Most people have been raised to help those struggling when they see them but on the race course, football field or basketball court, typically help comes in the form of a teammate. Disregarding the difference in jerseys, Sweeny High School junior Joshua Thomas jumped into action a few weeks …
Tragedy came to Arlington yesterday. Dozens of lives were forever changed because of the violent actions of one young man, if police suspicions hold true. There is much we still don’t know. It appears that four people were hurt, three of them seriously enough to be taken to hospitals, and th…
Man’s best friend is on the minds of the Texas Legislature once again as advocates try to pass Senate Bill 5, allowing for more strict enforcement of laws related to tethering and sheltering of dogs. The simple-to-support bill passed with bipartisan support in May before landing on Gov. Greg…
When Michael Shane Vandergrifft earned Officer of the Year recognition during the annual awards ceremony hosted by the Brazoria County 100 Club, it added to a growing list of honors for the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office sergeant. He certainly is a deserving recipient.
For its “Crucial Catch” awareness campaign the National Football League conducts each year, public service ads highlight that because of the pandemic, as many as 90 percent of Americans skipped their scheduled cancer screenings.
The tragic death of a child who became infected with a rare disease after playing at a contaminated Arlington splash pad should prompt municipal and county leaders across North Texas to check on their cities’ aquatic features.
Texas senators holding someone’s feet to the fire over the slow response to a statewide emergency normally would be cause for applause. Only in this case, the flames should be burning through the lawmakers’ shoes, not those of the regulators who took their grilling.
Upon further enlightenment provided by both sides of the discussion, it appears Port Freeport is doing what it can to do right by East End residents.
The late author Michael Crichton would’ve loved the scientists and entrepreneurs at Colossal, the American company that wants to repopulate the Siberian tundra with herds of woolly mammoth-like creatures, ostensibly to help combat climate change.
With so many legislators’ pet initiatives and wasteful projects finding their way into the state budget every biennium, it is particularly sad when the successful programs are cast aside.
The most eye-opening revelation in our recent interview with Van and Edmeryl Williams wasn’t that they asked $5 million to sell their East End property to Port Freeport, but it did involve a dollar figure.
If Brazoria County residents want to receive any federal assistance to help with cleanup, recovery and rebuilding after Hurricane Nicholas, they need to do some of the work themselves.
Seeing thousands of migrants walking across a dam on the Rio Grande at Del Rio and camping underneath the international bridge in that city should appall everyone on multiple levels.
While most of Brazoria County sheltered from Hurricane Nicholas, volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services crews stood ready to go out into the elements to save lives. And as in any natural disaster, calls increased.
A political party wouldn’t accept the legitimacy of the man in the White House. They wondered if he had the smarts for the job and criticized him for taking so many vacation days.
The loudest voices in the room will win out when they are the lone voices in the room, which is one of the factors contributing to area school districts failing to institute more stringent measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campuses.
For the first time in almost a half-century, support for labor unions in the United States has eclipsed the two-thirds mark, a Gallup poll released Thursday shows. It is a sign that after decades of anti-union sentiment, the pendulum, as is inevitable of most political questions, has swung i…
With their hands tied by an executive order from the Governor’s Mansion, school districts have little recourse but to fully close campuses when there is a COVID outbreak. Leaders in Angleton ISD and Danbury ISD are to be commended for having the fortitude to take that action this week.
News that Rhonda Barchak, who has spent the last 11-plus years as Brazoria County’s district clerk and almost 40 years connected to its court system, retired unexpectedly delivered initial surprise, then concern, over what it will mean.
Many Americans who pay the online do-it-yourself tax-preparation giant TurboTax might not even know the company offers a free version of its services, under an agreement with the federal government. Critics say that lack of knowledge is intentional — that after agreeing two decades ago to pr…
The investigation into a TikTok video posted by a Jones Creek deputy marshal suggesting people should respond to government representatives knocking on their doors with force should be complete this week, Marshal William Tidwell told us Tuesday.
Few things spoke as loudly about political realities in Texas as when the House of Representatives finally achieved quorum Thursday with a sufficient number of Democrats having returned to the Capitol. They immediately adjourned for four days.
When Freeport became the recipient of security cameras installed at its entry points almost a decade ago now, it was done on the premise potential terrorists could be spotted heading into town or speeding away. That stated purpose earned the city eligibility for more than $1 million in feder…
The incompetent method with which the Biden administration carried out the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan is a military and moral fiasco.
We should view solar power generation as a companion to other forms of production that can help improve the rapidly growing state's energy supply efficiency.
June and July have lately been fairly quiet months for Brazoria County, but officials still urge getting ready for the Atlantic hurricane season as early as possible. Now that it’s August, now more than ever is the time to make sure you’re fully prepared.
Months after business restrictions were lifted and businesses are beckoning people to apply for jobs, that safety net is no longer needed. The Biden administration's decision to extend it another two months until Oct. 3 is destructive to potential workers and the companies that need them as well as landlords and mortgage holders.
We’re about to find out if Democrats believe what they say about having no tolerance for sexual harassment. If they do, then they have little choice other than to move to impeach Andrew Cuomo as governor of New York.
A few weeks back in our weekly Yesteryears feature, we shared an item from the July 25, 1971, edition of The Facts. The story was about a study conducted by the Brazosport Chamber of Commerce showing only 41 percent of the money earned in the area stayed here. Much of it was spent outside Br…
You can’t win a war when you’re fighting the wrong enemy. But that is what Gov. Greg Abbott is doing as COVID-19 sends an alarming number of Texans into hospital beds and early graves.
That t here are high levels of bacteria in the waters off the Texas coast is as surprising as news that venturing into them will make you wet. The combination of heat and fecal matter flowing into the Gulf of Mexico is a perfect recipe for such bacteria to form.
Simone Biles has been making headlines for years, and it was expected she would do so again during the ongoing Olympic Games in Tokyo. Probably no one expected any of those headlines to say she withdrew from any part of the competition. She made the right decision.
The circumstances driving this economy now are much different from those in the 1970s, and the kind of inflation that persisted then is not likely to come back.
Last week’s ruling by a federal judge that overturned the Obama-era DACA program should be the final straw that motivates Congress to finally get serious about the broader immigration reform that both parties support even though some details inevitably separate them.
There is a line in the iconic farce “Airplane!” in which a commentator discussing the flight’s expected doom says, “They bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into. I say, let ’em crash.”
That the recent discoloration residents of both Lake Jackson and Richwood reported to city leaders was harmless, which had to be a relief for people to find out, and officials of local municipalities and the Brazosport Water Authority deserve commendation for how quickly and thoroughly they worked to let the people know.