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Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Wilburn Junior “Will” Agy | Photo: DPS

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is seeking the public’s help in solving the 1995 murder of Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputy Wilburn Junior “Will” Agy, who was shot and killed while acting in an official capacity, the department said in a release.

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Thanksgiving is not exactly a turkey’s dream come true. But for deer hunters it’s always nice to get lucky and harvest a turkey for the holidays. 

If it wasn’t for the Rio Grande turkeys, we wouldn’t have much of a turkey hunting season. The Rio Grande turkey is by far the most populous and widest-ranging wild turkey subspecies in our state. The other two subspecies with populations in Texas are the eastern turkey and the Merriam’s turkey.

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Lamar University is now in search of a new athletic director. Nov. 20, Jason Henderson resigned his position after being on campus for 11 years. Henderson joined Lamar in 2006 as a compliance coordinator then was named interim athletic director in 2011. Lamar took the interim tag off in 2012.

Former Lamar basketball standout Norman Bellard was named interim athletic director.

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 Lamar University soccer players celebrate a victory

After winning their first regular season Southland Conference title, the Cardinal women’s soccer program grinded its way through the conference tournament and won it. LU defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1-0), Central Arkansas (2-1) and SFA (2-0) to advance to the NCAA Tournament after finishing a dismal 2-14-3 last year.

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Lamar Cardinal soccer champs

Playing in front of their biggest home crowd ever, the Lamar Cardinals came up with their biggest win ever, a 4-1 drubbing of archrival McNeese on Oct. 27, to claim the Southland Conference regular-season championship for the first time in the 11-year history of the LU women’s soccer program.

“What an amazing night,” said head coach Steve Holeman. “We came out and played an amazing game. These girls worked hard all season, and it really paid off tonight.”

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Andrew Allen totaled 282 yards and two scores against Sam Houston State

It’s been nearly a month since Lamar football has played a home game at Provost Umphrey Stadium, but that changes this week as the Cardinals look to get their first Southland Conference win of the season on Saturday, Oct. 28, when they host Stephen F. Austin (3-5, 3-3) at 6 p.m.

The Cards (1-6, 0-5) went toe-to-toe with No. 6 ranked Sam Houston State last weekend and found themselves down 33-20 late in the second quarter, but a few miscues quickly turned into a 63-27 loss.

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Golf ball

The annual Beaumont City Golf Championship is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11 – Monday, Nov. 13, at Henry Homberg Golf Course at 5940 Babe Zaharias Drive. There will be a 36-hole medal play, flighted by handicap. Divisions include President’s flight, Championship flight and the Seniors. Entry fee is $60 and golfers can sign up at Homberg Golf Course or by calling (409) 842-3220.

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quail

The 2016 Texas quail season served as a renaissance reminder of how good hunting can be when all the right elements converge. Specifically, weather and habitat aligned to create a “super boom” year for quail production that led to exceptional hunts the likes of which had not been seen in many years.

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Lamar women’s basketball

The start of college basketball is right around the corner, and if the Southland Conference preseason polls are any indication, both the Lamar women’s and men’s teams will have plenty of success in the 2017-18 season.

The women’s team is picked to finish first in the league while the men are predicted to finish second behind Stephen F. Austin.

“We now have to live up to our expectations,” said women’s head coach Robin Harmony. “I think this team can be something special.”

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The Cardinals ran into a buzz saw last week at home when they faced Nicholls, a team who should have beaten Texas A&M a few weeks earlier. The Colonels (3-2, 2-1) jumped out to a 20-0 first-half lead and never looked back to roll on 41-14 over Lamar (1-4, 0-4) in front of over 6,000 fans at Provost Umphrey Stadium on Sept. 30.

The Cardinals struggled to move the ball, finishing the night with 237 yards of total offense. LU’s quarterbacks completed 14 of 33 passes for 121 yards with two interceptions by junior transfer Darrell Colbert.

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