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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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In 1968, Dr. David Corder, the esteemed founder and longtime conductor of the Baytown Symphony Orchestra, had a vision.  His goal was to introduce classical music to the greater Baytown area, and he succeeded wonderfully. 

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In a previous article that I wrote, I spoke about the different sources of revenue that help support Lee College’s budget. They include students paying tuition and fees, funds received from the State of Texas, and funds from homeowners, businesses and industry through tax collections on thei…

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As individuals, we pride ourselves on our reputation.  Similarly, companies strive to acquire a good reputation through hard work, a customer focus, offering a good product or service, treating their employees well, and being a good corporate citizen to their community. Reputations are earne…

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Baseball is an American institution and tradition. It is called America’s pastime. Since its inception, it has been a part of American life. Each season starts with 15 American League teams and 15 National League teams whose goal is to win their respective Divisional and Championship Series …

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A person is guilty until proven innocent or wealthy. This is how our old outdated justice system has been working in Harris County for far too long. There have been incidents that an individual may stay in jail for months. Most are jailed not because they are violent criminals or guilty, but…

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As a comprehensive community college, Lee College offers residents opportunities to pursue the first two years of a baccalaureate degree, workforce training leading to employment in one of the great companies in our region, and community development, ranging from Kids at College to STEM Camp…

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In 2013, I was honored to be elected for Baytown City Council District 2. I’m now in the final year of my second term. My 2013 campaign centered around new ideas and fresh perspectives. Fittingly, my campaign slogan was A New Voice – A New Vision. I’ve brought a new voice to City Council. At…

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How about a little trivia? Where is the best place to work and live? Well, of course, that would be Lee College and Baytown. All too often we take for granted what is right in front of us. For over 85 years this community has been blessed with an outstanding community college. Lee College is…

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There has been a lot of buzz about congressional impeachment, but my editor expects me to write about state and local politics, so let’s look at the 1917 impeachment of Texas Governor James “Farmer Jim” Ferguson.

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 If you wanted to buy a watch in the 1880s that was cheaper and better than the store watches, you went to the train station!

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year alone the United States has experienced 839 new cases of confirmed measles; a long-forgotten disease now currently a growing healthcare problem. Texas is one of 23 states experiencing a measles outbreak. It is of great im…

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I want to take this opportunity to update you on work that the City of Baytown is continuing on your behalf.

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A 2018 survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers asked employers which attributes they most value among new hires, beyond a strong GPA and technical skills.  The results identified a number of what are often called “soft skills.”   At the top of the list, and may…

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Ten inches of rain fell in one day a couple of weeks ago in Kingwood, and television weather services reported 1 to 4 inches in other parts of Houston “…as common.”  This week, 6 inches of rain flooded and dozens of tornadoes battered Oklahoma.  Meanwhile, in other parts of the country, plac…

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I thought I knew almost everything about my younger brother.  Something fell through the cracks, as the saying goes, and that something happened over 50 years ago.  Here’s the short version.

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On Sunday, May 12, 2019, over 600 Lee College graduates woke up to “a new tomorrow.”  Historically commencement ceremonies are filled with pomp and circumstance, a lot of applause, many big smiles, and a sense of achievement on the part of the graduates.  Such was the case on Saturday, May 1…

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On April 15 in Orlando, Florida, Lee College’s Huntsville Center instructor and division chair, Paul Allen, received the top national Award of Excellence for Faculty Innovation from the American Association of Community Colleges.

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A man told a sportsmen’s group recently that a fishing guide had told him the white bass were running on Lake Travis. He suggested they form a group to fish. By end of the meeting, he had enough people for a late January or February trip. 

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It was one of those sports moments where whoever was there realized they would likely never see another one like it ever again.

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HOUSTON – So far, the December-May composed roster for the Goose Creek Memorial Lady Patriots soccer team appears to be working out just fine.

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The Goose Creek Memorial girls basketball team has set itself for the big push following an emphatic  62-35 home win over Galena Park Friday night.

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When wins come at a premium, a team will take whatever good fortune it can muster.

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In an attempt to save money across the landscape of its sports programs, the Goose Creek CISD decided it was time to look for a new relationship.

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Three weeks short of a year ago to the day, the Robert E. Lee girls basketball team played host to the Santa Fe Indians in Baytown and were promptly clubbed, 73-31.

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DAYTON – The Crosby Cougars used a Steven Godinez penalty kick in the 55th minute to regain the lead and take a 2-1 win over the Willowridge Eagles on Saturday morning in the semi-final game at Houston Methodist Field at Bronco Stadium to move into the championship game of the Dayton Tournament. 

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The volleyball season ended in November, but don’t tell local programs.

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The Robert E. Lee basketball teams suffered losses to District 22-5A rival Texas City Tuesday night.

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After four weeks off, the Lee College Rebels basketball team returned to action in the new year and suffered some unfriendly results in Region XIV play over the past few days.

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The Sterling Rangers (1-0) got two first-half goals, one each by Rogelio Chavez and Oscar Rangel helped them to a 2-0 home win Monday over rivals Robert E. Lee (0-2). REL's Christian Marsiglia, 13, and Jose Monrreal battle for a loose ball against Sterling's Andy Gomez, 4, and Antonio Hernandez, 7.

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Two goals in the last 10 minutes of play lifted Goose Creek Memorial over Angleton 4-2 in the New Year’s Kickoff Classic soccer tournament championship match on Saturday afternoon in Angleton.

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It’s been called “The Greatest Hunters’ Convention on the Planet” by Jay Cox and “The Greatest Family Reunion on the Planet” by my friend, Larry Weishuhn, whom I quoted in this column on Nov. 7. (see “Want Larger Antlers?)

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The return of Keke Davis to the Robert E. Lee basketball lineup showed just how much the Ganders missed and need him.

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It was the first official weekend of boys soccer in Texas, but Robert E. Lee’s squad went into Friday’s home contest seeing visiting Porter as a final scrimmage prior to 2 p.m. Monday’s contest against rivals Sterling.

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DAYTON – The Dayton Lady Broncos used two early goals that would stand up in a 2-0 win over Sterling Friday night at Houston Methodist Field at Bronco Stadium. 

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Jonathan Roman’s penalty kick late in the second half help the Goose Creek Memorial Patriots tie Fulshear 1-1 on the first day of the Pasadena Cup to open the season Thursday.

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It could be a year full of success sprinkled with a little bit of luck for William Freeman.

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Eight was enough for Robert E.Lee head soccer coach Jay Langlois.

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I must have been a good boy this year, although I don’t list my wife as a reference. But when measured on the naughty/nice scale and adjudged by Santa’s rewards, it looks like I’ve graded fairly well.

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