Nicole Boddie publishes her first novel

journeyLocal Bolivar Peninsula resident (High Island) Nicole Boddie publishes her first novel, THE UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Where Death is Only the Beginning.

About the book: Maggie Anderson wakes up in Grandview Nursing Home, unsure of how she got there. She sets out on a mission to unravel the mystery. Prior to death, God brings all the puzzle pieces together to unveil a complete

CofC Awards Banquet

chamberThe Bolivar Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Annual Awards Banquet Tuesday, April 29th, 6:30 pm at Stingaree, honoring the 2014 Citizen, Educator, Business and Volunteer of the Year. The theme is “BOLIVAR BEACH BASH”. This award celebrates the work of the people who have shown outstanding dedication and service to the community. Purchase tickets at

Voter Registration Deadline April 28th for Primary Run-Off Election

voteLocal elections are right around the corner followed immediately by the primary run-off election scheduled for May 27th. If not registered or if you recently moved, you have until Monday, April 28th to register or update your address. Applications may be found at all county tax offices or online at This online application is post-paid and is a two page application that you may print,

Michael Ray Kujawa

kujawaSeptember 14, 1952 – April 17, 2014
Michael Ray Kujawa, 61, of Crystal Beach, died Thursday, April 17, 2014. He was born on September 14, 1952, in Houston, to Doris Jeane Pratka and Julian Ray Kujawa. Michael owned and operated the Crystal Beach Zoo for several years. Survivors include sisters, Linda Kujawa and Pablo, of Houston and Marie Dudley and her husband,

Rollover Pass Fishing Report, Apr 14 – Apr 20, 2014

By Ed Snyder/Outdoors
Warming waters and baitfish are helping to improve the fishing action at Rollover Pass. Day-shift anglers are loading up on drum and whiting with a few sheepshead, flounder, and redfish in their boxes. Night-shift anglers are catching specks on the eve of the sunsets and on the early morning tides. The specks aren’t in the surf as yet but it won’t be much longer.

Strimple Skins Regulars in Second Par 3 Contest

By Mike VanZandt
Mike VanZandt missed an eighteen-inch putt for par on the 6th hole Thursday to give Roy Strimple a well earned skin and deny John Milby a sweep of the cash. Milby hit a 158 yard eight iron on number 9 to three feet and tapped it in for his skin, the only birdie of the day in the windy conditions. Despite his choke on number 6 and another missed

Tough Pin Placements Frustrate Hacking Golfers

golf_0422By Mike VanZandt
Head golf pro Mike Mitchell reset the pins and tee boxes on the Gold Par 3 Course for Tuesdays contest amidst much grumbling from the contestants. Of course, everyone plays the same course so there is no fairness issue, but golfers like to score well and no one got close to par in the swirling winds at the Ranch. Shannon O’Brien, Dabney Harrison and Mike VanZandt tied for first place with awful

What the Heck is a Calcutta?

calcuttaBy Mike VanZandt
A Calcutta is a form of gambling observed most often locally in charity golf tournaments. Bettors bid on the 4-man teams competing in the tournament. The highest bidder is said to have bought a team in the Calcutta. Every team is auctioned and the money collected is called the Calcutta Pool. If his team wins the golf tournament, the bettor wins the

Great messages throughout history

By Brenda Cannon Henley
Spending much of my last five weeks in the cancer treatment centers of UTMB in Galveston while Ted is going through chemotherapy and radiation, I have heard many messages given to various people. Some have not been very happy news. Others have offered some hope. I’ve witnessed marital mates, good friends, children, nieces and nephews,

Would you like a booth?

By Cindy Clay Srader
I talked about using a bump out window to help make a benched dining area. You can still have the same feature without having the window. In this room they upholstered the back and the seat in the same fabric. I have actually seen a headboard that looks just like this at Pier 1. In a beach house, storage is always at a premium. Using this

The Easter Bunny

GO_0422Every time I think about The Easter Bunny, I can just hear Clairee taking cracks at Weezer – Steel Magnolias. One of my favorite memories goes back to the 70′s when we would come here to the beach to visit the Grandparents. We had at least 2 children by then, combined with all the other siblings and however many they had, still a growing-by-leaps-and-bounds family. The Seahoose was small, but we all managed to pile into the open concept,

FeatherFest and Waterthrush

Waterthrush IDBy Jim Stevenson
First, please allow me to congratulate all those who were responsible for a fantastic FeatherFest: The guides, administrators, helpers and wonderful participants! Julie Ann always deserves high praise as our chief, but so many others give so much: The board and its chair, Alice Ann and her hospitality Sunday afternoon, and maybe one of the

Music Lineup for Summer Gospel Extravaganza

Bruce Haire has put together a wonderful line up for our SUMMER GOSPEL MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA AND BAZAAR on June 14th! The performance schedule includes:

Upcoming EVENTS

April 26, Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup
The Annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup will take place Saturday, April 26th. The Texas Adopt-A-Beach Program, an all-volunteer effort, is dedicated to preserving and protecting Texas beaches. Click here for ADOPT-A-BEACH WEBSITE.

April 26, DRIFTWOOD Charity Gumbo Cookoff
Diane and Wayne Blanks are hosting this event for the 3rd year to raise money for our local charities, 2382 Sandcastle in Driftwood Subdivision of Crystal Beach. A fun filled day for a good cause. Come out and taste the delicious gumbo even if you don’t enter the cook-off. CLICK HERE for APPLICATION

April 26, Community Garage Sale
Crystal Beach AARP Chapter 1591 announces a Community Garage Sale to be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8am-1pm at Joe Faggard Community Center, 1750 Highway 87, Crystal Beach, TX. Proceeds benefit the citizens of Bolivar. Booth space available. Clikc here for REGISTRATION FORM.

cfgolfMay 3, Texas Crab Festival Golf Tournament
First 72 golfers to enter will compete for the biggest Calcutta pool of the year in what always is a premier golf tournament on the Beach. Go by the Ranch (Crystal Beach Golf Course) or call Ann Willis at Swede’s Real Estate to sign up. All proceeds go to the Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund.

crawfishMay 3, Crawfish Boil at Rollover Pass
The Gilchrist Community Association invites you to the 4th Annual Crawfish Boil at Rollover Pass. Crawfish plates with all the fixings will be sold from 11:00am-5:00pm for $12 a plate. Additional pounds will be available for purchase for $5/pound. Call (713) 545-6846 to place early orders for crawfish or visit for more information!

May 22, Summer Gospel Extravaganza Meeting
AN INVITATION FOR PARTICIPATION! The first ever SUMMER GOSPEL EXTRAVAGANZA & BAZAAR! will be held on June 14, 11am – 4pm at Bay Vue United Methodist. This is an ALL churches and ALL community event, we invite you to attend our planning meetings. MORE INFORMATION