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The fungus known to cause White-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that has decimated hibernating bat populations in the United States and Canada, has been discovered for the first time in Texas.

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The Southeast Texas Oilers youth football team volunteered at the Giving Field on Liberty Street in Beaumont on March 15.

Twelve team members as well as several board members, coaches, and parents harvested 14 pounds of kale, which is enough to feed 56 people in need, Giving Field founder Sharon Begnaud explained to the volunteers.

The team also gathered eggs from the coop and planted beans.

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The 74th annual YMBL South Texas State Fair is underway on the grounds of Ford Park in Beaumont. Live music has always be a part of the fair, but this year, the YMBL has partnered with Outlaw Nation Red Dirt Revival to bring in some of the best regional entertainment both weekends. Friday, March 31, performing will be Will Carter and Steve Griggs Band. From Katy, Carter was the lead singer of the Texas country act The Emotions, but after graduation from Texas A&M, he pursued a solo career with his own original music.

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Neches Brewing Company, nestled in Port Neches – hence the name – has quietly become a go-to place for not only beer lovers, but also those who love good live music you can’t find in other spots in Southeast Texas.

Louisiana native Rod Melancon will perform two shows at the NBC on Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2, at 8 p.m. Both shows are free to attend, and his Saturday show will be with the full band. Sunday, Melancon will perform solo.

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The Symphony of Southeast Texas will wrap up its spectacular 64th season with an extraordinary evening of great artistry fulfilling the season’s “Symphony Fantastique” theme on Saturday, April 1, inside the Julie Rogers Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Piano soloist Christopher O’Riley joins the Symphony featuring Rachmaninoff’s “Variations on a theme by Paganini” and Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique.”

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