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Joseph Perry, 26

A homeowner and his wife woke up to a surprise visitor Saturday night, March 2, when they found a transient inside their Nome home.

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The Better Business Bureau in Southeast Texas will host "Shred It & Forget It" on Saturday, April 20, at Central Mall as part of an effort to reduce identity theft. 

Shred-It will provide mobile shredding trucks for the one-day event. The BBB invites consumers to bring documents to be shredded for free, such as credit card statements, old checks, I.R.S. tax returns, and anything that lists personal information. Bring up to five (5) boxes per vehicle. (Box size is limited to a standard banker's box, approximately 10 x 12 x 15 inches.)  

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Standing Ovation

Lamar University president Dr. James M. “Jimmy” Simmons has become the first president emeritus in Lamar history.

Chancellor Brian McCall made the announcement Saturday night, March 2, during halftime of the Cardinals’ basketball game at “A Standing Ovation for Jimmy and Susan Simmons” in the Montagne Center.

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Teachers and staff at Charlton-Pollard Elementary School in Beaumont are encouraging their students to perform "Acts of Kindness" and then recognizing the good deeds of their young charges.

According to Counselor Earline Mitchell at the school, “At Charlton-Pollard Elementary School, we know that one small thoughtful gesture can make someone else’s day. Kindness is contagious and we want to pass it around. We are teaching our students that their greatness is measured by their kindness.”

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Mayor Becky Ames with Susan and Jimmy Simmons

Jimmy Simmons Boulevard officially became part of the Lamar University landscape Friday, March 1, 2013, with the unveiling of street signs and a tribute to Simmons and his wife, Susan, in the historic McDonald Gym.

The Pep Band and national-champion Cheerleading Team added Cardinal Spirit to the occasion, while two rows of Simmons children and grandchildren – including three new grandchildren in strollers – brought proud introductions from the stage. 

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Kent Morris and Aaron McCoy, Standing: Trey Mathis, Dr. Estes, Jacob Martin

According to a press release from the Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD Community Relations Coordinator Sherry Combs, four LCM High School seniors were recently accepted into Lamar University’s prestigious Mirabeau Scholars Program.

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Attic fire on Eloise Street

At least one firefighter was injured after a home at 3935 Eloise St. in Beaumont caught fire Friday, March 1. 

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J. Wayne Dyess: 1947-2013

J. Wayne Dyess, professor of trombone and director of jazz studies at Lamar University, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas. He was 65.

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AUSTIN, from TSUS – One of the four finalists selected in the search for Lamar University’s next president has withdrawn from the process, narrowing the field of candidates to three. John R. English, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering at Kansas State University, withdrew from the search for personal and professional reasons. The three remaining finalists are:

Kenneth R. Evans, Ph.D. Dean, College of Business University of Oklahoma

Gregg Lassen, J.D., Ph.D. Vice President for Finance and Operations Lamar University

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Police arrested 39-year-old Henry James Walker of Orange for public intoxication after he kicked in his ex-girlfriend’s door in the 400 block of Decatur St. in Orange, according to reports from the Orange Police Department (OPD).

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