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Nov. 1, Texas voters passed Proposition 1, the amendment authorizing annual disbursements from the state’s oil and gas production tax collections to the State Highway Fund — an estimated $1.7 billion in the first year alone. In Jefferson County, the proposition passed with 84 percent for and 15 percent against.

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Around noon on Wednesday, Nov. 4, the last fire engine rolled away from burnt bricks, charred beams and ash, the only remnants of the once beautiful Ridgewood Retirement Center.

Tuesday, Nov 4, at 10:27 a.m., Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a fire reported at the vacant retirement community at 2520 Interstate 10 E. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire conditions in the lobby and dining area of the hotel.

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After some technical difficulties, all the votes are in and the ballots counted in Jefferson County. Some area residents went to sleep not knowing which candidates would come out on top, and many were surprised to see significant changes in some of the numbers, and subsequently projected winners, from the time they went to bed Tuesday, Nov. 4, to the time they woke up on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

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Indian Springs Special Needs Camp hosted an opening weekend deer hunt for disabled veterans and their caregivers Saturday, Nov. 1 – Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Indian Springs Campground in Kountze. The nonprofit, with the help of many volunteers, has been hosting a free hunting program for disabled veterans since 1998 as a way of giving back to men and women who unselfishly served in the armed forces protecting America’s freedoms, said Ronnie Stockholm, owner of the camp.

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The Lamar University Beta Xi Chapter of Phi Beta Delta, an international honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education and enhancing knowledge about various cultures around the world, held its first colloquy — a formal discussion or conversation — Tuesday, Oct. 21. The meeting covered the crisis in Ukraine, where fighting continues between pro-Russian rebels and the armed forces of the Ukraine.

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Beaumont firefighters battled a structure fire in the 1600 block of Ives Street on Nov. 5.

According to a news release from Beaumont Fire Rescue, units were dispatched to the blaze at about 1 a.m. When firefighters arrived at the residence on Ives, they found the dwelling heavily involved with fire. The fire was quickly extinguished but caused major fire damage to the home.

No one was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. The occupants returned home while firefighters were on the scene, and Red Cross was called to the assist them.

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Port Arthur police officers and an Air Rescue helicopter responded to a major traffic accident with a party trapped inside a vehicle, necessitating the closure of a section of State Highway 82, also known as Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, on Pleasure Island about 2 miles east of the Causeway Bridge on Nov. 4.

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At approximately 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, there was a two vehicle crash on US-96 that involved a Kirbyville CISD school bus and a truck tractor semi-trailer.  This crash occurred approximately four miles North of Kirbyville.  At the time of the crash, there were 53 students on the school bus.

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Kenneth Lee Roberts

Orange police officers arrested two people after a traffic stop led to the discovery of methamphetamine and marijuana inside a vehicle on Nov. 4.

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A disturbance at the Best Western in Orange led to the arrest of a Newton man for possession of methamphetamine.

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