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Good reporters know if the interview is going to go well and if they will like the people, the service or, in this case, the food when they walk in the door of a business or a home. I wasn’t disappointed when I met the charming Chris and Emily Swanson, learned about their business and the relocation of the company, and then I ate lunch. There wasn’t anything not to like about the friendly people and the delicious food I sampled. I now understand why everyone is raving about what this young Beaumont couple has created.

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Ashley Burton Riley returns with ‘Doubt’

Studio 33 Theatre founder Ashley Burton Riley made a splashy debut for her fledgling troupe in an unforgettable performance as the title character in “Always Patsy Cline.” Most audience members didn’t know that she was four months pregnant when she pulled off that acting and singing tour-de-force for capacity crowds at the Port Arthur Little Theatre.

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A recent column in the Houston Chronicle by Lisa Falkenberg caught my attention. Her article centered around the pride felt and expressed by most of us Texans. She pointed out that unfortunately, in spite of our Texan bravado, Texas leads the nation in too many of the wrong things. Her article went on to point out we have been recently rated as the worst state in the union for delivery of health care.

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In this space last week, we expressed regret at the timidity of Beaumont Independent School District superintendent-in-waiting Dr. Timothy Chargois, who did not see fit to instruct his attorneys to remove an ill-gotten clause in his contract granting him an automatic pay raise despite the stated objections of virtually the entire BISD board. The board’s outside counsel Tanner Hunt allowed the clause to somehow slip into the contract.

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There are now some seagulls showing up on Lake Sabine and on Big Lake in Louisiana. Some of the speckled trout that are feeding under the gulls are nice size, while some are small. There are, however, some nice size sand trout present. There are some larger specks that have been consistent in other places. This type of action will get better and better as the time goes by with October and November being the peak.

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