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2013 budget addresses problems, expensive fixes


The city of Beaumont is trying to keeping its financial house in order, despite the litany of expensive water and road projects on the horizon.


With a 5 percent increase in water utility rates and a 3.5 percent rise in taxable property values, the city is hoping to pay down much of its $200 million outstanding bond debt without raising any more taxes.

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Weekend of events honors Vietnam veterans

 

Veterans gathered the weekend of Sept. 21-23 to raise funds for a monument to Vietnam veterans to be built in front of the state capitol in Austin. Vietnam Veterans of America Inc. Chapter 292 and the city of Beaumont united to close the fundraising gap for the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument.

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According to the a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, an inmate confined at the Federal Prison Complex in Beaumont has pleaded guilty to racketeering charges, including conspiracy to commit murder, in a Maryland-based case.

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UPDATE: Jacoby Holman, a man who police say murdered Trazayre Sanders, 20, of Beaumont, was back in court Monday April 15.

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In the air, on the ground from Jack Brooks Regional Airport


There has been some recent confusion about the status quo at the Jack Brooks Regional Airport.

“It’s an airport!”

“It’s a bus station!”

By February 2013, the likelihood is that Jack Brooks will be both an airport and a bus station.

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The Orange County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a 2012-13 county budget at its meeting Monday, Sept. 24. The vote came after a budget workshop to make final adjustments earlier in the day. County Judge Carl Thibodeaux said the county will raise about $1.3 million more in total property taxes, or 5.47 percent, over the past year.

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Two weeks ago, Beaumont Independent School District Taylor Career and Technology Center Principal Thomas Amons was accused of closing the district’s Adult Cosmetology program because he thought a prospective student might be gay. Cequana Clark, the program’s instructor since 2009, made those allegations even though, according to her, it ultimately cost her the job she loved.

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By Clay Thorp and Jennifer Johnson

Staff Writers

Joe Guillory says he’s in a battle to save the less fortunate in Port Arthur from a housing authority that’s immovably corrupt.

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Police say an elderly man caused an accident in Port Arthur on Monday night, Sept. 24, after he ran a stop sign, striking the vehicle of another man on his way home from work. 

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Early Friday morning, a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested two motorists for possession of two kilograms of cocaine.

Friday, Sept. 21, at about 4:18 a.m., the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at the 846 Mile Marker on Interstate 10. Both occupants of the vehicle appeared to be very nervous. The deputy asked for consent to search and was given consent by the individual that had rented the vehicle to search the vehicle. The deputy located two kilos of cocaine inside the passenger area of the vehicle.

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