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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After almost two years, the family of murdered Beaumont police officer Bryan Hebert has found justice after John Wesley Nero pleaded no contest Thursday, March 14, to the 2011 capital murder that took Hebert’s life.

By taking the plea deal, Nero has avoided the death penalty and will be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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While it’s true that Dr. James “Jimmy” Simmons made history by becoming Lamar’s first president emeritus, his true passion has always been music, according to those who know him best.

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The baseball season for athletes participating in Adaptive Sport for Kids (ASK) kicked off on a cold and windy Saturday, March 2, at Doornbos Park in Nederland. Parents and children from around the region gathered together to support their teams and watch the opening ceremonies on the field in spite of the blustery weather.

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