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Billy Bob Brown has been farming in the Amarillo area for nearly half a century, and this is the longest dry spell he’s ever seen.

The region hasn’t received measurable rainfall in more than 100 days, according to the National Weather Service, and Brown is worried about the fate of his crops. He already can’t grow corn because it’s been so dry.

“I remember when I was growing up in the 50s and there was three years of drought,” said Brown, who is 78. “This is the worst I’ve seen since then.”

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Photo: Lumberton Police Department

The Lumberton Police Department needs your help to identify this person of interest in reference to a robbery, the department said in a statement.

Anyone who can identify this person should contact Capt. F. Cobb at (409) 755-3400 or fcobb [at] lumbertonpd [dot] com.

- Lumberton Police Department

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The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a robbery that occurred in the 42000 block of State Hwy 105 in Batson around 10:00 p.m. Jan. 21, Sheriff Mark Davis said in a release.

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On Jan. 20, at about 10:31 pm, Beaumont Police Officers responded to the area of I-10 and Washington Boulevard in reference to a stolen black 2002 Chevrolet Impala, Officer Carol Riley said in a release.

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On Jan. 21 at about 11:00 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the train tracks on Highway 3256 in Lake Charles regarding a pedestrian/train accident, according to a release from the department.

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The Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced Jan. 23 it is awarding up to $27.5 million in grant funds through two programs that support mental health services and projects for Texas.

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On Jan. 23, at about 6:30 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a multiple vehicle crash on US 96 in Jasper County, about three miles North of Jasper, Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release.

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On Jan. 22, at about 10:00 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a one vehicle crash on FM 363 in Newton County about three miles northwest of Bon Weir, Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release.

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Blake Everett Reed | Photo: Texas DPS

Blake Everett Reed, 32, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, is now in custody after being captured on Jan. 21 in California.

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 Dana M. Pratt

On January 15, deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Sex Offender Unit received information regarding convicted sex offender Dana M. Pratt, 51, of Lumberton, TX, working at a local plant without notifying the proper authorities of his employment, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.

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