Chelsea Tipton (photo by Clay Thorp)

The Symphony of Southeast Texas’ (SOST) Music DirectorChelsea Tipton II has been named the first recipient of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s new Aspire Award in recognition of his extraordinary commitment to music education.

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Deacons unveil the Texas Historical Marker at Central Baptist Church.

Nearly 101 years after the founding of Central Baptist Church, members gathered Sunday morning, Oct. 13, to celebrate the unveiling of a Texas Historical Marker recognizing the church's history and service to the city of Port Arthur.

"For a church to have its doors open for a hundred years requires a lot of faith and a lot of work," said Port Arthur mayor Bobbie Prince. "Evidently the founding fathers of this church and the current members have exhibited both."

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An unidentified man robbed BBVA Compass Bank on Calder.

Detectives are working with investigators from the FBI to identify and locate the man who robbed a downtown bank the morning of Thursday, Oct. 10.

At about 9:30 a.m., patrol officers responded to a reported robbery at the BBVA Compass Bank in the 700 block of Calder.

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The experts of all things scary, Spirit Halloween, plans to raise $15,000 or more this year to purchase items to help ease the fears of children at Baptist Hospital’s Children Emergency Center in Beaumont.

The fundraising effort is part of the Spirit of Children program, which helps the hospital purchase laptops, iPads, arts and crafts, bubble machines, flat screen televisions, medical education dolls and other items to distract kids during what can be an extremely frightening experience.

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John Mason Broadway

A Groves man has pleaded guilty to murdering his close friend in a drug-fueled rage.

Cody Hokett died from a shotgun wound to the chest suffered at John Mason Broadway's former residence at 3131 Cleveland St. in Groves.

Broadway, 27, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Sept. 6, 2012, for first degree murder in Hokett's death.

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