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The 25th annual Rockport Gospel Music Festival (RGMF) is the books, and organizers point to another successful event, the year after it was cancelled due to COVID-19. Festival promoter Gary Howard noted plans are already underway for the 26th RGMF, which will be held Jan. 6-8, 2023.

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The following are open records information compiled by The Pilot staff. These records will be published each Wednesday, except when schedules prevent such publication. This week’s report covers the extended period between Jan. 3, 2022 and Jan. 9, 2022.

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Aransas County commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Jan. 10, unanimously approved the Final Plat of Fulton Beach Landings, Unit 1 at 2261 N. Fulton Beach Rd. from Richy Ethridge’s Lets Go to the Islands. The new development includes all but the frontage property on the south side …

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Aransas County commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Jan. 10, approved Resolution #R-02-2022, selecting and awarding the bid for the Rockport Center for the Arts (RCA) Parking and Public Facilities Improvement Project to Marshall Company, Ltd. for $636,723.57. Three bids were received.

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Bob Dupnik has filed for the Aransas County Commissioner Precinct 4-4A position in the Republican Primary. He believes Aransas County is unique with its bays and windswept oaks that provide a quality of life that should be protected. He also believes the residents of Aransas County need to h…

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All Rockport-Fulton Middle School (RFMS) and Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) band students attended a performance by the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra Saturday, Jan. 8 at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi’s Performing Arts Center.

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Retired Accountant Carolyn Smith has announced she is seeking election in the Republican Primary to become Aransas County Precinct 4-4A’s next commissioner. Smith, a conservative Republican, wishes to champion the fight against rising property taxes. She is a retired licensed CPA with a stro…

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The Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) has recognized State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst for being a strong champion for agriculture in the Texas Legislature by presenting her with the S.M. True Agricultural Champion Award.

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The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate basketball team, marred by injuries, has been forced to adapt on the fly with a young, up-and-coming roster seeing extensive playing time with little to no varsity experience.

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The Texas General Land Office (GLO) has kicked off the 2022 “Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest” and is now accepting entries. Students (public, private, and homeschool) in grades K-6 are encouraged to submit their own masterpieces. Artwork should be centered on the theme “T…

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Governor Greg Abbott received a briefing Tuesday, Jan. 4 from state medical and emergency response experts on the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s ongoing response to the virus. Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, Texas D…

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The Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce (RFCC) is encouraging those interested in helping create a Geocache Council to step up to the plate. The Council will help monitor the more than 50 geocache sites in and around the Rockport-Fulton area.

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Aransas County Navigation District (ACND) commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Jan. 3, heard from two residents during the “citizens to be heard” portion of the agenda.

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The following are open records information compiled by The Pilot staff. These records will be published each Wednesday, except when schedules prevent such publication. This week’s report covers the extended period between Dec. 27, 2021 and Jan. 2, 2022.

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The Rockport City Council, at its special meeting Thursday, Dec. 30, met in executive session to discuss the Concho Street Drainage project, and the current impasse between the City and the Aransas County Navigation District in regard to the proposed drainage discharge into Rockport Harbor.

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Former Fulton Mayor and Rockport-Fulton High School Athletic Trainer Jimmy Kendrick was recently inducted into the Texas State Athletic Trainers Association’ (TSATA) Hall of Honor Sunday, Dec. 12 in Austin.

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The Rockport Gospel Music Festival returns this year to First Baptist Church (1515 N. Live Oak St.) after being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The only other time it was canceled in its 20-plus-year run is in 2018 after Hurricane Harvey.

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Last season, the Rockport-Fulton High School Lady Pirate basketball team went from playing two straight seasons without a postseason berth, to district champions and a third round playoff appearance.

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Fees paid Aransas County through the two justices of the peace, district clerk, county clerk, the Aransas County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO), and animal control are up $116,020.30 year-to-date (YTD), compared to the same period last year (through October).

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Aransas County Commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Dec. 27, authorized County staff to begin the process for road improvements and assessing the cost of construction to property owners adjacent to Hood Street, between Ninth Street and Twelfth Street, as provided in Chapter 253 of…

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The Coastal Bend Blood Center (CBBC) invites you to its 5th annual “Find The Hero In You” blood drive from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3 at Walmart in Rockport (2401 SH 35 N.).

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The following are open records information compiled by The Pilot staff. These records will be published each Wednesday, except when schedules prevent such publication. This week’s report covers the extended period between Dec. 20 and Dec. 26, 2021.

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The aggregate amount of sales tax rebate revenue received by the three local entities, which collect the tax, was up 4.13% this month, and finished 2021 up 14.24%.

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Members associated with Rockport-Fulton Hurricane Harvey Relief (RFHHR) presented the Children’s Coalition of Aransas County (CCAC) with a $50,000 donation Wednesday, Dec. 22 to be used for the purchase of a new childcare center in Rockport called the Coastal Bend Child Development Center (CBCDC).

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Through Tuesday, Dec. 21 Aransas County had a historical count of 2,053 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those 2,053 cases, 1,960 have recovered (26 estimated active cases), per reporting from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

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Wreaths Across America Day was held Saturday, Dec. 18 at Veterans Memorial Park. The ceremony was held in conjunction with 3,000 other Wreaths Across America ceremonies across the nation.

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