Two longtime Beaumont Independent School District administrators are leaving the district effective immediately – Dr. Shirley Bonton, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and Dr. Dwaine Augustine, assistant superintendent for secondary education.

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Carl Broussard, Ava Nicole Lewis and Lamya Janise Newhouse

A suspect in the fatal hit and run that claimed the lives of 25-year-old Ava Nicole Lewis and her 6-year-old daughter Lamya Janise Newhouse on Nov.

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Dr. Mark Kubala and his late wife, Betty

The 13th annual Harvest of Hope will be special for many reasons. Not only is the event a major fundraiser for the Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas, but this year the honoree is neurosurgeon Mark J. Kubala.

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I recently wrote a thank you note because I still believe in written notes of appreciation coming from the U.S. Postal Service to a real mailbox. A friend and I had ridden with another couple to an event some miles from home. The male member of the couple insisted on driving his big truck. We agreed rather than causing turmoil. My friend and I had discussed the offer and both had really wanted to go alone so that we could “explore” the area or stop off for other things on the way to or from the event.

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Talk about “Texas Tough,” the coleus is just that. As we know the weather around here can be hotter than Hades one week and dry as a bone, then comes five days of rain and little sunshine. When those folks up North brag that their plants can survive the heat of over 90 degrees we just kind of giggle. We have the plus and minus of long growing seasons, hot summers and mild, erratic winters. One plant option that can serve us well here is the coleus.

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