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While the city of China might not be totally broke, it isn’t far from it, say current council members and Mayor Margaret “Peggy” Harkrider. The absence of funds in city coffers hasn’t yet gotten to the point where drastic measures have been undertaken, but as Harkrider told The Examiner, tough decisions might play out in coming months.

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With Beaumont Independent School District Superintendent Carrol Thomas making the announcement last month that he was leaving the district after 16 years, the search has now begun for a new super.

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After years of ups and downs as the Vidor city manager, Ricky Jorgensen is calling it quits. Although Jorgensen has yet to officially turn in a letter of resignation, he has confirmed to The Examiner his last day as the city manager of Vidor will be March 9.

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BEAUMONTINDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

Regular Meeting – February 23, 2012

7:15 p.m.

Board Room – Administration Building

3395 Harrison Street

Beaumont, TX. 77706

 

 

 

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Three months after attending the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) annual conference in New Orleans where BISD Superintendent Carrol Thomas was recognized as the outgoing president of the organization, school district officials are now headed to San Antonio for the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE) conference.

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Easter is a moveable feast that falls somewhere between March 22 and April 25 depending on the vernal equinox. The Roman Catholic Church mandates the 40 days before Easter as a period of fasting and penance called Lent. To get in as much fun as possible before Ash Wednesday ushers in the Lenten deprivations, the tradition of Mardi Gras arose – the term literally means “Fat Tuesday.”

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International Paper Company announced this week that it has completed its acquisition of corrugated packaging manufacturer Temple-Inland Inc., which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of International Paper (IP). The deal pays Temple-Inland common stockholders $32 in cash per share. With the assumption of $700 million in Temple-Inland net debt, the total transaction value is about $4.5 billion.

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The dramatic and never-ending search for Port Arthur’s city manager has taken a variety of turns, including the revelation that assistant city manager Becky Underhill – affectionately known as “Candidate L” – did indeed apply for the Port Arthur city manager position and that after much public wrangling, the search is back to square one.

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There is a big difference between a “tow” and a “recovery.”

Mario Martinez, owner of Top Gun Wrecker in Beaumont will be the first to tell you that, and he’s mystified as to why after his company was chosen to recover a vehicle that belonged to the city of Port Arthur last month his company is now off the county and DPS wrecker rotation.

“I don’t understand it,” said Martinez. “I didn’t break any laws.”

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Beaumont Police were called about 4 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, to the 2500 block of Campbell in reference to reported shots fired. When officers arrived, they found a white male deceased and a white female mortally wounded inside a vehicle that was in the driveway of 2530 Campbell. Emergency service responders were summoned to treat the injured woman, but she died before paramedics could arrive at the scene.  Both victims appeared to have suffered from multiple gunshot wounds, officials from the Beaumont Police Department report. 

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