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Illegal gambling has saturated Southeast Texas in the form of game rooms using casino style coin-operated amusement machines known as “eight-liners.” Local authorities and the State Comptroller’s office say these “arcade games” have a potential legitimate use, but Sgt. Mike Custer of the Beaumont Police Department’s special assignments unit said he has never seen one being used legally. Rather than paying out in prizes valued at under $5, as is allowed by law, gamblers are receiving cash. 

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Calvin Walker

At least two governmental agencies are looking at ways to collect money from Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) electrical contractor of record, Walker’s Electric Company, including BISD and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).

Show me the money

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Announcements that BISD is re-opening the Adult Cosmetology program might have been premature now that the district has hit a snag in licensing the program to be administered through the Beaumont Independent School District Continuing Education department. The district’s original Adult Cosmetology program, held at the Taylor Career and Technology Center for more than a decade, was closed abruptly Sept. 13 after classes had already resumed for the fall semester.

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UPDATE: Police identify body

After an entire weekend of searching, police located the body of a man they say drove into the LNVA canal late Friday night, Oct. 12.

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Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed Oct. 7-13 as National 4-H Week in Jefferson County during their regular meeting Monday, Oct. 8, at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont. Members of the 4-H Club Jefferson County Youth Council visited Commissioners Court to celebrate the event. 4-H spokesperson Lairen Calhoun addressed the council on behalf of the group.

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Carl R. Griffith & Associates announced its annual “Salute To Industry” has been scheduled for Friday, Oct. 19, in the Pavilion at Ford Park. Gates will open at 6 p.m. The annual event is sponsored by area businesses to express support and appreciation for industries in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana.

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The Better Business Bureau in Southeast Texas held its Laws of Life awards banquet Oct. 2 at the Holiday Inn & Suites Beaumont Plaza. The event honored eight Southeast Texas students who submitted award-winning essays in the BBB Consumer Education Foundation’s educational initiative Laws of Life, an ethics and character-based essay contest.

Jim Baxter of Region Five Education Service Center served as keynote speaker. The evening was highlighted with awarding the Laws of Life Student winners for the 2011-12 school year.

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Garth House is holding its 27th annual “Pour Les Enfants” fundraiser Nov. 15 to raise child abuse awareness. The event’s theme is “The Edge of the Woodlands” and is inspired by the poem by Cicely Mary Barker “Song of the Bugle Fairy.”

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Speculation and secrecy surround the dismissal of Rose City city secretary Veronica Jarrell Grant. According to Rose City Mayor David Bush, Grant was terminated in August of this year after approximately 18 years of service. Bush said Grant was terminated Aug. 17 and the matter was approved in the following regular City Council meeting Sept. 13.

Bush said he is not able to divulge information regarding the reason for her dismissal due to rules pertaining to “personnel” matters.

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