Gulf Coast Coral Reef, photo by NOAA

While Most Galveston Beach Bacteria Tests Low, Matagorda is High

Update 6/29/2016 4:02PM: Three Matagorda beaches have tested dangerously high and those beaches are now under advisories. See below for details.

As poor Brian Parrott returns home from the hospital, Galveston beaches are once again testing Low to Medium for bacteria, which is great news for beach goers! The diabetic grandfather lost his leg at the knee after a horrifying battle with “flesh eating” bacteria (called Vibrio) which he contracted during a family vacation.

Melody Long was also hospitalized last week with a bacterial infection contracted on Galveston shores. Even with many beaches now testing Low, doctors recommend swimmers take precautions. Here are a list of beaches now testing Medium for bacteria: Continue reading

Spring Cypress Church Gets $2M Renovation

Spring Cypress Church recently received a major face-lift. Not only did they contract interior and exterior renovations, but they added a new building and sanctuary build-on to the campus.

“The exterior of the church was refinished and the roof replaced to give it a new, hill-country inspired design per the client’s request,” explained Martin Morales, Co-Owner of 1st Choice Roofing. “We opened up the back and sides of the main worship building, adding onto the existing structure to allow for more seating, a large sound booth, and a spacious atrium where members can socialize and mingle. Honestly though, what I’m most proud of is the stained wood ceilings and natural stone facade in the sanctuary. It’s really stunning.” Continue reading

Girl at the Beach by Ramon Gonzalez

Beach Bacteria Safety Tips, Symptoms To Watch For, & First Aid Treatment

Our recent article advising beach goers of high bacteria counts in the water near Galveston and The McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge drew a lot of interest and concern. In order to help answer your questions and keep you informed, we’ve researched and collected information about precautions you can take to protect your family from bacterial infection, spot symptoms early, and treat injuries that happen at the beach. Continue reading

Calm waters along Galveston, Texas.

UPDATED: Galveston Beaches Test Dangerously High For Bacteria After June Rain & Flooding

Every time it rains in the Greater Houston area, all that water – from flooded bayous and overflowing septic tanks – trickles downhill and deposits into the beaches in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a recurring theme along the coast of Galveston: bacteria levels rising so high the Texas General Land Office recommends a beach safety advisory.

Here are a list of beaches known to be contaminated. If you have any cuts, sores, or suffer from a compromised or weak immune system, we recommend that you avoid the following beaches. Continue reading

Congratulations Dave Ward, ABC13, On Guinness World Record!

Dave Ward, ABC13 Eyewitness News

Dave Ward, ABC13 Eyewitness News

Dave Ward, an iconic Houston anchor for ABC13 Eyewitness News, has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running local TV news anchor in the world at the same station in the same market.

“I love this city,” says Ward. “I love the people in it. It’s a big city, but it has a very neighborhood feel to it and there’s no place else I’d rather be.”

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