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In the Photos:  Meetings and events covered by Guidry News Service this past week.
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April 15, 2010 -- Harris County Precinct Two Commissioner Sylvia Garcia today issued a statement responding to President Barack Obama's latest budget proposal for NASA. More
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April 15, 2010 -- The Galveston College Board of Regents on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve the first phase of renovations for the college's new vocational-technical training center facility. More
April 14, 2010 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker today named Mario C. Diaz as her nomination for director of the Houston Airport System. More
April 14, 2010 -- Ballots were cast in the Primary Election Run-Off for the Democratic and Republican parties on Tuesday, with party nominations finalized in various races throughout the Gulf Coast area. More
April 14, 2010 -- Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership President Bob Mitchell reports that President Obama’s revised plans for the 2011 NASA budget is good news for the manned spacecraft program. More
April 14, 2010 -- Brazoria County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve sending a letter in support of the Middle Brazos River Reconnaissance Study and Saltwater Barrier Study. More
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April 14, 2010 -- Houston City Council today voted to confirm the appointment of Charles McClelland, Jr. as the city's new police chief. More
April 14, 2010 -- League City City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to confirm Mayor Toni Randall's nomination of Interim City Administrator Marcus Jahns as the city's full-time city administrator. More
April 14, 2010 -- Dickinson City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a Fire Protection Services Agreement with the Dickinson Volunteer Fire Department. More
April 14, 2010 -- The Texas City Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve an order of cancellation for elections for District 1 and District 2 in the May 8 board election. More
April 14, 2010 -- The Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves has called a special meeting for Thursday. More
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April 13, 2010 -- Beaumont City Council today voted unanimously to authorize City Manager Kyle Hayes to accept $1.507 million in funding through the Department of Homeland Security's Supplemental 2007 Port Security Grant Program, and enter into a memorandum of understanding with Jefferson County to facilitate the expenditure of the grant funds. More
April 13, 2010 -- Nassau Bay City Council on Monday voted unanimously to re-appoint Winifred Weber as relief judge for the Municipal Court. More
April 13, 2010 -- The Bolivar Peninsula Special Utility District today announced that it has named Jody Ball of Lovelady, Texas as the district's new general manager. More
April 13, 2010 -- Harris County Commissioners Court today voted to approve an agreement with the City of Houston, the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority and the Houston Dynamo for the construction of a professional soccer stadium in Houston. More
April 13, 2010 -- University of Houston today announced that the university's Energy Program has received a $2.5 million stimulus grant award from the Department of Energy to develop a "smart grid" workforce training program. More
April 13, 2010 -- La Porte City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve an ordinance authorizing the issuance of certificates of obligation, general obligation refunding bonds and La Porte Water Authority Contract Revenue Refunding Bonds for various projects. More
April 13, 2010 -- La Marque City Council on Monday voted unanimously to hire Olson and Olson, LLC, to represent the city in pending litigation involving the case of Big State Excavation vs. City of La Marque. More
April 13, 2010 -- The Galveston Housing Authority will host a ground breaking ceremony on Thursday for The Oaks Housing Phase III development. More
April 13, 2010 -- Pearland City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve a tax abatement agreement with Neelila, LLC. More
April 13, 2010 -- Shoreacres City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve a resolution naming the Riveron Law Firm to act as grant administrator for Texas Community Development Block Grants awarded to the city for Hurricane Ike recovery projects. More
April 12, 2010 -- Jefferson County Commissioners Court today voted unanimously to change the name of the Southeast Texas Regional Airport to "Jack Brooks Regional Airport", and directing the airport manager to obtain approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration and other regulatory authorities to officially change the airport's name. More
April 12, 2010 -- The United States Coast Guard on Saturday recovered the body of a man who was among four persons on a pleasure boat that capsized in Nueces Bay, while the other three boaters were rescued by a good Samaritan. More
April 12, 2010 -- Voting for the Primary Run-Off Election in the Republican and Democratic parties takes place on Tuesday. More
April 12, 2010 -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency today announced that it is continuing efforts to assist 310 Texas households still in temporary housing units due to damage to their homes from Hurricane Ike. More
April 09, 2010 -- The filing period for the La Marque City Council May 8 Special Election for District A passed on Wednesday, with incumbent Keith Bell unopposed for the position. More
April 09, 2010 -- Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia today announced that overtime wages at the Sheriff's Office have dropped to below 10 percent of the total payroll of the office. More
April 09, 2010 -- The Galveston Independent School District will host a meeting on April 19 concerning the proposed Multi-Purpose Sports Stadium and the May 8 bond election for the stadium project. More
April 09, 2010 -- The Galveston County Commissioners Court will host a Public Transportation Conference on Tuesday to discuss the creation of a Galveston County Rural Transportation District. More
April 09, 2010 -- Pasadena City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the first reading of an ordinance for the purchase and installation of three splash pads for Peter Fogo Park, Odell Park and Memorial Park for a total of $633,672. More
April 09, 2010 -- Santa Fe City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to approve a resolution authorizing the Galveston County Mosquito Control District to conduct aerial spraying for the abatement of mosquitoes. More
April 09, 2010 -- The La Marque Independent School District Board of Trustees on Thursday voted unanimously to cancel the district's school board election on May 8. More
April 08, 2010 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker delivered her State of the City Address at a membership meeting of the Greater Houston Partnership on Thursday. More
April 08, 2010 -- El Lago City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve amendments to the city's Code of Ordinances regarding the Building Standards Commission's membership and fees. More
April 08, 2010 -- The Texas City City Commission on Wednesday voted unanimously to award a $4.093 million bid to SER Construction, Inc. for the Dike Paving Improvements Project. More
April 08, 2010 -- Taylor Lake Village City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve an ordinance allowing golf carts to drive on public roads and to cross Kirby Street. More
April 08, 2010 -- Clear Lake Shores City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve an amendment to the city's 2009-2010 budget, including an adjusted sales tax income to reflect reduced revenues. More
April 08, 2010 -- Webster City Council on Tuesday voted 5-1, with Mayor Floyd Myers opposed, to approve a collection fee of 30 percent for unpaid fines, fees, court costs, forfeited bonds and restitution orders that have been referred to a collection attorney or other vendor for collection. More
April 07, 2010 -- The United States Coast Guard today continued its response to an oil spill that occurred Tuesday morning from a pipeline in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana. More
April 07, 2010 -- The City of Galveston will host a planning meeting tonight at the McGuire-Dent Recreation Center regarding Galveston's East End Lagoon. More
April 07, 2010 -- Port Arthur City Council on Tuesday voted 7-1, with Morris Albright opposed, to approve a $15,000 expenditure by the Port Arthur 4A Economic Development Corporation for an economic development community retreat and workshop. More
April 07, 2010 -- The Houston Public Library today announced that it will implement new service hours at all locations beginning April 17. More
April 07, 2010 -- Seabrook City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the first reading of an ordinance to adopt the city's Comprehensive Master Plan 2030. More
April 07, 2010 -- Bayou Vista City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to cancel elections for the positions of mayor, Alderman Position 1 and Position 5, declaring candidates for the election unopposed. More
April 06, 2010 -- Galveston Independent School District today announced that Superintendent Lynne Cleveland has been named the finalist for superintendent of Little Elm Independent School District, and will leave Galveston ISD in June. More
April 06, 2010 -- The Dickinson Independent School District Board of Trustees on Monday voted unanimously to approve a Guaranteed Maximum Price of $26.95 million for additions and renovations to Dickinson High School. More
April 06, 2010 -- Kemah City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve a request to annex approximately 15 acres of property owned by the Eastern Savings Bank into the Bayview Municipal Utility District. More
April 06, 2010 -- Friendswood City Council on Monday voted unanimously to name Interim City Secretary Melinda Welsh as the city secretary. More
April 05, 2010 -- Jefferson County Commissioners Court today voted unanimously to recognize Jefferson County Mosquito Control District Director Lee Chastant on his retirement. More
April 05, 2010 -- Harris County Voter Registrar Leo Vasquez today issued a reminder that April 8 is the deadline to register to vote in the May 8 election. More
April 05, 2010 -- The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston today announced that the university's vascular laboratory has received accreditation in four categories of noninvasive vascular testing procedures by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories. More
April 05, 2010 -- Early voting began today for the April 13 Democratic and Republican Primary run-off election, with voters deciding run-off races in Brazoria, Galveston, Harris and Jefferson counties. More
April 02, 2010 -- Pasadena City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the first reading of a $59,939 contract with URS Corporation for the development of a Continuity of Operations Plan using Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program funds. More
April 01, 2010 -- Jefferson County Commissioners Court, in a special meeting today, voted unanimously to appoint Jefferson County Tax Office Chief Deputy Susie James as Interim Tax Assessor-Collector, effective immediately. More
April 01, 2010 -- The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County today announced that the agency is "prepared to weather the current economic downturn" while a recent report shows that more than 80 percent of public transit agencies are raising fares and cutting services. More
April 01, 2010 -- La Marque City Council Member Keith Bell has filed for re-election to his District A seat in a special election held concurrently with the May 8 general election. More
March 31, 2010 -- Houston City Council today voted 13-2, with Oliver Pennington and Stephen Costello opposed, to approve the sale of the former Compaq Center to Lakewood Church for $7.5 million. More
March 31, 2010 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker today named acting Chief Charles McClelland as her selection for chief of police. More
March 31, 2010 -- The Galveston County Sheriff's Office is seeking information to identify the suspect in an armed robbery at a game room in Bacliff that occurred today. More
March 31, 2010 -- United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison today announced that she will remain in the Senate through the end of her term in 2012. More
March 30, 2010 -- Beaumont City Council today voted unanimously to authorize City Manager Kyle Hayes to apply for and receive an additional $296,282 in Neighborhood Stabilization funding to help redevelop neighborhoods through the demolition and redevelopment of single-family homes. More
March 30, 2010 -- The Port of Houston Authority on Monday hosted a briefing for United States Representative Bennie Thompson, chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, regarding collaborative homeland security efforts along the Houston Ship Channel. More
March 30, 2010 -- The College of the Mainland Board of Trustees on Monday voted unanimously to approve a $33,900 annual license for use of PeopleAdmin Software for online employment applications and online employee evaluations. More
March 30, 2010 -- El Lago City Council, in a special meeting on Monday, voted unanimously to deny a proposal from the Seabrook Economic Development Corporation to contribute $10,000 toward new equipment for the Ed White Elementary School playground. More
March 30, 2010 -- La Marque City Council, in a special meeting on Monday, voted unanimously to hold a special election on May 8 for City Council District A. More
March 29, 2010 -- Jefferson County Commissioners Court today recognized Tax Assessor-Collector Miriam K. Johnson, who has announced her retirement. More
March 29, 2010 -- Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan on Friday announced that a new international treaty amendment requiring ships entering port to use cleaner fuels will help clean up air in the Houston area. More
March 29, 2010 -- The Galveston County Health District will observe National Public Health Week and National Immunization Week on April 8 with free vaccinations, recognition of the district's "Public Health Partners" and presentation of the 2010 Gold Ribbon award recipients. More
March 29, 2010 -- The City of Houston Municipal Courts Administration Department today debuted a new payment kiosk at the Municipal Courts Building for accepting payments of open and non-delinquent traffic, non-traffic and parking citations. More
March 28, 2010 -- A team of concerned citizens, led by the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, traveled to Capitol Hill last week where they made 71 visits to congressional offices in support of human spaceflight. More
March 26, 2010 -- The La Marque Independent School District Board of Trustees, during a special meeting on Thursday, voted 4-3, with Travis Smith, Annie Burton and Shirley Fanuiel opposed, to approve the termination of LMISD Police Chief Russell Washington's contract. More
March 26, 2010 -- The Port of Freeport on Thursday announced that Executive Port Director and CEO A.J. "Pete" Reixach, Jr. has been named chair-elect of the American Association of Port Authorities. More
March 26, 2010 -- Galveston City Council on Thursday voted 5-1, with Elizabeth Beeton opposed, to approve an amendment to the operating fund budget by transferring $1.072 million from the General Fund and $134,820 in Hotel Occupancy Tax funds for the East End Lagoon Master Plan Development. More
March 25, 2010 -- The Galveston Housing Authority today announced that it will be moving all Disaster Housing Assistance Program-Ike Case Managers and supporting staff to new locations in Galveston and League City. More
March 25, 2010 -- The Port of Houston Authority on Wednesday announced that it has become the largest United States port for container trade with Brazil. More
March 25, 2010 -- El Lago City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to declare candidates unopposed in the May 8 general election for three positions on the city council. More
March 25, 2010 -- The Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday voted 6-1, with Norman Pappous opposed, to approve the creation of the Charter for Galveston ISD Bond Review Committee. More
March 24, 2010 -- The City of Houston and Houston HOPE Homes on Thursday will host the Houston Affordable Housing Drive at Martha Hermann Square, in front of City Hall, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Admission is free. More
March 24, 2010 -- The La Marque Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted 3-4, with only Joe Cantu, Cynthia Bell-Malveaux and David Rac in favor and Travis Smith, Shirley Fanueil, Donna Holcomb and Annie Burton opposed, to deny a motion to accept a proposal on a reduction in force identifying employment areas to be affected through lay-offs. More
March 24, 2010 -- Port Arthur City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to reject the sole commercial windstorm coverage proposal and to issue a new request for commercial windstorm coverage. More
March 24, 2010 -- Houston City Council today delayed action on the sale of the former Compaq Center building at 3700 Southwest Freeway to Lakewood Church for a total of $7.5 million. More
March 24, 2010 -- Galveston County Commissioners Court today voted unanimously to approve a budget amendment to account for Mary Johnson, the new chief deputy in the Galveston County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Freddie Poor said the action was necessary because of the existing county policy. More
March 24, 2010 -- League City City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a resolution in support of NASA's Constellation Program. More
March 24, 2010 -- Brazoria County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted 4-1, with Judge Joe King opposed, to approve a request from the aviation director to change the name of the Brazoria County Airport to the Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport, and to change the logo of the airport. More
March 24, 2010 -- The Hitchcock Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted 6-1, with Shirley Price opposed, to reconfigure grades at the district. More
March 24, 2010 -- Galveston College today announced that it has purchased a 4.3-acre site at 77th Street and Broadway for a new Vocational-Technical Training Center. More
March 24, 2010 -- Dickinson City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a 2.7 percent increase in solid waste collection fees for Waste Management, Inc. More
March 23, 2010 -- Houston Airports Interim Director Eric Potts last week testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection during a public hearing called “An Assessment of Checkpoint Security: Are our Airports Keeping Passengers Safe?” More
March 23, 2010 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker responded to speculation that she planned to name a new police chief today; she doesn't. More
March 23, 2010 -- The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County today announced that District Judge Al Bennett has ruled in METRO's favor regarding requests for expedited discovery proceedings and access to METRO's computer system in an open records case against the transit authority. More
March 23, 2010 -- Beaumont City Council today voted unanimously to approve of the Preliminary 2010 Action Plan of the Five Year Consolidated Plan and the preliminary action plan budget. More
March 23, 2010 -- The Port of Houston Authority Commission today voted unanimously to approve the purchase of replacement parts for Kone RTG container cranes at the Barbours Cut and Bayport Container Terminal in an amount not to exceed $350,000. More
March 23, 2010 -- The Clear Creek Independent School District Board of Trustees on Monday voted to approve the 2010-2011 Campus Staffing Plan. The plan included approval of positions to staff Bayside Intermediate and Clear Falls High School at a total of $4.3 million. More
March 23, 2010 -- A proposed new contract with the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership to provide economic development services to the City of La Porte failed on two tie votes by La Porte City Council on Monday. More
March 23, 2010 -- Shoreacres City Council on Monday voted unanimously to declare all candidates unopposed and to cancel the municipal election for May 8. More
March 23, 2010 -- La Marque City Council on Monday voted to hold a special meeting on March 29 to sign a resolution calling for a special election to fill Mayor Pro Tem Keith Bell's District A seat. More
March 23, 2010 -- Pearland City Council on Monday voted 2-3, with only Steve Saboe and Woody Owens voting in favor of approval, to deny award of a bid in the construction of the Old Townsite Western Gateway. More
March 22, 2010 -- Jefferson County Commissioners Court today voted unanimously to proclaim March 25-April 4, 2010 as YMBL South Texas State Fair Days in Jefferson County. More
March 20, 2010 -- Congressman Al Green today sponsored and organized two town hall meetings to inform tax filers about the Earned Income Tax Credit, also known as EITC. More
March 20, 2010 -- The Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority will consider awarding a two-year contract to Konecranes, Inc., for the purchase of $350,000 in replacement parts for cranes at the Barbours Cut and Bayport container terminals, as well as several other matters, during its regular public meeting on Tuesday, March 23 More
March 19, 2010 -- Beginning Saturday, March 20 at 4 a.m. until Sunday, March 21 at 5 a.m., contractors will completely close IH 10 westbound from San Jacinto Street to Houston Street. More
March 19, 2010 -- The Houston-Galveston Area Council has announced that the River, Lakes, Bays 'n Bayous Trash Bash will be held on March 27. More
March 19, 2010 -- Pasadena City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the first reading of a reimbursement agreement with Harris County for the reconstruction of Southmore Avenue from 500 feet west of Richey Street to 500 feet east of Johnson Road. More
March 18, 2010 -- The final meeting of the outgoing METRO Board of Directors was held this afternoon. Several elected officials addressed the board. More
March 18, 2010 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker and representatives from the Houston Congressional Delegation today joined in Washington, D.C. to support continuation of NASA's Constellation Program. More
March 18, 2010 -- The City of Shoreacres today announced that three of the city's five Hurricane Ike recovery applications for Texas Community Development Block Grants have moved from the Texas Department of Rural Affairs to the Harris County Community Services Department for review by the county attorney before approval by the Harris County Commissioners Court. More
March 18, 2010 -- Galveston County will host a public meeting on March 23 at Crenshaw Elementary and Middle School to update Bolivar Peninsula residents on various Hurricane Ike recovery projects. More
March 18, 2010 -- The Texas City City Commission on Wednesday voted unanimously to cancel the mayoral and commissioner elections on May 8, due to unopposed candidates in all positions. More
March 17, 2010 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker and members of the Houston area Congressional delegation will hold a press conference on Thursday in Washington D.C. regarding their support for restoring funding to NASA's Constellation Program. More
March 17, 2010 -- Galveston County Commissioners Court today voted unanimously to approve an increase in funding for insecticide for the Galveston County Mosquito Control District as well as a budget amendment to account for an increase in overtime in two divisions of the Galveston County Sheriff's office. More
March 17, 2010 -- Webster City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to transfer $600,000 in unused bond funds from the Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Project to use for other water and wastewater system improvements. More
March 17, 2010 -- The Village of Tiki Island Board of Aldermen on Tuesday voted unanimously to cancel the village's general election for May 8. More
March 17, 2010 -- Clear Lake Shores City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to refer an interlocal agreement with Galveston County for partial funding of improvements to Hansen Road to the city's Road and Drainage Committee. More
March 16, 2010 -- The United States Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service have announced the availability for public review of the draft Bi-National Recovery Plan for the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle. More
March 16, 2010 -- The Texas Department of Transportation is soliciting comment on revisions to department transportation planning and programming rules that will be posted in the Texas Register on March 19. More
March 16, 2010 -- The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County reports that preliminary results of the investigation of Monday’s light-rail accident involving a METRO bus reveal that the bus operator ran the red light. More
March 16, 2010 -- The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County today announced that it has hired UHY Advisors as a consultant to investigate allegations that public funds were misused at METRO. More
March 16, 2010 -- The Hitchcock City Commission on Monday voted unanimously to amend an agreement with Geosurv to extend the statute of limitations to July 1 regarding the Harborwalk water tank project. More
March 16, 2010 -- Kemah City Council on Monday voted unanimously to appoint City Administrator Bill Kerber as the city's full-time police chief. More
March 16, 2010 -- The City of Galveston is hosting a Disaster Recovery Contractor Expo today at the Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center. More
March 16, 2010 -- The Houston-Galveston Area Council will host public meetings on the State Highway 6 South Access Management Study on March 23 and March 25. More
March 15, 2010 -- Jefferson County Commissioners Court today named Jeff Ross, senior programmer and analyst with the county's Management Information Systems Department, as the 2009 Employee Excellence Award winner. More
March 15, 2010 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker today announced that she will visit Washington D.C., where she will support reconsideration of the cancellation of the NASA Constellation program and METRO's expansion of light rail. More
March 14, 2010 -- Officers from the Houston Police Department’s Eastside Patrol Division met last week with community residents to educate them about crime prevention. More
March 12, 2010 -- Galveston City Council on Thursday voted 5-2, with Mayor Pro Tem Danny Weber and Council Member Tarris Woods opposed, to approve the creation of the San Jacinto Neighborhood District. More
March 12, 2010 -- The La Marque Independent School District Board of Trustees on Thursday voted to authorize Superintendent Ecomet Burley to proceed with a reduction in force to remove 47 positions from the district's workforce. More
March 12, 2010 -- The City of Galveston Recovers Program today announced that it has received almost 1,500 applications for the assistance program, surpassing a state benchmark requiring 1,100 applications to be received by the end of February to show need for federal funding. More
March 12, 2010 -- The City of Galveston on Thursday announced that it has opened census assistance centers in several locations on the island to help citizens complete their 2010 Census forms. More
March 12, 2010 -- Pasadena City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the purchase of a playground system and components for Yellowstone Park from Lone Star Recreation in the amount of $113,152. More
March 11, 2010 -- The Coast Guard has adjourned the formal hearings concerning the January 23 incident involving the tank vessel Eagle Otome, the Gull Arrow and the tug Dixie Vengeance. More
March 11, 2010 -- A Santa Fe man, his girlfriend and a friend have been arrested and charged with Arson, after burning his mother’s house down. More
March 11, 2010 -- The Galveston College Board of Regents on Wednesday voted unanimously to authorize college President Dr. Myles Shelton to proceed with the purchase of a property for a new vocational-technical training center on or after March 31, through reserve funds, if funding promised through the Community Development Block Grant Hurricane Ike Disaster Recovery Program has not been provided to the college. More
March 11, 2010 -- Port Arthur City Council on Tuesday voted 6-3, with Morris Albright, III, Mayor Pro Tem Liz Segler and Robert Williamson opposed, to authorize the Port Arthur Section 4A Economic Development Corporation to fund professional services for a feasibility study and design services for the renovation of the former Port Arthur News building at 4th Street and Austin Avenue. More
March 10, 2010 -- Galveston County Commissioners Court today voted 4-1, with County Judge Jim Yarbrough opposed, to approve a request by American Bridge Company to reject a bid by Cianbro/Brashfield & Gorrie on the Galveston Causeway Railroad Bridge Project. More
March 10, 2010 -- The Harris County Attorney's Office today announced that United States District Court Judge David Hittner has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Harris County Sheriff's Office regarding a man who died after deputies used a Taser device to subdue him. More
March 10, 2010 -- Houston City Council today voted to approve an ordinance de-appropriating funds from the Affordable Housing Uptown Series 2004 Fund and the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Affordable Housing Fund to redirect the funds for the continued implementation of the city's Workforce Housing Downpayment Assistance Program. More
March 10, 2010 -- League City City Council on Tuesday voted 5-1, with Jim Nelson opposed, to modify the city's ordinance regarding parades and events to require city council approval for any event requiring the closure of any state designated roadway or any primary thoroughfare within League City. More
March 10, 2010 -- The Texas City Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted to approve budget and staffing recommendations for the 2010-2011 school year. More
March 10, 2010 -- The Friendswood Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a reduction in force due to program change to the district's secondary high school physical education "Foundations of Personal Fitness" course offering and the Career and Technology Education's "Computer Science" course offering. More
March 10, 2010 -- Dickinson City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve purchasing property at 4419 St. Goar for a total of $35,000. More
March 09, 2010 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Dr. Bruno Ferrari, CEO of ProMexico, the trade promotion agency of the Federal Government of Mexico, today signed a memorandum of understanding to promote trade and economic development between the City of Houston and Mexico. More
March 09, 2010 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced today that the City of Houston will be asking the Texas Railroad Commission to reconsider the allocation of a substantial rate increase to Houston residential customers. More
March 09, 2010 -- Shoreacres City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve a memorandum of understanding with the Harris County Flood Control District to provide for the coordination of watershed and stream hydraulic modeling, technical review and comment on requests for flood map revisions. More
March 09, 2010 -- La Marque City Council on Monday voted unanimously to appoint Carlton Getty as the new municipal alternate judge, subject to review of the contract by the city attorney. More
March 09, 2010 -- Pearland City Council on Monday voted unanimously to direct the city's staff to prepare service plans for the proposed annexation of certain areas located in the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction. More
March 08, 2010 -- Filing for the May 8 General Election ends at 5 p.m. today for elected offices at several cities, school districts and colleges in Brazoria, Galveston, Harris and Jefferson counties. More
March 08, 2010 -- Houston Independent School District today announced that Superintendent Terry Grier has signed a settlement agreement with the Federal Communications Commission to remove a freeze placed on "e-rate" program technology funding for the district in 2006 due to allegations of employees accepting meals and other gifts from e-rate vendors. More
March 07, 2010 -- The University of Texas Medical Branch held its annual Health Fair at McGuire Dent Recreation Center in Menard Park on Galveston Island on Saturday. More
March 06, 2010 -- This week's City of Pasadena CityGram, an electronic newsletter, reports that the first month of operation of Pasadena's new inter-city bus route has been successful. More
March 05, 2010 -- This weekend Houston motorists will face several construction closures scheduled for IH 10 West. More
March 05, 2010 -- Big Thicket National Preserve completed the 693 acre “Wildwood Prescribed Burn” in the Hickory Creek Savannah Unit in January. More
March 05, 2010 -- The City of Galveston will host a conference on March 10 for contractors planning to submit qualifications for the rehabilitation or reconstruction of homes under the Housing Disaster Recovery Program. More
March 05, 2010 -- Pasadena City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the final reading of an agreement with the San Jacinto Family YMCA to provide $20,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for an after school enrichment program. More
March 04, 2010 -- Harris County District Attorney Patricia Lykos said she is disappointed and dismayed at ruling of the 177th District Court that the death penality is unconstitutional in the case of a man who is accused of fatally shooting a Houston woman and injuring her sister. More
March 04, 2010 -- The Galveston County Health District will offer free H1N1 vaccinations at all of the district's immunization clinics in Galveston, Texas City and Dickinson beginning Monday. More
March 04, 2010 -- The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Wednesday elected Colleen McHugh as chair of the board. More
March 04, 2010 -- The Texas City City Commission on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve the first reading of an amendment to the city's Code of Ordinances to add an article on storm water provisions. More
March 03, 2010 -- Doug Godinich won a close race for the Democratic nomination for Galveston County Clerk and Stan Stanart won the Republican nomination for Harris County Clerk. The list of defeated incumbents in the primaries include State Representative Al Edwards, Harris County Tax Assessor Collector Leo Vasquez and Jefferson County Commissioner Mark Domingue. More
March 02, 2010 -- A news conference was held at Levin Hall on the campus of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston today to formally announce that the Texas Medical Center Board of Directors has voted unanimously to admit UTMB as a full member of the TMC, the world’s largest medical complex. More
February 27, 2010 -- Congressman Al Green and Haitian Ambassador Raymond Joseph today discussed current conditions and humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti. More
February 27, 2010 -- President Barack Obama has endorsed Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of the 18th Congressional District for her re-election. More
February 26, 2010 -- Galveston City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to accept $106.9 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Non-Housing Program funds from the Texas Department of Rural Affairs. More
February 25, 2010 -- American National Insurance Company’s board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of 77 cents per share on its common stock. More
February 25, 2010 -- The Port of Houston Authority Commission on Tuesday awarded a $1,259,925 contract to Adobe Equipment to purchase 15 replacement yard tractors with "the cleanest burning engines available" for the Barbours Cut Terminal. More
February 24, 2010 -- Houston City Council Member Michael Sullivan, whose district includes the Johnson Space Center, held a news conference in the lobby of Houston City Hall to support the human spaceflight program, which has been threatened with the elimination of the Constellation Program by the Obama administration. More
February 24, 2010 -- The Galveston Historical Foundation today announced that Hetta "Peaches" Kempner has been named as the 2010 Steel Oleander award recipient. More
February 24, 2010 -- Houston City Council today voted to confirm the appointment of Omar Reid as city's new Director of Human Resources. More
February 24, 2010 -- Galveston County Commissioners Court today voted unanimously to authorize sending letters submitted by County Judge Jim Yarbrough to President Barack Obama and members of Congress regarding funding for NASA's Human Spaceflight Program. More
February 24, 2010 -- The United States House of Representatives passed House on Tuesday approved a resolution introduced by Congressman Al Green recognizing the significance of Black History Month. More
February 24, 2010 -- The Texas Department of Transportation Houston Emergency Operations Center is monitoring road conditions this morning. More
February 23, 2010 -- The Center for Houston's Future today announced that it has added new members to its board of directors. More
February 23, 2010 -- Harris County Commissioners Court today held an extensive discussion of the preliminary budget report submitted last week by Budget and Management Services Director Dr. Dick Raycraft. More
February 23, 2010 -- The Clear Creek Independent School District Board of Trustees on Monday voted unanimously to approve a contract with Alpha Media as a consultant for creating a revenue-generating advertising program for the district. More
February 23, 2010 -- The City of League City will hold an open forum on February 25 as part of its “listening campaign” titled League City Speaks. More
February 22, 2010 -- Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus has named Representative Larry Taylor as a member of the House Select Committee on Special Purpose Districts. More
February 22, 2010 -- Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and three Houston area Members of Congress held a roundtable discussion at the Port of Houston today with representatives of the port, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Houston-Galveston Area Council, the Galveston Bay Foundation and other organizations who have interest in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Obama stimulus bill. More
February 22, 2010 -- Jefferson County Commissioners Court today voted unanimously to approve a $49,185 contract with Centerline Construction Services, Inc. for renovations to the Jefferson County Clerk's Office. More
February 22, 2010 -- The City of Houston's Office of Emergency Management has announced that it is holding registration for those who may need transportation assistance during an emergency evacuation. More
February 22, 2010 -- The Texas Department of Transportation today announced that it is preparing for possible freezing conditions for Tuesday night and Wednesday morning on roads in Montgomery and Waller counties. More
February 22, 2010 -- Houston City Council Member Mike Sullivan will host a press conference on Wednesday regarding NASA funding. More
February 21, 2010 -- Authorities have charged and arrested two men in connection with one of the 10 church arson fires that occurred in East Texas beginning on January 1. More
February 21, 2010 -- Moody Gardens announced the birth of a new king penguin last week, making it the first chick born this year of all five species of tuxedo-clad birds at the Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid. More
February 21, 2010 -- Harris County Budget and Management Services Director Dick Raycraft on Friday presented a preliminary budget report that advises Harris County Commissioners Court to expect a shortfall of $53 million because of declining property values. More
February 21, 2010 -- Texas Governor Rick Perry has commended the local, state and federal law enforcement officers for ther work that resulted in the arrest of two persons who have been charged in the East Texas church arsons. More
February 21, 2010 -- Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston reports that it is now helping young burn patients recover from their injuries with less trauma, thanks to new, state-of-the-art equipment made possible by a grant from Devon Energy. More
February 21, 2010 -- The City of Galveston’s Tree Committee and the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy are coordinating the giveaway of almost 1,500 free trees to Galvestonians on Saturday, February 27. More
February 21, 2010 -- The League of Women Voters of the Houston Area has announced the publication of the Voters Guides for the Harris and Fort Bend County Primary elections. More
February 21, 2010 -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott last week joined a North Texas water district’s fight against the State of Oklahoma – and what he described as Oklahoma’s "constitutionally dubious attempt to deprive Texas of vitally important water resources". More
February 21, 2010 -- Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Sylvia Garcia has announced the opening of a new dog park at Gene Green Beltway 8 Park on Saturday, February 27, More
February 20, 2010 -- The Port Commission of The Port of Houston Authority on Tuesday will consider awarding a $1.3 million contract, which will be partially reimbursable by EPA and H-GAC grants, to Adobe Equipment to replace 15 yard tractors at the Barbours Cut Terminal. More
February 20, 2010 -- Houston Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier delivered his State of the Schools Address to an audience of more than 2,000 in a ballroom at the Hilton Americas on Friday. More
February 19, 2010 -- The Hitchcock Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday, following an executive session, voted to admonish Board Member Shirley Price for changing the topic of a discussion she had with students during a recent presentation. More
February 19, 2010 -- Texas Governor Rick Perry has issued a statement regarding Thursday's plane crash at a building in Austin. More
February 19, 2010 -- Pasadena City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the second and final reading of an ordinance extending an interlocal agreement with Harris County for Park and Ride bus service from the Pasadena Town Square Mall through May 2010. More
February 19, 2010 -- The City of Shoreacres on Thursday announced that work has started on flood damage repairs caused by Hurricane Ike to the City Hall. More
February 18, 2010 -- The City of Galveston will host a public planning meeting today at City Hall regarding the East End Lagoon Preserve. More
February 18, 2010 -- The Galveston Housing Authority on Wednesday announced that the Galveston Planning Commission has approved the housing authority's conceptual redevelopment plan for Oleander Homes, Cedar Terrace and Magnolia Homes. More
February 17, 2010 -- The University of Texas System on Tuesday announced that it has developed plans to reduce its budget by an estimated $175.3 million to meet calls by the state to reduce appropriations by five percent. More
February 16, 2010 -- Texas Governor Rick Perry today joined Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples in announcing that the state is taking legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency's endangerment finding for greenhouse gases. More
January 20, 2010 -- Houston City Council today voted to approve $3.586 million for the 2010 Operations and Maintenance Budget for the Trinity River Authority. More
January 20, 2010 -- Seabrook City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to designate Mayor Gary Renola and Mayor Pro Tem Kim Morrell as representatives to attend the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership's annual Citizens for Space Exploration visit in Washington D.C. on May 17-20. More
January 20, 2010 -- Clear Lake Shores City Council on Tuesday took no action on a resolution authorizing its economic development corporation to issue bonds to move forward with the Town Center Project after the city and the EDC were both served with a restraining order preventing action on the matter. More
January 19, 2010 -- Hundreds of people lined MLK Boulevard for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Galveston. More
January 18, 2010 -- The Center for Houston's Future 2009 Indicator Study will present ten years of data about air quality, parks and trails, and trees at a symposium entitled Counting on Quality of Place at the George R. Brown Center on Wednesday, January 20. More
January 16, 2010 -- Galveston Police Chief Charles Wiley officially unveiled his new Community-Oriented Policing initiative, CAMSTAT, on Saturday, with an open house and news conference. More
January 16, 2010 -- Dickinson City Council Member Kerry Neves was elected Chair of the Houston-Galveston Area Council at the council of government's annual meeting on Friday at the Westin Galleria in Houston. More
January 15, 2010 -- Former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels, who is chair of Governor Rick Perry’s Hurricane Ike Recovery and Coordination effort, said that he is not discouraged by Harris County Commissioners Court’s delay in approval of a resolution to support a feasibility study of storm surge protection projects, such as the proposed Ike Dike. More
January 15, 2010 -- Patrick Oxford assumed the chairmanship of the Greater Houston Partnership at the group's annual meeting on Thursday. More
January 15, 2010 -- Santa Fe City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to award a bid of $24,177 to Air Repair for air conditioning and heating equipment for the Mae S. Bruce Library. More
January 15, 2010 -- Dickinson City Council Member Kerry Neves will be sworn in as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Houston-Galveston Area Council at the council of government's General Assembly Meeting tonight. More
January 14, 2010 -- Galveston City Council has voted to prohibit "texting" while driving. More
January 14, 2010 -- Texas Governor Rick Perry today announced that he has sent Texas Task Force One, the state's search and rescue team, to provide assistance in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday. More
January 14, 2010 -- Pasadena City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the first reading of an ordinance to purchase 52 Ford vehicles from Philpott Motors, Ltd. for a total of $1.369 million. More
January 14, 2010 -- Port Arthur City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to suspend a rate increase proposed by Entergy Texas, Inc. for providing electricity. More
January 14, 2010 -- The Galveston College Board of Regents on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve $22,500 for an assessment of a building being considered by the college as a location for its new Vocational-Technical Center Project. More
January 13, 2010 -- The Galveston Planning Commission today is hosting a workshop on the Galveston Housing Authority's Redevelopment Plan and Master Planning Study for Replacement Housing. More
January 13, 2010 -- The Galveston County Commissioners Courtroom today was packed with constables and other law enforcement officers concerned about a proposed letter from the commissioners court detailing the duties that are expected of the constables and discouraging the use of tasers by them. More
January 13, 2010 -- Houston City Council today voted to approve a $1.712 million professional engineering services contract with Landtech Consultant, Inc. for the Tanner Road Project from Hempstead Highway to Beltway 8. More
January 13, 2010 -- League City City Council on Tuesday took no action regarding placing a proposition on the May 8, 2010 Special Election ballot to move the general election date to the November uniform election date beginning with the general election in 2011. More
January 13, 2010 -- Nassau Bay City Council on Monday voted 6-0-1, with David Braun abstaining from the vote, to approve providing $4,000 in additional funding per year for five years to the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership for economic incentive packages. More
January 13, 2010 -- Dickinson City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a Fire Protection Services Agreement with the Dickinson Volunteer Fire Department. More
January 13, 2010 -- The Friendswood Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve an estimated $152,861 for interior finish work on the Friendswood High School campus. More
January 13, 2010 -- Brazoria County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a resolution supporting funding efforts for the Village of Surfside to pay for a study of erosion at Pedestrian Beach. More
January 12, 2010 -- Greg Roof, signing his letter as a Citizen of Galveston, has written to Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas and members of the city council announcing a petition drive for a charter change election to prohibit the city from charging a fee for parking a motor vehicle on any paved or asphalt street. More
January 12, 2010 -- Beaumont City Council today voted unanimously to approve a one-year renewal of a $61,488 contract with Carolyn C. Chaney & Associates, Inc. to act as the city's Washington assistant. The contract also includes $4,000 for reimbursable expenses. More
January 12, 2010 -- Harris County Commissioners Court today again delayed action on a resolution supporting articles of incorporation and bylaws of the Gulf Coast Community and Recovery District. More
January 12, 2010 -- The National Association of Latino Elected Officials on Monday commended Justice Eva Guzman on her formal investiture as the first Hispanic woman to sit at the Texas Supreme Court. More
January 12, 2010 -- La Porte City Council on Monday voted unanimously to accept the award of a $75,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Emergency Management for the development of a Continuity of Operations Plan. More
January 12, 2010 -- Pearland City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve a resolution declaring the Kirby rail route as the preferred passenger rail route in southern Harris County and within the city limits. More
January 11, 2010 -- The Houston Department of Health and Human Services is promoting both seasonal and H1N1 vaccinations to local communities throughout National Influenza Vaccination Week. More
January 11, 2010 -- The City of Galveston Housing Recovery Committee is seeking volunteers to survey damaged neighborhoods to enroll Island homeowners in the city’s federal disaster housing assistance program More
January 11, 2010 -- The City of Galveston has published regulations governing canopies and awnings in preparation for Mardi Gras. More
January 11, 2010 -- Jefferson County Commissioners Court today voted unanimously to authorize Commissioner Eddie Arnold to negotiate with Art Richard, president of Richard Design Services of Nederland, on an offer from RDS for the purchase of the Postal Encoding Center. More
January 11, 2010 -- The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Blood Center is participating in a blood drive this week in various locations in connection with the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" event in Kemah. More
January 11, 2010 -- The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston today announced that it is one of the first VA medical centers in the country to offer a Varian Trilogy linear accelerator to provide image-guided radiation therapy for cancer patients. More
January 11, 2010 -- The Galveston Open Government Project will present its plan for a county-wide public housing program to Galveston County Commissioners Court on Wednesday. More
January 10, 2010 -- Day Four Update: The home being contructed by volunteers in the Extreme Makeover:Home Edition project is moving along. More
January 10, 2010 -- Since Friday when the cold snap arrived, Harris County Fire Marshal's Office has been tracking incidents related to the cold weather as reported by the fire departments in unincorporated Harris County. More
January 09, 2010 -- The Galveston Fire Department on Friday responded to a house fire in the 2000 block of 39th Street near Avenue Q, across the street from Galveston College. Photos
January 08, 2010 -- The Tremont House is hosting a special Mardi Gras exhibit on Saturday, January 23. More
January 08, 2010 -- Texas Governor Rick Perry today announced that he has appointed Caren Burbach of Austin as general counsel for the Office of the Governor. More
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