Fourth of July

Big king mackerel like this one can be caught within a few miles off the Sabine

By the time we make it to the Fourth of July, you can bet your boat, motor and trailer that fishing on the lakes and along the coast is going to be red hot.

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A ricocheting popper burned parts of Nolan Haney’s eye and eyelid when he was 4.

Fireworks sales started blazing across the country starting Memorial Day weekend, running through the Fourth of July. As retailers begin their promotions, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is shining a light on this explosive fact: the number of eye injuries caused by fireworks has more than doubled in recent years.

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A warm summer night, friends, fireworks and barbecue: What is there not to love about the Fourth of July? It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling to the beach, the lake or staying at home; almost everyone does a little outdoor cooking for the holiday. It is definitely a time to celebrate and gather with friends old and new. Lately I have been smoking every weekend as I plan to enter the competition circuit on a limited basis this year, and I am trying to get my seasoning and timing down.

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The City of Beaumont presents its annual Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, July 4 beginning at 5 p.m. at Riverfront Park at 801 Main St. in downtown Beaumont. This annual activity offers a sensational salute to our nation’s past with live performances at Riverfront Park, a patriotic performance by the Symphony of Southeast Texas at Julie Rogers Theatre, and a breathtaking fireworks display over the Neches River.

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Beaumont Animal Services would like to remind everyone that while you are out having fun with your family this 4th of July, remember your pets and to keep them safe this holiday. According to Matthew Fortenberry, Animal Services Manager, “The day after the 4th of July is one of our busiest days of the year with people looking for their lost pet that ran away during a fireworks display”. Many animals are “sound sensitive” and try

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