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Sheriff eyes Congressional seat May resign post this week to run against Pete Olson By Theresa D. McClellan FOR FORTBEND STAR.

The top cop in Fort Bend County may be announcing his resignation Wednesday. Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls told the Fort Bend Star last week he has been seriously considering running for Congress and would know Monday and announce Wednesday if he will relinquish his position as sheriff and challenge U.S. Rep. Pete Olson for the Texas 22nd Congressional District seat. “The Texas Constitution says if I announce I will run, I have to resign that day. So you can say in the paper that I am seriously considering running for Congress and we will know Wednesday,” said Nehls. Nehls said he doesn’t feel Olson has done much while in office. “Pete is a nice guy. But I don’t think he gets a whole lot done. He’s done very little and this has been his fifth term,” he said. “What do I want to do? I want to help drain the swamp.” Several things bother Nehls about Washington. “Does it not upset you when they talk about sexual harassment and the slush fund and people have filed claims against congressional aids and they have to go through counseling? Not the offender, the person making the claim and then they get paid hush money with our tax dollars. The federal government is easy to tell you, no sex harassment, except us. Obamacare for everyone, except us. Congress has a double standard,” said the sheriff. As he discussed the moral fiber of the country, the Star asked the sheriff about Trump’s

Nehls denies F-Trump sticker controversy was publicity stunt By Theresa D. McClellan FOR FORTBEND STAR.

Sheriff Troy Nehls made national news recently after he was blasted for using his Facebook page to find the identity of a Fort Bend County resident who plastered an obscenity against President Donald Trump and anyone who voted for him on the back of the family truck. That post resulted in publicly identifying Karen Cook Fonseca, which led to her arrest on an outstanding felony warrant for fraud. It has Fonseca’s supporters crying foul and claiming this was just a publicity stunt by the sheriff

actions and history with women. “I understand the reason people voted for him. Not because of his morality. We weren’t electing a pope. We needed a commander in chief who would

get us on track economically and provide a safe and secure environment. Not on going to church and his religious affiliation.” Nehls said he voted twice for Trump.

to get national attention and help for his potential bid for Congress. It all started Nov. 15 when Nehls said someone sent him a picture of the back window of the truck where the obscene message was placed and he posted it on his Facebook page asking the owner to come forward for a talk. “The picture didn’t show the license plate. So I put it out on my Facebook and said we’d like to identify and talk to her about people who are offended,” Nehls said. “Would you consider modifying it and have a conversation. We

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“I voted for him in the primary and in the general election. In the primary, people weren’t talking about him, they thought

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Two Democrats file for election Sarah DeMerchant has filed for the Democratic Party nomination for State Representative in District 26. The seat is held by Republican Rick Miller. DeMerchant ran unsuccessfully against Miller in 2016. KP George has filed to run as a Democratic

candidate for Fort Bend County Judge. George is currently a member of the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees. Republican Robert Hebert currently holds the seat. The deadline to file for election is Monday, Dec. 11.

This photo posted on Facebook by Sheriff Troy Nehls in his quest to find the owner of the truck led to a big controversy over freedom of speech and speculation by some that it was a publicity stunt to help Nehls in a potential run for Congress.

Mass shooting leads to class on safety response for churches By Theresa D. McClellan FOR FORTBEND STAR.

The day after a gunman massacred 26 worshippers in a small Baptist church in rural south Texas, Clif Cummings, the associate pastor of Sugar Creek Baptist Church in Sugar Land, worried about the small congregations in his community. Cummings, who is also the senior chaplain with the Fort Bend County First Responder Chaplains Association, knew that his large church had visibly armed uniformed and undercover officers in his congregation. He wondered about others and started making calls. Sheriff Troy Nehls was already meeting to create an action plan, which resulted in a recent gathering of 145 pastors and church leaders at the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy looking for answers at the “Active Shooter Awareness Seminar for Places of Worship.” This wasn’t the first time a gunman destroyed lives in a church and it likely won’t be the last time, authorities said. Bottom line: congregations need to make a plan and practice it. Authorities told the audi-

ence that Fort Bend County law enforcement, including Missouri City and Sugar Land police departments, were willing to come to any church and assess their security situation. In addition to prayer circles, women’s groups and youth ministries, congregations need to have a security committee that includes members of the church who may be first responders or in security. They need to identify security deficiencies, consider alarms and monitors, learn how to shelter in place, and practice worstcase scenarios with their congregation, police said. They also need to consider that with police response times of at least three minutes, church members may have to combat the threat themselves. “A lot can happen in three minutes,” said Lt. Wayne Hastedt who proceeded to rattle off a series of questions he said church leaders should consider. “Are firearms allowed at your church? Do you have first aid kits with quick clot sponges? Giving first aid can save a life. Do you have handheld radios, a plan for contacting emergency personnel? Do you have knowledge of your congregation? Are you aware of domestic situations and protective orders?” The Sutherland Springs

gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, had a history of domestic violence and sent threatening text to family members who attended the church, according to authorities. Sometimes the threat comes from within. “Does the church have an internal problem resolution procedure? Even though it’s church, there are times we won’t get along. Is there a situation in place where you’re sure it’s resolved?” asked the lieutenant. As he spoke, somber-faced members of the audience shook their heads, conferred with their group and took notes. “I think it’s sad we have to do this. It’s a sad state of affairs that we have to get together as religious people from all cultures to address this. But when you see all those crosses (at Sutherland Springs) your hair stands up,” Nehls said during a break. They stopped talking to show a brief and graphic film of an active shooter in an office setting. The opening scenes of everyday office life with phones ringing, coffee gatherings and meetings are disrupted by the sound of

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Twinkle, twinkle giant moon The nearly full moon appears to top a tree Saturday during a tour of the Sugar Land Holiday Lights at Constellation Field. For the fourth straight year, the Sugar Land Skeeters is hosting Sugar Land Holiday Lights, presented by Momentum Luxury Motors. Sugar Land Holiday Lights takes place nightly through Jan. 1. This year’s showcase of lights features more than 2.5 million lights through over 100 displays. (Photo by Joe Southern)

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H STICKER, FROM PG 1 reached out to the district attorney’s office to the individual who oversees all traffic matters. They said they would consider a disorderly conduct charge. Then the media said I threatened her with arrest and I’m harassing her.” He said he regularly uses social media with Crime Stoppers to get the public’s help in identifying someone and this was no different. The sheriff said he supports Trump, but denied making threats. “I never threatened her,” he said. Once Fonseca was identified as the vehicle owner, authorities also learned she had a felony warrant for an alleged fraud case and ar-

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rested her. When the arrest became public, he said his office was flooded with false complaints that he targeted her, overstepped his authority and violated her rights to free speech by arresting her for the message on the truck. “We didn’t arrest her for the message. But if you have a felony warrant, we are coming to get you,” he said. Fonseca’s alleged offense occurred in 2014. The indictment came down June of this year. The Star asked the sheriff if the timing seemed suspicious. “That’s a district attorney question. Did it take two years to get to a grand jury? I don’t know about that. We serve felony warrants,” said Nehls. He added that he still believes Fonseca’s obscene message “met the description of disorderly conduct. I felt

those were fighting words. I felt it was breaching the peace because now you are attacking an individual and that crosses the line when you say ‘F’ you too for voting for him,” Nehls said. The incident unleashed a barrage of vitriol against him, he said. “I had every type of person attacking me from the far left. I noticed that 2 million of the far left were sending me the most vile, hateful, threatening emails and Twitter posts,” Nehls said. A petition on Change.Org created by a Florida man calling for the sheriff’s resignation collected more than 1,300 of the 1,500 signatures they wanted. Stories about the matter appeared in the Washington Post, and an editorial in the Dallas Evening News suggested the sheriff walk away.

Now Fonseca has included the similar obscene message to Nehls on her truck. According to her Facebook page, she has also created an Etsy sales site where she is selling the shirts and hats with the message about Trump and his voters. She has not responded to a request from the Star for an interview. But she has posted on her Facebook page that people ask her daily to take a picture with the truck. She has multiple pictures of people she said are strangers smiling while standing with her truck and her posts have received hundreds of likes. “Let me tell you this ... this world can be one and made better. I’m a living testament to this a week ago I was just a mother to 12 kids and happily married wife to my husband Mike Fonseca an average American like everyone else ... (Don’t get me wrong I’m still that person that will never change) but to everyone else I’m a voice now and many of all races have come forward helped me create pages spread the word, told me their stories and I couldn’t be happier to know as we all come together

this one small step means a lot considering we have a Dotard in the White House trying to separate families ... degrade women as objects, point out the wrong in everyone but his self. He needs a reality check of his own,” she stated in a recent post. “I am so happy to see the widespread diversification ... And responses and people coming together. Every small step becomes one step closer ... Never forget we were all born as one,” Fonseca wrote. The sheriff has also received much support on his Facebook page from those who decried the obscene words visible to anyone on the street. The incident was just one more example, said the sheriff, of a major problem in the country. “What I’ve learned over the stickers is that we as Americans can’t even have a meaningful conversation in America about anything that may be of differing opinions. I understand protected speech and freedom of speech. But it’s just getting worse. What kind of message are we sending our children? How about some common decency? There is a moral decay in this country,” Nehls said.

The sheriff said he never spoke with Fonseca but called the incident, “her 15 minutes of shame.” Fonseca wrote that the truck has become a rallying cry for supporters of her message to resist Trump. She posted an on-air interview with 90.1FM, featuring Fonseca and her attorney, Brian Middleton. He advised his client to not comment on the felony fraud warrant case which resulted from an incident with someone Fonseca once lived with. “The focus has been on the content of the decal. The issue everybody should be concerned about is that the sheriff is doing this for a public relations stunt. An elected sheriff should be aware of the First Amendment right. If you deny the First Amendment, that opens the door for the denial of other rights,” said Middleton.

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

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

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District courts finalize 25 adoptions Staff Reports FOR FORTBEND STAR.

Judges Ron Pope, Brenda Mullinix, and David Perwin finalized 25 adoptions, including the adoptions of seven children from the foster care system, recently in celebration of National Adoption Day. The Fort Bend County 328th, 387th, and 505th District Courts joined courts across the country in opening their doors on National Adoption Day to complete adoptions and celebrate all

families who adopt. “This year’s National Adoption Day was a wonderful celebration,” said Metoyer Martin, CASA program director and chair of the event. “It is always great to see the attorneys, CPS, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers and judges all work together to finalize the adoptions and ultimately give these children safe, permanent and loving homes. It is great to see them all settled in loving homes.” In Fort Bend County, the district courts, Child Advo-

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screams and chaos as a gunman walks through shooting at random leaving blood-stained fallen bodies in his wake until people fight. The message in the film is to run, hide and fight. Sgt. William Bennett said additional messages are to listen to your gut because you get a feeling when something bad is about to happen. He focused on the fight. In most churches, the door is at the back and the congregation is facing the altar. There may be one or two ways out of the room but it’s likely the way the gunman entered. This was no turn-the-other-cheek message. “A gunman is outnumbered. If I rush and 50 of you rush with me, we’ll save a lot of lives. There is something in the Bible about that,” said Bennett. “Do not fight fair. Take off your heels ladies and attack the weak spots. Use whatever is at your disposal,” he said. Fight as if your life depends on it because it does.” They did not recommend playing dead. “You’re not dealing with a bear, but a coward with a gun who could not resolve issues. They no longer see us as a hu-

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pled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern captain. “We saw the highest audition turnout for a youth show in Inspiration Stage’s history,” Patterson said. “The level of talent was so stellar, it was unbelievably difficult to cast the show. I’m so excited by this immensely talented group of young actors. The music, choreography and storytelling are challenging, but these talented

kids continue to amaze me with their ability to make it look easy and natural.” See a preview of some musical numbers from Inspiration Stage’s “The Sound of Music” cast at this year’s Sugar Land Christmas Tree Lighting event Thursday, Dec. 7, from 5-8 p.m. in front of City Hall in the Sugar Land Town Square. Tickets for the full production’s eight shows are on sale now at w w w. i n s p i r a t i o n s t a g e . com/shows.

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Opening Fall 2017 The Benefit of 40 Years of Experience on Day One. Chloe Walters of Fort Bend County meets Santa during the Hurricane Harvey Holiday Event on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Gallery Furniture in Richmond. On hand were Christmas trees, stuffed stockings, ornaments and home decor for families who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. (Photo by Donna Hill)

Pecan Grove man pleads guilty to child porn, forgery charges Staff Reports FOR FORTBEND STAR.

Christopher Paul Cashman pleaded guilty to the felony charges of possession of child pornography and forgery of a government instrument on Nov. 29. The 42 year-old Pecan Grove man then accepted six years in prison in an agreement with prosecutors. According to Assistant District Attorney Katie Peterson, Fort Bend County District Attorney Investigator Bruce Moats was alerted via undercover investigative software that an individual in Fort Bend County was downloading images of child pornography. After further investigation, a search warrant was obtained for the suspect’s residence in Pecan Grove. Upon execution of the search warrant in September 2015, Cashman was found to be in possession of multiple videos of child pornography. While on bond for the charge, Cashman forged re-

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ceipts that purported to be from Fort Bend County Pretrial Services. The falsified receipts showed that Cashman had paid his bond supervision fees, which were in fact not paid, and which formed the basis for the additional forgery charge. The child pornography investigation was a collaborative effort by the Houston Metro Internet

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A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 11, 2017, Cane Room, City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas 77479. Questions regarding this bid must be submitted online to the www.CivCastUsa. com system by Thursday, December 14, 2017 on or before 4:00 P.M. The City will award and give notice within sixty (60) calendar days after the opening date and time.

Zoning Board of Adjustment Public Hearing 6:00 p.m., December 20, 2017, City of Sugar Land City Council Chamber, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, to hear all persons interested in the proposed Special Exception to the Rear Yard Setback for 1814 Rosewood Lane, Lot 11, Block 3, The Lakes Section One, in the Standard Single-Family Residential (R-1) District. Details of the proposed Special Exception may be obtained by contacting City of Sugar Land Development Planning Office by email planning@sugarlandtx.gov or phone (281) 275-2218. The agenda item for this meeting will be placed on the City website at www.sugarlandtx.gov under “Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Videos” Zoning Board of Adjustment no later than Friday, December 15, 2017. VICINITY MAP:

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City of Sugarland - 11/22/17Legal- 3x6.5” SECTION 00010 ADVERTISEMENT AND INVITATION FOR BIDS Sealed bids on the original forms, signed by an officer of the Company, will be received by Fort Bend County MUD No. 25 (the “Owner”) for furnishing all labor, material, and equipment and for performing all work required for the construction of: Summerfield and Stratford Park Sanitary Sewer Cleaning and CCTV Inspection (the “Work”). Sealed, competitive bids will be received no later than 10:00 A.M., December 14, 2017 in the District Office located at 10347 Clodine Road, Richmond, Texas 77407. Plans, specifications and bidding documents for the project are available at the following locations: Civcast USA Civcastusa.com (281) 376-4577 In general, the work consists of cleaning and CCTV inspection of sanitary sewers in the Summerfield and Stratford Park subdivisions. Pipe diameters range from 6 to 12 inches. A non-mandatory Pre-Bid Conference will be held at the District Office at 10:30 A.M., December 7, 2017. Fort Bend County MUD No. 25 will be bound by the terms of this invitation only to the extent funds, from whatever source, are available. All bids must be accompanied by proposal guaranty in the form of a Certified or Cashier’s Check, or Bidders Bond drawn to the order of Fort Bend County MUD No. 25, and in the minimum amount of five percent (5%) of the total amount of the bid. No proposal may be withdrawn for a period of ninety (90) days after receipt of bids except with the approval of Fort Bend County MUD No. 25. Fort Bend County MUD No. 25 reserves the right to reject any or all bids or to accept any bid from any responsible person which will be most advantageous to it and result in the best and most economical completion of the Work. The successful bidder will be required to provide a Performance Bond and Payment Bond in full amount of the contract. Mary Moore Hayes, Executive General Manager


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Governor Abbott appoints nine to State Board of Dental Examiners Staff Reports FOR FORTBEND STAR.

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Kimberly Haynes, D.M.D., David H. Yu, D.D.S., and Lois Palermo to the State Board of Dental Examiners for terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2019. He also appointed David Tillman, D.D.S., Robert

McNeill, D.D.S., and Margo Y. Melchor, MEd., Ed.D., for terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2021. Additionally, he appointed Bryan Henderson, D.D.S., Jorge Quirch, D.D.S., and Lorie L. Jones for terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2023. The governor named David Tillman presiding officer. The board regulates the practice of dentistry and dental hy-

giene in the state. Jorge Quirch, D.D.S. of Missouri City is a general dentist at DDS Associates in Houston. He is a clinical associate professor at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston and a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Greater Houston Dental

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Open house set to celebrate city’s expanded animal shelter Staff Reports FOR FORTBEND STAR.

An animal shelter open house and ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 12, from 3-5 p.m., at the newly expanded Sugar Land facility at 101 Gillingham Lane. Facility tours, hot cocoa, snacks, a visit from Santa and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. are planned.

An existing building from Mayfield Park was relocated to the animal shelter to accommodate a planned increase in operations. Staff and volunteers spent the last several months transforming the building into Whiskerville, a 2,400-square-foot facility to house cats and kittens. The building will also include a veterinarian room, a break room and a managerial office. The

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animal shelter is ready to serve the newly annexed residents of Greatwood and New Territory on Dec. 12. The shelter has come a long way in 10 years – from an outside facility prior to 2007 to the city’s first indoor shelter in 2008 to a major expansion project. For more information about the shelter, visit www. sugarlandtx.gov/petopia or call 281-275-ADOG (2364).

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George Foundation matching Harvey donations Staff Reports FOR FORTBEND STAR.

Hurricane Harvey caused widespread, catastrophic damage throughout Texas and along the Gulf Coast. Fort Bend County experienced devastating floods with 22 percent of the county impacted by high water and 200,000 residents forced to evacuate. In order to assist with the recovery effort in the community, Fort Bend Forward, a nonprofit charitable organization under the direction of the Executive Committee of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, established the Fort Bend Forward Harvey Recovery Fund. The George Foundation is providing a match for funds donated to the Fort Bend Forward Harvey Recovery Fund, dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000, through April 1. The George Foundation match funds will be directly granted to nonprofit organizations supporting disaster relief in Fort Bend County. Since 2016, The George Foundation has granted in excess of $2 million to support local recovery efforts in the

aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and previous disasters that devastated members of the community. The mission of the Fort Bend Harvey Recovery Fund is to raise financial resources to disburse to nonprofit organizations serving flood victims in the local community. Funds will be disbursed based on input from the Fort Bend Recovers network of nonprofit organizations and diverse community leaders with no overhead or administrative fees. All donations received will have a direct impact on the community and donors may request that their individual contribution be directed to a specific city within Fort Bend County, if desired. To contribute to the Fort Bend Forward Harvey Recovery Found, donations can be made online at www.youcaring.com/donatetofortbendrecovery, or checks can be made payable to Fort Bend Forward (note Harvey Recovery) and delivered or mailed to: Fort Bend Forward Harvey Recovery, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, 445 Commerce Green Boulevard, Sugar Land, TX 77478.

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H NEHLS, FROM PG 1 it would be (Ted) Cruz. But he (Trump) said he would build a wall and make America great again. I felt Trump was going to go in there and take his business sense and business mind and I support the wall.” Nehls said he believes a wall with Mexico is important to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs. “In 1971 Nixon called drugs public enemy Number 1 and he creates the DEA and started throwing money at it. A decade later, Nancy Reagan, God bless her soul, said ‘just say no.’ Now fast forward 40 years and tril-

lions of dollars later and look at the war on drugs, I don’t see how anyone could say we are winning that war,” Nehls said. “We need to have meaningful conversations about drugs. The wall will help stop the drugs, will curb illegal immigrants. We must build the wall, it will reduce the illegal drugs coming into the country,” he said. Nehls is from Wisconsin. He and his twin brother Trevor Nehls, who is a Fort Bend Constable, have served in law enforcement and the military. Troy Nehls retired in 2009 from the U.S. Army as a major. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was awarded two Bronze

Stars. When contacted by the Star, Olson focused his response on what he is doing and not on a potential opponent. “This is a historic week for our nation as we move a step closer to once-in-a-generation tax reform that helps our hardworking middle-class families keep more of what they earn, unleashes small businesses to reinvest or hire new workers, and makes America competitive again in the global economy,” Olson said. “These are conservative reforms I am honored to be fighting for so we can move away from the stagnation that harmed our families and our economy during the

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Obama Administration. “I will continue to focus my efforts on working with the Trump Administration to deliver more of these reforms that have already improved border security, reinvested in and strengthened our military, and eliminated hundreds of Obama-era regulations that were strangling our businesses. I’m honored to have the strong support from many local elected officials, like County Judge Bob Hebert, who recognize my record of success protecting our county and homeowners from over-reaching rules and regulations that would have been damaging to Fort Bend County.”

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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, DEC. 7 LAST DONATION DAY FOR RAINBOW ROOM PROJECT

This project provides gifts for children and adults in crisis within the care of Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in Fort Bend county. Please drop your gift at the Central Fort Bend Chamber in Rosenberg. All items should be new and unwrapped or in gift bags. Gifts needed for infants, toddlers, preschool, elementary, middle school, high school and adults. For more information, call the Rainbow Room at 832-451-5867.

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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.

SUNDAY, DEC. 17 FORT BEND ACCORDION CLUB MEETING

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.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 26 KWANZAA UMOJA CELEBRATION

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.

SATURDAY, DEC. 9 HIP HOP DANCE WORKSHOP

The Sugar Land Branch Library will hold a Poetic Movement Dance Workshop for Teens, 12:30-2:30 p.m., 550 Eldridge. A fun, high-energy workshop for children in grades 6-12. The workshop will culminate with a performance by the students. Free and open to the public. Reservations required. Visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us click on Events, select Sugar Land Branch Library, and find the program, or call 281-238-2140

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.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

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.

SNOW FEST

Snow Fest is returning to Jordan Ranch with 70,000 pounds of winter fun for everyone, noon to 3 p.m., at 30757 Jordan Crossing Blvd. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.jordanranchtexas.com.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

The University Branch Library will host a Holiday Open House for the whole family 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.

SATURDAY, DEC. 16 KWANZAA WORKSHOP AND CRAFT

Presented by Sienna Branch Library, 1-4 p.m., 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City. Learn about the seven principles of Kwanzaa and get ideas on how to establish your own Kwanzaa traditions. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2900.

Join the Missouri City Kwanzaa Ujima Collective for the inaugural Kwanzaa Umoja (Unity) Night Celebration and Candle Lighting Ceremony, 5 p.m. at the Pinnacle Senior Center, 5525 Hobby Road-C, Houston. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 832-535-6237 or 281-238-2100.

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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 an “I read to a cat” bookmark and be eligible to adopt a cat for 50 perecent off that day. Held 1:30- 4:30 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at 3203 Hwy 6 S, Sugar Land.

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Chinese Family Support Group to support all Chinese speaking families with a family member living with mental illness. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call NAMI 281-494-5193 or Chinese line 832-273-3117.

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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.

We will meet at China Bear, 12755 SW Freeway, Stafford, 3-6 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call or text 713-401-7933 or 281-204-7716.

FRIDAY, DEC. 8 HOLIDAY COOKIE SWAP

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. 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.

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Buffalos stampede past Hippos 35-32 Marshall plays College Station Saturday in Waller

By Bill McCaughey FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

For the first half, the Hutto Hippos defensive strategy shut down Marshall’s high-powered offense last Friday at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium in Cypress. The Buffalos, however, adjusted at halftime and they advance to the Region 3 Division 2 finals against College Station on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Waller High School. In the first half, the Hippos covered Marshall’s four wide receivers with single coverage and had seven players at the line of scrimmage to stop the run and pressure the quarterback. That scheme shut down the Buffalos’ running game and forced quarterback Jabari James into some rushed throws, giving the Hippos a 21-7 half-time lead. After a few half-time adjustments, however, and some motivation from the coaches, the Buffalos scored on the second play of the third quarter as James found Henry Thomas for a 64-yard touchdown pass, cutting the Hippos lead to 21-14. “We wanted to come out and score right away. I was able to

Marshall’s Henry Thomas fights for a pass in the end zone during their playoff game Friday against Hutto. Marshall won 35-32. (Photo by Bill McCaughey)

get open and the pass was there,” Thomas said. With 1:07 to go in the third quarter, Hutto punted and downed the ball on the Marshall 7-yard line. The Buffalos, with the help of a 70-yard pass from James to Dominick Houston-Shepard, quickly moved to

Hutto’s 23-yard line. “I had single coverage and I just ran by them. No one was going to catch me,” HoustonShepard said. With time running out in the quarter, Jerry Davis scored on a 23-yard run to tie the score at 21. The Hippos refused to give up

as they regained the lead with a 30-yard field goal with 9:49 to go in the game. Marshall quickly moved down the field and with 8:48 to go, Devon Achane scored from 9 yards out to give the Buffalos a 28-24 lead. Three minutes later, James scored on a 34-yard run to increase the lead to 35-24. The game was still in doubt as the Hippos scored with 1:43 to go and made a 2-point conversion to close within 3, 35-32. Hutto attempted an onside kick-off and Marshall recovered, but the Hippos got a second chance when Marshall was flagged for being offside. On the second onside kick, HoustonShepard recovered the ball giving Marshall its second consecutive trip to the region finals. “Covering the onside kick was better than catching the long pass. That was the game winner,” Houston-Shepard said. In the second half, the offensive line was able to give James time to find his receivers, and the passing game opened up the running game. “At halftime our coaches let us know we weren’t playing well. Something about that got us going. In the second half, the

offensive line really began to communicate,” offensive lineman Barton Clement said. “We got all the tools we need to get to state. I don’t want this to end.” After throwing for only 67 yards in the first half, James found his receivers for 200 yards in the second half. “I just got myself together at halftime. I talked to my teammates, and my coaches, and I was able to come out and play some football,” James said. For the game, James completed 14 of 27 attempts for 267 yards and a touchdown. Jerry Davis rushed for 97 yards on 16 carries and scored a touchdown. Devon Achane carried 9 times for 48 yards and a touchdown, and James had 16 carries for 26 yards and two touchdowns. Henry Thomas caught seven passes for 155 yards and one touchdown, and Houston-Shepard had three receptions for 88 yards. Kicker William Hernandez was 5 for 5 on extra points. The defense was led by senior linebacker Franklin Stevenson with 12 tackles. Braxton Brantley had eight tackles, and Antonio Brooks and Kubiat Umoette each had six tackles.

Brooks had an interception, and caused and recovered a fumble. Geovante Howard had a key interception with 5:41 to go in the game. “I was with the receiver and I looked back at the quarterback and saw him throw the ball, and I just made a play,” Howard said. “To get to our goal, we have to play games like this. We have to have the poise and discipline to make adjustments and come back and win the game. We had to get our energy back and we made some adjustments to the things they were doing. We put some movement on the inside and our guys did a great job of executing it,” Marshall Head Coach James Williams said. “Our offense can score from anywhere on the field and our defense had to hang on until the offense got it going. They were struggling for a while, but our defense kept us in the game. We played as a team.” For the region final, the teams are evenly matched. The Buffalos have an overall record of 10-2 and College Station is 11-2. Marshall scores 46 points per game while giving up 19, while the Cougars have been scoring 44 points per game and giving up 22.

Skylar Fields voted District 20 6A volleyball MVP By Bill McCaughey FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

Skylar Fields of Ridge Point High School was voted District 20 6A most valuable player by the district’s volleyball head coaches. This season the Panthers were District 20-6A champions with an undefeated 14-0 record. Other Panthers receiving awards were Cimone Wodard, co-newcomer of the year, and Camryn Higginbotham, setter of the year. Ridge Point’s head coach, Lori McLaughlin, was voted coach of the year. Austin’s Kayley Hollywood was voted offensive player of the year, and Sydney Plemons was voted co-newcomer of the year. “Kayley lead the district in hitting percentage at .350, and she had 161 kills in total for the season and 75 kills for district play. Kayley had 26 aces in district play and a total of 39 aces all season. She had a total of 76 blocks for the season and 42 blocks in district play,” Austin coach Jennifer Moote said. “Kayley was a captain this past season and was a standout player and person on and off of the court. Kayley was a joy to coach and will be missed dearly next season.” Hollywood plans on playing next year at Kansas State University and was listed as a Fab 50 preseason player for 2017. “Sydney was a starting sophomore setter. She had the fifth highest number of assists in the district even though we ran a 6-2 formation. She ended this season with 192 assists and 301 assists for the entire season. She had the highest number of aces in the district with 30 aces and 39 aces the entire season,” Moote said. “Even though Sydney was only a sophomore, she quickly turned into a leader in the program and was eager to learn and improve each and every day.” Bria Merchant of Dulles was voted defensive player of the year. “Bria was Fort Bend ISD defense player of the year, but she was our team’s MVP! Her teammates love her, she’s never out worked, and her devotion to this program has been unwavering,” Dulles coach Rheanna Stahl said. “I can’t think of a better student athlete to represent this district and our school. Her accomplishments on the court are just a small part

of who this remarkable young lady is. She will be missed.” First Team 1. Kenedi Rutherford, Ridge Point 2. Reagan Rutherford, Ridge Point 3. Claire Jeter, Ridge Point 4. Nia McCardell, Ridge Point 5. Riley Spengeman, Clements 6. Julia Black, Austin 7. Alexis Stumbough, Austin 8. Faith Montgomery, Travis 9. Lauren Clarke, Travis 10. Audrey Phillips, Travis 11. Joyce Xiong, Dulles 12. Hannah Tekrouri, Kempner Second Team 1. Alleah Dallas, Kempner 2. Jenna Wong, Clements 3. Trinity Johnson, Dulles 4. Gillian Jones, Dulles 5. Jai’la Gray, Hightower 6. Lindsey Ogle, Ridge Point 7. Amanda Vuong, Austin 8. Caylinn Davis, Austin 9. Sydnee Eagleton, Bush 10. Brianna Etienne, Bush 11. Kennadie Sellers, Travis 12. Tori Eavenson, Travis Honorable Mention 1. Kosbe Gay, Bush 2. Keiana Hypolite, Bush 3. Angelica Washington, Bush 4. Laila Owens, Bush 5. Madison Kempf, Kempner 6. Juli Bigornia, Kempner 7. Tia Smith, Austin 8. Rachel Hansbro, Austin 9. Haley Zulawski, Austin

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Skylar Fields (7) was named district MVP, and Claire Jeter (9) was named to the all-district first team. (Photo by Bill McCaughey)

10. Brooke Duncan, Dulles 11. Julia Flores, Dulles 12. Katherine Ratliff, Dulles 13. Alanah Jimenez, Dulles 14. Hannah Callison, Travis 15. Reagan Garza, Travis 16. Sharon Emehel, Travis 17. Presley Segura, Travis 18. Destiny Alikpo, Hightower 19. Jada Terry, Hightower 20. Natalie Huynh, Clements 21. Emily Price, Clements 22. Rachel Scharfman, Clements 23. Rita Lai, Clements 24. Britney Ong, Ridge Point Academic All-District Austin Bailey Tillman

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Christmas Home Tour set for weekend Staff Reports FOR FORTBEND STAR.

Once again, the Child Advocates of Fort Bend Christmas Home Tour Committee has assembled a dazzling array of homes for guests to tour. The 2017 Tour will feature five distinctive homes in Long Meadow Farms, Sugar Creek, Sweetwater, Riverstone and Kitty Hollow Park beautifully decorated for the holidays with the help of professional decorators and designers. Tour guests will be treated to a rare glimpse of these lovely homes, and will enjoy festive entertainment, beautiful holiday decorations, tasty homemade cookies and refreshments. The event runs Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a special candlelight tour on Friday night from 6-9 p.m. One ticket provides admission to all five homes and can be used at any time during the tour. Directions to the homes are on the back of the ticket. Homeowners and their decorators have gone the extra mile to show off these homes in Christmas splendor. Tickets to the Christmas Home Tour are now available online at www. cafb.org and at Fort Bend County Randalls stores, the Sienna Plantation HomeFinder Center, CRU Home, Deep Roots Floral Studio, Feather & Nest Interiors and Twenty-Two Fifty Interiors. Tickets are $25. The 26th Anniversary Christmas Home Tour is underwritten by the Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation. “Sponsorships are critical to the success of the Tour,” said Child Advocates of Fort Bend Marketing Specialist Lisa Moore. “We work hard to keep our expenses low so that 94

percent of the money raised through this event goes directly toward programs and services for the children we serve. Without the help of our many generous sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to count on this event to help fund our programs.” For more information on sponsorships contact Lisa Moore at lmoore@cafb.org or 281-344-5108. Proceeds from the Christmas Home Tour help Child Advocates of Fort Bend advocate for the needs of abused and neglected children in this community. Through its two programs, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), the agency touches the lives of more than 400 young victims each month. For more Committee members making final preparations for Child Adinformation, visit www.cafb.org vocates of Fort Bend Christmas Home Tour and wreath raffle are, from the left: Carol Holton, Charlotte Davis, Pat Somers or call 281-341-9955. and Susan Richardson. (Submitted photo)

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Travel back in time to experience a historic holiday season this December at the George Ranch Historical Park. The living history park will showcase more than 100 years of Texas holiday customs, traditions and decorations at its annual Christmas in the Park and Campfire Christmas events. Christmas in the Park: Dec. 9, 16, 19-23 Discover more than a century of holiday customs and traditions throughout the month of December during the Christmas in the Park daytime event. Learn about the Yule log tradition and how to decorate using simple greenery like the early Texian pioneers, make Civil War-era homemade ornaments and orange pomanders, explore the extravagant Christmas décor of the Victorian era and see some very special holiday artifacts on display from the archives of the Fort Bend History Association. Santa will make an appearance each day during Christmas in the Park for Tree House Storytime at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the yard of the 1930s George Ranch Home. Cattle roping and sorting demonstrations will be held at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. All of the above activities are included with general admission. Holiday craft workshops are also scheduled for each day of Christmas in the Park, and include hands-on activities with take-home projects such as creating advent calendars, baking cookies using an 1860s wood-burning stove and making home-

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