When All Hope was Seemingly Lost...Gloria Sanderson of Pioneer Bank Showed Up for Arthur J. Smith Sr. and His Family with a $15,000.00 dollar Check

Arthur Smith Sr., his wife Darlene Koffey Smith, son Arthur Smith III, also known as “Yung Giant”, Gloria Sanderson, SVP, CRA/Fair Lending Officer for Pioneer Bank are the featured individuals on the cover of “VERSION 1” of Houston Business Connections Magazine’s “2017 Year-End Review” edition. Houston Texans football player J.J. Watt is also featured on the cover of this version. Inside this edition, J.J. Watt shares how he plans to distribute the millions of dollars the J.J. Watt Foundation received in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Beyoncé, Mattress Mack, Jim Crane, State Senator Borris L. Miles, State Rep. Shawn Thierry, Dr. Letitia Plummer, Judge Loyd Wright, Judge Christine Riddle Butts, Judge John Schmude, Judge Renee Magee, Attorney Sandra Peake, and Attorney Melanie Wilcox Flowers are just a few of the other distinguished individuals featured inside this edition. Houston Business Connections Magazine© is published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. All Rights Reserved. Cover photo by: Kennedy Hall, Phillis Wheatley High School Journalism Department/Photographer

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR JANUARY 19TH, 2018


Gladys Knight is coming to Houston on Friday, January 19, 2018, for the Diamond Dreams Gala at Minute Maid Park

Held on the field at Minute Maid Park, the Diamond Dreams Gala features seven-time Grammy winner, Ms. Gladys Knight -The Empress of Soul, as well as Astros players and legends. The event benefits the Astros Foundation and New Hope Housing, an organization combatting homelessness by providing housing and support services for those in need. In case you don’t know, The Astros Foundation supports local 501(c)3 nonprofits and their causes through fundraising events. They support organizations whose efforts benefit Youth Baseball/Softball, Education/Literacy, Childhood Cancer, Military and Quality of Life.

Friday, April 12, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT: Missouri City Update on City Centre at Quail Valley and Recreation and Tennis Center

"Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Your Thought Matters Newspaper would like to take this moment to announce the opening of two new facilities in Missouri City, Texas. One of the new openings is the City Center at Quail Valley, and the other is the Missouri City Recreation and Tennis Center. Bond funds and a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Association played key roles in funding these two projects. The input of citizens and their feedback also played a key role in the development of these two new fine facilities. Congratulations to Mayor Allen Owen and everyone else who played a role in getting this done." -- Aubrey R. Taylor, Publisher

The City Centre at Quail Valley, located at 2880 La Quinta Dr., hosts weddings, business and community meetings, tournaments, birthday parties and festive occasions. It is also home to The Grille, a casual dining restaurant that serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The Recreation and Tennis Center, located at 2701 Cypress Point Dr., has a full-size gymnasium, a Kid Zone, multi-purpose rooms, tennis courts, batting cages, the latest cardio and weight equipment, an outdoor walking trail and tennis clinics. 


The City of Missouri City Recently Announced Update on City the Centre at Quail Valley and Recreation and Tennis Center 

In 2008, an overwhelming 72 percent of Missouri City residents voted to approve a $17.5 million bond referendum to fund two essential parks projects—the Quail Valley Golf Course, which includes the City Centre at Quail Valley, and the Recreation and Tennis Center. In addition to the bond funds, the City received a $950,000 grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Association for the Recreation and Tennis Center project. We are pleased to report that both new facilities are operational and have received rave reviews from residents and visitors.

Citizen input and feedback was integral to the development of the projects.

Here are highlights to date:

Quail Valley Golf Course Project

The City took possession of the property in 2008 through eminent domain due to the former owners’ extreme neglect of the property, the concern of its possible sale to developers, the negative effect on property values, and the loss of green space and recreational opportunities. The decline of the maintenance and operation of the property posed detrimental effects on surrounding subdivisions and the City as a whole. Subsequently, there has been a complete renovation of the El Dorado Golf Course, upgrades to the La Quinta Golf Course, repairs of several bridges that were considered safety hazards, the mowing of high grass/removal of weeds/landscaping, and the construction of the City Centre at Quail Valley. All repairs, upgrades, improvements and construction were essential to the operations of the Course.

Funding of the project includes $3.1 million to take possession of QVGC through eminent domain, $7.2 million for the complete redesign/construction of the El Dorado course (design, construction management services, materials testing, site preparation, construction, professional services fees, some improvements to the La Quinta course and miscellaneous expenses) $7.4 million for the City’s negotiated settlement offer for the purchase of the property (the initial $3.1 million paid is included in this amount), $9.7 million for construction of the City Centre at Quail Valley, and $1.1 million for a new cart barn.

Recreation and Tennis Center Project

Funding of the project includes $1 million for land acquisition, $5.8 million for construction of the center and $51,866 for improvements to MacNaughton Park.

To date, both centers are progressing well: in 2011, QVGC hosted 56,082 rounds of play and in 2012, the course hosted 58,100 rounds—a marked increase. The Recreation and Tennis Center currently has 823 members and in the tennis programs, there are 55 participants in the junior program, 28 leagues, totaling 358 participants, and 53 players taking private lessons.

Missouri City’s new first-class facilities are regarded as two of Fort Bend County’s premier venues. The City Centre at Quail Valley, located at 2880 La Quinta Dr., hosts weddings, business and community meetings, tournaments, birthday parties and festive occasions. It is also home to The Grille, a casual dining restaurant that serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The Recreation and Tennis Center, located at 2701 Cypress Point Dr., has a full-size gymnasium, a Kid Zone, multi-purpose rooms, tennis courts, batting cages, the latest cardio and weight equipment, an outdoor walking trail and tennis clinics.

Overall, these parks projects have helped extend the City’s brand and reach across the nation. We look forward to their continued success in the future. For additional information on both facilities, visit the City’s website, www.missouricitytx.gov. And, for updates, watch the City’s website, and Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse



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DON'T FORGET TO REMIND EVERYONE YOU KNOW IN FORT BEND COUNTY TO VOTE IN THE SATURDAY, MAY 11TH GENERAL ELECTION



MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS: Watch Out for the Missouri City Council District A Race involving Bobby Marshall, Rodney Griffin and Yolanda Ford on Saturday, May 11, 2013

By Aubrey R. Taylor
President, Aubrey R. Taylor Communications
The Publisher of Your Thought Matters Newspaper

Back in the 2011 General Election face off in Missouri City for the District A City Council seat Rodney Griffin came within 33 votes of unseating the incumbent Bobby Marshall. However, a dismal 6.52% voter turnout in the (6) six precinct district largely made up of African-American voters proved a little too much for Griffin to overcome in his quest to unseat the incumbent. But Rodney L. Griffin is back on the ballot again in the 2013 General Election to be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013. However, he's not facing the incumbent alone this time around. Yolanda Ford, a local architectural designer and urban planner is also in the race seeking to unseat Councilman Bobby Marshall.


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Missouri City At Large Position II Council Member Danny Nguyen (far left) is the Economic Development Committee Chair. Council Member Nguyen at an Economic Development effort with Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert (second photo). Council Member Nguyen at the appreciation of safety event with Constable Ruben Davis.


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-- CHECK OUT THE STATE OF MISSOURI CITY -- BY RODNEY L. GRIFFIN

Businessman Rodney Griffin continues to campaign tirelessly for the revitalization of Texas Parkway. He has served the Missouri City community as the Presiding Election Judge for many terms. Presently he serve Precinct 2059 as the Democratic Chair and on the State Democratic Executive Committee in Austin. According to Griffin he was the first State (Texas) party official to endorse then candidate Obama for president (Feb, 22, 2007). During the de centennial census, he made sure that every person in the Missouri City community was counted.