During a special presentation at the Beaumont City Council meeting March 6, Mayor Becky Ames crowned Melissa Cornwell as Mrs. Beaumont. Cornwell will go on to compete in the Mrs. Texas pageant in May.

Mayor Ames said, “As our Mrs. Beaumont title-holder, Melissa is available to assist you in upcoming fundraising events, activities and public service campaigns.”

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Street after street, block after block, Southeast Texas neighborhoods are being inundated by bustling businesses drawing clientele into “legal” gambling dens crammed full of electronic gaming devices commonly referred to as “eight-liners.” These same neighborhoods are also being inundated by an influx of unreported cash money, violent crime, drugs and the unsavory characters that accompany such elements, according to police and municipal officials.

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Southeast Texas businessman Tahir Javed lost the Democratic primary race for U.S. Representative for District 29 in Texas to Sylvia R. Garcia, who handily won the primary race to be on the ballot in November.

Javed received 3,817 votes to Garcia’s 11,659.

Feb. 15, The Examiner exposed Javed’s troubled past, which included a stint on five-year felony probation for a 1992 theft and admonishments for peddling carcinogens to minors.

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The City of Beaumont is hosting the area’s first major eSports spectator event on Saturday, April 28 beginning at 4 p.m. at the Jefferson Theatre.

The greatest fighting game contenders from around the area will compete in an eSports showdown to see who will triumph as the champion of Southeast Texas. Gamers will compete in three games — Street Fighter V, Injustice 2, and Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U gaming system.

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Update: The Port Arthur City Council has moved to move the train from one side of the park to the other to remediate the ground under it. It will also delay further action pending proposals.

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