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First opened in 1960 by Albert and Cora Ramirez, the taco stand that once sold 6 tacos for a dollar still stands 48 years later. Now with an expanded menu, electronic tablets for taking orders and delivery through Waitr, the restaurant has new ways to serve their customers while staying true to their family recipes and interesting décor— two sided car included. 

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Looking for a place to grab a bite to eat in Kountze? Well, look no further than Mama Jacks. Mama Jacks is a restaurant that is big on flavor, variety and hospitality. The two-story eatery is a great spot to sit back, relax and enjoy dishes that will make you feel right at home. 

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The morning light guides you to the water, dressed in gloves, a long-sleeved shirt and tall rubber boots. You make this trek with a sieve extended by a long pole in hand as you collect snails, ranging in size from half-an-inch to an inch long, being careful to not expose yourself to parasitic flatworms that infest the waters. This is just another morning of summer vacation for Lamar University junior biology major Emily McCall of Orangfield, who spent two weeks performing field research in Kenya. 

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Southeast Texas is special place in the Lone Star State. Combining the culture of Texas with the roots of a Cajun population, Southeast Texas is truly unique and Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp reflects that unique identity. Mixing Tex-Mex and Cajun food to create Mexi-Cajun food. Tia Juanita’s offers three locations all consistently offering its unique take on taste, starting in Beaumont with a second location in Lumberton and third location in Jasper. Its Lumberton location is truly something very special for their community. 

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The Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will be reopening, after closing for more than a year due to Hurricane Harvey, Wednesday, Sept. 12. Admission is free; however, due to the flooding from Harvey, the Outpost Tours will be under repair and therefore suspended until early 2019. The Exhibit Hall will also be closed. Though it has been closed for some time the garden is ready for visitors again. 

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