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It’s time to check out what’s new on the fast food menus, plus take a peek of some new items that old brand names have released for spring.

With March Madness winding down — all that’s left to the 2016-17 NCAA basketball season is the Final Four — you still have time to check out Hooter’s new Smoked Wings, which are half the calories of their regular wings. Smoked wings are marinated overnight then cooked over hickory chips. You can also try them in new flavors such as Texas BBQ or Garlic Habanero.

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Joe and Johnnie Broussard

Joe E. Broussard has been crowned the 69th King of the Neches River Festival.

King Joe was born and raised in Beaumont and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Forest Park High School in 1980, and the University of Notre Dame with a degree in accounting in 1984.

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Neches Brewing Company, nestled in Port Neches – hence the name – has quietly become a go-to place for not only beer lovers, but also those who love good live music you can’t find in other spots in Southeast Texas.

Louisiana native Rod Melancon will perform two shows at the NBC on Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2, at 8 p.m. Both shows are free to attend, and his Saturday show will be with the full band. Sunday, Melancon will perform solo.

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Screaming for something exciting and music related to do in Orange? Well, the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting the Downtown Music Festival on Saturday, March 25. 

“We are excited to bring the Downtown Music Festival to Orange,” said Hillary Haynes, social media coordinator for the City of Orange. “This gives the opportunity to bring an eclectic mix of music to one area where locals and visiting fans can come and enjoy a variety of sounds and talents.”

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