Drowning victim identified

The man who drowned at a Brazoria County beach Friday has been identified as Irapatrick Anthony Jackson of the Tomball area, Sheriff’s Lt. Varon Snelgrove said.

Jackson, 35, drowned while trying to swim to the third sandbar near Follet’s Island, sheriff’s officials said. Bystanders recovered his body about 45 minutes after his friend lost sight of him.

Jackson is the third person to drown at a Brazoria County beach in 2019.

Danbury Elementary School construction about to begin

After Danbury ISD school officials celebrated a ground breaking for the new elementary school last month, builders are just about ready to start erecting parts of the school, Superintendent Greg Anderson said at the board meeting Monday night.

The building’s structural steel should be in place beginning in just a couple weeks, Anderson said.

“There’s progress being made and we’re excited,” Anderson said.

The school is scheduled to open in time for the August 2020 school year, Anderson said.

New district court to be created in September

The 461st Judicial District, which will give preference to family law cases in Brazoria County, will be created Sept. 1, according to Senate Bill 891. The bill became law June 10.

Brazoria County Commissioners requested the creation of a new court in December to replace the 23rd District Court, which has been split between Brazoria, Matagorda and Wharton counties since its creation more than 180 years ago.

“I was proud to have led the House in passing this legislation, which restructures the district court in a way that will increase efficiency and meet the needs of all three counties,” Speaker Dennis Bonnen said in a statement.

Since SB 891 removes Brazoria County from the 23rd Judicial District, 23rd District Judge Ben Hardin will have to take up residency in one of the remaining counties.

All cases pending in the 23rd District Court from Brazoria County on Sept. 1 will be transferred to the 461st District Court, according to the bill. The governor will appoint a judge to lead the court from its inception.

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