Chad Cooper

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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The Sabine River in Orange has been a very busy body of water, from recent Bassmaster fishing tournaments to thundering tunnel boat racing. Now for the first time, the waterway will see a “Rumble on the River” as TxH20 Racing presents jet ski racing Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, at the Orange Boat Ramp (408 Pier Road).

“This is something new that everyone will enjoy,” said Brandy Judice, Orange CVB coordinator. “There will be no charge to attend this family-friendly event. Concessions and kids activities onsite will also be available.”

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Chad Cooper, sports/entertainment editor, won first place in the National Newspaper Association Awards with The Examiner’s Southeast Texas High School Football magazine for Best Special News, Sports or Feature Section or Edition in competition with 1,605 entries.

Soon to be in its 17th edition, the Southeast Texas High School Football Guide is a 56-page, full color magazine that covers every high school, both big and small, in Southeast Texas by promoting the passion, the atmosphere, the rivalries, and the community support for the love of Friday night lights.

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Don Dodd, Sharon Brooks, Chad Cooper, Jennifer Johnson, Joshua Cobb, Kevin King

When the Press Club of Southeast Texas opens entries for the best investigative reports, eligible candidates from Southeast Texas’ daily newspapers, non-daily newspapers and magazines vie for the coveted honor of earning top distinction. At a ceremony held Friday, June 8, The Examiner secured both the first and second place awards in the highly competitive category.

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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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