First quarter auto sales in the Houston region fell 14 percent to the lowest level since December 2009, according to the Houston Automobile Association, which points to an economy that’s sending “mixed signals.”
DEAR BRUCE: My parents left me and my two siblings money from their estate. We received the bulk of the estate almost two years ago. Now, the executrix, a niece, is withholding $20,000. In three years, there have been no claims against the estate. I called the attorneys involved, and they ar…
Sometimes, heart disease erupts as a full-blown emergency with sudden, crushing chest pain. That’s when immediate intervention to restore blood flow to the heart can be lifesaving.
Room service: In 2007, this column buzzed that developers Thu Lam and Boch Lam had applied for permits to build a six-story hotel at 802 Ave. L in Galveston.
Jaw-dropper: Notice that green fence around the building formerly occupied by Domino’s Pizza, 2424 Seawall Blvd., next to Chick-fil-A on the island? Crews will soon demolish the building to make way for a Landry’s Inc. amusement attraction called Shark Attack The Mysterious Underworld 5D. Th…
Galveston is poised to receive $10 million in funds for two ambitious projects that will enhance the East End Lagoon and keep our beaches healthy. For the next six weeks, the Galveston community will play a key role in making sure these projects become a reality.
There are two ways to combat surprise medical bills, whether they come from an air ambulance, a ground ambulance or a health care professional: Prevent them in the first place or fight them later.
DEAR BRUCE: I am fortunate to have an employee-funded retirement. I am 67 and retiring in three months, and I must decide on one of these options: 1. A single cash payout of $780,000. 2. Monthly annuity of $5,300 for life. 3. Monthly annuity of $6,100 guaranteed for 10 years plus life (there…
Texas' struggling shrimp industry is lobbying Congress for changes to a visa program amid labor shortage concerns.
Wok this way: Inquiring readers want to know about all that dirt turning in front of Wal-Mart near the new Coastal Community Credit Union in La Marque.
More than a quarter of a million cases of skin cancer can be attributed to tanning-bed use, according to a new study from researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. That figure is for 2015, when the total skin cancer cases numbered about 2.4 million.
Comite de Negocios is a committee and task force of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce whose mission is to advocate for and assist Hispanic-owned businesses in the Galveston region. Recent workshops offered by the task force provided professional instruction and assistance with writi…
DEAR BRUCE: I was taken by a person who ran a seminar selling a publication that claimed to have movie rights to the Ninja Turtles. Believing that this movie would be a hit, I invested $50,000 in that stock. Up until and even after the movie came out, I was promised that the moneys made woul…
The coastal plains are bustling with plant life and animal life only to be seen in this part of the country. A piece of legislation could soon help to designate this habitat in undeveloped parts of Galveston and surrounding counties as a national park later this year.
The maritime industry accounts for about 20 percent of Galveston County’s jobs, according to an economic assessment recently conducted by Martin Associates.
DEAR BRUCE: My husband has a 401(k) and 403(b) with Fidelity Investments. When he started drawing at 70 1/2 he requested 15 percent to be withheld toward his taxes. Fidelity did this until 2016, when they said they would no longer honor his written request. He would have to call every year a…
While volunteering at a Rotary Club youth camp in East Texas earlier this year, I overheard some students talk excitedly about a new development in their town — a Dairy Queen was moving in. Hearing that made me stop and think about how fortunate I am to live in a town with so much to experience.
On the bayou: They’re known for good barbecue, but this week Keith and Holly Lilley added Gulf Coast casual and Cajun-inspired dishes to their restaurant repertoire.
More than 100 Galveston area employers will participate in the 12th annual Oceans of Opportunities Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort, 5600 Seawall Blvd., in Galveston.
DEAR BRUCE: My friend, who is 71, is considering a long-term care policy that sounds like life insurance along with LTC. I’ve had a stand-alone LTC policy for a number of years, the premium being $3,000 a year. Her premium would be about $8,000 a year, but would include a death benefit. Is t…
Home to roost? Fast-casual restaurant chain Chick-fil-A is hatching plans for a Friendswood eatery. But a zoning change request for a parcel on which the chicken sandwich purveyor might roost has ruffled some feathers and has even become election fodder for the city council race.
YouTube TV, Google’s new streaming package of about 40 television channels, is the tech industry’s latest bid to get cable-shunning millennials to pay for live TV over the internet.
At least 65,000 people this year paid for entry to Mardi Gras! Galveston, posting a significant increase from the number of people who attended in 2016.
Buzz buzz: First things first. Those rumors about Biz Buzz moving to Sundays are true. Beginning Sunday, readers will find a much-expanded Biz Buzz column and a business section filled with relevant local news, along with state and national news of interest. It’s a return to tradition. Biz B…
Material development: Texas City officials on Feb. 10 issued the necessary permits for construction of key buildings at the long-awaited theme park Adventure Pointe on 25 acres fronting Interstate 45, south of Tanger Outlets in Texas City.
Galveston’s hotels raked in almost $8 million over the two weeks of spring break, according to hotel occupancy data from the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Editor’s note: This is the third part of an occasional series about how cities in the county and region approach economic development.
Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit, is a day devoted to personal and professional enrichment featuring outstanding presentations by individuals sharing their experiences, and who will inspire, educate and entertain all who attend.
True or false? Did a local credit union and a school district this week engage in a bidding war over a highly coveted building in Webster? It’s true. While “war” might be a strong word, the Clear Creek Independent School District prevailed in a competitive bid Tuesday against AMOCO Federal C…
Concrete complex: That luxury apartment complex that has been underway for several years on the eastern shore of English Bayou is about to get tenants.
Medical checkup: The University of Texas Medical Branch has indefinitely put on hold plans to build clinics and facilities on an 11-acre site behind grocery store Randalls, which is on Central City Boulevard off 61st Street, officials this month confirmed.
As print publications continue to find their place in fast-changing industry, The Galveston County Daily News received honorable mention by Editor & Publisher in its annual “10 Newspapers That Do It Right.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting this week, awarded accreditation to the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce for what it called sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community.
Hooter holler: Ever since confirming it would return to the island, Hooters has been hush-hush about exactly where.
CNBC’s prime time series “Billion Dollar Buyer” and island-born billionaire Tilman Fertitta are casting for area entrepreneurs to be featured on the TV show that has the potential to transform small businesses.
Connie Watt, vice president of the Justin J. Watt Foundation and mother of Houston Texan J.J. Watt will appear and 10 outstanding Texas women will be honored at the 10th annual Conference Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit on April 6 at the Moody Gardens Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd., i…