Lumberton’s Phil Brannan with his alligator gar carving. Another of his world-cl

Lumberton’s Phil Brannan just returned from the World Fish Carving Competition held in Springfield, Mo., and won two out of three World Titles. His carvings of an alligator gar and rainbow trout won Best in World for decorative miniature and natural finish.

This competition centers on the world’s best in taxidermy and fish carving.

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After finishing as runner-up on season 12 of Fox’s American Idol, Woodville native Kree Harrison continues to put her stamp on country music. The 25-year-old made her debut appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in June 2013, and since then has performed there several times.

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Is your home missing a certain...something? 

...the pitter-patter of furry feet, perhaps? 

You may meet your forever-pet this weekend at the Beaumont Animal Services 7th Annual Pet Adopt-A-Thon, Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31, where dozens of kitty cats and puppy dogs will find their happy new home and leave the shelter for good.

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Vital Signs editor Kevin King (pictured at center) received the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Anson Jones, MD, first-place award among small-circulation print media for his article, “Forensic nurses help provide comfort, justice for sexual abuse victims.” 

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Keith Sweat is more than just a great voice. He’s an innovator. Born in Harlem, Sweat, now 53, began singing in 1975 but saw his career really take off in the late ’80s when he became the “it” sound for the New Jack Swing era, which lasted for years and paved the wave for other artists.

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