Charlton-Pollard Elementary School Choir Director Cindy Gibson led the children
First lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott (center)

Two local legends and leaders in education were inducted into the Texas Hall of Honor at the Capitol Rotunda in Austin on Feb. 19 by The Spirit of Star Day Foundation, and elementary choir students from the Beaumont school bearing their names were asked to visit the state’s capitol and celebrate the lives of these historic figures through song in honor of the birth of the Texas government and Black History Month.

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Margueritte Humphrey
Margueritte stands with grandchildren Justin and Morgan

During the month of February, The Examiner celebrates Black History Month by spotlighting members of the community whose outstanding actions are exemplary lessons, not only for African-Americans, but also for people of all races. One humble lady stands out not only as a voice for those who can’t speak, but as an advocate for today’s youth.

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An IBEW 2286 member and Motiva worker pickets in front of Motiva’s 25th Street g

The United Steelworkers (USW) expanded its unfair labor practice (ULP) strike by launching a work stoppage at midnight Saturday, Feb. 21, at Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur.

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Examiner staff with publisher and editor Don Dodd and his wife, Kristi (center)
Julie Rogers Award winner Tim Sudela

Mental Health America of Southeast Texas presented three awards to outstanding members of the community who have done what they can to give support the area and its citizens at its 54th Anniversary Luncheon on Feb. 17, and The Examiner was proud to be among those honored.

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It may not be obvious from the news coverage, but a good bit of Congress’s 2015 agenda just landed on Capitol Hill with a thud. I mean this literally. The federal budget that President Obama recently submitted runs to 2,000 pages.

This is the most important government document produced each year, so its heft is more than physical. The budget is how we decide what share of this country’s economic resources we should devote to government — and how we should spend them.

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