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Dear Annie:

My granddaughter, “Melanie,” thinks that she has a half-sister 24 years younger.

Melanie believes that her father, long divorced from her mother, was asked by his former unattached girlfriend with whom he remained friendly, to “help” her have a child before it becomes biologically too late.

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Melton Murphy stands at attention in uniform

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause.” It is this notion that embodied the second annual Veteran Fest held at the Downtown Event Centre on Sunday, Aug. 5. Veterans of Southeast Texas and beyond were celebrated at the veteran focused festival hosted by Young Americans Overseas (YAO) and sponsored by Humana and Marvic International LLC Construction. The event was free and also offered street tacos, drinks and live music with a petting zoo and face painting available for children at no charge.

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Happy Family Combo at Taste of China Xpress

Chinese cuisine first came into prominence in America in the late 20th century though Chinese restaurants have been in America since at least the mid-19th century. Taste of China Xpress in Beaumont is another addition in this rich and delicious history of Chinese cuisine in America. Located on College Street, this Chinese eatery goes above and beyond in terms of flavor, portions and choice.

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Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon in Susanna Fogel's The Spy Who Dumped Me

‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’

Starring: Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon

Directed by: Susanna Fogel

Rated: R

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Generation X is known as being the generation of slackers, the cynical and the disaffected, but they’re also the MTV Generation, and they demand excellence in their music. As a new rock music culture emerges, one defined by fans and artists rather than labels and MTV, Loudwire presents the Gen-X Summer concert tour featuring performances from Buckcherry, P.O.D., Lit and Alien Ant Farm inside the Golden Nugget’s on Friday, Aug. 10, in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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Albert Nolen

Sold-out concert … Local country singer star Tracy Byrd and band Book of Days were a huge draw for our fair city last Friday evening, July 20. The Julie Rogers Theatre was packed and guests seem to enjoy themselves thoroughly with both of the musical entertainers. In the audience were Marci and George Brown, Dona Johnson, Elizabeth Waddill, Mary Jane Benning, Doug Fair, Stephanie and Eric Flatten, Eric Meadows, and Becky and Jerry Conn in from Austin, to name a few.

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David Harris is infatuated with Bolivar Peninsula. From the Midwest, Harris found his way down south and landed on Bolivar 21 years ago and became a fishing guide. After working 300 trips every year for 16 years, it was time for something new — Bolivar promotion.

“It’s so laid back,” said Harris. “Bolivar is an undiscovered gem. Where else in Texas can you drive golf carts, vehicles and camp right on the beach, and it’s populated enough to run to a restaurant or run to the store.”

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The front view of the Acadia

The 2018 Acadia is a versatile and stylish midsize crossover that is positioned between GMC’s compact Terrain and full-size Yukon.

With a base price of $29,995, the Acadia is available in four trims: SL, SLE, SLT and Denali. Depending on the model, the GMC Acadia is available with five-, six- or seven-passenger seating.

Acadia highlights

Acadia All Terrain is offered on SLE and SLT AWD models. All Terrain models are distinguished with a body-color grille surround, dark chrome trim and unique wheels. Inside is exclusive five-passenger seating.

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The Diamond S Bacon Cheeseburger

By Kyle Swearingen

Staff Writer

You enter the building greeted by 25-cent gumball machines and a sign that reads “If you like our food, tell your friends. If you don’t, tell us.” The warm environment surrounding you is peppered with patrons chatting, sharing stories and laughs. You just stepped into Diamond S Diner, a small country diner in the heart of China right off of Highway 90. The building that is now the eatery, first built in 1985, is now owned by Sandra Sherman, a 50th wedding anniversary present to her from her late husband, J.E. Sherman.

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The stars of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’

Starring: Lily James, Amanda Seyfried

Directed by: Ol Parker

Rated: PG-13

Here we go with the feel-good movie of the summer. It’s a sugary sequel to “Mamma Mia,” which managed to gross over $600 million world-wide in 2008. This second verse is poised to do it again with a lot of talent in front and behind the camera making it all come together for a definite chick flick pleaser.

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