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Jack Brooks Regional Airport was surrounded by emergency vehicles and law enforcement, including S.W.A.T on Tuesday, March 17, but not because of a disaster, rather as part of an exercise to prevent and handle emergency situations.

The disaster drill simulated an active shooter in which local law enforcement and federal officers trained on how to handle a hostage situation as required by the Federal Aviation Administration for all commercial airports. 

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Shelvin, under the name Sharon Morgan Thomas, has a felony conviction in Harris

The city of Port Arthur is scrambling to change hiring practices after terminating an employee, also an ex-felon convicted of forgery, amid allegations of theft and tampering with government documents.

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A standing-room-only audience packed the Beaumont Rogers Park meeting facility Tuesday, March 17, where more than 100 residents gathered to voice their concerns about a proposed low income senior living complex vying for state-issued federal tax credits to build on Phelan Blvd.

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Jesus Rocha, 20, of Port Arthur was arrested March 17 by the Port Arthur Police Department’s street crimes unit.

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Arrested on capital murder charges in Jefferson County in June 2013, alleged conspirators Jonathan Demond Patton and River Shynette Gobert are now facing federal charges in a case that started as a

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Derek Briscoe’s Jasper home

Charges filed against a Southeast Texas tax preparer in federal court on March 5 alleges he fraudulently filed tax returns with the IRS claiming education credits for inmates of the Jefferson County Jail for at least three years before his scheme against taxpayers was brought to light.

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Members of Vidor High School “Mighty Pirate” Marching Band became stars of their own Disney show on March 14, 2015 when they entertained resort guests at the Magic Kingdom. The group traveled from Vidor, Texas to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to take part in the Disney Performing Arts Program.

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The Examiner caught up with Southeast Texas’ own country music sensation Tracy Byrd for an interview ahead of the Orange County River Festival, which will feature a performance by Byrd on Saturday, March 21 at 6 p.m. sponsored by STI Group. On top of enjoying his top hits, folks in attendance are expected to hear a huge announcement by the entertainer as well, “a milestone in his career,” according to Byrd.

 

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photo courtesy of BASS

When the Bassmaster Elite Series made its Sabine River debut in 2013, no one realized how successful the professional bass fishing tournament would be for the city of Orange.

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photo by Brandon Gouthier

More than 175 city and county officials, healthcare professionals, first-responders, leaders in education and sports, as well as the media and other cross sections of the community turned out Friday, March 13, for the launch of the Tobacco Control Coalition of Southeast Texas’ regional tobacco-free awareness initiatives at the Beaumont Civic Center.

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