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U.S. reserve fleet to expand here

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced March 30 the awarding of a $34.6 million contract for the design and construction of a new facility on the Neches River near Beaumont for eight of the largest government ready reserve fleet cargo ships.

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The future of commercial air service at the Jack Brooks Regional Airport is up in the air, as Colgan Air is “winding down its operations with United Airlines” in the face of bankruptcy by its parent company Pinnacle Airlines Corp. and will no longer fly planes to service Southeast Texas.

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Four years and $388.6 million later, the Beaumont Independent School District has abandoned its controversial and ultimately unconstitutional affirmative action programs that directed tens of millions of dollars to companies owned by minorities who may not have otherwise been qualified for the job but were given preference because of race and gender, according to court records in a recent legal settlement.

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The Beaumont Police Department obtained a warrant for 32-year-old Jaylan Williams of Beaumont late April 2 for the murder of 27-year-old April Michelle Danna, who was killed March 30. 

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The Port Arthur Police arrested three men early Monday morning after receiving a call about a possible burglary in the 2600 block of 22nd Street. According to a release from the department, police got a call of two men with guns being inside the residence while an older blue vehicle was in the area. When police arrived, they noticed the blue car and stopped it, detaining the three men inside. Property from the residence was found inside the vehicle. Police said the homeowner was assaulted, but the injuries are not life-threatening.

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After a brief executive session Monday evening, the Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees decided upon Timothy Chargois as the future superintendent of the district - replacing outgoing superintendent Carrol Thomas.

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School officials from two districts have been mulling over the events that led up to an altercation this past week at a girl’s soccer game played between Beaumont Independent School District’s Ozen High School and Bridge City High School.

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A host of civic leaders were honored this month when the Texas Department of Criminal Justice held a ceremony at the Cathedral of Faith Baptist Church in Beaumont on Friday, March 16. About 85 volunteers were honored at the ceremony, covering those who serve from the Conroe/Houston/Southeast Texas area.

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Unless things change before next week, after interviewing two internal candidates this past Tuesday, March 27 – Timothy Chargois and Shirley Bonton – trustees with the Beaumont Independent School District will call a meeting to announce they are selecting Chargois to be the replacement for outgoing superintendent Carrol Thomas, sources have confirmed.

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