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Fort Bend ISD maintained a steady overall rating, even as it saw some schools land on the unrated list because of low test scores in the first Texas Education Agency ratings to come out since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The county’s major school districts – Fort Bend, Stafford MSD and Lamar Consolidated – all earned B ratings from the agency, putting them in line with about 54 percent of school districts in Texas, according to the data. “While these ratings do

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Fort Bend exploring new broadband project By Matt deGrood MDEGROOD@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Fort Bend County is exploring a $36.76 million project to expand broadband access across the region, using federal money to help pay for the plan. Houston-based consulting firm Cobb Fendley recently determined that a large swath of southwestern Fort Bend County remains underserved by broadband access, according to the results of a feasibility study presented to the commissioners court late last month. “If you have a plan, ready to go, you’ve got a better chance of getting the funding,” Commissioner Vincent Morales said of the feasibility study. Essentially, engineers will Cobb Fendley have proposed a $36.76 million project that would construct a network of fiber cables near major thoroughfares in Fort Bend County that could serve as a backbone for internet connectivity across the area. Several competitive federal programs exist to help secure funding for that project, but they require the county to put forth a 30 percent match, according to Melissa Beaudry, a project manager for Cobb Fendley. More than 60 percent of Fort Bend County remains undeveloped, and this project would help secure broadband infrastructure for the future growth of Fort Bend County, Judge

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Fort Bend ISD students and teachers returned to school this past week, bringing with them sense of excitement and fun for a new school year. (Photos courtesy of Fort Bend ISD)

Travis grad completes elite Navy flight training program By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

A recently-graduated student from Fort Bend County now has a private fighter pilot license after completing an elite U.S. Navy flight training program. Rishita Bagga, who recently graduated from Fort Bend ISD’s Travis High School, completed the U.S. Navy Summer Flight Academy aviation program at

Delaware State University. Completion of the eightweek program, which ran from June 12-Aug. 5, earns graduates their FAA Private Pilot’s License and five college credits, according to a news release from the Navy. During the course of the program, the Navy said Bagga passed the FAA written exam and completed 52 hours of flight time – including multiple solo flights – to earn her pilot’s license

and the college credits. Bagga, who moved to the United States from Punjab, India in the third grade, was one of just 20 juniors and seniors from thousands around the country selected to participate in the program. “The goal of the scholarship program is to expose exceptional minority students to a career path that currently lacks diversity,” said Commander Chris Williams, a Navy fighter

Travis High School grad Rishita Bagga, left, recently completed the U.S. Navy Summer Flight Academy Aviation program. (Contributed photo)

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Renovations, upgrades completed at FBISD's Mercer Stadium By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Fort Bend ISD has finished an $11 million renovation project at Mercer Stadium in time for the school year, according to the district. FBISD announced Aug. 11 that renovations at Mercer Stadium, 16403 Lexington Blvd. in Sugar Land, are now finished. The stadium and adjoining fieldhouse were closed last year for the entirety of the renovations. The revamped Mercer Stadium will host the majority of FBISD’s home football games, the district said, while Hall Stadium in Missouri City remains closed for renovations. Upgrades cost nearly $11 million, and were paid for with funds from the 2018 bond, according to FBISD, and included upgrades to the connecting Don

Cook Natatorium and Wheeler Fieldhouse. Renovations at Mercer Stadium included grandstand upgrades as well as a ramp with access to the field. The stadium's press box was also renovated to include accessible seating areas, according to FBISD. A new fire sprinkler system was installed at Wheeler Fieldhouse and upgrades were made to the fire alarm and HVAC systems. Home and visitor restrooms, concession stands and locker rooms were renovated and the gym floor was also refinished. Don Cook Natatorium also received improvements to its HVAC and fire alarm systems, and upgrades were made to the pool filtration system and locker room flooring. For a complete schedule and ticket information, visit fortbendisd.com/athletics.

Renovations have been completed at Fort Bend ISD's Mercer Stadium in time for the upcoming athletic season. It will host the majority of the district's home football games during the upcoming season. (Contributed photo)

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Star wishes students successful school year Matt deGrood MANAGING EDITOR

Each week, we try to keep the news on the front page of our paper varied – a little bit of county government, some city news, etc. But some weeks, we can’t help but notice a recurring theme. And the dominant theme of this week is clearly education. After several years of nearconstant interruptions and students across Fort Bend County are returning to campuses. We won’t say things

are normal (given the barrage of scary national news combined with persistent coronavirus cases), but things are more normal than they have been. We’d like to wish those returning students all the success and happiness that you deserve as you walk back into classrooms this year. We hope you get a chance to reconnect with friends and swap stories about the summer. And we hope the school year is full of fun and learning for everyone. These are more than just mere words of affirmation. The students of Fort Bend County have an important role to play in its future. Simply put, one day we’ll be counting on all of you to make decisions and help steer us forward. And the lessons you learn in school will help

you make the best possible decisions. The national narrative surrounding education in the era of the coronavirus pandemic has been overwhelmingly negative. From declines in standardized test scores, increased anxiety and feelings of loneliness, there’s a lot to worry about. Our recent reporting, however, shows that it wasn’t all bad. Freelance reporter Benjamin Who – himself in school – spoke to a wide variety of students, from seniors all the way down to students in third grade, to get a sense of what the last few years have looked like on the ground level. Students and teachers reported a mixed bag – in some sense, less dire than reported elsewhere. But the feelings of

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isolation and difficulty socializing are both real, they said. The long-term effects of everything students have been through remain unclear, and may for some time. Regardless, it’s up to all of us to try our best to get this generation of students back on track. The last few years have passed like a haze. But if there’s anything we remember from our days in school,

there’s no shortage of major milestones on the horizon. Students this year will return to classrooms full of opportunity. It’s up to us to clear the path of distractions so that they can focus on what’s most important- learning. On that note, we here at the Fort Bend Star will be keeping tabs on a variety of education-related stories this year. Among those topics will

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SUHAM ALMADANI SCHULZE OCTOBER 12, 1934

Suham Almadani Schulze, fondly known as “Sue”, 87, of Sugar Land, Texas passed away on August 8, 2022. She was born in Baghdad, Iraq on October 12, 1934 to Saleh AL-Madani and Amina H. AL-Madani. In addition to her parents, Sue is preceded in death by her husband, Martin Henry Schulze; and brothers, Suhail Selah Almadani and Samir Almadani. Survivors include her son, Shawn Almadani Schulze (Kristin Lee Schulze) of Richmond, Texas; daughter, Dene Amina Alva (Paul Alva) of Saint Augustine, Florida; grandchildren, Sierra & Sage Alva and Zayn Schulze; sister, Mary Almadani; along with extended family and friends. Sue spent many years working in retail management at JcPenney,

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Rosenberg. A graveside service was held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 13, 2022 at Morton Cemetery in Richmond, Texas. For those wishing, please consider making a donation to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (curealz.org). Pallbearers included Chuck Schulze, Dr. Art Klawitter, Dr. John Fazzio, Charles Russell, Steven Reynolds, Chris Gurecky. Honorary Pallbearers included Roy Wiederkehr and Wesley Taylor. Tributes and words of condolence may be left for the family at www.davisgreenlawnfh. com. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3900 B.F. Terry Blvd. (Hwy 59 South @ FM 2218), Rosenberg, Texas 77471, Phone: 281-341-8800.

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Don R. Kreitz was born August 23, 1944 to Henry and Lorine Juengerman Kreitz in Rosenberg, Texas. He passed away August 6, 2022 in Sugar Land, Texas. Don’s parents, wife of 46 years Patty Gillespie Kreitz, daughter Courtney Kreitz Calvert and son-in-law Wade Calvert preceded him in death. He is survived by his cherished granddaughters, Lainey and Charley Calvert, brothers, Roy and wife Claudia Kreitz, Glen and wife Denise Kreitz, as well as a niece, nephews and cousins. He will be deeply missed by his extended family members and by his loving friends. He was raised by his parents on a cotton farm near Wallis, Texas. Don was a boy and man of many talents. In school he was not only a great student but also a leader and an excellent athlete. His accomplishments included being chosen most studious, a class officer, yearbook editor and all district in football and basketball. He also raised a Grand Champion steer for the Austin County Fair. He graduated from Wallis High School in 1962, attended Wharton County

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HS Sports roundup: FBCA standout commits to Brown By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

A two-sport star from a Fort Bend area private school has announced his plans to continue his athletic career at the college level. On Aug. 8, Fort Bend Christian Academy senior Brady Dever announced on social media that he has verbally committed to play both football and baseball at Brown University. Dever is the school’s starting quarterback and also plays third base and outfield for FBCA’s baseball team. The senior had an outstanding junior campaign on the gridiron, completing 64 per-

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the most impressive players in the country, following a sophomore season in which he led the conference in yards per carry. The former Buffalos’ star figures to be the Aggies’ featured back this season, and the accolades are already flowing in. Achane came in at No. 35 on The Athletic college football writer Bruce Feldman’s annual “College Football Freaks” list, released on Aug. 10. The recognition comes on the heels of a sophomore season in which Achane ran for 910 yards on 130 carries along with nine touchdowns, averaging an SEC-leading seven yards per carry while also catching 24 passes for 261 yards and an additional touchdown.


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Recent Sugar Land Space Cowboys call up Justin Dirden follows through on a swing with Double-A Corpus Christi earlier this season. The Astros' 28th-ranked prospect has quickly risen through the ranks of Houston's minor league system. (Photo from Twitter)

Cowboys Corral: Justin Dirden just keeps on hitting Landan Kuhlmann SPORTS REPORTER

I’m a huge numbers guy. Anyone who knows me can vouch for that. So I’ve seen my fair share of numbers and stats. But the ones put up by this week’s Cowboys Corral player profile put up some of the more prolific college numbers I have seen in recent memory, and has not stopped doing so in pro ball despite the step up in level of competition. This week’s player spotlight is on recent Space Cowboys call-up outfielder Justin Dirden. He made his Sugar Land debut on Aug. 9, going 3 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs. He has been one of the fastest risers in the Astros’ system, reaching Triple-A less than two seasons after his pro debut. Initial overview In most drafts, Dirden would’ve easily heard his name called – but like so many other draft prospects, he did not receive the call during a truncated 2020

MLB draft as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic taking hold. Dirden hit .414/.471/.900 in 85 plate appearances in a shortened 2020 season at Southeast Missouri State, and hit .340/.437/.665 with 16 home runs during his last full college season in 2018. The overall body of work was enough to entice the Astros, who signed Dirden as an undrafted free agent in 2020. Since his pro debut in 2021, Dirden has continued to blast the baseball, hitting .302 with a .985 OPS and 35 homers in 177 minor league games and moving quickly through the minor league ranks. He received the aforementioned promotion to Sugar Land after hitting .324 with a 1.027 OPS and 20 home runs in 92 games for Double-A Corpus Christi this season. As a result, Dirden currently sits as the Astros’ 28th-ranked prospect by MLB Pipeline. Landan’s lowdown I have to tell the readers that Dirden is probably one of my favorite players to profile so far this season – and not just because he has a beard that rivals mine. I’m always drawn to gaudy offensive numbers, but what excites me about Dirden is the profile under the hood. It’s one that leads

me to believe he can be an extremely productive MLB contributor as early as next season. Dirden is a heavy pull hitter, which most hitters are to a certain point. He loves to pull the ball in the air, and his raw power has continued to manifest itself early, as he is homering every 18.4 at-bats so far in his minor league career. For reference, that is nearly an identical rate to current Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker (18.1 at-bats) so far this season. Nearly half of Dirden’s hits as a pro (88 of 196) have gone for extra bases, and his .616 slugging percentage with Corpus Christi this season was leading the Double-A Texas League by nearly 20 points at the time of his promotion. Now, Dirden’s approach is one that has lent itself to some swing and miss. He

sports a career 25.6 percent strikeout rate in 767 minor league plate appearances – though to his credit, he has slashed that from 28.6 percent in 2021 to about 23 percent so far this season. Even more encouraging is that the high strikeout rate does not appear to be the result of the 25-year-old swinging wildly at anything in the vicinity of home plate. Dirden looks to have very good control and knowledge of the strike zone, which leads me to believe he could get even better. He has drawn 94 walks so far in his minor league career, a rate of about 12.3 percent – including a shade over 10 percent in 2022. And that is likely a significant reason for the power – which is given a 50 grade on a scouts’ 20-80 scale – continuing to show. It’s a simple concept, but one

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following table compares taxesRobert on anWoodhouse, averageMicah residence FORThe the proposal: Alex Hemleb, Louis Imbrogno, Pogue homestead in this taxing unit PRESENT and not voting: taxestheproposed on theNone average residence homestead this year. AGAINST proposal: None PRESENT and not voting: None ABSENT: None Last Year ABSENT: None

Total tax rate (per $100 of value) $1.14000 /$100 The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead this taxing unit The following table compares taxes on an average residence homesteadAdopted in thisintaxing unit last year to last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year. taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year. Difference in rates per $100 of value $-0.03000 /$100 This Year Percentage increase/decrease in rates(+/-) Last Year -2.63% Total tax rate (per $100 of value)

$1.14000 /$100

Average appraised residence homestead value Adopted

$1.11000 /$100

(excluding 65 years of age or older or disabled person’s exemptions)

Annual increase/decrease in taxes if

Cheryl Yetz

Average residencetax homestead value proposed rate is taxable adopted (+/-) Tax onand average residence of homestead percentage increase (+/-)

Lupus Foundation honoring Missouri City woman’s fight By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

The Lupus Foundation of America – Texas Gulf Coast Chapter will honor a Missouri City resident for her battle with the disease during the organization’s annual gala in September, according to a news release from the organization. The gala will honor “all Lupus Warriors,” according to the release. Among them will be Missouri City resident Cheryl Yetz, who the organization said has suf-

fered from the disease for nearly 20 years. Despite her diagnosis, however, the organization said Yetz has become a fierce advocate for the Lupus Foundation. She has raised more than $100,000 for research advancements and awareness of the disease – which includes symptoms ranging from extreme fatigue and excruciating joint pain to impacts on the organs like the kidneys, heart and lungs – according to the organization. “One thing I’ve learned is that people are quick to

$0.00

$185,425.00 $2,113.85

$185,425.00 $2,113.85

$205,425.00

$2

$0.00 $205,425.00 $166.37 $2,280.22 7.87%

Annual increase/decrease in taxes if proposed tax rate is adopted (+/-) $166.37 and percentage of increase (+/-) 7.87% NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ELECTION TO REDUCE TAX RATE

If the district a combined debtTO service, operation and maintenance, and contract tax NOTICEadopts OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT ELECTION TO REDUCE TAX RATE result in the taxes on debt the average residence by more than 8 p Ifwould the district adopts a combined service, operation andhomestead maintenance,increasing and contract qualified of theOF byon petition require that anTAX election be held to determine w NOTICE TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TOmay ELECTION TO REDUCE RATE tax rate thatvoters would result indistrict the taxes the average residence homestead increasing If by the districtthan adopts a combined debt service, operation and maintenance, and contract tax rate rate reduce the and maintenance rate toby the voter-approval under Section more 8operation percent, the qualified voters of tax the district petition may requiretax that an that would result in the taxes on the average residence homestead increasing by more than 8 percent, Water Code. election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to the voter-approval tax rate under Section 49.23603, Water Code.

minimize a disease when they don’t understand it,” Yetz said. “I don’t think there is enough education and awareness around autoimmune diseases like lupus, which is why I’m so passionate about fundraising and increasing the public’s knowledge about the disease. It’s invisible to so many people.” For more information about the gala and to learn more about the Lupus Foundation of America Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, visit w w w.lupus.org/texasgulfcoast.

reduce operation maintenance tax rate tothe themanner voter-approval tax rate Section 49.23603, The the 86th Texasand Legislature modified in which theunder voter-approval tax rate is cal Water limitCode. the rate of growth of property taxes in the state. The 86th Texas Legislature modified the manner in which the voter-approval tax rate is

calculated toShould limit the of any growth property taxesthe in state.pleasetax yourate have questions concerning thisthe notice, contact tax officetoat 281-482-02 The 86th Texas Legislature modified theofmanner in which voter-approval rate isthe calculated limit the rate of growth of property taxes in the state.

The Property Tax Assistance Division at the Texasthis Comptroller of Publiccontact Accountsthe provides property tax For more information, v Should you have any questions concerning notice, please tax office at 281-482-0216. Should you have any questions concerning this notice, please contact the tax office at 281-482-0216. information and resources for taxpayers, local taxing entities, appraisal districts and appraisal review boards.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS BUDGET BUDGETAND ANDPROPOSED PROPOSEDTAX TAXRATE RATE The Stafford Municipal School District will hold a public meeting at 7:00 PM, August 29, 2022 in Stafford Civic Center at 1415 Constitution Stafford, Texas 77477. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the school district's budget that will determine the tax rate that will be adopted. Public participation in the discussion is invited. The tax rate that is ultimately adopted at this meeting or at a separate meeting at a later date may not exceed the proposed rate shown below unless the district publishes a revised notice containing the same information and comparisons set out below and holds another public meeting to discuss the revised notice. Maintenance Tax

$0.854600/$100 (proposed rate for maintenance and operations)

School Debt Service Tax Approved by Local Voters

$0.244700/$100 (proposed rate to pay bonded indebtedness)

Comparison of Proposed Budget with Last Year's Budget The applicable percentage increase or decrease (or difference) in the amount budgeted in the preceding fiscal year and the amount budgeted for the fiscal year that begins during the current tax year is indicated for each of the following expenditure categories. Maintenance and operations Debt Service Total Expenditures

5.26 % increase 21.88 % increase 8.04 % increase

Total Appraised Value and Total Taxable Value (as calculated under Section 26.04, Tax Code) Preceding Tax Year

Current Tax Year

Total appraised value* of all property

$3,515,606,349

$4,537,946,380

Total appraised value* of new property**

$3,731,514,089

$101,666,974

Total taxable value*** of all property $3,038,066,596 Total taxable value*** of new property** $37,287,665 *Appraised value is the amount shown on the appraisal roll and defined by Section 1.04(8), Tax Code. ** "New property" is defined by Section 26.012(17), Tax Code. *** "Taxable value" is defined by Section 1.04(10), Tax Code.

$3,670,793,098 $71,597,799

Bonded Indebtedness Total amount of outstanding and unpaid bonded indebtedness* $156,625,212 *Outstanding principal.

Comparison of Proposed Rates with Last Year's Rates

Last Year's Rate Rate to Maintain Same Level of Maintenance & Operations Revenue & Pay Debt Service Proposed Rate

$2

$-0.03000 /$100 $0.00 -2.63%

$185,425.00

Average residence homestead taxable value Tax on average residence homestead General homestead exemptions available

Proposed

$185,425.00

Difference in rates per $100 of value General homestead exemptions available Percentage increase/decrease in rates(+/-) (excluding 65 years of age or older or disabled person’s exemptions) Average appraised residence homestead value

$1.11

Maintenance & Operations

Interest & Sinking Fund*

$0.913900

$0.255900

Total $1.169800

Local Revenue Per Student

State Revenue Per Student

$11,262

$728

$0.869840

$0.198050

$1.067890

$11,160

$410

$0.854600

$0.244700

$1.099300

$11,514

$543

*The Interest & Sinking Fund tax revenue is used to pay for bonded indebtedness on construction, equipment, or both. The bonds, and the tax rate necessary to pay those bonds, were approved by the voters of this district.

Comparison of Proposed Levy with Last Year's Levy on Average Residence Last Year

This Year

Average Market Value of Residences

$147,586

$244,466

Average Taxable Value of Residences

$78,069

$155,573

Last Year's Rate Versus Proposed Rate per $100 Value

$1.169800

$1.099300

Taxes Due on Average Residence

$913.25

$1,710.21

Increase (Decrease) in Taxes

$796.96

Under state law, the dollar amount of school taxes imposed on the residence homestead of a person 65 years of age or older or of the surviving spouse of such a person, if the surviving spouse was 55 years of age or older when the person died, may not be increased above the amount paid in the first year after the person turned 65, regardless of changes in tax rate or property value. Notice of Voter-Approval Rate: The highest tax rate the district can adopt before requiring voter approval at an election is $1.099309. This election will be automatically held if the district adopts a rate in excess of the voter-approval rate of $1.099309.

Fund Balances The following estimated balances will remain at the end of the current fiscal year and are not encumbered with or by a corresponding debt obligation, less estimated funds necessary for operating the district before receipt of the first state aid payment. Maintenance and Operations Fund Balance(s)

$5,766,041

Interest & Sinking Fund Balance(s)

$2,909,326

A school district may not increase the district's maintenance and operations tax rate to create a surplus in maintenance and operations tax revenue for the purpose of paying the district's debt service. Visit Texas.gov/PropertyTaxes to find a link to your local property tax database on which you can easily access information regarding your property taxes, including information about proposed tax rates and scheduled public hearings of each entity that taxes your property. .

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★ RATINGS FROM PAGE 1 not capture all the improvements our students have made since the start of the pandemic, they do show that significant growth has taken place,” Fort Bend Superintendent Christie Whitbeck said. “In this school year and beyond, we will continue our work to close the gaps in learning and support all our students.” The Texas Legislature first developed the new accountability system, which ranks schools and districts on a sale of A to F back in 2015. But the last time anyone in the state received a rating was in 2019, before the pandemic. The system rates schools based on three areas – student achievement, school progress and a campus’ ability to close academic gaps, according to the Texas Education Agency. Last year, the Texas Edu-

cation Agency released standardized test results showing that many school districts across the state, including Fort Bend ISD and Stafford MSD, were lower during the pandemic. Fort Bend ISD, for instance, saw its most significant decline in the percentage of students approaching grade level in eighth-grade math, where the percentage declined from 85 percent in 2019 to 78 percent, according to state results. But Fort Bend ISD in its latest state rating received a B – the same grade the district received in 2019. Overall, about 25 percent of school districts and 33 percent of campuses improved their letter grades from those received in 2019, according to the Texas Education Agency. “These results show our state’s significant investment in the post-pandemic academic recovery of Texas public school students is

bearing fruit,” TEA Commissioner Mike Morath said. About 33 percent of districts in Texas, or 396, received an A rating, compared to about 25.3 percent in 2019, according to the state. Those with a B rating declined, from 677 down to 645, according to state results. While Fort Bend ISD did see its overall rating remain the same, several district campuses didn’t receive a letter grade because their scores were lower than 70 percent, according to the district. The Texas Legislature in 2021 passed a bill that let campuses remain unrated if they scored too low so they could have more time to recover from the pandemic, according to the district. Those schools included McAullife Middle. School, Marshall High School and Willowridge High School, according to state results.

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WOKE UP CRYING WITH PAIN Tammy and Ralph Donovan own two local Auto Check locations--First Colony and Bear Creek. Tammy says, “I was having a lot of trouble with my neck. I couldn’t turn it when I was watching TV, or when Ralph would say something to me. Our shop service manager, Sandy, told me one of our clients was a chiropractor: Dr. Zack Brazzell at Sugar Land Health Center. She thought he could help me.” Ironically, Ralph had previously sent Tammy a picture of Sugar Land Health Center’s sign when he dined at a nearby restaurant. But Tammy describes herself as stubborn. “For a long time, I did nothing,” says Tammy. Then one night, Tammy woke up crying at 1am. She says, “I had severe spasms in my neck. I thought, ‘Ok. Dr. Brazzell’s name has been sent to me in two different ways...so I finally scheduled a consult at Sugar Land Health Center.” Tammy’s x-rays revealed the source of her pain. She had a disc that was becoming compressed, and she had issues in her lower back as well. Tammy says, “Dr. Brazzell talked extensively with Ralph and I about how he could help me, and what procedures Sugar Land Health Center had to offer. He set up a treatment plan for me that included adjustments, decompression, electrical, and laser therapies. Dr. Brazzell also provided lifestyle recommendations. I was stubborn at first (surprise!), and set myself back by spending five hours on the riding lawn mower. After that, I followed all of Dr. Brazzell’s recommendations. He highly recommended I do a lot of walking, and he also focused on health and diet. With every suggestion, I felt improvement...and I lost weight in the process! I now sleep better, and I have really good range of motion. When Ralph talks, I can look at him!” “When I started at Sugar Land Health Center, my pain level was a 9,” explains Tammy. “My neck was hurting and spasming, and I was in tears. Last Tuesday, my pain level was a 2. My x-rays showed incredible improvement. I absolutely recommend Sugar Land Health Center to anyone. The entire staff is genuine and sincere. They look out for what’s best for you, and the doctors really know what they’re talking about!” We have moved. See our new address

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Some weeks, when life is especially busy, it’s nice to get away. And for my money, there are few more relaxing experiences than dining in Sugar Land Town Square. The abundance of options, the walkability and the outdoor dining chances are all hard to beat. It’s that attitude that brought me to Bar Louie, 16089 City Walk, last week, seeking some solace from what had otherwise been a frantic time. While I went looking particularly for somewhere I could eat outside, spiking temperatures combined with a welcoming air conditioner led me to abandon that part of my plan immediately. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this small chain, with locations across the area, and the menu featured a bevy of options, from typical bar food like hamburgers to more unique options, such as flatbread pizzas and seared salmon. After considering several different options, I settled on something called the voodoo pasta, which featured shrimp, sausage and green and bell peppers atop elbow pasta and topped with a secret spicy sauce and cheese. They say with both whiskey and wine, sometimes a drink can benefit from sitting for a few minutes. And I had that thought as I dug into this pasta as well. By the time I made it deep into my meal, the sauce had combined well with the cheese, noodles and other ingredients to form a delicious combination. But toward the beginning, I found myself thinking the

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dish could have benefitted from some extra cheese or a more generous drizzling of the sauce. Also of note, while the sauce had a bit of a kick, it wasn’t anything I’d consider capital, S, spicy. That being said, I thought it worked well in the dish. To wash it all down, I selected an IPA from the menu that worked well given how hot the day is (I find myself on an IPA kick of late – a trend which I expect will dissipate along with the warm weather). On a final note, I can’t heap enough praise on the employee

Monday through Sunday Entrée prices: $11.50$19.50 Kid-friendly: Yes Alcohol: Yes Senior discount: No Healthy options: Quinoa chop ($12.50) Bar Louie Star of the show: VooAddress: 16089 City doo Pasta Walk, Sugar Land Rating: Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. that took my order and brought my food. He was helpful, conversational and kind. I’m not sure if the service on all trips here would go so well, but I was more than happy with how it all went. Sugar Land Town Square might be crowded with options these days, but it seems Bar Louie is one of its standouts.

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A Fort Bend County coffee shop that opened its doors just days before Hurricane Harvey is still standing, and still going strong five years later. On Aug. 13, Bean Here Coffee Shop celebrated five years in business according to a post on the shop’s Facebook page. Founded by Mike Ouano, Bean Here has Fort Bend coffee shops at 4340 Sienna Parkway Suite 102 in Missouri City and 310 McKeever Rd. in Arcola. Since opening, the shop – along with everyone else in Fort Bend – has endured hurricanes, floods, freezes and more in its five years in business. “It's the love for what we do, for what we do for you,” Ouano wrote on Facebook. “We aren't perfect but we certainly strive to be. We're not just about the coffee, we are about people first…Thank you for all the continued support and for being there with and for us through thick and thin.” Whiskey Cake Stafford hosting whiskey-pairing dinner Aug. 31 Fort Bend residents with

an affinity for whiskey and good food can get both during a local pairing event to be hosted by a local restaurant later this month. On Aug. 31, Whiskey Cake - Stafford (12575 Southwest Fwy.) will host a “Texas Strong Pairing Dinner” in conjunction with native Texas distillery Still Austin Whiskey at 7 p.m., according to the restaurant. Reservations are $115 per person and will include all available dinner and whiskey pairings. For more information or to register for the event, interested diners can email stafford@whiskey-cake.com or call the restaurant at 281729-8333. Culver’s now open in Fulshear A Wisconsin-based restaurant specializing in butter burgers and frozen custards is now open in Fort Bend County. Earlier this month, Wisconsin-based Culver’s opened its 14th Texas restaurant and first in Fort Bend County at 6677 Flewellen Way in Fulshear. The restaurant’s main offerings are butter burgers and frozen custard, according to its website, but there are also chicken tenders, seafood sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, and more.

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