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What originally began as a one-day affair in 1969 has grown into a seven-day celebration — the Texas Rice Festival. Now in its 45th year, the renowned Texas Rice Festival is an annual harvest celebration honoring rice farming, a major economic activity in the region, especially in Winnie.

The festival includes a carnival, livestock shows, barbeque cook-off, nightly street dances, parades, pageants, music, great food and, of course, rice balls.

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Jake Rowley

When Jake Rowley began showing up to Nederland High School his freshman year dressed in pink and black outfits and white buck shoes, he said he received a variety of reactions from his peers.

“I looked like somebody straight out of the ’50s, and that kind of intrigued them to either make fun of me or try to get to know me,” Rowley said.

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The Texas Renaissance Festival has always been an event to look forward to each year — a chance to travel back to a time of knights, lords and ladies, and escape the everyday bustle of modern life.

This year is extra special, however, as the Texas Renaissance Festival celebrates 40 years of food, fun and magical weekends from Oct. 11 through Nov. 30, as well as Thanksgiving Friday. Organizers promise an unforgettable season of eight themed weekends, filled with new surprises and the same medieval cheer, lively characters and turkey legs that have made the event famous.

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Houstonians mourned the loss of four firefighters who died when a hotel collapsed on the first responders as they were fighting a Southwest Inn blaze May 31, 2013. News of their deaths resonated in Southeast Texas, as well.

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Powerboat racers from all over the United States will converge on the Sabine River on Sept. 19-21 for the seventh annual S.P.O.R.T. Tunnel Boat Race.

The weekend of speed and thrills will include a trial run Friday, Sept. 19, from 3-6 p.m. with a free concert by the American Sons to follow from 7-9 p.m. at the City of Orange Riverfront Pavilion.

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Artist Andy Coughlan will bring a slice of the English landscape to Beaumont in September as part of the exhibition “Boadicea in Albion,” Sept. 13-26. The exhibition will open with a reception, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sept. 13.

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The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) invites Southeast Texans to shine like precious jewels at its 27th anniversary gala, The Crystal Ball: A Night of Sparkling Entertainment.

This dazzling affair, set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, will be overflowing with cocktails, delectable dining, fabulous entertainment and many spectacular surprises.

The Crystal Ball will honor celebrated sculptor and supporter of the arts David Cargill.

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Prepare your taste buds for a treat! A Tasting for Some Other Place is coming soon, and area residents are invited to the event to enjoy the tasty tidbits offered by local restaurants, businesses and churches for $10.

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I hope that you have not encountered the devious CryptoLocker malware, but sadly, I know as a fact that many of you have been victimized by it. For those of you who are not familiar with CryptoLocker, it is a vile form of sophisticated malware, “ransom ware,” where the malware encrypts data on the hard drive (and possibly USB drives and other external media), and then charges the user a sizeable fee to get the decryption key.

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photo by Kevin King

Is there life after death? This question has sparked debate for millennia — the fascination with spirits can be traced to the Cro-Magnon and Neolithic periods. And tracing human culture back to the cradle of civilization, one finds mention of spirits or ghosts in ancient inscriptions, papyrus scrolls and even tomb paintings.

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