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Carmella vs. Charlotte Flair (Courtesy of WWE)

The WWE Superstars of Smackdown Live return to Beaumont to battle it out between the ropes at Ford Arena on Monday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Scheduled to appear are WWE champion AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, United States champion Shinsuke Nakamura, Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, Smackdown Women’s champion Charlotte Flair, Carmella, Asuka and many more.

Carmella has made big moves in a small period of time since joining the WWE. Born in Massachusetts, Carmella is a former NFL cheerleader for the New England Patriots and was a Laker Girl with the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers during the 2010-11 season.

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Big Thicket Association will host their 5th annual Neches River Rally on Saturday, Sept. 8, with a 7-mile paddle on the Neches River from Colliers Ferry Park to Lake Bayou set for 8 a.m.  

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It will be a weekend of revving up on the river during the 11th annual “Showdown on the Sabine” featuring more than 60 tunnel boat racers from the Southern Professional Outboard Racing Tour on Sept. 14-16 at the City of Orange Boat Ramp (1000 Simmons Dr.).

“This particular event is one that I honestly look forward to each and every year,” said Brandy Judice, Orange Convention & Visitors Bureau coordinator. “It’s action packed and fun all weekend long.”

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Rose of Sharon is such a heat-loving beauty that I can’t help but admire her this time of year.  She not only gives you beautiful flowers but flowers with height.  Another plus for Rose of Sharon is that she blooms later in the summer than some other summer standbys, which have long since given up flowering because of the heat.

The official name of our hardy bloomer in the U.S. is “Hibiscus syriacus.”  Most Americans can easily find this deciduous shrub in whites, pinks and lavenders.

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The morning light guides you to the water, dressed in gloves, a long-sleeved shirt and tall rubber boots. You make this trek with a sieve extended by a long pole in hand as you collect snails, ranging in size from half-an-inch to an inch long, being careful to not expose yourself to parasitic flatworms that infest the waters. This is just another morning of summer vacation for Lamar University junior biology major Emily McCall of Orangfield, who spent two weeks performing field research in Kenya. 

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