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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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I am not sure if it is 31, 50 or 69 percent of those talking heads, press and legislators accuse the president of “manufacturing alarm” with his reports of a southern border crisis. Alarming new numbers about border apprehensions from U.S. Customs and Border Protection agencies should punctu…

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Last week our students took benchmark (practice) tests to ensure that they have made sufficient progress as we head into the final teaching stretch of the school year before the STAAR tests will be administered. Many people, staff, students and parents alike often view this testing season as…

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Lee College’s governing board, known as the Board of Regents, is comprised of nine members elected from the communities within the college’s taxing district. Every two years, three board positions are up for election. The regents serve six year terms. They do not receive any renumberation fo…

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Each February, the Association of Community College Trustees and the American Association of Community Colleges hold a National Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. Typically the summit includes workshops focused on national legislative issues of interest to community colleges, guest speak…

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On the afternoon of Feb. 14, 2018, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community experienced a veritable hell-on-earth scenario. Survivors watched friends and classmates perish in a storm of horrendous violence and confusion.  A helpless nation watched, waiting for details, asking why, …

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As Black History Month continues, we would like to pay tribute to another female from the once all-black community of McNair Station who surpassed the century mark and was 105 years old when she died on Jan. 9, 2006.

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#MeetTXALICE: Nearly half the households in Texas are struggling to afford basic necessities according to the Texas ALICE Report that was recently released. For the area served by United Way of Greater Baytown Area and Chambers County, struggling households are easily found in Chambers Count…

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Over a thousand community college students descended on the state Capitol recently for Community College Day.  This event occurs every two years, and coincides with the new Legislative session. The students begin with a rally on the Capitol Steps, followed by attendance at the  House and Sen…

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The late coach Jessie Leonette Addison, the former Baytown George Washington Carver High School girls basketball and track and field coach is scheduled to be inducted into the PVILCA Hall of Honor Saturday as a Prairie View Interscholastic League coach. 

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Alfonzo “Buddy” Neal, a former Baytown George Washington Carver High School baseball athlete, will be the second Carver athlete to be inducted into the PVILCA Hall of Fame as a baseball athlete on Saturday. 

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The Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association is scheduled to induct Leslie L. Jenkins Jr. into its prestigious PVILCA Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Marriott South Hotel in Houston. 

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Newcomers to Texas might think mosquitoes are our official state bird. Especially if they are from a typically dry western state that doesn’t have as much standing water and consequently fewer of the pesky little blood-sucking pests. Even surpassing white-tailed deer and feral hogs in number…

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Former Lady Eagle track athlete works to come back from a torn ACL

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Former track standout to head Sterling program

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CLEVELAND — Justin Verlander will start the All-Star Game for the American League for the second time, and Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his first start for the National League.

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The Pony BTBA All-Star team based out of Baytown clinched the South Zone Coast Region-Houston sectional tournament at Jenkins Park with a 4-1 win over Deer Park Sunday.

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In “Lonesome Dove”, retired Texas Ranger Captain Woodrow Call’s character, played by Tommie Lee Jones, said it best: “I hate rudeness in a man.” That was as he walked away from bashing an insolent guy over the head with what looked like a piece of rebar.

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Performance Course came to Barbers Hill High School three years ago upon the arrival of a new athletic director and head football coach, Tom Westerberg.

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Two teams – Barbers Hill and Robert E. Lee – set to play in the Lee College summer basketball tournament, did not start play this week, but they both had a good reason.

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The Baytown Little League’s Major team saw its dream of a possible trip to the sectional tournament end in the District 14 East Zone contest Wednesday night in Texas City.

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Baytown-based driver makes way onto NASCAR   truck series

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Connie Mack baseball wrapped up its summer schedule Wednesday and again offered a chance for local programs to give younger players more opportunities to work on their game.

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After a regular season that lasted almost two months, local adult softball league players finally get to start cracking on the games that matter most.

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Amateur boxing still is alive and well in Baytown.

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Jesse Banda didn’t want to stop playing soccer so he did what anyone like him would do: Found a place to play.

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The 94th Texas Women’s Amateur Champion, Annika Clark of Highlands, adds another TGA major championship victory to her golfing career resume. The 2019 Texas Christian University graduate won the Women’s Stroke Play Championship with confidence at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio. 

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