County Judge Carl Thibodeaux declared April 2013 as “Southeast Texas Big Read” month in Orange County at the commissioners court special meeting Monday, March 25. Orange Public Library director of services Mary J. McCoy appeared before the court and accepted the honor on behalf of Orange County. According to the proclamation, the Big Read endeavor is meant to encourage reading in the area.

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China native and rodeo star Beau Schroeder was airlifted to Las Vegas after an accident at the Fort Mojave Classic Xtreme Bulls event Sunday, March 24, in Fort Mojave, Ariz., left him with two collapsed lungs and a torn trachea, according to Punkee Schroeder, Beau’s father.

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A three-hour long Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting held Thursday, March 21, ended with one trustee facing assault charges and the majority of the board voting to bring in two $375-an-hour Houston lawyers to ready for a legal battle at the Texas Supreme Court. 

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A town hall meeting Saturday, March 23, at the American Legion Post 49 on Green Avenue was intended by organizers to be a meeting presenting both sides of the controversy over a proposed memorial that would display more than 20 Confederate flags including the infamous battle flag and would be visible from Interstate 10. It turned into a very one-sided affair, however, when no one from the organization Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) showed up to speak their piece.

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The cold front that came in last Sunday was nothing more than stumbling block for anglers in the hunt for trophy trout on Sabine Lake. The cold weather came in Sunday, and by Wednesday it was back to spring time, warm temperatures and warming tides along the upper Texas coast.

From now through the end of April, big trout will be roaming the shallows of both Sabine Lake and East Galveston Bay. Ditto that for the east shoreline of Trinity Bay. 

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