Commentary

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and this is typically a time when thousands of folks across Texas take to the lakes, rivers and bays in boats, jet skis, kayaks and canoes. It’s also a weekend when game wardens will be out in numbers checking to make sure that you’ve got enough life jackets on board and that the person running the boat is not drinking and driving.

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Thomas Cobb and Mavis Triebel

Thomas Cobb and 18 other students from across the state competed in the Texas State Citizen Bee in Austin. Cobb was one of five students to have a perfect score in the oral portion of the contest and had a total score of 97 out of 100 points to win First Place and a $1,000 scholarship. The Texas Citizen Bee is a statewide civic education program and competition that offers teachers and high school students an exciting way to study America’s heritage. Contestants participate in a timed, multiple-choice written examination and an oral round.

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Three chicks and the same guy in this sort of rom-com about a serial womanizer knocked “Captain America” out of the top spot in its opening weekend. This predictable film was penned by first-time screenwriter Melissa K. Stack.

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Bebeaux’s Cajun Food announced Wednesday, April 23, that its chicken and sausage gumbo will now be avail­able at Market Basket stores through­out Southeast Texas.

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Offering impressive fuel economy and a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $20,595, the Dodge Avenger features value and a style all its own in three trim levels: SE, SXT and R/T.

 

Avenger SE

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Robert Sloan photo

One of the wackiest things I’ve ever seen a game warden do was to crawl up a tree so he could see where three young squirrel hunters were heading after a successful hunt. Those hunters were two buddies and me. We were around 12 years old at the time. We had bagged five big fox squirrels on family land in Polk County not far from Lake Livingston. We saw the game warden coming down the tree. As we stood there in complete disbelief, he asks to see our squirrels, and we pulled them out of our game bags and couldn’t have been happier.

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If you want to get out of those big box stores and find something more personal for your outdoor spaces, you are on the “Right Side of Texas.” Decorators and gardeners in the know scour our local antique stores for the best and most unique inspirations for their gardens. Just flip through magazines like Architectural Digest or Southern Living and you will see picture perfect areas with personal touches. Free your mind. The trend now is to re-use and re-purpose.

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Kevin Costner

In short, this is a touchdown with Kevin Costner doing what he does best — a sports movie. Whether it’s “Field of Dreams,” “Bull Durham” or “The Love of the Game,” this is a genre that Costner owns.

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Robert Sloan photo

Once again, we’ve got a cold front plowing through Southeast Texas, and the high winds and cold air will slow fishing down on inland lakes and coastal bays. This is unprecedented weather for the right side of Texas. Temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s are practically unheard of the Piney Woods at this time of year. Needless to say, we’ve had a colder winter than usual, and the spring temps are way lower than normal.

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We’ve been enjoying quite a show these last few weeks with the area’s azaleas. Try as they might, even the best gardeners in most of the United States cannot have those lovely blooms that we take for granted. A unique combination of climate, soil and conditions have come together right here that give us these breathtaking flowers that we pass by for a month or so in the spring in this lovely part of Texas.

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