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The 79th Galveston County Fair & Rodeo officially opens today, but action was already in full swing at the fairgrounds in Hitchcock on Thursday. Livestock show participants and cook-off hopefuls began checking in, and organizers opened a late-night sneak peek of the carnival.

  • By RONEY MCCRARY
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My opponent, Melissa Skipworth, can rest assured that there will be no controversy over Dr. Warren Nichol’s leadership (“Vote to end stagnation at COM,” The Daily News, April 19). Our college has been blessed to have the “Nick Saban” of community college presidents join our college family.

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It’s spring in Texas. That means some beautiful crystalline blue days; weather as near perfect as weather ever is.

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A storm complex moved across Galveston County causing havoc in the Santa Fe area where 7 to 9” caused flooding. Ironically, rainfall amounts were quite varied even across small areas as the storms tended to move slowly across the same locales. As a result, precipitation totals at official re…

  • By MELISSA SKIPWORTH
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I recently spoke at a candidate forum about the need for greater transparency from College of the Mainland’s board of trustees. My opponent, Roney McCrary, also spoke at this event and referred to COM’s need to pass a bond, saying: “Aging facilities are something that we do need to address. …

  • By JACK CROSS
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Rob Kaplan, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, said in a recent Bloomberg op-ed that the U.S. economy is getting stronger. But, he added that challenges remain that require steps beyond monetary policy.

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Texas City firefighters, police, dignitaries and some survivors gathered Wednesday for the solemn annual ceremony remembering those killed in the 1947 ship explosion that has come to be known as the Texas City Disaster.

  • By JOHN SANCHEZ
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The success of the annual Oceans of Opportunities Job Fair in Galveston always depends on those who attend the job fair and who are looking for a job or a better job.

  • By GARY MILLER
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Federal, state and local taxpayers, pay $620 billion a year for 40 million independent school district students. A national average of $15,500 per student, not counting fundraisers and corporate grants. Before federal involvement our “world best” schools were “lowest cost."

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Rain has been hard to come by so far this month in most of Galveston County, with only 0.01” of rain at Galveston so far and 0.02” at the NWS Office in League City/Dickinson. This lack of moisture is particularly evident near the coast, where a persistent “cap” (layer of warm, stable air alo…

  • By HARVEY CAPPEL
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I enjoy “alternative truths,” in my humorous stories; you may detect a few if you read this. I’ve been serious too long and it’s starting to affect my hair growth, my sense of love and my intelligence.

  • By JEROME W. CROWDER & PEGGY L. DETERMEYER
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A recent poll found that one-third of individuals in the U.S. did not know that the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare were the same thing. Such disconnects between policy and popular culture indicate the real potential for future misunderstanding of any other health care related laws and pol…

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Galveston County's representatives in Washington, D.C. said Friday that they supported a U.S. missile attack in Syria order by President Donald Trump on Thursday night.

  • By The Rev. James E. Daniels
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As I read the guest column by Edna Courville (“Paul supporters are not confused,” The Daily News, March 28), I reflected on the commitment of professors Ralph C. Allen, Lorraine Montgomery and other dedicated educators at Lincoln High School, and Lake Road and Woodland elementary schools. Al…

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For the second straight season, penalty kicks spelled doom for Texas City in a third-round playoff match, as the Kingwood Park Panthers edged out the Stings, 5-4, in the shootout to come away with the win in the teams’ Region III-5A quarterfinal Tuesday.

  • By SELAH TACCONI
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A woman on the mainland is killed during a domestic violence assault. A woman in Galveston County commits suicide after a sexual assault. Women and children on Galveston Island are seeking shelter from abuse at an alarming rate. The demand for services for victims of domestic violence and se…

  • By MARY BETH TREVINO & DENNIS SHOLLER
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On March 29, the Galveston County Community Coalition of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol and Center for Addiction Research at University of Texas Medical Branch, hosted its fourth annual town hall. The town hall aims to unite representatives from different sectors of Galveston Coun…

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The Marathon Texas City Refinery at 502 10th St. had a 1A vapor release at about 3 p.m. Sunday, emergency officials said.

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Junior midfielder Julio Rivera’s header with just 10 seconds left in the match lifted the Texas City Stings to a 3-2 win over the Crosby Cougars in the teams’ Region III-5A area round playoff contest Friday.

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Texas City ran into a buzzsaw in the form of undefeated and talent-rich New Caney Porter, as the Lady Spartans ended the Lady Stings’ playoff run with an 8-1 win in their Region III-5A area round playoff match Friday.

  • By JOSE BOIX
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While to debate the obvious path and end results of the La Marque ISD is counterproductive, I take exception to two statements made by Edna Courville (“Paul supporters are not confused,” The Daily News, March 28) regarding Mable Pratt and David Rac. 

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A rule, which was just discovered Thursday afternoon, that prohibits teams from playing playoff games on the same day as STAAR testing resulted in the cancellation of area-round soccer matches for four Galveston County teams.

  • By JENNIFER NEWTON
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Driving under the influence of drugs is just as dangerous as drunk driving. This includes illicit drugs like marijuana and the misuse of prescription drugs. Certain medications, as well as marijuana, slow your reaction time, decrease coordination and impair judgment, making it dangerous to o…