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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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The World is on lock down. Now, what are you going to do with this government “new norm” life incarceration behind invisible bars situation?

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COVID-19 is on everyone’s radar.  It’s completely understandable if you are experiencing stress or nervousness due to the current situation. It’s important that we try to reduce our stress level to keep ourselves healthy. While none of us should ignore the COVID-19 outbreak, there are measur…

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There is a collective hysteria that is sweeping the world regarding the power and destruction of this virus.  I am, by no means, saying that this is not a serious situation or that people around the world should not be concerned regarding the ability of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to spread t…

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Just out my front door things vie for my attention. Is the bird bath busy? The petrified wood cries out: “How long have I been here?” The dandelions reach out to the heavens, and their tribe is increasing.

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My sister and I are two years apart.  She was born in 1946 and I was born in 1948, so we have been sisters for a very long time … our whole lives, in fact. It is amazing how we can be so much alike and different at the same time. 

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In 2008, Congress passed a resolution designating March 11 as National Funeral Director Recognition Day. While it is an honor for our profession to have a day set aside to acknowledge the work we do in our communities, I’m confident that all of my colleagues in this line of work would agree …

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The Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association (PVILCA) recently inducted Marshall Land lll into its Hall of Fame as a PVIL-UIL “Bridging the Gap” Football Athlete. 

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As football season kicks off tonight for GCCISD schools Goose Creek Memorial and Robert E. Lee, a reminder for fans on where to catch the games if unable to attend.

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The Sterling Lady Rangers may have lost to Manvel in three sets in a District 22-5A opener Wednesday night, but at least they know they went toe-to-toe in many key spots.

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Goose Creek CISD has announced volleyball games scheduled for Tuesday have been canceled and will be played Wednesday due to Tropical Storm Beta. Also, junior school football games scheduled for Tuesday are canceled and those who have purchased a ticket will be reimbursed.

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Pasadena came to town for a scrimmage at GCM and the host Patriots dominated most of the controlled aspects of the evening and won a 21-0 half of play to end the night.

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The Sterling Rangers moved to 5-2 overall with two thunderous performances this weekend in Baytown.

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I probably won’t score with a shotgun like the late Gene Hill did. Nor may I EVER even approach his ability to make you feel like you were there, following a dog, shooting birds on frosty mornings. But I wonder if he savored the sport any bit more at all than I do. When It comes to doves or …

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The Anahuac Panthers football team won its first non-district contest after six failed previous attempts under second-year head coach Greg Neece with a dramatic 28-21 overtime win Friday at Bridge City.

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David C. Holland, a former Ross S. Sterling High School track and field athlete was nominated in 2019 by The Baytown Carver High School Recognition & Preservation Society and is the first Ranger track athlete to be inducted by the Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association (…

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Barbers Hill baseball players Raithen Malone and Simon Larranaga decided to seize their futures in a time where that can easily be thrown for a loop thanks to COVID-19.

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It’s time to see some pads popping as a number of area teams get a chance to see how things are shaping up on the gridiron for the upcoming season as scrimmages dot the landscape over the next few days.

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The girls cross country season has had plenty of challenges to get off and running, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic keeping teams from their normal workout routines.

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The cross country season is set to launch today and many area athletes welcome the idea of getting back on the course after six months of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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There is no challenge Robert E. Lee head tennis coach Brandon Funderburg shies from.

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Goose Creek CISD tennis programs from Sterling and Goose Creek Memorial have plenty of reasons for optimism this campaign.

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The Anahuac Lady Panthers volleyball team moved to 4-4 this campaign with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-18) sweep of hosts High Island Tuesday evening.

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The Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge will close the Champion Lake Day Use Area today to conduct repairs for the spillway also called ‘The Rocks.’ It will be closed throughout the day and will reopen Thursday.

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It’s said that the only ones who try to predict Texas weather are fools or Yankees. The closest I came to growing up in the North was spending my formative years in north Jefferson County, Texas. So, if I’m talking about the weather, that pretty well defines me.

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