Commentary

Stop clowning around and get down to the shelter to adopt Clarabelle! Clarabelle is a 1-year 8-month old Terrier mix. She was first adopted from the shelter when she was a little pup but recently her adopters brought her back. This was due to no fault of Clarabelle. She has a beautiful russet and brown coat with handsome white bib and socks. She is a small dog and ever so sweet!

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When Jon and Phoebe Bassana found rolls and rolls of blueprints tucked away in a built-in storage cabinet of their new home, they had no idea that the Beaumont residence had ties to a renowned University of Texas professor of architecture. 

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Nonmedical use of prescription opioids more than doubled among adults in the United States from 2001-02 to 2012-13, based on a new study from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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As college-bound students pack their bags to move into the dorm, the physicians of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) want to remind them about an important and required vaccination. Texas law requires almost all new and transfer college students under age 22 to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease at least 10 days before classes begin, or to show proof of vaccination within the previous five years.

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“Remember His marvelous works that He hath done, His wonders and the judgments of His mouth” (1 Chronicles 16:12).

My friend, Dr. Ron English, a man of God with whom I worked for many years, sent this thought to me today, and it is fitting because another friend asked me this week what got me through the really rough spots of life. 

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A warm summer night, friends, fireworks and barbecue: What is there not to love about the Fourth of July? It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling to the beach, the lake or staying at home; almost everyone does a little outdoor cooking for the holiday. It is definitely a time to celebrate and gather with friends old and new. Lately I have been smoking every weekend as I plan to enter the competition circuit on a limited basis this year, and I am trying to get my seasoning and timing down.

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“Don’t wait to do the things in life that you have always wanted to do. Life is short. Live every day.”

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2016 Mazda6 sedan

Debuting in 2012 as the flagship model in Mazda’s new-generation product lineup, Mazda6 enters 2016 with a refreshed look.

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May 18, I had a new experience: I flew across the country to attend a conference and, after the first session and brief discussions with several leaders, flew back to Beaumont on the same day. I did not leave angry but realized that if I stayed, I would be disruptive. I was there at the invitation of someone I greatly respect and did not want to embarrass or disappoint that person, so my only option was to leave.

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I have given much thought to a Father’s Day message for all the wonderful men that deserve to be treated very special on this, their weekend. I have long thought that dads often got a bum deal when compared to the lavish celebrations planned for mothers, and I wanted to do something to help equalize the holidays.

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