Country music star and Beaumont native Mark Chesnutt brought a breath of fresh air to the current state of the clogged up Country music scene on April 14 when he played a plethora of his hits to a packed Grand Event Center located inside the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles.

"Country music nowadays, you can't tell from one person to the next, it all sounds the same," Chesnutt told the audience. "I'm here to play some real Country music. So if you don't want to hear real Country music, you might want to leave." Not a single person moved.


Q. I just moved out of my apartment. I gave proper notice and left it cleaner than when I moved in. I have been told this landlord does not return security deposits. How long do I have to wait to find out if mine is being returned? What can I do if it is not?


One of the very best things about spring is the wealth of herbs available for us to plant in our own gardens at home. And what a joy it is to be in the middle of cooking an Italian dinner and be able to go out to your own “crop” and pick oregano or basil, clip, rinse and chop for the recipe.


In 1981, the Texas Legislature designated Mauriceville as the “Crawfish Capital of Texas,” and 37 years later, the Mauriceville Crawfish Festival has become the “go-to” festival for all things crawfish.

One of the oldest running festivals in the state, the 37th annual festival will begin Friday, April 21, and go through Sunday, April 23. Sitting on 15 acres, the festival also celebrates music, art and culture, highlighting the unique heritage of Mauriceville and the surrounding areas.

2017 Dodge Journey
Dodge Journey offers seating for five or  seven passengers.

The Dodge Journey enters 2017 with a starting MSRP of $21,195, five available trims: SE, SXT, Crossroad, Crossroad Plus and GT (note: GT is new for 2017, replaces R/T), a choice of a four- or six-cylinder engine, and a choice of five- or seven-passenger seating.

Under the hood

Journey features a standard 2.4-liter 16-valve DOHC four-cylinder engine, which produces 173 horsepower and 166 foot-pounds of torque, and is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy averages are 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on highway.