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Over 5,000 Southeast Texas senior citizens who otherwise might be forgotten this Christmas season will receive gifts and companionship through the seventh annual “Be a Santa to a Senior” program. The Meals On Wheels Program, senior organizations such as The Foundation for the Betterment of Seniors, and area retailers are partnering with event sponsor Home Instead Senior Care to brighten the lives of senior citizens in Orange, Jefferson, and Hardin counties.

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Almost 100 children attended the Buckner Toy Run on Saturday, Dec. 1, on the grounds of the Buckner Children’s Village in Beaumont when Buckner Children and Family Services hosted the yearly event for the boys and girls living at the facility.

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Friends and families gathered at the Ford Event Center in Beaumont on Friday, Dec. 7, to celebrate the 22nd annual Feast of Sharing hosted by H-E-B. The grocer invited local residents to enjoy a delicious, nutritious free meal and entertainment at the event, and the residents responded in droves.

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Expectations are building for America to become the world leader in oil production by 2017 due in part to what some are supposing could be the largest oil play in American history, taking place on Texan soil.

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Port Arthur police are investigating the death of a woman found floating face down near North Levee Road in Pleasure Island.

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U.S. Attorney John M. Bales traveled to Beaumont this week for the swearing-in ceremony of two new federal prosecutors assigned to the Beaumont office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.

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The city of Beaumont is some $18 million richer after the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission signed and approved the last round of Hurricane Ike funding more than four years after the storm ravaged Beaumont and the surrounding areas.

Capital Projects Manager Brenda Beadle said the money will go to a number of infrastructure and city services projects, including a state-of-the-art fire station on Helbig Road.

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When a family can’t afford to bury a loved one, area residents have few options.

Many families look to Jefferson County for help. And, according to Jefferson County officials, the number of such families is on the rise.

Compared to larger counties such as Harris County, Jefferson County buries many more indigent dead on a per-capita basis, Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick said.

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In the end, it was fitting that the memorial service billed as a celebration of the life of Congressman Jack Brooks was held at Lamar University, a place close to his heart for more than 70 of his 89 years.

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Although U.S. Attorney Special Prosecutor Bob Rawls attempted to make Beaumont Independent School District contract electrician Calvin Walker forfeit employment with the school district, federal judge Ron Clark refused to make the stipulation part of Walker’s plea agreement with the court Dec. 12. 

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