The Galveston City Council on Thursday gave itself more time to decide how $2.6 million in neighborhood improvement funds will be spent.
The Galveston City Council on Thursday gave itself more time to decide how $2.6 million in neighborhood improvement funds will be spent.
Lonnie Cox, the state district court judge who’s leading a fight against county commissioners, faces a familiar challenger in his campaign for re-election.
TEXAS CITY — As always, local bragging rights will be up for grabs when Ball High and Texas City meet tonight, but this year’s game takes on added significance with both teams off to strong starts and looking to make a statement in the District 23-5A standings.
LEAGUE CITY — The Dickinson Gators scored twice in the second quarter and piled it on in the second half Thursday night to run away with a 42-0 win in a District 24-6A contest at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
What could be better? It’s fall and the area has a Cinderella team in Major League Baseball’s playoffs.
As a representative of the local George Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, I would like to extend my thanks to those who allowed us to post displays in schools, churches, libraries, Texas First Bank marquees, fire stations, Texas City City Hall and church bulletins during Constitution Week September 17-23.
Sharon Michelle never imagined a life in clairvoyance until death stepped in. Since then her life has never been the same, which she believes is a positive for her and for others.
Playwright/director Linda Elissalde has done it again! She’s spiffed up the free sixth annual Jane Long Festival play to give a new fresh look to the Mother of Texas’ extraordinary stay on Bolivar Peninsula. The festival set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at historic Fort Travis Seashore Park on Bolivar, honors the woman who not only has been elevated to the status of “Mother of Texas,” but also became the inspiration Bolivar Peninsula folks looked to for the endurance and determination they needed to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Ike.
HOUSTON (AP) — A sheriff's detective involved in the investigation of a deputy's slaying has been relieved of duty pending further investigation after prosecutors said he acknowledged having "consensual sexual conduct" with a witness in that case.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three young transients used a handgun that was stolen from an unlocked car to rob and kill a backpacking Canadian tourist in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco then a yoga instructor two days later on a hiking trail north of the city, authorities said Friday.
I am impressed with the diversity of gardening items that the Galveston County Master Gardeners will be offering at the 2015 Fall Plant Sale which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Carbide Park located at 4102 Main Street in La Marque.
When bird-watchers say they’ve seen a “rare” bird, normally what they mean is an extralimital visitor. Rare birds are really those with very low populations, like many of our endangered species. Those are types the State and Federal Government tries to manage and maintain, keeping them from extinction. But these odd visitors from other parts of the Northern Hemisphere are really what gets the birders going.
I do not like the shorter day lengths as September comes to an end and October nears. However, the cooler (more or less, depending on the week) daytime temperatures over the autumn season sure soothe my displeasure with shorter day lengths.
To my neighbors’ consternation, I don’t know one grass from the other, and as far as I care, if it stays green with rain water and requires little maintenance other than keeping it mowed, one grass is as good as another. Besides, I didn’t even know that Saint Augustine was a landscaper. I guess too that Texas Parks and Wildlife wouldn’t want me near their Coastal Prairie Restoration Project since they are finicky about the type of grass in their parks; however, the Friends of Galveston Island State Park know some people who do know a grass from a weed, and they help TPWD restore the park prairie grasses.
Pianist Evelyn Chen will appear as a soloist next month during a Galveston Symphony Orchestra performance. A Daily News correspondent at large recently caught up with the renowned musician and posed five questions.
The Master Gardner 2015 Fall Plant Sale is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Oct. 10 in Carbide Park located at 4102 Main Street in La Marque. I feel I am mimicking some television commercials in stating that the upcoming sale will be new and different. Even so, the sale will really be different in many aspects.
Sunday marked the first weekend of the 2015 National Football League season, a welcomed day not only for football-starved fans across Galveston County, but also officials in the restaurant industry. Customers naturally flock to their local watering holes for each Sunday’s slate of NFL games, and with fantasy football nearly as popular as the actual sport, bar owners and managers are thinking of new ways to meet the demands of a growing contingent of their clientele.
We can look forward to two promising experiences occurring during the latter half of September. Over the past weekend, we were afforded a tantalizing experience of daytime temperatures actually staying below the ninety-degree mark. We will also be afforded an opportunity to reestablish the vegetable garden with hopes of a grand harvest in the cool fall climate.
The Louisiana iris continues to be a popular plant in local landscapes. Despite their common name, Louisiana irises are grown in much of the United States and even in Canada and other parts of the world.
Twenty years ago, I left the Tallahassee teaching job I loved, loaded up my school bus with all my earthly belongings, and moved 700 miles to the magical city of Galveston, where I had earlier done avian graduate work. I bought my research plot, built my home and founded the Galveston Ornithological Society.
This month the Rosenberg Library museum remembers one of Galveston’s educational pioneers Elbridge Gerry Littlejohn as its September Treasure of the Month.
One good thing about our Texas Gulf Coast summers is that we get to anticipate and to better appreciate the cooler temperatures of the fall season.
Egrets/Herons Loop Hiking Trail in Galveston Island State Park begins in the variegated marsh that wraps around the closed ends of Oak and Butterowe Bayous on the bay side of the park. A slightly elevated pathway bisects the marsh before rising onto the western edge of the peninsula between the bayous. Projecting above the green trees and shrubs that cover the peninsula and line the trail is the latest addition to the park’s skyline.
Our greenhouse is now ready, and I was proud to see trays of tomato and broccoli transplants growing very well despite the warm days. If the heat of the Texas summer put a fizzle on your gardening enthusiasm, try some cool season vegetables. Not only does the taste of many fall grown vegetables excel that of spring crops, fall gardening can reinvigorate the spirit.
Many people living in urban areas would like a garden but feel that the lack of space limits them. Regardless of where you live — even if it’s an apartment with limited patio space — you can usually have an enjoyable and productive garden by using containers.
GALVESTON — A couple years ago, Joshua Edwards trekked by foot from his Galveston birthplace to Marfa, a West Texas wellspring for artists and writers.
Book your passage now for Galveston Historical Foundation’s newest event, the Galveston Heritage Festival! Enjoy music, food and entertainment from numerous cultural groups and organizations from throughout Texas while learning more about the early days of immigration through the Port of Galveston.
Do you remember the date that Hurricane Ike made landfall? Whether you sheltered in place or you choose to evacuate, you likely do remember. Do you remember what the weather was like in 2011? While you might not remember the year, if you lived through the record summer temperatures and summer drought, you will not likely forget that occasion either.
Subtitled “Pete Seeger and the Power of Song,” this is about the singer and political activist in the second half of the twentieth century. Some wise person said you can govern but let me write the songs, encapsulating the power of songs to capture our attention and our hearts, but also to affect how we think and act about important matters.
Hitchcock is having a party and everyone is invited.
It’s been six years since Pat Green released his most recent collection of original songs, but that doesn’t mean he ever stopped playing music.
The Myrna Sanders Band will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. today at Bay Street Park, 800 Bay Street, in Texas City.
Director Jonathan Demme is as unpredictable as when his film “Silence of the Lambs” took best picture at the Oscars by surprise in 1992.
Geisha are women who have been trained in the traditional Japanese arts of makeup, costume, singing, music and dance so that they can be entertaining to men of distinction (wealth and power). Geisha are expensive to employ and usually the only people who can afford them are the equivalent of CEOs.
Gene Speller is a longtime resident of League City and a longtime friend. He is a Master Gardener volunteer, and I refer to him as being a pepper whisperer. Like many Master Gardeners, Gene has assimilated a wealth of knowledge and firsthand experience in growing a particular crop.
During the month of August, Rosenberg Library remembers Galvestonian James B. Stubbs (1851-1925), a city attorney and Texas state senator during the late 19th century. The library will exhibit an engraved walking cane, vintage business cards, and personalized stationery that once belonged to Stubbs.
TORSHAVN, FAROE ISLANDS - Pass me the whale blubber, please,” I asked my fellow tourist on our visit to the private home of natives Ejvind and Dorota Mouritsen in this capital town of 16,000. The traditional delicacy — black, dried whale meat — is served on a slice of cold boiled potato, with a tiny translucent slice of whale blubber on top. Because whales are mammals — not fish — there is no fishy taste.
This small book is a compendium of essays, mostly about novels and novelists.
The Dog Days of August will be arriving very soon. Daytime temperatures have already danced around the century mark during the last week of July so there is no need to remind you that August is the peak of the heat season in Galveston County.
We visited the Niigata City Aquarium Marinepia Nihonkai just after lunch one day. It is just off the Sea of Japan on the coast in Niigata. The aquarium exhibits some 500 species of marine creatures (and thousands of specimens total).
GALVESTON - There’s still time to take part in an old and venerated island tradition by taking in a performance of The Galveston Beach Band.
Rosenberg Library is pleased to announce that “The Ice Merchant,” by Paul Boor is its selection for the Summer 2015 Museum Book Club Series. “The Ice Merchant” is the second book by Dr. Paul Boor, a professor of pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. It was the first-place winner in the 2007 Texas Writers’ League Novel Contest.
Weeds in the landscape. Weeds in the vegetable garden. Just about every gardener has their own weed or army of weeds to disparage or groan about.
Perched among dense trees high above the Sandy River Delta confluence in Oregon sits an elliptically shaped bird blind conceived by renowned artist and architect Maya Lin. Forgive us Maya for we, The Friends of Galveston Island State Park, have knocked off your design with a few practical tweaks and transplanted it onto the flat lands coastal prairie of Galveston Island State Park.
“The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings”
GALVESTON - A whole lot of fun is about to be unleashed on the beaches of Galveston Island. The third annual Ohana Surf Dog Competition will be held Sunday at 28th Street and Seawall Boulevard, adjacent to the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.
ROSSLIN, SCOTLAND - Enigmatically decorated Rosslyn Chapel here is testament to literature and film’s tsunami power. In a 1987 guidebook, it rated a single paragraph. Before the 2003 novel “The Da Vinci Code,” and the 2006 movie, the chapel, seven miles from Edinburgh, had about 30,00 visitors annually.
This is an important book because it asks us to confront the possibility of a society in which books are banned, where firemen do not put out fires but burn books and houses and people who dare to want to explore the possibilities of a life of learning. It was written over 60 years ago by science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, and its premise is enough to scare the you-know-what out of a person.
GALVESTON - Rosenberg Library proudly announces its upcoming exhibition “Voices from the Past: An Exhibit Celebrating African American History in Galveston.” Featuring historic images from the library’s archival collection, the opening of this special exhibit will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday during Art Walk. The event will take place in the Harris Gallery located on the fourth floor of Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy Ave.
Question: Can you identify a plant I have seen growing in several local landscapes? It started blooming near the end of May and it’s still putting on an eye-catching flower display. The flower heads are round, baseball-size and produced on long slender stalks and the individual flowers are blue.
GALVESTON - Former Texas A&M Aggie football player Clay Honeycutt is no stranger to performing in front of a crowd.
GALVESTON — If you look into the right room, at the right time at the Moody Methodist Church in Galveston — you’ll see some martial arts moves.
GALVESTON — It has been a tough start to summer for Texas dairy lovers. This spring, Blue Bell ice cream was pulled from shelves after concerns over Listeria. But the latest outbreak is not the first time the dairy industry has dealt with health concerns.
July has arrived and that means heat and humidity are settling in as the summer season gets underway. Most of us put our gardens into a holding pattern in July. We just try to keep the bugs and weeds at bay and to keep cool. Here’s your gardening checklist for July.
Who broke the statue’s sword? This is the single most asked question by visitors to Galveston County Courthouse, 722 Moody in Galveston.
As every flower lover knows, flowers have a language of their own. From time immemorial, sentiments of various kinds have been associated with particular flowers.
GALVESTON — Twelve students boarded the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA at the Texas Seaport Museum last week to learn the life of a sailor in the 19th century.
It probably would not be a surprise to learn that many of my friends are gardeners.
This Apocalyptic novel is set in the 20th year after civilization’s collapse, when the Georgia Flu decimated the world’s population, leaving only a hardy few.
Children sporting paper capes may become a familiar sight in local libraries this summer. Their superpower — parents hope — is deciding to read even while they’re out of school.
Q: Did the overabundance of cloudy days this spring effect the growth of vegetables? How much light is lost on a cloudy day?
Naming your baby can be a momentous choice. Parents face choosing what they will eventually yell at the playground, sing at birthdays and explain to relatives for much of their child’s life.
Rainfall has certainly been plentiful this spring and daytime temperatures can be expected to climb into the 90s with the arrival of June.
GALVESTON — During the month of June, Rosenberg Library will celebrate the legacy of Alfreda Houston, community leader and activist best known for her work as executive director of St. Vincent’s House.
Pittsburgh’s launch of its first pickle festival — cleverly named Picklesburgh — invites invention of irresistibly creative puns — for which I cannot claim total authorship.
‘Aida,” being one of the best-known of operas, awakens expectations of excellence, especially when it’s performed at the Metropolitan Opera.
This time of year we can enjoy one of the loveliest spring bloomers along Galveston streets: the Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus).
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