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After hanging out for dinner at Sartin’s Seafood Nederland for a few hours, we made friends with a lovely couple of characters named Jimmy and Snook several times over.

At first they were a little daunting to look at; well dressed, smelling wonderful and backed by a mountainous army of friends, we didn’t really know how to approach them. But finally, we got to know Jimmy and Snook and we will never forget them — they were delicious.

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Not many know, but Joe Nichols had a very tough decision to make as a teenager in high school — continue to play baseball and become the best baseball player he could be or go down the path of music. Apparently, it was the right one.

Born and raised in Rogers, Ark., Nichols, now 34, signed his first independent record contract at 20, but after several years of hard work, Nichols upgraded his status by signing with Universal Records, now Show Dog-Universal Music, and releasing Man with a Memory in 2002.

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Star-studded show … Many of the Stars of the Arc Celebrity Style Show participants were glowing as they made their way down the runway while proud parents, friends and guests encouraged them with rounds of applause. The highlight of evening was the presentation of six prestigious awards by emcees Kelli and Bob Phillips. Recipients of these awards wereBecky Ames, Coffy Pieternelle, Sara Leonard, Matthew Bloodsworth, Kirksey’s Sprint Printing and Cindy Bloodsworth.

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Since when does a chick flick and a “R” rating go together? It’s a melding of the merry minds of Judd Apatow, the king of bromance, and Kristen Wiig, one of SNL’s most talented performers.

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For the past couple of weeks, flounder fishing has been good, and it seems to be getting better as the water warms and we get closer to the first day of summer — June 21. The great thing about living on the upper Texas coast is that there is no shortage of flounder fishing spots. Two of the best are located in Sabine Pass. Two other very popular flounder fishing holes are at Keith Lake fish pass at Sabine, and Rollover Pass on Bolivar Peninsula.

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During the late spring and early summer, there are some nights that turn warm. There are times, however, when the winds continue to blow, but there are also some hot, still, humid nights. These are the times when the very best bullfrog catching takes place. Another thing to note is the moon’s phase. Dark nights are far superior times for going frogging. Yes, it is possible to catch frogs during adverse conditions contrary as those aforementioned, but it is much more productive to have all of nature’s ducks in a row.

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Have you ever wanted a touch of Hawaii in your yard? The lovely plumeria will make you feel like you have just landed on the islands. What a beautiful fragrance!Any good flight to the island of Hawaii ends with the passengers departing the plane and someone putting a lei around your neck. That lovely traditional lei is strung with the blossoms from the ubiquitous plumeria plant.

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A regular reader of this column suggested that I write about a free service that can automatically install and update the most popular freeware programs available. She recommended Ninite, but I was also familiar with a competitive service from AllMyApps. While both have comprehensive listings of free software, AllMyApps also includes links to some commercial software applications, so I would have to give the edge to Ninite when it comes to the mass installation of free software.

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For years I’ve been attracted to biographies and stories of famous women in the Bible, and to my surprise, there are quite a few. Some of them did great and mighty things and changed the course of human history.

For two weeks now, I have been studying the life of Hannah, mother of Samuel. Her story is found in 1 Samuel, and it is an interesting one.

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Chula Vista has been a Tex-Mex destination in Beaumont for nearly 30 years — complete with a radio jingle that local folks may remember from back when the “hit” had constant radio play 10 years ago.

But aside from coining the term “hot sauce head,” Chula Vista does in fact do things a little differently — after all, they continue to please customers who have stuck around since 1980 while earning new ones every day.

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