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Danbury Council approved to allow Brazoria County Precinct 2 to replace the culvert at the intersection between Avenue E and 8th Street in their meeting on Thursday among other items. After Thursday’s meeting, the Oyster Creek City Council is full again.

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FREEPORT — An independent investigation found no evidence of leaking questions or coaching by the Concerned Citizens of Freeport before the organization’s candidate forum.

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Freeport Historical Museum has a temporary Fort Velasco exhibit that highlights the lead up, event and aftermath of the event. 

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Local law enforcement officials are experiencing a mixture of feelings on the recent passage of House Bill 1927, eliminating the training and licensing requirements for carrying firearms, but are optimistic that people will continue to be as safe as possible with their weapons.

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FREEPORT — Residents had a chance to see what life was like in colonial Texas as the Freeport Historical Museum commemorated Fort Velasco Day and the battle considered by historians to represent the first shots of the Texas Revolution.

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Fort Velasco's 189th anniversary is happening this Saturday. Events will be taking place during the morning and day at Freeport and evening events will take place at Surfside. 

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FREEPORT — Several Freeport lift stations are set for a more than $1 million makeover after council approved the project’s $152,263 task order to begin the blueprints.

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Inspirational Crossroads hosted Kites Take Flight at Surfside Beach on Saturday to share inspiration and encouragement, and to allow people to come together.

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Legislation intended to prevent drownings near jetties and piers along the Texas coast is catching local officials by surprise as they begin to figure out how and with what money they’re going to implement the policy.

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The annual “Go Topless” gathering of Jeep owners and aficionados kicked off on Brazoria County beaches with a lot of Jeeps and a lot of law enforcement, but a notably lower-key atmosphere than what’s described in tales from the Bolivar Peninsula further north.

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The City Council of Surfside Beach voted unanimously to review its zoning options to return the neighborhood commercial zone to the list after it was removed in 2014.

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The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for missing U.S. Airman Elijah Posana, a news release states. No signs were found, and there are no Coast Guard assets still searching, Petty Officer Hause said.

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Trey Tichacek was a truck driver, and he loved to travel. He loved to be outdoors. He put salsa on everything. He had perfect vision, but didn’t have to to be a cornea donor for Florida attorney Kelly Bennett. On April 6, Bennett and the Tichacek family met for the first time, through Zoom.

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Surfside Beach City Council reviewed steps it could take to address several noise complaints related to shipping activity. The complaint format, once formalized, may also be used for standard noise complaints.

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A woman about 55 years old drowned at Quintana Beach in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to law enforcement. The investigation is ongoing.

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SURFSIDE BEACH — The thick fog hovering over the Village of Surfside Beach on Saturday was not enough to obscure bright colors in the sky, and the chill in the air was not enough to keep people away from the first kite exhibition of 2021.

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A handful of paramotor pilots soared through the skies over Quintana on Saturday while others watched from the ground and waited to take their own turns through the clouds. Saturday’s fly-in was the first in several years over the area, and provided an opportunity to collect donations for disabled veterans at the end of Veterans Day week.

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Rozy has performed several times in Brazoria County, but never at The Well under Dorado's Dive Club in Surfside Beach. The band of four will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday night to play some original music, as well as some Nirvana, Blink-182, Michael Jackson and Fleetwood Mac, among others.

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Greg Bisso is the newly elected mayor of Surfside Beach, according to final, unofficial results released Tuesday night by the Brazoria County Elections Division. Mark Wilson and Jennie Green-Prats were elected as aldermen. 

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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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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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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.

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Brazoria County issued a voluntary evacuation order for low-lying coastal communities Tuesday morning ahead of Hurricane Laura, and the city of Surfside is already making preparations, Mayor Larry Davison said.

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Rain blew through midmorning and there was very little wind in the early afternoon, but the kite flyers waited until they could soar.

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People need to feel a sense of normalcy and should have a day to rest, relax, and release — an opportunity that Sharon Hudson, founder of the nonprofit organization Inspirational Crossroads, hopes to provide with the second Kites Take Flight on Saturday.

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In 1971, 11-year-old Betty Nunez was involved in a violent car crash, to which Texas Highway Patrolman Joe King responded. Years later, Nunez began keeping King's grandsons — without realizing that Mr. King was Mr. King, until finding a newspaper clipping in 2018 — 47 years later.

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A 17- and a 19-year-old from Sugarland were swept off the jetties by a large wave as they attempted to walk down the rocks on Saturday afternoon. Hurricane Hanna moved inland south of Brazoria County throughout the day, causing high tides along the coastline.

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Surf Drive in Surfside Beach close to the jetties is completely under more than a foot of water after Hurricane Hanna created a storm surge of nearly five feet. The quick nature of the storm left many residents with no choice but to leave cars and other items in the flood waters.

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Two residents surf in the waves along the Surfside jetties on Saturday although the storm surge was deemed "life threatening" by the National Hurricane Center.

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Residents flock to the Surfside jetties Saturday afternoon hours before Hurricane Hanna made landfall on Padre Island as a category one hurricane, raising the storm surges to deadly levels.

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The Brazos River in West Columbia is nearly out of its banks Saturday afternoon as the swell caused by Hurricane Hanna brought an over 15-foot increase in the river level in just 24 hours.

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A house in Surfside Beach appears to be on an island while being surrounded from flood waters dumped in the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Hanna, which made landfall on Padre Island Saturday afternoon. Many residential streets were covered by more than six inches of water.

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For her 18th birthday, Jessica Savell asked for lots of lunch meat to make sandwiches for the homeless. With the help of her mother Kathy and Brazosport Cares Food Pantry, she's still going to make a difference, but has decided to go about it differently.

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FREEPORT — The body of an Asian man believed to be between 35 and 45 years old was found dead on Bryan Beach early Friday, authorities said.

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Following efforts to extend the Freeport Channel, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed a Project Partnership Agreement with the Port Freeport Commission.

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On Sunday, Freeport and Surfside beaches closed due to high tides, and while Freeport reopened Monday, city leaders of both urge precaution.

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A woman drowned after being swept off the jetties this morning, after officials had already decided to shut down local beaches due to high tides in the Gulf. Officials are monitoring conditions.

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In efforts to advance Port Freeport’s economic plans from the start of the year, Port Freeport planned to expand its terminal facilities, vessels and general output.

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As Port Freeport is a local governing body with taxing authority, they are concerned with the direction that local business is headed towards in handling the coronavirus.

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SURFSIDE BEACH — A Brazoria man drowned after being pulled underwater and swept toward Surfside Jetty County Park, according to law enforcement.