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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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When a family can’t afford to bury a loved one, area residents have few options.

Many families look to Jefferson County for help. And, according to Jefferson County officials, the number of such families is on the rise.

Compared to larger counties such as Harris County, Jefferson County buries many more indigent dead on a per-capita basis, Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick said.

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In the end, it was fitting that the memorial service billed as a celebration of the life of Congressman Jack Brooks was held at Lamar University, a place close to his heart for more than 70 of his 89 years.

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Although U.S. Attorney Special Prosecutor Bob Rawls attempted to make Beaumont Independent School District contract electrician Calvin Walker forfeit employment with the school district, federal judge Ron Clark refused to make the stipulation part of Walker’s plea agreement with the court Dec. 12. 

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A scam targeting the elderly and disabled has continued to flourish even after an Examiner investigation and subsequent FBI raid exposed a ring of actors filing fraudulent income tax returns on behalf of their victims. 

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Orange Christian Services is accepting donations of clean, new and gently used blankets for its “Blanket of Hope Drive” running through Dec. 21. Those wishing to donate may drop off blankets at various collection sites throughout Orange County during each site’s regular business hours.

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Col. Msgr. Francis Walter Montondon, 81, of Port Arthur, Texas, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 at Rose House in Port Arthur.

The dual titles reflected the reality of Msgr. Montondon’s life. He was a Roman Catholic priest appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Prelate of Honor to His Holiness with the right to the title of Reverend Monsignor.

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A hostage situation in Port Arthur ended peacefully after 28-year-old Walter Moore of Port Arthur took a 2-year-old captive and barricaded himself inside a home on the 2500 block of 61st Street.

The standoff began in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Dec. 12. By the time police arrived, Moore had closed the blinds, telling police he was heavily armed with his 2-year-old niece still inside. 

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