The News

Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County was the recipient of international help last week when a number of students traveled to Southeast Texas to assist with the construction of a new home.

Eighteen students from University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, made the 1,500-mile trek to Southeast Texas to help out with the framing of a new Habitat home.

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A blue-ribbon delegation from Jefferson and Orange counties descended on the state capitol in Austin more than 350 strong this week for Golden Triangle Days. Months of planning by area Chambers of Commerce from Greater Beaumont, Greater Port Arthur, Orange, Vidor, Bridge City, Nederland, Port Neches and Groves paid off as it was impossible to ignore such a large, well-organized group determined to make the best possible case for the Golden Triangle area to legislators and state officials.

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Knocking down dilapidated structures isn’t what it used to be.

Back in the late 1970s and early ’80s, when Lawrence Baker, a 31-year veteran of the demolition game, was just starting at the city of Beaumont, there wasn’t much in the way of regulations when it came to tearing down houses and commercial buildings.

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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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