Are you ready for this spring beauty? Just look at the colorful blooms. One of the times that I feel the luckiest to be in Southeast Texas is right now when the azalea bushes start to bloom.

Not just anyone can grow azaleas. Those poor folks over in Midland or San Antonio or anywhere much west of here aren’t as lucky as we are. Azaleas love our acidic soil.

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Thursday, April 28, for the first time since 2004, comedic legend Gallagher is set to perform in the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont with the Joke’s on You Comedy Tour featuring fellow comedians Artie Fletcher and Bob Nelson.

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CommunityBank building with CommunityBank and Red Cross logos

CommunityBank of Texas is teaming up with the American Red Cross to help those who have been forced from their homes by floodwaters. Beginning Monday, March 21, CommunityBank of Texas customers and community members can leave donations at any Southeast Texas banking center, and the donations will go directly to the Red Cross relief efforts in surrounding communities.

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Jefferson County Sheriff Mitch Woods swore in six new deputies and promoted a veteran peace officer during a ceremony at the Jefferson County Jail on March 10.

Trent Ikner, Derrick Hill, Lester Reeves, Kenneth Harrell, Lim Nguyen and Todd Guidry were sworn in Thursday morning. Five of the new deputies serve as corrections officers at the jail, and one is a reserve deputy with the sheriff’s office. All now hold the title deputy sheriff.

Before the swearing-in, Sheriff Woods recognized the officers’ efforts to achieve their new rank.

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Robert Sloan photo

My grandpa used to tell me that farming was a tough life, especially when it involved rain. He said a farmer had to pray for rain, then pray for rain to stop. I think that was pretty much the case last week with all the rain that fell on East and Southeast Texas. All that water has created havoc for fishermen on the Sabine and Angelina Rivers, not to mention the folks on Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend, and as of now, Sabine Lake.

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