At least one expert on public-information laws maintained that the letter showed violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act.
At least one expert on public-information laws maintained that the letter showed violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act.
Hallisey is embroiled in controversy with the city council, which Tuesday voted to send a complaint that he used a gender-related slur about a councilwoman to the city’s ethics review board.
One of the mantras in our colleges and universities — and maybe in advanced high school classes, too — is that we must teach students to think critically.
Unfortunately, unless the scammer can be identified and criminal charges filed or a civil case initiated there is little recourse to having your money returned.
Dragon boat teams from Texas and Louisiana competed Sunday, July 10, 2016, in the Texas Dragon Boat Association's Island Party that was part of Island Paddle's 4th annual Ocean Fest. Paddling to the beat of a drummer on the 40-foot boats, the 20 paddlers and steersperson raced the traditional Hong Kong-style BuK dragon boats on a 300-meter course on Offatts Bayou at Moody Gardens in Galveston.
The Houston Astros fell just short in a come from behind effort at Minute Maid Park on Saturday afternoon. Entering the bottom of the ninth inning trailing the Oakland Athletics 3-0 the Astros drove in two runs but couldn't replicate Luis Valbuena's heroics from Friday night, falling 3-2.
More than 470 seniors graduated from Clear Creek High School on Sunday, June 5, 2016, during their Commencement ceremony at Challenger Columbia Stadium.
Friendswood High School held their Commencement ceremony Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Dan Coleman Coliseum in Spring.
More than 200 graduates from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine received their degrees Saturday, June 4, 2016, during their Commencement ceremony at the Moody Gardens Convention Center.
A rain delay and shortened ceremony didn't dampen the spirits of the 605 Dickinson High School seniors who comprised the Class of 2016 on Friday night.
Hitchcock High School held their Commencement ceremony Friday, June 3, 2016, at Bulldog Stadium. It was one of the largest classes at the school with 75 students. Bailey Bohannon and Katie Pineda were honored with their dipolma's awarded posthumously.
Texas City High School held their Commencement ceremony Friday, June 3, 2026, at Stingaree Stadium.
Santa Fe High School graduates didn't let a little rain dampen their spirits Friday, June 3, 2016, as they took the field at Joe Raitano Stadium for their Commencement ceremony. Family and friends filled the stands to see the 314 seniors graduate.
More than 400 Ball High School graduates received their diplomas Thursday, June 2, 2016, during their commencement ceremony at the Moody Gardens Convention Center.
Clear Springs High School held its 2016 Commencement Ceremony at Challenger Columbia Stadium in Webster Thursday, June 2, 2016.
Clear Falls High School held its 2016 Commencement Ceremony at Challenger Columbia Stadium in Webster Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
Lifeguards with the Galveston Island Beach Patrol geared up for the summer months by participating in their "night swim", a grueling race that features running, swimming, paddle boarding and other skills needed for their crucial job.
O'Connell College Preparatory School held their Commencement ceremony Thursday, May 26, 2016, at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston.
More than 30 contestants modeled vintage and vintage-inspired swimwear Saturday, May 21, 2016, during the seventh annual Galveston Island Beach Revue at the Hotel Galvez and Spa's Beach Central.
Crawfish and music enthusiasts gathered in Dickinson for the Red, White & Bayou Crawfish and Texas Music Festival Saturday, May 21, 2016. The annual event featured live music, vendors, games and rides and , of course, crawfish.
Texas A&M University Galveston held its 2016 Commencement Ceremony at the Galveston Island Convention Center Saturday, May 14, 2016. About 250 students including Midshipmen in the Texas A&M Maritime Academy were awarded their degrees at the event.
College of the Mainland held two Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the Abundant Life Center in La Marque.
Galveston College held their 49th annual Commencement on Friday, May 13, 2016, at the Galveston Island Convention Center. This year's graduating class had nearly 500 graduates who received more than 570 associated degrees and certificates.
Texas City celebrated Mexican heritage with the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival at Nessler Park Saturday, April 30, 2016. The free event featured a parade, food, musical and dance performances as well as cultural displays.
The University of Texas Medical Branch’s School of Nursing held its commencement ceremony Friday, April 29, 2016, at the Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston. More than 450, of the school's 607 graduates this year, participated in the ceremony.
Rodeo Riders of all ages came out to compete in the CPRA Rodeo at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo Friday. The rodeo action continues Saturday.
The first night of rodeo action took place at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo as riders from across the region came out to compete in the CPRA Rodeo. In addition to rodeo action, fair-goers continued to take in the sights and sound of the annual fair.
Youths from across the county participated in the annual Junior Livestock Auction at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo in Hitchcock Wednesday, April 13, 2016.
The County and Market Steer show got underway Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo in Hitchcock. Area youth washed and groomed their steer, which they have been raising for several months, for the judges in the show ring.
The 78th annual Galveston County Fair & Rodeo is underway at Jack Brooks Park in Hitchcock and continues through Sunday April 17. The livestock barn is busy with youth from the area showing animals they've raised, from broiler hens and market rabbits to lambs, goats and steer.
Riders from the Galveston County area tested their horses and their barrel racing skills Monday, April 11, 2016, during the exhibition barrel racing session at the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo in Hitchcock.
After starting the season in New York, the Houston Astros returned to Minute Maid Park for their home opener on Monday night against the Kansas City Royals. The home team took an early lead that it never relinquished in route to an 8-2 victory over the defending World Champions. Starter Collin McHugh threw seven scoreless innings and Colby Rasmus hit his third home run of the season in the win.
The Friendswood Lady Mustangs continued their playoff journey at home against the Fort Bend Clements Lady Rangers on Tuesday night. Despite an even matching the Mustangs controlled the game and kept solid pressure on the Rangers for 80 minutes of regulation. Tied 0-0 the teams headed for overtime. Just as it was starting to look like a shoot-out was inevitable Clements pushed an attack with only six minutes left on the clock that resulted in the match's only goal and a victory.
The Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers faced off in the spring training finale on Friday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. The Astros won the game 4-2 to finish with an 18-11 spring record going into the season with high expectations from fans and analysts alike. Houston opens the season on Monday against the Yankees in New York and don't return for the home opener until April 11.
After a slow start, the Ball High School Lady Tors defeated the Dayton Broncos 57-48 in the Area Round of the Girls Basketball 5A Playoffs in Baytown.
The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius' 20th annual Fat Tuesday Parade brought an end to the Mardi Gras celebrations in Galveston.
Dogs, cats, pigs, ferrets, snakes, along with a pony and a chicken and their owners paraded Sunday February 7, 2016, through downtown Galveston for the 18th annual Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Parade.
The Firefighters Local 571 hosted the annual Mardi Gras Children's Parade on Sunday February 7, 2016, in Galveston. The parade, with floats full of children and their families, brought the second weekend of Mardi Gras to a close.
Mardi Gras in Galveston is in full swing with numerous parades and performances including the Z Krewe 22nd Z Procession and the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade.
The second weekend of Mardi Gras continues in Galveston on Saturday February 6, 2016, with the annual Krewe d' Esprit Rosaire Parade.
The second weekend of Mardi Gras gets rolling Friday with the Danny Weber Memorial Fire Truck Parade, Krewe Babalu's 11th annual All Krewe Parade and the Krewe of Maximilian Parade. The Quaker City String Band of the Philadelphia Mummers also made an appearance to play for the Krewe of Eiland's balcony party, as well as American rapper Pitbull, who performed at the 20th annual San Luis Salute.
Mardi Gras activities continued across Galveston Saturday with numerous parades and performances, including the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Parade, the Krewe of Gambrinus Parade and the Zaniest Golf Cart Parade.
Mardi Gras in Galveston official kicked off Friday night with the George P. Mitchell Parade and the 6th Annual Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade sponsored by the Daily News. Costumed revelers took to the streets of downtown Galveston to take in the sights and sounds.
Texas City rang in Mardi Gras with the second annual Mainland Mardi Gras Parade Saturday, January 23, 2016. Costumed revelers, school groups, bands and local law enforcement agencies and first responders took part in a colorful parade, which was preceded by a fun run. Mardi Gras activities continue in the county this week with parades in Galveston held next weekend.
The 5th annual Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Texas was held at Stewart Beach in Galveston, Texas Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. Over three hundred costumed plungers braved water temperatures in the mid 50s at the event, which is the largest of its type in the state.
The Annual King-Fest MLK Day Parade was held in Galveston Saturday, January 16, 2016.
The Kansas City Chiefs dominated the Houston Texans in an AFC Wildcard Playoff on Saturday at NRG Stadium. The Chiefs returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and then cruised to a 30-0 shutout over the Texans. Brian Hoyer threw four interceptions and J.J. Watt left the game twice with an injury.
The Houston Texans capped off the regular season with a 30-6 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The victory clinched the AFC South title and guarantees a home playoff game next weekend.
Each year The Daily News publishes hundreds, if not thousands, of images taken by The Daily News’ photo staff. As 2016 gets underway, Photo Editor Jennifer Reynolds and photojournalists Stuart Villanueva and Kevin M. Cox look back on their favorite photos of 2015.
The LSU Tigers and Texas Tech Red Raiders clashed at NRG Stadium in the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. LSU dominated the game 56-27 behind the running of Tiger star Leonard Fournette, who was named the game's MVP.
Paul Hopkins Park in Dickinson is aglow with the holiday spirit for the 18th Annual Dickinson Festival of Lights. The free event is open until December 31 from 6-9pm nightly, weather permitting, and features brilliantly lit Christmas displays, music, food and visits from Santa. for parking and shuttle information visit www.dickinsonfestivaloflights.org
The Houston Texans faced the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football with a chance to move into first place in the AFC South. However Tom Brady and the Patriots made short work of the Texans cruising to a 27-6 victory while forcing Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer from the game to be evaluated for a concussion.
Downtown Galveston was transformed into the Victorian Era of Charles Dickens for the Dickens on The Strand festival. The annual Christmas event draws thousands and features carolers, food and crafts.
The Houston Texans came out hot against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday and cruised to a 24-6 win to move above the .500 mark for the first time all season and remain tied for first place in the AFC South.
The Houston Texans returned home to NRG Stadium Sunday afternoon after their upset victory in Cincinnati on Monday night. With T.J. Yates under center and a strong showing by the defense Houston put up a solid 24-17 victory over the New York Jets to even their season record at 5-5.
The 2015 Lone Star Rally is being held in Galveston this weekend. The annual event draws hundreds of thousands of bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts.
The Houston Texans bounced back from an embarrassing loss in Miami last week with a 20-6 win over the Tennessee Titans at home on Sunday. The Texans defense led by Whitney Mercilus had a big game forcing three turnovers and sacking Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger seven times. The team has a bye next week before traveling to Cincinnati to face the Bengals in Week 10.
Get a behind the scenes look at how The Daily News photographically covered the big football game between Dickinson and Clear Creek.
The Astros and Royals met again Monday for Game 4 of the American League Division Series with Houston up two games to one. Kansas City struck first but Houston managed to climb ahead in the fifth inning before doubling their runs in the seventh for a solid 6-2 lead that looked like it would secure an ALCS appearance. However the bullpen was unable to maintain the lead and allowed the Royals to roar back with five runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth to secure a 9-6 victory over the Astros. The two clubs will square off for the final time in a decisive Game 5 on Wednesday in Kansas City with the season on the line.
The Houston Astros returned home to Minute Maid Park on Sunday to continue the American League Division Series against the Kansas City Royals. With the series tied 1-1 going into Game 3, Dallas Keuchel took the mound and held the Royals to only one run on five hits in seven innings. The Astros bats didn't wake up until the fifth inning but then did just enough damage to secure a 4-2 win. The teams return to action for Game 4 on Monday at noon when the Astros will have the opportunity to punch their ticket to the American League Championship Series.
The Clear Spring Chargers face the Friendswood Mustangs on Saturday Oct. 10, 2015, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in League City. The Mustangs defeated the Chargers 42-35.
The Butler Longhorn Museum in League City hosted the Texas Gathering and 21st Annual Oak Tree Festival, which celebrates Texan heritage and includes live music, a chili cook-off, art exhibits and more. The event continues Sunday with a car and bike show.
The Santa Fe Indians take on the Ridge Point Panthers on Friday Oct. 9, 2015, at Joe Raitano Stadium in Santa Fe. The panthers defeated the Indians 49-7.
The Texas City Stingarees defeated the Galveston Ball Tors 29-22 at Stingaree Stadium in Texas City Friday, Oct. 9, 2015.
The Houston Texans had a quick turnaround after their blowout loss on Sunday and faced the Indianapolis Colts Thursday night. After a slow start Houston pulled to within 3 at halftime. The Texans looked like they would tie it up with a late fourth quarter drive before Brian Hoyer threw an interception to Mike Adams to seal the loss.
The Clear Falls Knights took on the Dickinson Gators at Veterans Memorial Stadium in League City Thursday, October 8, 2015.
Model railroad enthusiasts were on hand for the Galveston Railroad Museum Train Show Saturday, October 3, 2015. The event, which continues Sunday, featured numerous detailed railroad layouts including Lego train sets presented by the Texas Brick Railroad.
The Texas City Stingarees defeated the Marshall Buffalos 28-21 in Texas City Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.
The Ball High Tors take on the Fort Bend Elkins Knights for their homecoming game Friday Oct. 2, 2015, at Kermit Courville Stadium in Galveston. The Knights defeated the Tors 21-13.
Galveston native Mike Evans and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came to Houston on Sunday to face the Houston Texans in NFL week 3. Evans had seven catches for 101 yards in a slow back and forth game that ultimately saw the Texans come away with a 19-9 win for their first victory of the season.
Friendswood traveled to League City on Saturday afternoon to face Clear Falls in the teams' District 24-6A opener. The Mustangs got off to a fast start and never looked back, playing homecoming spoiler by defeating the Knights 39-7.
The Astros and Angels played a businessman's special on Wednesday afternoon which also served as the rubber game of the series and the team's final meeting of the season. After another slow start Houston battled back to take the lead in the seventh inning. Unfortunately once again the bullpen couldn't hold on and Los Angeles reclaimed a lead the next inning that they wouldn't relinquish as they claimed a 6-5 win.
A pair of Red-Tailed Hawks that were rehabilitated by the Wildlife Center of Texas were released back into the wild Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.
The Hitchcock Bulldogs defeat KIPP Sunnyside 56-0 Friday Sept. 18, 2015, at Bulldog Stadium in Hitchcock.
The La Marque Cougars took the field against Brazosport at Etheredge Stadium in La Marque Friday, Sept. 18, 2015.
Galveston firefighters battle a house fire in the 1100 block of 31st Street on Sunday Sept. 13, 2015. One firefighter was injured battling the blaze that caused extensive damage to the house and also damaged a neighboring home.
The Houston Texans opened their season Sunday with a lackluster performance against the Kansas City Chiefs. Quarterback Brian Hoyer threw an interception on the Texans first offensive play of the game and things went downhill from there, with Houston trailing 27-9 at halftime. J.J. Watt put on his usual performance recording two sacks, six tackles for loss and three quarterback hits. A fourth quarter change to put Ryan Mallett in at QB is the only reason the Texans walked away with a respectable 27-20 final score in the loss.
The Clear Falls Chargers took on the La Porte Bulldogs in week three action at Veterans Memorial Stadium in League City Saturday, September 12, 2015.
Hundreds of runners and walkers participated in the 4th annual Galveston County Daily News Press Run on Saturday Sept. 12, 2015. The races kicked off with a children's 1K race, followed by a 5K and 10K races that took runners over the Galveston Causeway.
The Friendswood Mustangs took on Kingwood at Henry Winston Stadium in Friendswood Friday, September 11, 2015.
The Clear Creek Wildcats took on Deer Park at Veterans Memorial Stadium in League City Thursday, September 10, 2015.
The Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins faced off in the rubber game of their weekend series on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. Houston starter Dallas Keuchel gave up an uncharacteristic two homers and the Astro bats were quiet for most of the game. The Astros came alive in the seventh with a grand slam by Jed Lowrie and then a three-run dinger by Jake Marisnick in the eighth propelled the Astros to a 8-5 victory.
The Clear Springs Chargers football team took on Dobie in Pasadena Saturday, September 5, 2015.
The Texas City Stingarees took on the La Marque Cougars in the annual Battle By the Bay at Etheredge Stadium in La Marque Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.
Hundreds of Galveston County residents, law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency personnel gathered at Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque on Friday Sept. 4, 2015, for a candlelight vigil in honor of Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth and in honor of area law enforcement officers.
The Clear Falls Knights football team took on Kempner at Veterans Memorial Stadium in League City Thursday, September 3, 2015.
The 7th Annual Battle of the Badges was held at Moody Gardens in Galveston Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. The event, in which members of law enforcement square off against firefighters, is a fundraiser for the Resource and Crisis Center, the Children's Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Galveston.
The Friendswood Mustangs defeated Texas City 21-20 on opening night at Henry Winston Stadium in Friendswood Friday, August 28, 2015.
The Ball High Tors face the La Marque Cougars on Friday Aug. 28, 2015, for the Clash of the Causeway at Kermit Courville Stadium in Galveston. The Tors won the annual match up 21-0.
The Houston Texans took on the San Francisco 49ers in their first preseason game on Saturday night at NRG Stadium. The Texans took a 23-10 victory but fans were left with no additional clarity on who will win the starting quarterback job.
The Southside Community Ancestors and Heritage Celebration was held in Texas City Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. The event, which featured free food, live music and prizes, celebrated the African American families who settled in Texas City. A historical marker containing the names of those who settled in the area was also dedicated.
The 44th Annual Hitchcock Good Ole Days Celebration was held Saturday, August 8, 2015. The event featured pageants, a carnival, games, mutton busting and cook-off competitions.
The Astros and Diamondbacks faced off in the rubber game of their interleague series in front of 33,871 fans on Sunday afternoon. Behind a solid outing by Collin McHugh, RBIs by Carlos Gomez, Chris Carter and Evan Gattis, the Astros secured the series win with a 4-1 victory.
The Houston Astros hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first of a three-game interleague series on Friday night that featured the debut of Carlos Gomez who was acquired in a trade with the Brewers Thursday. In a slow game that lasted nearly four hours the Astros fell to the D-Backs 6-4 in front of a crowd of 34,720.
Kite enthusiasts from across the area took part in the Texas City Kite Festival on the Texas City Dike Saturday, July 25, 2015. The event featured competitions, kite boarding and children's activities.
Grillers from across the area competed in the Old Smokey Throwdown in Galveston Saturday, July 18, 2015. Cooking teams vied for prizes in three categories: beef fajitas, chicken wings and bacon. The event, now in its third year, also featured a kids' zone and live music.
Haak Vineyards and Winery in Santa Fe held their annual Harvest Festival Saturday, July 11, 2015. Guests at the festival were able to pick grapes, see the wine making process and enjoy live music and food.
Galveston County residents observed the Fourth of July with parades and fireworks displays.
Behind another solid outing by Dallas Keuchel the Houston Astros shutout the Kansas City Royals 4-0 Tuesday night and improved their record to 46-34 on the season. With the win Keuchel became the first Astro to win 10 games before the All-Star break since Roy Oswalt in 2005.
The Gulf Coast Volleyball Association held their Red, White 'N' Volleyball Tournament on the East Beach in Galveston Saturday, June 27, 2015. Hundreds of local volleyballers took part int the event, which featured youth and adult divisions.
The 1st Annual Firefighter Games were held on 6th Street in Texas City Saturday, June 20, 2015. Firefighters from departments across the county participated in the event which included competitions, 5k and 1k runs, a cookout and more. The event raised funds for the United Way.
The 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, the day Union Army Major General Gordon Granger read General Order No. 3 in Galveston to free the Texas slaves, was celebrated Friday June 19, 2015, with the 36th annual Al Edwards Emancipation Proclamtion Reading and Prayer Breakfast, parades, picnics and marches.
Tropical Storm Bill made landfall at Matagorda Island, more than 100 miles southwest Galveston on Tuesday just before noon. The storm did not produce the severe weather that officials feared Monday. High water did cover some roads in parts of the county.
The Clear Creek Wildcats and Cypress Ranch Mustangs faced off for a final time in Game 3 of the UIL 6A Region III Baseball Finals on Saturday at Rice's Reckling Park with a trip to state on the line. For the second game in a row the Wildcats got runners in scoring position but couldn't drive them in while the Mustangs had no problem running up the score for a 6-0 shutout.
The Clear Creek Wildcats came into Game 2 of the UIL 6A Region III Final with a 1-0 series lead over the Cypress Ranch Mustangs looking to punch their ticket to state. However behind solid pitching the Mustangs took an early lead and cruised to a 5-0 shutout to force a decisive Game 3 on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Clear Creek Wildcats and Cypress Ranch Mustangs took Game 1 of the UIL 6A Region III Final tied 0-0 into the seventh inning. The Mustangs got a runner to third base with one out but a 3-2 double play with a tag at the plate ended their scoring hopes and brought the Wildcats up to bat to end things in dramatic fashion. Michael Rohland hit a leadoff single and reached second on an error, was moved to third with a bunt single by Satchel McElroy and then jogged home on a game winning sacrifice fly by Landon Etzel.
The Santa Fe Lady Indians softball team lost to Ridge Point in the third and deciding game of the Regional Final series of the UIL State Softball Playoffs in Sweeny Saturday, May 30, 2015.
After several schedule changes due to weather the Santa Fe Lady Indians and Fort Bend Ridge Point Lady Panthers faced off in a double-header to open the UIL 5A Region III Softball Finals on Friday afternoon at the University of Houston's Cougar Softball Field. Under a brutal sun the Indians took an early lead in game one, but errors cost them the win as they fell 8-4. As the sun set Santa Fe gave up three runs to start game two but then held the Panthers scoreless as they battled back for a 5-3 victory, tying the best of three series at one game apiece. The teams will face off a final time in a decisive game three on Saturday afternoon at 1 PM in Sweeny. The winner will advance to the state tournament in Austin next week.
More than 50 sea turtles are released into the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday May 27, 2015 at Stewart Beach in Galveston, Texas. . Forty-nine of the turtles were Kemp’s ridleys and were part of a group brought in last December after being stunned by the cold in New England. They were part of a record setting cold stunning event which included a total of 1,200 turtles. The Boston Aquarium sent the sick turtles to NOAA’s Galveston Sea Turtle Facility as well as 17 other zoos and aquariums throughout the country.
The Clear Creek Wildcats faced the Pearland Oilers Saturday May 23, 2015, in game three of the regional quarterfinals at Jim Kethan Field in Deer Park. Clear Creek won 4-3 to advance to the regional semifinals.
The Santa Fe Lady Indians bounced back Saturday from a tough loss to Dayton in Game 1 of a UIL 5A Region III Softball Quarterfinal on Friday night. Needing to win both games of a doubleheader to avoid elimination the Lady Indians woke up their bats and did just that. Behind pitcher Shelbi Sunseri who threw two complete games and only allowed a single run in each, Santa Fe combined to score eight runs on their way to a Region Semifinal berth against Magnolia West next week.
The Astros and Mariners put on a display of power, hitting a combined nine home runs on Saturday night with the roof open at Minute Maid Park. However the Astros' five bombs were more productive propelling them to an 11-4 victory and extending their winning streak to nine games.