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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.


Fort Bend Independent School District officials issued a brief press release last week after a “small explosion” occurred on the roof of High School # 11. The new facility is being built in Missouri City on Waters Lake Blvd., just south of Sienna Plantation, so there were no students or anyone else at the location.

The Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s Office is currently investigating the incident. School officials say it doesn’t look like there will be any delay in working on the building. The school is set to open next August as planned, they say.

Marty Rocha, a candidate for Justice of The Peace, Pct. 1, Place 2, and failed to get his information to me for the candidate wrap up last week.

I happen to know Marty and it wasn’t due to lack of concern or not attempting to submit the information, so I accepted his profile this week. Seems he had one of those internet/computer glitch weeks and just couldn’t meet deadline.

As is normally the case, he got everything up and running about an hour after deadline.

So, for those who are watching the candidates, here is the basic information on Marty.

Marty is currently a Sergeant with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, and has been employed by HCSO for 19 years. Prior to HCSO, he was an Agent with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and prior to T.A.B.C. he was a city police officer in the Texas valley. He has a total of 34 years of police experience.

Marty and his wife, Mary Ellen, who is employed by Lamar School District as an Assistant Principal, have lived in Needville for 24 years. The couple have two children, Tina Marie, 21, a junior at Houston Baptist; and Marty Daniel, 19, who attends Wharton Jr. College

Marty unsuccessfully ran for Precinct 1 Commissioner. In addition, he spent 10 years as an elected board member to the Harris County Deputies Organization.

So, that’s it.

I am expecting an update from another candidate who could not be reached for the regular story. I’ll keep you posted.

Every once in a while a story comes along that is just plain fun. And, everyone who knows me knows I love writing, reporting, and the Food Network.

I have been known to get up in the middle of the night, flip the Food Network on and later in the day, after work is done, have flashbacks.

A lot of cookies, stir-fry and braised this or that has made it to my “test kitchen” and so far I have had glowing reviews.

So, it was quite a treat to learn that a local Taco restaurant would be featured Monday night on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, a popular show on the Food Network, and one of my personal favorites.

The promotion says Guy Fieri, the star of the series, will visit a family-run taqueria in Rosenberg, Texas, where dessert is something called a “snoball.”

I’ve been to Bob’s Taco Station in Rosenberg so this is a double treat. I loved the food there and now I, as I write this, I plan to devote an hour Monday night “working” on the story.

Too much fun.

Don’t tell the boss, she thinks it is all work and no play for this old gal.

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