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An annual report by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) shows only four out of 23 BISD schools that were preliminarily evaluated in 2012 met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards.

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Solid Rock Community Church will host its grand opening beginning on Monday, Aug. 20, and ending Friday, Aug. 24.

The pastor, the Rev. Mark Smith, established a community youth center in Silsbee in 1999, and has since provided help for more than 500 young people.

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Valrico powers cell towers in wake of huge storm

 

At around 11 p.m. June 29, Cindy Perez, the Port Arthur-based vice president of Valrico, began receiving calls from several major wireless carriers — a huge storm called a “Super Derecho” had hit the Northeast and hundreds of cell tower generators needed to be fueled.

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More and more educators are seeking to earn college degrees online, and more and more often, they’re earning those degrees at Lamar University. Beaumont’s Lamar University ranked ninth out of 1,617 schools in the number of 2011 bachelor’s and post-bachelor’s education degrees conferred that were earned all or partially online, according to an analysis released by USA Today on Aug. 8.

In 2011, Lamar awarded 1,863 education degrees earned completely or partially online; 10 years earlier, that number was 70.

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Jerald Bland, aka “Moe Betta,” 30, of Houston, was sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison for transporting a woman to Beaumont and Louisiana for commercial sex, Thursday, Aug. 16, in a Houston federal court. Bland pleaded guilty to the charges Jan. 3 of this year.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $1.2 million to the state of Texas for the construction of a detention basin in Beaumont. FEMA is funding 75 percent or $1,284,570 of the $1,712,760 project, which involves building the new basin along Bayou Din. The project will help to alleviate flooding to more than 40 homes downstream and improve drainage for areas immediately surrounding the detention basin.

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James Bergeron

Bank robbery in real life is a far cry from what you see on television and in the movies.

The bandits don’t dress in suits and wear plastic Ronald Reagan or Richard Nixon masks. There isn’t a band of men jumping out of a van armed with high-powered automatic weapons. And most important, the thief or thieves aren’t carrying duffel bags and emptying out vaults with hundreds of thousands of dollars as the take.

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Access to McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge was closed Aug. 9 due to potential hazards caused by multiple wildfires. The refuge is now open during its regular operating hours, and the public is welcome to participate in normal recreational activities on the site. Both the U.S.

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It’s not Black Friday, but the Texas sales tax holiday has retailers and shoppers alike gearing up for a weekend purchasing extravaganza. This year’s holiday is Aug. 17-19, and Texas Comptroller for Public Accounts Susan Combs estimates shoppers across the state will drop $810 million tax-free on goods gearing up for back-to-school. The three-day weekend exempting taxes on allowable back-to-school purchases is forecasted to save Texans roughly $64.8 million on items such as backpacks, socks, uniforms and pens.

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