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Ryan Prentice Garcia loves horror, but everything horror these days seems to be vampires and zombies and werewolves — nobody does Bigfoot anymore unless it's a spoof, he said. Garcia and his wife, author Holly Rae Garcia, wrote a horror novella, and "The Easton Falls Massacre: Bigfoot's Revenge" was released Oct. 30.

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Commissioners’ Court presented a proclamation to Dale Libby, chairman and CEO of The Gathering Place Interfaith Ministries, during proclaiming November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in Brazoria County. From left are commissioners David Linder and Stacy Adams, County Judge Matt Sebesta, Libb…

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Flu season has begun, and while the best time to get the vaccine is now — and especially during the pandemic — it's never too late for somebody to protect themselves, their loved ones and the community at large.

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Each year, 16,000 students nationwide are named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists, and one of those is Noah Hankinson, a senior at Brazoswood High School. Another 34,000 receive commendation for their scholarly achievements, including Hans Aggerwal, Julia Braun, Neha Krishnan Julia Raess, Jackson Sims, and early graduate Bayleigh Boone.

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The Society of St. Stephen assists families in the Brazosport area who need help with rent or utility expenses. Each month, 25 to 30 families receive assistance through this endeavor that is supported by three Lake Jackson churches; Chapelwood United Methodist, Christ Lutheran and First Unit…

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The Angleton School Market provides an opportunity for families to receive the food they need on the first and third Thursdays of every month — and for students to participate in leadership opportunities and give back to the community.

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Brazosport ISD principals met with the board of trustees Monday evening to share updates on how the year is progressing at each campus. Overwhelmingly, the additional 30 minutes has been a positive addition, similar safety measures are consistently implemented, and virtual learning continues to present various challenges.

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Brazoria County officials reported one new death, one probable case, 46 recoveries and 53 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among county residents Tuesday. With the new data, 5.96 of all cases are active, 0.15 are considered probable, 92.54 percent have recovered, and 1.35 percent have died.

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Covenant Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Lake Jackson recently celebrated Pastor Appreciation Month with a surprise car parade at the church for Pastor Dr. Alan Trafford and wife Leslie, and Parish Associate Shawn Kadlecik and wife Kristy.

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With about 22 percent of the students and staff members in quarantine, the Danbury High School campus will be closed Tuesday through next Thursday, Nov. 5. Brazoria County officials reported 32 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, none of which were located in Danbury.

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Emma Hedberg considered canceling her exchange year because of COVID-19, but decided to move forward with it. After about six weeks with the Cook family, the Swedish exchange student — a junior at Sweeny High School — is already part of the family.

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Jimbo McCall prefers to be the one giving help to others, rather than the one receiving it. But in the wake of the late September fire that destroyed his house, he and his son Jace have been on the receiving end of a lot of community support.

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The Danbury ISD Board of Trustees monthly meeting was hacked Monday evening, but once it resumed, officials voted to table the closure of Panther Drive and to approve an item that was tabled last month.

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Brazoria County officials were “sad” to include three COVID-19 related deaths in the county’s case report Friday afternoon: a Sweeny man in his 70s, a Brazoria man in his 70s, and an Alvin man in his 60s.

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Editor’s note: Paul Hermonat was left off of the original printed version of the questionnaire and only his answers are printed here. The complete questionnaire with all candidates’ responses is available at thefacts.com.

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Angleton ISD scored perfectly for the third year in a row on their Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas report, trustees learned during Tuesday's board meeting. Trustees also learned about new housing developments going up in the city, and voted to approve a demographic study that may lead to shifting some attendance zones to account for growth and school capacity.

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Mexcor International Wines and Spirits donated 210 cases of hand sanitizer and three cases of disinfecting wipes to Danbury ISD, valued at $50,589.60. All supplies were distributed to each district campus Monday afternoon.

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Addressing the Columbia-Brazoria ISD Board of Trustees on Tuesday evening, one parent likened the pandemic to Sept. 11, requesting that asynchronous students be allowed on campus to attend electives. Administration has also discussed bringing more students back to campus, but for academic instruction.

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In remembrance of all who have lost their lives to breast cancer, and in support of those currently fighting the disease, Brazoria County Commissioners Court proclaimed October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Brazoria County. Commissioners’ Court presented the Proclamation to breast canc…

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City Council agreed to bring back two topics on their next meeting agenda: a potential discount for water bills and what they can do about mask and other COVID-related mandates.

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Brazosport ISD recognized Jim Martin as the 2020 Texas Education Agency District 7 Hero for Children, and Matt Robinson and Precinct 1 Commissioner Dude Payne with the district's Extra Mile award during the school board meeting Monday evening.

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The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee’s theme for 2021 is “Stronger Together,” and when it comes to COVID-19, all of Brazoria County is in this together. To support that effort, the MLKCC prepared 500 COVID-19 prevention kits, which will be distributed at three sites to community members.

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An Eagle Scout project is meant to benefit the community rather than the individual, and 16-year-old Jeremiah Johnson’s project will benefit not only the local community of Richwood, but eventually, the larger community of Brazosport, too.

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The second annual Nature Fest provided a fun and educational opportunity to draw many families outside to enjoy and learn about nature, and everything Surfside Beach has to offer in addition to the beach.

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Decades ago, 80 acres of Resoft Park was cleared for agricultural ranching. Today, one of the goals of the Brazoria County Parks Department is to reforest that land with native trees including sycamore, live oak, pecan and loblolly pine, which officials and volunteers planted Thursday morning.

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Brazoria County stopped just shy of the next thousand threshold when officials announced 19 new cases of the virus on Sunday afternoon. As is typical for Sundays, officials did not report any recoveries.

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Angleton ISD trustee candidates Mike Sillavan and Joel McKinnon each had the chance to introduce themselves and to answer a few questions during a recent virtual luncheon, which candidate Michael Stroman was unable to attend.

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A man and a woman, both 45 years old, drowned after being swept out by the current at Bryan Beach on Sunday. The case is in the early stages of investigation, according to law enforcement.

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Roughly 250 days after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Brazoria County, and 36 days after the all-time high of 198, the new case numbers continued to trend toward the lower double digits. County officials announced 24 new cases of the virus Saturday, and nearly the same number of recoveries.

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For 36 years, Jim Martin has been all in for Brazosport ISD and continues to dedicate his time and energy to the school district he credits with shaping him into the person he is today. This year he's being recognized by the Texas Education Agency as a Hero for Children, but for Martin, it's never been about recognition.

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School board incumbent Peggy Ellis will not run for reelection in November, leaving Position 7 open, and leaving Amanda Baca, Hattishia Johnson Johnican and Randy Miksch to compete against one another to fill the seat in the delayed school board election.

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LAKE JACKSON — A 25-year-old man was shot in the chest and taken to a Houston hospital by medical helicopter Thursday afternoon, police said.

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Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” is a traditional holiday honoring ancestors and the cycle of life. Rather than mourning, it is a holiday of cheerful celebration.

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Will Burson, center, plays his trumpet while still wearing a mask at rehearsal for the upcoming Brazosport Symphony Orchestra concert at First Baptist Church in Lake Jackson on Thursday.

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The brass section of the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra rehearses for their upcoming concert at First Baptist Church in Lake Jackson on Thursday. To follow social distancing guidelines, the orchestra has to break up into smaller sections to rehearse.

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Audry Dunn plays her flute while rehearsing with the Gulf Winds for the upcoming Brazosport Symphony Orchestra concert at First Baptist Church in Lake Jackson on Thursday.

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President of the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra Paula Matzke plays her bassoon while rehearsing with the Gulf Winds for the upcoming Brazosport Symphony Orchestra concert at First Baptist Church in Lake Jackson on Thursday.

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Darren Tidwell plays his violin while rehearsing with the Gulf Winds for the upcoming Brazosport Symphony Orchestra concert at First Baptist Church in Lake Jackson on Thursday.

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Brian Casey conducts during rehearsals for the upcoming Brazosport Symphony Orchestra concert at First Baptist Church in Lake Jackson on Thursday.

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President of the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra Paula Matzke has a face mask adorned with sheet music next to her during rehearsals with the Gulf Winds for the upcoming Brazosport Symphony Orchestra concert at First Baptist Church in Lake Jackson on Thursday.

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Surfside Beach's second annual Nature Fest will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Bird and Butterfly Trail, 418 Parkview, and will include an assortment of fun and educational activities for children and their families, including a Birds of Prey demonstration at 2:30 p.m.