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Sugar Land likely to pursue $90 million bond By Landan Kuhlmann
Last month, when the city of Sugar Land released its budget for the 2020 fiscal year, it was with the understanding that some desired projects were outside the purview under the current tax rate. The city is preparing to place an item on the ballot in November to remedy that issue. City spokesperson
Doug Adolph said the city council will hold a special meeting Aug. 14 to decide whether to ask voters for a $90 million general obligation bond. The money would be used to address traffic and mobility, drainage, public safety and possibly an expanded animal shelter. “These are all projects that have been identified by our residents,” Adolph said. “However, we do not currently have the capability in our tax rate to
fund them.” The nearly $270 million budget released last month already included more than $40 million set aside for capital projects approved by voters in a 2013 parks bond, according to a July news release from the city. Additionally, the proposed five-year capital improvement plan factored in the aforementioned bond program to
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Residents and visitors will now have a more vivid look into traffic patterns around Missouri City. According to the city, a map recently launched on its website includes a real-time speed map of Missouri City roadways that includes vehicle travel times, electronic traffic signs and still photos of the city’s closed-circuit television cameras. If needed, the map can also include planned construction and accidents that may cause lengthy delays. The travel map is the final phase of a $1.2 million project that began in late 2017, with the Texas De-
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Sienna Crossing Elementary student Frannie Joseph (right), pictured above with Texas State Senator Charles Perry (left), recently testiﬁed in front of a Texas Senate committee in support of a Humane Society of the United States-authored bill to prohibit private ownership of dwild animals. (Photo by Katie Jarl/Humane Society of the United States)
Sienna Plantation student inspiring others as animal advocate By Donna Hill FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
Fort Bend County resident Frannie Joseph is taking the lead for making the world a safer place for all animals. The 11-year-old is a friend and defender for not only the safe treatment of domesticated animals, but also for
wild animals. She’s organizing lemonade stands and fundraisers for animal advocacy and has her classmates at Sienna Crossing Elementary School, along with other schools across Texas, involved with the campaign. “I feel if we don’t take care of animals, then who will?” Joseph said. Her quest to help ani-
mals began in the fall of 2017. When Hurricane Harvey hit, Joseph and her family were evacuated from their flooded neighborhood in Sienna Plantation for five days. After hearing about the many animals who were abandoned in the flood on the news, Joseph knew her time to help had come. Her neighborhood lem-
onade stand “Harvey’s Animal Helpers” raised a total of $3,500 in donations for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) within a three-day span. As a result, the HSUS presented her with a trip to Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, the animal sanctuary in Murchison, where Joseph helped take care of the animals and
learned more about the world-renowned animal sanctuary. The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, founded in 1979 by author and animal advocate Cleveland Amory, takes care of more than 800 animals and not just horses.
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Missouri City council positions to be in play this election cycle By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM
When November’s election comes around, it appears there will be a crowded ballot for Missouri City residents. All four city council spots are up for election this cycle. Incumbent Reginald Pearson will square off with retired educator Cheryl Sterling in District A, while Jeffrey Boney will try to retain his council spot in District B against Missouri City attorney JaPaula Kemp. Meanwhile, District C and D incumbents Anthony
Maroulis and Floyd Emery, respectively, are unopposed leading up to the Aug. 22 filing deadline. Below is a profile of candidates who had filed to run as of press time: DISTRICT A Reginald Pearson (incumbent) Pearson was appointed to city council last year by former mayor Allen Owen. During his time on council, Pearson said the biggest issue that has been brought to his attention, which he will seek to address if re-elected, has been the revitalization of Texas Parkway. He said
some headway has been made, but it remains a work in progress. Additionally, he said financial responsibility will be crucial in toeing the line between a desire to bring in new businesses while staying true to Missouri City’s roots. “There’s always a desire to utilize some of the areas for commercial development, but it needs to be done where it makes sense,” he said. “That commercial revenue brings more jobs and brings more traffic into the city, so we just need to be fiscally responsible.” To do so while helping
Texas Parkway, Pearson said, requires utilizing existing resources such as the district’s TIRZ board and building relationships and partnerships with the community and the owners of those businesses through avenues such as new forms of marketing. “We need to think outside the box to use the resources we haven’t considered before,” he said. “I’m committed to serving the community, and I have exhibited over time my commitment to doing so. I
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Larry Patrick teaches a passage of Scripture to a church in Uganda during his recent mission trip. Patrick recently opened a seminary school in Stafford. (Contributed photo)
Seminary school opens in Stafford By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM
Larry Patrick once argued against the Bible and Christianity. He now instructs others about their teachings. Patrick, 69, has brought a biblical vocational school to Fort Bend County. He is the founder of Charis Theological Seminary & Bible Institute, which opened in 1988 and has been housed at multiple locations around Greater Houston. Patrick recently opened a campus at 3964 Bluebonnet Dr. in Stafford, where the school plans to begin offering seminary classes this fall. Patrick said he had only two classrooms at his previous location on Bissonnet Street and hopes to offer as many as 12 classes per semester in Stafford. Patrick’s path to being a pastor and professor and returning to Fort Bend County – where he lived in Sugar Land and Missouri City after moving to the Houston area in 1977 – was a unique one. He said he began his theology studies while serving in the United States Air Force in Athens, Greece, where he transformed from Bible denier to believer. “You have a mother that
prays for you, and eventually some things happened that made me go back and read the Bible for myself when I was 22,” Patrick said. “It gave me a fresh perspective. By the time I got back over to the U.S. I realized I was going to be a pastor.” Upon moving to Houston, and despite lacking formal seminary training, Patrick said he began teaching at various institutions throughout the city before meeting with an old friend in 1983. That friend gave Patrick a push to create a school. A few years later, Charis Theological Seminary & Bible Institute was born. Patrick said Charis initially made its home off Eldridge Parkway near Mission Bend – where Church Without Walls now stands – until a fire burned down the original church down in 1993. From there, the school moved to McGee Chapel off Highway 6. Patrick said Charis then leased space in a townhome center on Beechnut Street until 2006, then leased a building off Bissonnet Street until a new property owner bought the space and did not want the campus there. So Patrick moved to Stafford. “We simply taught where
we had enough space to teach. Our last facility only had two classrooms, so the school dwindled down quite a bit, but we continued to teach,” he said. Patrick said he has taught in churches and schools in countries such as Uganda and Ghana over the last three years. But in his heart, he wanted to do more on the home front. “It became evident that we needed to start growing more, and God led us here,” Patrick said. “We want to start prayerfully offering courses for people in Stafford and surrounding areas.” Classes offered at Charis will include three semesters of basic Bible doctrine, eight semesters of systematic theology, eight semesters of Old Testament studies and eight semesters of New Testament studies as well as specialized courses for $50 per class plus a $10 registration fee. “I believe God has moved us to Stafford, and we’d like to make Stafford our home and build something from this,” Patrick said. “I hope we’ll be well-received now that we’re finally able to do so.” For more information on Charis and to see what the school has to offer, visit ctsbi. org.
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Let’s take stock of area’s state representatives The status quo of a couple of the political locals is changing as is to be expected in the game of life, where you get to create what you do. It was just the other day that the work agendas of the politicos appeared to be copacetic – in other words, ducky fine. In mid-July, there was a political insights program at Safari Texas with four elected state legislative officials representing this area that was jointly hosted by the two area local chambers of commerce – the Fort Bend Chamber and the Central Fort Bend Chamber. And it was quite timely. The end of the latest 140-day Texas Legislative session had wrapped up its business on May 27. Our local state officials called this a historic legislative session with property tax reform and transparency, school finance, teacher pay and border security as its key issues. Updates by Texas Reps. Rick Miller (District 26), Ron Reynolds (District 27), Phil Stevenson (District 85) and Dr. John Zerwas (District 28) represented a summary of their opinions and analysis of their work on behalf of taxpayers, making for conversations that need to matter to all of us. But because the speakers were politicians, it came as no surprise that there was no time for a Q&A talk period. There was one question in particular that was making the hush-hush rounds in the room. More on that later. Zerwas to resign Fast forward…but not that fast. The announcement just last week about Zerwas’ plan to resign
from office felt a little like a bombshell. The Richmond Republican, first elected to the state legislature in 2006, has accepted a position with the University of Texas System and will take with him 12 years of public service to his new role as executive vice chancellor overseeing a network of six health institutions with medical, dental and nursing schools. Referred to as an authoritative and influential state representative, Zerwas is the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, the group that handles budget writing for money from the state treasury. He will leave office at the end of September. There’s no void when it comes to prospects for his vacated state seat. This Monday, former Fulshear City Councilwoman Tricia Krenek announced her candidacy for District 28. Krenek, who has served as a precinct chair for the Fort Bend Republican Party, won the party’s primary for County Court at Law Court No. 3 last year, but lost the race to the Democrat now in office, Juli Mathew. In that race, Krenek’s announcement reports that she carried the vote in District 28, however. There’s also Democrat Elizabeth (Eliz) Markowitz, a Fort Bend local, who has already launched a
District 28 bid for 2020. Last year, she ran for the Texas State Board of Education District 7 seat in the general election and was defeated by Republican Matt Robinson, a physician from Galveston. Miller in the running Another announcement last week was followed by interpretative rumblings about how Miller of Sugar Land may leave office… or not. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released Miller’s name and another one in relation to filling the vacancy of commissioner for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. “I am honored to be under consideration by the governor for this very important position,” Miller told the Star. Miller applied for the position last month when it opened. “My wife and I have been working on child protective services, foster children and protective services for over three years,” he said. Miller’s membership on the human services committee for the last two legislative sessions has no doubt given him more insight “from a policy and funding perspective,” he said, as did his work on the appropriations committee for the last three sessions. Even with a new position in play, Miller dispelled rumors that he’s resigning from office and giving up his state district seat, which would mean he’s not running for re-election. “I have an opponent in the primary and I shouldn’t,” he said. But here’s the solution to his dilemma: If Miller is
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selected for the commissioner’s position, “I’ll take it,” he said, and if not, “I’ll get reelected.” He has already called the governor’s office for a re-election endorsement, albeit the governor’s decision to fill the state agency vacancy is still in abeyance. Take note that last year, Miller won his district seat by about 5 percentage points against Sugar Land Democrat L. Sarah DeMerchant, who grew up here in the Fort Bend community and graduated from Willowridge High School. DeMerchant is again making a bid for his state legislative seat along with another Sugar Land Democratic Party hopeful, Rish Oberoi, reportedly intending on becoming the first Indian American to serve in the Texas House of Representatives. There may be more interest in that race. The filing deadline is not until Dec. 9. Stephenson standing pat Stephenson, the Republican incumbent from Wharton, is possibly still the only working CPA on the legislature, and he was uncontested in the last primary. He represents Southwest Fort Bend, Wharton and Jackson counties and in last November’s general election, he defeated Democrat Jennifer Cantu of Rosenberg. He also won a contested race in 2012 against popular Democratic opponent Dora Olivo, a former member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 27 who served between 1997 and 2011. Before that, Olivo was defeated in the 2010 Democratic Party primary by Reynolds, the
District 27 incumbent. Reynolds roils some with post He’s had many successes. So, what is Reynolds up to these days? A heads-up Facebook post about expected U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids is what the rumblings were about right before the political insights program started at Safari Texas. The question begged about the July 13 post but was not asked. Is it OK, even ethical for him to be doing this? Subsequent attempts before press time to ask Reynolds about the post were unsuccessful. It advised of anticipated ICE raids on what were called “immigrant” families. Know your rights, he advised on the post, along with a phone number to call. One could surmise that the immigrant family reference was intended for undocumented individuals and families, but maybe not just them. These days,
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Skeeters pay tribute to minor league legend By Joe Southern
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The Sugar Land Skeeters honored a baseball legend Saturday by retiring the No. 4 jersey of Grover “Deacon” Jones, who has served as a special assistant and advisor to the team since its inaugural season in 2010. An emotional Jones, 84, was surrounded by family and friends and thousands of fans in the stands as the team retired his number in a pregame ceremony. In his honor, the Skeeters all wore special No. 4 jerseys that were auctioned off for charity at the end of the game. The first 1,000 fans at the game each received a Deacon Jones bobblehead and several tributes were made to him throughout the evening. “At first I was very apprehensive. I felt that many people in the city had done enough for me. My wife just told me to embrace it,” Jones said before the game. “She reminded me when I was 14 years old … I saw the black face on TV, it was a guy named Jackie Robinson, and I said to my daddy, ‘I want to be just like him.’ My brother and I said that. And he said, ‘OK.’ ” Jones pursued his dream, spending a combined 11 years in the minor leagues and parts of two seasons with the Chicago White Sox, making his big league debut on Sept. 8, 1962. His major league experience consisted of 60 plate appearances with a .286 batting average, one home run and 10 RBIs. It was in the minors where Jones, who later was a major league coach with the White Sox, Houston Astros and San Diego Padres, excelled as a
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player. There he had a career .319 average with 154 home runs and .528 slugging percentage. In 1956, he had 135 hits and 20 homers with the Dubuque Packers, with whom he hit .409 for the season and set a Midwest League record that still stands. “There is a little story about that,” Jones said. “In spring training I was on a fast track going to the big leagues as a rookie and I hit a triple against Sandy Koufax and I slid headfirst and something popped in my shoulder,” he said. Having majored in physiotherapy in college, he knew that was bad news. “The doctors said, ‘Deacon, if you don’t have this operation you’ll never play baseball,’ ” Jones said. “In those days they were butchers. If they had orthoscopic surgery like they do now, I would have considered it.” Remembering his promise to his brother to make it to the majors, Jones pressed on without the surgery. He was assigned to Dubuque, Iowa, where he was
Sugar Land Skeeters special assistant Deacon Jones is all smiles as his jersey is retired during a pregame ceremony Saturday at Constellation Field. It was the ﬁrst number to be retired by the team. (Photo by Joe Southern)
given steroid shots to aid the injury. “As luck would have it, within a month and a half I was hitting .430. The ball looked like a beach ball,” he said. “And all of a sudden, at the end of the season with two weeks to go, I’m hitting .420 and somebody said, ‘Deacon, you’ve got a chance to win the Silver Bat.’ And I said, ‘the Silver Bat, what’s that?’” The Silver Bat is an award given to the best hitters in the American League, National League and the minor leagues, which at the time included Mexico. “Now all of a sudden I want to win the bat. I couldn’t sleep or nothing, I just wanted to win that bat. I went outside my realm. Instead of going 2-for-4, I’d go 1-for-4 and a walk or whatever and 0-for-4,” he said. “Well, as luck would have it I ended up hitting .409 and it’s a record that stood well over 60 years.” He has also been married to the same woman for 60 years, Virginia “Tiki” Jones. Despite
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Margarita & First Responder Monday: Discounted margaritas; free tickets for Military & First Responders with proper ID Silver Skeeters Tuesday: Free game ticket with purchase of Silver Skeeters Membership (55+) Dollar Dog / White Claw Wednesday: Dollar hot dogs; discounted White Claws Thirsty Thursday: $2 beer and sodas Fireworks Friday: Postgame fireworks shows Saturday Giveaway / Concert: Giveaways or a postgame concert Sunday Funday: Autographs, pregame catch on the field, postgame Kids Run the Bases (Dr. Larry Caldwell)
August Promotions 1st: Thirsty Thursday 2nd: Fireworks / “The Office” Night 3rd: Deacon Jones Bobblehead Giveaway 4th: Sunday Funday 16th: Fireworks / Star Wars Night 17th: Star Wars Bobblehead Giveaway (Republic Services) 18th: Sunday Funday 19th: Margarita & First Responder Monday 20st: Silver Skeeters Tuesday (Advanced Hearing Center 21st: Dollar Dog Wednesday / White Claw Wednesday 22nd: Thirsty Thursday 30th: Fireworks 31st: Team Card Set Giveaway (Memorial Hermann Ironman)
health issues, she came out to the game. They were joined by their daughter, Monica, and grandchildren, Dylan and D.J. Also joining Jones were his brother Johnny Jones and his former teammate and roommate, Don Buford. Jones said he always gives youngsters the advice to have goals and dream big. He said dreams come true when followed by the incremental steps to achieve them. “I tell people all the time about baseball, think about the hall of fame, there are a thousand of the best ballplayers in the hall of fame,” he said. “Nobody talks about how many times they’ve failed. They’re the best! They fail seven times out of 10. Yet they are the best. Life is a series of disappointments, frustrations and failures, interrupted with a few successes. Deacon’s law!” Basebrawl The Skeeters blundered their salute to Jones by losing to the Lancaster Barnstormers
Sugar Land Skeeters special assistant Deacon Jones hugs mascot Swatson while choking back tears as the organization honored him by retiring the No. 4 jersey he wore when he played professional baseball in the Chicago White Sox organization back in the 1950s. (Photo by Joe Southern)
8-1. The game was marred in the eighth inning by a benchclearing brawl that led to the ejection of two Barnstormers players, Skeeters manager Pete Incaviglia and Sugar Land players Denis Phipps, Rico Noel and Albert Cordero. The Atlantic League issued suspensions ranging from two to five games for each. With Incaviglia out for five games, pitcher Dan Runzler has been promoted to interim manager. Transactions The Skeeters released outfielder Jabari Henry and signed free agent pitcher Mike Hauschild and first baseman D.J. Peterson. Upcoming The Skeeters hit the road for their second 10-game trip in
three weeks. They begin with three games at the High Point Rockers, followed by three with the Somerset Patriots and four with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. They return to Constellation Field on Aug. 16 for a seven-game series with the New Britain Bees. Aug. 16 is Star Wars night, which carries over to Aug. 17 with a Swatson Star Wars bobblehead giveaway. Skeeter of the Week Rico Noel, who has only played 21 games so far with the Skeeters, is second in the Atlantic League with 27 stolen bases. He has been caught just three times. Noel has gone 20-for 53 (.377) with 10 runs, two doubles, a home run, and four RBIs.
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A Children's Lighthouse teacher instructs students. The school will be opening a Sugar Land location this winter. (Photo from Children's Lighthouse Facebook)
National early childhood school set to open Sugar Land location From Staff Reports
There will soon be another education option for parents of young children in Fort Bend County. Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers is set to open a Sugar Land location in the winter, according to a news release from the school. Children’s Lighthouse of Imperial-Sugar Land will operate at 15013 Voss Rd. “We’re excited and humbled by the opportunity to introduce families in the Sugar Land community to the unique Children’s Lighthouse experience,” co-owner Harveen Wahi said
in a statement. “We are committed to providing the highest quality of early education, and Children’s Lighthouse’s adoption of the modern Montessori approach makes for an effective curriculum for all students.” The 11,200 square-foot campus will sit on a nearly two-acre property in Sugar Land, providing space for children to learn in classroom and group settings, while also offering large outdoor learning and play areas to accommodate nearly 200 children. An on-site kitchen will also offer healthy meals and snacks daily for students. Children’s Lighthouse of Imperial-Sugar Land will serve
families with children six weeks to 12 years old, and will also offer after-school programs and summer camps for children up to age 12. “Children’s Lighthouse will serve a very special need in our community,” Wahi said. “We will be providing parents a place where they can feel confident that their children are safe and secure, while developing lasting learning habits and priceless memories.” To learn more about Children’s Lighthouse of Imperial-Sugar Land, email the school at email@example.com or call 832-356-7360.
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Area communities donate to FBEF WCJC offering new paralegal classes From Staff Reports
Some Fort Bend ISD teachers have a plethora of new resources to help keep students engaged and excited about learning as they head back to the classroom. Harvest Green, Imperial and Riverstone -- recently donated a total of $45,000 through a partnership
with the Fort Bend Education Foundation to fund a broad list of grant requests. Amenities include new library books, iPads, interactive white boards, flexible seating and STEM kits to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and math. “Teachers nurture our children’s physical, emotional and educational health but they can’t do
it alone,” Harvest Green and Imperial Vice President and General Manager Jerry Ulke said in a news release. “They need the support of the entire community. That’s why we are proud to support the Fort Bend Education Foundation. The grants allow teachers to do what they do best so all children can reap the rewards of a quality education.”
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Already offering a two-year associate of applied science degree, Wharton County Junior College's paralegal program – housed at WCJC’s Richmond campus – will soon be adding two new classes. Torts/Personal Injury Law will be offered this
coming fall semester and Immigration Law to be offered in the spring 2020 semester. Classes are offered at WCJC’s Richmond campus and online, with a hybrid course also offered once a month at WCJC’s Sugar Land campus. “The courses we offer are the same courses we took in law school,” Hart said. “If you want to go to
law school, this is a great place to start.” For more information on the program, visit the college’s website at wcjc.edu or contact Hart at harte@ wcjc.edu or via telephone at 281-239-1555. Registration is ongoing for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 26. Follow us on all social media pages @FortBendStar
Fort Bend Realtor makes appearance on internet show From Staff Reports
It’s lights, camera, action for a Fort Bend County Realtor. Sara Nguyen of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene is part of the fifth season of “The American
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★ COUNCIL, FROM PAGE 1 would like to continue serving on council to finish what I’ve already started and see others come to fruition in the future. Cheryl Sterling Sterling, a retired educator, is running for public office for the first time. She has lived in Missouri City for 26 years and worked in the city in the 1970s, giving her background knowledge she can bring to the council. “I think we’ve lagged behind a little bit with retail stores, and I’d like to be a driving force in making sure Missouri City gets the fair share of economic growth that’s happening,” she said. “I think I can make a difference in the community and bring those resources to the community.” Sterling would like to bring a town center similar to that of Sugar Land’s
who fights for others and has always done so. I felt that it was important to step up and serve,” he said. “...I feel there’s a lot of things right on the horizon for us that I want to see to fruition.” One such concern he’d like to address would be the reality of homestead exemptions for the residents of Missouri City. “The citizens deserve to have that information discussed and actually bring that before them as a council with our discussion points and concerns,” he said, noting the 3.5 percent tax cap recently signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott. “I want to be part of the discussion to see if that makes sense to allow that to be provided to our residents. " In that vein, Boney said there remains work to be done. “I want to see these things come to fruition, and
within Missouri City’s city limits. “I think there’s a lot more land that we can capitalize on,” she said. “I don’t think we have been able to keep up with economic growth that we can actually capitalize on, and I can bring that for the city.” DISTRICT B Jeffrey Boney (incumbent) Boney, a 20-year Missouri City resident who lives in Quail Valley, has served as District B’s representative since November 2017. “I learned from my parents early on about serving others,” he said. “I looked at the trajectory of council and the makeup of our city at the time and said, ‘If not me, than who?’ ” Through nearly two years on the job, Boney is not looking back. “I’m a vocal individual
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should be safe in their community and they should be assured that we are being fiscally responsible. Residents in my district should also be assured that there is equality in planning and development. I vow to lead with integrity and work zealously on council to improve the quality of life for Missouri City residents.” DISTRICT C Maroulis was first elected in March 2015. Maroulis’ goal is continue to be an advocate for citizens, putting an emphasis on supporting the police and fire departments in efforts to maintain public safety while focusing on economic prosperity. “I have had the honor of partnering with local business owners and have fostered a strong partnership,” he said in a news release announcing his reelection bid. “District C has
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CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION METHODS OF ADMINISTRATION (MOA) Notificación Pública de No Discriminación en Programas de Educación Técnica y Vocacional El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Fort Bend ofrece programas de educación técnica y vocacional en Agricultura, Alimento y los Recursos Naturales, Arquitectura y Construcción, Artes en Tecnología y las Comunicaciones de Audio/Visual, Educación y Entrenamiento de Negocios, Finanzas, Ciencias de la Salud, Hospitalidad y Turismo, Servicios Humanos, Tecnología Informática, Ley y Seguridad Pública, Producción en Fábricas, Mercadotécnia, Ciencias-Tecnología-Ingeniería-Matemáticas (STEM por sus siglas en inglés), Transportación, Distribución y Logísticas. La admisión a estos programas está basada en la selección de cursos del alumno y previamente haber completado satisfactoriamente los cursos requeridos. Es norma del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Fort Bend no discriminar en sus programas, servicios o actividades vocacionales por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo o impedimento, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación de 1972, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda. Es norma del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Fort Bend no discriminar en sus procedimientos de empleo por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, impedimento o edad, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, la ley de Discriminación por Edad, de 1975, según enmienda; y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda. El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Fort Bend tomará las medidas necesarias para asegurar que la falta de habilidad en el uso del inglés no sea un obstáculo para la admisión y participación en todos los programas educativos y vocacionales. Para información sobre sus derechos o procedimientos de quejas, comuníquese con la Coordinadora del Título IX del programa de educación técnica y vocacional, Meredith.Watassek@fortbendisd.com, 281-6345446, y/o la Coordinadora de la Sección 504 Ronje.Gonzales@fortbendisd.com, 281-634-1242
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NOTICE TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS AGAINST THE ESTATE OF SHAN SHEKYUK WONG, AKA SHAN WONG, DECEASED Notice is hereby given that on May 8, 2019, letters testamentary were issued to LEE-JUN C. WONG, aka LEEJUN CHANG WONG by the County Court at Law No. 2 of Fort Bend County, Texas, in the case under Cause No. 18-CPR-032145, pending on the Probate Docket of the Court. All persons having claims against the above-styled Estate are hereby requested to present them within the time prescribed by law in care of LEE-JUN C. WONG’s attorney as follows: YAN MIN KUO, 9600 Bellaire Blvd #218, Houston, Texas 77036. Dated July 25, 2019. LEE-JUN C. WONG, Independent Executor of the Estate of SHAN SHEKYUK WONG, aka SHAN WONG, Deceased
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Joseph’s dedication. “Frannie’s commitment to giving back at such a young age gives me hope, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for this remarkable young woman,” Jarl said. According to Almrud, Joseph not only has the passion for helping animals, but also has the needed motivation to get things done. “Frannie truly inspires us every day and we are so thankful for her support,” Almrud said. Joseph continues to help the animals at the ranch, including participating in public outreach events; talking to other children about what they can do to save the animals and encouraging other kids to volunteer and help at area animal shelters. She also plans to have more lemonade stands in Sienna Plantation and work on creating a website and YouTube channel with her sister to educate other
children about saving both wild and domesticated animals, with educational links and interviews. She’s writing out a “How to start a school fundraiser” letter for the ranch, so other schools can benefit from her successful fundraising. Her mom, Anita, says Frannie was always a determined, driven youngster. “Even when she was learning to ride a bike it was just, ‘Take off the training wheels and let me go and I’m doing it.’ I was always surprised by that,” Anita said. “She’s a leader at school and sets a good example, but when she went to the ranch for the weekend, that’s when it triggered her need to help animals.“ When she’s not volunteering for animals, Joseph takes care of her own dogs, Maggie and Charley. She plans to become a zoologist or a veterinarian and wants to attend Texas A&M University.
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Summer social to honor Sugar Land veterans From Staff Reports
Sugar Land Heritage Friends will honor Sugar Land veterans Aug. 8 at the Sugar Land Heritage Museum at 198 Kempner St. in Sugar Land. "Sugar Land Heritage Friends salute our veterans and are hosting a social to express our appreciation for
their bravery and service to our great country. Sugar Land veterans continue to leave a legacy of service for the next generations, and we want to honor them," SLHF chair Terry Nirider said. Keeping with the Heritage Friends' "Then and Now" theme, there will be an Honor Guard and a flag
folding ceremony followed by a roll call to honor Sugar Land veterans. A veteran exhibit will also be on display at the event, and a capella group, the Sweet Adelines, will perform patriotic tunes. Other activities are planned including a wreath auction. Patriotic and military themed wreathes
have been made by Heritage Friends as well as groups such as the Women’s Auxiliary and Colony One Brookdale. Lights bites and other refreshments will be served. Check in for the event is from 6- 6:30 pm, and the program begins at 6:45 pm. To RSVP for the event, readers can visit the Sugar
Land Heritage Foundation event's website at slheritage. org/get-involved/foundation-friends/. Heritage Friends is an auxiliary committee within SLHF for anyone 21 and older. For a minimal donation, friends can support the foundation operations and museum expansion. This is a friend-raising group whose
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Adolph said it would come with a 3 percent tax increase and equate to about $10 more per month per homeowner. If approved, the tax increase would be implemented in the first year. “Going into the fiscal year 2020 budget process, our priorities are to ensure that the upcoming budget reflects the priorities our residents have told us are
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 8 GET TIPS ON PAYING FOR COLLEGE AT LIBRARY PROGRAM The thought of ﬁnding a way to pay for a college education can be a daunting task. College-bound high-school students and their parents are encouraged to attend an informative presentation, Ò College-Planning Strategies,Ó on Thursday, August 8, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of Fort Bend County LibrariesÕ Sugar Land Branch Library, located at 550 Eldridge. Brannon Lloyd, a college ﬁnancial-planning educator, will provide an
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE Back-to-School Supply Drive The Sienna WomenÕ s League (SWL) will host its second annual Back-to-School Supply Drive from 9:30 am Ð 5:30 pm Aug. 10 in the parking lot of partner Academy Sports + Outdoors at 9210 Highway 6 in Missouri City. A second drop-off spot, courtesy of Sienna Plantation, will be available that same day from 10 a.m. – 5:00 pm at the Sienna Homeﬁnders Center at 5777 Sienna Pkwy. The drive will beneﬁt Shared Dreams, a Fort Bend ISD-afﬁliated program that serves FBISD school children most in need. An estimated 38 percent of all FBISD students and families are considered economically disadvantaged and often come to school without supplies. SWL requests NEW SCHOOL SUPPLIES ONLY PLEASE from the following wish list: ¥ 1 ½ in binders ¥ Packages of notebook paper (wide ruled) ¥ Backpacks Ð all kinds ¥ Composition notebooks ¥ Boxes of #2 Pencils ¥ Boxes of coloring pencils ¥ Boxes Washable markers ¥ Boxes of red pens ¥ Boxes of crayons ¥ Packages of construction paper ¥ Compasses ¥ Protractors
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FORT BEND-HARRIS RETIRED EDUCATORS LUNCHEON Fort Bend-Harris Retired Educators (FBHRE) will kick off the 2019-2020 school year with an 11 a.m. Ò O Happy Day LuncheonÓ on Thursday, August 8, at Sugar Land First United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Rd, within the Great Hall. Business meeting will follow along with information about beneﬁts. FBHRE is the local unit for the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA). All retired public school personnel are invited. For more information, call 281-499-5885.
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