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I climbed into the cockpit of R.D.’s twin-engine Piper Seneca with him.  Before takeoff, R.D. started reading his flight checklist aloud.  When he got to the bottom of his list, he read, “Know Jesus?”

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Well, as all of you fellow Baytonians are aware of, our beloved city is celebrating 75 years of existence this year. When I say, ‘this year’ that is more than just a play on words, because our city will be celebrating this monumental anniversary for all of 2023, which is very fitting, wouldn…

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At a professional hockey game, there was a school teacher sitting on the front row watching the grueling, bloody match.  The game was between two highly competitive teams.  Suddenly, one of the players was rammed into the side board. As he struggled to regain his balance, he shouted, “There …

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My brother works for an electrical power company. Rather amazing what they can do. Alan said, “Our company distributes high voltage electricity to the multiple transformers across the region.  They in turn distribute the power to homes and businesses in the proper voltage.”

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I once wrote a song called, “A miracle a day will keep the devil away!” 

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After years of putting up with our travel trailer bathroom door being a constant nuisance, we ordered a doorstop. The order arrived, sat in the package, unopened, and in the way. I finally picked up a screwdriver and installed it. That little device has been so helpful. So Danny, “Why did yo…

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Everyone join in and sing along; “Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Tommy, Happy Birthday to you.”

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I’m sure that all of you, over the years, have seen someone who is very popular, get on TV or through a newspaper or magazine article, make a huge gaffe, right there on national television especially, for everybody and their brother or sister to see. I mean, people will usually get over it, …

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When my two oldest grandsons were ten and four, they were riding in the back seat of our car.  It was not long before the wrestling began.  The oldest put his younger brother in a head-lock.  When the younger wanted him to stop, the older said, “Say ‘Uncle’.”

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If you are close to my age, you probably remember the song by Brenda Lee called, “I’m Sorry”. It was very pretty, I thought. She had a really good voice. You can look up the lyrics on Google. The song doesn’t really reveal what she did to the other person. One positive thing about it is that…

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Sometimes we need to be inspired and other times we need to be informed. I hope that you find this writing to be both inspirational as well as informational, yet on the other hand, I hope you find this message to be quite challenging.

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OK, OK, I know that it is supposed to be ‘Christmas Past’, but I also know that for so many people, the joy, the thoughts, the kindness, the miracle, and the blessing of Christmas virtually ended Sunday evening when all the company left, and all of the wrapping paper and bows and gift tags w…

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In pastoring nearly 50 years Christmas Day fell on Sunday several times, as it does this year. It never failed that someone would ask me if we were going to have church on that Sunday since it was Christmas Day. We altered our schedule from time to time so the most people possible could wors…

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As I mentioned in a recent parable, there are a lot of anxious moments during the task of shopping for family and friends during the Christmas season. The last thing you want however, is to buy clothing such as belts, hats, shirts, pants, socks, underwear, or coats for someone, only to find …

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It was the Christmas of 1957, and I was only ten years old.  The family had gathered on Christmas Eve and we opened our Christmas presents.  I’m sure that I didn’t get everything that I asked for, but for certain I received enough.  I received the finger paint set that I asked Santa for, plu…

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Probably around 1971-1975, I was working for Magnaflux Corporation, and I was stationed out at ExxonMobil on a ‘permanent’ basis, performing nondestructive testing work for the ExxonMobil inspectors. 

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It was a children’s Christmas play and as the children portrayed the story of the birth of Christ, they came to the part when Joseph and Mary could find no room in the inn.  At this particular place, the boy playing Joseph was carried away by the part and began to passionately plead with the…

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My drill press would not release the bit. Even with hand tools to grip the drill chuck, still no luck. Finally I read the instruction manual. Though I have used a drill press countless times, I was turning the chuck the wrong direction. The bit came out easily when turned the right way.

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The year was 1978 and Barbara and I were on our first trip to the Holy Land.  We saw all of the special sites on that wonderful tour but today I will only mention our tour of the holy town of Bethlehem.  First of all, Bethlehem means house of bread.  As Christians we should know that Jesus i…

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You are probably thinking, “Dandy, you’re losing it”! Don’t you mean, “Show and Tell”? Well, actually, no I don’t, my good brothers and sisters. My wife Pat and I went to Kohl’s yesterday. She was shopping for this hoop-type thingie, which serves as a chain around your neck, with the excepti…

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I don’t know about you, but I have always found that word amusing. I found it akin to that song lyric, ‘…don’t move that limbo bar”! I remember the first time I ever heard the phrase, “…and she was standing there, looking at me, arms akimbo, and…”. I thought, whaaaa…”?

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The year was 1957, Elvis was singing his new Christmas hit, “Blue Christmas” and Bing Crosby was still crooning his legendary “White Christmas.”  Our family headed toward the hill country of Brenham and Navasota, Texas, where my grandparents lived.  Grandma Pearl lived in Navasota, and she l…

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Dana’s online grocery order included two jars of mild salsa. I opened up one of them, scooped out a large helping on a small chip, and put the whole thing in my mouth. However, the store had substituted the “Ghost Pepper Fury” variety! It lit me up!

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As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, family gatherings, pumpkin pie, football games and crowded shopping malls; I would like for us to all pause and reflect on true thanksgiving.  

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I’m sure that many of you experienced this same thing in your home when your children were younger. Our children are the world’s best imitators. That’s right, they love to imitate us, their parents. You’ve noticed this? One of your children, especially the older one will often assume the res…

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The small water moccasin swam into the little bait trap in a private pond and began to feast on the bait that made its way in.  Over time, the snake grew so large it could not get out of the trap.  One day the owner checked his trap.  That was the end of the snake.

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Years ago my son and I were working on his deer stand.  He was about twelve feet off the ground, when the limb he was holding broke.  I was standing directly under him.  As he began to fall, I remember thinking, “This isn’t going to be good!” 

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Most animals and fowl of the air have their own language.  Birds chirp, cats meow, dogs bark, horses nay, cows moo, turkey’s gobble, and Christians should pray.  Christians praying should be as natural as a turkey that gobbles.  

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Some of you older folks (like me) probably remember the song which I chose for the title of today’s parable. It was sang by Patsy Cline. Since I became a Christian back in 1967, I often think back on the ‘oldies’ songs, as they are known by, and how many of them could be made to fit a Christ…

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The utility vehicle would not start for my son. A switch was left on and drained the battery. It had enough power to turn on the dash lights, but not enough to turn over the engine. He connected the battery to his truck battery and gave it a “jump.” The engine cranked and ran fine.

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The Lee College Navigators saw their 14-game win streak snapped as they lost 82-75 to Coastal Bend College on Wednesday night in Beeville.

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Two things are certain when Goose Creek Memorial and Barbers Hill meet on the hardwood. The atmosphere will be electric, and the play on the court will be intense. 

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Barbers Hill point guard Dalanna Carter caught the eyes of many statewide and nationally as she was nominated for the 2023 McDonald’s All-American girls’ team

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A black 2002 Dodge Ram TRX with the Texas temporary tag number 2195B32 was reported stolen Monday from the 300 block of West Baker Road. The truck is valued at $100,000. 

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The Lee College Navigators put on an offensive showcase in their highest scoring game this season in a dominating 111-78 victory over Jacksonville College on the road Saturday night.

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The spring tennis season is in full swing as the Sterling and Goose Creek Memorial tennis teams competed in the Barbers Hill Varsity Tournament last weekend.

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Playing in a constant rain on Saturday morning at the Highway 90 Classic in Dayton, the Crosby Cougars got a goal in each half to knock off the Lufkin Panthers 2-0 to advance to the semifinal round of the tournament and winning their group. 

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In two years as head coach of the Lee College basketball program, Nick Wade’s team is gaining respect around the country as they enter the second half of Region 14 conference play on Saturday.

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Barbers Hill soccer player Martin Navarro (10) dashes downfield, while Rafael Magdaleno (17) runs interference during the the Eagles game with Huffman Hargrave on Tuesday night. The Eagles won 4-0.

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Registration is underway for interested former players that want to participate in the Lee High School Alumni Game at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 at Herrington Field. The game is being sponsored by the Lee Baseball Booster Club. The cost to register is $30 and can be paid through CashApp: $RELBaseb…

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Lee College’s mens basketball team played host to the Lamar State-Port Arthur Seahawks Saturday afternoon at Lee College Arena. The Navigators held a one-point lead heading into halftime and survived and late rally by the opportunistic Seahawks to win their 11th straight game and remain unde…

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The Goose Creek Memorial boys basketball team continues to roll as they dominated Baytown Lee 70-40 in front of the Patriots’ home crowd on Friday and remain at the top of District 17-5A with a 5-0 record.

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The Lee College mens basketball team traveled to Paris Junior College for the final game of cross-conference play and earned their 10th consecutive victory by defeating the Dragons 65-48 on Wednesday night.

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The 2023 version of the Goose Creek Memorial Girls Soccer Tournament was held Thursday through Saturday at the GCM field. The Lady Patriots defeated North Shore in the opening game and advanced to the semifinal round to face C.E. King. In top photo, GCM’s Kennedy Tristan stands her defensive…

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A strong second half propelled Goose Creek Memorial past Baytown Sterling 62-53 in front of a full crowd Tuesday night at the Winnie Brown Gymnasium.

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Perhaps it was not the results the Sterling Lady Rangers were looking for as they faced Dayton on Tuesday, but trailing 2-1 late in the game it was a Asanah Gordon goal with just four minutes remaining in the game that sent the Lady Rangers home with a 2-2 tie. 

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Barbers Hill continued to show why the Eagles are the state’s 12th ranked Class 5A girls basketball team as they overpowered Port Neches-Groves 73-37 during their away game on Tuesday.

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Another busy weekend of soccer in Baytown will take place Thursday through Saturday as eight varsity girls teams will participate in the Goose Creek Memorial 2023 Patriot Classic tournament.

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The Winnie Brown Gymnasium was packed on Tuesday night as the Sterling Rangers faced cross-town rival Goose Creek Memorial, which came into the game as the top team in District 17-5A. The game was intense as shown by this battle for possession among GCM’s Aiden Purcell and Sterling’s Kealon …

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Here at Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, each year from December 14 through January 5th, staff members participate in several Christmas Bird Counts throughout the state of Texas. The counts are a way to determine wintering population numbers of various species within a specific area. They are co…

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My grandson told me once that he just wanted to take his hand-me-down 870 Remington 20-gauge shotgun and walk through the woods hunting game. He preferred that to sitting in a stand waiting for something to happen. I remembered having similar thoughts as a kid his age every time we passed th…

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Goose Creek Memorial’s boys basketball team is hitting their stride, defeating Crosby 49-45 at home on Friday and remaining undefeated at the top of the District 17-5A standings.

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The Goose Creek Memorial girls soccer team captured first place in the Battle of the Brush Soccer Tournament in Pleasanton near San Antonio. The team finished with a 4-1 record at the event and earned enough points to advance to the Gold Bracket championship and won the title with a 3-2 adva…

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Montgomery Lake Creek took the prizes both for traveling the farthest and the longest joy ride home Saturday after winning the championship of the GCCISD Varsity Invitational boys soccer tournament in Baytown.

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Montgomery Lake Creek took the prizes both for traveling the farthest and the longest joy ride home Saturday after winning the championship of the GCCISD Varsity Invitational boys soccer tournament.

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The winner of Saturday’s 4 p.m. championship at the GCCISD Varsity Classic today at Sterling High School will be one of four teams: Lake Creek or Kempner, Friendswood, of Aldine Davis.

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The Lee College Navigators rang in the new year with a key 86-66 victory over Navarro College and moving up to No. 16 in the National Junior College Athletic Association basketball rankings.

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope all our readers are doing well and best wishes to all of your families in 2023.