Photo by Kevin King

Collier Ferry Park and Boat Ramp, located at 5390 Pine Street in between Beaumont Country Club and Forest Lawn Memorial Park had been closed due to flooding caused by the overflowing Neches River. According to the National Weather Service the Neches River is nearing a flood record which occurred in October of 1994 and numerous homes in Northeast Beaumont and Rose City are flooded. River levels are near those reached during Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.

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Traffic is currently backed up into Port Arthur and through Pleasure Island and into Louisiana due to an emergency on the MLK bridge on SH 82. The MLK bridge could possibly be closed. Expect delays.

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A highly anticipated event on the crowded festival calendar arrives in Mid-County on March 15. The 43rd annual Nederland Heritage Festival welcomes 100,000 friends and neighbors through March 20 for an annual outpouring of fun, entertainment, crafts, carnival rides, and a delicious array of fair food.

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An old thought from my childhood crossed my mind last night, and I have given it considerable mulling over time since it did. I have now reached the age when I can think about something for as long as I want, often without interruption or change of course, since my children are grown and gone from home, and I am not working full time. I like this newfound ability very much.

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Beautiful blooms … The Magnolia Garden Club will host a flower and horticulture show with the theme “Birds & Blooms” at The Art Museum of Southeast Texas from April 5-6. The show is open to the public from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. Admission is free. The show will be held in conjunction with the AMSET exhibit Birds in Art, artwork featuring birds in various media taken from a national juried competition at the Woodson Art Museum.

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