Phil Brannan harvested this solid 8-pointer last week while hunting in the Hill

We’re well into the deer season at this point and, as predicted by wildlife biologists, there are some very nice bucks being tagged. Some of the best are from South Texas, but I’ve seen a couple of big bucks from the Hill Country that have better-than-average antlers. And as of last week, some of those Hill Country bucks were in the rut.

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The Beaumont Civic Ballet’s landmark performance of The Nutcracker enters its 44th year, and Southeast Texans will once again have the opportunity to experience breathtaking dance and see young Clara’s fascinating adventure unfold through Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets in two separate performances — Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2:30 p.m. — at the Julie Rogers Theatre in Beaumont.

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The Texas Monthly BBQ Festival is to meat aficionados what Jazz Fest is to music lovers. It was a cool Sunday morning in Austin and smoke was in the air — as was the anticipation of eating some of the best barbecue on the planet. Those lucky enough to get VIP passes were let in an hour early to sample from their choice of the 24 joints that were serving up small portions of their award winning que.

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Red Apple Day Care Learning Center on Calder Avenue

State officials have shut down the Red Apple Day Care Learning Center on Calder Avenue in Beaumont after Department of Family and Protective Services inspections noted 89 violations at the business since October 2014, including staff training inadequacies, lack of required immunizations of children in care and neglect.

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2016 Dodge Journey lineup has been streamlined from seven models to f

With several sales records under its belt in 2015, Dodge is looking to build on that momentum with its 2016 Dodge Journey. Dodge’s versatile crossover offers a simplified lineup for 2016.

For 2016, the Dodge Journey lineup has been streamlined from seven models to five. The SE model replaces the AVP at the entry level, providing customers with standard features like 17-inch wheels and keyless Enter ‘n’ Go with push-button start.

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