Galveston

I was mulling over this thought while cleaning up the kitchen after breakfast the other morning when someone knocked loudly on the back door: “We are here to work on the pier and did not want the noise of the machines to frighten you.” I had forgotten that a crew of big, strong men was to arrive that morning to rebuild and strengthen the 256-foot pier that goes out into Dickinson Bayou on Galveston Bay where my friend lives.

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A beached whale discovered on Galveston Island early Tuesday morning, Dec. 22, has died from what investigators believe to have been natural causes and, as of Wednesday morning, Dec. 23, marine biologists are performing a necropsy to verify the cause of the mammal's death.

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Pleasure Pier (top), tall ship Elissa (bottom right), and The Bishop’s Palace

Galveston Island is full of rich history. Spanish explorer Jose de Evia named it in honor of Bernardo de Galvez y Madrid, Count of Galvez, in 1785. Pirate Jean Lafitte called the island his home until 1821 when forced out by the U.S. Navy.

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Fans of pro wrestling are in for a treat as Clutch City Productions presents Coastal Mania — convention and wrestling event — on Saturday, July 12, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Galveston Island Convention Center.

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Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa Ferdinando

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class John Cantu of Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Galveston, Texas, mans

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