GALVESTON — More than 50 people have filed applications with the city to be considered for the position of city manager.
LEAGUE CITY — Once, if you needed the police, you called 911. Now, you just have to tap an app on your mobile phone.
HITCHCOCK – What a difference an added year of experience can make. Last season, a young Hitchcock Bulldogs team finished the year 2-8. This year, while still young, the Bulldogs are off to a 3-0 start to the season.
Kemah’s Kelly Anderson won the women’s 4.5 singles championship at the Charlie Weaver Texas Adult Sectionals in San Antonio. Seeded No. 2, she upset Houston’s No. 1-seeded Laura Carter in the final, 6-2, 6-1.
Our Constitution, the cornerstone of our freedoms, was written to protect every American from the abuse of power by government.
GALVESTON — Animal lovers, party hounds and cool cats will be spiking a Saturday Night Fever on Sept. 27 when the Galveston Island Humane Society holds the annual PAWS Gala at the Galveston Island Convention Center at The San Luis Resort.
GALVESTON — The end of a local culinary era is near. One of Galveston’s award-winning chefs, Urs Schmid, has announced his retirement, and will be leaving his position as executive chef at Moody Gardens after 16 years overseeing the fine-dining and banquet operations there.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry will join other dignitaries in College Station at the dedication of what's described as a national pandemic influenza vaccine facility.
NEW YORK (AP) — The leaders of India, Bangladesh, Norway and the United Nations are set to appear at the Global Citizen Festival headlined by Jay Z on Sept. 27 in New York's Central Park.
I’m a “damn Yankee.” You know the kind that came to Texas and overstayed his visa.
The African-American Historical Preservation Committee of The 1867 Settlement will have its fourth annual Western Celebration from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 27 on the Bell Drive Strip, 117 Bell Drive, in West Texas City.
Q: I have grown sweet potatoes for many years. They are easy to grow, and I harvest about two dozen tubers during fall.
HOUSTON — Writespace is Houston’s newest writing center.
JoAn Watson Martin reviews “My Mama’s Closet,” by Alice Rhea Mitchell.
Melvyn Schreiber reviews “Me and the Mexican Gunboats,” by William L. Payne.
My son is 10 months old. I understand that he needs to get two flu shots this year. Should I take him to get his flu vaccine now or wait for his 1-year-old well check?
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Brazoria and Galveston County Offices will present the fourth Upper Gulf Coast Forage Management Series, a series of programs that will focus on the fundamental practices and principles involved in the production of forage for livestock and horse consumption.
GALVESTON — The 2014-15 Galveston College Lecture Series “Discovering Galveston’s History” will be Oct. 7 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Communities In Schools-Bay Area serving the Clear Creek and Dickinson independent school districts at risk students.
Mary Jean Hayden was one of the most dedicated volunteers I’ve ever known. She started Camp Wild, a free weeklong day camp for kids, at Galveston Island State Park and for many years directed the educational programs there.
James M. Schmidt takes a look back at Galveston's Yellow Fever epidemic 150 years later.
A glorious thing takes place toward the end of summer along the Upper Texas Gulf Coast.
GALVESTON — What began as Galveston Island’s Sears and Roebuck store is now home to one of the Galveston Historical Foundation’s more public endeavors.
Well, if anyone can write about The Balinese Room, I feel I am the one.
Melvyn Schreiber reviews “The Orphan Master’s Son,” by Adam Johnson.
JoAn Watson Martin reviews “Hannah Is My Name,” by Belle Yang.
GALVESTON — During September, the Rosenberg Library will exhibit items related to one of the island’s best-known musicians, Felix Stella.
Ahhh, September has arrived. Weather-wise, the 2014 summer season has been relatively tolerable.
Want to learn practical, rubber-meets-the-road Spanish quickly — as in about two months?
JoAn Watson Martin reviews “Don’t let the Barber Pull Your Teeth,” by Carmen Bredeson.
"Aida,” being one of the best-known of operas, awakens expectations of excellence, especially when it’s performed at The Metropolitan Opera.
Diaper need is a silent crisis in the United States. Most Americans who have not faced this struggle do not know the problem exists.
GALVESTON — The Rosenberg Library now offers more than 60,000 e-books and more than 14,000 audio e-books for download.
GALVESTON — The 31st annual Galveston Island Greek Festival will be Nov. 1-2 at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church.
GALVESTON — The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Galveston and Bay Area residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 11 at the Stewart Beach Pavilion.
If you asked 1,000 birders their favorite time to search for avian treasures, it is doubtful more than a scant handful would say “August.”
Q: I recently bought an older home and need help in identifying a large shrub that is producing abundant clusters of large pea-shaped flowers that are bright red. There are small thorns on the stems. Can you identify this shrub?
JoAn Watson Martin reviews “Journey to Galveston,” Melodie A. Cuate.
Melvyn Schreiber reviews “Aimless Love — New and Selected Poems,” by Billy Collins.
For a few short postwar years, nothing significant happened. Guns and mountings were removed, firing ranges cleaned up and made safe, etc.
It’s Friday afternoon in Galveston and several dozen locals are gathered at an East End watering hole to sniff out the news of the week.
William Cowper, an 18th century English poet, is credited with the following quote: “I am monarch of all I survey, my right there is none to dispute ...”
TEXAS CITY — The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will celebrate its third annual Faith through the Arts Festival daily through Saturday at the church.
JoAn Watson Martin reviews “A Hitch at the Fairmont,” Jim Averbeck.
Melvyn Schreiber reviews “Eugene Onegin.”
In previous columns, we learned that the East End Lagoon is a borrow pit, where sand was dredged from and pumped to back fill the easterly extension of the seawall in the early 20s.
I only noticed the plaque as I began to walk away. The faded gray background and lettering perfectly matched the elevated platform and railing.
We are in the middle of the Dogs Days of summer, but the month of August signals the start of the fall gardening season.
"The Bishop’s Rook and The Balinese,” currently under development, is a historical fiction novel set during the Maceo gambling era of 1927 to 1957 in Galveston, the raids and shutdown of 65 illegal gaming clubs on the island on June 17, 1957, the connection to the early development of Las Vegas and the migration of the Fertitta family to Vegas.
JoAn Watson Martin reviews “The Aviator’s Wife,” by Melanie Benjamin.
Melvyn Schreiber reviews “The Invention of Wings,” by Sue Monk Kidd.
Certainly everyone has enjoyed our brief respite from the dog days.
A bit of fall weather at the beginning of August in the Texas Upper Gulf Coast?
Every summer for the last 10 years, my wife and her sisters gather and reunite for a month in a place called Sequim, Wash.
In earlier chapters, we learned that the United States government came to own the far East End of the island, used it for military defensive purposes, that it accreted mightily and that a seawall finalized in 1925, topped by a road, split the property into two sections, north and south, with the military installations being mainly to the north.
JoAn Watson Martin reviews “The Wind Comes Sweeping,” by Marcia Preston.
Melvyn Schreiber reviews “Rusalka,” by Antonin Dvorak.
GALVESTON — Children visiting the Rosenberg Library in Galveston reviewed books they read this summer. They are as follows:
GALVESTON — The 14th annual PAWS Gala, which benefits the Galveston Island Humane Society, is set for Sept. 27 at the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort, 5600 Seawall Blvd.
LA MARQUE — Teenager Samantha Gardner will board a flight for Africa this September, toting luggage crammed with sewing machines, tools, knitting needles and hope.
Q: Several oleanders in my neighborhood have developed a dense growth of a bright yellow, stringy “thing” that’s beginning to cover the plants entirely.
By late 1899 Captain C. S. Riche had the required armament in place and now turned to raising the near-sea-level grade 6 feet, so that buildings would remain “high and dry” and be free from tidal surges.
Melvyn Schreiber reviews “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union,” by Michael Chabo.
JoAn Watson Martin reviews “The Great Dinosaur Race #1” and “The Terrific Dinosaur Talent Show #4,” by Lynn G. Abrams.
TEXAS CITY — Juxtaposing vivid floral paintings with intricate black-and-white drawings and translucent glass with dark brocade, the latest exhibit in the College of the Mainland Art Gallery exclusively features art created by students in the COM Senior Adult Program.
Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you were missing one of your five senses?
In the previous column, East End military history was covered from the post Texas Revolution — Fort Travis 1836-45 through the Civil War era Fort Sulakowski 1863-65.
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