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H-E-B purchases Sealy property

H-E-B Grocery has purchased a 10.575 acre tract of land in Sealy for future use as the site for a grocery store and pharmacy as well as a fuel station and car wash. The site is on the Interstate … more

Election Results - March 6, 2018

Click attachments for Austin County results from the March 6, 2018, primary election. more

Sealy city manager takes office

Lloyd Merrell was welcomed by enthusiastic employees last week for his first day on the job. The new city manager started Feb. 1 and will earn an annual salary of $118,000. Merrell said he is getting … more

Let go and let life

It feels like our crew has been battling sickness forever. We wash hands like crazy, take our vitamins, get sleep and still it seems like we just can’t seem to get a handle on these nasty winter … more

It lasts a lifetime

Bullying is a widespread problem in schools ranging from elementary to high school but the effects it can have can last decades after both the bullies and the victims leave school. The emotional … more

Who will it be?

The Sealy City Council is scheduled to interview city manager candidates in person Jan. 8 and Jan. 10, bookending a regularly-scheduled Jan. 9 city council meeting. Officials say they expect the … more

Chamber event honors fallen, welcomes new leaders

The theme of this year’s Sealy Chamber of Commerce banquet was “Superheroes” and there was no shortage of Wonder Women and Super Men in the audience Friday night. The late Sealy Fire Chief … more

Semper Fi

Maj. Shawn Matthew Campbell was my husband, and he was Tristan, Kenna, Kate and Donovan’s dad. He was kind, considerate, calm, soft-spoken, dedicated, faithful. Shawn had a fun-loving, … more

Special Olympics program, Sealy ISD cut ties

Representatives speaking on behalf of the Austin County Comets, a Special Olympics organization, addressed Sealy ISD trustees last week expressing concerns about the future of the program. Comets … more

Elementary construction continues amid weather

After a brief delay by winter weather, construction at the site of the new Sealy Elementary School resumed late last week as members of the Sealy ISD school board and members of the committee that … more

'The house that Eric built'

Nov. 20, 2017, is a date etched in the minds of many Sealy residents. Kenny Willingham spent that morning with his best friend Eric Zapalac, Sealy Fire Department’s former chief. “Me and … more

Weather causes two-day shutdown in Sealy

Ice and snow prompted a brief shut-down of city government, local businesses and Sealy schools last week. The hazardous conditions came through late Jan. 15 and roads were still being sanded the … more

Austin County GOP holds candidate forum

Austin County GOP kicked off the 2018 primary season Jan. 4, with its first candidate forum for the five Republican candidates for State Representative House District 13 at Tony’s Family Restaurant … more

Book review

The cover says it all: “Just as I was fired from a job I had coveted almost all my life, I learned about the murders. A man named Christian Longo, who was wanted for killing his wife and three … more

Rest easy, brother

There wasn’t a dry eye Monday in the massive Second Baptist Church as Sealy Fire Chief Eric Zapalac was laid to rest, just one week after the 39-year-old died suddenly, sending shock waves through … more

'Roots & Sky’ by Christie Purifoy

My family moved from little ol’ Crockett, Texas, to the big Aggieland city of College Station when I was 7 years old. I didn’t particularly like it there, and I didn’t have any friends since we … more


Just as the calm that often occurs as the eye of a hurricane passes overhead is misleading, don’t let the warmer weather since last week’s frigid temperatures make you think winter is over. … more

Holiday Guesting 101

If you manage to avoid hosting duties this holiday season, you may be dodging some of the hardest work, but remember that being a good guest goes beyond arriving on time and taking your shoes off at … more

It’s a girl!

Gatlin Grace Gilcrease was born to Jenna and Travis Gilcrease in Sealy on Nov. 22, 2017. Congratulations! more

Book review: ‘Ghost Bully’ by Brian Corley

Full disclosure: I haven’t actually read this book yet, but the premise sounds pretty hilarious, and I can vouch for author Brian Corley, a friend of mine who, like me, grew up in College Station, … more
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