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Gift of Life Youth Council members Jabari Clark, 18; Naomi Raczkovi, 17; Chloe Raczkovi, 15; Taylor Terrell, 17; and Swann Nance, 18, hand out gift bags including sweet treats and important information about the negative effects of smoking cigarettes and vaping/e-cigarettes at Beaumont City Council on National Kick Butts Day, March 28.

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, Pioneering Women unveiled the honorees for the non-profit’s annual luncheon during a ceremony at the Beaumont City Hall on Tuesday, March 21. Those women pegged for the distinction in 2017 include Camille Briggs, Japera Levine, Allison Getz, Faye Woodsmall, Jane Hebert, Ingrid Holmes and Dee Richard.

Past honorees have included Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames, Councilwoman Gethrel “Get” Williams-Wright, and many, many others over the more than 15 years Pioneering Women has been honoring local ladies.

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Students Fred Bush and Ella Williamson were the big winners

Who knows? One of these kids may be the next Itzhak Perlman.

At the 28th annual The Symphony League of Beaumont String Competition on Saturday, March 25, in the Rothwell Recital Hall at the Lamar University Music Building, two students stood out as grand prizewinners.

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The 2017 Citizen Of The Year for Beaumont's 69th annual Neches River Festival was announced to the public at 10 a.m. on March 30 at the Elegante Hotel.

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A fatal accident March 29 involving a church bus on Highway 83 near Garner State Park killed 13.

The bus was carrying senior adults returning home from a three-day retreat at Alto Frio Baptist Encampment, according to the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels.

"It is with heavy hearts that we confirm that 13 of the 14 passengers in today’s bus accident were called home to Jesus," the church posted on its Facebook page on March 29 at 10:40 p.m. "The survivor is in serious but stable condition.

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