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Brazoria County Cavalry Celebrates 8 Years

BC Cavalry


The Brazoria County Cavalry is inviting the public to the Eight Year Anniversary ceremony that will be held on Saturday Feb. 27 at the Lake Jackson Civic Center, located at 333 Hwy 332 in Lake Jackson, starting at 2:00 p.m.

Guest speakers will be Texas State Representative Dennis Bonnen and Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta. The Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall will also be on display, presented by Rolling Thunder.

This is a free event. For more information, visit www.brazoriacountycavalry.org.

Hanneman announces candidacy for Brazoria County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 1*


HannemanSuzanne Hanneman is proud to announce her candidacy for Brazoria

County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 1, in the March 1, 2016 Republican Primary.

Hanneman graduated from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law and became a licensed attorney in 1997.

She began her career as a civil attorney, but began working with law enforcement in 2000 as an Assistant City Attorney in Houston. In 2002, Hannenman received the Edward A. Cezares Award for Excellence and Professionalism in Municipal Law.

In 2003, Hanneman continued her career as an Assistant District Attorney for Harris County.

She has handled thousands of cases, from truancy and misdemeanor cases in Justice of the Peace Courts to murders, sexual assaults and large quantity drug cases in felony District Courts.

Hanneman worked in the Asset Forfeiture Division for almost six years, helping recover over $2 million of illegally obtained proceeds.

Currently, Hanneman serves in the Public Service Bureau, screening and interviewing possible intern candidates and conducting criminal background investigations, as well as processing civil and criminal expunctions.

Hanneman and husband Jeffrey have resided in Pearland since 2001. They are the parents of 10 year-old twins, Jackson and Chloe, who attend Rogers Middle School in Pearland ISD.

Hanneman is a member of the Silverlake Lions Club, the Women in Leadership Society and is on the Board of the Adult Reading Center in Pearland.

For more information about Suzanne Hanneman, visit her Official Campaign Page at https://www.facebook.com/Suzanne-Hanneman-for-Brazoria-County-Justice-of-the-Peace-2-1-768755719935732.

*This is a sponsored post. PearlandConnection.net does not endorse any particular candidate.

Incumbents face little opposition in Brazoria County primary races

With the March 1 primary races just around the corner , election season is now officially underway. In Brazoria County, a large number of incumbent candidates will return unopposed to serve another term.

At the national level, incumbent Congressman Al Green is unchallenged in the Democratic Primary and will face Jeff Martin, the lone Republican candidate, in the Nov. 8 general election.

In the race for Congressional District 14, incumbent Randy Weber is challenged by Keith Casey for the Republican nomination with Michael Cole as the lone Democrat to file in the primary race.

Incumbent Congressman Pete Olson is running unopposed for the Republican nomination for District 22. Mark Gibson and A.R. Hassan will compete in the Democratic Primary.

Incumbent Republican Larry Taylor is running unopposed and will serve another term as the District 11 Texas Senator.

Incumbent Rodney Ellis also drew no opposition and will serve another term as the District 13 State Senator.

Incumbent Republican Dennis Bonnen also drew no opposition and will also serve another term as the District 25 State Representative.

Incumbent Republican Ed Thompson will run opposed in the Republican primary and will face the lone Democratic candidate John T. Floyd in the Nov. 8 General Election.

Incumbent Republican Jack Wagner from Lake Jackson drew no opposition and will serve another term as Brazoria County Sheriff.

Another Lake Jackson resident, Donald “Dude” Payne, the incumbent candidate for County Commissioner Pct. 1 drew no opposition and will serve another term.

Pearland-resident Stacy Adams, the Republican incumbent for County Commissioner Pct. 3 is also running unopposed and will serve another term.

Incumbent Republican Ro’Vin Garrett from Angleton is running unopposed and will serve another terms as Brazoria County Tax Assessor Collector.

In the race for Brazoria County Justice of the Peace Pct. 1, Place 1, three candidates will compete for the Republican nomination with no filings in the Democratic primary.

Pearland-resident Suzanne Hanneman is running against incumbent Jack Brown from Lake Jackson and John Vasut from Angleton in the Republican Primary.

Alvin-resident Mike Merkel drew no opposition and will serve another term as the Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Place 1.

For Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Place I, incumbent Sharon Fox from Brazoria is challenged by Janis Varner Phillips, also from Brazoria in the Republican Primary with no candidate filings for the Democratic nomination.

Pearland-resident C.B. Buck Stevens, the Republican incumbent for Brazoria County Constable Pct. 3, drew no opposition and will serve another term.

For Pct. 2 Constable, Republicans Willie Howell from Angleton and David Thacker from Lake Jackson are competing for the Republican nomination. There were no candidate filings in the Democratic primary race.

For Pct.4 Constable, Manvel-resident Lance Willis, Angleton-resident James Brawner and Pete Gamboa from Sweeny are competing for the Republican nomination with no filings for the Democratic nomination

‘Biggest Loser’ coming to Angleton

downloadIn an effort to help the community shed some pounds, the Greater Angleton Chamber of Commerce has accepted the challenge from the “Biggest Loser.”

The opportunity was presented by representatives of the NBC reality show to chambers across the country, Angleton Chamber president and CEO Beth Journeay said. This is the first time the chamber has offered a program such as this.

Read more at The Facts…

Reminder: Fireworks Prohibited

10636573_914905545229652_4455324470834331793_oThe City of Pearland Fire Department would like to remind residents that open burning and the use of fireworks are strictly prohibited within the city limits of Pearland and surrounding Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, which includes all areas normally serviced by the Pearland Fire Department. The use of prohibited fireworks and open burning in these areas is a Class C misdemeanor carrying a fine upto $2000 per violation.

Any questions regarding illegal fireworks or open burning can be directed to Pearland Fire Marshal’s Office at 281.997.4650. To report illegal fireworks incidents, contact Pearland Police Department at 281.997.4316. To report open burning, dial 9-1-1.

For more information, please visit pearlandtx.gov/fireworkadvisory.

*Note: Fireworks are also prohibited in Pearland and Manvel ETJs

Brawner enters race for Pct. 4 Constable*

IMG_7972James Brawner has entered the race for the position of Brazoria County Pct. 4 Constable. He currently works as a Narcotic Investigations Sergeant for the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department. Pct. 4 includes most of the Pearland area.

“I am a lifelong resident of Brazoria County and graduated from Danbury High School. Upon graduation, I entered in the United States Navy where I received a formal education in aircraft mechanics and specialized in working on F/A-18 Hornets. I was assigned to a squadron that deployed to the Middle East and Persian Gulf,” Brawner said. “I returned home from the military in 1995 with a renewed commitment in protecting the freedom we hold dear and that is why I choose to pursue a career in law enforcement. I began working for the Brazoria County Sheriff’s office in 1999. I have enjoyed the experience of working narcotics as well as the great opportunity to work with other law enforcement agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration and Pearland Police Department. Together, we have been able to make a significant impact on slowing the flow and arresting narcotic traffickers that are utilizing Brazoria County as a place to store and sell their poison to our families and children.”

Brawner has served in numerous divisions in BCSO, including the jail, patrol, crime scene investigations, SWAT and narcotics and was promoted to Sergeant in 2009.

Brawner is a popular candidate and is endorsed by many including the Texas Narcotic Officers Association, making him the first candidate to receive an endorsement by TNOA, a statewide organization of approximately 3500 officers.

Brawner is married to his best friend, Holly, who is a fifth grade math teacher. Together, they have an 8 year-old son and a 4 year-old daughter.

Brawner stays busy in his community and is a member of many organizations, including serving as a Board Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of the Brazoria Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, the Sweeny Chamber of Commerce, the West Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Municipal Police Association, the Brazoria County Peace Officers Association, the Texas Tactical Officers Association, the Texas State Rifle Association,  the Brazoria County Fair Association, as a Little League Board member and is a regular sponsor and volunteer in area fundraisers.

Brawner states, “This is an important race for our community and you have a rare opportunity to elect a person with both verifiable Law Enforcement and Leadership experience. You have to choose wisely when you are electing a candidate who will be in your neighborhood and on your streets, and that is why I take this campaign so seriously.  I welcome your support and am humbly asking for your vote.”

James Brawer will be on the Republican ticket in the March 2016 primary election.

*This post is sponsored. Pearland Connection does not endorse any particular candidate.

Residents urged to submit storm damage reports


Brazoria County Office of Emergency Management is asking residents who suffered damage to their homes from the storm on October 31, 2015 to please register with the United Way of Brazoria County by calling 979-849-9402 or email: PIO@brazoria-county.com.

Please provide the following information when calling or emailing your damage reports: Name, address, email and damages to property.

United Way will be available to collect damage information during normal business hours Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This information will help to determine if Brazoria County will qualify for Individual Assistance from FEMA. Please submit your property damage information by Friday, November 6, 2015.

If residents are displaced due to the storm damage and have immediate needs contact the American Red Cross Disaster Assistance hotline at 866-526-8300.


BACODABrazoria County Community Coalition of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol (BACODA) is raising awareness that October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. In 2011, President Obama gave a Presidential Proclamation for the first annual National Substance Abuse Prevention Month to bring attention to the devastating impact that substance abuse and addiction has on individuals, families, and communities across our country. This observance has continued since with prevention organizations around the country holding events to promote prevention of substance abuse.

The President’s Drug Control Strategy promotes the expansion of national and community-based programs that reach young people in schools, on college campuses, and in the workplace with tailored information to help them make healthy decisions about their future.  In fact, recent research has concluded that every dollar invested in school-based substance use prevention programs has the potential to save up to $18 in costs related to substance use disorders.

Local problems require local solutions. To commemorate National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, Brazoria County Community Coalition of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol is engaging the community to help prevent youth substance use. The Coalition brings together individuals from various organizations, agencies, businesses, and civic groups along with parents, youth, and concerned citizens to work together on community-based strategies that are evidence-based to prevent substance abuse in Brazoria County.

Current strategies include a comprehensive prescription drug return program to prevent/decrease medicine abuse, a responsible beverage service program aimed at educating alcohol retailers about the laws around selling to minors, and campaigns aimed at changing community norms and increasing the perception of harm around underage drinking, marijuana use, and synthetic marijuana.

Coalition Coordinator, Dannielle Meyer, said, “Bringing attention to substance abuse prevention is of vital importance. Every day, far too many Americans are hurt by alcohol and drug abuse. From diminished achievement in our schools to greater risks on our roads, to the heartache of lives cut tragically short, the consequences of substance abuse are profound. Yet, we also know that they are preventable.

“Preventing drug use before it begins–particularly among young people–is the most cost-effective way to reduce drug use and its consequences. The best approach to reducing the tremendous toll substance abuse exacts from individuals, families and communities is to prevent the damage before it occurs.”

To get involved in the Coalition’s activities, contact Dannielle Meyer at coalitions@bacoda.org or by calling 800-510-3111. Visit www.bacoda.org for more information.

Fight the Bite!

Brazoria County Mosquito Control collected mosquito traps today. There were two trap sites that had mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile Virus. These traps were in the Alvin/Liverpool area. Trucks will be spraying this area twice a night for 3 nights and then re-test with traps next week. Please remember the importance of wearing insect repellent and follow the “fight the bite” information provided.


Help CERT and Get Spooked!

certlogoSeptember is National Preparedness Month, and Brazoria County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) will be having a great event we would like to invite you to.

Creepy Hollow Haunted House will be hosting a full scale “mock” disaster for the Brazoria County Cert program. This simulation will be the test of skills for the newest members of Brazoria County CERT. Creepy Hollow is serious about giving back to the community, and has opened their facility for this “mock” disaster exercise. Their staff will assist citizen volunteers to create  “victims” for the mock disaster. CERT members will provide aid, rescue and assist these victims to safety.

This will be a great training exercise for our volunteers and community. Below is the information about the event. We hope that you can attend. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact the Brazoria County CERT Team coordinator, Gale Stefka at 713-498-4166.

WHO:         Brazoria County CERT
WHAT:       Graduation exercise for our newest Team members. It is a full scale                          “mock” disaster.
WHERE:   Creepy Hollow Haunted House, 12872 Valley Vista Drive, Rosharon
WHEN:      September 19 –  (victims arrive at 0730, responders begin                          rescue at 0900)