This Week's Headlines

South Belters ready to celebrate July 4

Local residents warned of potential bank card, utility scam

Dobie Class of ’79 sets 40-year reunion

Prangle to retire after 50 years

JFD ’80s grads take 4-state journey

South Belt Chamber of Commerce honors outstanding students for May

HPD investigates fatal crash off Edgebrook

Meador shares rolls

Thompson names sixth honor roll

St. Luke’s Catholic Daughters caravan to biennial state convention

Economic Alliance receives TEDC Workforce Excellence Award

USA Today Sports tabs JFD’s Wincher All-USA

Dobie star Pleasants continues to collect honors

Brook, Dobie 7-on-7 squads to participate at TSQ event

San Jac baseballers excel collegiately

SJC’s Rutledge inks deal with Nats

Rising Stars track athletes reach regionals

SBHLL senior stars reach final; await Pearland East/West game

CB softball has new head coach

Julks homers in All-Star Classic


South Belters prepare to celebrate July 4

Annual parade, fireworks display planned; still time to enter

The 32nd annual South Belt Fourth of July parade will take place Thursday, July 4, beginning at 10 a.m.

This year’s event will honor all military.

Participating in the parade for his second time is South Belt resident and U.S. Air Force Sgt. Daniel Cabrera. The sergeant, based out of Ellington Field, will lead the parade procession with two separate vehicles loaded with servicemen.

“I want the community to come out and see us, and let us know you’re there,” Cabrera said.

All residents, organizations and businesses are welcome to enter. Participants are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and floats, as prizes will be awarded in various categories.

Community and nonprofit groups may sign up for the parade at no charge, unless they wish to be eligible for a prize. A $50 fee is charged for commercial entries. Noncommercial entries may enter the contest for $25.

The parade will begin at Beverly Hills Intermediate, located at 11111 Beamer Road. The route will then head north on Beamer to Fuqua, then east to Sabo/Hughes Road, before traveling south onto Beamer to the parade’s final destination of San Jacinto College South. Participants are urged to arrive at least an hour early.

Entry forms are available at, the Leader office, 11555 Beamer. The forms are to be filled out and returned to the Leader office, faxed to 281-481-5730 or emailed by July 2.

Fireworks display

Later that evening, residents may view the annual fireworks show at El Franco Lee Park, located at 9400 Hall Road.

Funded by the annual South Belt Spectacular Cook-off, the display is scheduled to begin around 9:30 p.m.

Local residents warned of potential bank card, utility scam

The Leader has learned of a potential scam, in which callers threaten to turn off a victim’s utilities unless an immediate payment is made using a specific type of prepaid bank card. (The Leader’s sister company South Belt Graphics was targeted by the crooks.)

As part of the ruse, the scammers, all of whom had thick foreign accents, told those on the receiving end of the phone line that they were calling from Reliant Energy and that due to late payments, their power was about to be shut off unless they quickly purchased a Green Dot MoneyPak card and put the necessary funds on it.

The callers were very specific about where to get the cards, saying they were available at Dollar General, Family Dollar and CVS Pharmacy. The call to South Belt Graphics specifically said to get the card at the Dollar General on Fuqua. Staff at the store said they were unfamiliar with the scam. Ironically, the store was currently all out of Green Dot MoneyPak cards at the time of the call.

Once the card was secured, the victim was to call back and give the fraudsters a number from the back of the card.

The max limit on a Green Dot MoneyPak card is $500, and the recent scam callers always asked for just under this amount. A quick online search indicates this has become a fairly common scam. Other variations of it include arrest warrants, kidnappings, tax payments, pre-approved loans, bail bonds and lottery winnings.

“Once you load cash to a MoneyPak, the MoneyPak number on the back of the package is the same as cash,” Green Dot warns on its website. “Green Dot is not responsible for paying you back if you unsuspectingly give your MoneyPak number to a criminal who uses the MoneyPak.”

Green Dot offers the following tips to avoid such scams:

• Only give your MoneyPak number to someone you know, trust and have met face-to-face.

• Always be suspicious if someone you don’t know personally asks you for a MoneyPak number. No legitimate company or government agency will ever ask you for a MoneyPak number.

• If you get a call from a business or government agency requesting payment via MoneyPak, hang up. If you think you may really owe money, call the business or agency directly.

• If you get a call from a person you don’t know saying they’re a relative needing money, hang up. Call someone else in your family close to that person to see if they really need help.

• If you get an email that looks suspicious, do not reply. Call or email the sender directly. Do not reply to the email or call any numbers provided in the email.

Residents who believe they have been targeted by this scam should immediately contact Green Dot and their local police department.

For additional information on this fraud, visit

Dobie Class of ’79 sets 40-year reunion

The J. Frank Dobie High School Class of 1979 will celebrate its 40th reunion Friday, July 12, at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 750 W. Texas Ave. in Webster, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Light bites will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

“We deliberately kept this event low-key to make it more affordable,” says Reunion Committee Co-Chair Renee Edwards Dotson. “We’ll set the room up more like a club rather than a formal affair, so everyone can mix and mingle in a more casual environment. It’s a party, not a prom.”

Organizers urge alumni to come prepared to see all fellow Longhorns and dance to ’70s music favorites.

A professional photographer will be on site to take informal photos of everyone, and at 10 p.m., everyone will gather for a class photo, which will be available to purchase. Guests with Dobie memorabilia, such as a prom glass or spirit ribbons, are encouraged to bring them to display it on the memories table for fellow classmates to see.

The cost is $45/person if paid online by Wednesday, July 10. Price will be $55 at the door, and only cash will be accepted. To register/pay, visit using the code BE79. There is a block of rooms reserved at the Garden Inn. Use the group code DH79 for a discounted rate and a free breakfast.

In the spirit of giving back to Dobie, the Class of ’79 is collecting items to donate to the Dobie Depot. To contribute, bring new school supplies, nonperishable multipacks of individual breakfast and lunch snacks or Target or Walmart gift cards to the reunion.

Alumni are encouraged to spread the word to others about the reunion, as event organizers are hoping fpr a large turnout of Longhorns.
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