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A host of civic leaders were honored this month when the Texas Department of Criminal Justice held a ceremony at the Cathedral of Faith Baptist Church in Beaumont on Friday, March 16. About 85 volunteers were honored at the ceremony, covering those who serve from the Conroe/Houston/Southeast Texas area.

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Unless things change before next week, after interviewing two internal candidates this past Tuesday, March 27 – Timothy Chargois and Shirley Bonton – trustees with the Beaumont Independent School District will call a meeting to announce they are selecting Chargois to be the replacement for outgoing superintendent Carrol Thomas, sources have confirmed.

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Tension boiled over in Orangefield this past week when school district officials began contemplating the employment contract of Athletic Director Brian Huckabay — but the chain of events that had the coach fighting for his job started long before the public spectacle began.

Talk on the street

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On Thursday morning, March 29,  Beaumont Police responded to 5250 College, Commercial Metal, in reference to a theft in progress in which an employee reported that a man was  taking metal and placing it through a hole in the fence. Officers from 1st and 4th watch quickly responded to the location and set up a perimeter around the property.

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When Georgine Guillory created the nonprofit group she dubbed Pioneering Women in 2004, she developed a novel idea to tap into one of the region’s most valuable resources – philanthropic Southeast Texas women. And she did this not by utilizing their services, but by honoring the ladies with the fanfare she feels they rightly deserve for taking on oftentimes thankless jobs.

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Covering the ongoing saga that is the Keystone XL pipeline over the past two years calls to mind the old proverb said to come from India about six blind men examining an elephant. Their perceptions depend on which part of the pachyderm they touch – a pillar, a rope, a tree branch, a hand fan, etc. Each description is correct in a way, but their collective efforts fail to capture the totality of the elephant.

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LaVerne Grimes knows what the motorized cart situation is like at Wal-Mart — The pickings are slim.

So on a day in early February when the 79-year-old Grimes and her friend were preparing to park in a handicapped spot, they hurried when they noticed a man on one of those treasured mobile carts nearing his spot and ready to dismount.

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A fight to make public a video showing the arrest of NBA star Kendrick Perkins was given a boost this past week when the Texas attorney general ruled March 20, 2012, in favor of The Examiner Newspaper and ordered the city to release information it has been fighting for months to keep secret and destroy – a move that prompted the newspaper to also seek a restraining order.

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The National Transportation Safety Board issued a series of recommendations Feb. 14, 2012, in the wake of the derailment of a Canadian National Railway Company (CN) freight train at a highway grade crossing in Cherry Valley, Illinois, on June 19, 2009. The report was no valentine to industry, or federal or local governments but sounded a stern cautionary note to regions with a confluence of water, railways and tank cars transporting fuel or chemicals – a region like Southeast Texas.

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