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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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The start of June marks the beginning of hurricane season and we all know what that means. Chambers Health encourages you to follow recommended standards to prepare for such emergencies.

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Like many of you, I have been deeply pained by the events surrounding the death of George Floyd. As I watch the news, I am filled with sadness and anger. Most of all, I am left with unanswered questions. How did such an atrocity happen – again? How much more violence must occur before we col…

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As Texans have sheltered in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, we’ve all become even more dependent on digital devices to keep us connected. Many adults are working from home, while kids are logging in to attend school and video chat with friends and family.

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As we pause to observe another Memorial Day and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of this nation, let us also take the time to consider another way to honor those brave individuals beside planting flags and flowers on their final resting place.

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In February, I expressed concerns to City administrators about repairs to N. Main St.  With the work not occurring in my specific council district, I also expressed concerns to my colleagues who represent those 2 districts.

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Editor’s Note: Mark McKenzie is the founder and CEO of Focused Post Acute Care Partners, a Texas-based skilled nursing care company with 31 communities — including four in Baytown — in the state.  Focused Care operates four long-term care facilities in Baytown – Focused Care at Cedar Bayou, …

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As a member of the Robert E. Lee Class of 1987, I would like to share with you all some memories of my school years. During the course of our years as students, we witnessed several major events. We saw the assassination attempt of President Reagan. We saw the assassination of musical icon J…

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If you have children who are scared and confused about the coronavirus (or COVID-19) pandemic, there are ways you can help them manage anxiety. While there is really no way to avoid hearing about the coronavirus at this time, as a parent you want to dispel myths and provide reassurance. 

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Normal feelings during times of crisis: Overwhelming fear, anxiety, sadness and grief. These vulnerable feelings can also be experienced as numbness, boredom and anger. Again, all of these are normal. We are all grieving the loss of the life we had a few short weeks ago. We all react differe…

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Nicole Price of Robert E. Lee softball signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her career at Rogers State University in Oklahoma. Price, who’s parents are Margarita and Dylan Price, has been playing softball since she was six-years-old. “I feel extremely blessed to have finally been…

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The Barbers Hill volleyball team, coming off an unbeaten District 21-5A title and led by a mostly underclassmen roster opened up the Region 3 bi-district playoff round Thursday at Pasadena High School and couldn’t overcome a stellar defensive effort by Texas City.

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The Barbers Hill volleyball team, coming off an unbeaten District 21-5A title and led by a mostly underclassmen roster opened up the Region 3 bi-district playoff round Thursday at Pasadena High School and couldn’t overcome a stellar defensive effort by Texas City.

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Michael Williams has resigned his post as the head volleyball coach at Goose Creek Memorial High School, Goose Creek CISD officials confirmed Tuesday.

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The Barbers Hill Eagles are back in the District 12-5A II title hunt and 7:30 p.m. Friday it could be something to be definitely considered after Nederland comes to Mont Belvieu.

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 The Goose Creek Memorial volleyball team secured its place in the Region 3 bi-district playoff round Tuesday with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-20) win over Texas City in Baytown.

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For two years in a row, the Anahuac Panthers wrapped up a season with a 5-5 record, are heading to the Class 3A I playoffs and once again will face off against Crocket in the Bi-District round of the playoffs.

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 Edwin Egans enters his 21st year coaching at Crosby and this year his boys basketball team could be one of the better ones he’s put out on the hardwood.

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All it took was a little bit of room and Mason Duke saw the opportunity the Goose Creek Memorial Patriots had waited for almost all of Friday night.

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The Goose Creek Memorial is on the doorstep to qualify for the Class 5A Region 3 bi-district playoffs.

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The Sterling Rangers tennis team saw its historic season come to an end Friday when it was defeated 10-1 by hosts A&M Consolidated in College Station during the Class 5A Region 3 semifinals. Sterling, the region’s No. 4 team, fell to the top-ranked squad but not before the mixed doubles …

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The Goose Creek CISD girls basketball programs are looking to new eyes and vision behind the minds of three young coaches.

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Sam Houston State University will be the scene Monday when the Class 5A Region 3 cross country championships take place with plenty of high hopes on the line.

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Barbers Hill sophomore girls basketball guard Dalanna Carter has transferred from the school. Barbers Hill head girls coach Bryan Harris confirmed Thursday Carter, the reigning District 21-5A Most Valuable Player, had left school Monday.

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When it looked like the Goose Creek Memorial volleyball team was down and out and rivals Sterling were inching closer to a tie in the season series and a bi-district playoff spot, things changed in a hurry.

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The second chapter of the battle of Baytown football is ready to kick off 7 p.m. Friday at Stallworth Stadium with the Goose Creek Memorial Patriots ready to even their ledger while the Sterling Rangers hope to make a fine introduction.

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A win in Kirbyville was enough to clinch Anahuac’s second straight Class 3A-I playoff spot in the same number of years under head coach Greg Neece.

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A young Barbers Hill tennis team was able to find its way past Galveston Ball in the bi-district round, 11-8, early in the week to catapult itself into the area round at home Thursday against Lamar Fulshear. 

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The Sterling Rangers may not have secured one man for the head basketball coaching position but they may have ultimately found the best man for the position.

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Gander QB’s breakout leads team to 4-1 start

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A year removed from a game that saw Barbers Hill roll to a 28-7 win that ultimately decided the District 12-5A II football title, the Eagles will face rival Crosby on the Cougars home turf.

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It’s a simple formula: Anahuac wins at Kirbyville and they qualify for a second straight Class 3A-I playoffs.

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