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With students the focus of their efforts, the Port Arthur Independent School District is teaming up with the nonprofit organization Save Our Children to help provide a richer environment in which children can learn.

The program is in the fledgling stages in PAISD with Booker T. Washington Elementary to be used as a pilot school as S.O.C. expands its reach into south Jefferson County.

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It’s ironic how things work out in life, especially for the 18 seniors on the Lamar football team.

Last season, after a 21-year hiatus, Lamar re-launched its football program against rival McNeese State, a perennial FCS power, went to Lake Charles and in a game that no one outside of the Lamar locker room gave the team a chance to win, nearly pulled off the upset in a 30-27 loss that set the tone for a 5-6 season that very few people saw coming.

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Three years ago on Oct. 28, Payton Manzingo, then 16, was on the phone with her father, Noel, and the two were discussing their plans for the evening. He was working at the family’s jewelry store in Jasper, and his plan was to take his daughter to the Cedar Tree restaurant. She was on her way to meet him at the store.

Just a few minutes later, 37-year-old Manzingo stepped outside – and dropped dead.

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With the Town Lake Centre in Beaumont falling months behind its anticipated completion date, the city is working to find a middle ground with the contractor to ensure the more than $8 million project is done with quality in mind.

The project was awarded to contracting company CF Jordan, based out of Houston, back in April 2010, and was expected to take less than a year to complete, with construction beginning in June of that year. Construction included building a convention center, great lawn and roadway repairs.

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