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OPINION, LETTER TO EDITOR: Change Robert E. Lee High School’s name, because the Baytown area deserves better

By Randy G. Dunn
July 25, 2020

I strongly support changing the name of Baytown Robert E. Lee High, the school I graduated from. The name needs to be changed because Confederate values and the values of R.E. Lee are not the values of our students and our community as they exist today. Renaming the school is clearly what is best for Baytown and Baytown’s children and school graduates.

The current name of the school honors a man who was a notorious antiAmerican traitor who fought against the United States of America (and lost), failed to honor his oath to defend the U.S. Constitution, led many battles that killed tens of thousands of Americans (including huge numbers of American troops), owned many slaves, thought that black people were inferior to whites, and fought for the independence of a rogue nation founded to preserve the institution of slavery for economic gain.

The school never should have been given that disgraceful name.

Crosby Chamber holds installation banquet

Eddie Foster, Keenan Smith, Justin League, Angie Richey, Eric Jennings, Tiffany Mulier, Jamie Lee, Dr. Scott Davis, Tatum MacNaughton, Lemisha Ducos, Toni Handley, Laci Rendon, Kim Davila, Lewis Spearman and Margarette Chasteen were sworn in by Justice of the Peace Lucia Bates Precinct 3 Position 2 (center in robe).

BAYTOWN – As Crosby-Huffman continue to rally from flooding events, loss of retail businesses, and manufacturing, they press on with awards and installation of duly elected board members at their annual event. This year a hail back to the circus comes to town or Under the Big Top at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Awards were generally under the direction of Chambers staff President Kim Harris and Chamber Coordinator Stephenie Walden as members of an elite committee introduces the award. The CrosbyHuffman Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Year was Chef Espinosa with Crosby Cougar Bistro v! for Crosby. For Huffman Jamie Lee with Spirit of Texas Bank won.

Next Non-Profit entity of the year was awarded by Stephanie Walden for Huffman and Lemisha Ducos for Crosby winners for Non-Profit of the Year were Crosby American Legion for Crosby and May Community CenterHuffman.

Citizen of the Year was awarded by Angi Richey for Crosby and a surrogate for Benny Soileau for Crosby Margarette Chasteen won and Maria Martin was Huffman’s Citizen of the Year.

HIGHLANDS: SJR Coalition hears about Liberty Disposal site

Rodrigo Cantu

By Jarret Murray

HIGHLANDS – Members of the San Jacinto River Coalition met at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2nd at the San Jacinto Community Center to discuss findings regarding the Superfund Site in the San Jacinto River, and the Liberty Waste Disposal site in Highlands.

The meeting was led by the executive director for Texas Health and Environment Alliance, Jackie Young. she reported that there was no new information on the status of the Superfund site work.

This was followed by a presentation on the known history of the Liberty Waste site, as well as test results and an analysis, given by Rodrigo Cantu of Lone Star Legal Aid.

The Liberty Waste site consists of a 37 acre landfill at the end of Steele Road in Highlands. 9 acres of the site are a pond, and the remaining land is covered with a 4’ deep clay cap. The landfill was actively used from 1973 to 1983 and then closed and capped. Although toxic, TCEQ said that it did not meet the criteria for a Superfund designation.

TCEQ reported that in 2001 some leaks were detected coming from the site.

The Liberty Waste pit site is 37 acres located at the end of Steele Road and the end of Ellis School Road in Highlands. The site is partially wooded, but also has a 9 acre pit lake. In spite of its designation as a toxic site by TCEQ, it is used for recreation and fishing. It is located near a fresh water canal, the Baytown water facility, and several residential areas.

Cantu reported that the TCEQ had visited the Liberty site in March 2019, to inspect conditions.

Campaign to move Battleship to Baytown

BAYTOWN – A grassroots citizen group is leading the effort to bring the Battleship Texas to a berth in Baytown, after it is repaired and restored.

The group is headed by businessman Jay Eshbach, with help from well-known historian Russell Hamman, Jake Daniel, Peter Piontkowski, and others.

The Battleship was originally built in 1912, and has seen service in both World Wars. Since 1948 it has been berthed at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Park in LaPorte.

The State of Texas has spent $85 million to preserve the ship and keep it afloat, but now wants to turn it over to a private foundation to maintain and operate.

Early Voting starts October 21

Constitutional Amendments, Newport Water Election

HARRIS COUNTY – Monday Oct. 21 is the first day of Early Voting in the General Election. East Harris County area residents will vote on 10 constitutional amendments, METRO’s MetroNext bond issue in some areas, Baytown councilmen, and Newport MUD bonds, . Early voting continues through November 1, and you may vote this year at any election location. The General Election is scheduled for November 5.

BAYTOWN COUNCIL

In Baytown, District 1 has Laura Alvarado vs. Mercedes Renteria III. District 2, Chris Presley is running unopposed. District 3, Charles Johnson is running unopposed.

NEWPORT MUD

In Crosby’s Newport subdivision, the MUD district is asking for voter approval of a $70 mil lion bond referendum, to be used for water, sewer, and drainage system improvements, and approval of an Ad Valorem tax in payment of the bonds.

METRO BOND ISSUE

Proposition A on the ballot would authorize a $3.5 billion bond issue, to be used for METRO street improvements, mobility projects, and other facilities. Funds for this work would come from the existing Sales Tax, and there would not be any additional taxes required. Projects included in this proposal are a new MetroRapid Bus System, more HOV lanes, and extension of the MetroRail system.

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Texans will vote on 10 new Constitutional Amendments on November 5th. The issues addressed include a state income tax, creating a flood infrastructure fund, and funding for the Cancer Research and Prevention Institute of Texas. The League of Women Voters of Texas (LWVTX) conducts research on each amendment to provide fair and unbiased information to Texas voters.

Eagleton campaign starts strong

Greeting from a 1/4 room away. Eagleton smiles a welcome.

BAYTOWN – The local fairgrounds jammed with trucks and a few tailgate trailers as Sherman Eagleton hosted the first of his campaign’s fundraisers last Thursday.

There were folks of all walks of life with one thing in common: they support the Harris County Precinct 3 Constable for another term. Precinct 3 has a history of being contested going back for decades. And Eagleton, it seemed spoke with everyone attending. It looks as if Eagleton faces several opponents in the March 2020 Democratic Primary.

Boeing 767 Cargo Jet crashes near Anahuac

AUTHORITIES can only use airboats to search for debris, black box recorders, and bodies of the three airman, due to the muddy marsh and shallow water. Only small fragments were left of the jumbo jet, after nosediving into Trinity Bay.

Search difficult in muddy marsh

ANAHUAC – This quiet suburban community was the scene of a horrific airplane accident last Saturday afternoon, as a Boeing 767 jumbo jet dropped from the sky into Jack’s Pocket, a backwater of Trinity Bay.

The flight was Atlas Air 3591, a cargo plane carrying packages for Amazon on a trip from Miami to Houston.

At about 12:40 pm, authorities said it fell from 6300 feet into the bay, at an angle almost straight down. A witness said she saw it dive, roll to the left, and catch its wing as it landed in the marsh and water of the bay.

First responders included the Chambers County Sheriff, Brian Hawthorne, and fire and EMS from nearby Anahuac. Later authorities included DPS, Coast Guard, Houston Police and dive team, Harris County Sheriff, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and Baytown divers. The FAA and the NTSB will be in charge of the investigation. At this time, there is no known cause for the crash, and air traffic controllers said there was no distress call or radio indication of a problem.

The plane broke into hundreds of small pieces, either in the air or as it hit the water. There were three crewmen aboard, and the bodies of two have been recovered.

Authorities are searching for the Black Box controllers, apparently silent due to the muddy marsh where they are embedded, along with many of the parts of the plane. The search is urgent, because the 767 is considered one of the safest planes flying, and authorities want to know what caused this crash.

Barge damages I-10 bridge

THIS CONCRETE PIER, under the westbound lanes of I-10, was struck by an uncontrolled barge. TxDOT reported a structural failure both above and below the water line. They reported that they will let an emergency contract in a few days, for repairs and/or replacement of the pier. (Photo by We All Nosey)

Traffic flow severely throttled

Monday afternoon a barge, being pushed by a tug boat, the Lindberg Crosby, hit a support pier under the I-10 highway, severely damaging it.

TxDOT was forced to close the westbound lanes of the highway, until they could ascertain the extent of the damage. This caused a severe traffic jam from Highlands clear to the far side of Baytown. In addition, the entry ramp westbound at Four Corners was closed, and traffic backed up on all the side roads clear to Crosby. Some motorists headed north, to US90, but delays of over an hour were reported.

The Coast Guard told this newspaper that an investigation was underway, but did not have details on the cause of the collision at this time. Aerial photos on TV news showed the barge and a tug boat standing by just south of the highway.

TRAFFIC WESTBOUND at 4:33pm was blocked by TxDOT trucks and the police, as engineers assessed the damage. Later one lane was opened, and on Tuesday two lanes, but the on-ramp from Crosby-Lynchburg was closed, causing massive backups from Highlands to Crosby and Baytown. (Transtar Photo)

Judge Lucia Bates starts term with open house reception

Open House guests in Baytown at the office of newly elected Justice of Peace Lucia Bates. Seen are Pct. chair Hunter, State Rep. Carol Alvarado, Judge Bates, Former Constable Ken Jones, Former JP Tony Polumbo, and former Mayor Pete Alfaro. Congrats Judge Bates!

BAYTOWN – A meet and greet for Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Position 2 Lucia Bates brought in some local legends to wish her well last Saturday.

Mike Parrott, Tony Polumbo, Ken Jones, Pete Alfaro and Jason Rabelais came out to hear the new J.P. talk of working with young girls from her position — as her partner Joe Stephens, Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Position 1, works with boys. She was later joined by Precinct 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton. Among other ideas expressed was that although misdemeanors bring youth into contact with the Justices the experience need not necessarily be punitive but an opportunity to grow and develop.

Judge Stephens donates 1300 Turkeys to the needy

Judge Stephens ready for turkeys’ distribution.

Judge Joe Stephens continues his tradition of generosity by donating turkeys to needy families in the area. Judge Stephens collaborated with Ronny Dwairy, Constable Sherman Eagleton and Christian Tabernacle to purchase and distribute 1300 turkeys to those in need in 5 different communities.

The turkey giveaway was a weekend long event starting on Friday, November 16th with 450 turkeys given out in the North Shore Area. The donations continued on Saturday when Judge Stephens and volunteers set up in North East Houston, Barrett Station, Baytown and Sheldon.