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Three months after Sweeny ISD voters overwhelmingly approved bonds to pay for $28 million worth of infrastructure and other projects, trustees approved designs for the work.

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Rules governing visitor comments at City Council meetings was a hot topic for residents of Brazoria before council struck a compromise regarding formality.

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The Community Back to School Festival features free hamburgers and ice cream, haircuts, dental and vision exams and a blood donation bus. Backpacks also will be given out while supplies last.

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Updates are a twice-weekly feature providing new information on stories from The Facts. This installment includes Brazoria's tax rate decision, a trial date for former Jones Creek deputies and Danbury ISD wish lists.

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Research has implied people remember annoying TV ads better than others, and that’s a reason why ad executives have dumbed down ads.

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State Rep. Dustin Burrows of Lubbock has resigned as chair of the Texas House GOP Caucus amid allegations that he and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen planned to politically target members from their own party in the 2020 primaries

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Surfside City Council approved Alderman Greg Bisso to be the liaison for all sewer-related issues this week, which should help with communication between residents and the city, officials said at the meeting.

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The SPCA of Brazoria County usually adopts out about 50 animals on Clear the Shelter Day. But with 137 dogs and 287 cats at the shelter Thursday, organizers are hoping to find even more animals homes this year.

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T.W. Ogg opened its new building to students Wednesday for the first day of school, which was even more exciting for students and staff than a regular first day would be. 

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If city officials adopt the current tax rate of 82 cents per $100 of appraised property — the same rate as last year — the action would be considered a 3.9 percent tax increase due to higher property values, Mayor Laurie Kincannon said at a council meeting this week.

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Richwood staff proposed increasing the base charge of residents’ water bills by at least $3.46 a month after residents approved $4 million of debt to fund necessary repairs to their water system. 

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A would-be armed robber ran away from a gas station after an employee told him the police were on the way, according to a news release from Lake Jackson Police Sgt. Carey Lankford.

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County Commissioners were adamant that the public should choose the next County Court-at-Law No. 1 judge in the 2020 election cycle following Greg Hill’s resignation after just 8 months. Commissioners discussed how to fill the vacancy during Commissioners Court on Tuesday morning.

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Walking along Surfside Beach last weekend, Angela Sneed and her daughter, Erika, noticed a brown pelican struggling to get on a buoy from the water. Sneed and her daughter were able to get the pelican with a blanket and drive it 23 minutes to Dana Simón’s home south of Angleton, which also serves as the headquarters for Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue, a nonprofit that rehabilitates animals.

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While some details of Richwood’s budget remain undetermined, residents can be assured they will not pay a tax rate higher than this year and developers should prepare to pay impact fees if they choose to build in the city.

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Starting Sept. 1, Texans will be able to leave brewery taprooms with a case of their favorite craft beer, and order wine and beer for delivery, thanks to two laws passed by the Legislature this year.

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The price of Clute’s new ambulance is quoted at $159,000. An article in Tuesday’s edition stated a different number.

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While reminiscing about their childhood experience with Vacation Bible School, Diane Tweedle and Betty Massey wondered why kids had all the fun and no such thing existed for adults. Wanting to give adults this childhood experience but with an appeal to older generations, Massey and Tweedle began Big People’s Bible School, or BPBS.

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The city will increase their water fees for the first time in more than a decade and likely adopt the effective tax rate, according to conversation at a City Council budget workshop.

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Thanks to higher-than-expected revenues, Clute City Council pushed the purchase of a new ambulance and improved emergency equipment ahead of schedule at a recent meeting.

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GALVESTON — Attorneys representing Dimitrios Pagourtzis want an independent psychiatrist to determine whether he’s competent to stand trial in the shooting deaths of 10 people and injury of more than a dozen at Santa Fe High School last year.

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Dana Simón talks about the rehabilitation process Tuesday for the pelicans at the Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue in Angleton.

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Ulysses Fuentes-Mendoza faces two counts of intoxication manslaughter after being indicted by a Brazoria County grand jury, court documents show.

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Whether it was a prediction based on the personalities and preferences of his Bryan nephews, or his own hope for their future success, Stephen F. Austin predicted their careers in late 1834.

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Watching carefully as she placed a few drops of green dye into her cup full of water, 10-year-old Sophia Guajardo’s smile slowly spread across her face when the dye started to fall to the bottom in slow swirls. Sophia was one of the children who, along with their families, filtered into the free event Sunday afternoon at the Brazosport Museum of Natural Science inside the Center for the Arts and Sciences.

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A casual statement made by my Uncle Mort at his 107th birthday party recently may go a long way in explaining why he continues his relentless pursuit of get-rich-quick inventions.

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Once a year, hundreds of retirees with thousands of years of combined experience gather to reminisce and learn what’s new about Dow Chemical Co. and people that they spent decades of their lives working with.

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Almost 3,000 more people appealed their appraised property values this year than in 2018, according to figures from the Brazoria County Appraisal District.

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LAKE JACKSON — Newspaper clippings displaying stories of sex trafficking cases in Brazoria County were posted to a board ahead of an awareness event last week. Each served as a reminder that sex trafficking continues to be an issue in this county.