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What I know, I learn from listening to Hearts and Hands Executive Director Nikki Rincon and her team who are the equivalent of first responders with one of our basic needs, food. I listen to the individuals as they wait in line for food at the food distributions.  I listen to others that ser…

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On June 19, 1865 U.S. federal troops, led by Gen. Gordon Granger, disembarked on the shores of Galveston to place the Confederate state of Texas under Union control. Gen. Granger read General Orders No. 3: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Exe…

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The start of June marks the beginning of hurricane season and we all know what that means. Chambers Health encourages you to follow recommended standards to prepare for such emergencies.

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Like many of you, I have been deeply pained by the events surrounding the death of George Floyd. As I watch the news, I am filled with sadness and anger. Most of all, I am left with unanswered questions. How did such an atrocity happen – again? How much more violence must occur before we col…

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As Texans have sheltered in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, we’ve all become even more dependent on digital devices to keep us connected. Many adults are working from home, while kids are logging in to attend school and video chat with friends and family.

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As we pause to observe another Memorial Day and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of this nation, let us also take the time to consider another way to honor those brave individuals beside planting flags and flowers on their final resting place.

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In February, I expressed concerns to City administrators about repairs to N. Main St.  With the work not occurring in my specific council district, I also expressed concerns to my colleagues who represent those 2 districts.

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Editor’s Note: Mark McKenzie is the founder and CEO of Focused Post Acute Care Partners, a Texas-based skilled nursing care company with 31 communities — including four in Baytown — in the state.  Focused Care operates four long-term care facilities in Baytown – Focused Care at Cedar Bayou, …

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As a member of the Robert E. Lee Class of 1987, I would like to share with you all some memories of my school years. During the course of our years as students, we witnessed several major events. We saw the assassination attempt of President Reagan. We saw the assassination of musical icon J…

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If you have children who are scared and confused about the coronavirus (or COVID-19) pandemic, there are ways you can help them manage anxiety. While there is really no way to avoid hearing about the coronavirus at this time, as a parent you want to dispel myths and provide reassurance. 

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Normal feelings during times of crisis: Overwhelming fear, anxiety, sadness and grief. These vulnerable feelings can also be experienced as numbness, boredom and anger. Again, all of these are normal. We are all grieving the loss of the life we had a few short weeks ago. We all react differe…

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The World is on lock down. Now, what are you going to do with this government “new norm” life incarceration behind invisible bars situation?

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COVID-19 is on everyone’s radar.  It’s completely understandable if you are experiencing stress or nervousness due to the current situation. It’s important that we try to reduce our stress level to keep ourselves healthy. While none of us should ignore the COVID-19 outbreak, there are measur…

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There is a collective hysteria that is sweeping the world regarding the power and destruction of this virus.  I am, by no means, saying that this is not a serious situation or that people around the world should not be concerned regarding the ability of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to spread t…

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Just out my front door things vie for my attention. Is the bird bath busy? The petrified wood cries out: “How long have I been here?” The dandelions reach out to the heavens, and their tribe is increasing.

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My sister and I are two years apart.  She was born in 1946 and I was born in 1948, so we have been sisters for a very long time … our whole lives, in fact. It is amazing how we can be so much alike and different at the same time. 

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In 2008, Congress passed a resolution designating March 11 as National Funeral Director Recognition Day. While it is an honor for our profession to have a day set aside to acknowledge the work we do in our communities, I’m confident that all of my colleagues in this line of work would agree …

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State Rep. Briscoe Cain recently proudly posed on the front page of the paper with Texans for Lawsuit Reform co-founder Dick Trabulsi as he received the TLR “Civil Justice Leadership Award.” What that means in English is Cain was honored to be directly associated with an organization that ha…

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The teen years are infamous for awkward dating and amateur romantic relationships. As clumsy and as awkward as it can be, these relationships lay the groundwork for patterns and expectations for relationships throughout adulthood. 

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I answered the only phone we had in 1971 and received a death threat regarding my father’s choice of who he played on the newly integrated varsity basketball team in Madisonville, Texas. Those were most difficult times as the “separate but equal” doctrine was shown to be grossly “unequal.” 

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We in Baytown, who have United Healthcare, must be proactive and do everything we can to be heard. Our health has been put at risk and in jeopardy over United Healthcare deciding Methodist Hospital, Methodist Outpatient Clinic and Methodist doctors are too expensive. Methodist Hospital has b…

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The Harris County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office, a Texas law enforcement agency recognized through the International Chiefs of Police-Texas Best Practices Recognition Program, welcomes 2020. 

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To LIVE UNITED you first need to care about your community. Then you take it a step further and get involved in positive actions that make the community better. You may join a group that is working to disrupt the causes negatively affecting family members and friends. You might make a though…

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Hello Baytown, I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and Happiest of Holidays celebrated with family and friends. As 2019 comes to an end, I wanted to take an opportunity to highlight a few topics from this past year and provide you an outlook for 2020. 

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As you have heard me say before, the work of the Lee College Foundation is nothing short of amazing.  If the Foundation had a motto, it would be “Making Dreams Come True.”  Foundation dollars help students pay their tuition and fees, purchase textbooks, and buy required classroom and lab equ…

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The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays generally bring about a great amount of good cheer and joy for most of our citizens. With travel, shopping and gift giving/sending increasing this time of year we will certainly see more people on the roads and at our local businesses.  Unfortunately h…

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It was clearly evident shortly after my arrival at Lee College in February, 2012 that the Baytown, Highlands and surrounding communities had a special relationship with the college. Every day since that first realization, I have been reminded of just “how special” that relationship is as it …

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On Friday, October 18, 2019, Leslie Gallagher, Executive Assistant to the Lee College President, was in San Francisco, California, along with seven Board of Regents and myself, to receive the Western Region Board Professional Staff Member Award from the Association of Community College Trust…

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As you may already be aware, the Lee College Foundation Annual Gala raised a record $204,458. I could not be prouder of the outstanding support the college received from the communities we serve. This record was made up of individual contributors as well as corporate donations. It reflected …

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Annually, Lee College holds its Foundation Fund Raising Gala.  It is that time, as the Gala will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 at the Sylvan Beach Pavilion in La Porte. Festivities begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m.  The Foundation has been in existence for 50 years, while the Gala will…

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Only days after discussing her future as a volleyball athlete, former Lee College player, Jessica Hardin, has a new home.

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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…

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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.

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The Baytown Little League Board of Directors voted to cancel its summer season during the meeting Saturday. 

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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…

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It may be a Shock, but softball is still an option for some girls in the Baytown area despite the COVID-19 pandemic squashing so many opportunities.

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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.

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Week one of Little League baseball is in the books and there were some strong performances of note as the Little League Players of the Week were named this weekend.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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The relationship between Strong Sports Management and the City of Mont Belvieu has come to an end.

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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.

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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.

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Texas Tech junior pitcher and former Barbers Hill baseball player Bryce Bonnin has a potential new home in his sport.

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Parks and Rec adult sports reopen begins Monday

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Barbers Hill High School took time out to recognize the special achievement of three of its athletes.

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Texas Tech pitcher and Barbers Hill alum, Bryce Bonnin is listed as the 103rd best prospect and a potential third or fourth round pick for the 2020 Major League Baseball draft by Baseball America.

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Sterling High School former goalkeeper Jose Marquez is heading to Ranger (TX) Community College this fall following a move from his younger days as a defender and striker.

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Robert E. Lee baseball player Bryce Contreras signed his letter to continue his baseball career at Schreiner University next season. From left are his father, Craig Contreras, sister Madi Contreras, mother Melissa Contreras, Bryce, and Lee baseball coach Trent Padgett.

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During her high school years, Gabby Cantu learned her fair share about adversity. 

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Goose Creek Memorial senior baseball player Noah Butler has signed a Letter of Intent to attend Indian Hills Community College, a Division I NJCAA program, in Centerville, Iowa. The program is in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference and Butler noted an established relationship with…

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