If I want to indulge in some Christmas treats, I’d prefer the real thing over this treacle. It’s like having high fructose corn syrup via an IV. Unpleasant, and, definitely not good for you. This movie shamelessly tugs at your heart, something it has no business doing, even if Will Smith is trying for an Oscar nomination — again. So, fair warning: I’m about to go all Ebenezer Scrooge on this one.

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Lloyd Beaman as Santa Claus

Playing Santa Claus is, of course, seasonal work. But during that season, you could certainly say that Lloyd Beaman is doing it full time, and has been since 2014.

In fact, the retired Beaumont native and Beaumont High School grad has been playing Santa Claus at special events since the ’70s.

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Wayne A. Reaud and John Adolph with Lorelia Boehl, Billy Warren and Jon Adolph.

The Reaud Family Foundation achieved a remarkable milestone in 2016, now having given away over 30,000 bicycles and children’s Bibles and blessing tens of thousands of children’s lives since the program started in 1998 with the gifting of 125 bicycles at its first annual Bicycles and Bibles event.

The idea behind the program came from Wayne A.

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Galen Key, president of IAFF Local 399; Jeff Nesom, VP; and Travis Melancon

This is the third year that the Beaumont Fire Department has partnered with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services for Southeast Texas’ Operation Warm community coat program.

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This week, Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating five fugitives wanted for drug charges.

Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s assistance in getting potentially dangerous dope dealers and drug users, along with the poisonous products they carry, off the streets. To that end, The Examiner will feature a list of five persons accused of drug-related crimes each week in High Five.

“Crime Stoppers and The Examiner are teaming up to fight the drug problem in Southeast Texas,” Beaumont Police Officer Carol Riley of Crime Stoppers said.

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