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The Pinehurst City Council met Tuesday, May 24, to adopt an ordinance that essentially banned the possession, sale or ingestion of certain substances – in particular, substances that are marked as K2, “bath salts,” drinks that contain synthesized versions of cocaine and marijuana, and the like.

According to Pinehurst Police Chief Fred Hanauer, these substances have been a bane in the harmony of the city, and the nuisance is only escalating.

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Dead man walking.

That’s how doctors in Houston described Ronnie Patteson after he somehow survived a savage beating on a Friday night in Port Arthur in February, and then managed to cobble together an improbable series of events that led to a Houston hospital room where the 52-year-old Port Acres man was taken off life support and pronounced dead a mere 96 hours later on Valentine’s Day.

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A contract entered into by the Beaumont Independent School District with HRE Inc. of Houston has been essentially voided by U.S. Judge Ron Clark, who entered a permanent injunction enjoining the district from doing any further construction work on the West Brook High School field house.

The order came after Judge Clark found BISD did not follow its own guidelines and competitive bidding laws by skipping over the No. 1 company assessed by its review committee to hire HRE, the No. 4 company.

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In May 2010, Keller Williams Realty hosted its first local RED Day of service event at Buckner Children and Family Services, where the agency succeeded in the complete renovation of the receiving facility at the shelter in one day.

For this year’s event, the group returned to Buckner to finish what they had started, only this time they brought friends — and more than doubled their workload.

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Beaumont police officers are searching for the driver of car that struck and killed a man in a hit-and-run auto-pedestrian accident early Tuesday morning, May 24.

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