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Artwork wins Honey Grove fifth-grader Caribbean cruise

April 02, 2014
((AUSTIN, Texas))—Jordan Gerling, a fifth-grader from Honey Grove Elementary in Honey Grove is the grand prize winner of the 2014 Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest. Jordan’s playful treasure map captures many elements that make the Texas c...more


Show your love for the Texas coast Saturday, April 26

April 02, 2014
((AUSTIN, Texas))—Volunteers are needed for the nation’s biggest all-volunteer coastal cleanup Saturday, April 26. The 2014 Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup takes place at 31 of Texas’ most popular tourist beaches. Volunteers can sign up online at www.texasadoptabeach.org to...more


Oil spill response crews in Matagorda ahead of potential impact

March 26, 2014
(AUSTIN, Texas)—Manpower and equipment are already in place to protect Matagorda Bay from any oil spilled by a barge at Texas City, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said Wednesday.  As a sheen of oil drifted south along the Texas coast Wednesday, protective boom and other types of equipment were pr...more


Texas taxpayers won’t foot the bill for Texas City Dike cleanup

March 25, 2014
(AUSTIN, Texas)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today announced the aggressive response to clean up the oil spill off the Texas City Dike won’t affect the state’s $20 million fund to clean up oil spills. The party ultimately found responsible for the spill will pay all the bills. That $...more


Barry Corbin new voice for Texas VLB

March 17, 2014
(AUSTIN)—As the new spokesman for the Texas Veterans Land Board, Texas born and bred actor Barry Corbin has a face most everyone will recognize, even if they may not know his name.  With more than 100 TV and film credits and several Emmy nominations to his name, Corbin’s success as a Holl...more


39 Central Texans complete dementia training certification program

February 20, 2014
(TEMPLE, Texas)—Some reinforcements have arrived for the 1,300 Texans who care for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Thirty-nine graduates of the CARES dementia certification program will be honored at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in the Activity Room of the William R. Cour...more


Standing Their Ground: Tejanos at the Alamo

February 19, 2014
((AUSTIN, Texas))—Due largely to popular culture from a bygone era, the Battle of the Alamo is often depicted as a racial conflict between Anglos and Hispanics.  But, of course, the truth is more revealing.  This spring the story of the Alamo siege and battle is cast in a new light.  For t...more


Winter Texans clean a ton of trash off South Padre beaches

February 10, 2014
(AUSTIN)—Thirty-eight of the most hardcore beach cleanup volunteers ever braved a brutally cold, wet and windy day at South Padre Island Cameron County beaches Friday, hauling off a ton of trash in the process for the Texas General Land Office’s Winter Texan Cleanup.  The wind chill was...more


Saturday’s Adopt-A-Beach Winter Beach Cleanup a success despite weather

February 10, 2014
(AUSTIN)—Saturday’s chilly wind failed to deter 404 Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach volunteers from picking up nearly five and a half tons of trash form Coastal Bend shorelines.  The volunteers cleared 21 miles of Gulf Coast beaches from Aransas Pass to the Padre Island National S...more


Rio Grande State Veterans Cemetery to double columbaria capacity

February 05, 2014
(MISSION, Texas)—A $464,101 grant to the Texas Veterans Land Board couldn’t have come any sooner. The funding will be used to build two new columbaria (small buildings where ashes and remains are kept, including urns) at the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission, in addition to landscape im...more