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The long goodbye from Beaumont Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Carrol “Butch” Thomas is still an ongoing drama at the district’s Harrison Avenue headquarters. Apparently he isn’t willing to just retire and spend his days counting the loot he stashed during his 16 years as one of the highest paid school superintendents in the state. Word out of Austin is that Thomas has applied to Gov.

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For many years, property taxes have been a source of conversation and consternation in Texas. Even though overall, Texas ranks among the lowest taxing states of the union, property tax remains a sore spot with almost all citizens. In Texas, property taxes have risen from near the lowest in the United States in the mid-1950s to among the top three or four in the U.S. today.

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With the summer film season coming to a close, the box office winner will be “The Avengers” with “The Dark Knight Rises” a close second; both earned $100 million-plus. Already trailers for fall and holiday season movies are popping up in theaters, signaling that it’s time to look ahead.


September has never been a strong month for movie openings. Vacations end, school starts and the box office take goes down. The releases for September are usually weak, with one huge exception for 2012.

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The 2012 Honda Civic Tour, featuring Linkin Park and Incubus, will make at stop at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion north of Houston on Tuesday, Aug. 28, with gates opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are $100.25-$46.50 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.

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Wow! Some things only get better with over time. Organizers and planners of the 60th gala season of the Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) believe that the remarkable music that has been delivered by this outstanding group of citizens, friends, relatives, and perhaps coworkers provide some of the choicest memories of the now six decades in Southeast Texas rich history.

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