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Exxpress Mart local convenience stores successfully raised approximately $12,500 during a Holiday Reindeer campaign to benefit the Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program, but the Exxpress Mart team did not stop there.

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In this modern age, giving is easier than ever, and people who have the desire to donate have a lot of choices. The United Way of Beaumont and North Jefferson County is one of those choices, and the reasons to give to the non-profit entity are considerable.

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“The Great Gatsby” is a story of both love and tragedy, perhaps a fit­ting theme to this year’s Heart Ball — an event that honors and remem­bers those who have experienced cardiovascular disease and stroke either personally or through a fam­ily member, friend or acquaintance.

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photo by Kevin King

Beaumont painter Darrell Troppy, 52, realized every artist’s dream by exhibit­ing his art at The Louvre, one of the world’s largest museums containing paintings dating back to the 13th century, including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

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Police say a Beaumont couple discovered dead inside their home in the 300 block of Church Street on Monday, Jan. 20, at approximately 11:30 a.m. died in murder/suicide. Mark Pelligrin, 57, shot Kathy Pelligrin, 55, and then shot himself, the Beaumont Police Department said in a press release.

Police say the evidence is conclusive.

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A teen missing from Lumberton since Jan. 6 was found Saturday, Jan. 18, according to police and confirmed by social media sources. No word yet on where 14-year-old John Rao was while family, friends and police searched for him, but he is reportedly currently safe with family.

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Mica Distefano

A Nederland man is in jail for allegedly dousing another man with gasoline and setting him on fire.

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The search is still ongoing for a teen who went missing sometime overnight on Jan. 6 from his grandparents' home in Lumberton.

Police are searching for 14-year-old John Rao. Authorities initially believed Rao was traveling toward Arizona where he is said to have family; however, Rao's family in Arizona said they have not seen or heard from him.

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Pat Sapaurx

Residents, family members and friends cele­brated the 100th birthday of Pat Sapaurx, one of 17 charter members of Pipe Fitters Local No. 195, on Thursday, Jan. 9, at the College Street Health Care Center in Beaumont.

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Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Warrants Division is searching for a wanted fugitive, and they are requesting the public's assistance is finding him.

According to a news release from JCSO, deputies are searching for 26-year-old Bryant Lavan Lacy. Lacy is wanted on two felony burglary charges and a misdemeanor theft charge. Bonds for the burglaries total $30,000. No bond has been set for the theft charge.

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