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Appraised home and land values soar nearly four years after Ike

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Christopher Michael Brown, 34 of Beaumont, was sentenced April 27 to 99 years in the state penitentiary for his role in the 2010 murder of Jimmy Hancock on July 19, 2010.

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Billy McBride, a lifelong Orange County resident in retirement, didn’t have an ambulance of preference when he called 9-1-1 to take his seriously ill sister to the hospital even though she didn’t have insurance and the family was covering costs out-of-pocket. After receiving a bill from Acadian Ambulance, however, McBride decided he’d shop around for an ambulance provider when it was time to bring his loved one back home after battling with a lengthy hospital stay.

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Constable Charles Wiggins Jr. could sense what was about to happen.


With 30 years of law enforcement under his belt, including 18 in the constable’s office and the last eight as the head man in Precinct 1, serving an eviction is old hat for him and his staff, but Wednesday’s situation was just a tad different.

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Multiple lives were forever changed when an off-duty Orange Police captain decided to use lethal force on a Marine accused of causing a ruckus at a busy auto parts store July 26, 2010. The ramifications of his actions nearly two years later are still not completely realized as the saga continues. This past week, the shooter and the victim’s family were set to converge in a Beaumont court.

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A love-scorned Southeast Texas man who gave his alleged Russian bride more than $57,752, a wedding ring and other gifts has been indicted in a murder-for-hire plot after agreeing to pay $50,000 to kidnap the young Russian woman and bring her to the United States from Kiev, Ukraine, so he could kill her or have her killed.

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The March of Dimes annual March for Babies walk is happening this Saturday, April 21, and the folks at the Southeast Texas chapter of the March of Dimes are preparing for one of their best walks yet. They have more than 150 teams signed up for this year’s event, and they hope to surpass the amount of money raised last year, organizers said. Last year more than 1,000 people participated in the walk, and organizers are expecting another great turnout with more people walking this year.

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Despite the Beaumont Independent School District having hosted a number of public forums to discuss five scenarios and maps on how it would implement a voter-mandated shift from seven single members district to five single member district with two at-large positions, a sixth map is now being introduced into the mix without voter input.

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The sky isn’t falling in Port Arthur – depending upon whom you ask of course – but there is one certainty just south of the Martin Luther King Bridge that connects Port Arthur to Pleasure Island – the island’s coastline is eroding. Even more bothersome is that the erosion isn’t just claiming the island’s shoreline as a victim, but the island’s main drag that stretches across the island is close to becoming a one-way road – into the ship channel.

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