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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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In November 2013, I was honored to be elected as representative for Baytown Council District 2. I’m now in the final year of my second term. Time certainly flies!

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Barbers Hill Independent School District Superintendent Greg Poole said taxes, local control, and choice are the key issues driving his efforts to align Barbers Hill ISD with Lone Star College. Dr. Poole has used the Lee College tax rate as justification for looking beyond Lee College for co…

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Since 1934, Lee College has been the provider of higher education to Baytown, Highlands and our surrounding communities. The college has grown dramatically since its inception in 1934, and now serves 17 school districts in four counties.  We reached a significant milestone this past fall sem…

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When the ITC fire in Deer Park happened, many of us looked for answers and information to keep ourselves and our families safe. Your first responders—police, fire and Baytown city leaders headed to a designated place to help keep you safe during the massive fire that brought that dark black …

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Each year the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the state agency that provides oversight of higher education in Texas, conducts a review to identify those institutions in the state that have seen the highest improvement on select key outcomes compared to other colleges in their regi…

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Coming off of a 30-7 season capped with a District 21-5A title, the Barbers Hill basketball program is flying high as a new season gets ready to tip off.

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It’s a new sports season for the North Channel Conference and the junior schools in the area. As the chapters closed for football and volleyball, the boys and girls basketball seasons are now under way for the next couple of months.

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Most people living in Texas know that whooping cranes winter here along our middle coast. These rare, endangered and magnificent birds have received enough publicity that even newcomers might even know about them. They are a national treasure, to be sure.

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Lady Eagle is area’s top volleyball player

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MONT BELVIEU — It’s time for someone to dust off some space in the trophy case. The Barbers Hill football program has earned some hardware.

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A determined defensive effort helped the Robert E. Lee girls basketball team wrap up play in this weekend’s Lady Ganders Tip-Off Classic with a 31-29 overtime win over Klein Forrest Saturday morning.

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It was an ideal way for the Robert E. Lee Lady Ganders to open up their own tournament Thursday morning.

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Blend of veterans, newcomers could create winning mix

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Maybe, just maybe, it could be time the Sterling Rangers basketball team turns the corner toward being a Class 6A Region 3 playoff threat.

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The Barbers Hill 8A volleyball team captured the North Channel Conference championship this fall. In the front row, from left, are Makenzi Harmon, Nadia Baez, Brooklynn Livanec and Mia Rivers; and in back are Harper Gonzalez, Rylie King, Camryn Tull, Peyton Fadal, Peyton Spahn, Cynthia LeCom…

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Following a strong 26-7 showing in 2017-18, the Crosby Cougars basketball team didn’t quite enjoy the same success last winter.

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I heard Robert Perez, TPWD’s program leader for upland game birds, speak last week on quail. Actually, it is more accurate to say he spoke on quails – plural – meaning all four species on Texas

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Baytown Christian rolled into the TAPPS six-man Division III playoffs with its 23rd straight win dating back to last year’s state title with a 60-6 home victory Friday over Faith Academy to wrap the regular season.

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MONT BELVIEU — There weren’t many style points to be awarded in the regular season finale for Barbers Hill. But those had already been earned with the District 12-5A II championship the week before. And there are many more to earn as the playoffs get underway. 

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Goose Creek Memorial’s girls basketball team opened up a new era under first-year coach Briceida Razo Friday night with a mixed bag of results.

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Beaumont —  After staying close in the first half to Beaumont West Brook on Thursday night at Beaumont ISD Memorial Stadium, the Sterling Rangers dropped their season finale to the Bruins 47-14. 

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Following a stellar coaching stint at Manvel High School, Bryan Harris is ready to bring those chops to Barbers Hill girls basketball.

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Panthers look to finish strong before playoffs

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Baytown Christian girls basketball coach Amber Richard is starting her tenure as the program’s new head coach and it all begins at 6 tonight when the Lady Bulldogs host Southwest Christian.

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