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When Peggy McCormick returned to her farm she was greeted with a horrific sight. The battle had been waged on her property and dead Mexican soldiers had been left where they died. She approached Sam Houston for help in burying them and was refused. Tradition has it that he told her; “Madam, …

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Just as my overtaxed mind was desperately searching for a column topic, I received an email from lifelong friend Sue Carr, who lives in a bustling suburb of metropolitan Sweeny with her hunky husband David. She had a question for me.

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Last month was Women’s History Month. It makes me proud to read about women who have made great contributions to the world. I just spent time with some women who perhaps have not made big changes in the annals of history, but they have made a huge difference in my life.

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A lot of newspaper ink and Internet space have been devoted to unboxing the mental impact of the pandemic. It is easy to blame the virus for rising levels of anxiety and depression, but this problem predates the outbreak.  

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Remember when the children were little and you finally got them bathed and into their Star Wars pajamas?

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After the siege of the Alamo resulted in the massacre of the Texian garrison holding the fort, Santa Anna’s Mexican army began a march towards town of Harrisburg. Sam Houston reached Gonzales a few days later, just after word of the fall of the Alamo was received. Thousands of settlers in th…

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News about a new San Jacinto Elementary School – in the making on Market Street not far from the existing campus -- caught the attention of this proud alumna.  A groundbreaking ceremony was held in November last year, and construction is expected to reach the finish line in December this year.

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Recently, I had what you might call an “out-of-body experience,” and it took me the rest of the day to return to semi-normal. Wearily, I finally called it a long, confusing day and went to beddy-bye.

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A young person once told me that the Bible was just stories made up to keep people in line. That Jesus was nothing but a myth. I was dumbfounded. I told them, “But because of Him, songs and books have been composed, holidays are celebrated, great churches have been built and the world has be…

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The list of villains in the Texas power crisis is growing. The Texas Railroad Commission finds itself in the crosshairs of irate politicians.

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Have you ever wondered who assigned colors to political parties? Why do Democrats get blue, a calm and tranquil color, but Republicans get stuck with red, a color that is alarming, angry, fear and danger? Political colors are used to represent a political ideology, movement or party.

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Before the mega-markets we have today, people shopped at small (by today’s standards) family-run, neighborhood grocery stores. They had to be within walking distance so they were scattered all over town. Back in the day, if families had a car at all, they only had one. In 1931 the locally ow…

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You always hear people say “children are resilient.” And this is true. I’ve seen it. I’m experiencing it within this pandemic. And while evidence points to the validity of this adage, there are still children who find it hard to bounce back.

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Last week, Baytown Sun readers were asked “To what extent do you support or oppose the CDC’s decision to relax its social distancing guidelines from 6 feet to 3 feet for children in schools?”

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My how the zoo has changed. I had not visited the Houston Zoo in many years, but went with my great-boys during spring break recently. The habitats seemed to have more space for the animals and attempted to more closely recreate their homes in the wild. 

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The legislative session is about to hit its stride, so I thought readers would be interested in the campaign finance reports of local state reps and local state senators. Let’s follow the money and find out who is buttering their bread.

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We moved into the funeral home just before school started. I was eight and didn’t want to leave our country home, but Papa had to take over the family business. School was tougher than I thought it would be.

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When I started writing this column a couple of years ago I decided up front that I didn’t want to just repeat the same Baytown stories which been retold, reprinted, and republished. My aim was to add new details, find untold stories, and maybe even correct mistakes in the existing narrative.…

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Rules are made for a reason. I come from a long line of rule-followers. My parents taught me to do that. It was just part of how they lived their lives.

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The Bayland Island project just ran into a snag. A petition is circulating that would require voter approval of $20 million in bonds.   

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I remember many years ago while crossing the Park Street Bridge over Goose Creek you could look south and see some brick pillars right there in the middle of the creek. A hundred years ago they sat on dry land guarding the entrance to the Busch Ranch.

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So you’re in prison. You know you’re innocent. But you can’t prove it from a prison cell. And you don’t have a lawyer. And you can’t afford to pay for a lawyer. That’s about as grim as it gets. He spent eight months in prison for a crime that he did not commit. The trial judge, the district …

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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.

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MONT BELVIEU – The Barbers Hill track teams made the District 21-5A meet into their own playground over the last two days in route to two championships.

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The Goose Creek Memorial Lady Patriots dropped a 12-1 decision at Friendswood Tuesday. Morgan Faubian had both hits for the Lady Patriots (3-15).

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It has been a minute since my last column and with so many things winding down and starting up, I found it applicable to do what I like to call a ‘popcorn column.’

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If the title arouses expectations of a SPICY column, this might be a little disappointing. It’s about fishing. The first title was too long; it had to be shortened. I hope you’ll continue reading, regardless.

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Girls golf wins district, boys 2nd, both on to Region

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The Barbers Hill softball team continued its dominant ways as it moved to 26-2 overall and remained undefeated in District 21-5A play with a 17-0 win at Galena Park Thursday.

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The La Porte Bulldogs exploded for six runs in their first at-bats and used that momentum to roll to a 12-0 win over visiting Goose Creek Memorial Tuesday. GCM (7-14) managed only four hits and committed four errors in the five-inning contest.

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After a season spent playing in empty stadiums, the Houston Astros know the return of fans this year could mean a hostile reception on the road from people still angry about their sign-stealing scam. 

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It certainly was a welcome return to the track for the Baytown high schools Friday as once again the Rockhold Relays finally got back into the spotlight after a year missed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Sterling Rangers baseball team used a four-run fourth inning to break open a tight contest with rivals Robert E. Lee in a 6-2 win Friday in District 22-5A action.

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HOUSTON – Two teams hoping to renew their fortunes in the playoffs met in the first opportunity to prove a postseason point in two seasons.

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A three-run first inning set the tone and allowed the visiting Manvel Mavericks pull away for a 13-2 win over the Robert E. Lee Ganders in Baytown Tuesday. REL (7-9) was hurt by four errors.

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The Goose Creek Memorial softball team dropped a 17-1 home decision Friday against Santa Fe to move to 3-7 this season.

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Everyone knows about the Big Chill that beset Texas in mid- February. But not everybody understands the severity of fish loss on the coast. Most bay fish cannot survive the frigid temperatures Texas endured. And dead fish can’t talk.  

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There is plenty of time left in the individual tennis season this spring, but some paths are being shaped as the area programs continue to battle the opposition, inclement weather and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cory Roper will make his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

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The track and field season has gotten off to a strong start for many local athletes as the sport navigates through the pandemic and threatening weather.

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It’s regulations time. TPWD annually reviews regulations and considers biological situations, law enforcement issues, and public opinion. If deemed necessary, new regulations are created. Proposals for new regulations or changes in existing ones are usually brought before the TPW Commission …

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