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There was thunder at the Jack Brooks Regional Airport Tuesday, Dec. 11, but the colossal booming wasn’t weather related.

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Lee Oliver Broussard, a 54-year-old Beaumont resident, has recently absconded and is hiding to avoid arrest.  Broussard is a registered sex offender and currently has a parole violation warrant for a sexual assault that occurred in 1983.

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The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation Inc. (BPSF) surprised seven Beaumont Independent School District staff members and three students by presenting them with grants totaling $6,022.80 during an award caravan Friday, Dec. 7.

BPSF board members distributed the awards by caravanning from campus to campus to give grant-winners a special gift and the materials requested in their respective grant applications.

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Over 5,000 Southeast Texas senior citizens who otherwise might be forgotten this Christmas season will receive gifts and companionship through the seventh annual “Be a Santa to a Senior” program. The Meals On Wheels Program, senior organizations such as The Foundation for the Betterment of Seniors, and area retailers are partnering with event sponsor Home Instead Senior Care to brighten the lives of senior citizens in Orange, Jefferson, and Hardin counties.

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Almost 100 children attended the Buckner Toy Run on Saturday, Dec. 1, on the grounds of the Buckner Children’s Village in Beaumont when Buckner Children and Family Services hosted the yearly event for the boys and girls living at the facility.

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Friends and families gathered at the Ford Event Center in Beaumont on Friday, Dec. 7, to celebrate the 22nd annual Feast of Sharing hosted by H-E-B. The grocer invited local residents to enjoy a delicious, nutritious free meal and entertainment at the event, and the residents responded in droves.

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Expectations are building for America to become the world leader in oil production by 2017 due in part to what some are supposing could be the largest oil play in American history, taking place on Texan soil.

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Port Arthur police are investigating the death of a woman found floating face down near North Levee Road in Pleasure Island.

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U.S. Attorney John M. Bales traveled to Beaumont this week for the swearing-in ceremony of two new federal prosecutors assigned to the Beaumont office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.

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The city of Beaumont is some $18 million richer after the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission signed and approved the last round of Hurricane Ike funding more than four years after the storm ravaged Beaumont and the surrounding areas.

Capital Projects Manager Brenda Beadle said the money will go to a number of infrastructure and city services projects, including a state-of-the-art fire station on Helbig Road.

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