Features

The annual springtime wild turkey seasons are getting close. In fact, the Rio Grande youth’s only seasons are March 26-27 and May 21-22 for the north zone. The south zone youth hunts are March 12-13 and May 7-8. The regular north zone season for 101 counties is April 2 through May 15. For the 54 south zone counties, the season goes from March 19 through May 1.

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You might have decided to have a small vegetable garden, but then comes the decision of which vegetables to plant in your garden. There are some simple questions that might help you decide.

Plant vegetables that look good. Why hide your vegetables? You can even use your front yard to plant if you want to be “green” and avant-garde. Everyone can enjoy the view. Asparagus, eggplant, fennel, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, lettuce, peppers, rhubarb, sunflowers and Swiss chard are downright pretty.

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About two weeks ago, Gino’s Pizza and Pasta owner Ilir Nikqy started working out.

Coincidentally, at around that same time a few new items appeared on his menu — delicious, as would be expected from Nikqy, but also filling and healthy items.

“I’m always trying to make something new and fresh,” said Nikqy, affectionately known to his customers as “Nicky.” “I like to choose a few ingredients and create a dish out of them.”

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Many musicians have had songs hit No. 1 on their respected music charts, but there aren’t many that can claim that they’ve had three consecutive No. 1 singles, especially in country music.

Chris Young can.

From Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Young watched “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” “The Man I Want to Be” and “Voices” climb the country charts to the top spot and all were off his sophomore album The Man I Want to Be.

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Mardi Gras ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings.

Tuesday, March 8, marks the day when everyone celebrates rich food, wine, spirits, friends and fellowship before they bid the Mardi Gras festivities farewell. For those who follow the Catholic rituals of the Lenten season, this is also a chance to feast freely before the 40-day fast leading up to Easter. It’s Fat Tuesday, folks.

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His royal highness … Everyone’s friend Brad Klein, by channeling Elvis at the Mr. Habitat 2011 competition, won the crown. His first costume was as Elvis in white, and the second Elvis costume was in black and silver — with blue suede shoes! First runner up with his beer-can tool belt was Clark Winslow, and coming in second and third were Ronnie Ramirez and Mike Blueitt. People’s Choice award went to Kevin Steele. Also working their stuff on stage were Gordon Williams, Chuck King, James Johnson and Shane Howard.

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Jesse Hasek is one of the most creative and intellectual people you will ever meet. Though his name may not ring an instant bell, his voice and work does the job.  The Knoxville, Tennessee native is the vocalist for Universal Republic recording artist 10 Years that have released several singles including “Through the Iris,” “Beautiful,” “So Long, Good-Bye,” “Actions & Motives” and “Wasteland,” which reached atop of the alternative rock chart.

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Mississippi is known as the “Birthplace of America’s Music.” Of course one of the first things that comes to mind is that Tupelo was the birthplace of Elvis and dozens of blues musicians honed their skills in the state including Sam Cooke, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King and Muddy Waters.Faith Hill, Mickey Gill, Jimmy Buffett and Jerry Lee Lewis also call Mississippi their home state.

Rockers Saving Abel have added their name to long list of influential musicians that hail from the southern Gulf Coast state.

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Gulf Coast Power Pro Wrestling returns to the National Guard Armory in Port Neches on Feb. 26 with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. The armory is located at 511 Grigsby, which is near Port Neches-Groves High School. Tickets are available at the door for $10 (adults) and $7 (kids). Seating is based on first-come first-serve. Fan favorite Max Muscles is scheduled to defend the GCPPW heavyweight title against Zen Zen. The cruiserweight title will be up for grabs when Avarice defends against two opponents — Hector Montoya and Jen Alise. The Rough Riders are also set to return.

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Most Southeast Texans would probably agree with columnist Doug Larson’s comment that “life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.”

However, they just might settle for a fresh, raw, green vegetable drink that tastes like lemonade.

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