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To meet the needs of Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey, the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Simonton has transitioned to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) as of Nov. 27. The center is located at Simonton Community Church, 9703 FM 1489. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. SBA customer service representatives will be available at the DLOC to meet individually with businesses, homeowners and renters to answer their questions, explain SBA’s disaster loan program, help them complete their applications and close their approved loans. Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. The SBA can also lend additional funds to help businesses and residents with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future. For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage. Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace their damaged or destroyed primary residence. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Survivors can still register for federal disaster assistance in the following ways until Nov. 30, 2017: • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov. • Calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362

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Lynette Lamey never set out to be an advocate for breast cancer awareness but after fighting the disease for four years she is proud to lead the charge. “Check your girls” is her battle cry and also the name of her Facebook page dedicated to the cause. It’s also the name of her team in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. This year’s race was postponed to Jan. 27 due to Hurricane Harvey. Lamey, of Sugar Land, said it is fitting that the race was postponed. She said the fight against breast cancer is continuous and not confined to one month. “It’s more than pink and more than October,” she said. In recent years the month of October has become as synonymous with breast cancer awareness and pink ribbons as it has with Halloween and harvest festivals. As Lamey learned in the fall of 2013, the fight against cancer is more than a month; it’s relentless and unending. A career woman with a job in the oil and gas industry, Lamey was making plans for a business trip to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Wanting to tie up loose ends before embarking on her journey, she went to have her annual mammogram. That’s when she got the phone call. “We’d like you to come in and get a biopsy,” the voice on the other end of the line said.

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She went in and had the biopsy. “They called me on the day I was getting ready to leave,” she said. “We know it’s cancer.” The revelation made for an emotional and introspective flight across the Atlantic. Having met with the surgeon, she was assured it was caught early enough that it wouldn’t take her life. What she

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When talking with Anika Patel, it’s hard to believe she is only a high school student. The articulate ninth grader from Dulles High School has found a scientific approach to helping Hurricane Harvey victims, and is planning a fairly large community event – on her own – to help. She’s also come up with a unique theme for the event: Family Science Night, which is all about getting people together to learn more about science for one fun evening. Ticket purchases benefit Hurricane Harvey victims in Fort Bend County. Active in the community herself, Patel finds a source of organized support in area science groups. “Anika’s concern for Hurricane Harvey victims is commendable but her actions to help are extraordinary,” said Teri Mathis, a fellow Fort Bend Photography Club member who is helping Patel support the event. She noted that Patel has not only taken on the sizable community event by herself, but also initiated presentations and invitations for other science organizations throughout the area to participate. The multi science presentation called Family Science Night will be at Dulles High School Friday, Dec. 1, from 6-8 p.m.

had to decide was the course of treatment. “I wanted to save the girls,” she said, referring to her breasts. After a month in Dubai, Lamey came home and in October prepared to have the first of what would be five surgeries. “I had a lumpectomy,” she said. Lamey said she was glad it was

caught early. “It was an aggressive form of cancer. It was already in my lymph nodes,” she said. The chemotherapy treatments, however, hit her harder than she expected.

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Dulles High School ninth grade student Anika Patel prepares for Family Science Night. (Submitted photo)

Tickets are $10 per person and all proceeds will be donated to the Fort Bend Forward Harvey Recovery Fund. “She’s an achiever, and very engaged in the community,” Mathis said. “And it’s great that she thought this event up by herself.” Patel is a student of the Math and Science Academy at Dulles High School. The busy ninth grader also volunteers at a stroke support group, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and at the George Observatory for the Fort Bend Astronomy

Club. It’s safe to say science is a big interest in Patel’s life. So is volunteering and coming up with the idea for Family Science Night. “It’s something I started this year to benefit Hurricane Harvey victims,” Patel said. “I thought it would be a good idea to involve science and raise interest and then more people would be involved.” “I came up with the idea after school re-started after the hurricane. And I started hearing stories on how people were

affected. My home hadn’t been damaged; I just wanted to help other people,” she said. Many local science clubs have joined in Patel’s fun evening of science. Clubs such as the Fort Bend Astronomy Club, Houston Museum of Natural Science Downtown and the Houston Gems and Minerals Society. Activities at Family Science Night include telescope viewing, updates on NASA missions, an inflatable dome planetarium,

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Michael Joseph Hall pleaded guilty to felony charges of promotion of child pornography and possession of the same on Nov. 20. The 27-year-old Sugar Land man then accepted seven years in prison in an agreement with prosecutors. Hall is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. According to Assistant District Attorney Michael Hartman, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received a cyber-tip from Skype and “Chatstep” that an individual was sharing known child pornography images with what appeared to be a minor in February. Sugar Land Police Sgt. Matt Levan, affiliated with The Houston Metro - Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC) investigated the cybertip. Levan executed a search warrant in March and found Hall in possession of pornographic images of children. Hall subsequently confessed to the promotion (distribution) of child pornography. “Studies have shown that a high percentage of offenders that collect and distribute child pornography also sexually abuse children,” said Hartman,

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“which is why it’s so important to investigate beyond the initial pornography we discover.” “This case illustrates the importance of pro-active investigations in identifying perpetrators who would otherwise not be held accountable for their crimes. And without consequences, these perpetrators will not stop,” Hartman said. Hall plead guilty in the 400th District Court before Presiding Judge Maggie Jaramillo. Promotion of child pornography in this case is a second-degree felony, punishable by 2-20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Possession of child pornography is a third-degree felony punishable by 2-10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Hall was eligible to receive probation and had no prior felony convictions. Hartman and Katie Peterson prosecuted the case. Attorneys Ken and Judy Mingledorff represented the defendant.

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Sugar Land’s history began as an Oakland Plantation in 1828 By Joe Southern JSOUTHERN@FORTBENDSTAR.

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he old company town known today as Sugar Land is a city with a sweet history. As the name implies, production of sugar was the driving force behind the city from its plantation days as far back as 1828 through the shuttering of the Imperial Sugar refinery in 2003. Located in Fort Bend County, Sugar Land is southwest of Houston and northeast of the county seat in Richmond. It is located on Oyster Creek and now, after annexation in December 2017, will extend west of the Brazos River. The area’s early history shows it to be the territory of indigenous people and then the Spanish, French, and Mexican governments before becoming part of the nation and then state of Texas. The land was awarded by Stephen F. Austin to Samuel M. Williams in 1828 in recognition of his services as Austin’s secretary. Ten years later – two years after the Texas Revolution – Williams sold the property to his brothers, Nathaniel F. and Matthew R. Williams. On what was then called Oakland Plantation (in recognition of the many varieties of oaks that grow in the area) they grew cotton, corn, and, of course, sugar cane. The sugar cane came to Texas when S.M. Swinson, captain of a small freight boat who was trading commodities as he traveled along the U.S. coast, sold the stalks he had picked up in Cuba to Samuel Williams. On this next trip, he saw that Williams had sugar cane growing “as high as a man on a horse.” The Williams brothers built a raw-sugar mill in 1843. In 1849, Benjamin Franklin “Frank” Terry and William J. Kyle left Texas for California during the gold rush. Successful at prospecting for gold, the two returned to Texas in 1852 as very wealthy men. They purchased 2,400 acres of Oakland Plantation from Nathaniel Williams for an undisclosed sum of money. On Jan. 1, 1853, they bought the remainder of the plantation from Matthew Williams for $57,165. The purchase included 2,000 acres, several buildings – including the sugar mill and outbuildings – 500 head of

cattle, 30 mules and horses, 15 yoke of oxen, a herd of hogs and 19 Negroes. The purchase included many production ready fields of cotton, corn, and cane. Shortly after purchasing Oakland, they renamed it Sugar Land, but it took several years for the new name to stick. In the ensuing years the partners purchased other adjacent plantations and grew their small empire. By 1858 the Sugar Land Plantation had grown to 12,500 acres and was one of the largest plantations in Texas. Using their wealth and influence, Kyle and Terry had the new Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway (the first in Texas) being extended from Stafford to Richmond make a northerly loop past their mill in Sugar Land. During this time the partners mechanized the milling process and further refined the sugar. Even with mechanization, the production and processing of sugar cane

required extensive slave labor. With pressure mounting from northern states calling for the abolition of slavery, Kyle and Terry joined other southerners in resisting the abolitionist movement. When Texas held a Secessionist Convention in 1861, Terry was chosen as one of the Fort Bend County’s two delegates. On March 2, 1861, exactly 25 years after Texas declared independence from Mexico, the state voted to leave the United States and join the Confederate States of America. After war broke out the next month, eager, young Texans flocked to fight, leaving the plantations in a precarious situation. They were under-staffed, poorly supplied and often mismanaged. Terry received a commission to form what became known as Terry’s Texas Rangers. Col. Terry made his headquarters in Houston where he commissioned 10 captains to each recruit a company of 100 men. In August, nine companies totaling 1,176 men left to join

the fight in the east. The 40-yearold Terry was killed leading his men in their first charge in Kentucky. Near the end of the war, Kyle died in 1864 at age 61. His brother, Robert, and Terry’s son, A.J., took over management of the Sugar Land plantation. Times were hard and maintaining a plantation anywhere in the South became difficult, especially with the end of slavery. In Fort Bend County, it was estimated that 70 percent of the white men between the ages of 17 and 50 were gone during the war with less than half returning. For a quarter century after the war, Fort Bend County saw many of its plantations go under. Sugar Land was one of the few that survived, but barely. The labor was supplied by freed slaves and, in 1871 with the passage of a new law, convict laborers were contracted to work the fields and mills. After struggling for a long time, the heirs of Kyle and Terry sold off their plantation to Col. Edward H. Cunningham. A friend of Cunningham, Littleberry Ellis, whose father and uncle were signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, began buying nearby plantations. Eventually the two men joined their properties and formed a partnership. Roger Bollinger, the great-greatgrandson of Ellis, said he was surprised to learn that his ancestor utilized convict labor to work the plantation. Although legal, the practice was unscrupulous and unethical. “It wasn’t just Cunningham and Ellis using convicts, that’s for sure,” he said. According to the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation, “The inmates worked in the wet sugar cane fields,

many falling victim to the periodic epidemics of fevers. The brutal working conditions caused bitter convicts to call Sugar Land the ‘Hell hole on the Brazos.’” Bollinger, 67, lives in Pennsylvania but his roots are deep in Sugar Land. His mother was Rita Hadley, who was the daughter of Lenore Turner, who was the daughter of Pink Ellis, who was one of the twin daughters of Littleberry Ellis. Cunningham invested more than $1 million in a sugar refinery, a new raw-sugar mill, a paper mill, and the fourteen-mile Sugar Land Railroad in the 1890s. One of the mills built by Cunningham and Ellis became known as the Imperial mill. The partnership eventually dissolved with each man retaining his original property and Ellis getting the Imperial mill. In 1884, Ellis’s health began to fail and he turned control of his plantation over to his sons, Will and C.G. Ellis. The two brothers were not exactly good stewards of the land. Will Ellis was killed in a gunfight in 1896 and his brother was shot to death in 1906 in a gunfight with a sergeant of his convict guards. The death of C.G. Ellis left the plantation and a $240,000 debt to his wife and mother. Now bankrupt, the properties of Ellis and Cunningham were eventually purchased by I.H. Kempner and W.T. Eldridge in 1907. At that time the sugar refining process was expanded to what is now known as Imperial Holly Corp. (Editor’s note: Information for this story came from the book “Sugar Land, Texas and Imperial Sugar Company” by R.M. Armstrong, and the websites of the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation and the City of Sugar Land.)

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Chuck Charlton of Charlton Auto Body in Stafford understands customers and treats them like family. The foundation for the success of Charlton Auto Body has always been focused on the customer, and it’s been that way for three generations. “My grandfather, E.C. Charlton, moved to Stafford in 1950, and opened up the business in 1951, and later named the company Charlton’s Garage and Auto Sales. In 1970 my dad, Johnny Mack, took over the company. When he retired in 1982, I took over,” Charlton said. Chuck kept the same phone number and business name, and built “Charlton Auto Body into what it is today.” It’s been 24 years in a very active auto business focus-

Three generations of the Charlton family from the left: Chuck Charlton, Randy Charlton, Johnny Mack Charlton, and E.C. Charlton in 1996. (Submitted photo)

ing on collision and insurance work. “If you wreck your car, that’s the kinda work we do – fix any damage. We’ve repaired them clear up to the value of the

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want to introduce you to one of the greatest Houston Texans fans in the world. It’s easy to be a fan of a team when you live in their market area. Not only does Armando Oceguera live 1,000 miles from Houston, he lives in a country where most sports fans would rather watch soccer than football. Armando, 29, lives in Mexico City where he founded and operates Somos Texans Mexico (We Are Texans Mexico), the official fan club of the Texans in Mexico. I recently had lunch with him at Avalon Diner. He was a guest of our intrepid traveling photographer Max Siker. Max was in town to photograph the Texans for anther newspaper and ended up sharing an Airbnb with Armando. For those who don’t know Max, he lives in Wisconsin but serves as a freelance sports photographer for the Fort Bend Star. He has made it to every Texans road game this year except for one two weeks ago at the Los Angeles Rams. Armando makes it to a few Texans games each year and desperately wanted to be at NRG Stadium when Andre Johnson was inducted as the first member of the Ring of Fame. Not only did he make it to the game, but the Tex-

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ans provided him with a VIP pre-game sideline pass. There he got to meet, visit and take pictures with team owner Bob McNair. “He was happy to hear about our group and the support in Mexico,” Armando said. During the day Armando is a senior finance supervisor for the shipping company DHL. Come game day, however, he’s all about the Houston Texans. His man cave at home is decked out in Texans memorabilia. Somos Texans Mexico has about 100 or so members. Half are in Mexico City and half are in Monterrey, Mexico. He even has a Facebook page dedicated to the group. “When I was 12 or 11 years old I saw a new logo on the NFL website,” he said. When he was 14, the Texans played their first game. Not only did Armando watch on TV, but he can tell you the loans for $2,345,226,700 and 1,702 business/private nonprofit loans for $169,115,000. As of last week, SBA has approved loans more than $255 million in disaster loans for Fort Bend County’s businesses and residents. That total is made up of 2,572 homeowner/ renter loans for $244,319,900 and 132 business/private nonprofit loans for $10,805,700. Although the disaster recovery center in Simonton is closed, there are two FEMA/ SBA recovery centers still open in the Fort Bend County region to assist businesses and residents:

opponent and the score off the top of his head (Texans beat the Cowboys 19-10). “I loved the uniform, colors, logo … so I decided to be a Houston Texans fan,” he said. At first his family wasn’t convinced he was in his right mind. When it comes to the NFL, they rooted for the Raiders. “They like the way I support the Texans … it’s healthy, not a bad thing,” he said. “They became Texans fans because of me.” Last year the Texans played the Raiders in Mexico City. Armando shelled out $400 for tickets and participated in every single game-related event he could. “I was at the airport when they arrived,” he said, adding that the Texans gave him insider information that also included the hotel they stayed at. Unfortunately, his best friend was getting married out of town the same weekend as the game. He went to the wedding on Saturday and pulled an all-nighter to be at the game on Sunday. “Whenever I see an event of the Texans I try to do it,” he said. “I’ve got to be there.” This year he flew to West Virginia to attend the Texans training camp. Last April he came to Houston for the draft

Armando Oceguera poses for a picture with Houston Texans owner Bob McNair on the sidelines of the game Nov. 19 against the Arizona Cardinals at NRG Stadium. (Submitted photo)

party. He’s met several of the players and has a growing autograph collection. If all goes well, he hopes to go to the game in Jacksonville on Dec. 17. Max also plans to be there. (I won’t be at the game. It’s my anniversary that day and I’d rather stay married than attend a game. Besides, I’m already in enough hot water for making plans to cover the game against the Steelers on

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go to shops that work for them. I tell everybody you don’t have to work with shops that work with insurance companies. Most are so big, and they don’t have the hands-on experience we have here at Charlton’s. I tell people you have the right to choose the body shop of your choice. We have a great customer data base and a lot of customers, and most of our work is word of mouth,” he said. He stays away from cars during the weekend, but talks to customers over the phone if they need him. After discussing any damage issues, Charlton said, “I really don’t recommend customers take the car to the storage lot. Tow it to the house and I’ll get it out the next morning.” Not a tinkerer of cars in his spare time, Charlton does like his trips to Mexico. It’s one of his favorite fast vacation getaways. “We can get there in two hours,” he said. He’s happy to note that customer satisfaction is the key to success of the family business of Charlton’s Auto Body. “Our customers are not just a name and a number here, you know. We become friends with them, too,” he said.

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lar and my family and friends thought I was some kind of a nut case for doing it. Armando is still going strong with his club, even if most people in Mexico City would rather watch soccer than the NFL. Armando is a really nice guy and a dedicated fan. I hope our paths will cross again some day. Even if that never happens, we can both proudly say Somos Texans!

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H SCIENCE, FROM PG 1 basics of digital photography and more. There will also be telescopes outside where people can look at the night sky.” Patel approached each of the participating groups first via email, and then presented the idea to each group, so that they could take a look at her project idea in action.

All of the planning took about six to eight hours a week. That’s in addition to schoolwork and her other extra curricular activities. She presented the idea of Family Science Night to Brian Tucker, the Academy Coordinator for the Math and Science Academy at Dulles High School. Tucker said yes, and offered guidance throughout the planning stage, but Patel took on the

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sion. The Fort Bend Astronomy Club will host a topic on gravity and the laws of motion. Fort Bend Photography Club will be on hand for tips on creative and wildlife photography. There will be a discussion on paleontology, and getting your very own fossilized shark’s teeth from the Houston Gems and Mineral Society. There’s also an inflatable planetarium right outside the cafeteria from the Houston Mu-

job as coordinator for Family Science Night by herself. “She contacted everybody who is on the program personally. She has worked so hard on this and basically did everything on her own. I offered only guidance. I am so proud of her initiative and hard work,” he said. At Family Science Night, look for scientist Don Cooper, who helped with the Apollo 11 mis-

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Bidding documents may be obtained by registering at Public Purchase www.publicpurchase.com. Sealed proposals, one (1) original, six (6) copies, and one (1) electronic copy (in PDF format) on CD or flash drive shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, City Secretary’s Office, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at which time the names of the firms submitting sealed proposals will be read. Sealed proposals received after the opening date and time will not be considered. A mandatory pre-proposal meeting for all interested parties will be held at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, Cane Room, City Hall, Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas 77479. A site tour of all five facilities will be conducted immediately following the pre-proposal meeting. Questions regarding this proposal must be received on or before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, 2017 by submitting the questions online to Public Purchase www.publicpurchase.com. The City will award and give notice within one hundred eighty (180) calendar days after the opening date and time.


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Marshall beats New Caney 62-35 to advance By Bill McCaughey FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

Marshall beat New Caney to advance to the third round of the Class 5-A Division 2 playoffs. In 6A action, Lamar survived a last second Ridge Point rally to defeat the Panthers 36-29. Marshall 62, New Caney 35 The Marshall Buffalos scored early and often as they beat New Caney 62-35 last Friday at Deer Park. Marshall led 28-7 at halftime as Dominic Houston Shepard caught 32-yard touchdown pass from Jabari James, Devon Achane caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from James and scored on a 17-yard run, and James scored on a 6-yard run. In the second half Achane scored on a 1-yard run, and Henry Thomas out-fought a defender for a 53-yard touchdown pass. “I just made a nice adjustment to get to the ball,” Thomas said. Korey King had a 19-yard

Ridge Point’s Chad Bailey scoops up a fumble and takes it into the end zone for a touchdown. (Photo by Bill McCaughey)

touchdown run, and Jerry Davis closed out the scoring with touchdown runs of 41 and 65 yards. For the game, Marshall had

535 yards of total offense while New Caney had 502 yards. Davis led the Buffalo rushing attack with 194 yards on 18 carries. Achane had eight pass

receptions for 87 yards. James completed 14 of 22 passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns. “We have to prove people wrong and play Marshall football,” James said. The Buffalos will meet Hutto at the Berry Center in Cypress on Friday night. “The team played well. We just have to focus on finishing. New Caney was very well coached. I give them a lot of credit. We played well on defense for the first half, then did not finish. The offense led the way all night. We scored 62 points, but gave up four turnovers. That is not the way we play. We will take this game and learn from it,” Marshall head coach James Williams said. “We play a very good Hutto team next week. We will be ready.” Lamar 36, Ridge Point 29 The difference between a win and a loss for the Ridge Point Panthers was about four inches in their playoff game against Lamar last Friday at Legacy Sta-

dium in Katy. With 21 seconds to go in the game and trailing 36-29, Ridge Point’s Treveon Hamlin gained a step on his defender and quarterback Aaron Allen lofted a pass that went off Hamlin’s fingertips as he fully extended at the goal line, ending the Panther’s season with a record of 9-2. Ridge Point won every statistical category except one, as the Panther defense held Lamar to 162 total yards, 10 first downs, and just 21 offensive points. The defense even scored a touchdown as Chad Bailey scooped up a fumble at the 2-yard line and stepped into the end zone. The Panther offense was just as good as they generated 367 yards of total offense and 18 first downs, as they put 29 points on the scoreboard. The difference was Lamar returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. D’Shawn Jamison returned the opening kickoff 82-yards for a touchdown, and with 45 seconds to go in the first half, Alex Hogan returned a

kickoff 69 yards to give Lamar a 22-19 lead at halftime. In between those returns, Ridge Point’s Kyle Ramsey kicked two field goals, Mustapha Muhammad caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Allen, and Bailey scored on his fumble return. The Panther’s came out in the third quarter and tied the game on a Ramsey 40-yard field goal. Lamar’s Isiah Ibeto responded with a 14-yard scoring run and a 1-yard scoring run. Mason McBride scored with 2:26 to go in the game to make the score 3629 and set the stage for the last minute of the game. Aaron Allen completed 23 of 44 attempts for 237 yards, and he rushed for 41 yards. Mason McBride rushed for 40 yards on 19 carries, and Adam Bazan had five pass receptions for 81 yards. The Panthers were District 20-6A champions with an undefeated 7-0 record and had a 9-2 overall record.

Chad Bailey voted District 20 6A MVP By Bill McCaughey FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

Ridge Point Panthers’ linebacker and running back Chad Bailey was voted District 20 6A most valuable player by the district’s head coaches. Last season Bailey was voted District 20 6A defensive most valuable player, and in his sophomore year, he was a first team all-district selection. “I just want to thank my teammates and coaches for making me the best player I could be. Bless up,” Bailey said. Prior to the season, Bailey, a four-star recruit, announced his intention to play at the University of Missouri next year.

This season the Panthers were District 20-6A champions with an undefeated 7-0 record and had a 9-2 overall record. The postseason awards included a number of Panthers. In addition to Bailey, quarterback Aaron Allen was voted offensive co-most valuable player, and defensive tackle Dennis Osagiede was voted defensive most valuable player. “Thank you. And its an honor. Hard work does pay off,” Allen said. Allen is a three-star recruit who has committed to Louisiana Tech. “Thank you. I appreciate the recognition and honor to be the defensive MVP. God bless,” Osagiede said.

A three-star recruit, Osagiede has committed to play for the University of Massachusetts next year. In addition, the Panthers’ Jack Fisher was voted best deep snapper, Dylan Malpass was voted best kicker, and Head Coach Brett Sniffin was voted co-coach of the year. Wade Freeman of Bush was named offensive co-most valuable player. “Thank you. Hard work and working with our offensive coordinator Shawn Gray helped me a lot,” Freeman said. Sophomore Cameron Peters of Dulles was named offensive newcomer of the year, freshman Trey De Los Santos of Clements was named defensive newcomer

of the year, and Chris Vann of Clements and Ainias Smith of Dulles were named co-all-purpose players. “I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to play the game, and thank my coaching staff for putting me in a position to make plays,” Smith said. “I also want to thank my teammates for putting in the work, so we can all be successful. None of it could have been done without them.” Brennan Williams of Austin was named punter of the year, and Naveon Mitchell of Travis was named return specialist of the year. “I just want to say thank you. It’s a blessing. I am extremely District 20 6A MVP Chad Bailey of Ridge Point scores a blessed,” Mitchell said. touchdown against Lamar. (Photo by Bill McCaughey)


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Miracle On Morton Street celebrates its 15th year The first Saturday of December marks the 15th Annual Miracle on Morton Street, historic downtown Richmond’s nod to the holiday season. This year’s traditional event, brought by Historic Richmond Association, will have something for everyone as new merchants, vendors and activities can be found in downtown Richmond on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The traditional event continues with a Kidz Zone, complete with a petting zoo,

and letters to Santa at the newly remodeled downtown post office. The Sugar Land Skeeters mascot Swatson will be canvassing the festival teasing the kids and Santa will be on site all day with a surprising “perch,” so plan on taking Santa photos this year at Miracle On Morton Street. As in prior years, the streets will be lined with vendors from across Texas and downtown merchants, including some new businesses, will have stores full for

your holiday shopping. Food vendors, as well as food trucks, will round out the experience with a variety of entertainment provided throughout the day. While Miracle on Morton Street always provides stage for area school children to shine, this year it also welcomes back Sean Heyl and newcomer Chris Boise for musical entertainment. This year’s event brings a new feature with a celebration of the City of Richmond’s 180th birthday.

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A Church Safety and Security Seminar will be held at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy, 1521 Eugene Heimann Cir., Richmond.

THURSDAY, NOV. 30, DEC. 1-2 SPAMALOT SCHOOL EDITION

Clements High School’s Blue Curtains Production presents “SPAMALOT School Edition,” a musical which tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail. The shows will take place in the Clements High School auditorium (4200 Elkins Drive, Sugar Land) on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each at the door for all four shows. Please note that this performance is rated PG-13 and might not be appropriate for younger students.

SATURDAY, DEC. 9 MISSOURI CITY GREEN ELECTRONICS RECYCLING

Missouri City Green, in partnership with the City of Missouri City will host the 5th Annual Electronics Recycling Event from 8 a.m. to noon at the Missouri City Public Safety Headquarters located at 3849 Cartwright Road. View the full list of items accepted by the vendor at www.missouricitygreen.org. Items from flooded homes cannot be accepted.

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The First Colony Branch Library will host from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. Music, refreshments, and activities. Craft activities for toddlers and school-aged children, festive coloring for teens and adults. Free and open to the public. For more info call 281-238-2800 or 281-633-4734.

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The University Branch Library will host a Holiday Open House for the whole family on from 2-4 p.m., in Meeting Room 1 and 2 of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-633-5100 or 281-633-4734.

The Friends of the Mamie George Branch Library will host the sale, Friday noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 320 Dulles Avenue in Stafford. For more information, call 281-238-2880 or 281-633-4734. The University Branch Library will present the program at 10:30 a.m., 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-633-5100 or 281-633-4734.

BARGAIN BOOK SALE

At the First Colony Library, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 2121 Austin Parkway. All books and DVDs at bargain prices. Donations of books, CDs, and DVDs accepted any time. Proceeds benefit the library.

SATURDAY, DEC 2 MEOW BOOK BUDDIES

Adopt a cat or just read to one! 1:30-4:30 p.m., Half Price Bookstore, 3202 Hwy 6, Sugar Land.

MONDAY, DEC. 4 MERRY MORSELS HEALTHY HOLIDAY FOOD

Learn how to make healthy holiday treats at the University Branch Library at 6 p.m., 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-633-5100 or 281633-4734.

TUESDAY, DEC. 5 DIGITAL PHOTO-EDITING

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sienna Branch Library will present the program Digital Photo-Editing with Pixlr Express at 10 a.m., in the Computer Lab of the library, located at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City. The class is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. Register online at www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on Events, select Sienna Branch Library, and find the program or call 281-238-2900.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 ORNAMENTS & DECORATIONS WORKSHOP

At the Mamie George Branch Library, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 320 Dulles Ave in Stafford. Materials are provided. Free & open to the public. Reservations required. Visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on “Events,” select “Mamie George Branch Library,” and find the program, or call 281-238-2880.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 ALIEF AARP CHAPTER 3264

Will meet at The Abbey. 2855 Westminster Plaza Blvd., Houston, TX 77082. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Program starts at 12:00 noon. Call 281-785-7372 for more info.

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We will be celebrate the holidays w/snack & an ornament exchange. Bring a wrapped/bagged ornament (max.$5.00). Participation in the ornament is not mandatory. Meetings are the Thursday of each month, 7:00 -8:30 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 400 Jackson Street in Richmond (across from the historic Fort Bend County Courthouse).

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 HOLIDAY COOKIE SWAP

Bring a dozen of your favorite cookies (and the recipe!) for a Holiday Cookie Swap and Decorating Demonstration, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge. Free & open to the public. For more info call 281-238-2140 or 281-633-4734.

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SATURDAY, DEC. 16 SANTA’S EXCHANGE

Santa’s Exchange: Toys for Tots, Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Sugar Land Rotary Club and Project Smile announce the 2017 Santa’s Exchange – a holiday distribution of gifts to over 5,000 children of less fortunate families in Fort Bend County. It will be held at First Colony Church of Christ. Local Schools and businesses will be collecting new, unwrapped toys and gift cards, for children ages 1-18. Cash contributions can be made to Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Sugar Land Rotary Club, or on the web at Stafford-tx. toysfortots.org, or Santa@ecsl.org. Donations accepted through Dec. 8 at FBISD and LCISD schools.

ORBIT’S READING RALLY SHOW

The First Colony Branch Library welcomes the Houston Astros’ mascot, Orbit, at 2:00 pm, 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. Orbit’s show gets kids excited about reading. Free & open to the public. For more info call 281-238-2800 or 281-633-4734.

BOOK OF MORMON STUDY GROUP

Free study sessions focusing on the sermons and teachings of the Book of Mormon prophets - King Benjamin, Nephi, Alma, and Jacob about the Savior Jesus Christ begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday nights at 14555 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Call (713) 371-8979 for more information. See www.mormon.org.

AL-ANON SUPPORT GROUP

Does someone have a drinking problem? Weekly, one hour meetings every Saturday night, 8 p.m., Lamplighters, 2425 FM 1092, (Murphy Road) in the Baytown Seafood strip center. Last Saturday of month the meetings are held at Denny’s Hwy.6 near Murphy Rd. Call Dorothy 281-416-3711.

AARP MISSOURI CITY CHAPTER #3081 MONTHLY MEETING

Monthly meeting at Missouri City Recreation/Tennis Center. 2701 Cypress Point Dr., Missouri City. Second Monday of every month. 11:15 a.m., 1 p.m. Fun/Food/Fellowship/Learning. Contact Buddy or Barbara 713-859-5920 or 281-499-3345.

OYSTER CREEK ROTARY CLUB MEETS

The Oyster Creek Rotary Club meets every Friday at noon at The Quail Valley Centre(Golf Club), 2880 LaQuinta, Missouri City. All are welcome to come. For Information contact Bike Baker, 281-770-0060, thealchemist65@yahoo.com.

THE MOM’S CLUB OF SUGAR LAND NORTH

Are you a stay at home mom? They would love to have you join their group. Playgroups, socials, mom’s night out, book clubs, and many more fun things planned! Any age children are welcome, or just come yourself if your children are in school. For more info, email momsclub_sln@yahoo.com.

MONDAYS, TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS

New Pathfinders Group Of Narcotics Anonymous, 4203 Avenue H, Rosenberg 77471, Monday and Tuesday from 8-9 p.m., Wednesday from 8:15-9:15 p.m.

THURSDAYS

Hope Sweet Hope Group of Narcotics Anonymous, 16755 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, Room 201, 7-8 p.m.

SATURDAY, JAN. 20 COUNTYWIDE JIGSAW PUZZLE COMPETITION

Help Hope For Three Autism Advocates take over Constellation Field to bring awareness to autism. Awards, prizes and bragging rights guaranteed. Visit hopeforthree.org/ for registration or call 281-245-0640.

ONGOING 4-H, FOOD & NUTRITION

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 281-6334734.

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 a “I read to a cat” bookmark and to 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.

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Missouri City plans holiday of fun filled and charity events The Missouri City Parks and Recreation Department has a full program agenda that is fun for people of all ages. Residents can get in the holiday spirit with a number of festive events listed below: Snowfest, Santa Shuffle and Parade The city’s annual festival will take place this Friday, Dec. 1, in the City Hall Complex, 1522 Texas Pkwy. Pre-festival entertainment will kick off the event at 5:30 p.m. and will follow with the tree lighting ceremony and fireworks. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy an array of event activities including a three-lane snow hill, moonwalks and photos with Santa. Then on Saturday, Dec. 2 staff will host the annual Snowfest Shuffle at 8:15 a.m.

at the Recreation and Tennis Center, 2701 Cypress Point Drive Runners of all levels and ages are invited to participate. Free T-shirts will be provided, while supplies last. To enter, runners must donate an unwrapped toy for the police department’s Blue Santa Toy Drive. Following the Shuffle, the Snowfest Parade will begin at 9 a.m. at Public Safety Headquarters located on the corner of Cartwright and Murphy roads. The two-mile procession will feature floats decorated in holiday themes and various organizations on foot. Roads will close at 7:30 a.m. along the parade route. Senior Holiday Party Area seniors 50 and older are welcome to attend this year’s Senior Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 5

p.m. to 7 p.m. at the City Centre at Quail Valley, 2880 La Quinta Drive The evening will feature a meal, piano performance and raffle prizes. Early bird tickets are $10 (the price increases to $15 after Dec. 1) and can be purchased at the Recreation and Tennis Center. Entry is limited to the first 150 guests. Tennis Toy Drive Join staff on Saturday, Dec. 16, for a social, competitive mixed doubles tournament focused on serving a good cause while having fun. Cost is $15 per player and an unopened gift for charity; the deadline to register is Tuesday, Dec. 12. Lunch is included in the cost. For more information, contact Tennis Administrator Cristina Escamos at 281-403-8629 or email Cristina.escamos@ missouricitytx.gov.

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son told the jury “it was the defendant’s choices that determined his condition.” The jury returned a guilty verdict after 30 minutes of deliberations. Castro was tried in County Court at Law No. 2 before Presiding Judge Jeffrey McMeans. Driving while intoxicated in this case is a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine up to $2,000. The judge assessed Castro’s punishment at 12 months’ probation, including a $600 fine, 60 hours of community service, a DWI education class, and attendance at a victim impact panel where offenders hear from DWI victims who survived to tell their story. Hanson and Bryan Honeycutt prosecuted the case. Attorneys Brian Ayson and Sean Darvishi represented the defendant.

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The final draft of the Sugar Land Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan as recommended by the citizenled Parks, Arts, Recreation, Culture and Streetscapes Board is open for public review and comment through Dec. 7 at www.sugarlandtx. gov/onlinetownhall. The plan is intended to provide guidance for future parks, open space and recreational opportunities in Sugar Land. It is one of eight master plans that implement goals from the comprehensive plan. A review of the 2005 parks plan in 2015 revealed that 95 percent of the projects had been completed, designed or included in the current capi-

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