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Thursday, August 13th, 2020



Parents retain normalcy through secondhand shopping

Despite some children only returning to school online, parents are still exploring affordable options at consignment, thrift and resale sho… Read more


August averaging a COVID death a day

Wednesday's count included 129 cases — the highest total since Friday — along with two more deaths. Since the beginning of August, Brazoria County has announced 14 deaths in 12 days caused by COVID-19. Read more


West Columbia OKs lowest tax rate in years

West Columbia council approved the city's proposed no new revenue rate of 73.7 cents per $100. Mayor Laurie Kincannon said it was the first rate she has been in office that has hit in the 70s. Council will look to adopt the new rate during the next meeting. Read more

Angleton branding back in voters' hands

In a process that began more than two years ago and already went through two different surveys, the people of Angleton once again will be able to cast votes to decide what sort of branding they want for their city. Read more


Sweeny ISD approves incentive pay, plans budget meeting

The Sweeny ISD Board of Trustees approved incentive pay for district staff, approved pay adjustments for computer technicians and cafeteria managers and scheduled a budget meeting for two weeks out, during their regular meeting Tuesday. Read more


Updates for Aug. 13, 2020

You can weigh in on plans to clean up the Chocolate Bay Watershed, Oakwood Shores is closer to drivable roads, bigger buses are a sign of things to come and Brazoria promises to keep an important drainage ditch cleared. Read more


3 arrested after drug investigation

The Brazoria County Narcotics Task Force believes they arrested three people who were distributing large amounts of methamphetamine in the Brazosport area after a bust at a hotel Wednesday morning. Read more

Horses killed, butchered in Pearland pastures

Five horses are dead in a series of area killings that, according to police, involved the butchering of the animals on the property where they lived and the harvesting of body parts. Read more


US-Mexico trade deal not helping Texas during pandemic

When the port of Laredo passed Los Angeles to become the busiest trade hub in the country in February, optimism was high in Texas. Read more

Community calendar for August 13, 2020

Organizations wishing to include an event can send information by fax to 979-265-9052; by email to; by mail to P.O. Box 549, Clute, TX 77531; or drop it off at our office, 720 S. Main St., Clute. To ensure publication, information should be submitted at least three business days before the event. Read more



Lady Dogs take a loss to open pandemic season

The Lady Bulldogs opened up their season against East Bernard on Tuesday evening, in which they lost. Read more


Former Buc Hoffman gets valuable time on the pitch

A year into his soccer experiment across the pond at Elite Union Academy at Richard American University in Europe, Bryce Hoffman will be returning for his second season. Read more

Lady ’Necks get volleyball season rolling

The Columbia Lady Necks opened its 2020 season in a Tri-match with Boling and Sealy on Tuesday going 1-1. Read more


OUR VIEWPOINT: Freeport utilities increase presents classic argument

The discussions in Freeport over a proposal to increase utility rates by about $7 a month for the average user sets up a familiar argument taxpayers have with themselves — demanding improvements and better services while at the same time fighting measures intended to pay for them. Read more

BYRON YORK: Trump can campaign against disorder

Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York and other major cities are experiencing a breakdown of order — violence and conf… Read more

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