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2018 a good year for Friendswood

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By KAROLYN GEPHART Construction was a major part of 2018 in Friendswood. New shopping centers, businesses and a new master planned community, Friendswood Trails, were all begun during the year. New construction for retail spaces is noticeable throughout the city. New faces in city places occurred. City Manager Roger Roecker …

Pearland to have two new trail systems

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By KAROLYN GEPHART Two new trail systems are coming to Pearland for the new year. One new trail system will be in Green Tee Terrace and the other in Shadow Creek Ranch. Green Tee Terrace Bike and Pedestrian Trail Project had its construction services contract approved at the December meeting …

Council approves legislative agenda packet

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By KAROLYN GEPHART Pearland City Council approved a resolution recently adopting a State Legislative Agenda packet that will go to the Texas Legislature for their 86th Session. It included a presentation, “Our Home Our Decisions” presented by council member Trent Epperson at the December meeting of city council. The program …

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Looking back over 2018 in Pearland

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By KAROLYN GEPHART Drainage was an important topic for 2018 in Pearland. City officials worked with the Brazoria County Drainage District No. 4 to put together a master drainage plan. The city continues to look at flood mitigation improvements. Pearland Regional Airport was awarded a state grant in 2018 for …

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2018 a year of growth for Manvel

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By KAROLYN GEPHART Looking back on 2018, growth is the key word that was part of all 12 months in Manvel. It has been projected that in the next 20 years, Manvel should reach a population of approximately 130,000 to 150,000. Currently the city has 10,000 residents. City officials report …

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Register now for Wild West Camp

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By KAROLYN GEPHART Only 11 openings remain for the upcoming Wranglers of the Wild West Youth Camp Jan. 2-4, sponsored by the Pearland Parks and Recreation Department. The camp meets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the three days and those attending should be ages 7-14. The camp is …

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Arbor Day proclaimed in Pearland with artists’ awards

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By KAROLYN GEPHART The City of Pearland celebrated Arbor Day Dec. 17. Pearland Urban Forester Jerry Bradshaw from Community Development accepted an Arbor Day Proclamation from Mayor Tom Reid at the regularly scheduled council meeting on that day. Bradshaw also recognized the winners of the city’s First Annual Arbor Day …

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Parks Department presents staff awards

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By KAROLYN GEPHART The Parks and Recreation Department in Pearland recently presented awards to several members of their staff at their Annual Parks & Recreation Employee Luncheon. The employees were recognized for their exceptional commitment and performance of their duties. Chrystopher Bickham was named Employee of the Year. Director’s Award …

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The turtles are coming!

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The Alvin ISD Education Foundation will host the 18th Turtle Race on Saturday, Feb. 9, at National Oak Park in Alvin. This the Title Turtle Race sponsor is Kelsey Seybold. The day will start with a fun run at 9 a.m. and the (plastic) Turtle Race at noon. Community members, …

Recycle holiday trees in Pearland, Manvel

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By KAROLYN GEPHART It’s time to think about recycling Christmas trees. The environmentally responsible thing is to keep the tree out of the landfill, according to Pearland officials. When residents remove their trees from the stand, they need to remove all tinsel if any, lights and ornaments to recycle a …