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The past year has been rough all around, and local moms have encountered various difficulties: the loss of family members, pregnancies and births without a family member’s hand to hold, and navigating kids’ virtual learning while working. They keep it together, because that’s what moms do.

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Police are asking for information on a number of recent cases involving gunfire in the Monaco Villas and Villages of Lake Jackson.

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As local and state governments push for a return to normalcy, many people are still hesitant to reenter the workforce. This has left many businesses with reduced staff and has caused some owners to change their operating hours.

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The senior class of 2021 walked across the stage to receive their diplomas from their families Saturday at the Brazosport Area Homeschool graduation ceremony. Nineteen graduates listened as State Rep. Cody Vasut gave a commencement address before receiving their diplomas.

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The City of Clute and the Clute Police Department hosted a water day event free to community members Saturday at Clute Municipal Park. The event featured inflatable water slides, obstacle courses, Popsicles and hot dogs cooked by the police department.

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BC Stigma Fighters hosted a mental health awareness walk at Bates Park in Angleton on Saturday. Jackie Travis founded the organization after her son Darrin Murphy died by suicide last August. Dozens of community members and organizations providing mental health resources attended the walk.

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It was literally a learning experience. Sometimes, even with careful planning, work, checks and re-checks, somehow it all goes haywire. For a few students in Brazoswood High School’s rocketry program, they discovered that, and witnessed some teamwork along the way.

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AUSTIN — Legislation that would ban abortions after as early as six weeks — before many women know they are pregnant — and let virtually any private citizen sue abortion providers and others was given final approval by lawmakers Thursday and is headed to Gov. Greg Abbott, who has signaled he…

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AUSTIN — With just over two weeks remaining in the legislative session, the governor’s office is getting the first key bill that Texas House and Senate lawmakers have passed in response to February’s widespread power outages.

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BRAZORIA — City leaders held off on a decision whether to jettison its natural gas service until a deeper discussion can take place during a workshop session.

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The good news is Richwood’s much-awaited north water plant is on track to start operations by the end of this year. The bad news is regular line flushing in Oakwood Shores will continue, at least in the near term.

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Three more lives have been claimed by COVID-19, according to the numbers released by Brazoria County officials Wednesday.

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AUSTIN — Alcohol to go is now law in Texas after Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday signed a bill to permanently allow Texans to include alcohol in take-out orders from restaurants, achieving a shared goal of Abbott and restaurateurs.

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Community members gathered to honor fallen law enforcement officers at a memorial service held at the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office on Thursday. County Sheriff Bo Stallman welcomed attendees of the event held during National Police Week.

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FREEPORT — Port Freeport has expanded its use of eminent domain to secure property in Freeport’s East End, this time trying to obtain city-owned property — and Freeport officials pledge they will fight the action.

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County commissioners gave their consent to a staffing increase at the Brazoria County jail, but other county agencies and divisions may have to make do later this year when it comes to their hopes for additional personnel.

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Law enforcement and humane officers removed 18 animals from a property on the 200 block of County Road 845 on Monday. They are being cared for by the Houston Humane Society while an investigation works its way through court.

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A provision that could have banned the governor from issuing mask orders in a pandemic failed by one vote in the Texas House of Representatives. Members later passed the bill it was to amend, House Bill 3, which is a priority of House Speaker Dade Phelan that reduces the governor’s and local governments’ emergency powers.

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Childhood friends Max and Sean created Twisted Duo Construction to do good work while helping people. Two local businesses have rebranded, and the Texas Gulf Bank in Freeport has broken ground on a new building.

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When the former Clarion Inn in Lake Jackson reopened earlier this year as the Cherotel, owners Hemina Patel and her husband had plans to franchise once they found the right partner. With Red Roof Inn & Suites, they believe they have.

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ANGLETON — COVID-19 has been largely eradicated in local prisons with only one inmate actively battling the respiratory virus, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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More than a year ago Texas A&M AgriLife, Brazoria County and AKC Reunite worked together to start the process to apply for, raise money and receive a Pet Disaster Relief trailer. After a lot of hard work and fundraising, AKC Reunite delivered the trailer last month to the Brazoria County…

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When it comes to hiring people, district officials look for people who want to serve students first, and then who have the experience, ideas and drive to help the district and to improve the lives of those students they serve.

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A science degree isn’t required for local residents to participate in a major scientific undertaking. iSeaTurtle, a tracking app developed by Texas A&M scientists for an ecological assessment of Matagorda Bay, is now usable to track sea turtles across the Texas coast.

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Within days of the first COVID-19 vaccines going to people aged 12-15 years old — and the end of the traditional school year — infection numbers in Southern Brazoria County school districts are under double-digits.

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Folks who may have spent too much time in the environs of hog farms perhaps came by the odor honestly, simply a result of growing up years.

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At Brazoria Heritage Day, the restored Hinkle School, which dates to the 1800s, was opened and dedicated. It is on the grounds of the Brazoria Heritage Foundation behind the Community Room on Nevada Street in Brazoria. Members of the Hinkle Family are pictured with David Jordan, president of…

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SURFSIDE BEACH — Beachgoers had their chance to earn some cash while picking up trash along Surfside Beach’s Access Road 5, an often forgotten section of the 4-mile shoreline.

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BRAZORIA — Expectations were met and exceeded at the River’s End Volunteer Fire Department BBQ Cookoff that served delicious plates and numerous raffles and auctions to benefit the small department.

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DANBURY — Tears of joy rained down the faces of teachers, administrators and students as all gathered to recognize each other at the Danbury Education Foundation’s seventh annual awards breakfast.