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Beaumont firefighters were kept busy responding to a blaze near Mariposa and South Street intersection Thursday evening, Jan. 17.

According to Beaumont Fire Department information, the structure was an abandoned home that was in a previously deteriorated condition. A partial collapse of the building had taken place prior to the fire and prevented firefighters from making entry into the home. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) announced Thursday, Jan. 17, that an oversized heavy transport will be making its way from SH 146 at Cedar Bayou, to SH 146 north of Interstate 10 on late Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday evening, Jan. 19.

According to a statement from TXDOT, the haul will begin at 10 p.m. on Friday and is expected to last into the morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 19. It will park near the I-10 and FM 3180 intersection until continuing the move beginning 10 p.m. Saturday night. 

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Ines Alvidres poses with her most recent painted box in Beaumont.

As painted traffic light control boxes become more and more prominent around Beaumont, more and more artists are able to share their experience, vision and passion with fellow citizens.

One such artist sharing her artistic view is professional artist and Beaumont resident Ines Alvidres. Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and immigrating to Beaumont at the age of 16 to be with family, Alvidres has found beauty in the boomtown city.

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The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) will be hosting “A Vintage Valentine,” a dinner fundraiser, the night of Thursday, Feb. 14. 

The fundraiser will feature a sit-down dinner corresponding with wine and soft jazz by Sharon Montgomery and Jimmy Simmons. All proceed from the event will go to fund AMSET’s educational programs, which benefit local students.

The night will begin with champagne and appetizers, which will be followed be a dinner paired with curated wines and sweets to top it off. The event will have a balloon raffle with mystery prizes.

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The Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce is asking for assistance in raising $22,000 for Coast Guard service men and women who are not receiving their regular paychecks due to the partial federal government shutdown. 

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