The 1871 hurricane season kicked off with two back-to-back storms in June. Both of these cyclones were classified as tropical storms, but were still able to do considerable damage. The first one formed near Key West and hit Galveston on June 7th. It was the worst storm since the 1867 hurrica…
As I approach the ninth decade of my life, I view myself as mature. Sometimes, no matter how old we become, each of us has occasions when we might just need to analyze how mature we have become.
It’s taken a while, but recently I had a mental and religious epiphany that led me to a higher level of maturity while driving a vehicle. I’m now someone family and friends can be proud of.
Back in the day, Coney Island was a ferry ride away from Baytown.
Nothing works like it used to. I was playing bridge recently with friends, and one of them was nerv-ous when she had to play the hand. She said it bothered her that she couldn’t play it as well as she did in college. Her brain just wouldn’t work like it did back then. I said, “Does anything …
Both houses of the state legislature approved SB 1160, and it is awaiting the governor’s signature. Gov. Abbott has 20 days to sign or veto the bill.
Galveston was narrowly missed by September hurricanes in 1863 and 1865, both doing lots of damage to the east. In 1863 the Union schooner Manhassett was captured by Confederates when she was driven ashore at Sabine Pass and nineteen out of twenty ships had capsized in the Sabine River in 186…
When my three boys had a long hot summer vacation from school, they often decided to play Monopoly. We shared our experiences in previous generations. Sometimes we continued the same set-up for days. Little sister was not welcomed at the Monopoly board and the youngest brother walked around …
Next week, the Gathering Of Old Toots (GOOTs) will celebrate its 20th birthday on its 21st anniversary.
While the good old summertime stirs memories of happy days (sigh), the season also reminds me of bad old mistakes.
The Texas General Land Office dished out $1 billion in Hurricane Harvey aid to numerous coastal cities and counties.
Love Network of Baytown recently partnered with Dress for Success.
Today marks the beginning of the 2021 hurricane season so we’ll celebrate the occasion with a look at another storm which had a big effect on Baytown history. By 1854, the area had grown to the point that a public road had been built from Lynchburg to the mouth of Goose Creek, roughly follow…
Once upon a time in a long ago land, there was a time when we were close. Sometimes we hugged each other, the men shook hands and everyone said, “Excuse me” if they bumped into each other.
When two torpedoes from a Japanese submarine blasted the USS Indianapolis on July 30,1945, two men from Baytown were aboard the doomed ship.
Resist the urge. When someone calls you on your cell phone when you are in a public place, please don’t feel the need to answer and carry on a lengthy discussion about your business or personal matters. No one wants to listen to your long-winded discourse on whatever it is that can wait unti…
In April, I wrote a column critical of Chapter 313 tax abatements for local industry. Last week, the Houston Chronicle published a damning investigative report on the very same topic.
Next week marks the beginning of the 2021 hurricane season so I thought I’d look back at a few of the storms to hit the Baytown area over the years.
I’ve done a lot of things within the past month that I had to and/or needed to give up this past year.
The legislature is kicking around a bill that would make it legal to openly carry a sidearm without a permit. Putting politics aside for now, let’s take a look at the origins of gun culture in Texas.
Have you ever experienced a time when you just needed someone to listen? You might have had a great triumph in your life or had a bad day and just needed someone to talk too. With technology and fast paced lifestyles that we are living it is becoming a lost but very important part of our lif…
Smells evoke memories. It is one of our very powerful senses. It can alert us to impending danger or awaken great enjoyment. Almost everything has an odor.
My cousins lived in the country, miles out of town. They had their own horses and hand-fed deer out in the woods. Best of all there were hundreds of acres of forest and a creek to explore. It seemed like heaven to me. We didn’t hesitate to escape there when Aunt Janet called us to do our chores.
Galveston Island is situated on a sand bar with little in the way of natural resources so the city relies on imports from the mainland. Through the nineteenth century, hundreds of two-masted schooners from all around Galveston and Trinity Bays brought all sorts of supplies to the island rang…
These days I spend most of my time gardening and watching movies and TV shows. Summer is near and the warmer temperatures have me seeking refuge inside. Fortunately, there is much to do for now.
Bill Hartman was 10 and I was 17 when we first met at The Baytown Sun.
Even if you don’t like baseball – or badminton or cricket, for that matter – you should read this piece anyway.
Hepatitis C is a stealthy virus that can be potentially lethal. An estimated 3.5 million Americans have the hepatitis C virus, but because it frequently has no symptoms, many of them have no idea their health could be in danger.
We gathered together last weekend to celebrate motherhood. Any woman can have a child, but not all of those who do, are truly mothers in the fullest sense of the word. It takes a dedication far beyond anything that a woman may face in her life. It is an honor and a calling that demands your …
Last week, I pointed out that America spends more dollars per student than any other country in the world, with one exception. Yet America ranks 17th in the world in educational achievement.
In the annual affair pitting some of the best high school football players from the east and west side of the Houston area against each other, the East team took a gritty 13-11 win over the West at Stallworth Stadium on Saturday night.
ROUND ROCK — As the Barbers Hill baseball team gets ready for noon Saturday’s Class 5A state title tilt against Hallsville at Round Rock’s Dell Diamond, they for sure recognize just how important their fans are.
We were on our deck watching it rain. But our dogs seemed highly interested in the empty collaps-ible trash bin we put pruned branches in. Vicky said it might be a cotton rat as she tipped it over.
The Robert E. Lee and Goose Creek Memorial football teams will participate in the 7-on-7 Monday Night League which begins 6 p.m. Monday at Kingwood Park High School in Humble.
HOUSTON - Come rain, lightning, big Friendswood pitching arms and bigger reputations, the Barbers Hill Eagles baseball team is the one that will represent Region 3 at the Class 5A state finals next weekend in Round Rock.
A two-run homer by Cameron Cauley and an inside-the-park round tripper from Brodey Williams combined with a four-run sixth inning catapulted Barbers Hill to a commanding 8-2 Game 1 win Wednesday over Friendswood in the Region 3 baseball final at the University of Houston Schroeder Stadium.
Admittedly, Barbers Hill head coach Aaron Fuller got a chance to watch some of the teams at this weekend’s Class 5A state semifinals that begin 10 a.m. Friday, at Austin’s Red & Charline McCombs Field but not enough to have a good read on all of them.
Both the Robert E. Lee and Goose Creek Memorial football teams are coming off of memorable playoff seasons last fall and identically face some facelifts across a remodeled roster.
My friend and frequent fishing partner, Shea Seale and I fished Lake Austin in mid-May in Shea’s fine Skeeter bass boat. Shea left it up to me to choose which lake to fish.
Barbers Hill baseball defeated Lake Creek 4-0 Thursday night in Humble to complete a two-game sweep of the Class 5A Region 3 semifinal and advance one step closer to a state finals appearance.
Barbers Hill broke out the big bats to the tune of four home runs as the Eagles soared to a 12-3 win over the Santa Fe Indians in Game 3 of their best-of-three Class 5A Region 3 quarterfinal baseball playoff series Saturday afternoon at R.S. Sterling High School.
And they’re off! Volunteers with Coastal Conservation Association of Texas are currently hard at work releasing tagged redfish worth up to $100,000 each from Sabine to South Padre Island. This years’ CCA Texas STAR Tournament, kicking off at 6 a.m. May 29 and running through 6 p.m. Sept. 6, …
Sterling Bailee St. Romain celebrated her signing of a National Letter of Intent to continue her athletic career at McLennan Junior College in Waco to play basketball. Bottom row from left are Sterling volleyball coach Candace Southall, St. Romain and Sterling girls basketball coach Monique …
The Barbers Hill softball team opened up its Class 5A Region 3 semifinal best-of-three series with an 11-1 rout of Waller at Humble High School Wednesday.
You may know a fisherman caught a record bluefin tuna in the Gulf weighing 870 pounds. It took almost nine hours for Troy Lancaster to fight it to the boat and get it aboard. It was ten feet long.