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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 30 years."


 

The best spellers.....We were participants in the Literacy Council’s Great Grown-up Spelling Bee this weekend, and no, we didn’t win. However, our team, a Tale of Two Stingers composed of Ann Sturrock, Sharon Wallingford, and Sherry Carter didn’t embarrass us and ended up being the third place team.

They had some tough competition with The Secret Life of Bees winning first place. That team was Ron Lewis, Todd Crosswhite, and Joan Vogan. Coming in second was the Buzzering Heights team whose members were Yolanda Celestine, Tracy Guillory, and Kavita Self. We could have spelled all night and not been able to beat these two teams as they spelled words we had never heard of, much less be able to spell. It was fun and it raised some money for the Literacy Council. I’ve heard that Ron Lewis is no stranger to spelling bees and has won before. I think he could spell anything!

Participation still needed....The situation with First Colony Community Association is still brewing and residents who live in the service area are urged to attend the board meeting this Thursday at the FCCA building, 4350 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land. The meeting starts at 3 pm and supposedly member input time starts at 4 pm.

The neighborhood Nazi are in full action mode as many of the people who have been most vocal and who might possibly run for the board recently received letters that they were in violation of some FCCA rule. This is a blatant attempt to intimidate people and try to keep them from running for the board as one must have no unresolved violations to run for the board. Of course, now whoever runs will have to make sure the votes are counted correctly.

Residents are angry that a petition of over 1000 names is being ignored and a spray park that 85% of three surrounding neighborhoods do not want is still being planned.

If you can’t attend the meeting, you are urged to e-mail the board at board@firstcolony.org or the executive director at sherriek@firstcolony.org.

Three of our neighbors have signed up to run for the board--Eleanor Blain, Howard Paul and Myatt Hancock. There are three positions open and we will inform you as voting time gets nearer what you can do to get these people elected.

Name it debate continues.....Nothing stirs up Sugar Land like a good fuss about a name and the names chosen by Opening Day Partners have struck out since day one. However, ODP president Peter Kirk has been nice enough to admit that they should probably take a second look at the names and he has said they would reconsider. The ballot is still open to make nominations by sending your recommendations to sugarlandbaseball@gmail.com.

Meanwhile a move to name the team The Imperials has gained traction as Imperial Sugar is supposedly talking to Opening Day Partners to use the name that has been previously copyrighted by the old sugar company. That name seems to be one of the favorites.

Meanwhile, tell us what you think at sugarlandbaseball@gmail.com.

Can’t have it both ways.....The Star received a “help wanted” ad this week from the city of Sugar Land. After we did a preliminary graphic design on the ad and e-mailed it back to the city, they threw a fit about the cost.

It seems they have decided to use another newspaper to print their legal notices and as their contract had expired with the Star, we had to charge them a higher rate.

The other newspaper doesn’t have a help wanted section, so the city’s ad really has no section to be placed in their new contractor.

Too bad.

The other newspaper doesn’t even have a section for garage sale, a sure indication that nobody reads it anyway, so running a “help wanted” ad probably wouldn’t garner much attention anyway.

I asked city manager Alan Bogard to inform all his departments that the city has a new form of communication so that we do not have to go to the expense of designing an ad, then having them reject it because they are uninformed.

We wish the city good luck in using the little newspaper they’ve chosen and hope it saves them, oh, let’s see, $15,000 over the next year while they spend MILLIONS on baseball fields.

Last laugh department....The city spent a total of $30,000 per year on legal notices with the Star. Sorry but I’m not going to kiss the patootie (or pet projects) of Dean Olson, Russell Jones, Don Smithers, or Michael Schiff for $30,000 per year. These elected officials would rather put their own egos before anything else. Fortunately for all of us, many of them are term limited.

Fortunately for me, I buy my ink by the barrel.

Too little, too late....I’ve started receiving calls from people that are ticked off about FBISD not having a Fair Day and letting the students out of school for the day. They’ve just heard about it and remember the fun they or their children used to have at the Fort Bend County Fair.

This isn’t the first year. There was no school holiday for the Fort Bend County Fair last year either, but since schools had been shut down several days due to the hurricane, I think people understood the need to make up the missed days.

However, this year they are understandably upset. So many students participate in the Fort Bend County Fair by playing in the bands that march in the Fair Parade and by showing their animals at the fair. It would seem to me that a higher rate of absenteeism would exist for that day and since the state sends money based on attendance, I would think the school district would be better off financially to declare it a school holiday.

But, the best time to protest is when the calendar for the coming year is being set, not now well into the school year. I’m just saying......

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