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1940 by Susan Dunn

I have recently finished reading a book by Susan Dunn titled “1940.” It’s basically about political events occurring in the year before Franklin Roosevelt ran for a third term. Much of the book is about attitudes concerning Nazi Germany’s conquest of Europe and the concerns of Americans about getting in – or staying out of – the conflict. Though I have read quite a bit from that historical period, it is still somewhat shocking to revisit the history of how involved Germany was in trying to influence American opinion and politics.

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Ford Proctor

Two-time Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School all-state baseball player and current Rice University infielder Ford Proctor has been named one of the Top 100 college prospects by Baseball America for the upcoming 2018 Major League Baseball Draft.

The junior was one of only three Owls to start and/or play in all 64 games last season and led the team with 58 runs scored, which gave him a high Conference USA ranking. Proctor also led the Owls in walks with 39 and was second on the team with 19 doubles while finishing fourth in the lineup with a .311 batting average.

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"Murf the Surf" Jack Murphy and Julie Simpson

Middle-aged and retired women walk single-file down the narrow sidewalk between barbed wire fences on a cold December morning. Headed to prison.

But only for a visit.

The Winning Edge’s biggest annual volunteer-based prison ministry event kicked off Friday, Dec. 1, at several prisons, including the Gist State Jail and the LeBlanc State Jail in Beaumont and the Lucile Plane State Jail in Dayton, about an hour outside of Beaumont. Only male volunteers entered men’s prisons while the women headed to the Plane Unit. 

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Brenda Cannon Henley

A dear friend shared this story with me, and I liked it so much, I decided to share it with you, our readers.

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A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art they had carefully collected over the years.

When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

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Shelby, black Lab

Meet Shelby, a 45-pound female black Lab mix. Shelby has been at Beaumont Animal Care since Oct. 24, and shelter staff wish to see her adopted soon. She is a happy dog, gets along with her kennel mates, and walks like a sweet lady on a leash. Shelby is not a big fan of cats but loves to be with people, especially when they have an endless supply of toys for her. She has kind, gentle behavior. To learn more about Shelby, visit her at Beaumont Animal Care, 1884 Pine St., Beaumont, ID No. 31595.

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Joette Reger of Garden Gate

It is such a thrill each year to see the little buds come out on my Christmas cactus plants. Seems like they tease me for about three weeks before the buds turn into gorgeous blooms. What a seasonal decoration! Between blooming seasons, I keep them along with “expired” orchids on the tile floor under a piano. That way, it is hard to forget to give them watering every week or so until they surprise me with blooms again.

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the 2017 Lexus RC

 

For 2017, Lexus RC brings a bold design and a choice of three powertrains. The selection process continues with the F SPORT package that’s available for each RC model, which is distinguished by exclusive exterior design and interior features.

Exterior details

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Downtown Beaumont holiday tree lighting

Join the Downtown Museum District on the grounds of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) and Texas Energy Museum at 500 Main Street for the Holiday Tree Lighting Party on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 4-7 p.m. with Santa Claus lighting the tree promptly at 6 p.m. At this holiday event, families will participate in ornament making for their tree at home and the downtown tree, take pictures with Santa Claus, make and send letters to the North Pole, enjoy holiday music, and much more.  Free cookies and hot cider will be available.  

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Santa at Calder Woods

Calder Woods is working to make sure the magic of the season extends to all ages, as the senior living community invites its Beaumont friends and neighbors to get into the holiday spirit by stopping in for an afternoon with Santa. Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7080 Calder Ave. Seniors age 60 and up are invited to come take a free photo by themselves or with their families with Beaumont’s very own Santa Claus, as well as enjoy festive treats and refreshments. This event is indoors, welcoming guests to come and go from 3-5 p.m.

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