A large ring of conspirators syphoned millions of dollars from families of federally incarcerated inmates, promising reduced prison sentences in exchange for hefty payments, according to an indictment that names a Port Arthur man as one of the actors.

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Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force seized 10 pounds of marijuana and $5,000 in cash during a traffic stop Jan. 23, reports Deputy Marcus McLellan.

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The Watoto Choir representing Watoto Children’s Village orphanage in Uganda will give a free performance at St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church, 4615 S. Fourth St., Beaumont, on Feb. 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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A cross section (measured in centimeters) of a calcified nodule found in a skele

Eight hundred years ago, in a hardscrabble farming community on the outskirts of what was once one of the fabled cities of the ancient world, Troy, a 30-year-old woman was laid to rest in a stone-lined grave.

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White Dogwood

What’s the big deal? All this talk about planting a tree to save the world does get our attention, but is it really that important? Well, Thomas Fuller is quoted as saying, “He that plants trees loves others besides himself.”

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