Commentary

ADACDET Beaumont office employees are Julie King, liaison counselor; Kara Wharto

The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas is seeing a rise in abuse of meth, opiates and synthetic marijuana in the area.

Kara Wharton, a licensed chemical dependency counselor and team leader at the Beaumont office of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas (ADACDET), said the non-profit organization services around 90-100 clients a month and the three aforementioned problems are the most common addictions seen.

“The numbers are growing,” Wharton said. “In this area, it’s methamphetamine” that’s most abused.

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Volkswagen’s 2017 Jetta

In America, the Jetta has been Volkswagen’s best-selling car for many years. With a starting MSRP of $17,895, the 2017 Jetta lineup is comprised of four models: S, SE, SEL and GLI.

Jetta lineup

The Jetta lineup is simplified in 2017. The base S trim includes a 1.4-liter, 150-horsepower engine, 16-inch steel wheels as standard, two-tone cloth seats and more. It offers optional 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

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I was sitting today in my favorite rocking chair on the big sun-washed deck literally doing nothing but looking out on the beautiful bay and thinking about how very pretty the water was shimmering and the fluffy white clouds that were bouncing in the sky. Every once in a while, my revelry would be disturbed or interrupted by a boat speeding by, heading under the bridge or to the marina for more gas or bait, a brightly colored jet ski stirring up the water in playful pursuit of another, or a few shore birds stopping to nibble on our oyster reefs.

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Early voting kicked off April 24 in Beaumont with just a trickling of its populace turning out to select city leadership. During the first three days of early voting for the May 6 election, just under 2,000 voters made their way to one of Beaumont’s five polling locations – Rogers Park, Beaumont City Hall, Beaumont ISD Administration Building, John Paul Davis Community Center, and Johns Library, with an added roughly 300 mail-in ballots received by election officials.

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Q. How many days do I have to change my mind after I buy a car? I signed a contract late at night and went in the next morning to cancel. The dealer told me I was out of luck and couldn’t change my mind. My friend told me I have three days to change my mind.

A. The dealer is correct. As far as the law is concerned, you generally cannot simply change your mind after you sign a contract.  There are exceptions, however, for health spa contracts, door-to-door sales, timeshare contracts and certain contracts that put a lien on your homestead.

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Sophisticated looks and expressive materials make up the 2017 Chrysler 300, which is available in four models: 300 Limited, 300S, 300C and 300C Platinum.

At the front, a sculptured surface fascia proudly accommodates Chrysler 300’s prominent grille with unique dimensional texture and chrome grille surround. The grille contains the Chrysler wing badge, which highlights the new “face of Chrysler.”

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Adrian, Andre and Anthony Woodard learned quickly that family is all you have. 

Original natives of Nashville, Tennessee, in 2009 the Woodard brothers established residency in Texas. The triplets moved after their freshman year of high school, when their father landed a job in Beaumont. The move wasn’t easy for the brothers.

“We got a chance to get closer because it was just us. All of our other family was back home in Tennessee,” said Anthony.

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Time’s up! This expression has so many different meanings. You’re taking a test, and then time’s up. Cookies in the oven are done when time’s up. A sweet dog sitting in an animal shelter since Feb. 20? Time’s up! Meet Sarge, a young male Lab mix, and yes, he has been at Beaumont Animal Services since late February.

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Q. I just moved out of my apartment. I gave proper notice and left it cleaner than when I moved in. I have been told this landlord does not return security deposits. How long do I have to wait to find out if mine is being returned? What can I do if it is not?

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2017 Dodge Journey
Dodge Journey offers seating for five or  seven passengers.

The Dodge Journey enters 2017 with a starting MSRP of $21,195, five available trims: SE, SXT, Crossroad, Crossroad Plus and GT (note: GT is new for 2017, replaces R/T), a choice of a four- or six-cylinder engine, and a choice of five- or seven-passenger seating.

Under the hood

Journey features a standard 2.4-liter 16-valve DOHC four-cylinder engine, which produces 173 horsepower and 166 foot-pounds of torque, and is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy averages are 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on highway.

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