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Tension boiled over in Orangefield this past week when school district officials began contemplating the employment contract of Athletic Director Brian Huckabay — but the chain of events that had the coach fighting for his job started long before the public spectacle began.

Talk on the street

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On Thursday morning, March 29,  Beaumont Police responded to 5250 College, Commercial Metal, in reference to a theft in progress in which an employee reported that a man was  taking metal and placing it through a hole in the fence. Officers from 1st and 4th watch quickly responded to the location and set up a perimeter around the property.

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When Georgine Guillory created the nonprofit group she dubbed Pioneering Women in 2004, she developed a novel idea to tap into one of the region’s most valuable resources – philanthropic Southeast Texas women. And she did this not by utilizing their services, but by honoring the ladies with the fanfare she feels they rightly deserve for taking on oftentimes thankless jobs.

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Covering the ongoing saga that is the Keystone XL pipeline over the past two years calls to mind the old proverb said to come from India about six blind men examining an elephant. Their perceptions depend on which part of the pachyderm they touch – a pillar, a rope, a tree branch, a hand fan, etc. Each description is correct in a way, but their collective efforts fail to capture the totality of the elephant.

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LaVerne Grimes knows what the motorized cart situation is like at Wal-Mart — The pickings are slim.

So on a day in early February when the 79-year-old Grimes and her friend were preparing to park in a handicapped spot, they hurried when they noticed a man on one of those treasured mobile carts nearing his spot and ready to dismount.

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A fight to make public a video showing the arrest of NBA star Kendrick Perkins was given a boost this past week when the Texas attorney general ruled March 20, 2012, in favor of The Examiner Newspaper and ordered the city to release information it has been fighting for months to keep secret and destroy – a move that prompted the newspaper to also seek a restraining order.

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The National Transportation Safety Board issued a series of recommendations Feb. 14, 2012, in the wake of the derailment of a Canadian National Railway Company (CN) freight train at a highway grade crossing in Cherry Valley, Illinois, on June 19, 2009. The report was no valentine to industry, or federal or local governments but sounded a stern cautionary note to regions with a confluence of water, railways and tank cars transporting fuel or chemicals – a region like Southeast Texas.

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When Thairapy co-owners Suzanne Shirley and Ginger Crisp started pondering what their next endeavor would be, it didn’t take long for the duo to decide to take on a philanthropic fete benefiting the local women and children’s shelter.

Shirley and Crisp have been in business in Beaumont for about eight years now, operating a salon in Beaumont’s West End.

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The Greyhound Bus Station and its iconic sign will soon vanish from Beaumont, and the building that has housed the transportation facility for decades will be sold, a spokesperson for the company has confirmed.

Greyhound will officially close its doors and relocate operations Tuesday, March 27 – going from Beaumont to the Gateway Travel Plaza at 1480 West Freeway (Interstate 10) in Vidor. The reasons given for the move centered primarily around comfort for travelers, said Tim Stokes, Greyhound spokesperson.

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Every day in Southeast Texas, another child is thrust into the court system, though they’ve done nothing wrong. Some of the circumstances that bring the youth into that situation are neglect or abuse at the hands of those who are supposed to be loving guardians, but every case is different. What doesn’t seem to change is that all across the U.S., there aren’t enough volunteers to step in and help the children through the difficult process ahead of them. But organizations such as Advocates for Children Inc., a CASA Program, try to help as much as possible.

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