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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AUSTIN, from TSUS – One of the four finalists selected in the search for Lamar University’s next president has withdrawn from the process, narrowing the field of candidates to three.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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On any given day, Beaumont’s Jones-Clark Elementary School is bustling with activity. When company is expected, the atmosphere at the campus is only amplified. On a recent Friday, when Jones-Clark staff and students were expecting a list of the city’s who’s who, the energy was hardly containable.

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Local athletes competing in the equestrian Special Olympics are getting a leg-up on the competition after a local Boy Scout built and donated competition-grade equipment for use at the Stable-Spirit horse ranch in Fannett.
Joseph Black, 18, of Troop 239 in Fannett, built a custom ramp and gates for the local Special Olympians for use in trail-riding competitions and events all over Texas. By providing a competition-grade atmosphere at the ranch, Black said the athletes will have a much better chance of bringing home the gold.

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It was a different time then.
Throughout the early 1900s all the way to the late 1960s, Beaumont was booming and new faces filled the streets at all hours of the day and night. Prostitution, gambling, crime and police corruption were commonplace. Since then, things have quieted down a bit and many who saw Beaumont’s heyday have come and gone. With them went much of the colorful history of early Beaumont.
But one Beaumont police officer is working to preserve that history.
What started as a small tour for youngsters has since grown into more than just a walk down memory lane.

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