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The opening lap of Bay Area Relay for Life is less than four days away – volunteers are working hard to get ready for the event and there’s still time to support the effort to defeat cancer.

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Forty Goose Creek CISD students advanced to the Texas History Day competition as a result of winning 1st or 2nd place in their category at the recent Lee College Regional History Day. The State competition will take place in Austin May 2-3. 

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Discarded pill bottles with Caroline Stagner’s name on them are what led homicide investigators to the 21-year-old man accused of stabbing the Highlands woman to death and setting her home on fire.

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Goose Creek CISD’s rezoning committee presented maps to the school board Monday night with three potential plans for rezoning the district’s elementary schools – and corresponding maps for rezoning the junior schools.

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Despite good intentions by the Environmental Protection Agency to inform residents about possible scenarios for long-term cleanup at the San Jacinto waste pits, many remained upset.

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The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a meeting tonight to discuss the future of the San Jacinto Waste Pits Superfund Site, a toxic waste dump in the San Jacinto River just west of Highlands. 

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A great bowl of chili is only part of the fun at the Highlands Rotary Club’s 39th annual Chili Feast, raffle and auction Saturday.

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A woman who lives in the 1300 block of Battlebell Road in Highlands reported an armed robbery at her home that occurred about 3 p.m. Monday.

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The Harris County Sheriff’s Office arrested 24-year-old Joseph D. Morgan of Highlands Saturday, accusing him of torturing and killing a stray cat on the banks of the San Jacinto River.

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The new Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors was elected at the January 2014 luncheon.  Showing in the picture from left to right are Betty Michalsky, Kenneth Forrest with San Jacinto River Authority, Traci Dillard with Baytown Habitat for Humanity, Gretchen Knowles wit…

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The award was presented to owner Carla Stanley of Carla’s Snak Shak.  Showing in the picture from left to right are Sarah Davis, Brandon Fenner, Michelle Fenner, Carla Stanley, Betty Michalsky, Brandan Baird and Bret Fenner.  Present but not showing is Reba Rachall.

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Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce presents a donation to Bay Area Homeless Services at the chamber luncheon.From left are  Jim Wadzinski, president of the Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce, Roger Elswick, owner of Community Toyota (partner of Bay Area Homeless Services), and Bill…

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About 300 people signed up to be part of a fledgling crime watch program in Highlands when they crowded into First Baptist Church Thursday night to support expanded crime-fighting efforts in the community that saw five murders in 2013.

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In response to an increase in crime in Highlands – including five murders during 2013 – members of the Highlands community are invited to a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, 210 N. Magnolia St. in Highlands to start a crime watch program.

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A 72-year-old Highlands woman was stabbed to death before firefighters discovered her body during a house fire.

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The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office must wait for autopsy results before releasing an exact cause of death for a 73-year-old Highlands woman found in her burning home.

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Kendall Maddox and her cousin Drew Zaruba view an ornament on the Sampson Masonic Lodge No. 231 Christmas tree during a tree lighting ceremony in Highlands along San Jacinto Street near the Highlands Volunteer Fire Department. Hundreds of people attended the event and had the chance to have …

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Crime Stoppers of Houston is offering a reward of up to $30,000 for information that leads to the filing of felony charges or the arrest of a suspect or suspects in several cases of vandalism that have cut service to thousands of Comcast customers, mainly in the Highlands and Crosby areas.

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A man was shot to death about 10:30 p.m. Monday in the 1300 block of North Main Street in Highlands. The Harris County Sheriff's Office has not release his identity, and also reports no known motive or suspect in the murder.

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A Highlands man was arrested Sunday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly rammed a vehicle that injured his estranged wife and the male driver.

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Hundreds of U.S veterans attended the annual Veterans Picnic at the Highlands and San Jacinto community centers Saturday in Highlands, giving them an opportunity to be remembered for their military service.

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Jr. Miss Highlands 2013 Anna Keyes, a Highlands Junior High sixth-grader, poses with her crown at the Jr. Miss Highlands Pageant.  The pageant was held Saturday at the Highlands Junior High Auditorium.

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Miss Highlands 2013 Taylor Moser, center, with First Runner Up Madeline Walker, left, and Second Runner Up Katlyn Burns at the Miss Highlands Pageant Saturday at the Highlands Junior School Auditorium.

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A Highlands man was charged with robbery after reportedly punching a store manager who confronted him about shoplifting at a grocery store in the 300 block of North Main Street in Highlands.

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The Baytown Christian Academy baseball team captured a Division V TAPPS area round title with an 8-7 win over Marble Falls Christian. The Bulldogs secured the win at Sterling High School and advance to the regionals against a still-to-be-determined opponent on Saturday. In back rom left are …

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A year removed from having the entire second half of their season wiped out, prep baseball teams have gotten back to normal as best as possible with the playoffs set to begin this weekend.

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The Ross S. Sterling High School Rangers baseball team announced the college destinations of five players from this year’s squad. From left are Dalton Mullins (Angelina Junior College), Ryan Flores (San Jacinto North Junior College), Jayden Wright (Frontier Community College), Logan Tadlock …

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The Goose Creek CISD athletic department has been busy of late having recently announced the official hiring of three coaches, one at each high school.

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The Sterling Rangers tennis team wrapped up its season Thursday, but not before finishing with one of the better postseason results in program history.

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Strong Barbers Hill, Crosby teams begin playoff journeys

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Even almost two months after the basketball season ended, Goose Creek Memorial boys basketball coach Jamaal Haymon continues to score big.

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Despite breaking out to a three-run lead after their third at bat, the Sterling Rangers fell in the season finale, 10-4 to visiting Manvel Tuesday night.

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The Barbers Hill girls track team did what he expected to do and that was to send multiple athletes to the Class 5A state meet.

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Blake Bezdek is the first Anahuac Panther to qualify for the state track meet since 2010. Bezdek, a senior, threw the shot put 48-11.75 at the 3A Region 3 meet in Waco to finish second and advance to the state meet on May 6 at the University of Texas.

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Sterling head football coach Robert Toomer, right, and the Rangers kicked off the first day of 18 spring football days Wednesday. The Rangers and most of the area programs will be full on into their spring programs by next week as they all have 30 days to get the allowed 18 sessions in befor…

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Lee College men’s basketball coach Roy Champagne has officially ended his over-quarter century of involvement with the Rebels program.

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The Sterling Rangers baseball hopes are now on a thin thread after dropping a 5-1 decision against unbeaten Friendswood Tuesday.

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A return normal is something everyone has been seeking for the past year-and-change and just maybe the one thing that could really mark that possibility is in on the doorstep:

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The Sterling Rangers playoff hopes took a hit Saturday with a 3-2 defeat at La Porte.

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A lot is written about bass fishing. You’ve even seen some here. If you turn on a “fishing” show on TV, that’s what you usually get.

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The Sterling Rangers tennis team finished second in both the boys and girls District 22-5A meet in Galveston Thursday and four players are on to the Region 3 meet in Willis April 28-29.

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The Anahuac Panthers boys track team has made it two-for-two in postseason competition and is now heading to the Class 3A Region 3 meet with a full head of steam.

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Most state, Class 5A softball teams are heading into the final three to four games of the current campaign with many holding hope of a postseason run.

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With just a shade under three weeks left to go, baseball and softball teams are hoping to either make the expected playoff pushes or try to continue to learn in the name of program progress.

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I have been pretty up front for my disappointment in most modern American sports – especially failing basketball – and to some degree football.