CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Galveston State Park closed through holidayGALVESTON

The Galveston Island State Park will be closed through July 9, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said.

The department announced Saturday that a park employee tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the closure, department spokeswoman Stephanie Garcia said.

The park will be closed to overnight camping and day use through July 9, the department said. The new closure resulted in 270 reservations being canceled, Garcia said.

State parks were closed in April because of COVID-19 protection measures ordered by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. All parks reopened on April 20.

Parking on the beach side of the park has been closed since last year because of construction. The closure had also blocked off beach access points at the park.

— John Wayne Ferguson

HELPING OTHERS

Local Salvation Army officers promoted to rank of major

The Salvation Army promoted Corps Officers Nathanael and Lucila Doria, of The Salvation Army Galveston County, to the rank of major, which went into effect Friday.

The rank of major is bestowed on officers with 15 years of exemplary service.

The Dorias, educators originally from Mexico, moved to California in 1991 and spent 12 years supporting the work of The Salvation Army there and in Arizona. Afterward, they taught for 12 years in San Antonio and returned to The Salvation Army full-time in 2017.

The majors are responsible for all church programs and social services of The Salvation Army with facilities in Texas City and Galveston, including the emergency and family shelters, case management, rental and utility assistance, grocery assistance and a daily community meal.

“Much has been accomplished, but there is much left to do,” Nathanael Doria said. “We continue to adjust our plans as circumstances change around us. With your continued support, we will look for more ways to serve the community.”

— Angela Wilson

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