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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Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School senior Josh Lamb signed his national letter

Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School senior Josh Lamb signed his national letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Texas-San Antonio. With his team, coaches, fellow classmates, family and friends in attendance, Lamb thanked all who had helped him reach this goal before signing.

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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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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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