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State Sen. Tommy Williams, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, stopped by Vincent Middle School in Beaumont on Tuesday, Oct. 30, for a first-hand look at the Communities In Schools (CIS) program in action. More specifically, Williams was there to observe the CIS drop-out prevention effort.

He met with a group of students, teachers and staff in the Vincent library. CIS coordinator Karen Moore described how the program helped students set goals and deal with stress brought on by life situations outside of the school.

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The Nederland Veterans Honor Roll, a granite memorial to veterans at Tex Ritter Park in Nederland, stands as a reminder of those brave soldiers of the city who gave their lives for this country in various foreign wars. The stone has been placed to help people remember the sacrifices of the fallen heroes … or is it to help people forget?

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The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) Inc. raised funds and fed hungry contributors at its 20th annual Fiesta Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Crazy Jose’s in Beaumont. For breakfast, attendees gave $20 minimum donations, which go toward educational grants for Beaumont Independent School District staff and students.

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HEB is close to buying — and subsequently razing — the old Baptist Hospital at College and 11th Street in Beaumont, but some say the deal could remove access to healthy foods in low-income areas of Beaumont.

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Jefferson County Sheriff Mitch Woods presented Deputy Larry Gilder with a Life Saving Award at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Academy Classroom in Beaumont on Oct. 30.

On Oct. 12, Gilder was patrolling the area of Highway 90 and Meeker Road, near Cowboy Church on the Rock west of Beaumont, when he saw an 18-wheeler pulling a trailer with a heavy load of oil equipment become stuck on the railroad tracks.

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In an effort to combat homelessness and provide safe, affordable housing for clients in need, the Spindletop Center opened the doors of the Courtyard at Spindletop, a new independent-living apartment complex in Beaumont, on Thursday, Oct. 25. The group invited interested community members to join them for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening of the new complex that morning.

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On Oct. 29, the United States Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch plea to re-hear evidence related to the conviction of Elroy Chester, who was sentenced to die for the 1998 murder of Port Arthur firefighter Willie Ryman III. Chester was alleged to have killed the firefighter when Ryman came to the rescue of his two nieces while Chester was raping the teen girls in their home.

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Captain Robert Arnold

More than two years have passed since 28-year-old Marine veteran James Whitehead was fatally shot outside an Orange auto parts store by off-duty police Captain Robert Arnold, but the legal battles surrounding the homicide are far from over.

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As Gwen McClelland walked out of Ubi Caritas, a clinic for the underinsured and uninsured in Beaumont, her two children fidgeted excitedly about being out of the clinic’s waiting room.

“I actually have four kids,” she said.

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Speculation and suspicion have been swirling around Port Arthur Independent School District Superintendent Johnny Brown’s abrupt leave of absence. According to district assistant superintendent Mark Porterie, Brown has been out of the office since last week, and a return date has not been set.

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