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Jerry Craft’s award-winning novels have been put back on the library shelves in one school. The graphic novels, at times funny, at other times profound tell the story of a black teen trying to overcome bullying, discrimination, and misunderstandings in a mostly white school. 

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After tapping the send key on a column, I usually think of something I left out. For example, in last week’s column about trying to avoid hurt feelings at work, I didn’t mention a mistake made on the “soc” (newspaper lingo for society) page back in the early Fifties.

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We have all felt the icy fingers of the COVID pandemic in every aspect of our lives. Even, now, when the worst it has passed, we continue to experience residual effects of the whole thing. One that has disrupted our lives here lately is the supply chain problem. 

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She didn’t intend to adopt another dog, but Sam was nonnegotiable. When she spotted the poor fellow from a kill facility, she couldn’t abandon him. This probably was not one of her better decisions, but many of us understand her thinking.

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As I stood above a red rock canyon in Sedona, Arizona, and looked across its vastness as the sun touched the orange rock with fire, I imagined why our Native Americans once felt such oneness with the land they loved. That such beauty was theirs to freely live and hunt upon, must have been su…

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It’s hard to believe, but last week’s column was number 120. I’m going to take a little break, but it will be a working vacation because I have a few projects going on. 

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When the darlings are small is a great time to plan a simple adventure. We not only get to know them better. but we give their mom a little “down time.” Our own grandmothers might have been too busy or not realized how important this would be for themselves and for the little ones. Sharing G…

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On our way to the Astrodome in 1972, I thought we were going to watch Mexico’s former Little League celebrity Angel Macias lining up for the Montreal Expos. As the game began, I tried to spot Angel on the field and his name on the roster.

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There are many things I would like to ask God when I see Him face to face someday.  One is why He made human beings with different colors of skin and why it matters so much to us. Was it due to the different environments in which people lived, or just because He liked variety? We do not know…

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By 1967 Memorial Stadium was getting long in the tooth, and the school board was facing a dilemma. In March the trustees were trying to decide whether to renovate Memorial Stadium or build a new one. An engineering study had shown that within a couple of years the foundation for the stands w…

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In 1887, Papa came to America and settled in a small town in West Texas. When his field work was done, he retreated to his woodworking shop in the garage. 

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I was elected as the District 2 representative to City Council in 2013. I try to do my homework on issues that come before Council and approach the position mindful that I represent hard-working taxpayers. I view myself as a public servant first and foremost and as a public official secondar…

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By the way, the Atlanta Braves won the World Series and the Houston Astros lost. “Don’t remind us,” say Astro fans.  

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When I first took office, we needed to build a team of liaisons to represent the many communities of Precinct 2. These community liaisons would serve as a direct line to my office to help address residents’ concerns and requests for services and resources.  Given the massive geographic size …

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We were standing awash in color, Van Gogh’s vibrant paintings in motion all around us. My niece and I attended the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit recently. She had expressed an interest in going, so for her birthday in May, I purchased tickets for us to see it in August. 

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Harris County announced a delay in work on the Cedar Bayou watershed. Due to a shortage of funds, money is being shifted to other flood control projects across the area.

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Red Bales had recruited Pete Sultis to come to Baytown as assistant coach in 1947 but before the season began, Bales left to coach at Rice, and Dan Stallworth returned as head coach. When Dan Stallworth finally gave up coaching before the 1957 season, Mr. Pete, as his players called him, ste…

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What started as a privilege, according to our kids, turned into an irrevocable right. It takes a while to see the signs and to associate those signs with the mental struggle your teen is going through.

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Time. They say it flies, yet last year the hands on the clock slowed in sync with our lives. It seemed we lived a thousand lifetimes until time finally marched on.

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After reading about the time I pounded a snake to death with a hoe, Sun publisher Carol Skewes e-mailed that she wished she had been a “fly on the wall” to watch that scene. Funny, that Carol should mention a “fly” because just before she sent the message, Wanda Woman struck again.

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The Power 5 has begun to reconfigure with the tip off of the basketball season and the football campaign down to one team.

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BRYAN – A season full of challenges on and off the field ended Saturday but not before the Baytown Christian Academy Bulldogs could leave the gridiron one last time with heads held high.

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HOUSTON- The Anahuac Panthers’ playoff journey comes to an end with a 42-35 loss to their second-round opponent, the Columbus Cardinals. 

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LUFKIN – After a run to last season’s state title game, the Crosby Cougars are no strangers to holiday football. On Saturday afternoon, Quincy Jones, Cyrin Myles and a punishing defense left no doubt they’d be spending their Thanksgiving near a football field.

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The Goose Creek Memorial boys team went 2-0 on the first day of the Magnolia Doghouse Invitational Thursday to up its record to 3-1.

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It was quite the breakout party for the E.F. Green 7A volleyball team. In its inaugural season, the Lady Owls captured the North Channel Central Conference title with an unbeaten record. From left are Jada Garcia, Aubrie Waltman, Abbie Waltman, Jenna Rojas, Skye Moran, Ava Martinez, Coach Ro…

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Two Goose Creek CISD cross country runners stood above a crowded crop of local talent this season and have managed to secure the 2021 Baytown Sun Select Cross Country Runners of the Year honors.

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The Power 5 is now undergoing a bit of a facelift as the basketball season is just beginning and the football season enters its climax with the playoffs.

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CROSBY - The Crosby Cougar offense could not be stopped all night and they rolled up 524 yards of offense in a 72-36 win over the Houston ISD Madison Marlins on Thursday night at Cougar Stadium in a Class 5A Region 3 Bi-district playoff contest.

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With early football signing coming up on Dec. 15, other sports celebrated National Letter of Intent Day Tuesday – which runs through next week – and a number of local athletes have announced their collegiate destinations.

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The Goose Creek Memorial boys basketball team set Baytown afire a year ago when it went 24-4 overall, 14-2 in District 22-5A play and advanced all the way to the Region 3 semifinals where the Patriots finally fell to Katy Paetow.

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NEDERLAND – The good news was Nederland’s defense is the first district team to hold Crosby under 50 points this season. The bad news is that the Cougars still pulled out a 31-17 win over the Bulldogs in District 12-5A action Friday night at Bulldog Stadium. 

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RSS-REL play for city bragging rights

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Three Baytown girls high school basketball teams will tip off the season this weekend and one of them, Sterling, come off a trip to the postseason with a second consecutive journey in mind.

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Teams wrap schedule with postseason ahead as BH and Anahuac seek higher seeds

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Led by six different attackers, BH eclipses RSS in playoff win

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MONT BELVIEU Barry Conser of Scottsdale, Arizona claimed the Championship title at the 25th Energy Transfer Texas Senior Open presented by S & B, Vortech Contracting and the City of Mont Belvieu with rounds of 73-67 for a 36-hole score of 2-under for a two-day total of 140 at Eagle Point…

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PORT ARTHUR – Jah’mar Sanders and Adrian Hayward each ran for over 100 yards, leading Memorial to a convincing 48-13 win over Baytown Sterling Friday night in District 9-5A action at Memorial Stadium.

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MONT BELVIEU - All night long the Barbers Hill defense lived by the bend-but-don’t-break motto and in the end it paid off as the Eagles slipped past Dayton 22-19 on Friday night at Eagle Stadium.

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Both the Barbers Hill and Crosby girls basketball teams hold reasonable expectations that 2021-22 could see some major bumps in play as both will make runs toward the postseason.

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As the fall season comes to an end in the next few weeks and basketball begins – followed closely by soccer – the Power 5 will see plenty of movement.

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The Goose Creek Memorial football team was hoping for a long-awaited breakthrough Thursday night at Stallworth Stadium and will have to wait for the season’s final week to see that happen.

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