When League City faced the largest natural disaster in its history, Mayor Pat Hallisey boosted spirits with a determination that could have killed him.
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.
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.
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.
Vivian Pinard has been the guiding hand of the Permanent Endowment Fund of the Moody Methodist Church for 25 years, touching the lives of thousands of people in Galveston.
Joe Rios is a well-respected member of his native Galveston Island; both as a caseworker with Access Care of Coastal Texas and as an entertainer whose talents as a disc jockey are much in demand at island clubs, private parties, quinceañeras and weddings.
If you hear someone whistling a happy tune down the corridors of John Sealy Hospital, it might be Jim Stricklin, one of the University of Texas Medical Branch’s jolliest volunteers.
Steve Mataro was 8 years old and living in the New Jersey housing projects, but not the worst-off kid he knew. That was perhaps his next-door neighbor, a girl with muscular dystrophy. When New Jersey icon Jerry Lewis launched a benefit to raise money for muscular dystrophy, Mataro went door …
If you run into your Texas First Bank loan officer at the grocery store or at church, that’s on purpose. Chris Doyle, the bank’s president and CEO, requires employees to live in the communities where they work.
Joe Haralson has faced down killers, helped to bring in dangerous fugitives and risked life and limb to keep other people safe and to help provide a measure of justice.
Longtime educator Dr. Lynn Ray Ellison started a movement several years ago to remember the forgotten side of integration — the African-American schools and communities that disappeared with changing times.
Shari Ferguson was a successful computer programmer, avid athlete and Little League coach when disaster struck 24 years ago.
As a little girl, Destin Simmons used to hide under the bar at Selena’s Blue Room in Galveston while her great-grandmother worked the cash register.
The Daily News has named Hilda Torres a 2013 Everyday Hero for her work helping found the Mexican folklore dance troupe and helping high school students.
For her volunteer work, especially in forming the Galveston Sustainable Communities Alliance, The Daily News staff selected Angela Brown as a 2013 Community Champion.
Steve Mataro, with DSW Homes, is a Community Champion for his contributions to Jack Johnson Park in Galveston and renovations to a historic house in The 1867 Settlement in Texas City.
For his work on behalf of students, teachers and parents in the county, the region and the state, The Daily News staff selected CCISD Superintendent Greg Smith as a 2013 Community Champion.
For continuing to help the less fortunate, The Daily News staff selected the Mental Health Division at the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office as a 2013 Community Champion.