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…
Building suspense: Inquiring readers want to know about all that activity at the building previously occupied by grocer H-E-B, 918 21st St. in Texas City. People have been sighted in and around the building that was left empty in 2015 when H-E-B built a larger store at the corner of state Hi…
Stork flies north: Doctors since 1952 have delivered thousands of babies at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City. But that tradition soon will end as the hospital consolidates and moves its obstetrics program and infant deliveries to its main campus at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. Th…
It began as a slow year with oil and gas prices slumping and a presidential election fueling uncertainty. But 2016 ended on a rally, with residential real estate sales on the island increasing 3 percent compared with the year before.
With only 52 percent of the city developed, most of it to the east of Interstate 45, a lot of undeveloped land on the west side is ready to explode with projects, city officials said.
Deli date: It was June last year when Beaumont-based Jason’s Deli confirmed it would cross the county line and open a restaurant at 2765 Interstate 45 in League City.
Representatives for maritime groups and the Board of Pilot Commissioners for Galveston County Ports asked Judge Michelle Slaughter on Wednesday to cancel a planned hearing on three motions in a lawsuit over tariff rate increases.
Editor’s note: This is the second in an occasional series on how cities in the county and region approach economic development.
Business and gravy: Santa Fe residents are buzzing about a new eatery with a very Texas feel. Co-owners Joyce Fenter and Pamela Chenoweth have opened Red Dirt & Blue Jeans, 13021 state Highway 6. They call it a down-home Texas tea room.
From the rooftops: A development firm is reporting brisk sales in Lago Mar, where crews have completed the first model house in a Texas City community expected to eventually be home to more than 4,000 families.
The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce will award the first H. Rudy Teichman Maritime Wheel of Excellence Award at its 171st annual meeting Friday at Moody Gardens Convention Center.
Victor Pierson, president and CEO of Moody National Bank in Galveston, has joined the board of directors of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas for 2016-2017. Pierson was elected during the association’s 42nd annual convention held late September in San Antonio.
A legal dispute that has long delayed the opening of an El Tiempo Cantina in Webster is scheduled to begin playing out in court Feb. 6, according to court documents.
Actress and author, Marilu Henner, will be the keynote speaker at the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce's 10th annual women's conference "Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit" April 6 at the Moody Gardens Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd., in Galveston.
Buoyed by the success of its 2016 conference, the Community College Petrochemical Initiative will host Women in Industry 2017 Feb. 17 at the South Shore Harbour Resort, 2500 South Shore Blvd., in League City.
Major business news broke across the county during 2016 in every sector from supermarkets to sporting goods to restaurants to residential real estate to major industrial developments, including one that could add billions of dollars to the tax base.