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ANGLETON — The local branch of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has a rich history of providing educational programs that address the most critical issues in the county and invites residents’ to give their views on its services through TexasSpeaks.

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The school district has budgeted less than what they’re earning, so they’re in a healthy financial state, Lisa McKinnon shared with the Danbury ISD Board of Trustees. Additionally, schools have Chromebooks available, though many students have elected to use their own devices.

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Eight grants totaling $11,316.91 were awarded to Danbury ISD teachers for various classroom programs and tools, zeroing out the Danbury ISD Education Foundation’s fund — as they do every year, President Celia Lewis said.

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As soon as fourth grade teacher Alicia Neubauer heard the drums, she came running down the hall of Danbury Elementary School to her classroom in excitement. Neubauer was awarded $1,500 from the Danbury ISD Education Foundation for her students to publish their own books.

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Angleton ISD officials want to figure out how to document parents’ decision about students’ taking the STAAR test, along with how to tailor their curriculum for more success on TSI testing, as mentioned during February’s board meeting Monday.

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Daniel Holmes has played The Dirty South twice before, but Saturday will be his first full band show as the headliner, and he’ll deliver original music in a red dirt, edgy Southern rock style.

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Having moved from Washington to Texas to work as the new president and CEO of the Greater Angleton Chamber of Commerce, Kathleen Hopkins is excited to advocate for local business, build sustainable programs, and get as plugged in with her new community as possible.

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Crocodile Encounter has two American crocodiles, and on the first day of the winter freeze last week, they would’ve both been dead, park owner Chris Dieter said. But both made it through, as did nearly every other one of Crocodile Encounter’s hundreds of animals.

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For the second day in a row, more than half of the new COVID-19 cases reported are actually old cases, from test samples taken more than two weeks ago. County officials reported 336 cases of the virus Sunday, of which 206 are linked to old tests.

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Sweeny and Angleton ISD officials waited until Sunday to decide whether they could safely reopen schools to staff and students after the freeze, and while the former made the decision to return to school today, the latter did not.

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While the school district continues to work through facility issues, Angleton ISD officials have decided not to have classes Monday, according to a news release on the district’s website.

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The whole idea of the Brazoria County Library System’s BrazCon Teen Comic Convention is for kids to meet other like-minded kids, which may be harder to do in a virtual environment — but rather than cancel the event, organizers pivoted to do it virtually while still incorporating as many of the traditional elements as possible.

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After a low case count Friday which county officials attributed to communication limitations linked to the recent power outages, officials reported 300 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, along with 130 recoveries.

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All-State Band is the highest honor a high school musician can receive, and eight local students — two from Danbury ISD and six from Brazosport ISD — reached the designation this year, some for the second or third year in a row.

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Country Village Care Activity Director Erica Maddox helps Ann Langston get situated before crowning her the queen of the facility’s assisted living for the Valentine’s Day holiday.

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Country Village Care resident Johnny Gossett removes one of his trademark stylish hats so Activity Director Erica Maddox can place a crown on his head, proclaiming him the assisted living king for the Valentine’s Day holiday.

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Country Village Care Activity Director Erica Maddox arranges a red cape around Barbara Joy Wood’s shoulders, after Wood was proclaimed the facility’s skilled nursing queen for the Valentine’s Day holiday.

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Country Village Care resident Jack Rongey pulls down his mask for a quick smile before Activity Director Erica Maddox places a crown on his head and a cape around his shoulders. Rongey was proclaimed the ruler of Country Village Care Skilled Nursing, alongside friend Barbara Joy Wood, ahead …

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Country Village Care Activity Director Erica Maddox crowns resident Jack Rongey king of the facility’s skilled nursing unit for the Valentine’s Day holiday.

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Judge Matt Sebesta, center, stands for a photo with Johnny Gossett, left, and Ann Langston, after crowning them king and queen of Country Village Care Assisted Living. Gossett removed one of his stylish hats to be crowned.

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Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta will continue to push for substantial COVID-19 vaccine allocations for the county, according to a news release from county spokeswoman Sharon Trower Monday afternoon. Officials reported 150 new confirmed and 14 probable cases and 377 recoveries Monday.

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Being named a Texas All-State Musician is the highest honor a high school musician can achieve in Texas. Three students — two juniors and one senior at local high schools — achieved just that in being named to All-State Choirs this year.

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Robyn Sebesta Peltier was a founding member of the Danbury ISD Education Foundation, and she always gave to students, friends say. She died in August after a long battle with cancer, and funds donated to the foundation in her honor will memorialize her through “Robyn’s Garden” at the new elementary school.

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Every appointment slot was gone within the hour after Brazoria County officials sent out a news release indicating there were appointments available for the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday afternoon.

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Sweeny House is the latest senior care facility to see a spread of COVID-19 cases, as Brazoria County officials reported 20 cases among residents Sunday. Officials reported 258 new cases, including 23 probable, in all.

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For the first time, the Boys and Girls Club of Brazoria County’s annual Great Futures Gala was virtual, but no less meaningful, as the community impact of the organization was shared and celebrated.

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While the last two days saw COVID-19 new case reports of nearly 300 and above, the count dropped back down Saturday to numbers more closely aligned with those seen in the middle of the week, with a report of 169 new cases.

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The 440 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine UTMB Angleton-Danbury has have already been allocated to patients who were unable to receive them last week, officials said. With 186 new cases reported by county officials, Brazoria County crossed another thousand threshold Wednesday.

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Trustees approved resolutions advocating the cancelation of the STAAR test this year, and requesting teachers be considered essential frontline workers in order to be vaccinated sooner, during the January school board meeting Tuesday.

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The school district board of trustees unanimously voted to extend the contract of Superintendent Nancy Sandlin during their January meeting Monday. Trustees also voted to amend the board meeting schedule for the next two months.

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When people generally think “NASA,” they think “astronaut” or “space exploration.” Logan Marquis thinks “climate physics,” and the Alvin Community College freshman was recently accepted into an online internship that will give him the opportunity to communicate and learn from NASA scientists about climate change.

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Nearly two weeks into the new year, the COVID-19 death toll is at 18 people — an average of 1.38 deaths each day. Brazoria County officials announced three deaths Wednesday, along with 330 new cases of the virus and 233 recoveries.

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ANGLETON — The Brazoria County Library System recently announced the winners of its Teen Photo Contest, which drew more than 200 entires.

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While the holiday break might have contributed to a case jump for Brazosport and Sweeny ISD school districts, numbers for Angleton, Columbia-Brazoria and Danbury ISDs do not yet appear to be especially high as districts wrap up the first week back to school.

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Although the band Prophets and Outlaws has performed in many South Texas venues, none has been in Angleton, lead singer Matt Boggs said.

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The Angleton Lions and Leos Clubs participated in the “Wreaths Across America” ceremony Dec. 19 at the Angleton Cemetery. The ceremony included honoring and remembering veterans, a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps,” after which club members placed wreaths on each veteran’s grave.

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When it came time to make a decision about the second annual NASH Fest, the Angleton ISD Education Foundation decided they didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity. The first virtual NASH Fest will be 7 p.m. Thursday, and will feature a concert from Cole Degges broadcasted through Facebook Live.

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ANGLETON — The Brazoria County Library System is joining up with schools and libraries across the country this month in Simon & Shuster’s Books Like Us Winter Reading Challenge.

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School districts saw spikes in cases among students and staff members after the Thanksgiving holidays. As students return to school after the Christmas holidays, staff members are prepared to see more spikes, but have implemented measures including deep cleaning in the hopes of preventing that.