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Both residents and the executive director of the Orange Housing Authority (OHA) will air out gripes when the Board of Commissioners of with the quasi-governmental agency meets Friday, March 8.
OHA Executive Director Tanya Wilson has asked that an item be placed on the board’s agenda to discuss entering into a contract for the services she provides at the agency.

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Once heralded as the best districting option for the stakeholders of the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) by the agency’s Board of Trustees, the recently adopted redistricting plan is now being disavowed by those who fought the hardest to implement it. The change came after nearly a week of legal back-and-forth between the attorneys for BISD and those who say the district is operating outside of the Constitution.

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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.
Earline Mitchell, counselor at the school, said, “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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The Beaumont Botanical Gardens got a solid addition to an already beautiful scenic area in Tyrrell Park after a local Eagle Scout built and donated three stone benches in the park’s pond area.
Caleb Hughes, 16, of Beaumont’s Troop 117 at Trinity United Methodist Church, built the three benches with the help of his stonemason grandfather, Conroy Hughes Jr., and said the project was a much-needed addition to the park, which was badly damaged after Hurricane Ike.

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Did you ever hear of a project that just made you feel happy? Recently, I was introduced to the Giving Field garden project. What a wonderful testimony to the volunteer efforts of our community once again!

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From the cauldron to the microwave, the Dishman/Justice Collection in the Lamar University Archive documents nearly five centuries of food preparation and recipes.
“It’s a unique collection that most people don’t know that we have,” said Penny Clark, Lamar University archivist. “This is something really special. It’s sort of a hidden treasure.”

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Dustin Keith Jones
, aka Ellis Tatum



The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Division needs help locating a dangerous fugitive. Dustin Keith Jones
, aka Ellis Tatum,
 is 25 years old, stands 5-feet-10 and weighs 170
 pounds. His last known address was in the 4000 Block of Maida Road, Beaumont. Jones is
 believed to be hiding in the area of Broussard and Tram Road in 
Beaumont. 



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At least one woman was injured after a collision shut down traffic at the intersection of Calder and Willow in downtown Beaumont on Wednesday, March 6. 

Police say a white Scion traveling southbound and a grey Honda coupe traveling eastbound collided in the intersection before they both came to rest side-by-side in the middle of rush-hour traffic. 

Paramedics said at least one of the drivers was injured and would be seeking medical attention. 

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Police in Orange responded to a call from Little Cypress Jr. High School Monday afternoon, March 4, in reference to a student’s assault of a teacher there.

At approximately 2 p.m., Officer Joshua Dempsey reported he responded to the call and met with the principal of the school, Mitzi Conn. Conn told the officer a student at the campus assaulted another student during a sixth-grade science class. During the altercation, the attacking student reportedly shoved the instructor into her desk.

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Lamar Soccer Camp

 

The Lamar University soccer program is offering a two-day, soccer-oriented, Spring Break Soccer Camp for boys and girls, kindergarten through 8th grades, March 14  and 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The camp allows children the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of soccer as well as advanced techniques from both the coaches and players of the Lamar soccer program. A special goalkeeper option is available for those interested in that position-specific training.

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