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Shirlene Cook with BISD students

Shirlene Cook has lived in Beaumont for decades, retiring from the Beaumont Independent School District in 2007 after 30 years of service. Throughout her life and her career, Cook has served the community in many capacities – volunteering, fundraising for nonprofits, leading, teaching – and that service has continued on into her retirement.

Cook has battled racism and sexism, breaking down barriers segregating certain groups, but she says she is just doing what is right.

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Leblanc

Former city of Port Arthur Water Meter Services Department Supervisor, 57-year-old Robert Leblanc, 57, was indicted in Jefferson County Feb. 3 on five counts of theft by a public servant.

Leblanc was arrested Jan. 5 amid accusations of metal theft from the city he once served. At the time of his arrest, Leblanc worked as a football referee for the Houston Chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials.

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Inside a massive clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.

The 18th and final primary mirror segment is installed on what will be the biggest and most powerful space telescope ever launched. The final mirror installation Wednesday at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland marks an important milestone in the assembly of the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope.

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Robert Calvert, chief operations  officer for BISD, speaks to media  during a Mo

More than 120 students and faculty were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning Thursday, Jan. 28, at Beaumont hospitals after a failed gasket on a Marshall Middle School boiler led to a gas leak.

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It’s that time of year again — Winter Warrant Round-Up time — which means it’s time to take care of any outstanding fines or warrants, or go to jail.

“This is a multi-agency effort,” BPD spokesperson Sgt. Cody Guedry said at a press conference Feb. 3. “We’re targeting thousands of defendants.”

Guedry said officers from all over the area are going to be participating in the effort from Feb. 22-28, looking for folks who owe fines for warrants, ordinance violations, traffic citations and more.

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If comments from the mayor and some City Council members are any indication, the downtown Beaumont public library is safe – for now, at least.

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Orange attorney Leslie Barras announced Jan. 29 that the sale of the historic Orange City Hall has been halted, at least temporarily, as she and other opponents to the move have filed a lawsuit.

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Getz

More than 50 properties are up for sale to the highest bidder in Jefferson County on March 1 due to delinquent tax payments, just a fraction of the properties confiscated by Jefferson County to collect monies owed to the county’s taxing entities. But according to Jefferson County Tax Assessor/Collector Allison Getz, most delinquencies wouldn’t make it that far if property owners would just talk to tax collecting officials prior to such drastic measures being taken.

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Justin Crain

A 2009 Evadale High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a crew working aboard one of the world’s most advanced ballistic missile submarines, USS Wyoming.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Crain is an information systems technician serving aboard one of 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines. A Navy information systems technician is responsible for managing and maintaining a computer network aboard a submarine.

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Three LIT Regional Police Academy cadets received scholarships from the Officer Bryan Hebert Memorial Foundation for their training in law enforcement at a ceremony inside the Beaumont Police Department on Jan. 26. 

Chosen from among numerous applicants, Willie Nolan Melancon, Macie Bergeron and Kirk Hinson all received awards covering their tuition at LIT.

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