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A very special person

By Addyson Moad (age 12)
There is this very special person that made all of us who we are right now. We call her Mother. She is the person who gives you a place to call home, the person who kisses you goodnight, and the person who is always there for you when you need her. Mothers take care of us more than they take care of themselves. We should appreciate

Coastal Study Texas

Public Open Houses Scheduled for February 2020
The Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Feasibility Study (Coastal Texas Study) will host a series of public open houses in February 2020 to provide the public with updated information about study progress made since previously held public meetings in fall 2018. The purpose of the Coastal Texas Study is to identify coastal storm risk

Teacher Appreciation

By Linda Elissalde
Teachers! They plant seeds of knowledge, they inspire our dreams, they protect and defend us, they educate and love us even when we are not being particularly loveable, and yes, from time to time, they correct. What would we do without them? We can all remember some teacher who made a difference in our

Organizations host community forums on proposed coastal barrier projects in Galveston and Bolivar

proposed coastal barrier projects in Galveston and BolivarThe Army Corps of Engineers is currently considering a Coastal Feasibility Study, due in September, primarily focused on hard infrastructure around, along and between Galveston Island and Bolivar. Representatives from Bayou City Waterkeeper, Turtle Island Restoration Network, Galveston Bay Foundation and Gulf Restoration Network will present and discuss the proposed alternatives for the

Beaches safer for baby sea turtles, but threats await in ocean

By Pamela T. Plotkin, Texas A&M University
On beaches from North Carolina to Texas and throughout the wider Caribbean, one of nature’s great seasonal events is underway. Adult female sea turtles are crawling out of the ocean, digging deep holes in the sand and laying eggs. After about 60 days turtle hatchlings will emerge and head for the water’s edge, fending for themselves from their

Back to Back Easter Egg Hunts…and the real meaning of Easter

It’s a small town, but there is so much going on. It all started at 9:30 on Saturday morning, we headed over to First Baptist Church. Reverend Russ Atwood, was talking with the congregation along with dozens of children sitting on the floor around him. He would reach back into the basket and grab an egg. From inside the egg, he pulled out the cross. The children yelled “Jesus died on the cross.” He reached

Tall Ships Are Coming!®

TALL SHIPS ARE COMING!®For the first time, a fleet of tall ships will sail and race their way along the Gulf Coast to participate in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Gulf Coast 2018 series of races and public maritime festivals. Kicking off this new event, Galveston Island will play host to the first stop of the 2018 challenge from April 5-8, 2018. Produced by Galveston Historical Foundation, in partnership with

KBB Membership Drive

Keep Bolivar Beautiful (KBB) serves the Bolivar Peninsula community with frequent beach cleanups, supports the heavy trash days on the peninsula, and works with volunteers of all ages to educate everyone to care for our beaches and the animals that depend on them. As KBB works to keep our lands clean, they also contribute greatly to the community with outreach programs at local

Sleepy Little Beach Town

nap-0What’s in a nap? That is the question. From a tired parent’s restoration of sanity while their little one snoozes mid-day, to an adult catching some zzz’s in the afternoon in order to make it past Wheel of Fortune each evening. Naps vary through the age groups. Like most things in life, naps seem to come full circle. Napping is key to restoring mood, energy, and focus. But the tricky part is the

Carol Outlaw-Wagner

Artist Carol Outlaw-Wagner, pictured here with her husband Bob, is the featured artist for August and September at the Gallery By The Gulf, 1980 Hwy 87. Drop by the Gallery and view Carol's fine display. Hours are Thursday to Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm.

Artist Carol Outlaw-Wagner, pictured here with her husband Bob, is the featured artist for August and September at the Gallery By The Gulf, 1980 Hwy 87. Drop by the Gallery and view Carol’s fine display. Hours are Thursday to Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm.

July 4th and The Beach…they go together!

fourth0Nothing says Summer quite like the 4th of July holiday – and the beach, of course! Where else can you spend your days in the sun and sand, grilling and refreshing your thirst, laughing with friends and family, and enjoying the sparkle of fireworks when the sun goes down?! Crystal Beach offers all of this fun, and so much more. The weather will be favorable and the crowds will be plenty. The surf will be inviting and

Summer jobs at Anahuac Wildlife Refuge

anahuac-0Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is offering summer employment for young women and men ages 15 to 18. Crew members will work 40 hours per week for $7.25 an hour starting June 5 through July 28. Work will be conducted outside and can be physically demanding. Typical duties will include trail/butterfly garden maintenance, erosion abatement, fence construction, clerical work, and

Diamond Gems

PSP-0509-0Fans were treated to another great day of baseball at Peninsula Sports Park on Saturday. In T-Ball action, the Hurricane bats were hot as they scored 12 runs in a wild win over the Bull Sharks. In afternoon action, the Bull Sharks fell to the Marlins 18-13. The Pitch Ball teams played a close one, with the Sandy Slammers coming out on top over the Barracudas, 5 to 2. The Bolivar Red Sox traveled

Gallery by the Gulf SPRING BREAK SPECIAL

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Live Art! Rockin Caricatures Day!
Saturday March 18th, 10 am to 3 pm
1980 Hwy 87, Crystal Beach, TX
Across from the Post Office

Our artist, Bonnie Blue, wants you to pose for your river rock art so she can capture your best Rockin Face! Reserve

BOOM! It’s that time again

fireworks_0It is fireworks time again. By state law, vendors are allowed to sell fireworks from December 20 to January 1. So, for 13 days starting on Tuesday, we will be treated to impressive pyrotechnic displays all up and down the beach. Join the fun and set up your own fireworks extravaganza. PyroShack Fireworks, with two locations in Crystal Beach, is fully stocked with the latest and greatest

Important Change for Motor Vehicle Registration Renewals begins September 1, 2016!

GcountyBeginning September 1, 2016, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) will send a notification along with motor vehicle renewal notices to those individuals who are delinquent in child support payments (six months or more) stating that their vehicle registration is blocked through the Department of Motor Vehicles Registration and Titling system. This policy will apply to vehicle registrations

Eva’s Calendars

Eva_cover_0It is that time of the year, Eva’s calendars will be ready soon. Every year, local photographer Eva Heller produces a calendar with a photo showing a little piece of our paradise each month. Please call or email Eva if you would like to order a calendar. Last year she ran out so please order early. No payment needed until you are ready to pick them up. These also make great gifts for

The Fog, by Dawn Flores

Its movement both felt and seen
Deposits moisture from all around
Landing on any surface to welcome its arrival.
The mysterious air laden with drops
Greets its visitor with understanding.
Here on Bolivar peninsula life stretches time
Keeping pace alongside the tides.

Declining Fuel Costs to Result in Lower Electricity Bills

entergyAverage Residential Bill to be 6 Percent Lower
Lower costs for the fuel Entergy Texas, Inc. uses to make electricity will translate into lower bills for customers this spring and summer. Customers using an average of 1,000 kilowatts per month will see their bills decline by $4.11, more than 6 percent. The savings are a result from a drop in the fixed charge for fuel, a charge that is adjusted

High Island shelter groundbreaking

ground_0The groundbreaking for construction of a state-of-the-art emergency shelter on the Peninsula calls for gold-plated shovels, of course! This 9500 square foot, $4.2 million emergency shelter is anticipated to be one of the strongest buildings along the Gulf Coast and will withstand major hurricanes with winds up to 190 mph. This construction is no minor undertaking, and representatives from all levels of government were present; federal, state, county, and school board. The funding for the facility was provided by the GLO-Disaster Recovery Division.

School Board members, government officials, and construction representatives participated in the groundbreaking ceremony

School Board members, government officials, and construction representatives participated in the groundbreaking ceremony

The hurricane safe shelter will be built in conjunction with the High Island School District. HISD donated the land across the street from the school. In it’s “off-season” the building will be used daily by the school as a gymnasium and for other school functions. “It will impact in a positive way the lives of the children of our community…they are the future,” reflects HISD Superintendent D’Ann Vonderau, “this will certainly be an asset for not only High Island but for all the citizens of Bolivar.”

School Superintendent D'Ann Vonderau addressing the visitors. Pictured left to right, State Representative Wayne Faircloth, US Congressman Randy Weber, Superintendent Vonderau, School Board Members Benny Barrow, Karen Faggard and Gary Kent, and County Commissioner Ryan Dennard.

School Superintendent D’Ann Vonderau addressing the visitors. Pictured left to right, State Representative Wayne Faircloth, US Congressman Randy Weber, Superintendent Vonderau, School Board Members Benny Barrow, Karen Faggard and Gary Kent, and County Commissioner Ryan Dennard.

“We are excited to be doing this project with you,” remarks County Commissioner Ryan Dennard.

State Representative Wayne Faircloth states, “this is the way government ought to work, leadership from every level, a good use of resources. It just makes sense.” And US Congressman Randy Weber is grateful, “thank you for investing your lives in the children of our future.”

The groundbreaking for construction of a state-of-the-art emergency shelter on the Peninsula calls for gold-plated shovels, of course!

The groundbreaking for construction of a state-of-the-art emergency shelter on the Peninsula calls for gold-plated shovels, of course!

Construction is expected to start this month, and completion is anticipated about this time next year.
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Tax and Voter Deadlines

GcountyDon’t forget to hang onto your money over the weekend but don’t miss the February 1st deadline to pay 2015 property taxes without penalty and interest! As in the past, hours on that date will be extended in the Galveston and League City branches from 7 am to 6 pm. The Santa Fe and Texas City branches will be open normal operating hours of 8 am to 5 pm. For the 11th year in a row, Tax Office chief deputies

Full Moon on Christmas Day

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You don’t want to miss the full moon on Friday. The last full moon on Christmas Day was 38 years ago, and the next one will not happen again until 2034. Moon rise will occur at 6:04 pm.


Voter Registration Certificates are in the Mail!

GcountyCheryl E. Johnson, PCC
Galveston County Tax Assessor Collector
After months of stops and starts with the Secretary of State Texas Election Administration Management (TEAM) system upgrades, nearly 179,000 2016-2017 Voter Registration Certificates will soon arrive in Galveston County mailboxes. The blue and white certificates will be valid from

Lighthouse Krewe T-Shirts

kreweLighthouse Krewe T-Shirts are here! They’re for sale all over the Peninsula, you can’t miss them. Who won the design contest? None other than our Local Artist, Patty Hagstrom! If you need to find out where you can pick one up, give Terry Molloy a call – 409-370-7252. Don’t forget the Mardi Gras Parade – Saturday, February 6th @ 11:30am.

PARADE APPLICATION

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