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State Senator Robert Nichols

Keynote speaker will be state Sen. Robert Nichols 

Lamar University is scheduled to confer 577 degrees at summer commencement Saturday, Aug. 18, in the Montagne Center. District 3 State Senator Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, will be the keynote speaker. Nichols is a 1968 graduate of LU.

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Dr. James M. Simmons

“I’m just here to confirm a rumor,” Lamar University President James M. “Jimmy” Simmons told LU faculty, staff and members of the media in a meeting held at the Gray Library on Friday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m.

The “rumor” in question was his retirement. Simmons announced that, after a 14-year tenure as president of the university, he will officially step down on Jan. 31, 2013.

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Six Beaumont scrap yards were busted by Beaumont Police after a six-month long undercover investigation discovered the businesses were buying illegal scrap metal, the Beaumont Police said in a statement released Aug. 1.

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Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church commemorated its 75th anniversary Saturday, July 28, with a celebration banquet at the Beaumont Civic Center. “It was an opportunity to both celebrate the church’s achievements over the last 75 years, as well as to honor some of our parishioners for good stewardship,” said Coquese Williams, banquet chair.

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The retirement “Extravaganza” for Dr. Carrol Thomas wasn’t supposed to cost taxpayers a dime when the Beaumont Council of PTAs was sponsoring the event. Yet, less than two months later, the PTA’s been dropped, BAABSE is now headlining the event and taxpayers are on the hook for $1,600 after BISD put down a deposit for the event — and canceled.

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President Barack Obama

BU study shows racism alive, well among new media users

 

In the days before the civil rights movement, blacks were stereotyped as “animalist, evil or shiftless.” A recent Baylor University study showed that these labels are not a thing of the past; nor does a person’s political or societal status make them immune. There has been a resurgence of these images on social networking sites such as Facebook.

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Urinal Technology

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Construction of Gulf Coast Project underway in Jefferson County

Those big tractor-trailer rigs transporting large quantities of pipe across Jefferson County represent the advance guard of a huge construction project that will bring crude oil to the thirsty refineries along the Texas Gulf coast – and jobs to Southeast Texas.

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Motorists cruising down Highway 69 in Beaumont near the Delaware exit might notice a large yellow banner on the side of Austin Middle School’s gymnasium proudly proclaiming that Beaumont Independent School District is among the “Nation’s Top 10 School District(s).”

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When owners of Hotel Beaumont announced its impending closure in August 2011, there was plenty of concern regarding the historic building’s future. First, the roughly 50 tenants staying at the senior housing facility had to find alternate homes, and 27 employees had to find alternate jobs. Then, everyone with a stake in the revitalization of downtown Beaumont was left to contemplate what would become of the 90-year-old landmark, hoping that demolition wasn’t in the cards.

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