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t up a workshop in his backyard has now led to questions of whether Orange County resident David Duncan will be left holding the bag, and the responsibility, for a $200,000 home built without proper FEMA certification in a mapped floodway.

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When former city of China Mayor and Councilman John Walker read The Examiner article last week titled “Big Trouble in Little China” (Feb. 23-29 edition, page 10A), he was appalled at the implication his administration was responsible for any of the city’s financial woes.

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On Friday, Feb. 24, the 135-foot long offshore supply vessel Miss Pearl reported grounding on the west side of the Sabine Jetties.

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Sector Houston-Galveston office received a call at 6:17 a.m. that the vessel had run aground and that the four-person crew had suffered various injuries.

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Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding Texas joining a lawsuit challenging the Obama Administration's efforts to force religious organizations to include health care coverage for employees conflicting with their moral beliefs:

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BEAUMONT, Texas – A 45-year-old Lumberton, Texas man has pleaded guilty to child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

 

 

Dean Bailey Swift pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on Feb. 23, 2012 before U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.

 

 

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It was like shooting fish in a barrel for the past few days with officers from the Beaumont, Port Arthur and Groves police departments working together to set up optical license plate reader camera systems throughout the city of Beaumont and stop drivers whose license plates alerted police to outstanding warrants.

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When I moved to Southeast Texas approximately five years ago, it was offered almost as an article of faith that whenever local doctors got sick, they traveled 90 west to Houston for treatment. The unspoken corollary was that their more affluent patients did the same.

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There’s never a dull moment with Roosevelt Petry.

A glimpse inside his office suggests as much. Dozens of plaques adorn his wall honoring him and his company’s achievements and recognizing the charity work he’s done for groups all over Port Arthur and Jefferson County. There’s a large picture of the Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets, with a small placard recognizing his company for its help with constructing the arena.

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While the city of China might not be totally broke, it isn’t far from it, say current council members and Mayor Margaret “Peggy” Harkrider. The absence of funds in city coffers hasn’t yet gotten to the point where drastic measures have been undertaken, but as Harkrider told The Examiner, tough decisions might play out in coming months.

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With Beaumont Independent School District Superintendent Carrol Thomas making the announcement last month that he was leaving the district after 16 years, the search has now begun for a new super.

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