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Your City leaders are hard at work on the initiatives and improvements our residents have asked for as part of the strategic planning process.  We created a Capital Improvement Plan which includes many new facilities across Baytown, some of which I have addressed in previous columns, as part…

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In this series – One City, One Baytown – I’ve done my best to place a spotlight on some of the major projects your city is undertaking in order to build a Better Baytown. Some of these projects, like San Jacinto Mall and the Hyatt Regency hotel and convention center, are poised to bring grow…

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The Baytown Police Strategic Planning Committee completed a robust community outreach campaign during the last several months which included three community workshops, 15 community stakeholder focus groups and a community-wide survey. The key themes that emerged when we analyzed the informat…

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These are certainly troubling times for elected officials in all levels of government, from turbulent happenings in Washington all the way to our locally elected officials.

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After reading Randall Kerr’s column published in The Baytown Sun on March 14, I cannot sit back, be quiet and ignore the remarks that were made.

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Keeping a newspaper business such as The Baytown Sun going during these times is vital. With the general public finding other means of getting the news these days, a lot of people in today’s society are simply not buying hard copies of the newspaper. Many of them prefer to get their news via…

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There have recently been numerous articles published in The Baytown Sun about the increasingly divisive tone of meetings conducted by the Community Committee for Facility Names.  This is a group of dedicated volunteers who have spent months debating whether or not the name of Lee High School…

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House bill 19 is pending before a legislative committee in Austin. If it becomes law it would make our highways more dangerous. In 2018, there were 664 fatal crashes involving large trucks on Texas highways. This is the highest in the nation. It’s over 300 more fatalities than second-place C…

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Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society. It has been observed annually in the United States during the month of March since President Ronald Reagan declared it in 1987.

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Before she went to her reward in heaven, it was one of my greatest joys to be married to the former Carol Eiland who was born and raised in Baytown.  We met after the deaths of our respective spouses; Carol was married to Tom Fitzmorris, another honorable fixture in Baytown.

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I read an article in APPLE  News, on January 1st, about Sy Newson Green who attended a book club meeting,  at California’s Soledad State Prison while he was a student at nearby Palma High School.

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Last year in a Letter to the Editor I shared with you how to LIVE UNITED and reminded everyone that caring for the community is the first step. Here’s how our community showed how it Lives United: 

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The Houston Chronicle has been running a series entitled “Exposed,” calling out those whose actions or inactions magnified the negative consequences of this unprecedented health crisis. They need look no farther than the leadership of Harris County that caused irreparable damage to the child…

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 The year 2020 will hopefully be like no other. Job loss has eliminated many two-earner households. Some households have lost both wage earners. Free food distributions are now commonplace in our city. It took the last 10 years to create 20 million jobs and only 10 weeks to destroy 40 millio…

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Thanksgiving is a great time for counting our blessings and expressing gratitude. In challenging times, an attitude of gratitude is all the more important, and this year has been one of the most difficult for so many!

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Preparations for the upcoming holiday festivities have begun, and while the usual hustle and bustle of this merry season may not be the same, there are still ways to celebrate and stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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I was working late at the old law office on Thursday, Nov. 5 when I checked the Lee–Galveston Ball score on the smartphone and saw that it was Ball 34, Lee 27 late in the third quarter. I realized then that I needed to get my rear end down to Stallworth Stadium as soon as possible.

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Over the years I have written many articles pertaining to the outstanding accomplishments of the former Baytown George Washington Carver High School students/athletes who excelled in the field of sports. In this article, I would like to share with you a few former Carver School students who …

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The Arabia Shriners in conjunction with the Baytown Shrine Club will be hosting a special benefit fundraiser on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at The Baytown Shrine Club at 110 W. Main St. in Baytown.   

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First, I would like to thank the Goose Creek CISD board for voting to form a committee to get community involvement in the contentious debate concerning the desire by some to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown. 

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To start the year off, the school district has been very busy developing and adapting our safe return to school plan. The call for the day, as everyone knows by now, is flexibility. We’ve pushed our school calendar start date back as a safety measure requested by many of our parents (and emp…

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Right now, we are focused on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and rightfully so. More than 160,000 people living in the U.S. are dead, thousands more hospitalized, and an excess of five million people have been infected. Here we are in the late summer 2020, and cities throughout Tex…

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On Sept. 23, 1996, a determined young woman named Tiffany Foster started work for the City of Baytown after graduating from Cornell University. She clearly had a passion for making Baytown better as this was her home, but probably didn’t envision the legacy she would leave after serving our …

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One of the greatest moments in the history of Robert E. Lee High School happened on October 29, 1976.  For those in attendance, I am sure it is a surreal experience they will never forget.  The Friday nights at Stallworth Stadium became the spotlight for one special guest.

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As a genealogist, I have been following the pros and cons of tearing down statues, renaming facilities, and outright destruction of property. What has this accomplished? Germany did this at one time and has removed much history from their curricula. 

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My name is Jessica Bagwell Reyna. I currently live in Houston and am a wife and the mother of two young sons. I am a practicing veterinarian and a small-business owner.  I am also a proud Gander. I was the valedictorian of the class of 1997 and a two-sport letterman. I treasure the memories …

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I strongly support changing the name of Baytown Robert E. Lee High School, the school that I graduated from in 1976. I enthusiastically support this name change because it is clearly what is best for Baytown, and it is also what is best for Baytown’s children and all of the school’s graduate…

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As a proud Robert E. Lee Gander alumnus, I have gone on record with my opposition to changing the name of the school. That position has not and will not change. I have never considered myself to be an optimist or pessimist but rather a realist. Three of the five high schools in Texas which w…

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After a solid team tennis season that saw Barbers Hill advance to the Class 5A Region 3 quarterfinals, optimism is high for the individual season that began Friday with the Eagles own invitational.

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Dayton was the place for a long day of soccer Thursday and the Highway 90 Classic tournament kicked off featuring Sterling, Barbers Hill and Crosby’s boys teams.

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Despite some strong starts for a number of local soccer teams, this week’s Power 5 poll remains relatively unchanged.

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At the annual Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium, Dick Olin, third from left front row, was honored as a Gridiron Legend. The program, sponsored by the Texas Bowl, honors individuals “who have made a significant contribution to  the game of football in Texas, either at the high school, collegiate or …

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The Goose Creek Memorial girls soccer team rolled to a 4-0 home win over visiting Pasadena Memorial Tuesday night and are now 4-1.

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The Robert E. Lee Lady Ganders lost their seventh straight contest after playing a competitive first quarter with District 22-5A leaders Manvel Friday night.

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The Rangers Soccer Classic hit a snag on the third and final day due to a lengthy storm that caused havoc to the schedule.

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For a team that lost a vast majority of its starters to graduation, the Robert E. Lee girls soccer team will expect to go through some growing pains this year.

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The big three of seniors Sam Bradford, Avant Coleman and Dariyus Woodson were at it again Tuesday night for Goose Creek Memorial basketball.

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A late rally fell just short as the Goose Creek Memorial girls basketball team dropped a tense, 49-48 home decision to Aldine Nimitz Thursday to wrap the 2021 part of the basketball calendar.

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The Lee College Running Rebels got back to basics as they used a 17-0 run early in the first half to help ease to a 93-74 win over the visiting Houston Gladiators Tuesday night.

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For now, the Power 5 will be dominated by basketball for at least this and next week’s poll as soccer expects to make its mark beginning at the beginning of 2022 next week.

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In a coaching pinch, just call for the principal. E.F. Green principal Ernest Brooks recently stepped in to lead the Lady Owls basketball program for just a brief moment in time to help a comrade with a dilemma.

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The Crosby girls soccer team found its way into the Class 5A bi-district round of the playoffs a year ago and there is plenty of reason to suspect more good things could be in store this year.

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