Texas Country music singer/songwriter Kyle Park will play Saturday, July 16, at the Backyard Music Hall inside Jerry Nelson’s Hill Country at 3871 Stagg Drive at the Gateway Shopping Center in Beaumont. Tickets for this 18-and-older show are $15-$27.50 and can be purchased online at jnhillcountry.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. Park, of Austin, has been performing since 2005 and has released seven studio albums, with his last coming last October in The Blue Roof Sessions.

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Crepe myrtle

Whether you spell it crape myrtle or crepe myrtle, you can’t help but love this long lasting bloomer. These small flowering trees or large bushes can be seen in commercial plantings and in lots of creative lawns around town. Why do we love them so much? For one thing, they bloom around 120 days throughout the spring, summer and fall. Use them as screens, lawn specimens, shrub borders and container plants. We call them “The Kings of Color.”

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Lamar State College Port Arthur has been selected as one of just 68 institutions of higher education from across the nation to take part in the Second Chance Pell Grant program, announced the Department of Education on Friday, June 24.

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The staff of Big Thicket National Preserve invites everyone to explore the thicket by taking advantage of the ranger-led programs being offered in the months of May-August.

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Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham was the recipient of the Community Builder Award from the Beaumont Masonic Lodge No. 286, presented by members of the group Tuesday, July 12, at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

According to the award inscription, the honor went to Wortham because of his “distinguished service and personal contributions” to the community of Beaumont.

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