Update from 4 p.m.:

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles announced that Tropical Storm "Bill" make landfall this morning on the Texas coast near Matagorda Island. Bill will continue to weaken as it moves inland tonight.

The local impact is as follows:

Rain: 1-2 inches in southeast Texas in the heaviest rain bands. Less than one inch in southwest, central, and south central Louisiana in the heaviest rain bands. This will cause some brief periods of street flooding.

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Several things have brought to my mind the realization that we are all victims of tunnel vision, even though we strive to pretend we are not. It is normal for the most part that we think first and foremost of our own lives, our needs, our joys, our families, and the things we seek to integrate into our lives.

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I have a gaggle of grandkids scattered across the country. When my own kids were little a few decades ago, the little Golden Books were among their favorites, and over the years, we accumulated quite a collection. Now, three of my granddaughters, each age 5 or under, have their own Android tablets with Wi-Fi access. All three can tap, pinch and swipe the screen with a degree of expertise that could put many adults to shame. Good or bad? That could be debated, but these kids are quite at home using technology.

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Do you have a special tomato or pepper plant that you think is a real winner? Maybe your granny passed down a special recipe for canned preserves or processed herbs that you think are way out of the ordinary. Canned pickles, tomatoes, peppers and their fresh counterparts are welcome at the 43rd annual Jefferson County Fruit and Vegetable Show this Saturday, June 13.

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Among the family and friends who show up to support Layla Nejad (right) is her f

Kelly High School grad and University of Texas senior honor student Layla Nejad and her fellow Texas 4000 Ozarks cycling team members arrived at Beaumont City Hall on Thursday, June 4, the sixth day of an approximately 70-day, 4,687-mile bike trek from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska, to raise awareness and funds to fight can

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