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November 3, 2014 by Leslie Vernon (Register to contact)

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Friends, enemies, schoolmates: I would ask for your help on a history matter. During the second battle of Sabine Pass daily reports from Dick Dowling to his commanding officers told of happenings and strategies for Fort Griffin. I have read the reports once in a newspaper but cannot remember where. If this information can be obtained it would be useful in finding the Twin Sisters cannons of Sam Houston. Please help if you can.
Leslie E Vernon
(281) 814-XXXX

Second Novel

July 16, 2013 by Leonard Critcher (Register to contact)

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Leonard Critcher, '63, has released his second novel, Crossing The Line. The second book in a trilogy, it takes place in the late 60's and 70's and has received rave reviews for its fast moving pace and splendid cast of characters. It is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or through the website, http://www.*****/****.

Drawing The Line

October 25, 2012 by Leonard Critcher (Register to contact)

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Leonard's first novel, Drawing The Line, has been published and is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble. It can also be ordered thru http://www.*****/**** Takes place in 1963-64. 1st 2 chapters available on website. Sequel, Crossing The Line, presently being edited for release in 2013.


June 9, 2010 by Patti Newby (Register to contact)

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Waltrip turns 50 this year and a huge celebration is being planned for October 16th. We are also doing a cookbook. If you would like to submit recipes please let me know and I will email you the information, ***** Please put Waltrip Cookbook in the subject line.

Patti Newby '78

Waltrip High School News From Around The Web

VIDEO: Fight injures students at Waltrip High School  KTRK-TV

An HISD trustee is seeking answers after the brawl broke out on Friday.

Poerschke named HISD's elementary principal of year  The Leader

It was a top secret mission Wednesday morning as special guests slipped in through the Durham Elementary School kitchen and staff worked to keep the more ...

'He was truly everyone's friend': High school student dies after being struck by train in Texas City  Chron

A 15-year-old boy died early Thursday, hours after he was struck by a Union Pacific train in Texas City just north of FM 1765 along Highway 3. Jason Trevino Jr.

Waltrip HS Band Director Named HISD Teacher Of The Month

Waltrip HS Band Director Named Teacher Of The Year - Houston Heights, TX - The Waltrip alum and Army veteran led the school's band program to be ...

Houston ISD to start meetings in search of new superintendent Monday  KTRK-TV

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Houston ISD wants to hear from you as the school district looks for a permanent superintendent. A meeting will take place Monday ...

Undertaker returns to Houston for autograph signing  KTRK-TV

FRIENDSWOOD, Texas (KTRK) -- The man behind one of professional wrestling's legendary characters, The Undertaker, is set to meet with fans in the area ...

Jeffery Neill Wilburn | Obituaries  Katy Times

Jeffery Neill Wilburn passed peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Born in Houston, Texas, on February 13, 1956, he lived most of his life in ...

Waltrip's Todd Wright hired as head football coach at Ellison High School

Killeen ISD's Ellison High School on Friday named Todd Wright its new head football coach and athletic coordinator. Last year, Wright led Houston's Waltrip ...

Questions remain, investigation pending in fatal train accident  Houston Chronicle

For Waltrip students like Eryc'Charles Shelby, the train tracks near his grandmother's northwest Houston home provided a shortcut to school and had become a ...

Friend of teen killed by train recalls moments before accident during vigil  KTRK-TV

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A teenager who narrowly escaped an oncoming train said his friend, who was struck and killed by the train, didn't know which way the train ...

PHOTOS: Time travel back to Houston in 1993  Chron

Check out the slideshow above for photos of Houston from 1993... What did we see in '93? Among the big stories 25 years ago in Houston were a stunning ...

Past and present Texans royalty suit up for Project 88's Game Day Gala at Eccelsia in Sixth Ward  Chron

Downtown, the excitement surrounding the Astros and Rockets is palpable. In River Oaks, the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships tournament frenzy is rising ...

Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Pena murdered while walking near Houston park 25 years ago  KTRK-TV

Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Pena were raped, tortured and murdered by gang members while walking near TC Jester on June 24, 1993.

Houston-area schools with the highest percentage of drug issues in 2016  Chron

One of the burning behavioral issues affecting some Houston-area high schools in 2016 involved drugs. Nearly 50 percent of the top 30 high schools with the ...

Ellison hires Todd Wright as head football coach  KWTX

The Ellison Eagles have a new head football coach, Todd Wright takes over the program after Trent Gregory's retirement earlier this year.

Bellaire rallies past Westside for 18-6A title

The Westside volleyball team gave Bellaire quite a test this year, taking a non-district five-set victory from the Cardinals before grabbing an early lead in the ...

3 Alief ISD students accepted to Ivy League universities  KTRK-TV

Three Alief ISD students and life-long friends have been accepted into Ivy League colleges.

Father of slain Lamar HS student says son's social media profile contributed to murder  KTRK-TV

De'Lindsey Mack's father says the images his son posted on social media may have led some to believe he was in a gang.

Best Garden Oaks Restaurants, Houston 2017  Houston Press

Ten great restaurants for kicking back and unwinding in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest: the land of chill.

Fight video shows Pro-Vision school bus driver attacked by students in Houston |  KTRK-TV

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A school bus driver has gone to the police after he said he was attacked by several students and now video of the fight has gone ...

Bryan Woman Remembers Swayze in High School  KBTX

Fans all over the world are mourning the passing of actor Patrick Swayze. A Bryan woman remembers him as a classmate.

14 Texas high schools are among the biggest in U.S.

They say everything's bigger in Texas and when it comes to schools, the Lone Star State has got that covered too. Fourteen of the most populuated high schools ...

Solomon: LeBron to Houston? Oh, the possibilities  Houston Chronicle

The Rockets had the second-best team in the NBA this season. If they figure out a way to add LeBron James to the mix, they would be better equipped to take ...

Trucks hitting bridges continues to plague Houston freeways  KTRK-TV

Trucks hitting bridges continues to plague Houston freeways.

County's first public recovery high school aims to help students overcome addiction  Houston Chronicle

Harris County has launched plans for the first public school that will focus on helping high school students overcome drug and alcohol addictions.

Ex-gang leader executed for '93 deaths of 2 Houston girls

HUNTSVILLE – The legal saga that began several days after the horrifying murder of two teenage Houston girls in 1993 came to an end Tuesday night with the ...

Ron Roznovsky, Beloved Purveyor of Burgers, Passes Away  Houstonia Magazine

Ron Roznovsky, longtime owner of Roznovsky's Hamburgers, passed away on Sunday, less than a month after celebrating his 40th anniversary with wife Debby ...

Shots fired at Houston Can Academy  KTRK-TV

Police said they are searching for a suspect after a shooting Tuesday morning at the Houston Can Academy.

Search suspended today for missing 4-year-old Houston girl due to weather  KTRK-TV

The search for 4-year-old Maleah Davis has been suspended until further notice due to the flood water in the area.

New sketch released in investigation of severed head found in trash bag at Lake Houston  KTRK-TV

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- In March 2018, the Houston Police Department received reports of a decapitated human head found by volunteers near Lake ...

The Undertaker: An appreciation of Houston's scariest wrestler

One month after what appeared to be his final match, the Undertaker -- the scariest wrestler to emerge from Houston, Texas -- was spotted going into the ...

New allegations reveal why Furr HS principal was removed from school  KTRK-TV

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The principal at Furr High School has been relieved of duties after allegations of inappropriate conduct tied to the district's decision ...

Examining Undertaker's Journey from College Hoops to Pro Wrestling  Bleacher Report

Long before he walked out to the ring in front of thousands of WWE fans through smoke bathed in blue light with a wide-brimmed hat obscuring his face, ...

Man found shot to death at northeast Houston park  KTRK-TV

SHOOTER WANTED: An argument between two men turned deadly when gunfire erupted at Keith-Wiess Park in northeast Houston.

Memorial Hermann's Annual Gala Gives "Celebration" a New Meaning  Houstonia Magazine

Memorial Hermann Foundation celebrated the 30th anniversary of Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital at its annual Circle of Life Gala on Saturday, April 29.

teacher Mark Reed helps little girl found wandering alone |  KTRK-TV

The quick-thinking actions of a Houston teacher helped reunite a lost child with her relatives.

Lamar High School student gets full scholarship to 20 universities  KTRK-TV

A viral video shows a Lamar High School student getting accepted to 20 universities.

$3.1 Million Worth of Fun: Party with 40 Cakes and a Massive Balloon Drop Raises Major Cash for Memorial Hermann  PaperCity Magazine

What does $3.1 million worth of fun? Start with 40, three-tiered cakes and a massive balloon drop and you're getting there. These doctors know how to party.

40 years after Houston serial killings, one victim still unidentified  Houston Chronicle

As the 40th anniversary of serial killer Dean Corll's death approaches, a forensic anthropologist is again asking for the public's help in naming the last of 29 ...

Randy Ertman, father of slain teen, has died

Randy Ertman, whose daughter and a friend were raped and killed by gang members, has died of lung cancer. The 61-year-old died Monday, said Andy Kahan, ...

Lockdown lifted at KIPP Sunnyside HS after report of shooting threat  KTRK-TV

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The lockdown has been lifted at KIPP Houston Sunnyside High School after officers investigated a report of a shooting threat, ...

Houston's iconic 'Be Someone' vandalized on I-45  KTRK-TV

TARGETED AGAIN: It's been often 'edited' in its iconic spot in Houston's landscape, but this time the 'Be Someone' graffiti has simply been blacked out.

Be Someone: How the iconic Houston sign has changed over the years  KTRK-TV

The graffiti has served as an icon for years in the Bayou City as people drive on I-45.

DEADLY HOUSTON RAID: Inside the Harding Street home  KTRK-TV

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Sources tell ABC13 Eyewitness News that Houston police has finished their internal investigation on the botched Harding Street ...

Fireworks building in north Houston catches fire  KTRK-TV

Video from SkyEye shows smoke coming from the building and damage as firefighters work to extinguish any flames.

DEA looking for contractors to burn 1000 pounds of marijuana per hour in Houston  KTRK-TV

Before you rush to apply, they're looking for a company to incinerate the drug, not individuals to smoke it.

Long Island school collage calls nooses 'back to school necklaces'  KTRK-TV

Authorities are investigating after a disturbing display was found inside a classroom on Long Island.

Mom killed in front of her kids while helping man in wheelchair cross road  KTRK-TV

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- We are learning heartbreaking new details about a crash that killed a man and a woman in The Heights over the weekend.

Ricky Delatorre appears before Houston judge in illegal Botox case |  KTRK-TV

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The man police say injected clients with a product that is not approved in the United States appeared before a judge Monday ...

United Airlines to lay off 100 Houston employees  KTRK-TV

United Airlines will lay off 100 employees in Houston as it transitions the work of its Revenue Accounting team.

Man charged with capital murder in shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes  KTRK-TV

The 7-year-old was shot and killed near a Walmart along the East Beltway and Wallisville, as she and her mother were going to get coffee.

Man dragged in deadly hit-and-run near midtown Houston  KTRK-TV

A man was struck by a vehicle, dragged several feet and left to die in an overnight crash.

Shelter-in-place lifted for Frank Elementary after gas leak at nearby apartment under construction  KTRK-TV

According to school officials, the gas leak happened at an apartment complex under construction.

Derry Dunn: school honors longtime educator, judge

Photo: Orange County Justice of the Peace Derry Dunn, 71, a member of Houston Baptist University's first graduating class, will be a guest speaker Saturday for ...

Houston philanthropist Lester Smith dies at 76  KTRK-TV

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Well-known Houston philanthropist Lester Smith died in his home Wednesday at the age of 76. Smith, a second-generation oilman, ...

HPD Officer Gerald Goines led no-knock raid that left man in coma  KTRK-TV

Showing similar characteristics to last month's shootout, the 2013 incident left a man in a coma and later without several of his toes and fingers.

Woman sues Houston restaurant for $20M after alleged rape by bartender  KTRK-TV

The woman is suing Brennan's of Houston after claiming she was raped by a former bartender.

HISD teacher accused of inappropriately touching special needs student  KTRK-TV

A Houston teacher is accused of inappropriately touching a special needs student in a high school classroom.

Firefighter falls through roof battling apartment fire in north Harris County  KTRK-TV

Firefighters had to go into defensive mode battling the fire at an apartment complex on Antoine at Gulf Bank.

Army National Combine participants

Here is a look at the list of prospects expected to participate in the 2016 U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio on Friday, Jan. 8.

Plan ahead: I-10 closed all weekend west of Houston  KTRK-TV

With tons of events happening in Houston this weekend, there will be plenty of traffic obstacles to avoid.

Alligators force Houston police to stop chasing carjacking suspects at Buffalo Bayou  KTRK-TV

Police nabbed 2 juveniles, but 2 other suspects got away after a carjacking and chase.

Fashion and beauty events worth seeking out in Houston this week  KTRK-TV

Looking for fun, entertaining fashion and beauty events to check out in Houston this week? Here are top picks with dates, times, locations and ticket links.

Couple used dating app to lure Houston robbery victim with sex before stealing his car: Deputies  KTRK-TV

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A couple of robbery suspects are facing charges after deputy constables said they lured their victim on a dating app.

EMS worker injured in violent crash in southwest Houston  KTRK-TV

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- An EMS worker was injured in a violent crash in southwest Houston. Police said the Concord EMS ambulance had its lights and ...

4 intriguing food and drink events in Houston this weekend  KTRK-TV

When it comes to food and drink, there's plenty to do in Houston this weekend. From a kid's cooking class to a food truck festival, here's how to add some flavor to ...

Ricardo Rodriguez robbed, threatened with machete in Houston robbery |  KTRK-TV

The search is on for a group of men who robbed and beat an elderly man Sunday afternoon in east Houston.

Cesar Collazo appeared in court for allegedly causing fiery crash  KTRK-TV

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A bond has been set for the man accused of slamming his vehicle into an HPD cruiser, which caused a fiery crash and severely ...

Deadline extended to apply for Hire Houston Youth internships  KTRK-TV

If you know a young person looking for a summer job, the deadline has been extended to apply for the Hire Houston Youth program.

ADORABLE: 8-year-old with spina bifida dances in Cinco de Mayo school celebration  KTRK-TV

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- It was a Cinco de Mayo to remember for 8-year-old Xavi Garcia. In a special Cinco de Mayo presentation at Raul Elementary School ...

The Suffers band's trailer and instruments stolen in Dallas |  KTRK-TV

The Suffers are searching for their white trailer with all a ton of their merchandise inside.

Adults-only Easter egg hunt returns to Lake Jackson  KTRK-TV

LAKE JACKSON, Texas (KTRK) -- It's Easter like you've never seen it before: eggs not filled with candy, but tickets for everything from giant TVs to laptops, and ...

Missing family dog found after running away from owner during shooting in Heights  KTRK-TV

CHOCO FOUND! Piotr Lewandowski says his beloved family dog has been found safe!

Amazon is hiring 3,000 remote workers across 18 states  KTRK-TV

If you're looking for the perfect stay-at-home job, Amazon is hiring.

Christina Greene's jewelry line got its big break at RodeoHouston  KTRK-TV

From turquoise to hatbands, Christina Greene is known for her rustic, chic designs, which are perfect for rodeo season.

Sign up for free swim lessons for kids in Houston and Katy  KTRK-TV

In an effort to avoid drowning tragedies, free swim lessons are available for children around the Houston area.

Devyn Holmes speaks exclusively to ABC13 after Facebook live shooting  KTRK-TV

Facebook live shooting victim, Devyn Holmes, spoke exclusively with Eyewitness News about surviving a gunshot wound to the head.

Best hotels to bring in the New Year in Houston  KTRK-TV

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Savvy Houston partiers know that on New Year's Eve, it's more fun to ring in 2019 with a little luxury at some of Houston's hottest ...

Dad charged after 6-year-old girl allegedly killed 1-year-old brother alone in car as father shopped  KTRK-TV

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A father has turned himself in to Baytown police after his 6-year-old daughter allegedly killed her baby brother while the two were ...

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck makes stops in Houston  KTRK-TV

WOODLANDS, Texas (KTRK) -- The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is making its way back to the Houston area with two stops! The truck visited The Woodlands Mall on ...

Misspelled school crosswalk leaves people shaking their heads  KTRK-TV

An ironic misspelling outside a school in Florida had dozens of people stopping by and taking pictures at a crosswalk.

BIG3 offers plenty of appeal to players and fans alike  Houston Chronicle

If you have played basketball, you almost certainly have played some 3-on-3. But it is unlikely you have played the traditional half-court game as it is played in ...

Fiery crash linked to deadly office shooting in The Woodlands  KTRK-TV

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (KTRK) -- An investigation is underway to figure out how a fiery SUV crash in The Woodlands is connected to the scene of a deadly ...

Gov. Abbott aiming for best Texas teachers to get 6-figure salaries  KTRK-TV

Could Texas teachers soon be on their way to a six-figure salary? Gov. Abbott says he wants to put the best teachers on the path to more money.

'TO SCANDALIZE CHILDREN IS A SIN': Protesters gather during drag queen story time event  KTRK-TV

According to organizers, the program is aimed to provide children with positive and unabashedly queer role models.

John Paul Barnich, first openly gay city judge, dies at 63  Houston Chronicle

Houston AIDS activist and former Municipal Court Judge John Paul Barnich, the first openly gay man to become a city court judge in Texas, died Monday from ...

Police investigating after woman's body found in SW Houston bayou  KTRK-TV

Police say they are investigating after a woman's body was found in a bayou in southwest Houston.

Miss Tomball, Parade Float Winners Announced | The Paper Magazine -Covering The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe & North Houston Areas  The Paper Magazine

TOMBALL, Texas – The Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce (GTACC) held its annual Miss Tomball Pageant and Tomball Holiday Parade Saturday, ...

Neighbors concerned after rash of break-ins at east Houston businesses  KTRK-TV

Store owners believe the same suspects are responsible for a string of smash and grabs on the east side.

It’s a mistake to think the Astros are in trouble  Houston Chronicle

The Astros were no closer to repeating as World Series champions as they busted out of their slump in a big way Wednesday with a 12-1 victory than they would ...

Sketch artist describes how she brought description of Jazmine Barnes killer to life  KTRK-TV

Lois Gibson says she met with Jazmine's sister to help sketch the killer.

Harlem Globetrotters show off skills at University of Houston's new Fertitta Center  KTRK-TV

The Harlem Globetrotters turned the Fertitta Center's hard hat area into a highlight factory during a unique tour.

Heavy downpours bring street flooding to Clear Lake area  KTRK-TV

Some drivers faced difficulty getting around in the Clear Lake area during lunchtime today.

UNC Charlotte shooting: Victim Riley Howell praised for heroism during UNCC shooting  KTRK-TV

Riley Howell, who died in Tuesday's shooting at UNC Charlotte, is being hailed as a hero after his selfless actions that likely saved other lives.

Teapot Depot keeps chugging along after 26 years in Highlands  KTRK-TV

The depot shifted from trains to tea | Now, it's under new management, all to save the legendary eatery.

Witness says irate customer opened fire at Midtown McDonald's, injuring 2  KTRK-TV

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Two people were injured when an angry customer with a gun opened fire inside a Midtown McDonald's restaurant, a witness tells ...

Man shot during home invasion in SW Houston, police say  KTRK-TV

Houston police say a man was shot during a home invasion in southwest Houston Thursday night.

Lake Jackson PD arrest man accused of breaking into neighbor's home and assaulting her as she slept  KTRK-TV

LAKE JACKSON, Texas (KTRK) -- Lake Jackson police say they have made an arrest after a woman woke up to a masked man standing over her and touching ...

Goat shoes, Croc purses and more fashion trends no one wanted in 2019  KTRK-TV

We thought the fashion industry of strange clothes at expensive prices couldn't surprise us anymore. We were wrong.

Late Sealy coach T.J. Mills embodied Texas high school football  Houston Chronicle

Millions have been touched in some way by Texas football. The passion. The pomp. The purpose. T.J. Mills helped make it what it is. Mills, the gruff and rugged ...

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