161116-com-cal-capSome smooth talking by the members of Friendswood high school’s forensics debating team caught the ear of the judges at South Houston high school’s forensics debate tournament this month, earning them 23 individual trophies and first place in the contest’s grand sweepstakes as they overcame the combined efforts of 28 rival schools. – Photo courtesy FISD

161113-com-cal-capSurrounded by members of their congregation and local business leaders, pastor Brad Drake and his wife Meredith prepare to cut the ribbon at Dayspring church in Santa Fe to mark completion of the construction of the church’s second floor, which has been on hold since the church was built in 2007. Particularly pleased are the children as the new space will allow the church to create a kids and youth facility in the 5,600-square-foot area. – Photo courtesy Santa Fe chamber of commerce

161109-com-cal-veterans-day-flyerVeterans Day is on Friday, the 11th day of the 11th month, when the 11th hour will mark the moment 98 years ago that the guns fell silent to end World War One. In and around the county, several events will honor the brave men and women who have served our nation in armed conflict and who continue to do so. Some events are taking place tomorrow, Thursday, including a reception for veterans and their loved ones at the Houston Methodist St John hospital in Nassau Bay. Why not go along to show your support!

161106-com-cal-capPut the years of experience of College Of The Mainland’s 18 industrial education instructors end to end and they’d stretch back to well past the industrial revolution – all the way back to 1449, in fact! Fortunately for the college’s students, though, their tutors have all gained their experience in the past few decades, providing a combined total of 567 years of expertise in the latest workforce technology. From left, the proud team comprises Joe Sandoval, Warnie Welch, Lloyd Lindsey, Joseph Porter and James Hagan at front and David Barrett, Dave Wall, Robert Himel, Ernie Martinez, Robert Buchanan, Darus Gigout and David Chambers behind. – Photo courtesy COM

161102-texas-city-police-officers-wearing-pinkThe blue brigade that’s proud to wear pink – that’s the officers of Texas City police department, who each donned at least one visible pink item for their Pink Out Day on Friday to show their support for breast-cancer sufferers. Among them, from left, were department officers Lace Garcia, Jose Saldivar, Chris Ham, Randall Johnston, Richard Dricks, Chris Land, Jeremy Tucker and Johnathan Bouvier. – Photo courtesy TCPD