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Whether you are looking for a nice place to eat providing a good atmosphere for you and your special someone, a business meeting, a group of friends out for a night of fun, or just a wonderful relaxing meal for you and the family, put The Grill by Arfeen, Smith and Payne on your must-do list. You will be pleasantly surprised at the quality of food, the upscale surroundings, and a price point in line with many of Beaumont’s better restaurants.

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Lack of participation at election time is counterproductive to the efficient operation of a democracy. Theoretically, the more people who vote and participate in the selection of our leaders, the better the result should be. There are even some fledgling democracies in the world who make it mandatory that their citizens vote. While I doubt if such a proposition would fly in the United States, our various levels of government should not engage in activity that would discourage or diminish the number of people voting.

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For the second time in as many weeks, The Examiner has uncovered an audit submitted to the Texas Education Agency that was changed after the board approved it.

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Monday, March 19, is an important day in Southeast Texas for all those concerned about the welfare of the boys and girls who live in the area. The Tom Mulvaney Golf Tournament is on tap beginning with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. at the Beaumont County Club. The event is a prime fundraiser for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children) and depends on this fun-filled day to help meet the many needs of an ever-expanding population.

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The top selling video games in the world so far in 2012 aren’t shooter games, as some of us would have guessed. Nope. They’re fitness games.

In North America, the No. 1 game is actually a dance game. Just Dance 3 for the Wii has been the top selling video game in 2012 so far. To date, Just Dance 3 (Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011) has sold more than 7 million copies since its October 2011 release. It’s estimated that worldwide, gamers spend 23 million minutes per day playing the game, dancing to 7.5 million songs daily!

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The Lutcher Theater in Orange will end its season with a little soul as the Original Tribute To The Blues Brothers enters the building for the first time ever on Wednesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. Great balcony seats are still available beginning at $20. Tickets can be purchased online at lutcher.org or at the box office.  

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I have to admit that the most frequent sources of ideas for this column are interesting questions asked by callers on my weekly radio show on KLVI (6 p.m. Mondays, 560AM), and e-mails from readers of this column. In a somewhat unusual move for me, I will respond to two of those inquiries in this column.

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Yes, it is nearly time for the general Rio Grande Turkey season. The south zone season begins on March 17. There is a special youth-only opening March 10-11 and again May 5-6. The South Texas season remains open through April 29 in 54 counties.

The 101 counties in the north zone will open for the youth only March 24-25 and again May 19-20. The general north zone Rio Grande Turkey season will begin March 31 and run through May 13.

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A friend sent this to me and I was attracted to the truth it shared. Although it is a work of fiction originally published under the name Elizabeth Silance Ballard in 1974, this tale cobbled together from the real-life experiences of the author and her contemporaries contains life lessons that still hold value for us today.

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The Blue Man Group will be performing three shows at the Lutcher Theater on March 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. All three performances are sold out, but there are a few single and obstructed view seats left.

Anyone interested in these seats, or interested in putting his/her name on a waiting list may email the box office at boxoffice [at] lutcher [dot] org.

For more information, call (409) 886-5535.

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