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The 84th Texas Legislature convened in mid-January, and change has come in the wake of the 2014 elections – but not fast enough to satisfy Tea Party adherents who elected more of their eager partisans to the House and Senate. They also elevated one of their own – Sen. Dan Patrick – to the pivotal job of lieutenant governor.

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At approximately 9:10 a.m., Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a reported apartment fire at 5080 Helbig Rd. There were multiple calls reporting the fire, and when firefighters arrived, they found the living room on fire in one apartment and it was quickly extinguished.

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Beaumont firefighters battled a blaze on Helbig that injured a child and destroyed an apartment at the complex on Feb. 11, reports Beaumont Fire Rescue.

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Water leak

A burst water line at Mauriceville schools of Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD was repaired but resulted in a boil water notice and left the campuses to seek other means of providing students with water until lab tests are complete.

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The Lamar University Police Department is still searching for the suspect in the theft of a cell phone forcibly taken from a student on campus on Feb. 9.

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Community Christian School’s kindergarten and first grade classes celebrated the 100th day of school with 100th Day Celebration Stations, What I Will Look Like At 100 Face Creations, 100 Fruit Loop Necklaces, 100 Things Posters, 100 Things T-shirts, and much more, according to CCS Administrative Assistant Kara Dewberry.

See photos in the gallery.

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A 6-month-old boy and his two sisters, ages three and four, were placed in custody of a relative by Child Protective Services on Friday, Feb. 6 after a witness called police in reference to small children being left in a car. At approximately 9:46 p.m. Beaumont Police Officers responded to 4255 Crow Rd, and was told by a tenant that he heard a baby crying inside the vehicle when he arrived around 9:43. He advised that he went into his apartment and told a relative.

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Refining giant ExxonMobil, the chief sponsor of the Beaumont Police Department’s Cops & Kids program, made a generous and substantial donation to Cops & Kids, which focuses on uniting the youth of Beaumont with law enforcers.

On Feb. 9, ExxonMobil Refinery Manager Fernando Salazar and other refinery representatives joined Chief Jimmy Singletary, Mayor Becky Ames, numerous officers and other friends of the community in the main lobby at BPD to present Cops & Kids representatives with a check for $5,000.

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A 22-year-old Vidor man was arrested on Jan. 31 after police reportedly discovered over five grams of methamphetamine he had hidden in various places, including inside his rectum, reports the Vidor Police Department.

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Sheriff Mitch Woods and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office proudly promoted four outstanding deputies at a ceremony on Feb. 5 subsequent to the retirement of one of their own, Major Brad Lowe.

Sheriff Mitch Woods stepped up to the podium and greeted the crowd of family, friends and fellow law enforcers, then requested that Pastor Randy G. Vaughn of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church stand to bless the ceremony.

"These are the things I do that I enjoy most," Woods said of the promotions.

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