Because they are missing the word “Independent,” more than 5,000 of Galveston County’s mail-in ballots will have to be reprinted and re-mailed, and the county’s election machines will have to be reprogrammed.
LEAGUE CITY — When David Aceves and Sabrina Phillips arrived at the county’s Calder Road annex building to get married, the design of their marriage license was the last thing on their mind.
LA MARQUE — It’ll be a playoff-like atmosphere Friday when former district foes La Marque (4-1) and Sweeny (4-1) square off in the unfriendly confines of Bulldog Stadium in Sweeny on Friday.
Previews of Clear Creek at Clear Falls and Texas City at Fort Bend Marshall.
It’s peculiar what will set off the city council in League City.
About a year ago, I resigned from Galveston’s planning commission over the commission’s refusal to implement the Erosion Response Plan adopted by the city and certified by the state in 2012.
I have a message for all the women with mothers, grandmothers, sisters or aunts who have had breast cancer. Prevention is better than treatment.
As the director of breast imaging at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, I am often asked to give public talks during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — An estimated 2 million Muslims are streaming into a sprawling tent city near Mecca for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage. Saudi Arabia says there are 1.4 million visitors to the kingdom for the hajj.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo says it has nominated an Oscar contender for the first time since it announced independence in 2008 from Serbia.
An interesting rumor is going around that a five-star restaurant was planned for the long vacant Martini Theatre building in the island’s downtown.
Rains over the past few days have guaranteed that Galveston Island and most of the County will have the wettest September since 2008. As of Monday morning, 6.11” of rain had been measured this month at Scholes Field. A very wet 9.18” of precipitation had been totaled for the month at the National Weather Service Office in League City/Dickinson.
On impulse the other day, I took the exit off I-45 in Bayou Vista and stopped at the Pavilion overlooking the John M. O'Quinn Estuarial Corridor.
Here’s some spicy dish for anyone who has long wished for an Indian cuisine restaurant on the island.
Island restaurateurs and brothers Larry and Tikie Kriticos were deep into a deal to open a League City restaurant before deciding the property they were keen on just wouldn’t work.
A fishing heron can stand still for small eternities, just to move when you have given up on it.
Fall is the perfect season for outdoor photography. Warm, but not as hot as a boiler room, the colors at sunset are less dulled by humidity and static and offer a color palette unequalled.
Galveston County will move out of its best multi-day (3 or more consecutive days with measurable precipitation) since August, 2012. Rainfall amounts over the County varied from 3.88” at Scholes Field in Galveston to 5.19” at the National Weather Service Office in League City and 5.42” in both Friendswood and Texas City.
A combination of moist, unstable air from the Gulf of Mexico and additional moisture coming in from the remnants of former Hurricane Odile to our west, should keep showers and thunderstorms around through the end of the week. Locally heavy rain will be possible in some areas, depending on where the showers and thunderstorms develop and rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches will be possible over all of Galveston County.
One morning at the end of summer, just like that, the light changes. It's a gradual process, but it strikes me the most after a cold front has passed and cleaned the air of static and dust, making the light clear and brilliant.
Fans of The Beach Hut, 731 Seawall Blvd., on the island, were hoping the bar and live music venue’s recent closure was only seasonal. Alas, it isn’t.
A cold front slipped off the Texas coast overnight bringing a fresh, autumn breeze to the area. While the front may not pack as much punch as some can in mid-September, it will still bring lower humidity levels and milder temperatures to Galveston County. Lows on Sunday morning are expected to dip into the lower-70’s and I would not be surprised to see them drop to the 60’s over the northwest part of the County.
The Daily News Press Run is Saturday and I’m ready for my first, official 10k. Thanks to readers of this occasional blog for good advice that I gratefully heeded.
Biz Buzz is filed for Thursday and I’m already working on next week’s column. One Buzz item of note is about a mother and daughter — Natalie Malphrus and Darcie Malphrus-Schlegel – who have co-written a book “Galveston: Beyond the Beach.”
As much as we appreciate people traveling to Galveston and how local business thrives off visitors, after Labor Day, the locals issue a gigantic, cleansing sigh. The summer vacationers have left. It is island-reclamation time. The beaches at sunrise are deserted, the miles belong to the residents.
From a climatological point of view, September is a month that finds many of us in Galveston County waiting. We wait for the first “real” cold front of the season, looking for a break from prolonged summer heat. We find ourselves waiting to move beyond the peak of hurricane season (which statistically comes around September 10). We tell ourselves that if we can only make it a few more weeks, we will be out of the woods for another season. And, we find ourselves looking for some respite from the onslaught of mosquitoes, thinking more fondly of the coming winter.
Details are scarce, but rumor has it that developer Jerome Karam plans to buy yet another vacant department store building at Mall of the Mainland — this time the space formerly occupied by J.C. Penney.
The Houston Texans opened their season with a 17-6 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. J.J. Watt had a big game an rookie Jadeveon Clowney left the game in the first half with a knee injury.
Raccoons split opinions. Some love their cute and cuddly appearance, others see them as potentially hazardous varmints.
The third annual Daily News Press Run is approaching fast – a little too fast. I’m looking forward to the Press Run. I really am. It’s always fun.
Especially on Labor Day, it's important to find a moment to appreciate past generations' sacrifices in bringing America forward. Water connects. The Bay ties all of our local industries together. What better place to commemorate the working man's struggles?
Not unexpectedly, the National Hurricane Center has upgraded the disturbance in the Bay of Campeche to Tropical Storm Dolly overnight and a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Mexico from Tuxpan north to Barra El Mezquital (just south of Brownsville).
For some island businesses, the end of the busy summer season is a time to regroup and make improvements.
The Texans held their own during the first half, but ultimately fell to the 49ers 40-13 in their final preseason tune-up. They open the season at home next Saturday against Washington.
The League City/Clear Lake area received heavy rains yesterday, while a downpour measuring nearly 3 inches caused street flooding and the heaviest rain on the Island since October 31, 2013.
We've been very busy around here working on the launch of the new and improved Coast, which comes out in October with a very different look, feel and name — Coast Monthly.
Living on this island, any landscape photographer will be including water in many, if not most of their shots. In order to photographically translate what we see with the human eye, a variety of tools are helpful. Some tools, e.g. exposure or aperture options, are part of the technology a SLR camera comes with, but sometimes adding a filter can be helpful. For photographing water, I choose a neutral density filter.
Many people that I know have had enough steamy, August weather for a while and would like a break. This time of year, however, relief usually comes from a spell of increased cloudiness and scattered thundershowers, since late August cold fronts are exceedingly rare.
A pelican taking a bath is a noisy affair. Pier 19 in Galveston is a good place to watch the splashing spectacle of the brown pelicans cleaning their feathers.
Diamonds at a wedding? Of course. Diamondbacks? Well that’s another matter.
The 3rd annual DAILY NEWS PRESS 5K, 10K and kids 1K is just around the corner…are you ready?
A heat advisory has been issued again today for the counties along the upper-Texas coast. While the mercury is generally are not expected to rise above the mid-90’s nor topple any daily high temperature records, a combination of intense August heat and high humidity levels will inhibit vigorous outdoor activities
If you are like me, you were probably glued to the television Wednesday night at the situation going on in Ferguson, Mo. On that night, protests over the police shooting that caused the death of 19-year-old Michael Brown turned violent, and police used tear gas and other methods to disperse protesters.
The Houston Texans notched their first win since September 15th of last year with a 32-7 victory over the Falcons in week two of the NFL pre-season.
Owners of Bistro LeCroy are turning to crowd funding to raise enough money to reopen the downtown island restaurant after an Aug. 8 electrical fire.
Department store Palais Royal is making a move in Texas City, but not too far from its longtime spot at the Mall of the Mainland.
I thought I would offer this friendly restaurant reminder after talking to Webster officials, who are worried that nearby construction work might block signage and keep people from knowing that the 12,000-square-foot Luby’s/Fuddruckers at Baybrook Shopping Center is opening today (Aug. 14).
Sunday, I was on the extreme East End of Galveston. A thunderstorm rumbled off to the southwest, but only a few drops of rain fell at that location. Later as I traveled towards the central part of the city, the streets were flooded in some areas to curb level and a CoCoRaHS observer (a volunteer precipitation observation network) in that area reported 0.96” of rain. Meanwhile, just a couple of miles further west, the official reporting station at Scholes Field monitored but a trace of rain from the same event.
The period between Aug. 1 and Sept. 22 is usually the most active part of the hurricane season. How we fare during this crucial period often determines what kind of season we will have locally.
GALVESTON — Over the weekend, reports emerged that an Austin woman was recovering from a fight with Vibrio vulnificus, a form of flesh-eating bacteria.
I finally broke down and got a running app. And it’s making a more honest runner out of me.
This afternoon a cold front is pushing slowly through Central Texas and should move off the coast by sometime Friday. Although a cold front this time of year is somewhat unusual, do not get too excited. Any cooling from this frontal passage will be quite modest, with morning temperatures dipping only into the upper 70s near the coast and mid- to low 70s inland.
I’ll be out of the office on Monday and won’t have a Tuesday Biz Buzz column. So, I thought I would leave you with some small bites of next Thursday’s Buzz.
With Tropical Depression #2 weakening back into a tropical wave, systems in the Tropical Atlantic Basin continue to have a difficult time developing — not that I am complaining.
Tiempo means time in Spanish and it looks like everyone will have plenty of it as we wait for El Tiempo Cantina to finally open in Webster.
Daily News staff members met this week to discuss details of our Press Run, which is Sept. 13. We’ve been meeting for months, but this time I felt a real sense of urgency.
The elements are coming together for fairly decent rains over large parts of North and East Texas. Whether this will benefit Galveston County remains the big question.
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