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Brickmaking on Cedar Bayou stopped between 1915 and 1917 for several reasons. Modern manufacturing techniques outstripped the older methods used by brick yards here, brick making wages couldn’t keep up with oil drilling wages in the newly discovered Goose Creek oil field, and better bricks w…

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I thought I knew how to handle those jerks on the phone. Having experiences several Grandma scams, I felt quick to lecture the kid who was trying to convince me that he was my grandson. He always hung up immediately. 

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It’s true that I have written splendidly before about a couple of old, old, old pillows that have become like family over the past 50-plus years. But it’s been a while, so I offer another well-written chapter in these amazing pillows’ long, long life.

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On a cloudy day such as this  – gray and gloomy  – my mood matched the weather. I was an 18-year-old Lee College freshman/Baytown Sun employee, having a pity party. Problem was, nobody came to my party. Most of my close friends from high school were at Baylor, Texas A&M, the University o…

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Let’s fly away! Isn’t that what we all want to do right now? We have all had enough of “that which shall not be named,” haven’t we? (As Harry Potter fans know, that is something too vile and evil to even be called by name.) None of us enjoy having our wings clipped.

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PBS is running a 50-minute mini-documentary on the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic.  You can watch it online, or you can download the PBS video app to your TV for streaming. No fee or subscription is required.

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It’s OK to play a prank on someone today as long as it’s all in fun, good-natured and you stay at least 6 feet from the victim of your over-developed sense of humor.

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Do all mothers say the same things? Maybe their instructions have been passed down generation after generation. Important to accept from childhood is that Mom is Mom is Mom. That meant no discussion, she insists she knows best and is capable of guiding the steps of everyone.

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Because our schedule is packed, like from morning to night (sort of), Wife Margie and I usually declare Sunday a day of rest. After many fiercely busy days, we deserve it.

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Love living in Fredericksburg – land where the bluebonnets and peaches grow – but, have to admit,  this BIB (Born in Baytown) gets homesick for her hometown.

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My article for this week was going to be about putting on my happy face and thinking positive, but then I felt the chill of the shadow that now lies over our land. All that has been normal for us has now changed and we face a new normal. Our country is in chaos due to this unknown virus call…

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How is the self-quarantine going? I got a head start on most of you when I had my hip replacement surgery Feb. 11. Been locked upstairs on my second floor of my house ever since. All the bathrooms are up here and we moved a dorm fridge and microwave up here, so I am set.

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Recent gyrations in the stock market have rattled nerves, and this had led people to make false comparisons with the crash of 1929.

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Margaret McManis, after years of hard work, finally experienced the rewards. She grew up in Sweeny, Texas and had two sisters and a brother who live in Sweeny. Her mom taught elementary school for 20 years. 

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Like thousands of others, I was disappointed when the brilliant, cancer-fighting Bay Area Relay For Life, originally set for early April, was postponed. Heckfire was my first thought.

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It seems that a new symptom of the coronavirus is brain dysfunction. Many people have contracted it just thinking about the virus. It seems to affect the part of the brain that wants to hoard toilet paper, water, and canned goods. 

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Most of my adult career in media has been spent working from home, and while I loved the togetherness at the coffee pot in the newsroom, I adore working from home. 

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Bricks have been made in this part of the county since at least the middle of the 1800s, and probably much earlier. When Valentine Dalton was selling his plantation in 1857, he advertised the existence of a two-story brick dwelling. His plantation was on the west bank of Goose Creek and his …

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Even as a leading columnist, I may be the only writer in North America who draws inspiration by staring at a trash can. I can’t speak for wordsmiths in South America. Or in Madagascar, for that matter.

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It was back in 2001 when it seemed America had turned upside down. For many, the cup of coffee was still settling in when a plane crashed into one of the Twin Towers and life changed forever. 

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From smoke signals to cell phones. Long distance communication has come a long way. Or has it?

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My heart goes out to the breeders, greeters, committee members and the students and their pets at this year’s Rodeo Houston.    

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Joe Biden’s victory in the Texas Democratic Primary grabbed all the headlines last week, but we also learned a few things about state and local politics.

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If I were back at The Baytown Sun after being retired for a quarter of a century, I would volunteer to dine at local restaurants and write about them. Being a bona fide foodie, I’ve always dreamed of such an assignment. Years ago, Johnella Boynton, the women’s news editor and my immediate bo…

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After Ashbel Smith died in 1886, Hog Island went to his siblings’ families who sold it to John Gaillard in 1904 for $2,000. That was just in time for the oil drilling which began the following year. The island became part of the Goose Creek oil field and by 1916 hundreds of oil field hands w…

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A hunter hospitalized this spring had a serious condition. She’d be sidelined for weeks. Her doctor wanted to install a device near her left shoulder. She objected, saying it had to be on her right side. She’s left-handed and didn’t want it to interfere with shooting her shotgun during turke…

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The spring sports season has been put on its last legs of hope with Gov. Greg Abbott’s declaration Tuesday that state schools remain closed through May 4.

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Charli Collier wanted to make a difference in humanity’s war against the COVID-19 virus, so she appealed to people’s hearts in the middle of the pandemic.

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Spring football was expected to begin by mid-April for all football programs in the area and amid the COVID-19 pandemic that, as well as much of the 2020 season’s preparation has been put on ice.

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The NCAA Division I Council has voted to allow colleges to provide spring sport student-athletes an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility.

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By the time the COVID-19 pandemic has become a memory and life gets back to normal, Clayton Hall may have had enough time to put Forrest Gump to shame.

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TOKYO  — The Olympic flame is set to arrive in Japan from Greece even as the opening of the Tokyo Games in four months is in doubt with more voices calling for the event to be postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Tonight was meant to be the one where a number of Baytown-area kids went to bed and dreamt about waking up the next morning to embark on a new season of little league baseball and softball.

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It all became real when the long-awaited new version of the Gary Herrington baseball tournament, the inaugural Battle of the Bay was shuttered after Thursday’s action. 

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NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.

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The title has a double meaning. For one, it’s the Morse code call for emergency assistance. The other might have kept you from reading this. But I’m glad you’re still here. 

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For now, high school sports in the state of Texas are suspended through March 29 after the UIL announced its response to the coronavirus that has led to professional and collegiate sports to do the same at various lengths of time.

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A 17-15 record on paper meant statistical improvement for the Lee College Rebels basketball team, but for head coach Roy Champagne, it still left a lot to be desired.

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It may not be an ideal way to open a season, but the Goose Creek Memorial baseball team can take a bit of solace after a 3-9 start three weeks into their campaign.

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One team is on the verge of a playoff spot while the other is enjoying a season of improvement as both Sterling soccer teams see their campaigns wind down.

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Sean Haggerty came to the Crosby High School basketball program, saw all those hoops and conquered filling it with many of his shots.

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It’s time to congratulate the run of the Crosby boys basketball team that ended its run to the top spot of the Power Five at No. 3 following its Region 3 quarterfinal defeat last week against Fort Bend Hightower.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Houston ace Justin Verlander has a mild strain of a back muscle and said it would “probably take a miracle” for him to pitch in the Astros’ opener at Oakland on March 26.

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MONT BELVIEU – Bonnie Landry wanted her Barbers Hill Lady Eagles to get to work the minute she took over as the girls soccer head coach last spring.

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MONT BELVIEU – Things are going just fine for the Barbers Hill baseball team even if it isn’t undefeated.

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