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Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 300 block of Widgeon St. in Orange concerning an aggravated robbery shortly after midnight Feb. 11 to find the homeowner, a 53-year-old Hispanic businessman, badly beaten.

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The February meeting of the Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees has been rescheduled because most school administrators, including Carrol Thomas and several BISD board members will be attending the Texas Association of Black School Educators (TABSE) meeting in San Antonio.

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John Payton was born into a Texas home during a time when the country was still operating under the “separate but equal” fallacy.

“We were too poor to have a bunch of kids,” Payton recalls of the small family he had growing up in Livingston – two sisters, now deceased, and one brother. “We couldn’t feed any more mouths than that.”

But being on the lowest possible end of the tax bracket was inspiration for young Payton, he said, since he knew this life held more for him than bread and water alone.

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Some of the best young litigators were on display last weekend as part of the High School Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association and Region V.

Kelly High School, one of the more dominant participants year in and year out, flexed its argumentative muscles again this year, winning the competition and by doing so, advancing to the state competition in Dallas the first week in March. For winning the local competition, the Kelly team is awarded a $2,500 scholarship to cover travel expenses to the state competition.

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LUMBERTON – Dennis Williams is at it again.

Back in 1997, Williams had an idea to put up affordable housing on Lumberton’s west side. At the time, the land along Highway 69 was just a wooded area. Those in the building and developing community chafed at Williams’ idea.

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The negotiations went down to the wire on Jan. 31 as the United Steelworkers union and Royal Dutch Shell reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract averting a possible strike that could have idled as many as 69 refineries in the United States, including many of the petrochemical facilities in Southeast Texas.

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Southeast Texas has always been a charitable area when called upon to donate for local causes, even in this economy that has ravaged charitable giving.

For Donna Blanchette and the March of Dimes program, they’re counting on the generosity of the area once again as they ramp up fundraising for this year’s March of Dimes 2012 March for Babies. This year’s event is a three-mile walk that will take place on the Lamar campus beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 21. Last year more than 1,000 people participated.

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It was supposed to be a secret. In what some might call a wink-and-nod agreement, Beaumont City Attorney Tyrone Cooper’s office dismissed misdemeanor criminal charges against NBA star Kendrick Perkins for disorderly conduct and public intoxication and took no position when Perkins filed to have his criminal record expunged – a move that would erase any trace of his conduct and actions toward the Beaumont Police Department inside and outside The Ticket Sports Bar on Aug. 13, 2011.

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The Examiner has confirmed through multiple sources that the USW has recommended approval of an agreement with Shell Oil on contract negotiations. Although there was a national agreement, each local union must ratify the agreement.

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The trim red trailer parked in front of the H-E-B on Highway 347 in Groves has the name “Al Sabor de Mexico” emblazoned on the side and offers the usual assortment of tacos, tortas, burritos and tamales.

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