LOWER BRAZOS RIVER COALITION ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS

The new group formed to help the Brazos River’s lower basin stakeholders fight for their water rights is accepting membership applications, representatives said.

Organizers announced the Lower Brazos River Coalition’s formation in late January.

Among its goals, the group plans to ensure the river has proper water management, examine policies and seek responsible, balanced management of the river’s water.

Judge Matt Sebesta is the coalition’s chairman.

With the state battling an ongoing drought and water demands expected to continue climbing, the Lower Brazos River Coalition will ensure the area’s concerns are properly respected by lawmakers in the state’s capitol, organizers said.

Those interested in joining can call 979-848-0560 to inquire about the application process.

A website is also in the works where organizers say people can sign up online.

Membership fees vary, depending of whether the applicant is a business, individual or municipality.

BRAZORIA COUNTY NAMES

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER

Sharon Trower, who served part-time as the public information officer for the Emergency Management Department, has been named the county’s public relations person, County Judge Matt Sebesta announced Tuesday.

Trower will meet with department heads and work to make sure information relevant to the public makes it out to residents, Sebesta said.

“It’s an evolving landscape people get their information and we need to do our best to get the information out there,” he said.

Trower has worked with the county in the Agrilife Extension Department and the Emergency Management Department for the last four years, Sebesta said.

“She was a natural fit for this position. She has been doing the emergency management tra ining and will be using social media as well as pushing information out,” he said.

DISPLACED FAMILY IN NEED OF TEMPORARY HOME AFTER FIRE

A Clute family, who was displaced after their home on the 200 block of Wayne Street suffered substantial dam age in a fire, is in desperate need to find a temporary home.

The insurance company assessed that their house needs to be rebuilt and will cover those costs as well as the temporary housing for the Sanchez and Acevedo families as soon as they can find an appropriate place, said Christina Acevedo.

The fire occurred Jan. 30, after Acevedo’s 18-year-old daughter flipped off the circuit breaker for her bedroom after having issues with an outlet earlier in the day.

The six people who lived in the house are Cheryl Sanchez, 56, her 18-year-old son, her 34-year-old daughter Christina Acevedo and her 18- and 8-year-old daughters, and 11-year-old son.

Anyone who wants to help or knows a property that the family can move to can contact Christina Acevedo at 979-264-5832.

Lance Reaves is a reporter for The Facts. Contact him at 979-237-0154.

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