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Michael Gelagotis, charged with patrolling the streets of Beaumont pretending to be an officer of the law, pleaded guilty to the charge in Judge John Stevens' Jefferson County Criminal District Court on Friday, Jan. 29. Gelagotis was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, for impersonating a public servant and unlawful possession of body armor.

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(Kountze cheerleaders) Examiner file photo

The Texas Supreme Court has agreed a lawsuit filed by a Kountze cheerleader and her family may be reinstated after being thrown out for being moot in a lower court.

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June Knight de Leon

Longtime lakeside resident June Earline Knight de Leon died peacefully in her Chula Vista home on Nov. 5, 2015, at the age of 79.

Knight de Leon was born December 22, 1935 in Beaumont, Texas, the daughter of Christine Collins and Harry Knight. She graduated from Beaumont High School in 1955 and attended Lamar College of Technology (later advanced to Lamar University), receiving a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1967.

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Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) has named Anita Frank principal of Pietzsch-MacArthur Elementary. Frank currently serves as principal of Fletcher Elementary. Assuming the role of interim principal of Fletcher Elementary will be Gloria Guillory, who currently serves as assistant principal. Both will assume their roles effective Monday, Feb. 1.

Anita Frank

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In an effort to draw more people and more businesses to Vidor, the city is providing tax abatements in several reinvestment zones for new residential construction and for substantial home improvements totaling $15,000 or more. In addition to the tax abatements being offered to promote growth, city code enforcers are identifying and have identified several substandard residential buildings for potential demolition. 

The actions are part of the city’s “Pride and Progress” initiative.

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