Thomas Anthony Guerriero

At roughly the same time this newspaper went to press last week, law enforcement officers in Florida were apprehending the man pictured on the cover – Thomas Anthony Guerriero, a former local indoor soccer team owner who came into Southeast Texas with big talk and a bad track record in the early fall of 2014.

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Approximately 350 children received gifts during the Orange County Blue Santa ev

Santa in Blue and his generous crew recently took a sleigh ride through Beaumont neighborhoods, spreading holiday cheer while distributing Christmas gifts to a multitude of excited and grateful children.

Over 200 local children got a visit from the Beaumont Police Department’s blue-clad Santa Claus, who carried a big bag filled with a variety of goodies from door to door. Children received bicycles, Barbie dolls, board games, and other nifty gifts they can check off their Christmas wish lists.

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7-year-old Audrey Humble shows off a Christmas decoration made at the event.
9-year-old Eben Jeanjaquet plays one of many games monitored by volunteers.

While most philanthropic endeavors this time of year concentrate on toy donations and feeding the hungry, Christmas Family Fun Day allowed Buckner to restock its reserve of much-needed items Saturday, Dec. 19.

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For most, the Christmas holiday is a whimsical time, symbolizing hope, joy and the magical innocence of childhood revived by the season. But for those who have suffered loss due to crime, Christmas can be bittersweet — beautiful in what it represents, but disheartening without a loved one taken under violent circumstances.

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In its fifth year, the Christmas Lights Program, sponsored by the Houston-based Mostyn Moreno Educational Foundation, provided 60 life skills students from Port Neches-Groves with a $50 gift card for each student to buy their own Christmas gifts, a luncheon and the chance to meet S

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