Staci Robinson is furious. She is angry because, according to her, if the Newton County District Attorney’s Office has its way, the murder charges pending against the man she believes to be responsible for her sister’s death could soon be dropped.

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For the 10th year in a row, Big Thicket National Preserve participated in the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program. Blanca Jones, a first-grade teacher at Sam Houston Elementary School in Port Arthur, worked as TRT from late May into early August 2015.

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One way to beat the heat during August and September is to fish at night aboard

August is among the best months to be fishing the surf for trout and reds on the upper Texas coast. This past week was outstanding with calm winds, green tides and excellent catches of trout by waders and boaters in the surf from the Sabine jetties down to Galveston. Trout were best on topwaters early, then switching over to soft plastics like a 5-inch Egret Wedge Tail, in either chartreuse or pearl. Reds were best on gold spoons worked in the first gut on a green tide.

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Deputy Christian Villasana and Baron

A Jasper County deputy arrested one man after a K-9 deputy discovered a large quantity of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office reports.

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Joshua Murray (inset) drowned at Boomtown USA in Rose City

At approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16, Orange County deputies responded to possible drowning at Boomtown Waterpark and RV Resort at 1495 W. Freeway in Rose City. When deputies arrived, they learned that 14-year-old Joshua Murray and several juvenile boys were swimming in the lake when two of the young men observed Murray struggling in the water. The two boys swam over to reach him in an attempt to pull him up, but they were in water over their heads.

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