Chad Cooper

Olivia Newton-John

MAGIC! One of many words to describe Olivia Newton-John's standing room only performance April 7 at the Grand Event Center inside the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles.

Though many know her for her role as Sandy Olsson alongside John Travolta in the 1978 iconic musical-film Grease, Olivia had a string of seven No. 1 songs before she ever stepped foot on the movie set including "Please Mr. Please" and "I Honestly Love You," which she ended the 21-song set with.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd

Members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Southern rock superstars Lynyrd Skynyrd featuring Johnny Van Zant on vocals performed a sold out show in the Grand Event Center at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles on April 8. The band opened up the concert with “What’s Your Name” and kept the crowd on their feet for more than two hours. The concert also featured all their hits including “Saturday Night,” a version of Merle Haggard’s “Honky Tonk Night Time Man,” “That Smell,” “Simple Man,” “Gimme Three Steps,” “Sweet Home Alabama” and closed with their classic, “Free Bird.”

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Meekness, I fear, is a very misunderstood word in our modern culture. One of the very best definitions I have found is, “An attitude of humble, submissive and expectant trust in God, and a loving, patient and gentle attitude towards others.” Meekness is mentioned often in Scripture, but I do not remember a great amount of time being given to discussion and teaching of the word.

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Two of the biggest names in the metal rock world have joined together for a co-headlining Return of the Dreads summer tour with legendary acts Korn and Rob Zombie, along with special guest In This Moment. The show plays the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavil­ion on Wednesday, Aug. 3, with gates opening at 5:30 p.m.

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The Examiner Publisher Don Dodd, Supervising Editor Jennifer Johnson, City Edito

The Examiner received multiple honors at the 25th annual Press Club of Southeast Texas Excellence in Media Awards, held Friday, June 10, at the MCM Eleganté Hotel and Conference Center in Beaumont.

In addition to winning first place in Overall Excellence and best Website News, Examiner staff won individual honors across several categories.

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The Big Bopper Burger, onion rings, and a root beer float

When Bruce Self was a boy, he often visited his favorite drive-in burger joint on Texas Avenue in Bridge City to grab some hand-battered, crispy-coated onion rings.

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Both Sam Stabler and Mittu Hukka downed league records, claimed individual championships and led the Lamar cross country teams to a sweep of the 2014 Southland Conference Cross Championships for the second straight year on Nov. 3 at the Walter P. Ledet Track Complex in Natchitoches, La.

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Lamar sophomore Nikita Lis had to fight his way through a couple of three-set matches to earn a berth in the Cardinals’ Ron Wesbrooks Flight One Singles Championship against Texas-Pan American’s Juan Cruz-Soria.

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The new black-painted helmets didn’t help Lamar against Sam Houston State as the Cardinals were blown out at home in their Southland Conference opener by the score of 42-10 in front of announced crowd of 9,308.

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Castino

Little Cypress Mauriceville High School’s Vicki Castino was named the Golf Coach of the Year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association in Arlington earlier this summer. Castino has been head girls’ coach at LC-M for 20 years, and during that span, her teams have won the District title 12 times, been a regional qualifier 16 times and reached the state tournament once.

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