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LAKE JACKSON — Rich Wells leaves a legacy of dedicated hard work and lasting friendships as Dow Chemical’s Vice President of Operations and U.…

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 numbe…

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