Through President James “Jimmy” Simmons tenure as band director, music professor, and dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, he brought pride to the Lamar University music program through “the Grandest Band in the Land” and the creation of Lamarissimo! He has also helped to kick-start many successful music careers, according to many of his friends, colleagues and former students.

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There is an epidemic afoot in Beaumont, and it isn’t the seasonal flu.

Beaumont families from all walks of life are seeking out fast cash from payday and title loan companies. These companies promise easy, same-day money that some establishments market as a way of helping residents build their credit.

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There is a sad end to report on a story that first appeared in The Examiner in 2009. Marcus Leday, who graduated from West Brook High School in Beaumont in 2005, has taken his own life. He had enlisted in the Army after graduation, becoming part of the storied First Division – the Big Red One. Marcus was a mechanic, servicing combat tanks and trucks in the deserts of Iraq.

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