The News

A 32-year-old Woodville man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

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"This is a very exciting find," recounted Bruce Lockett, director of the Texas Archaeology Study Association (TASA) and president of the Vidor Historical Society, referring to a wreck site discovered by the group months ago.

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Calling Christians a bunch of jerks is sure to turn a few heads, even more so when the one doing the name-calling is a group of Christians themselves. When Pastor Chris Beard and the congregation of Beaumont's Christ Covenant Church on Major Drive decided to erect a billboard labeling Christians as a bunch of jerks, they expected to get feedback. They didn't expect, however, to be answering calls from national news organizations as to what prompted the ad campaign.

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Representatives from the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center say time is running out to enter family, business, church, school or organization entries into the second annual Scarecrow Festival. Oct. 15 is the last day to register an entry for the Scarecrow Festival, which takes place Oct. 26 through Nov. 27.

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Hill

Lamar University fresh­man Brandon Jamal Hill, 20, died unexpectedly after being taken by ambulance to an area hospital after becoming ill on Feb. 3, university offi­cials said.

Hill was a resident of Mis­souri City and lived in Monroe Hall on the campus.

The only mention of the death was on the Lamar Universi­ty website through a statement by LU President Ken Evans.

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