Airplane travel sure has changed. Now, passengers can include uncaged animals; cats, dogs, and even miniature horses and pigs.
Tropical storm Imelda was not a big deal compared to others we have dealt with here but enough to knock out my lights Wednesday. Shortly after 9 a.m. the power went off in my entire neighborhood.
Workers in the local oil and gas industry probably don’t think much about their impact on international politics, but the renaissance of the Gulf Coast energy industry has really strengthened the hand of the United States.
In 1860, the area near the Methodist church on Cedar Bayou was known as Parmersville, named for Thomas Parmer. He was a well known local figure serving as election judge and his store was used as the Precinct 9 place of voting. Parmersville on Cedar Bayou was also the location where Ashbel S…
“Old River Country, History of West Chambers County” was the last book I ordered from Wallisville Heritage Park when executive director Kevin Ladd was alive. When Kevin died unexpectedly, I planned to re-order the book but learned that wasn’t necessary. The book was ready to send. Kevin had…
By the 1820s, crowds came to Niagara Falls to watch sheets of water burst into an immense mass of surf and spray. The sun tinted the mists into rainbows. Hotel owners encouraged stunts to give a boost to the tourist trade.
To the best of my recollection, I believe the following story is accurate. Or at least fairly close.
Is chivalry dead? After reading Mr. Marshall’s recent letter, I am wondering if it might be. I hope I am not on a sinking ship with him or behind him going through a door. He seems to take umbrage with the time-honored tradition of women and children going first in a lifeboat, and the man ho…
This week’s online reader poll is puzzling to me. It reveals that a strong majority of respondents have a pessimistic or very pessimistic view on the future prospects of the Baytown area.
Pirates Bay Water Park, the city’s popular recreational site on East Road, is well named. Pirates did indeed roam this area before and after Jean Laffite established his headquarters in Galveston in the early 1800s. Laffite arrived in Galveston after the War of 1812 in New Orleans, where his…
It was popular in the mid-1800’s to build homes on the islands and peninsulas which lined the San Jacinto River. These locations provided relatively cool breezes and easy access to the steam boat traffic which plied the ship channel several times daily.
Alicia had decided that if she hadn’t started dating by the time she was 16, she was headed for spinsterhood. Her prospects didn’t look good. With parents who insisted she was still a child, how was she going to get any practice in dating?
Here are a few things of utmost importance. Bear with me.
I’m remembering the year my class entered Robert E. Lee High School in the fall of 1949. Do the math: That was 70 (cough, cough) years ago.
Hey kids, it’s September, not saying it is sweater weather but it sure as hell ain’t August or July and won’t be for another year.
I was sorry that I had to miss the re-opening of the Brunson Theater. I have many great memories of the kiddie shows there and movies as a teenager, since it was THE place to go on dates. I think the new façade looks fantastic and gives a shot of new life to Texas Avenue.
The Texas Education Agency has released its 2018-19 grades, and Goose Creek CISD received an overall B grade. Across the state, the vast majority of school districts received passing grades of A, B or C.
I grew up in the 1930’s. That time is now remembered as The Great Depression. Nobody had any money. I could say along with a C&W song “Somebody told us the stock market fell, but we were so poor that we couldn’t tell.” We were told to “eat it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without,” …
The name of native son Scott Scarborough shows up on the short list for Lee College president – a fact that makes us Baytown-proud. Since he was a youngster – the son of Harold Lynn and Ginger Scarborough, grandson of the late Harold and Fay Evelyn Scarborough -- The Sun has been reportin…
The oldest county road in today’s Baytown area ran from Lynchburg to Goose Creek. It was established before January 1847 when the Harris County Commissioners Court appointed R. P. Boyce as overseer.
They laid a U.S. flag, a sword and a Holy Bible on a makeshift altar and lighted it with a flaming cross. In 1915 Methodist preacher William Joseph Simmons took fifteen men up on Stone Mountain in Georgia and declared himself Imperial Wizard.
Hey, wait, I, too, have a Brunson Theater story. I think I’m entitled.
When Brunson Theater manager Rufus Honeycutt and Port Theater manager L.R. “Doodles” Rigby of La Porte talked about the years they worked together, we listened.
Baytown came alive last Friday night with the repurposing of the Brunson Theater and the world premiere of “When the Lights Went Down.” I have never seen so many folks from Baytown out on Texas Avenue since I lived there in the 70s.
When did it happen and who started it? Who pulled that first little thread that began to unravel the tapestry of the moral fiber of our society?
The 2nd Amendment debate has been on fire in recent online comments and letters to the editor. I have no interest in trying to settle the debate, but I will try to provide some historical context.
In the 1830s, nearly every large landholder along Buffalo Bayou wanted to start a town although most of these settlements did not last. Among them was the town of Louisville, founded in 1838 by William Scott’s sons, George and William H., and located near the site of Scott’s home which he ca…
With students going back to school, the pop quiz today will focus on local educators.
The Monks of New Skete of Cambridge, New York, train dogs and draw on their experiences in their programs. They focus on enhancing the bond between dog and owner. Their philosophy is that dogs draw us out of ourselves, we become more compassionate, less arrogant, more willing to share our li…
Week two of the North Channel Conference’s football and volleyball action wrapped on Thursday. Following is an update for both football and volleyball for junior high schools.
With one non-district game remaining, the Sterling Rangers hope to make the best out of their date at Houston’s Barnett Stadium 7 p.m. Friday against HISD’s Austin High School.
I was sitting in the Irish Village Barber Shop after school one day waiting my turn, reading an outdoor magazine. An article on wild sheep hunting had a beautiful picture of a handsome bighorn ram standing magnificently on a rocky mountain hillside.
The North Channel conference began its sports schedule last week as football and volleyball games began for local junior high school teams.Each sport follows the same schedule with eighth-grade teams playing the identical home-and-away slate and the seventh-grade teams doing the same. All ga…
This year’s early teal hunting season is expected to be a hot one, both in terms of temperature and prospects. Extended forecasts for Saturday’s opener indicate waves of blue-winged teal headed for Texas, along with daytime highs in the mid to upper 90s.
The Robert E. Lee and Goose Creek Memorial cross country teams headed south for a Galveston Beach Run Friday and Gander Derek Salinas led the way.
Goose Creek Memorial’s Nikko Lagrada won in both singles and doubles for the Patriots during their 19-0 District 22-5A opening win over city rivals Baytown Lee on Tuesday. The host Patriots won all but one set in both doubles and singles to move to 1-1 this season.
The Goose Creek Memorial Lady Patriots volleyball team’s hot start to the season continued as it rolled to the title of the Stafford Varsity Tournament last weekend.