Musically gifted: at Barbara Lynn’s birthday party

When Beaumont native Barbara Lynn hit the big time, touring with artists like Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight and releasing the chart topping hit song, “You’ll lose a good thing,” her Pear Orchard neighbors were thrilled—and proud to say they knew her.

“We were excited and happy for her,” said Annie B. Moye, who knew Lynn as a child. “Our own hometown girl made it good — she made it good.”

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Taxmas tree idea falls flat

It’s an “artificial” controversy.
After major fallout from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s approval of a 15-cent fee on each Christmas tree sold, the White House announced Wednesday the program would be delayed. The fee would have underwritten a promotional effort similar to the “Got Milk?” campaign.

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As published Nov. 10, 2011