1 in 1912, according to a Prison Legal News article. Jim Crow laws and the Black codes made it so that many residents could be enslaved for so minor a fault as not having a job, McGaughey said. Construction crews in February 2018 first uncovered the remains of at least 95 people at the site of the James Reese Career and Technical Center, which the district had obtained from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice years earlier. The 95 people were eventually laid to rest in November 2019, where their remains were

★ RENAME FROM PAGE 1 an ugly past, according to the Gilbos, a Black family that lives on Confederate Drive. “I know Texas is part of the south, and a lot of this is expected, to a certain degree,” Beau Gilbo said. “But we shouldn’t have to.” The Missouri City council on Monday unanimously approved on a first reading a petition from the street’s residents to rename Confederate Drive as Prosperity Drive, according to city documents. The move was made pos-

★ GRID FROM PAGE 1 to the project’s description. Such well-known restaurants as In-N-Out, Pluckers Wing Bar and Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar already call the development home. The development sits on the former Texas Instruments campus in Stafford, which closed in 2012 and relocated to a new Sugar Land headquarters, according to a 2016 Houston Business Journal article. At the time, the campus was the largest employer in Stafford, with an estimated 1,500 employees, according to a 2009 Houston Chronicle article. City officials in 2018 signed an economic incentive agreement, commonly called a 380 agreement in reference to the chapter of the Texas local government code permitting them, to bring The Grid development to town to help spur economic development. As part of that agreement, the city and the Stafford Economic Development Corporation would pay the developer a combined $8.4 million grant, plus interest payments, according to the agreement documents. The yearly payments are

Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas and Georgia, Maxwell said. The plant currently employs more than 750 full-time plant and fleet associates and produces more than 117 million pounds of snacks each year, according to the release. This is the second major investment Frito-Lay has made to its Rosenberg facility since 2019, said Natalie Ilseng, a spokeswoman for PepsiCo, Frito-Lay’s parent company. The snack giant first announced a $138 million investment in its Cheetos line, including new seasoning and packaging equipment and a warehouse expansion, according to a company news release.

That first expansion is set to be complete later this year, according to the release. As part of the newest tax abatement, the company’s owner must pay $6,000 per year to the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council and must furnish payroll records to ensure they’re meeting the agreement. The certified appraised value of the eligible property must be more than $82 million starting Jan. 1, 2024 and each January after that, according to the agreement. If the company fails to meet that, it will invalidate the tax abatement for the year the requirement wasn’t met.

first found, according to the district. The district and county have both been supportive of the group’s efforts to raise awareness, Cole said. A representative for the district, Chassidy Olainualade, has plans to speak at Saturday’s Juneteenth event, she said. “We want people to know that we value all voices,” Cole said. “That’s why we say we’re for the people of Sugar Land, and not the African-American people of Sugar Land. We want to take a stand when people feel their voices aren’t being heard.” A journey out to the cemetery today shows a mostly

empty field broken up with small gravestones bearing simple descriptions like, “Unknown No. 90.” Experts are currently working to identify via DNA analysis as many of the people buried there as possible, and to determine exactly how many remains rest there, officials said. “There’s no names associated with the gravestones, no fountains,” Cole said. “That’s no way to provide closure and healing. And that’s why we are beginning the journey to raise funds for the museum.” Organizers are taking as inspiration the recently completed National Memorial for

Peace and Justice, meant to commemorate Black victims of lynching, in Montgomery, Alabama that opened in April 2018, Cole said. Members of the Fort Bend nonprofit are working with MASS Design Group, the same architectural group that designed that memorial. on the planned Sugar Land 95 museum, Cole said. Cole hopes to raise the $20 million necessary to build a museum by 2025, she said. “Juneteenth celebrates the liberation of Black people,” said Captain Paul J. Matthews, the treasurer of the group and the curator of Houston’s Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. “What better time is there?”

sible by the decision in 2020 to lower the threshold for the percentage of residents that must sign on to renaming a street from 90 percent to 70 percent, Councilman Jeffrey Boney said. “This petition fosters a sense of the majority,” Boney said. “This is consensus. It’s what a majority of people on the street want.” After putting their mind toward making the change, it only took the Gilbos a few days of gathering signatures to come up with the required 70 percent, according to their petition

documents. While only their own street is currently up to change, Rhonda Gilbo hopes this is the beginning of a movement to rename other streets in the neighborhood, she said. “It’s funny you should ask, we’re on Confederate Drive and since the meeting, we’ve had residents on Confederate Court say they were looking at the possibility of doing the same,” she said. Other nearby street names include Beauregard Court, named after Confederate general officer Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beaure-

gard, who commanded the defenses that fired on Fort Sumter to start the Civil War, and Bedford Forrest Court, named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, another Confederate general who commanded troops that massacred hundreds of Black soldiers fighting for the Union at Fort Pillow, Tennessee. After the war, Forrest would go on to become the first grand master of the Ku Klux Klan. The Gilbos’ fight to change their neighborhood echoes a larger conversation taking place across the country. Since late June

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Pictured is the Rosenberg Frito-Lay facility, one of Fort Bend’s biggest employers. (Contributed photo)

FORT BEND COUNTY JUNETEENTH EVENTS

What: Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration When: The Juneteenth parade will begin at 7 p.m. June 19 and proceed along Texas Parkway. A concert will follow at Hunters Glenn Park, 1340 Independence Blvd., Missouri City. What: The Society of Justice & Equality for the People of Sugar Land’s Juneteenth Proclamation When: 11 a.m. June 19 Where: Bullhead Camp Cemetery, behind FBISD’s James Reese Career and Technical Center, 12300 University Blvd., Sugar Land. 2020, more than 50 Confederate-named schools have changed their names, including 29 in Texas and Virginia alone, according to a 2020 article in EducationWeek. About 180 schools in 19 states currently bear the names of people connected to the Confederacy, according to the article. One resident on the Gilbos’ street opposed renaming it, but everyone else supported it, the couple said. Given how much an address appears in your life – on a driver’s license, on letters, etc. – it seemed

important to get the name changed, Rhonda Gilbo said. Residents along the street will have to cover about $1,900 to pay for new signs and other costs associated with the change, Boney said. The city will be responsible for notifying the U.S. Postal Service and other public entities of the street name change, but residents will have to notify companies about personal services, officials said. The council must still approve the request on a second reading at a future meeting.

calculated based on how “We’re hearing everyone, much the development in general, is doing better generates in sales and use than they were pre-COVtax revenues. ID,” he said. “You’re seeing The city has budgeted that across the state, pentfor an $800,000 rebate up spending. People have payment for the 380 agreemore dollars in their pockment in its 2020-21 budget, ets than they’ve historically according to documents. had.” Stafford, in contrast to Schiller said developmany cities in Texas, abolers in coming weeks would ished its property tax in have more openings to an1995, and so is heavily renounce. liant on sales tax revenues The pandemic and a nato fund municipal operational downturn in the oil tions. Sales tax revenues, industry might yet force for instance, were tabbed some rethinking about the to account for $10 million development plans, such of the city’s budgeted $26.7 as how much and what million in general fund revtype of office space to inenues for 2020-21, or about clude, Schiller said. But The 37 percent. Grid finds itself in a better City officials have thus position than some develfar been pleased with The opments as it isn’t looking Grid development for the for ways to fill already-built projects and money it has offices. brought to Stafford, said The Grid development in Stafford continues to take shape. (Photo by Matt deGrood) “We’re not trying to fix a Carolyn Entricht, spokes- many businesses, including the restaurants in The Grid, to see a spike in sales in re- problem that’s unfixable,” person for the city. he said. cent months, Schiller said. While Schiller emphasized the pandemic didn’t slow down residential development, the virus has had a nationwide effect on retail sales, shifting more shoppers to e-commerce while temporarily causing GIFT WITH PURCHASE in-person sales to decline Book your FREE ear piercing by as much as 45 percent appointment. GIFT with paid expert in the worst months of the beauty makeover. pandemic, according to a Call 281-762-7783 RetailDive analysis. 208 U.S. Highway 90 A, Pent-up demand for serRIchmond, Texas 77406 vices, however, has caused

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Shown is the Beef Bulgogi at Breakers Korean BBQ in Sugar Land. (Photo by Stefan Modrich)

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The garlic pork belly with pineapple is one of the many alluring combinations you can prepare and plate yourself from the all-you-can-eat menu at Breakers Korean BBQ in Sugar Land.(Photo by Stefan Modrich)

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