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The Vidor Chamber of Commerce presents the Texas Star Music Festival and Texas Bar-B-Q Fest on April 24-27 at Conn Park located near I-10 and Old Hwy 90 in Vidor. Over 40 cook teams will be competing and festivalgoers can enjoy plenty of good food, vendors, carnival rides and live entertainment. Admission is $2 per person with a parking fee of $5.

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The 11th annual Gulf Coast Gala will be rocking to the sounds of legendary rock-n-roll musician Johnny Rivers on Saturday, April 26, at 6 p.m. inside the Carl Parker Center on the campus of Lamar State College-Port Arthur. Individual tickets to this formal event are $125.

Rivers has had nine Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and 17 in the Top 40 from 1964-1977. In total, he has sold over 30 million records and collected 17 gold records, 29 chart hits and two Grammy Awards.

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Robert Sloan photo

Once again, we’ve got a cold front plowing through Southeast Texas, and the high winds and cold air will slow fishing down on inland lakes and coastal bays. This is unprecedented weather for the right side of Texas. Temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s are practically unheard of the Piney Woods at this time of year. Needless to say, we’ve had a colder winter than usual, and the spring temps are way lower than normal.

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We’ve been enjoying quite a show these last few weeks with the area’s azaleas. Try as they might, even the best gardeners in most of the United States cannot have those lovely blooms that we take for granted. A unique combination of climate, soil and conditions have come together right here that give us these breathtaking flowers that we pass by for a month or so in the spring in this lovely part of Texas.

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For 2014, Frontier again offers a choice of a powerful 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine rated at 261 horsepower and 281 foot-pounds of torque or a fuel-efficient 152-horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine (4x2 King Cab) rated at 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway (I4 King Cab 2WD M/T).

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