Brenda Garison and sister Glenda Blackwell

Abused and traumatized, scared and embarrassed — Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Brenda Garison’s patients come to her at their worst of times. But as funding sources are few and far between and private donors gravitate more toward less uncomfortable topics of concern, Child Abuse and Forensic Services (CAFS) is also going through its own challenges.

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‘The Accountant’

Starring: Ben Affleck, J.K. Simmons

Directed by: Gavin O’Connor

Rated: R


After being shopped all over Hollywood for years with different stars and directors attached, this was finally made with Ben Affleck and scheduled for release last year only to have it postponed, again. You’ll have to decide if it was worth the wait, but for the price of my ticket, it was well above the standard thriller.

Glenn Burdine, Dena Hughes, Jeff McManus and Peggy Gibson

“This couldn’t have come at a better time,” Triangle Area Network (TAN) executive director Dena Hughes said of receiving restitution in the amount of $312,306.31 from former executive director Peggy Gibson, who admitted to stealing the funds from the nonprofit while she headed the organization. “This is such a blessing.”


Native American Cultural Events will host its first Inter-Tribal Powwow inside the Beaumont Civic Center on Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and children 12 and under are in free. “More than 50 different Indian dancers from around the country will be there,” said Henry Pipps, event organizer.

ZZ Top

Every girl crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed man. Or so says ZZ Top. Here’s your chance to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Saturday, Oct. 22, inside the Grand Event Center at Golden Nugget in Lake Charles at 8 p.m. Tickets for this 21-and-older show are $65-$80 and can be purchased online at