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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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When I think of social justice, I think of the brave individuals that crossed the bridge in Selma to further their rights as American citizens.  They were ridiculed, spit upon, and sneered at by many of their fellow citizens who did not want to share their privileges with them.  They were be…

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There are many myths surrounding the man Robert E. Lee. The West Point graduate had a distinguished career in the United States military. The Civil War would alter his course and leave him one of the most controversial people in history.  

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The year 2020 is a year of new beginnings including many we did not see coming. This year is the start of a new decade, and there had been preparations worldwide to make it better than ever before. Many of you were setting new goals, starting new jobs, graduating, making future plans, spendi…

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What I know, I learn from listening to Hearts and Hands Executive Director Nikki Rincon and her team who are the equivalent of first responders with one of our basic needs, food. I listen to the individuals as they wait in line for food at the food distributions.  I listen to others that ser…

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On June 19, 1865 U.S. federal troops, led by Gen. Gordon Granger, disembarked on the shores of Galveston to place the Confederate state of Texas under Union control. Gen. Granger read General Orders No. 3: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Exe…

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An quick start by the Goose Creek Memorial Patriots boys soccer team was enough to hold up in finishing off a season sweep against rival Sterling Friday night.

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After a big win Friday afternoon, the Sterling Rangers fell and dropped its first game of the young baseball season.

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21-5A girls All-District announced

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Hailey Pequeno of the Goose Creek Memorial girls soccer team takes a second to inquire about a foul call Thursday during the Lady Patriots 2-1 win over visiting Ball. GCM (3-6-2) got a game-winning goal from Kayleen Figueroa and a first-half strike from Yaeli Alaniz. “It was a back-and-forth…

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MONT BELVIEU - The Barbers Hill Lady Eagles softball team found its proper footing on day one of the Huffman Tournament as it hosted two games Thursday and did so as a very inhospitable host.

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The Goose Creek Memorial baseball team dropped to 1-3 Tuesday despite a strong pitching performance in a 1-0 defeat at home against La Porte.

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The Goose Creek Memorial boys soccer team maintained a solid foothold on second place in District 22-5A with a 3-2 come-from-behind win Tuesday at home against Manvel.

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Avant Coleman of Goose Creek Memorial goes after the shot attempt by Crosby’s PJ Haggerty during Saturday’s Region 3 quarterfinal at Barnett Stadium. GCM prevailed 79-76 in overtime to advance to 7 p.m. today’s semifinal against Katy Paetow at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center in Houston.…

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In a season where the Goose Creek Memorial boys basketball team recorded its first ever playoff win, could it be that it may go hand-in-hand with its inaugural postseason run?

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In a matchup between the two top teams in District 22-5A boys soccer, the host Goose Creek Memorial Patriots fell behind early and couldn’t recover in a 4-1 loss to first-place Friendswood.

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The baseball season is upon Goose Creek CISD high school fans as it saw its first pitch Monday as Robert E. Lee played host to Dayton.

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Lady Eagles bounced in area

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The first live ocelot I ever saw was in a cage outside a furniture store in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico in the ‘60s. It was the most beautiful cat I had ever seen.

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Barbers Hill graduate and University of Texas women’s basketball standout Charli Collier teamed up with Roppolo’s Pizzeria owner Marc Roppolo to give back to the Austin community in the wake of the winter storm. 

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As anticipated, the boys and girls basketball playoff schedule was sent scurrying following the winter storm and its aftermath this week.

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The Baytown high school softball programs were all hoping to make notable progress last spring and it appeared that objective could be met.

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The Barbers Hill Lady Eagles basketball team will face No. 1 Richmond Foster 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Shadow Creek High School in a Class 5A area round playoff.

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Maybe l should stick my hat around the door on a stick to see if anybody is going to take a shot at it since I’ve been saying Texas has the best winters in America. The forecast is now calling for a low temp of one degree above zero, Fahrenheit! Broken limbs and sometime entire trees litter …

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Three area girls basketball teams will begin their playoff journey this week and it starts tonight in Port Arthur when the Sterling Lady Rangers – making their first playoff appearance in six years – tip off against undefeated Beaumont United.

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The Manvel Mavericks scored in the first minute of the match, added some insurance before halftime and used that start to gain pole position in a 3-0 victory against Robert E. Lee in Baytown Tuesday night.

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With a chance to potentially improve its District 22-5A standing, the Sterling Lady Rangers basketball team dropped a 55-45 home decision against La Porte Saturday.

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The Friendswood Mustangs used a 13-3 run to end the first quarter and  used that momentum to hold on for a 55-42 victory Saturday in Baytown.

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Every year about this time, some men and women go into something akin to mild depression. And please don’t think I’m belittling the post combat malady known as PTSD when I call it “After Hunting Season Downer”, or “AHSD”.

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