The News

The Concord Road widening project has been a work in progress since 1997, but in the next year, Public Works director Patrick Donart says the city hopes to have the project underway.

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Beaumont Independent School District spokesperson Jessie Haynes, who earned about $90,500 in 2007, may have misled a charitable group in Hardin County to obtain Hurricane Rita assistance for a house she owns at 2629 North St. in Beaumont, and records obtained by The Examiner during its eight-month investigation reveal she didn’t want it known she was applying for assistance to begin with.

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A Hardin County judge is being viewed as a hero for ending a three-year nightmare, reuniting a mother and her daughter after a drawn-out custody battle involving the child’s paternal grandparents.

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Another Saturday adventure is coming up!

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will host Build a Birdfeeder on Saturday, March 5, as part of its Saturday Adventure Series program. Just in time for the vacationing birds to return from their winter destination, guests will learn how to use items from around the house to construct a lovely new home for the birds.

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It’s time to start pulling out the funky hats, the feather boas, the “special occasion” koozies and the boogie shoes — Mardi Gras has landed, which means one thing.

It’s party time.

This year, Southeast Texas Mardi Gras returns Thursday, March 3, through Sunday, March 6, and by the looks of the festival lineup, organizers are planning to make this year’s event one for the record books.

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