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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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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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Barbers Hill shortstop Cameron Cauley and head coach David Denny earned the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 5A Player and Coach of the Year awards this week.

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The Wayne Gray Sports Complex was one of a number of sites to play host to the PONY International World Series of softball this weekend and some area teams battled distractions and the heat to come away with plenty of lessons learned.

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With an intent of advancing the development of the overall athletic programs within Goose Creek CISD, what better way to kick things off with an improved look at the junior school level.

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock swimming and diving team has officially added nine swimmers for the 2021-22 season, inlcuding 2018 Barbers Hill High School graduate Lauren Gray. 

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Wearing blue in support of their winning teams, Barbers Hill fans lined up down Eagle Drive cheering on their hometown champions after having to wait almost a month due to bad weather. 

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To celebrate the wins of both the Barbers Hill High School baseball and softball teams, the City of Mont Belvieu and Barbers Hill ISD are collaborating for a “Parade of Champions” down Eagle Drive tonight. 

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With the books closing on the 2020-21 sports season – one that will be forever defined as the year of COVID-19, social distancing and contact tracing – coaches took time out to reflect on some of its bigger moments.

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When my 8-year-old granddaughter visits from Tennessee, she often ventures into my man-cave while I’m working to tell me about her latest adventures. Yesterday, it was about how much our latest dog had grown since last summer when she carried him around everywhere. She could almost ride him, now.

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A number of teams are using the summer to improve their standing from the previous campaign to ready themselves for the upcoming sports calendar.

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Nicholas Wade has been tabbed as the new head coach for the Lee College men’s basketball team as well as the new athletic director for the college. 

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It couldn’t have been a better day for the Texas Bud Heat Wave 5-mile and Michelob Ultra 5K runs in Mont Belvieu on 4th of July.

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A hot-barrel hunt usually means there are so many birds flying that participants shoot rapidly and their shotgun barrels become too hot to touch. People talking about Argentine dove hunting relate hot barreled hunt tales. 

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New Goose Creek Memorial baseball coach George Banda doesn’t mince words when he speaks about expectations for a program he leads.

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The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Showcase in Duncanville played host to a number of squads trying to show off their talents and also get plenty of run in as they begin to prepare for the newest season.

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The first fish I caught were two little perch that bit on small pieces of earthworms or bits of bread squeezed into little balls. We were at Grandmother Jefferson’s house on the Guadalupe River, west of Sequin. I was about eight or nine. My tackle was a bamboo pole with braided cotton line, …

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COVID-19 has killed people, put people on the unemployment line, created fears real or imagined and disrupted our planet’s way of life.

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Running Alliance Sport and sponsors Wismer Distributing Company and the City of Mont Belvieu present the Texas Heat Bud Wave, with a course anchored at Wismer’s Budweiser facility in Mont Belvieu. The 2021 Texas Bud Heat Wave returns to secure its place as maybe the hottest, and definitely i…

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