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The Texas Attorney General has been asked to decide whether Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) trustees can legally appoint a currently-seated minority member to an additional two-year term, bypassing a public vote. The appointment would be the result of a lottery between trustees Zenobia Bush and Terry Williams, whose terms are scheduled to end in 2015. The “loser” would fill a newly districted at-large trustee seat starting in 2013 and ending in 2017.

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When the earth shakes, usually the causes aren’t man-made.

But with more than 6,000 “vibe points” in Cimarex Energy Company’s seismic survey in Beaumont’s North End, some residents might be in for a shaky winter.

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UPDATE: Mayor Prince says she will make no immediate changes on the board.

After a damning federal audit from HUD and with a court battle looming over the termination of former employee Joe Guillory, the Port Arthur Housing Authority (PAHA) moved to executive session away from reporters and out of the public eye Monday, Oct. 22.

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A Saturday afternoon drive turned deadly for one family after a pickup truck rear-ended their sedan, killing 31-year-old Steven Scott Curtis of Bridge City. 

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Smiling brightly and excited about their win in Judge Steven Thomas’ 356th District Court in Kountze, cheerleaders from Kountze High School exited the courtroom Thursday, Oct. 18, ready to display their run-through banners containing Bible verses at Friday football games.

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A U.S. federal court has rejected a motion from Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) attorney Melody Chappell seeking recovery of attorney fees, along with other fees, that the district incurred when asked to provide testimony and documentation in the case of the United States v. Calvin Walker of Walker’s Electric Company, the district’s electrical contractor of record.

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Since I was old enough to hold a book, I have been an avid reader. Our living room and all of the bedrooms in my house have at least one wall covered by a filled bookshelf. All of my children were brought up with a love of books and reading, a love that has been passed on to their children. On a regular basis, I purchase books for myself and my family from the local bookstores, as well as online sources such as Amazon and Better World Books (my personal favorite).

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The W.H. Stark House will partner with the Orange Peel Out Car Club to host the fourth annual Open Car Show on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Lutcher Theater parking lot, 707 W. Main Ave. in Orange. The car show, which is free and open to the public, will include cars ranging from antiques to vintage to street rods. Music will be provided by Jon Nimitz, and there will also be food and drinks for sale. All proceeds will go to benefit a local charity.

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The 14th annual Clays For Kids Sporting Clay Classic took place Saturday, Oct. 12. The shooting event hosted 58 teams over three flights throughout the day. Shooters from all across the area came together to participate in a day of sporting clays.

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Tony Pereira, research assistant professor in civil engineering at Lamar University, is presenting a free workshop on how to start an organic garden Saturday, Oct. 20, from 1-3 p.m. at Basic Foods in Beaumont.

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