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Welcome to the 2018 edition of Profiles. The Galveston County Daily News has published Profiles for years, and each year the editors, reporters and photographers responsible for creating the content come up with a theme to guide us though this major undertaking.

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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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More than five months after Hurricane Harvey spun into Galveston County, pouring more than 50 inches of rain in parts of the region, businesses in Dickinson were still rebuilding.

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Sixty or so mom-and-pop businesses and franchises in Seabrook have been razed or are awaiting the bulldozer as the Texas Department of Transportation continues its expansion of state Highway 146, an essential hurricane/evacuation route.

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Educators in recent years have focused on building interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math — known as STEM — in response to reports that employers were having trouble finding qualified employees.

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From walking on the beach in Galveston, perusing the kiosks and eating great food on the Kemah Boardwalk, to listening to live music at quirky, intimate venues, Galveston County has a little bit of something for all ages, young and old, to get out and enjoy.

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When League City faced the largest natural disaster in its history, Mayor Pat Hallisey boosted spirits with a determination that could have killed him.

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As Hurricane Harvey regained strength over the southeastern Gulf in August after having barged across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the presidents of Galveston County’s three local banks began preparing for the storm’s U.S. landfall.

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Recognizing a demand for recreational activity in the community, Leslie Lowe rolled up her sleeves and began the lengthy process of creating a park in Port Bolivar.

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Kathy Modzelewski was volunteering at a Galveston family service center when she discovered a need that became acute during Hurricane Harvey.

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The Rev. Robin Reeves has worked to spread hope in the Texas City community.

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Patricia A. Toliver, a 69-year-old retired neurosurgery nurse who worked at the University of Texas Medical Branch, now volunteers her time to solve affordable housing problems.

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After the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, Dickinson residents wondered whether the annual Festival of Lights would return.

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Karen Pate, technology instructor and librarian at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Texas City, is the 2018 NIE Teacher of the Year. 

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The Galveston County Daily News has published Profiles for years. But both the format and the content for 2017 are the results of a rethinking.