Coach Ray Woodard

Lamar University head football coach Ray Woodard will not return for the 2017 season, Director of Athletics Jason Henderson announced Nov. 21.

“We would like to thank Coach Woodard for all that he has done for the Lamar University football program,” said Henderson. “It still remains our goal to compete for championships and to put our student-athletes in a position to be successful on the field and in the classroom.”

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Recalling that J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series became darker and darker as the sequels wore on, don’t be surprised if you find that same element in this latest, promising new world created by the famed author. Directed by David Yates (who directed the last four “Potter” movies), this is Rowling’s first screenplay, and its flaws can’t override that these “Beasts” and their collector, Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) will have a lengthy run as at least three or four more films are in the works.

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Grammy Award winner Chris Botti, backed by his incredible band and the Symphony of Southeast Texas, will perform at the Lutcher Theater (707 Main Ave.) in Orange on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45-$65 and can be purchased online at lutcher.org or at the Lutcher Theater box office.

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Charlotte Mizener (harp), Erin Murphy and Jennifer Shannon (flutes)

The R.C. Miller Memorial Library hosted its fifth annual “Sounds of Sharing” program Thursday, Nov. 17.

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It’s your final chance to see Port Arthur Little Theatre adaptation of A Christmas Story from Friday, Nov. 25 – Sunday, Nov. 27. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$12 and can be purchased online at palt.org or at the box office at 4701 Jimmy Johnson Blvd. in Port Arthur.

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