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  • 4655 Techniplex Dr. Suite 300, Stafford, Texas 77477E-Mail: [email protected] Website: www.fortbendstar.comOffice: 281-690-4200 Fax: 281-690-4250 TOLL FREE 1-888-430-7478

    The Fort Bend / Southwest

    STARFamily Owned and Locally Operated An Official Fort Bend County Newspaper

    CONTESTED POLITICAL RACES IN THE FORT BEND REPUBLICAN & DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES ON MAY 29, 2012REPUBLICAN PRIMARYU.S. Rep. District #22 (2 Candidates)

    HBarbaraJ.Carlson HPeteOlson

    State Rep. District #26 (4 Candidates)

    HJacquieChaumette HDianaMillerState Rep. District #85 (2 Candidates)

    District Judge 387th (2 Candidates)

    Sheriff (4 Candidates)

    HJohnMinchew HTroyNehls

    County Commissioner, Pct. 1 (3 Candidates)

    Justice of Peace Pct. 1, Place 1 (2 Candidates)

    Constable, Pct. 1 (2 Candidates)

    Constable, Pct. 4 (2 Candidates)

    DEMOCRATIC PRIMARYU.S. Rep. District #22 (2 Candidates)

    Constable, Pct. 2 (2 Candidates)

    HDarylSmith

    CITY COUNCIL RACES - May 12Sugar Land City Council (3 Candidates)

    HNaomiLam

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

    Light of Hope Ceremony at Town Square

    Daisy Troop 29142 displays their blue ribbon quilt squares as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Light of Hope ceremony, which encourages the community to support the fight against child abuse, was held Friday, March 30 in Sugar Land Town Square. The event was sponsored by Friends of Child Advocates of Fort Bend and the Exchange Club of Sugar Land.

    Volume XXXIV No. 33

    PECAN, continued on page 8FAMILY, continued on page 9

    LEAGUE, continued on page 9

    SHERIFFS continued on page 13

    WORKSHOP, continued on page 8

    NATIONWIDE, continued on page 13

    By Karen Daniels

    Stafford Municipal School District has the distinction of being the only district in the State of Texas to not be part of an independent school district. After breaking away from FBISD and HISD in 1977, the City of Stafford began its partnership with the district

    and must approve the school's annual budget. Last week the City Council and School Board of Trustees met to discuss the fiscal progress; one of six meetings they have on an annual basis. The first item on the agenda was the bus stop on Perez and Dulles Street.

    Both Boards agreed to work together on the issue, though

    each were assertive that the problem neither belonged entirely to the City or to the District. Superintendent Lance Hindt described his visit to the residents of Perez Street and verified that 18 students currently ride the bus. He also confirmed the impossibility of maneuvering a bus down the narrow street to pick up the kids. Mayor Leonard Scarcella informed both Boards that, "In thirty-six years, Stafford students have safely been picked up at this spot since the road was a two-way asphalt, and we will continue to do so." Along with the Mayor, Councilmen Wen Guerra proposed a designated pad with enhanced culverts for the kids to safely gather for pick ups and drop offs.

    Meeting of the Minds... Staffords joint budget workshop

    By Betsy Dolan When Danny and Barbara

    Clark moved to the River's Edge subdivision in Richmond six months ago they had no idea that their family tree had come full circle. Turns out, part of the subdivision used to be land owned by one of Danny Clark's ancestors, Randall Jones, who was a member of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred and an important figure in Texas history in the mid 1800's. Now the Clark's are hoping a new LCISD elementary school in Long Meadow Farms, which also sits on land once owned by Randall Jones, can be named in his honor.

    "This entire thing is just

    very coincidental," said Barbara Clark who has spent several years researching her husband's family. "We aren't from Texas but we have lived here for years and we had no idea that part of my husband's family actually settled here."

    According to Clark's research, Randall Jones joined the Long expedition from Louisiana to Texas and later helped build a house for Long on San Jacinto Bay. He became an advisor to Stephen F. Austin and is credited with bringing the first large herd of cattle to Richmond. Jones was also instrumental in the push to trademark and register brands and proposed legislation for the prevention of prairie fires. Jones

    Family hopes to have new school named after historic kin

    fought in the War of 1812, was captain of the Texas Militia where he commanded the battle of Jones Creek in 1824 and served in the Texas Army during the second Mexican invasion. He is buried at the State Cemetery in Austin.

    "When I started digging, I discovered that Randall Jones' father-in-law, William Andrews, actually owned the land that Foster High School is on today. We didn't know that when they were deciding on a name for the new high school." Barbara said. "But that made us want to pursue this link to Randall Jones and call attention to his contributions in this area."

    By LeaAnne Klentzman

    Last week we told you all about the candidate forum sponsored by the Needville Chamber of Commerce. We discussed the sheriff candidates at length and touched on the handouts distributed about one of the candidates. Since that forum, the documents distributed that night have found their way

    to front doors across Fort Bend County, Facebook, phone calls, and emails to our newspaper.

    The handout collection of documents are the 1998 Termination letter of then-Richmond police officer Troy Nehls; currently one of the four candidates for Sheriff. In the three page document, which is nicely covered by a colorful page resembling a Brady for

    sheriff sign, reads Someone you can Trust ? See for yourself The first page of this document package is Nehls letter of termination, followed by two pages of what appears to be the substantiating factors.

    Based on what is in the packet, the infractions are small policy infractions like failure to contact a victim for further information, the issuance of

    an improper traffic citation, an improper arrest, several times he was counseled for failing to cite residents for city ordnance violations (tall grass), and more than once he was written up for getting out of his police car and going into a restaurant without notifying the dispatcher. These are just a few of the terminable offenses listed in the letter that outlines Nehls

    Sheriffs race... Dirty politics or mudslinging? You decide

    By Elsa Maxey This is not a Whos your

    daddy sign-up, but rather, if youre a dad, what do you say you sign up to be a better father? Missouri City resident Scott Porter heads a Houston area based nonprofit organization right here in Fort Bend County and hes part of a nationwide initiative about encouraging a

    Key organizers of the nationwide Million Dollars Dads pledge (l-r) Fathers to Dads, Inc. CEO Scott Porter, Terrence Trammel, and Leon Jenkins.To sign up for the 12-step-pledge, visit www.fathers2dads.org.

    Daddy Up, Fort Bend!Nationwide initiative launched with local presence

    Lexi Aldridge stands at first base with her buddy Brittany Garza at the League of Champions Opening Day at George Park on Sunday. League of Champions gives children with special needs the ability to experience the game of baseball.

    By Betsy Dolan As Cynthia Aldridge cheered

    from the stands, her 15-year old daughter Lexi stopped at third base and hollered,"Don't embarrass me, mom!" But after the brief scolding, Lexi's game face was back on as her teammate hit a single and she crossed home plate, stopping at the backstop to have a little chat with her mom before heading back to the dugout. It's not something Albert Pujols

    would do, but this isn't the major leagues. It's better than that.

    Its just a huge sense of community and family and coming together just to have fun," Cynthia Aldridge said. "The games are never competitive. Everybody gets to hit, everybody scores a run.

    Lexi is one of the Lamar Little League's "League of Champions" athletes. LOC is part of the Challenger Division, a nationwide program that was established in 1989 as a separate

    League of Champions a home run for special needs kids

    division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges to enjoy the game of baseball. The league encourages the use of "buddies" who help the Challenger players on the field, but encourage the players to bat and make plays themselves. In its fifth year, League of Champions has grown from just four to five players on a handful of teams to more than

    shortcomings from January 1997 through January 1998.

    Interestingly though, for the year of 1997, Troy Nehls was the recipient of the 100 Club Award for Officer of the Year for the City of Richmond. Makes one wonder, what is up with that? How does a guy go from employee of the year

    By LeaAnne Klentzman

    A Pecan Grove man faces numerous felony charges after assaulting his girlfriend, his neighbor, and a deputy sheriff. Tuesday, March 27, about 1:30 p.m. sheriffs deputies responded to an assault call just outside Richmond. According to Sheriffs spokesman, Bob Haenel, a neighbor of Billy Regenhard, 22, witnessed him dragging his girlfriend into his vehicle. When the neighbor tried to intervene, he too, was assaulted.

    Pecan Grove man assaults girlfriend, neighbor, and a deputyThree times a charm.not

    million men to sign up to be better fathers to their children. It starts by getting fathers signed up in time for this years Fathers Day, June 17.

    Named "The Million Dads Pledge," the initiative is a call to action, said Porter. The launch stems from Porters work as a former youth pastor and social

    See DAILY news updates: www.FortBendStar.comBarbara J. CarlsonUS Congressional Dist. 22 C

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