Galveston

Instead of the crashing of the waves in Galveston, it was the rumbling of a sea of bikes.

For the past 15 years, bikers from all over the country have converged on the island to celebrate at the Lone Star Rally. And in 2016, from the seawall to the historic strand, a reported 576,000 bike enthusiasts (and 300,000 bikes) were hanging out and enjoying the largest four-day rally in North America.

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Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) are investigating a one-vehicle accident that injured an elderly Plano resident, Sgt. Stephanie Davis reported in a news release Sept. 21.

According to Davis, at approximately 8:15 a.m., DPS received a report of a one-vehicle rollover crash on Highway 105 in Hardin County. The crash occurred near the Little Hawks Daycare Center, which is approximately two miles east of Sour Lake.

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Fishing along the coast kicked into high gear this past weekend, with good numbers of trout, flounder and even king mackerel being caught.

One of the best fishing reports I’ve got is from Sabine Lake guide Jerry Norris. His top catches of trout, along with a few reds, have been around the rigs east of the jetties in 20 to 25 feet of water.

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News release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation:

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Building on more than 30 years of scientific studies, including numerous reports released in the last decade and in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, NOAA today announced a proposal to expand Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary to protect additional critical Gulf of Mexico habitat.

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Charles Ross

From the producers of Evil Dead! The Musical and Potted Potter comes One-Man Star Wars Trilogy for two shows at The Grand in Galveston on Saturday, June 25, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$78 and can be purchased online at thegrand.com. One Man Star Wars Trilogy is an off-Broadway play based on the original Star Wars trilogy, written and performed by Canadian actor Charles Ross.

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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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