According to information from the Beaumont Police Department, investigators became aware this past week that 30-year-old registered sex offender John Brenton Daigre was operating a fraudulent business to solicit applications for female models at a local hotel.

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Serdar Ilban

Lamar University voice students from the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music earned numerous award placements in a regional voice competition at the University of Houston.

Students competed in the annual Greater Houston Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) classical auditions in April.  

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Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry member, Kennedy Center honoree, and local born-and-bred singer/songwriter George Glenn Jones died Friday, April 26, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. He was hospitalized April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure. He was 81.

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Kree Harrison

Four contestants remain in Season 12 of “American Idol,” and one is from Southeast Texas — Kree Harrison of Woodville. If Harrison makes it through this week’s elimination round and is in the final three, a slew of events will be held Saturday, May 4, and expect the “American Idol” cameras to be in town for the homecoming concert and activities.

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The Kentucky Derby is a little different this year. No, it’s still the same distance (1 1/4 miles) at Churchill Downs. It’s still held on the first Saturday in May (May 4 this year) and it’s still called the “greatest two minutes in sports.”

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