Winning isn’t everything, especially in high school athletics, but judging by the reactions of the Ball High players, coaches, fans and even the stadium maintenance worker, it was obvious that Friday night’s win meant a lot.
We are in that transition period when more frequent cold fronts start appearing. The current frontal system likely will have some effect on the movement of fish; however, it should be short-lived.
Despite what you hear during tonight's presidential debate, no one man or woman is going to make America great again.
The schooner America, a replica of the fabled racing yacht that coined the phrase America's Cup, will visit Galveston late next month.
The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce this week joined other business organizations and trade groups in a lawsuit challenging the White House’s new white-collar overtime rule, which would make millions of Americans eligible for overtime pay.
Planting seeds: Will a long-vacant Broadway building in Galveston soon be home to a garden? If Mayor Jim Yarbrough and city officials have their way, it will. City officials are considering buying the building formerly occupied by Simp’s Kitchen and years ago by a Dairy Queen, 2528 Broadway. Most recently a group had plans to open a Cajun concept at the building, but those never came to fruition.
Land sakes: Will Texas City ever be the same? The residential component of Lago Mar that promises to eventually be home to about 4,400 families, is officially underway.
Galveston Island Brewing’s increasingly popular craft beers soon will be available on area grocery shelves thanks to an agreement with an Austin-based mobile canning company.
The Galveston Economic Development Partnership will present its fifth annual Economic Development Summit from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort, 5600 Seawall Blvd.
The gentle rippling of English Bayou’s sea-blue water off 61st Street in Galveston belies the havoc that tore across the island when Hurricane Ike barreled ashore eight years ago this month.
A boat launch at the Galveston Yacht Basin used by thousands of people for 40 years will no longer be available to nonmembers unless they’re willing to pay a $1,500 yearly fee.
Grill is on: Those rumors about Plano-based breastaurant Tight Ends Sports Bar & Grill planning a touchdown at the building vacated this year by Quaker Steak & Lube in League City are true.
The Galveston County Daily News has reached an agreement in principle to buy the assets of Mirror Publishers Inc., a web offset printing company based in Texas City.
It’s happening: Bulldozers and a construction trailer are on site. And a general contractor has been hired. So, if the weather cooperates, crews any day will begin building the long-awaited theme park Adventure Pointe on 25 acres fronting Interstate 45, south of Tanger Outlets in Texas City.
Waterfront watch: A very prime island restaurant spot on the waterfront that recently became available continues to generate much buzz and conjecture. When Ignite Restaurant Group last month closed its Joe’s Crab Shack at Pier 19 on the waterfront, it raised several questions about just who would fill the space and whether the Port of Galveston, which is the landlord, would have much say about it. Lease terms allow Ignite to sublease the port property to a reasonable tenant. It’s possible a restaurant operator could forge a sublease agreement with Ignite.
League City has just created its fifth so-called tax increment reinvestment zone in its history.
SPAC-ulation: Strong but unconfirmed speculation is circulating around town that island-born billionaire Tilman Fertitta is planning to re-net the Joe’s Crab Shack chain.
The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce has received a $10,000 state grant to help fund its Spanish language business development workshops for bilingual, Spanish-speaking business owners, the Governor’s Office of Small Business Assistance announced Wednesday.
The Wharves Board of Trustees met on Monday for its regular monthly meeting. Here are a few business transactions and items the wharves board approved or discussed.
Hooter holler: Ever since Hurricane Ike eight years ago destroyed Hooters, 2227 Seawall Blvd., rumors of its island return have persisted.
Supply side: Did Santa Fe plow past other mainland cities to lure the largest retail farm and ranch store in the nation? It sure looks that way.
Seabrook is known for its many fish markets and some have called the city the “Seafood Capital of Texas.”
A&A Machine & Fabrication has completed an order of more than 100 high-pressure tubes in record time, a feat that likely will lead to more projects, as the mainland company breaks into a market recently dominated by European suppliers.
In an effort to unload cruise ships faster and move cargo quicker during busy seasons, the Port of Galveston is entering a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that allows businesses to request additional officers.
Boeing Space Exploration, based in the Clear Lake area, is continuing its long-term partnership with NASA in developing the agency’s next-generation spacecraft.
Grocer gossip: Some readers are shopping around interesting rumors that a grocer plans to move into the space formerly occupied by Kroger in League City Plaza, on the southeast corner of Interstate 45 and FM 518.
Nicaragua in 1978 was wracked by the final throes of a bloody revolution that in the following July would bring to an end the despotic, three-generation Somoza family regime.
Editor’s note: Laura Elder’s regular Biz Buzz will return next week. In the meantime, here’s an update of last week’s Buzz Blog item.
Deli downer: Some islanders are mourning the sudden closure of sandwich shop McAlister’s Deli, 6600 Seawall Blvd.
Coast Monthly, the award-winning magazine published by The Daily News, has greatly increased its reach to visitors and tourists by making the glossy magazine available in hundreds of hotel rooms across the county.
For nearly 40 years, the Stewart Mansion sat empty, serving as a canvas for vandals, while many of its architectural elements were destroyed or looted.
Penney lane: Texas City commissioners last week cleared the way for Friendswood attorney and developer Jerome Karam and business partner Robin Parsley to transform the vacant J.C. Penney building in Texas City into an indoor self-storage facility and a business center offering such services as printing and photocopies.
Island home sales saw a healthy bump in the first six months this year, rising 6 percent over last year as consumers sought places to sink their cash.
South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center has completed its $10 million renovation, marking the most extensive makeover the hotel property has undergone since its opening nearly 30 years ago.
The scoop: Sometimes, the best business opportunities come in unexpected ways. Just ask Mike and Kathy Bouvier, owners of Hey Mikey’s Ice Cream, 2120 Postoffice St. in the island’s downtown.
The price of oil, like the seemingly ubiquitous pump jacks that extract much of it here in Texas, has had its well-chronicled ups and downs. The latter has been the case since 2014.
Raise your steins: Texas City-based Del Papa Distributing was established on the island in 1910 and is widely known for distributing national brands, particularly Anheuser-Busch products. In 2014, Mark Dell’Osso established Galveston Island Brewing, a burgeoning company working to introduce the world to its craft beers.
Climate change: The building formerly housing department store J.C. Penney in Texas City could soon become a climate-controlled storage facility.
On the half-shell: Gilhooley’s, the iconic San Leon restaurant famous for oysters, has a new owner — the man who for years has supplied the business with the bivalves for which the eatery is famous.
Joynt’s jumping: Two new drinking and eating establishments are causing a stir on the island with the potential to lure more people to downtown’s western edge.
Another ship has come in for the Port of Galveston.
When it comes to League City supermarkets, Kroger is betting that bigger is better.
Biz brewing: The revival of Texas City’s Sixth Street is about to get caffeinated.
From the rooftops: It’s been at least 10 years in the making, is expected to pull Texas City’s mass across the Interstate 45 and is one of the largest mixed-use projects ever to be planned in the county — with its developer projecting 1 million square feet of houses, restaurants, hotels and offices to eventually surface at the site.
Time of the Seasons: It’s happening. Seasons Gourmet Food & Grocer, 2701 Broadway, opens 7 a.m. Friday, just a little more than a year after announcing plans to set up shop in Galveston.
It’s a click-and-collect world, and grocers want a bigger piece of the basket.
Gulf Greyhound Park owners, who are seeking ways to generate revenue at the 210,000-square-foot behemoth after ending live dog racing last year, announced this week a major lantern festival would lease space for several months beginning in the fall.
Pecking in: North county fans of boneless chicken breast sandwiches and those Waffle Potato Fries have something to cluck about. League City officials confirm Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A plans an eatery next to supermarket H-E-B at the intersection of South Shore Boulevard and state Highway 96. City officials this week received plans for the restaurant, which would mark a second for League City. No word on an opening date.
On the menu: As promised, Galveston Restaurant Group has opened Taquilo’s, 2101 Postoffice St. downtown.
Room service: Plans for a 90-room boutique hotel at the Falstaff Brewery site, 3303 Church St. on the island, are on the fast track.
An oil and gas transportation and storage company that operates pipelines in Texas City is seeking a permit to use 150 acre feet of water per year — the equivalent of about 70 Olympic-sized swimming pools — to test and flush its equipment.
The University of Texas Medical Branch has officially opened its $82 million hospital and emergency room at Victory Lakes in League City, where babies already were born last week.
The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce will honor the recipients of the inaugural George P. Mitchell Regional Entrepreneurs of the Year at an awards celebration from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 10 at the Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd.
It’s a date: Store wars are about to get very interesting in League City, where grocers are going all out to attract shoppers of the affluent and fast-growing community.
Supermarket speculation: Inquiring readers want to know about all that activity at the vacant Baywood Foods grocery store, 6721 Main St. in Hitchcock. The store closed in September 2014, leaving Hitchcock residents without a supermarket of their own.
A week before hurricane season, the Wharves Board of Trustees, which governs the Port of Galveston, approved a contract with island-based DRC Emergency Services LLC to remove debris after a storm.
Does Beaumont-based Jason’s Deli intend to bite into the market? Rumor has it that the purveyor of sandwiches, soups and salads is planning a League City eatery.
The city isn't trying to stop commercial and residential growth, but better manage the pace of that growth and its appearance, said Paul Menzies, director of planning and development for League City.
A series of issues slowed Seasons Gourmet Food & Grocer, McCutcheon said this week, although declining to cast blame at anyone in particular.
That 22,000-square-foot building rising at the Big League Dreams is part of an expansion that will come at the expense of the sports venue's managers and not League City residents, officials say.
No one at the Port of Galveston expected the Galveston Transit Terminal, primarily a bus depot for the city, to generate shiploads of revenue. But waterfront managers obviously want and need it to make money.
Port of Galveston officials, who've spent millions to lure and keep cruise ships calling on the island, say they’ll be watching a panel of lawmakers studying ways to bring the industry to ports along the South Texas coast.
Crews have begun framing the building that will house the much-awaited Marais restaurant rising at 2015 FM 517 in Dickinson.
High hopes among officials of attracting retail development to land the county owns near the Criminal Justice Center in Galveston continue to be dashed.