The News

While it’s true that Dr. James “Jimmy” Simmons made history by becoming Lamar’s first president emeritus, his true passion has always been music, according to those who know him best.

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Austin was buzzing this week, but it wasn’t necessarily 375 of your closest friends and neighbors who came to town for Golden Triangle Days that caused all the commotion. It seems that a plastic bag ban went into effect at area retailers that sent shoppers scrambling – and complaining. Elsewhere a flotilla of taco trucks, sandwich wagons and organic food purveyors took to the streets in a continuing burst of entrepreneurial zeal in the state’s capital city.

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A number of high school-aged foster kids were in for a surprise Saturday night, March 2, when they were treated to a night of pampering and fun with the help of a host of local businesses and civic groups, including the Tri-City Corvette Club of Port Neches.
After eight years worth of donations, the Southeast Texas community truly came together for a special prom night for local high school juniors and seniors in the foster care system.

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Capt. A. Glenn Wortham was born March 1, 1911, in Centralhatchee, Ga., and died April 4, 1977 in Beaumont. This year marked the 102nd anniversary of his birth.

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A company under investigation for defrauding hundreds of Southeast Texans has changed its name, but it hasn’t kept investigators from targeting the cross-country enterprise. Initially operating under the umbrella of Syam Investments, the company and its officers are alleged to have used promises of a false “Social Security stimulus” to lure the elderly and disabled into turning over sensitive information such as bank account, Social Security and identification numbers.

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