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Bebeaux’s Cajun Food announced Wednesday, April 23, that its chicken and sausage gumbo will now be avail­able at Market Basket stores through­out Southeast Texas.

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If you want to get out of those big box stores and find something more personal for your outdoor spaces, you are on the “Right Side of Texas.” Decorators and gardeners in the know scour our local antique stores for the best and most unique inspirations for their gardens. Just flip through magazines like Architectural Digest or Southern Living and you will see picture perfect areas with personal touches. Free your mind. The trend now is to re-use and re-purpose.

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One of the wackiest things I’ve ever seen a game warden do was to crawl up a tree so he could see where three young squirrel hunters were heading after a successful hunt. Those hunters were two buddies and me. We were around 12 years old at the time. We had bagged five big fox squirrels on family land in Polk County not far from Lake Livingston. We saw the game warden coming down the tree. As we stood there in complete disbelief, he asks to see our squirrels, and we pulled them out of our game bags and couldn’t have been happier.

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Offering impressive fuel economy and a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $20,595, the Dodge Avenger features value and a style all its own in three trim levels: SE, SXT and R/T.

 

Avenger SE

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Kevin Costner

In short, this is a touchdown with Kevin Costner doing what he does best — a sports movie. Whether it’s “Field of Dreams,” “Bull Durham” or “The Love of the Game,” this is a genre that Costner owns.

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Once again, we’ve got a cold front plowing through Southeast Texas, and the high winds and cold air will slow fishing down on inland lakes and coastal bays. This is unprecedented weather for the right side of Texas. Temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s are practically unheard of the Piney Woods at this time of year. Needless to say, we’ve had a colder winter than usual, and the spring temps are way lower than normal.

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We’ve been enjoying quite a show these last few weeks with the area’s azaleas. Try as they might, even the best gardeners in most of the United States cannot have those lovely blooms that we take for granted. A unique combination of climate, soil and conditions have come together right here that give us these breathtaking flowers that we pass by for a month or so in the spring in this lovely part of Texas.

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For 2014, Frontier again offers a choice of a powerful 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine rated at 261 horsepower and 281 foot-pounds of torque or a fuel-efficient 152-horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine (4x2 King Cab) rated at 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway (I4 King Cab 2WD M/T).

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As of Sunday, March 30, the water temperature on Sabine Lake was 67 degrees. That’s still a little cool for this time of year, but it didn’t slow the numbers of trout, reds and flounder being caught along the Louisiana shoreline in 2 to 4 feet of water. It looks like we’re in for a warming trend this week. If so that could be the rise in water temperatures that’ll turn on the topwater bite for anglers looking for double-digit trout.

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First introduced for the 2013 model year, the Infiniti JX offered innovative style, interior flexibility and roomi- ness. Renamed the Infiniti QX60 for 2014, it continues to offer three-row utility, plus all the premium features, performance and innovations that Infiniti has become known for worldwide.

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