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Night & Day Orchestra

The Night & Day Orchestra will hold a benefit concert for the Dr. Wayne Dyess Memorial Scholarship in Music on Thursday, May 2, at the Event Centre.Guests will enjoy a fun and elegant evening of dining and dancing accompanied by traditional big band favorites. Soloists Dr. Jimmy Simmons and Grammy-award winner Don Rollins will make guest appearances, and there will be a silent auction and other fun surprises.

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Gerald Duff

Gerald Duff, novelist and Lamar University alumnus, will visit the LU campus April 18 to read excerpts from his literary works and discuss his education and memories from the university. The program begins at 7 p.m. on the eighth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library.

Duff will also talk about creative writing to the department’s fiction writing seminar students at 1 p.m. in the Maes Building, Room 101.

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LU Alumni Wine & Sushi Tasting flyer

Join local Lamar University alumni 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at WineStyles, 4008 Dowlen Rd. in Beaumont, for a wine and sushi tasting.

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James M. “Jim” Ferrell Jr., 61, of Port Neches, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur. He was born on Feb. 20, 1952, in Houston, and moved to Beaumont in 1963. Ferrell graduated from French High School in 1970 and was the owner of Jim’s Drive In. He later joined the United States Air Force, serving from 1972 until 1976.

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An item on the meeting agenda for the board of directors of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) raised more than a few eyebrows in Austin this week and was seen as cause for potential concern for coastal residents.

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