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Amy Mitchell

Amy Mitchell

‹Republican Amy Mitchell Announces Candidacy for Judge of County Court at Law #4

On Veteran’s Day, Nov.11, Richmond attorney Amy Mitchell filed to run for Fort Bend County Court at Law #4 on the Republi­can ticket. The Sugar Land City Councilwoman is ready to transition to Judge and serve the residents of Fort Bend with 32 years of legal experience.

“I have been committed to upholding the highest standards of law throughout my legal career and I have worked hard and practiced in all areas of law that this court handles,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell is a founding partner of Mitchell & Duff, LLC, a female-owned law firm. She has handled over 2,000 litigation cases. Her caseload has included a large number of complex litigation matters, including class actions, multi-party death cases and appeals. Her experience includes trying over 70 cases to conclusion, handling more than 500 mediations, and about 20 arbitrations.

More information about Mitchell and her candidacy for Fort Bend County Court at Law #4 can be found at amymitchellforjudge.com.


William (Bill) Hamlyn

William (Bill) Hamlyn

Oakbend Medical Center ER Nurse Receives Pediatric Emergency Certification

William (Bill) Hamlyn, one of OakBend Medical Center’s ER nurses, has received an advanced certification as a pediatric emergency nurse. Currently, only slightly more than 4,400 nurses hold the CPEN certification.

To qualify to take the certification exam, the nurse must hold a current, unrestricted Registered Nurse license in the U.S. and must have practiced at least 1,000 hours in pediatric emergency nursing as an RN in the past 24 months. This means that the RN has practiced in any U.S. or Canadian urgent care or emergency setting and may include providing direct care, health care facilitation, education, and advocacy for patients and families.

Hamlyn works at OakBend’s Grand Parkway Emergency Room.



FBISD Board of Trustees Authorizes Reappraisal of Hurricane Harvey Damage

During its Regular Board Meeting on Nov. 13, the FBISD Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution to request a reappraisal of homes and businesses located within FBISD that were damaged during Hurricane Harvey. FBISD joins other Fort Bend County taxing entities in authorizing reappraisals that would give qualified residents and business owners some tax relief for certain months of the 2017 tax year.

“Hurricane Harvey impacted many of our community members,” said Board President Kristin Tassin. “In requesting the reappraisal of homes and businesses, we are recognizing the continuing effects of the storm, and we hope that this will help our taxpayers as they continue the recovery process.”

Under the tax code, the governing body of a taxing unit located partly or entirely inside an area declared to be a disaster area by the Governor of Texas may authorize the reappraisal of all property damaged in the disaster at its market value immediately after the disaster occurs.

“Fort Bend ISD’s action means that taxpayers impacted by Hurricane Harvey will be able to have their property reappraised, and they will receive prorated taxes on the property for this tax year,” said Steve Bassett, FBISD’s CFO. “The application of the reduced value is only for the days following the damage of the disaster, but this will still result in approximately four months of a reduced value for our taxpayers.”

Based on the information presented by the Central Appraisal District, FBISD has calculated that the benefit to approximately 4,300 Harvey-impacted taxpayers (representing an estimated market value of $1,462,000,000) would amount to an estimated $348 in relief for the tax year. However, those who are over 65 who have value frozen at a set ceiling may not achieve tax relief because their value is higher than the cap and the reappraisal may not dip below the set ceiling.


Members of the SW Houston Networking Group at a recent meeting.

Members of the SW Houston Networking Group at a recent meeting.

‹SW Houston Networking Group Membership Drive

SW Houston Networking Group is a group of Fort Bend County and Southwest Houston entrepreneurs who meet weekly to discuss their businesses and meet other likeminded entrepreneurs. Everyone gets the opportunity to network and exchange business cards with other members and invited attendees.

Entrepreneurs from the Houston and Sugar Land area are invited to join the ever-expanding group. Mix and mingle once a month at the casual happy hour and gift card giveaway. For more information, contact CEO Jeanette Spinks (281-265-6941) or Secretary Diane Gingrich (713- 585-5012.)


First responders team sponsored by McAlister’s Deli included first responders (L-R): Eric Marmol, Justin Crocker, Brian Leach and Nick Wilson.

First responders team sponsored by McAlister’s Deli included first responders (L-R): Eric Marmol, Justin Crocker, Brian Leach and Nick Wilson.

‹Calvary Episcopal Prep Hosts Annual Golf Fundraiser

Calvary Episcopal Preparatory hosted its 12th annual “Teeing Off for Teachers and Technology” golf tournament at Pecan Grove Country Club on Nov. 6. With nearly 80 golfers and countless sponsors the event was a success, profiting $18,000 which goes directly back to the students.

Christian and Gilbert Jalomo took first place in the 1st flight ; longest drive winners were Cathy Tufts, female; Adam Lathrop, male; and Reb Scarborough, senior; closest to the pin winners were Jennifer Hightower, female; Eric Marmol, male; and Allen Schoppe, senior.

The event’s Blue & Gold Sponsors were The Fleur De Lis Group LLC, Cadence Bank – Trust Services, McAlister’s Deli, Intrua Financial, Rago Enterprises and Calvary’s Best Friend.



‹Missouri City Selected for New Best Buy Distribution Center

Best Buy, a leading provider of technology products, services and solutions, has selected Missouri City as the location of its newest delivery distribution center.

Best Buy plans to open the distribution center prior to the 2018 holiday shopping season. The facility will distribute large items – including products ranging from major appliances to large 4K televisions – to nearly 60 Best Buy stores throughout Texas and Louisiana and directly to customers’ homes. It’s expected to create at least 40 new full-time jobs in Missouri City.

“We’re pleased to bring this distribution center to Missouri City,” said Jeff Shelman, Best Buy spokesman. “Not only will it provide local jobs and tax revenue, but it will allow us to better serve our customers throughout much of southern Texas.”

“This distribution center will have a tremendous economic impact on Missouri City, not only through primary jobs but also as a long-term property tax generator,” said Joe Esch, Missouri City Economic Development Director. “We appreciate the investment that Best Buy is making in our community and look forward to a long-lasting relationship with the company. I commend City Council for working to secure this opportunity for our residents.”

The planned facility will be an approximately 550,000-square-foot greenfield development that will be located at 636 Highway 90A (Cravens Road and Highway 90, near the Sam Houston Tollway). Seefried Industrial Properties, Inc. and 4M Investments, LLC will develop the property for Best Buy.

The project came directly to the Missouri City Economic Development Department from the company’s site selection consultant in July 2017. Key factors to the success of the project were the proximity to interstate highways, workforce availability, real estate partners, incentive opportunities and available land for greenfield development.

“We are delighted to welcome Best Buy as Missouri City’s newest corporate citizen,” said Allen Owen, Mayor of Missouri City. “A previously vacant piece of land now will be a major source of revenue that can help us serve the residents of Missouri City. This is a big win, and I am excited at the possibilities that will be open to our community with these good jobs and revenue.”



‹Police Officers Host Food Drive

The Rosenberg police department’s  Community Relations Officers hosted their first food drive for Thanksgiving by providing a turkey or ham with all the sides to less fortunate families. The group partnered with Kroger, Fiesta and Embassy Church who placed bins at their locations to collect food.  Aldi, Kroger and Fiesta also donated the turkeys and hams. With all of the food received the group  was able to provide a complete Thanksgiving meal to 10 families throughout the city of Rosenberg including one family in Richmond and two in the Cumings area. The food was delivered on the morning of Thanksgiving Eve to ensure the families would have time to prepare it for Thanksgiving Day.


(L-R): Dr. Long Cao, Dr. Owen Capocyan, Dr. Gildardo Ceballos and Dr. Vijaiganesh Nagarajan

(L-R): Dr. Long Cao, Dr. Owen Capocyan, Dr. Gildardo Ceballos and Dr. Vijaiganesh Nagarajan

Oakbend Medical Group Doctors Donate $64,000 to Hospital’s Vision 2020 Campaign

OakBend Medical Group has announced that Dr. Owen Capocyan, Dr. Gildardo Ceballos, Dr. Long Cao and Dr. Vijaiga­nesh Nagarajan have donated $64,000 to OakBend Medical Center’s Vision 2020.

According to Donna Ferguson, VP and COO of OakBend Medical Group, “These four physicians are leading the way by showing their dedication to the hospital and to the community. This generous donation will contribute to their long-term goal of improving the health and well-being of our community. I am honored to work with them, and I look forward to what their donation will bring to the hospital and our patients.”

OakBend Medical Center’s Vision 2020 is a campaign to bring the most advanced concepts for a healing environment to OakBend’s Jackson Street campus.


The rendering showcases Missouri City’s future Veterans Memorial. Recently, the Parks Foundation approved the memorial as the signature and kickoff project for the City Hall Placemaking initiative.

The rendering showcases Missouri City’s future Veterans Memorial. Recently, the Parks Foundation approved the memorial as the signature and kickoff project for the City Hall Placemaking initiative.

Parks Foundation Gives Nod of Approval to Veterans Memorial 

Missouri City Parks Foundation is moving forward with its first strategic priority, the future Veterans Memorial slated for construction in the City Hall Complex.

“We are thankful that the Parks Foundation saw fit to allow the Veterans Memorial to be the signature and kickoff project for our City Hall placemaking initiative. Efforts are under way now to engage private citizens, foundations and corporate partners to help us achieve our $1.5 million goal,” said City Manager Anthony J. Snipes. “The venture will be done in two phases and each will have a project cost of $750,000. Our goal is to complete fundraising by June, 2018.”

Sponsorship details are at  bit.ly/2iJQ256 or for more information, call 281-403-8500.

In recent years, City officials and staff selected an innovative Veterans Memorial design by Lloyd Lentz, a Principal with LMA Design Houston and the son of a World War II and Korean War Veteran, the grandson of two World War I veterans and the brother of a Vietnam Veteran. Lentz’s concept features a five-point star with an eternal flame and fountain in its center and is surrounded by arched columns.

The timeless design represents the flow of life through the bubbling fountain and the flame of freedom burning eternally. It also symbolizes the bravery, sacrifice and strength veterans stand for in this country.

District B Councilmember Don Smith, who is chair of City Council’s Veterans Committee, spearheaded the project. “Regardless of whether you’re involved in the military during peace time or you go into hostile conditions, you are a changed person,” Councilmember Smith said. “This project is so important because it honors a segment of the population that has given so much to this country. This memorial is our way of letting these service men and women know how much we appreciate what they’ve done for the country.”

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