The football season will unofficially open for the Lamar University football team Sunday, Aug. 26 with their annual Football Kickoff Celebration. This year’s keynote speaker is football legend “Little” Joe Washington. 

The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the Montagne Center with a VIP reception featuring Washington, LU head football coach Mike Schultz and Director of Athletics Marco Born. That will be followed by general admission to the event at 6 p.m. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Cardinal football team.

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Marco Born was named Lamar University Director of Athletics by President Dr. Kenneth Evans on March 29 and wasted no time before being seen out in the community. For those who have never seen Born in person, he stands nearly 6-foot-10 and loves to talk and promote Lamar University.

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Interstate 10 in Jefferson County proved to be a dangerous place, with three separate accidents involving 18-wheelers, with one including a fatality, occurring Tuesday, Aug. 21. 

The Texas Department of Public Safety reported the three separate incidents with all three causing road closures. The first two incidents happened in opposite sides of traffic near Gator Country and occurred within roughly an hour of each other.

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Rather than face life in prison at the hands of a jury, six men charged with participating in a massive Beaumont-based drug trafficking conspiracy pleaded guilty on Aug. 14 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin. Four other co-defendants have already pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy. One material witness was not charged, and records to their identity are sealed.

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As Sept. 11 rolls around each year since 2001, Americans across the nation pause to remember the nearly 3,000 people killed on that date in terrorist attacks, the more than 6,000 injured, the families left behind and the first responders who risked life and limb to save as many people as possible, even as some among their ranks fell in the line of duty.

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