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First United Methodist Church (FUMC) welcomes Pastor Frank Baik (pronounced “Beck”) as its new pastor. He replaces Pastor Laura Hewett Becker. She served FUMC for seven years, and was reappointed to Leander United Methodist Church.

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Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Chair Geanie W. Morrison, and members of the Texas House were in Rockport Thursday, July 11 for a joint press conference regarding the House’s efforts that led to the passage of significant Hurricane Harvey recovery and disaster preparedness legislation in the 86th Leg…

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The Rockport City Council, at its regular meeting Tuesday, July 9, approved a $177,808 change order to the Energy Conservation Performance Contract with Ameresco Water & Energy Solutions.

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Through the combined efforts of the Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group (CBDRG), Habitat for Humanity of Aransas County, Mennonite Disaster Services – Storm Aide (MDS), and the Rockport Fulton Chamber Foundation (RFCF); the Robertson’s family of eight was blessed to receive an bigger home f…

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Over the last two summers, a group of teenagers associated with the Apple Valley Catholic community near Boston, MA have been in Aransas County on two weeklong mission trips with the purpose of helping those still in need after Hurricane Harvey.

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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 period between July 1, 2019 and July 7, 2019.

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The Downtown Anchor Project, which will include the new Aransas County courthouse and Rockport city hall, hit a speed bump earlier this year due to a technicality, but the process of making that structure a reality was restarted by Aransas County commissioners at their regular meeting Monday…

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State Rep. Todd Hunter is hosting legislators, scholars, restaurant owners and state officials at a summit focused on Texas oyster aquaculture and a new law that will generate significant economic activity across Texas.

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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 period between June 24, 2019 and June 30, 2019.

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Aransas County Navigation District (ACND) commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, July 1, received an update from Harbor Master Keith Barrett regarding the status of the Rockport Beach saltwater pavilion, as well as a report about the upcoming July 4 weekend.

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An “inclusive swing,” developed for children of varying abilities, has been installed in the swing set play area at Memorial Park. Designed by Little Tikes, this popular piece of accessible playground equipment makes it possible for kids with disabilities to experience the wonders of a park …

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The Texas Maritime Museum (TMM) celebrated its 30th anniversary Friday, June 28 with some wine and many of the museum’s influential individuals who helped shape what it is today.

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Aransas County Navigation District (ACND) commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, July 1, learned the contractor for the Bay Education Center (BEC) will be given the keys Monday, July 8, and repairs to that popular facility will begin.

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Want to enjoy the annual Fourth of July fireworks without sweltering from the heat? Then come to the Community Aquatic Center for a first-of-its kind event.

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Texans for the Arts drove the legislative strategy in the 86th Texas Legislative Session that led to the single most substantial increase and the largest total budget for the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) in the agency’s history.

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Two men were killed in a head on collision at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 19 when their pickups collided on Highway 35, about four miles north of Holiday Beach, just north of the Cavasso Creek bridge.

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Gregory Stevens, 49, began his job as chief of the Rockport Police Department (RPD) Wednesday, June 19. The next day Rockport Mayor Pat Rios introduced Stevens at an informal media briefing.

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The Community Action Committee of Victoria will be at the Aransas County Courthouse (2840 Bus. Hwy. 35 N.) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 27 and from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 28 to provide utility assistance.

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Gov. Greg Abbott hosted a bill signing ceremony last week related to disaster relief and preparedness alongside Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Sen. Lois W. Kolkhorst, members of the Texas Legislature and emergency management officials. The signing ceremony was held at Gallery F…

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The Rebuild Texas Fund (RTF) awarded more than $2.4 million in the region in May to provide affordable and accessible transportation for disabled clients for Coastal Bend Center for Independent Living (CBCIL); to purchase and place 12 manufactured homes lost during Hurricane Harvey, through …

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Gregory Stevens assumed the lead of the Rockport Police Department (RPD) today - Wednesday, June 19. The former Lubbock police chief was the sole finalist for the RPD position, a job that drew more than 60 applications.

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Aransas County Navigation District (ACND) commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday June 17, received an update from Harbor Master Keith Barrett regarding the status of the two Rockport Beach pavilions.

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Aransas County Independent School District (ACISD) Superintendent Joseph Patek recently announced the hiring of Harvey Pina as the districts’ new Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Project Director.

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Aransas County Navigation District (ACND) Chairman Malcolm Dieckow told commissioners at their regular meeting Monday, June 17 the district is facing some large shoreline protection/litigation projects, as identified by FEMA, and the 10 percent match for such federal funding will need to be …

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The Rockport City Council, at its regular meeting Tuesday, June 11, approved the mayoral reappointments to various city boards, committees and/or commissions. However, the city is still seeking individuals to fill vacant seats on those boards, committees and/or commissions.

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Faye Gaskin, a lifelong resident of Rockport, received a second chance and an answered prayer in the form of a brand new home gifted to her by Samaritan’s Purse Wednesday, June 12.

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Aransas County commissioners approved two items at their regular meeting Monday, June 10 that could pave the way for a micro-hospital facility in Aransas County.

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Outgoing Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Jatin Bhakta turned over the reins to incoming Chairman Blake McDavid at the Chamber’s 70th annual Changing of the Gavel Banquet Thursday, June 6.

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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 period between June 3, 2019 and June 9, 2019.

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Aransas County commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, June 10, approved a proposed Rules of Conduct Policy for the Aransas County Public Library providing guidelines for appropriate behavior in the library.

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