The fungus known to cause White-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that has decimated hibernating bat populations in the United States and Canada, has been discovered for the first time in Texas.

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Police in Lumberton, with assistance from the FBI and Texas Rangers, are searching for a 14-year-old girl believed to have run away from home, Lumberton Police Department Chief Danny Sullins confirmed.

Alyssa Suzette Puffer was last seen Wednesday, March 22, in Lumberton. Alyssa is approximately 5-foot-6 and 120 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. According to PL8PIC, www.pl8pic.com, Alyssa has different colored eyelashes on each eye, one blonde and one black, but uses mascara to make both black. 

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The Snow Run 5K, sponsored by the Ulcerative Colitis Foundation of America, will be on Crockett Street on April 22.

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The Golden Triangle 2017 Stand Down will be held on Friday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1308 9th Avenue in Port Arthur. 

Stand Down is a free event that benefits homeless veterans, veterans and their families. The open ceremony begins at 9 a.m. with color guard provided by the American Legion.

According to an event flyer, free services offered include:

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Hear ye, Hear ye

Joe E. Broussard has been crowned the 69th King of the Neches River Festival.

King Joe was born and raised in Beaumont and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Forest Park High School in 1980; and the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Accounting in 1984.

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