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Marvin Atwood

The stretch of 11th Street in Beaumont between Interstate 10 and Highway 69 is a busy thoroughfare with a diverse mix of motels, grocery stores and retail businesses on a road where the sounds of passing cars and trucks are a constant reminder of city life.

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“Hiring Red, White and You!” (RWY), a job fair for veterans, will be held at the Beaumont Civic Center on Thursday, Nov. 15. The unique job fair seeks to connect veterans with Texas employers who value the experience, discipline and other qualities inherent with a military background.

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Hurricane Sandy devastated the northeast United States and affected millions. Dozens were killed with the death toll still on the rise. Approximately 8 million people were left without electricity in the wake of the storm when it hit late Monday, Oct. 29. Floodwaters submerged city streets and water filled basements of residents in the storm zone. Desperate cities cried out for help after the tragic storm. New York City called out and National Pump & Compressor answered that call.

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Members of the community are calling for Attorney General Greg Abbott to investigate a Beaumont Independent School District high school band performance, citing political bias and lewd sexual acts in the production of the school group’s half-time show.

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Attorneys for the Port Arthur Independent School District (PAISD) had a busy two weeks in court, defending separate litigations accusing the district of wrongful termination and retaliation.

In a case that was described by PAISD attorneys as “settled” on Oct. 23, the school district was defending allegations that it wrongfully terminated former special education teacher Edna Edwards in 2006.

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Mitt Romney may have been defeated in his bid for the presidency, but that isn’t stopping some local Mormons from supporting him and seeking to educate the public about their shared faith.

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City bus riders who’ve been without service to portions of Beaumont are getting a little reprieve now that city officials have decided on the addition of a new route.

After City Manager Kyle Hayes recommended the addition at the Beaumont City Council’s Nov. 6 meeting, the council merged routes and removed a small “tripper” bus that runs mostly on weekends in order to keep the route changes revenue neutral, not raising the city’s operating cost.

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State Rep. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) made national news late last month when he released a report stating that since Hurricane Ike struck the Texas Gulf Coast more than four years ago, the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) has paid out more than $1.2 billion dollars on individually litigated claims related to the disaster.

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The nation rejoiced at the end of 2011 when it was announced that an unprecedented number of troops would be returning home from combat after officially declaring an end to the nearly decade-long Iraq War. Over the course of the war, according to White House figures, more than 30,000 Americans were wounded in Iraq, nearly 4,500 Americans killed, and many more of the estimated 150,000 troops that exited Iraq in the last three years suffered illness not reported to the government.

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