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A snake-eating snake, this rarely photographed 7-foot long indigo was seen on a
Bald eagle resting after being shot from the nest by a teen.

This has been one of the warmest winters on record for Texas, and with all that sunshine comes bad news in the form of snakes.

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The Jefferson County Master Gardeners gave away hundreds of saplings Feb. 17. The one year old seedlings, including bald cypress and a variety of oak species, were provided by Campbell Global Foresting.

Campbell, based out of Portland, Oregon, has over 1 million acres in Texas and Louisiana and grows 50,000 trees spread out over an acre and a half in Jasper every year, according to forester Jeff Earl, who works for the company.

“And they donate all of them,” Earl said. “We spread it out to the communities in our area.”

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So I hear you’re looking for a new best friend, someone who is a real sweetheart. Well, I might just be who you’re looking for! I can accompany you on your daily walk or jog, and tag along on your weekend hikes. Or how about a new friend for your other dog? I really love to play and cuddle with dogs AND people! My name is Major, I’m a retriever mix who is around 2.5 years old, and I weigh 47 pounds. I’d LOVE to meet you, so please stop by the shelter and ask for me! Major No. 28949

BAS is now open Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Classic Movie Night continues on Friday, March 3 with the seven-time Oscar winning 1962 historical drama film Lawrence of Arabia at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. Directed by David Lean, the 3 hour and 36-minute film stars Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led Arab tribes during World War I to fight the Turks. The movie is considered by many as one of the most influential films in the history of cinema. In 1991, selected for preservation in the United States Library of Congress Film Registry.

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Texas Country acts Eli Young Band and special guest Frankie Ballard will perform at the Texas Longhorn Club on Saturday, March 4, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets for this 18-and-older show are $30. Eli Young Band is no stranger to the area, having played several shows and festivals in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. The band formed in 2000 in Denton and is led by vocalist Mike Eli and guitarist James Young. Their song “Crazy Girl” won Song of the Year at the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards.

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