Amid the wave of protests that developed in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, is the re-examination of the relevance of the various monuments to the confederacy that dot the American southern landscape, including whether having those name…
While I was watching over Wife Margie during her recent illness, I came to a dramatic crossroads in my life. I decided to switch careers.
Although scars will forever remain, when I visited the Baytown Nature Center recently, I was struck anew at the metamorphosis of the Brownwood Subdivision, where I grew up, into this lovely park.
Not satisfied with your choice for President? Fear not. Biden and Trump are not the only candidates on the November ballot.
With my broken foot and the virus stalking everyone, I tend to feel sorry for myself and others in similar circumstances. Then I read about worse situations.
True to his Viking heritage, John Peter owned several boats over the years which he used to conduct both business and pleasure. The brothers started a shipbuilding business on the bayou. One of the boats they built was a stern wheel steamboat designed to run to Dallas on the Trinity River an…
Take a look at crime statistics in Baytown, and you will be surprised at what you will find. The world is not falling apart.
As July 4, Independence Day 2020 approaches, I think of Lee Greenwood’s song, “I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.” What then, is freedom? The definition from several sources is, “The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.”
The annual ABC13 Freedom Over Texas Festival is on, sort of. Due to COVID-19 virus, there will be no outdoor festival along the banks of Buffalo Bayou. This year the event has moved into Jones Hall featuring patriotic music from the Houston Symphony.
We are proud that on one side of the street in my neighborhood there no fences. We like it that way. On the other side newcomers have fenced in their yard, hoping to avoid problems. Both sides are a picture of diversity.
After emigrating from Sweden in 1871 and working for six years at the Galveston docks and Cedar Bayou brickyards, John Peter Sjolander moved to Philadelphia to write for a popular magazine. But the cold northeast weather and his longing for Cedar Bayou brought him back to Texas a few months …
(NON-EDITOR’S NOTE: Because you wonderful Discerning Readers have the good sense to read my column each week, I have a confession to make. Most of this column – about my first day at The Brazosport Facts on July 2, 1962, and therefore my first day as an official NEWSMAN – first appeared almo…
From childhood to adult hood, we repeat old sayings inspired by the Bible.
The Baytown Sun did a survey recently that asked whether you thought the name of Robert E. Lee High School should be renamed because of the connotation to the Confederate general of the same name. The results were a majority who answered NO.
The Korean War started 70 years ago today. It is often called the forgotten war because it fell between the triumph of World War II and the tragedy of Vietnam.
Stacy Parent, in her June 14 column, mentioned that she hasn’t read a book in ages. I can relate to that, and right now I’m going to make a belated New Year’s Resolution – as July approaches -- to get back to books. Thanks, Stacy. You’ve inspired me.
Sjolander; most people in Baytown are familiar enough with the name of the road, but do not know much about the person it is named for, so for the next few weeks we’ll look into the life of this most interesting man. First things must go first, so before we begin; it is pronounced “Show-lander”.
How can we break the cycle? Kindness can be as contagious as rudeness. Research shows that seeing someone behave generously makes it more likely that we’ll behave likewise. In years past the nations top leaders did not hurl playground ugly talk names at each other. Disagreeing with each othe…
I’m not a psychiatrist and I don’t play one on Netflix, whatever Netflix is.
Count the ways that Baytonians have served their city, school system and college.
The death of George Floyd has re-ignited the debate over Confederate monuments in the old South.
If an old, locally produced cookbook contains ads, you get more than mere recipes. You get of glimpse of history.
My dad was a man of few words. Therefore, it is surprising he had so many funny expressions that he always said when certain situations arose.
There is a picture on the Sterling Library website which shows the Cozy Theater, owned and operated by Charlie Trifon. The marquis on the left advertises the silent movie “His Official Fiancee” starring Vivian Martin which was released in October, 1919. Besides just showing movies, the theat…
Doesn’t everyone have a box, a jar, a can of buttons? I remember my grandmother’s jar of buttons that I use now as a doorstop, propped against my bedroom door. When I was a little girl, Big Mama had a large pickle jar beside her sewing machine. It was packed full of every kind of button imag…
Being the talented yet handsome athlete I am, I was in for a shock.
There I was, a 6-year-old passenger in the back seat of our family car, gazing through a window on a road trip, reading Burma Shave signs. When I didn’t understand a word, I would ask my parents about it. Already, I was learning to read in Alma Miller’s first-grade class at San Jacinto Eleme…
Hurricane season is upon us, and I just received my FEMA flood policy renewal. I got socked for $700.
While writing the column about golf champion Alma Morgan – back in the day, the Babe Zaharias of Baytown – my thoughts returned to the current crusade of Chet Theiss to “bring golf back to Baytown.”
Do you have a place to stand? Somewhere you can feel safe and secure? When the storms crash around you; when they shake the very foundation of your soul, do you have something solid to hold on to? If you don’t, you are just twirling in the wind, adrift to your own devices at the mercy of th…
The first known theater in what would become Pelly was the Cozy Theater opened possibly in 1913 by Charlie Trifon. He was born in Russia and with his wife Bessie escaped during the Jewish pogroms in 1906. They immigrated to the United States in 1907 and in 1910 were living in Galveston wher…
The COVID-19 pandemic has limited peoples’ movements to a large degree since March and with gyms and exercise establishments open its not better opportunity to get one’s health back.
The self-imposed athletic postponement of high school workouts involving strength and conditioning and skill work will end next week with workouts resuming Monday.
The Texas Shock 2k9 10U softball squad consisting of mostly girls from the Baytown area, traveled to Brenham last weekend for the July 4th Bash and came away as the tournament’s top squad.
The late folk singer/songwriter, Steve Fromholz, penned a whimsical ditty that extolls the charms of bears and even encourages listeners to “take a bear to lunch.”
Ava Martinez of Baytown and Caylee Young of League City, both aged 11, won the 12U Division of a Third Coast Volleyball sand volleyball tournament in Houston last weekend. The duo captured the Lone Star Region Beach National Qualifier on the USA National Beach Tour and earned a bid to the na…
Lee College sophomore volleyball player and Barbers Hill alum Jessica Hardin is scrambling to find a new future following school president Dr. Lynda Villanueva’s announcement to suspend athletics for the 2020-21 campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Barbers Hill graduate Connor Dunham celebrated his signing with the Galveston College baseball team last week at home with his family. “I picked Galveston because I love the coaching staff and it felt like the right place for me. I’m ready to go in and compete for a spot right away and I fe…
The Goose Creek CISD athletic department announced late Wednesday all summer workouts would be put on hiatus beginning Saturday after seeing a spike in COVID-19 outbreaks.
The Barbers Hill Little League announced this weekend it will cancel the remainder of its spring/summer season due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
On May 21, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission was finally able to conduct a previously postponed March meeting delayed by COVID-19 and adopted changes to state saltwater and freshwater fishing and hunting regulations. The new rules will go into effect September 1.
The City of Baytown needed a respite from the daily trials of living under the shadow of a pandemic and adult league softball was just the ticket for some.
Three Baytown high schools in one football district equals zero playoffs spots according to one prognosticator for the 2020 season.
A solid number of softball players saw their chance to play squashed when both the Baytown Girls Fastpitch Softball Association and the Mont Belvieu Youth Softball Association canceled their seasons.
Area coaches may have lost two-plus months to finish the sports season and hope for some fantastic results before riding off into the 2019-20 sunset, but that did not keep many from performing some incredible feats before COVID-19 wrecked the calendar in March.
I’ve been blessed with a love of dogs since childhood. It began with my father’s fox terrier he named “Jigger” when I was just a toddler. There have been many since.
Social distancing has been the expectation for Goose Creek CISD schools during the first week back on the training fields and courts since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down school activities in March.
The top two sports moments of 2019-2020 were the ultimate dichotomy: One was about a bright and shining future and the other left the next years and decades in a state of limbo.
Casey Veen and Michael Williams have begun their stints as the new bosses of their respective Barbers Hill and Goose Creek Memorial volleyball squads, welcoming their players to the court for the first time this week.
The Ganders have seen a rise in participation in the football program as it returned to the practice field this week as state prep sports teams were able to get back into action.
Last week, the city gave the go-ahead for Baytown Little League, Baytown Girls Fastpitch Association and the Baytown Teenage Baseball Associations (BTBA) to get their seasons started. The first two begin games Monday while the BTBA – PONY league – has its first games June 23.