Category Archives: County News

Where do construction workers factor into COVID-19 restrictions?

[We know we said no more virus posts, but this is an angle we hadn’t considered, and thought that you, or your friends and family, may be interested. – S]


downloadAUSTIN (KXAN) — KXAN continues to field questions about construction workers at job sites, especially in light of Tuesday’s stay-at-home orders in the city of Austin and Williamson County. [Many counties in DFW are facing the same restrictions]

First, the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulation does not regulate construction workers, but noted that whether construction is allowed is up to the local agency and its order.

Emily Tuttle, a spokeswoman with the city of Austin, told KXAN commercial construction is not allowed with Tuesday’s order, with some exceptions.

“Under the Order signed this morning, there will be no commercial construction, except in the limited exception where it’s constructing essential and critical assets. (See Ex B, 2p). Construction will be allowed for public works and residential purposes if it meets the other criteria, like affordable housing, etc.  Several City of Austin capital improvement projects are categorized as critical infrastructure under the public works clause and will continue construction. Crews are continuing to use best practices for sanitizing, distancing, etc.”

Read more from KXAN…

UWBC Book Drive Until August 11

UBCBookDrive“Being able to hand a child a book of their own was an overwhelming experience, both for us and the children. Seeing their faces when they realized the books were for them to take home was very moving.” – Debbie Pennington, Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County and Board President at UWBC.


City of Pearland News Update 7.17.14

Dawson High School Going “6A”


by Naomi Andu, Reporter for The Soarce – Student Life News for Dawson HS

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) broke tradition on Monday, releasing the new conference cutoff numbers for the 2014-2016 school years before new districts are announced in February. It’s official—Dawson is going 6A.

Conference 6A takes the place of the old 5A due to changes in the smaller conferences. With a 2300 students, Dawson exceeds the 5A cutoff of 2100, bumping us up to 6A. Other schools also moving up include Reagan, Summer Creek, Northbrook, Friendswood, Montgomery, and Milby.

The UIL has not yet assigned schools to specific districts, so it is unclear what teams Dawson athletes will face at the district level.

However, one thing seems certain: the Eagles and the Oilers will end up in the same district. It is UIL policy to keep a school district’s high schools together when they are in the same conference.

In some endeavors, like UIL Academics and One-Act play, this change means Dawson will be forced to compete against schools more than twice its size.

However, in football, playoff brackets will be further divided into Division 1 and Division 2 by size. That system has been in place for several years already. For example, Dawson has never met Texas City in playoffs because they were 4A Division 2, and Dawson was 4A Division 1. This does not affect district play, but it can be helpful in playoffs.

It will likely take months for school administrators, coaches, directors, and sponsors to get a firm grasp on all of the implications of the realignment. The SOARce plans a series of stories exploring the change.


Free Memory Screenings from 11/12 – 11/19/13

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Many types of memory problems are reversible, and all are treatable!

The Brazoria County Library System (BCLS) and volunteers with the Brazoria County Alzheimer’s Awareness Project will be offering free memory screenings at all Brazoria County Libraries on Tuesday, November 12 through Tuesday, November 19.   Find out if you might benefit from further testing.  It’s fun, it’s easy, and only takes a few minutes!

Free Memory Screenings
November 12 – November 19
10 AM – 6 PM
All BCLS Locations & Manvel EMS Station

Thanks to our friends in Pine Hollow for the information.

Notice of Early Voting for Special Elections


For the Constitutional Amendment Election, Alvin Independent School District  Bond Election, Pearland Municipal Management District  No. 2 Operation and Maintenance Tax Election, Village of Surfside Beach Special Election, Velasco Drainage District Bond Election: November 5, 2013


  • Angleton Main Location: East Annex (Old Walmart Building)  1524 E. Mulberry, Room 144, Angleton
  • Alvin Branch Location: Alvin Library  105 S. Gordon, Alvin
  • Brazoria Branch Location: Precinct 4 County Barn   1001Market St., Brazoria
  • Freeport Branch Location: Freeport Library  410 Brazosport Blvd., Freeport
  • Lake Jackson Branch Location: Lake Jackson Library  250 Circle Way, Lake Jackson
  • Manvel Branch Location: Courthouse  North  Annex 7313 Corporate  Dr., Manvel
  • Pearland East Branch Location: Pearland Library 3522 Liberty Dr., Pearland
  • Pearland West Branch Location: Westside Event Center 2150 Countryplace Pkwy., Pearland
  • Shadow Creek Branch Location: Pearland Westside  Library 2803 Business Center Dr.,Suite 101, Pearland
  • West Columbia  Branch Location: West Columbia City Hall 512 E. Brazos, West Columbia


  • Monday, October  21- Friday, October  25: 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
  • Saturday, October  26: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00p.m.
  • Monday, October  28- Wednesday, October 30: 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
  • Thursday, October 31- Friday, November  1: 7:00a.m. – 7:00p.m.


  • Longfellow Elementary, 610 E. Clemens, Alvin: Monday, October  21, 5-7 p.m.
  • Mason Elementary, 7400 Lewis Lane, Manvel: Monday, October  21, 5-7 p.m.
  • Alvin High School- Kee Bldg., 802 S. Johnson, Alvin: Monday, October  21, 5-7 p.m.
  • Alvin Elementary, 1910 Rosharon Rd., Alvin: Tuesday, October  22, 5-7 p.m.
  • Marek Elementary, 1947 Kirby, Pearland: Tuesday, October  22, 5-7 p.m.
  • Mark Twain Elementary, 345 Kendall Crest Dr., Alvin: Tuesday, October  22, 5-7 p.m.
  • Savannah Lakes Elem., 5151Savannah  Pkwy., Rosharon: Tuesday, October  22, 5-7 p.m.
  • Alvin Primary, 2410 West Park, Alvin: Thursday, October  24, 5-7 p.m.
  • Hood-Case Elementary, 1450 Heights Rd., Alvin: Thursday, October  24, 5-7 p.m.
  • Stevenson Elementary, 4715 Mustang  Rd., Alvin: Thursday, October  24, 5-7 p.m.
  • Wilder Elementary, 2225 Kingsley Dr.Pearland: Thursday, October  24, 5-7 p.m.
  • Passmore Elementary, 600 Kost Rd., Alvin: Monday, October  28, 5-7 p.m.
  • Walt Disney Elementary, 5000 Mustang  Rd., Alvin: Monday, October  28, 5-7 p.m.
  • Ryan Junior High, 2234 Shadow Creek Pkwy., Pearland: Monday, October  28, 5-7 p.m.
  • Manvel Junior High, 101Palm  Desert Dr., Manvel: Monday, October  28, 5-7 p.m.
  • Alvin Junior High, 2300 W. South, Alvin: Tuesday, October  29, 5-7 p.m.
  • Jeter Elementary, 2455 CR 58, Rosharon: Tuesday, October  29, 5-7 p.m.
  • Harby Junior High, 1500 Heights Rd., Alvin: Tuesday, October  29, 5-7 p.m.
  • Assets Open House, 605 E. House, Alvin: Tuesday, October  29, 5-7p.m.
  • Transportation Center, 2780 W. Hwy. 6, Alvin: Wednesday, October 30, 8-11a.m.
  • Fairview Junior High, 12722 CR 190, Alvin: Wednesday, October 30, 5-7 p.m.
  • York Elementary, 2720 Kingsley Dr.Pearland: Thursday, October 31, 5-7 p.m.
  • Manvel High School, 19601Hwy. 6Manvel: Thursday, October 31, 5-7 p.m.


Applications for voting  by mail should  be mailed  to be received  no earlier  than September 6 , 2013 and no later than the close of business (5:00p.m.) on October 25, 2013.

Applications  should be mailed to:


111 E. LOCUST, SUITE 200

ANGLETON, TX 77515-4654


  • 65 years of age or older;
  • Disability;
  • Absence from the county on Election Day and during the Early Voting period;
  • Confinement in jail
Thanks t our friends in Pine Hollow for the information.

DPS Offering Saturday Hours for Voter ID Cards

The 2013 Constitutional Election is fast approaching.  Early voting will take place October 21 through November 1. Election Day voting will be on November 5, 2013.  If you have not registered to vote, you can find out how to do so here. The last day to register to vote in the Constitutional Election is October 7.

Proper identification is required for the upcoming Constitutional Election. Now until November 2 the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is offering Saturday hours at nearly 50 driver license offices from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. as part of an ongoing effort to provide Election Identification Certificates (EICs) to Texans needing to meet this new requirement. The EIC is free of charge to qualifying applicants and is valid for six years. During these Saturday hours, residents will ONLY be permitted to apply for EICs, but can apply for an EIC at all Texas driver license offices during regular business hours.  Here is a list of DPS offices that have these special Saturday hours:

To avoid delays or complications, DPS urges potential applicants to make sure they have the necessary documentation before arriving at the office.

To qualify for an EIC, an applicant must:

  • Bring documentation to the office to verify U.S. citizenship
  • Bring documentation to the office to verify Identity
  • Be eligible to vote in Texas (Bring a valid voter registration card or submit a voter registration application through the Texas Department of Public Safety at the office)
  • Be a Texas resident
  • Be 17 years and 10 months or older

If an applicant already has any of the following documents, they are NOT eligible to receive an EIC:

  • Texas driver license – unexpired or expired less than 60 days at the time of voting
  • Texas personal identification card – unexpired or expired less than 60 days at the time of voting
  • U.S. passport book or card – unexpired or expired less than 60 days at the time of voting
  • Texas concealed handgun license – unexpired or expired less than 60 days at the time of voting
  • U.S. Military identification with photo – unexpired or expired less than 60 days at the time of voting
  • U.S. Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization with photo

For more information on the requirements, exemptions and process for obtaining an EIC, please visit:

For a list of offices that will be open on Saturdays to issue EICs, visit:

For more information on voting in Texas, visit the Secretary of State’s website:

Thank you to our friends in Pine Hollow for the information!

Representative Ed Thompson Invites You to Town Hall Meeting

State Representative Ed Thompson invites you to a town hall meeting. Please join us as we discuss the 83rd Legislature and future policy goals to keep Texas free and prosperous.

Monday, September 30, 2013   —-     5:30pm – 7:00pm

The CA Nelson Auditorium  — 2337 North Galveston Avenue — Pearland, Texas 77581

This meeting is free to attend, but please take a moment to register by visiting this website:

If you have questions about this event, please contact Representative Thompson’s office at or call (512) 463-0707.

Thank you to our friends in Pine Hollow for the information!

HCA Gulf Coast Division Breaks Ground on Pearland Medical Center


September 10, 2013 – HCA Gulf Coast Division President Maura Walsh announces the groundbreaking for its $71 million, 144,000-square-foot Pearland Medical Center.

Pearland Medical Center will be located at the southwest intersection of Highway 288 and Shadow Creek Parkway on a 48-acre site currently home to a full-service, freestanding emergency department, imaging center and 3-story, 80,000 square foot medical office building.  The new, 30-bed acute care hospital will expand patient services to better meet healthcare needs in Pearland and surrounding communities, especially in the areas of obstetrical, surgical and cardiac services and additional outpatient diagnostic services.

The hospital will open in the Fall of 2014, and feature surgical suites, medical/surgical beds, intensive care beds and a 24-hour emergency department. Imaging services will include magnetic resonance imaging, computerized tomography, a catheterization lab, echocardiogram testing, and nuclear medicine modalities. The Center’s new women’s services will provide digital mammography, labor and delivery suites, cesarean-section operating rooms and a newborn nursery.

“The Pearland Medical Center groundbreaking emphasizes HCA Gulf Coast Division’s long-standing commitment to the residents of Pearland and Brazoria County by providing convenient, high-quality healthcare close to home,” Walsh said. “As an HCA affiliated hospital, Pearland Medical Center joins our continuum of nine other Houston-area medical centers, ambulatory surgery centers, diagnostic imaging facilities, and off-campus emergency centers.”

In addition, HCA Gulf Coast Division has a regional transfer center that provides ground and air transportation to and from any other HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospital.  That service includes transfers to specialized facilities such as Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, The Woman’s Hospital of Texas and Texas Orthopedic Hospital.

“The groundbreaking of the new Pearland Medical Center marks the next phase of a long and healthy relationship between Pearland Medical Center and the Pearland community,” said Tom Reid, Pearland Mayor. “HCA Gulf Coast Division is delivering the right care at the right time to our residents in their own neighborhood.”

Pearland is the fastest growing community in the Houston area. The city’s population was projected to increase from 91,252 in 2010 to 123,119 in 2020 and to 141,993 in 2035, according to the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s 2013 Population and Employment Forecast.

Construction is scheduled to start in October. The Nashville-based Gould Turner Group has been selected as the project’s architects, and Skanska will build the hospital.


Brazoria County Historical Museum Seeks Photos of Hurricanes Ike and Rita


Debris covers Interstate 45 headed toward Galveston Island.

In late August, the Brazoria County Historical Museum in Angleton will be hosting the traveling Tropical [Im]pression: A Gulf Coast Hurricane Retrospective. The exhibit will be there until Oct. 3.

According to a press release, they are reaching out to locals to tell their side of the Hurricane Ike and Rita stories with donations of photos and videos that will help interpret the local impact of the hurricanes.

September will mark five years since Hurricane Ike hit the Houston area. Rita hit in September 2005.

The exhibit features almost 70 photos documenting the recent history of hurricanes in the Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana Gulf Coast region coming from professional photographers and amateurs who captured the storm and the aftermath.

The Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur initiated the Hurricane Retrospective Project in 2010.

If you have images or stories from these storms, the museum asks that you contact them at 979-864-1208 or by e-mail at

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