The News

State Sen. Tommy Williams, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, stopped by Vincent Middle School in Beaumont on Tuesday, Oct. 30, for a first-hand look at the Communities In Schools (CIS) program in action. More specifically, Williams was there to observe the CIS drop-out prevention effort.

He met with a group of students, teachers and staff in the Vincent library. CIS coordinator Karen Moore described how the program helped students set goals and deal with stress brought on by life situations outside of the school.

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The Nederland Veterans Honor Roll, a granite memorial to veterans at Tex Ritter Park in Nederland, stands as a reminder of those brave soldiers of the city who gave their lives for this country in various foreign wars. The stone has been placed to help people remember the sacrifices of the fallen heroes … or is it to help people forget?

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The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) Inc. raised funds and fed hungry contributors at its 20th annual Fiesta Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Crazy Jose’s in Beaumont. For breakfast, attendees gave $20 minimum donations, which go toward educational grants for Beaumont Independent School District staff and students.

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HEB is close to buying — and subsequently razing — the old Baptist Hospital at College and 11th Street in Beaumont, but some say the deal could remove access to healthy foods in low-income areas of Beaumont.

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Jefferson County Sheriff Mitch Woods presented Deputy Larry Gilder with a Life Saving Award at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Academy Classroom in Beaumont on Oct. 30.

On Oct. 12, Gilder was patrolling the area of Highway 90 and Meeker Road, near Cowboy Church on the Rock west of Beaumont, when he saw an 18-wheeler pulling a trailer with a heavy load of oil equipment become stuck on the railroad tracks.

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