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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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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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Two area girls basketball teams are readying for the postseason which begins Monday and both Goose Creek Memorial and Barbers Hill will be shooting for big runs in Class 5A playoff action.

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Robert E. Lee’s boys soccer team remains a playoff threat out of District 22-5A, but hopes of taking the top spot have been put under a bit of duress.

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New look Sterling softball starts Tuesday

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It was as good a playoff opener as the TAPPS Class 1A defending champions from Baytown Christian could ask for.

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Two area girls basketball squads will see their seasons continue in next week’s bi-district round as Goose Creek Memorial and Barbers Hill will battle for Class 5A spoils.

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Ross S. Sterling High School senior Jasmine Moore, an outside hitter for the bi-district qualifying Lady Rangers volleyball team, signed her National Letter of Intent Thursday to play collegiately at NCAA Division I Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Wildcats went 8-24 last fall. Fro…

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The Barbers Hill Lady Eagles basketball team knows who it will play to open the 2020 postseason when it travels to Manvel for a 6 p.m. Monday bi-district playoff against Texas City. The Barbers Hill squad is 31-4 overall and wrapped up an undefeated (12-0) District 21-5A season under first-y…

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Second-year head coach Sonja Curry is ready for a strong encore to her debut in the position of Goose Creek Memorial girls track coach.

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With a chance to finish the season above .500 if not make the Class 6A playoffs, the Sterling Lady Rangers faced Deer Park in Baytown in hopes of ending things in positive fashion.

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The Ross S. Sterling boys soccer team has scrapped and battled with the best of District 21-6A and has fallen short against the big three.

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Barbers Hill Eagle linebacker Cavin Branin is taking his winning ways to another program which knows a thing or two about collecting massive victories.

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Sterling, Robert E. Lee and Barbers Hill high school tennis players made some strong impressions this past weekend at tournaments in Pasadena and Coppell.

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Lee College played like a veteran team down the stretch, locking down on defense and hitting key shots to pick up a 79-69 win over Coastal Bend Saturday night. 

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There was a little movement this week for the top teams in the Power Five rankings – the poll that ranks all teams playing currently – even though most of the faces remain the same.

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District realignment is a mixed bag that has a habit of tricking you into feeling optimistic. You can map it out, read all the mock districts and begin to give into hope. But in recent years, one thing has become certain. When Baytown makes plans, the UIL laughs. 

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With a playoff spot clinched and  one week left in the regular season, the Goose Creek Memorial girls basketball team wants to be hitting on all cylinders.

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The Barbers Hill boys basketball team kept its playoff hopes intact with a solid 69-55 win over visiting Port Neches-Groves Friday night.

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A dozen area football players announced where their college destinations in the sport are going to be heading into next season.

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With the Monday announcement of the new UIL realignment for the 2020-22 sports cycle comes plenty of challenges for local sports teams.

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As area football players began signing National Letters of Intent to continue their careers at the collegiate level beginning in the fall, one Goose Creek Memorial Patriot is relieved the process is complete.

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With the Monday announcement of the new UIL realignment for the 2020-22 sports cycle comes plenty of challenges for local sports teams.

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The Robert E. Lee Ganders basketball team showed a home crowd Tuesday night what their best play looks like.

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With the Monday announcment of the new UIL realignment for the 2020-22 sports cycle comes plenty of challenges for local sports teams.

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The Robert E. Lee girls soccer team may have lost 6-1 to Santa Fe Tuesday night, but progress is clear.

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It was a memorable end to the 2019-20 junior sports season within the North Channel Conference as both boys and girls basketball titles were decided.

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The Power Five is the new Baytown Sun poll that ranks all teams playing currently. Once their season ends, a team’s spot on the poll will be vacated the following week.

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Once upon a time long ago and far-away in a thicket along a dark-water creek, I caught a strange-looking fish that I couldn’t identify. It was small – about six skinny inches-long –and looked somewhat prehistoric. Sometime later, I became aware of a fish native to southeast Texas called a bo…

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Early deficit turned aside by GCM in easy district win

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It was a key game for the Goose Creek Memorial Patriots and a statement opportunity for visiting Crosby Friday night.

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Robert E. Lee girls basketball’s playoff hopes may be dwindling, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still make huge strides until the season ends. Then? Who knows?

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Alonzo Linton, 45, outlets a pass to Lee College teammate Keontae White, 2, during Wednesday’s Region XIV basketball game against Lamar State in Baytown. The host Rebels trailed 40-39 at halftime. The deficit grew to as large as 54-47 early in the second half before Lee (14-9, 5-7) rallied f…

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Just like moments after 9/11 when trash tried to take advantage of grieving and scared Americans, there are always some members of the garbage society that wants to make a name for themselves or take advantage of tragedy.

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A new coach at Anahuac High School takes over in hopes of building on the momentum the tennis program built a year ago.

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District 22-5A play began Tuesday night in soccer while boys basketball tipped off the second round of play as the girls moved closer to settling matters.

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