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Port Arthur Police Department Deputy Chief Raymond Clark said a suspect in the December homicide of Amber Nicole Guillory of Vidor is in custody in the Netherlands. Authorities in Nijmegen in the Netherlands arrested 37-year-old David Carl Smith for an immigration violation and are sending him back to the U.S.

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Twelve workers at ExxonMobil’s Beaumont plant were injured when an explosion rocked the facility about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 17.

According to Beaumont Fire Department spokesman Brad Penisson, three of the 12 workers were critically injured and sustained severe burns as a result of the fire.

All were transported to local hospitals by ambulances — at least 10 of which could be seen entering and exiting the ExxonMobil facility about 11 a.m.

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BAC Tournament

(press release)

More than 300 area youth from Texas and Louisiana recently gathered in Beaumont to compete at the Inaugural “Texas Super Showcase” Basketball Tournament, benefitting IEA – Inspire, Encourage, Achieve/Ben’s Kids.

Hosted by the Beaumont Athletics Club, the three-day tournament featured 30 skilled teams, composed of players ranging in age from nine to sixteen.

The winners from the tournament were as follows:

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Dorothea Titus

Lamar University honored 110 employees with service awards at Lamar’s annual staff recognition program. The Lamar Staff Advisory Council hosted the event April 17 in the Mary and John Gray Library University Reception Center.

Dorothea Titus was recognized with 35 years of service.

Employees receiving 30-year service recognition arePamela Kay Blankenship, Salvador Costa, Gail Davis, Cynthia Perkins, Jill Rowley and Joy Tate.

Earning 25-year awards are Diane Foreman, Ralpheal Guilbeau, Alma Morrison, Shaw Shang and Sam Tait.

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Eighth graders from Odom Academy paint mural on AMSET wall

Pecos artist Sally Chandler guided eighth graders from the Odom Academy of Beaumont as they painted a 13-foot-long, 6-foot high mural on the wall of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) Tuesday, April 16.

“They’re doing such a good job,” Chandler said. “Yesterday, we spent most of the day talking about ‘The Lost World’ (Chandler’s exhibit). There are 18 (children) and they each have their own space and each have their own stories.”

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President Jimmy Simmons is presented with the Distinguished President Award

The Lamar University Staff Advisory Council has honored President James "Jimmy" Simmons with the “Distinguished President Award,” citing his inspiration and dedication during one of the brightest periods in Lamar’s history. 

Diann Brodnax, president of the Staff Advisory Council, surprised Simmons with a special tribute and the presentation of a plaque at the conclusion of Lamar’s annual staff awards ceremony Tuesday, April 16.

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Dr. Jimmy Simmons presents Donna Blaisdell with the TSUS Staff Excellence Award

Donna Blaisdell, executive assistant to the director of the Mary and John Gray Library, earned honors Tuesday as Lamar University’s first recipient of The Texas State University System Staff Excellence Award.

Blaisdell is a resident of Lumberton and a 28-year veteran of the Lamar staff.

Five other LU employees earned Distinguished Staff Awards at Lamar’s annual staff recognition program.

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Groves Police Department

A Groves Police Department officer's squad car was struck from behind by an intoxicated driver last night (April 15) at 9:37 p.m.

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K.P. Jeanes

A Beaumont man was sentenced to 10 years probation after pleading guilty to injury to a child Monday, April 15.

K.P. Jeanes, a former assistant pastor of the Woodlands Baptist Church, was originally charged with indecency with a child, but after talks with the young victim’s family, prosecutors allowed Jeanes to plea to the lesser charge of injury to a child.

The youngster was 9 years old at the time of the offense.

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Qiang Xu

Qiang Xu has been selected as Lamar University’s 2013 University Scholar. President James Simmons announced the honor during a ceremony April 10 in the University Reception Center of the Mary and John Gray Library. The University Scholar Award is the most prestigious research honor bestowed upon a faculty member at Lamar.

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