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OK, OK, I know that many of you no longer actually pick up a book, open the covers, and turn the pages. I am familiar with Kindle, iPads, various other readers on the market, and my computer, but for me, although I have several devices, I still prefer the bound book. It doesn’t have to be a hardback or library edition. A good paperback will suffice, and a loaned or gifted copy is great, too. In fact, I have been thinking of ways to get our readers to share books they’ve already read with others.

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Lexus created the blueprint for its luxury crossover utility vehicle more than 15 years ago with the launch of the original RX model in 1998. Today, Lexus continues its success in this segment with the 2016 RX 350, which has a starting MSRP of $43,020.

For 2016, a 3.5-liter direct-injection gasoline-powered V6 engine with 295 horsepower and 267 foot-pounds of torque powers the RX 350 and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. (A hybrid model is also available.)

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Sasha should really be named chatty Kathy. When you walk into the cat room at the shelter, Sasha is always the first to say hello. She just loves to have conversations with BAS staff and even chirps. She’s a young, beautiful tabby cat around 8 months old and has big bright yellow eyes. Take a look at her super long tail; it is rather bushy and has really cool stripes on it. Please stop by the shelter and fill out an adoption application. The cost to adopt her is $30, and she is fully vaccinated and ready to go home with you.

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Maximus, a young male blue heeler approximately 1 1/2 years old, is available for adoption. He’s current on all his vaccinations and neutered. Blue heelers are working dogs, so he’ll need a big yard or, even better, a ranch or farm setting. Heelers are herding dogs, so homes with young children are not recommended. Maximus is alert and watchful and would be a great guardian for people and property.

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The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is the second generation of Honda’s midsize pickup truck, redesigned from the ground up. With a starting MSRP of $29,475, the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline comes in a total of seven trim levels, a choice of 2WD or AWD systems, and offers many new features.

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The all-new 2017 Sportage, the fourth generation of Kia Motors America’s longest-running nameplate, features a contemporary exterior, spacious interior cabin and three distinct trim levels: LX, EX and SX Turbo.

Modern interior

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Lovely little Mercedes is what we call a pocket pitty. She is full-grown and only weighs 39 pounds. As you can see, her previous owners neglected to care for her skin. This condition, called demodex, is not contagious and is very easy to fix. We just know she is going to be a gorgeous young lady once her skin clears up. We think she would do best in a home with children 10 and up. She is a little particular about her doggie friends. She prefers, well ... dogs just like her!

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Queen Category

2016-2017 Groves Pecan Queen – Keni Marie McAdams

1st Runner-up – Breanna Hope Hall

Miss Congeniality – Keni Marie McAdams

Most Photogenic – Breanna Hope Hall

 

Princess Category

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Southeast Texas Medical Associates began using electronic health records in March 1998. Shortly after that, we determined that our “real” goal was “electronic patient management,” i.e., the leveraging of the capabilities of electronics to improve the quality of the care we provided to our patients.

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AT&T Pioneers Ethel Jones Johnson, Angel Jones, Graylynn Viltz and Tonja Holmes

Representatives from AT&T Pioneers and Winners for Life presented a check for $5,000 to the Gift of Life on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the nonprofit’s Dowlen Road office in Beaumont.

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