Layla Nejad

Beaumont native and University of Texas senior and honor student Layla Nejad will spend 70 days cycling 4,700 miles from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska, to raise awareness and funds to fight cancer.

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UPDATE: State troopers have identified the teen who was killed on his bicycle Friday night in the crash on FM 62 near Buna.

The victim was 15-year-old Dakota Sorenson of Houston.

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The Texas Department of Transportation is still investigating a motor vehicle crash that killed a pedal cyclist last night on FM 62 near Buna.

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Lumberton’s Phil Brannan with his alligator gar carving. Another of his world-cl

Lumberton’s Phil Brannan just returned from the World Fish Carving Competition held in Springfield, Mo., and won two out of three World Titles. His carvings of an alligator gar and rainbow trout won Best in World for decorative miniature and natural finish.

This competition centers on the world’s best in taxidermy and fish carving.

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After finishing as runner-up on season 12 of Fox’s American Idol, Woodville native Kree Harrison continues to put her stamp on country music. The 25-year-old made her debut appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in June 2013, and since then has performed there several times.

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Is your home missing a certain...something? 

...the pitter-patter of furry feet, perhaps? 

You may meet your forever-pet this weekend at the Beaumont Animal Services 7th Annual Pet Adopt-A-Thon, Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31, where dozens of kitty cats and puppy dogs will find their happy new home and leave the shelter for good.

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