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With Friday’s deadly school shooting, Santa Fe, Texas, is at the center of the media universe. And by extension, so is Galveston County and the state of Texas. This is our moment to help others — both in the past and future — on how to best deal with such a tragic and human crisis.

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School administrators, lawmakers, school safety experts and law enforcement, including Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady, will attend roundtable discussions this week in Austin to discuss gun safety and school and community preparedness.

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Specious arguments, it seems, are a natural byproduct of terrible events such as the shooting Friday at Santa Fe High School in which eight children and two adults were shot dead and more than a dozen others were wounded.

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Following Friday’s school shooting at Santa Fe High School, most of us in Galveston County are feeling mad, hurt, confused and noticeably numb. Professionals will say this is normal. But what is not normal is the reason for the why.

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Mr. Shooter, I am not going to mention your name in relation to the deadly and repulsive event you wrought at Santa Fe High School. You do not deserve this acknowledgment in neither my eyes nor ink.

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It should have been just another beautiful spring day on the Texas coast. It should have been a day for high school students and their teachers to think about the coming summer break. All the dread should have been about final exams, the outcome of those state-mandated tests that had seemed …

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Some crying, others silent, hundreds of community members stood closely together in an open field near the Texas First Bank and clutched candles and red roses in remembrance of the Santa Fe shooting victims.

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In the aftermath of a mass shooting that left 10 dead and another 10 injured, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday said that legislators should act to prevent further mass shootings from happening in Texas.

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Just hours after at least 10 people were shot and killed at Santa Fe High School, organizations and community members across Galveston County are setting up fundraising efforts, blood drives and vigils.

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Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, who police have named as the suspect in a deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School, had photos of guns and shirts emblazoned with the words “Born to Kill” on his Facebook and Instagram accounts. 

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Just hours after at least nine people were shot and killed at Santa Fe High School, President Donald Trump said that mass shootings have been "going on too long in our country."

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Sea Star Base Galveston will have its Meet a Mariner Day event at noon May 19 in the Commodore Room of the base at 7509 Broadway in Galveston.

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Forensic artist Lois Gibson appeared before the Sons of the Republic of Texas to talk about her decades-long career and her recent work, including drawing the man that allegedly accosted adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

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Just because someone is accused of drunken driving because of a failed Breathalyzer test doesn’t mean it’s a slam-dunk case, say several Galveston County legal experts who call into question the effectiveness of the devices.

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Wildlife volunteers this weekend found the first local sea turtle nests of the 2018 nesting season last Friday at Surfside Beach in Brazoria County, Texas A&M University at Galveston announced on Monday.

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April was exceedingly pleasant in Galveston County with relatively cool temperatures, plenty of sunshine and fairly low humidity levels. What also distinguished April weather it had a cooler monthly average temperature than March; a circumstance so unusual that we have to go back to 1938 to …

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May is the month of sunshine and flowers, birds singing in the wind, and the celebration of the mother figures in our lives, who so unselfishly provide love and support. While we take the time to celebrate and reflect on the support that we sometimes take for granted, we must remember there …

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Today is the start of early voting for the May 22 primary runoff elections. Polling locations will be open from May 14 to May 18, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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After 20 years of paying for the maintenance and operation of a flood control gate on Clear Creek, the Harris County Flood Control District wants Galveston County to pick up some of the costs.

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College of the Mainland graduates received their associate degrees, certificates, and awards Saturday during Commencement ceremonies at the Abundant Life Center in La Marque. More than 900 students were scheduled to receive 948 awards during the two scheduled ceremonies. 

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Kim Stripling quit her job so she could homeschool her 5-year-old son full time after Clear Creek Independent School District recommended sending him to an out-of-district campus that made her uncomfortable, she said.

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The family of a Texas City woman and young child killed in a Houston car crash in February sued the woman accused of causing the crash, and the bars accused of serving her alcohol while she was underage.

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As Texas City Independent School District builds a temporary campus next to Etheredge Stadium, some La Marque residents worry about the fate of four established trees including three live oaks, on the site.

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A woman is suing the University of Texas Medical Branch in federal court, seeking $50 million for what she asserts was a campaign of sexual and racial discrimination.

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Even though it is still May, it is time to begin thinking about Hurricane Season and what we need to do to be prepared for nature’s most destructive storm. Consequently, this week has been designated as Hurricane Preparedness week by the National Weather Service.

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More middle-class students are looking at local community colleges like College of the Mainland and Galveston College to get a quality education at a more affordable price.

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Nine Texas projects are on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers list to receive part of $360 million in funding for Hurricane Harvey recovery projects, but details about when those projects will start and what they will entail aren't exactly clear.

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Hurricane Harvey isn’t the county’s first rodeo when it comes to disaster response. Galveston County has successfully managed and implemented U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development and Federal Emergency Management Agency recovery programs for almost 10 years — dating back to Hurrica…

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Bobby Hocking will serve another three-year term as mayor of La Marque, after fending off Kimberley Yancy in Saturday's local municipal election.

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With Galveston County Commissioners seemingly settled on a plan for a bridge for Pelican Island, dreams of a rail line onto Pelican Island will take a back seat, for now.

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County supervisors and commissioners from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas met in Galveston this week to discuss legislative issues they have in common. Hurricanes, flood mitigation, disaster recovery and rising sea levels topped their concerns.

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Over the years, I have seen Kimberley Yancy take on community tasks that seemed next to impossible to accomplish, either because there were no financial resources available or the politics did not seem strong enough.

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After never competing in track and field before last year, La Marque sophomore Jackeria Woodkins now finds herself heading the state track and field championships with plenty of momentum.

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A county plan to create a public defenders office to help represent indigent people charged with crimes is already facing its first hurdle, before the county has even filed an application for state money to create the office.

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Attorneys made oral arguments Monday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit about a federal district judge’s ruling in a lawsuit by parents who asserted Galveston Independent School District had denied their daughter special education services.

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May is certainly a transitional month, weather wise, in Galveston County. Overnight temperatures in the 70’s and highs in the 80’s become common during the month as cool fronts lose their punch and intrusions of cool, dry air are often weak and relatively infrequent as the month unfolds.

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A Galveston County deputy has been reassigned from his position at La Marque High School following an incident where the deputy threw a 17-year-old student to the ground and arrested in a school hallway.

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Four different law firms will represent county officials and departments sued by the American Civil Liberties Union over the county's bail system.