A 35-year-old Kirbyville man with a lengthy criminal history has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston on March 31.

McGee Lamar Falcon pleaded guilty on Oct. 16, 2016, to conspiracy to distribute and possess methamphetamine and was sentenced Friday to 204 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.

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The creeping phlox (phlox subulata) is such a beautiful flowering groundcover. She is a true gem in our spring garden. Those yummy blooms are sweetly fragrant, as well. Deer don’t usually go for this creeper, and it’s drought tolerant if you forget to water some weeks.

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Let’s review the nine fruits of the Spirit of God. We started with love, joy, peace and meekness, and devoted two columns to the art of long-suffering before moving on to gentleness, today’s topic. How many of us have now memorized the fruits in the order in which they are listed? I confess I got two of them out of order when writing and was excited to get to one I particularly liked and had to do some backtracking to get them back in perspective. Perhaps this will help: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.

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In The Examiner's March 30 – April 5 edition, we re-published a New York Times Crossword Puzzle from two weeks previous rather than the current week's puzzle. We regret the error and any inconvenience it might have caused. The puzzle and its solution are attached here.

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It’s time to check out what’s new on the fast food menus, plus take a peek of some new items that old brand names have released for spring.

With March Madness winding down — all that’s left to the 2016-17 NCAA basketball season is the Final Four — you still have time to check out Hooter’s new Smoked Wings, which are half the calories of their regular wings. Smoked wings are marinated overnight then cooked over hickory chips. You can also try them in new flavors such as Texas BBQ or Garlic Habanero.

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