The News

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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After Pinehurst city leaders unanimously decided to suspend Fire Chief Grady Gray on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, from his duties in the volunteer fire department and as the city’s code enforcement officer, both posts were in need of staffing. It wasn’t until this month, however, that those positions were filled.

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