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It was like shooting fish in a barrel for the past few days with officers from the Beaumont, Port Arthur and Groves police departments working together to set up optical license plate reader camera systems throughout the city of Beaumont and stop drivers whose license plates alerted police to outstanding warrants.

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When I moved to Southeast Texas approximately five years ago, it was offered almost as an article of faith that whenever local doctors got sick, they traveled 90 west to Houston for treatment. The unspoken corollary was that their more affluent patients did the same.

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There’s never a dull moment with Roosevelt Petry.

A glimpse inside his office suggests as much. Dozens of plaques adorn his wall honoring him and his company’s achievements and recognizing the charity work he’s done for groups all over Port Arthur and Jefferson County. There’s a large picture of the Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets, with a small placard recognizing his company for its help with constructing the arena.

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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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