Members of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Association (JCSA) met at Walmart in Port Arthur on Dec. 16 to purchase presents for struggling families and to pleasantly surprise some shoppers by buying toys for the tots on their “nice” lists.

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Brian Sattler, director of public relations at Lamar University since 1989 and resident of Bridge City, was honored with the university’s 2016 Julie & Ben Rogers Community Service Award at a Dec. 6 program in the University Event Center of the Mary and John Gray Library.

The Rogers family established the award in 1979 to encourage Lamar University faculty and staff to volunteer their service and talents to the community.

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Kevin Flanigan

Beaumont Independent School District high school coach Kevin Flanigan was cleared of allegations of “improper visual recording” by a grand jury on Wednesday, Dec. 21, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

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Already have the Christmas shopping blues? Tired of looking for close parking spots at the big box stores only to have to wait in checkout lines for hours? Well here is your chance to celebrate the Holidays with Santa and his special elves on a Christmas cheer journey.

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Yes, my front porch is dressed with a few poinsettias, and I have holly in respectable places around the house, but my true passion is Christmas cactus. Let me clarify, the enjoyment comes in getting this seasonal cactus to survive 11 months of the year and then bloom right about now. A beautiful Cuban friend of mine has a pink Christmas cactus that has been blooming annually for 15 or more years. It was her mom’s, so she is proud to see it flower every Christmas season.

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