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Nonprofit organizations like the Boys & Girls Club of Brazoria County exist to help the local community, but much of that help would not be possible without fundraising efforts. The organization is trying to raise $140,000 in order to offer the summer program for free to all, which in turn will help local parents and families.

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St. Michael’s parishioners donated more than 675 pantry and toiletry items for the Refuge for Women-Texas Gulf Coast, a nonprofit, faith-based organization providing specialized care for women who have escaped human trafficking or sexual exploitation. Accepting the donations are Stephanie Cl…

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Tears were shed at Freeport Elementary School on Friday morning, but Belinda Allen was not unhappy to receive a grant for nearly $12,000 from the Brazosport ISD Education Foundation — one of eight grants awarded during the foundation’s Cash Caravan parade.

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Subject to approval by the school board, the Sweeny ISD Education Foundation will engage in a financial examination of the last 10 years, beginning this Wednesday. They reviewed updates to the foundation bylaws during their meeting on Wednesday morning, as well as other business.

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Alvin Community College officials announced Tuesday night that Robert Exley has been unanimously selected by the Board of Regents to take the reins from Albrecht when she retires at the end of August. Albrecht is pleased with the appointment, and feels “entirely comfortable” with handing him the reins, she said.

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When it came to Blue Water Highway’s latest album, the band took a step back to return to their roots, figuring out who they are now and what they wanted to say. They ended up with something that’s the most meaningful of what they’ve done, lead guitarist and vocalist Zack Kibodeaux said.

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The Mu Upsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa received several chapter and individual honors during the honor society’s state convention that was held recently.

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Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Inc. has 16 stores in Texas, and 413 stores in all as of the opening of the Clute location Tuesday. Dozens of shoppers filled the store throughout the morning, and several had positive thoughts to share.

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Marie Hicks, right, presented Scott McCaskill’s daughter, Denise McCaskill, center, and his grandson, Brunson Ortolon, with a 45-year anniversary Chevron posthumously for Scott McCaskill’s service to the organization during the March 8 meeting of the Brazoria Lions Club. The club meets the s…

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Until this week, Brazos Place has not offered addiction recovery services to men since 2017. On Tuesday, Brazos Place staff were moving things around to accommodate the change, but also continued to focus on providing care for those already in residence.

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Words of Life Outreach Ministry in Freeport is “definitely” an outreach ministry, Pastor Samuel Nelson shared, and he and the members of his church have been reaching out to serve the community prior to and throughout the pandemic.

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Yeoman 2nd Class Adam Aldrich from Angleton, assigned to Commander Fleet Activities Okinawa administrative department, sits for a portrait March 31 at CFAO on Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.

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Experience “what a Good Friday is that really wasn’t very good, but it really is really good” today at 7 p.m. at Cornerstone Church of the Nazarene, ahead of an Easter Sunday celebration of the Resurrection.

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ALVIN — While he was out one day on a walk with his dog Chloe, John J. Murray watched as his neighbor struggled to train his own puppy to contain his excitement.

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After more than eight years, Stephanie Sherrodd is stepping down from her position as president and CEO of the Texas Dow Employees Credit Union at the end of this month. Senior vice president and chief administrative, legal and diversity officer Isaac Johnson is stepping in as interim CEO, officials said.

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After deliberating for more than two hours in executive session, the Sweeny ISD Board of Trustees voted to seek the attorney general’s opinion on a request for public information regarding the lawsuit filed by Lisa Marie Smith against Sweeny ISD in 2017. A judge dismissed it in 2018.

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Sweeny High School senior Gracey Leopold was presented with the first Life Ready Learner award in partnership with the Taylor Whitley Show Up Foundation — an award which, based on character, gives everybody an even playing field, including other Sweeny High School students, she said.

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FREEPORT — Brazosport High School qualified four students to participate virtually at the Business Professionals of America Texas State Leadership Conference last momth, with two of them advancing to the national-level competition.

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Brazoria County concluded the weekend with a lighter report of new COVID-19 cases, announcing 50 Sunday afternoon. County officials do not report recoveries on Sundays.

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Saturday morning, surrounded by dozens of friends, family and community members, youngest son Gage cut the ribbon to officially open Robyn’s Garden. The garden is a memorial to his late mother, Robyn Sebesta Peltier, who died in August after a seven-year battle with cancer.

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The number of new COVID-19 cases reported by Brazoria County officials on Saturday, 93, was in the double digits, as it was for the previous several days. The county’s COVID-19 dashboard indicates the entire month of March has had five days with case counts in the triple digits.

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The sixth Brain Fair provided information and outreach opportunities for those affected by Alzheimer’s, caregivers, and those interested in learning more. Programs like Brain Fair, CompU.Talk and other Gathering Place ministries have made and continue to make a difference.

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In less than 10 minutes, 4,000 Easter eggs had been picked up during Cornerstone Church of the Nazarene’s fifth annual Jesus JAMboree event, which serves as a way to bring the community together around every Easter for family fun and celebration of Jesus.

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ANGLETON — During the month of April, the Brazoria County Library System will be participating with libraries across the country in the “Spring into Reading” challenge.

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A head-on collision between two vehicles resulted in one fatality Saturday, while the other driver was transported to UTMB Galveston via Life Flight, officials said.

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There’s a lot going on in Angleton, and Mayor Jason Perez and City Manager Chris Whittaker shared as much with the Greater Angleton Chamber of Commerce President Kathleen Hopkins during the chamber’s March membership luncheon. In a question and answer session, they detailed some of what’s expected to come to Angleton over the next several months and years.

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The Angleton Lions Club recently presented Angleton ISD with nine new American flags, all American-made, for the nine campuses in the school district, in memory of Lewis Gardner, a Lion and a former district educator who died in October.

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BASF will conduct a drill today for their fire department which will involve landing Life Flight, but there is no emergency, Community Outreach Representative Tabitha Ray said.

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ANGLETON — The Brazoria County Library System encourages area writers to participate in a local author contest that will accept submissions of adult and young adult fiction, to be recognized as the top indie-published eBooks in Texas.

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Diamond Rio lead guitarist Jimmy Olander hopes viewers will be able to leave struggles and troubles behind to enjoy the band’s 7:30 p.m. performance at the Clarion at Brazosport College. In-person tickets are sold out, but $10 tickets are available for the online live stream.

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Nothing will bring Josiah McIntyre back, but Madge Griffith Elementary School will make sure he’s not forgotten. Not long after his death in September from a rare brain-eating amoeba, teachers sought to do something to remember him, and will install a playground — fully funded by the Astros Foundation, in honor of his love for the team.

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The Columbia-Brazoria ISD Board of Trustees heard varied concerns from local community members, and decided not to reinstate the district mask mandate despite some of those concerns. Trustees did vote in favor of all other agenda items.

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DANBURY — The Danbury Police Department hosted an inaugural appreciation ceremony Saturday, during which Sgt. Cody Williamson honored people of the community who go out of their way to make Danbury a better place to live.

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TOPS #0176 in Lake Jackson celebrated with Juliane Isaacs after her loss of more than 50 pounds to reach her goal weight and maintain this weight for more than a year. Mary Rich, right, the club’s weight recorder, awarded Isaacs with a KOPS necklace and gift card. The members also put money …

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At the annual Brazoria Heritage Foundation Board of Directors meeting, new members to the board were installed by Foundation President David Jordan, far right. Serving three-year terms will be, from left, Ashley Lancaster, Greg Pope and Bruce Creacy.

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Marie Hicks, left, presented Ken Corley with a 20-year anniversary chevron for service to the Brazoria Lions Club during its meeting March 8. The Brazoria Lions Club meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month. For information, call 979-798-4444.

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When published author Chris Mullen visited Brazosport Christian School in February to share his new book and the writing process, he hosted a creative writing contest for fifth- and sixth-graders. Fifth-grader Landon Klepzig, an author in the making, won with “The Dungeon” — which came from a book he’s already writing, he said.

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Columbia-Brazoria ISD trustees voted to lift the mask mandate for students, teachers and campus visitors, and to reevaluate the situation when they meet again next week.

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Angleton ISD teachers and staff are not expected to get vaccinated against COVID-19, nor are they expected to let officials know whether they are or plan to be. The district received nine new American flags, courtesy of the Angleton Lions Club, and discussed prom during Tuesday’s board meeting.

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An Angleton native, Tim Branch grew up around “gospel country-style music,” and began performing several years ago in the San Antonio area. When he returned to Brazoria County, he brought his music with him.

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At the recent annual Brazoria Heritage Foundation Board of Directors meeting, board members were honored with a plaque and certificates for their service. They were, from left, Frank Petteway, 10 years on the board; Foundation President David Jordan, who presented the awards; and Joyce Lee B…