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Frank Meeink

Successful author and “recovering skinhead” Frank Meeink visited Beaumont’s Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday, Feb.

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Aaron Wayne Cotton

A Houston man charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Kendra Crump at the Knight’s Inn in August 2013 has been arrested and is awaiting trial in the Jefferson County Jail.

Aaron Wayne Cotton, 28, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Sept. 19, 2013, for capital murder, a special degree felony.

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Langston Adams

With a vote from the Jefferson County’s Commissioner’s Court on Monday, Feb. 24, a Port Arthur lawyer and a personal family friend of Judge John Paul Davis was appointed the newest judge of County Court at Law No. 3.

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Michael Smith

When 57-year-old Beaumont Fire and Rescue fire inspector Michael Smith became one of the first 20 black firefighters to work for the city of Beaumont in 1982, he said it was like experiencing a case of déjà vu.

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West Brook High School teacher Rogelio

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Roberto Flores

The problem plaguing the Beaumont Independent School District isn’t just a black and white issue, says Roberto Flores, who claims that Hispanic members of the community are seldom considered and never represented when elected school officials make decisions that affect the education and future of all cultures and races residing in the city.

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The City of Beaumont will resume its Lunch at the Lake series on Monday, March 3, at the Downtown Event Centre from 11 am until 2 pm.

The city provides seating, scenery, and music for all to enjoy. Lunch is available for purchase from mobile food units offering a variety of food and beverage choices. Attendees can also bring their lunch from any eatery. Lunch at the Lake is a family friendly activity, and children can enjoy the new Rotary Centennial Playground near the lake.

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An auto-pedestrian accident in the 8400 block of U.S. 69 in Port Arthur on Feb. 25 at about 10:25 p.m. resulted in the death of 50-year-old Port Arthur resident Lester "LC" Cowart.

According to a news release from PAPD, officers responded to the accident and determined that a person attempting to cross the freeway on foot was struck by a vehicle in the northbound lanes of traffic.

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After a vehicle pursuit and a foot chase, police arrested a man suspected of breaking into cars in the 2200 block of Broadway Street in Beaumont on Feb. 25 at about 3:25 a.m.

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Mardi Gras season is upon us, and there’s no bigger party than the annual Mardi Gras Southeast Texas in downtown Port Arthur beginning Thurs­day, Feb. 27, through Sunday, March 2. If you’ve never wit­nessed Mardi Gras Southeast Texas, these fine folks know how to throw a party since they’ve been doing it for 20-plus years now — 22 to be exact.

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