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Stars had an opportunity to shine at the third annual “Arc’s Got Talent” show Thursday, Feb. 21, at Trinity United Methodist in Beaumont.
“We wanted to give people with developmental disabilities — the people we serve — a chance to be on stage and be the center of attention,” said Gary Hidalgo, executive director of the Arc of Greater Beaumont. “It’s also important to make the community aware of these disabilities.”

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While it’s true that Dr. James “Jimmy” Simmons made history by becoming Lamar’s first president emeritus, his true passion has always been music, according to those who know him best.

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Austin was buzzing this week, but it wasn’t necessarily 375 of your closest friends and neighbors who came to town for Golden Triangle Days that caused all the commotion. It seems that a plastic bag ban went into effect at area retailers that sent shoppers scrambling – and complaining. Elsewhere a flotilla of taco trucks, sandwich wagons and organic food purveyors took to the streets in a continuing burst of entrepreneurial zeal in the state’s capital city.

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A number of high school-aged foster kids were in for a surprise Saturday night, March 2, when they were treated to a night of pampering and fun with the help of a host of local businesses and civic groups, including the Tri-City Corvette Club of Port Neches.
After eight years worth of donations, the Southeast Texas community truly came together for a special prom night for local high school juniors and seniors in the foster care system.

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Capt. A. Glenn Wortham was born March 1, 1911, in Centralhatchee, Ga., and died April 4, 1977 in Beaumont. This year marked the 102nd anniversary of his birth.

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A company under investigation for defrauding hundreds of Southeast Texans has changed its name, but it hasn’t kept investigators from targeting the cross-country enterprise. Initially operating under the umbrella of Syam Investments, the company and its officers are alleged to have used promises of a false “Social Security stimulus” to lure the elderly and disabled into turning over sensitive information such as bank account, Social Security and identification numbers.

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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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