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Shouts of love, encouragement and get-well prayers to the vast number of individuals who have been and are still being affected by COVID-19.

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Writing this story is really special because I have witnessed this man’s legacy grow from the time he was a young boy in high school until 65 years later as a retired fisherman. Webster’s Dictionary has many words to describe how folks contribute to society, and for Calvin Louis Markwardt, f…

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Have you ever thought about how out of touch the Scriptures seem to be with ordinary life? Especially Jesus. Sometimes he comes across as being so unrealistic that it leaves you wondering how you can follow him.

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The land that would later become known as Osceola Plantation was part of what the Mexican government had granted to Stephen F. Austin for his work in colonizing Texas.

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Blue-eyed Devil

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Birds are singing, cicadas are buzzing, and raccoons are out in the daytime. Summer is officially here, and that means wildlife is out and about, searching for food, raising their young and seeking new territory. Many animals share our human spaces with us, and as we spend more time outside,…

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While many festivities have already been canceled this year, Brazoria County residents will still have plenty of options for celebrating the 4th of July, with displays in Alvin, Brazoria, Freeport, West Columbia, and a patriotic parade along the San Bernard River.

Shouts of love and congratulatory blessings and best wishes to Joel and JoAnn Scott on their 38th wedding anniversary.

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Before Erika Fernandez graduated from Angleton High School, she already was hard at work on her very own business: ATX Sweets, which fulfills orders of cakes, chocolate-covered strawberries, and more sweet treats for special occasions.

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A Plain Vanilla Murder

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Along t he Texas coast, you might think of cattle egrets as “cow birds” but there is actually a group of birds known as cowbirds that aren’t herons at all. If you’ve seen one you probably called it a blackbird, as that’s what they look like.

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Through Sherry Hall Shelton, Larry and Nancy Phillips received a beautiful backyard mural that depicts memories from their full and interesting life together. Through Larry and Nancy Phillips and the work she created for them, Shelton received a pair of lifelong friends.

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Editor’s note: Because of shifting space requirements, we will be moving Brazos Tales into the Weekend Edition of The Facts. Look for it there starting this weekend.

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Shouts of love and congratulatory blessings to Pastor Car Smith and First Lady Letha Smith on 14 years of shepherding the Hall’s Chapel Baptist Church family and for the blessings you bring to our communities as two fearless and faithful servants of God.

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Elizabeth Alexander’s favorite thing to do is to give back. Her school usually does two canned food drives each semester, but didn't even get to do one with the coronavirus shutdown — so she decided to take matters into her own hands to make a difference.

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At five years old, Hunter Taylor already has big plans for his life: to be an astronaut and to go into space. With the help of his grandmother, Taylor created a play rocket out of scavenged materials, and is excited to visit NASA when they reopen in July.

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Child after child I see is partly in counseling because he or she is longing for his or her father. There is a shape in a child’s heart that only a father can fill, and if the father is not present, that space is empty…and as science has it “nature abhors a vacuum.”

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Friday nights throughout the summer, Freeport Historical Museum has partnered with Brazosport High School to host a family friendly drive-in movie at dusk. Tonight's showing will be the live action "Aladdin," and the gates open for parking at 8 p.m. No registration or tickets are required, but guests should bring their own snacks.

Shouts out love and congratulations to Avery Helms Jr., Jaylene Ford, Celeste Johnson and to all the sensational college and high school graduates of 2020 in Brazoria, Matagorda, Harris, Fort Bend and every county in our nation.

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Mercy Hernandez is feeling a lot of emotions, including excitement that she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and disappointment that she didn't get to walk. She's also feeling like she misses her dad, who died while she was in college. His passing was one of the hardships that Hernandez had to overcome to get where she is today.

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In August, Jayla Taylor will be a junior at Brazoswood High School. In September, she will be 17. And at the end of this year, she will be a long-term cancer survivor.

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In the minds of many Americans, helium balloons are associated with freedom and lightheartedness. Balloon releases are common parts of parties, openings and even memorial services. People like to imagine them floating away on the wind high up into the clouds. What they might not think about …

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What should the church be like? Is there any guidance to be had? What are the marks of a Spirit-filled church? Let’s look at a model of the early church in Acts 2:42-47. What do we see?

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Over 40 cars showed up for the City of Freeport's first drive-in movie of the summer at Brazosport High School. Residents are encouraged to stay within the bounds of their vehicle to promote social distancing.

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A family watches a showing of the movie “Frozen 2” Friday night in the parking lot of Brazosport High School. The City of Freeport will continue to show family-friendly movies every Friday till August.

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The arts are accessible to the youngest in our community, and the Summer Children’s Series hosted by the Clarion at Brazosport College is a great example of that. This year's event will be virtual, and all shows will be streamed free at 10 a.m. Wednesdays on the Clarion's website, YouTube and Facebook pages. Shows will not be re-aired or available for later viewing.

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Intention and effort have kept a group of local ladies close friends since they were children growing up in Sweeny. "You don't hear friendships like this anymore," Shari Boykin said.

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Editor’s note: With the weekly listing of Shout Outs being retired, we invited Clara Johnson of Brazoria to continue contributing her items each Wednesday. Anyone who has an item they would like her to include can email them to community@thefacts.com.

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Living on one of the four units at the Ramsey Prison Farm in the Rosharon area for a decade beginning in 1925, Martin D. Seay acquired a surprising amount of knowledge about the corrections unit’s operation during that period.

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Coronavirus has canceled a lot of local events this year, but Port Freeport got creative to find another way to host their 20th Take-A-Child Fishing Tournament. This year's event will be virtual, and participants can register online throughout the month of June, posting pictures or video of themselves with their catches to be entered into prize drawings.