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Money was the biggest obstacle keeping thousands of Hurricane Harvey-displaced residents out of their homes months after the storm flooded more than 80 percent of the properties in Dickinson.

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Residents did not move out of northern Galveston County in large numbers after Hurricane Harvey, or if they did, it seems more people moved into the area than left.

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Welcome to Profiles, an annual magazine published by The Galveston County Daily News. It’s a chance to catch you up on trends that affect our county.

  • Story by Sue Mayfield Geiger | Correspondent Photo by Kim Christensen | For The Daily News
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At 100 years old, League City resident Tony Crapitto lives in his own home, drives a white 2004 Mercury Minivan and can’t say enough good things about his neighborhood and the friends who live nearby.

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Pepper Smith, 72, has taught in Friendswood since 1976. More than most, she has seen how the community has changed and remained the same.

  • Story by Sue Mayfield Geiger | Correspondent Photos by Jennifer Reynolds | The Daily News
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Lottie Lehmann, 91, is visually impaired and doesn’t drive any longer; but that doesn’t stop her from hitching a ride with Johnnie Duncan, 86, every Tuesday and Thursday morning so they can show up for exercise class with Lynn Amato, 63.

  • By Whitney Hodgin
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Since W.S. Deats settled in Dickinson in 1872, members of the Deats family have been instrumental in the kind of events and organizations that help define the community they love.

  • By Chris Paschenko
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The story of the Gaido family’s arrival in Galveston began in the late 19th century, after a woman fell in love with an older neighborhood boy in the Italian town of Cercenasco.