The News

As part of the philanthropic program Conn’s Cares, Conn’s HomePlus brought a group of “hometown heroes” to Fletcher Elementary School in Beaumont on April 4 to talk to approximately 350 students from grades 1 through 4 about what it means to be a good citizen and a hero.

The hometown heroes included police officers from the Beaumont Police Department, firefighters with Beaumont Fire-Rescue and U.S. Army sergeants stationed in Beaumont, all of whom told the children to always strive to do what is right and to do what they can to help others every day.

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Arron Cotton

Held in the custody of the Jefferson County Jail for a little over three years, accused armed robber and capital murderer Aaron Cotton has been all but relieved of the charges that have been pending against him since 2013.

Cotton was arrested in February 2014 and charged with capital murder in the August 2013 shooting death of Kendra Crump at the Knight’s Inn motel in Beaumont, as well as the aggravated robbery of her alleged backpage.com pimp, Jeremy Spears.

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Tri-Con, Inc. owner Elias Sarkis, Gift of Life Founder and Chair Regina Rogers,

Tri-Con Inc. (dba Exxpress Mart stores) and owners Imad and Elias Sarkis recently presented a contribution of $25,000 to the Gift of Life for its free healthcare services for medically underserved men and women in Southeast Texas.

Joining in the check presentation were Exxpress Mart staff James Buchanan, district manager; Dana Dougherty, district manager; owners Elias and Imad Sarkis; Dee Shelton, manager Exxpress Mart Store No. 14; and Susan Soileau, manager, Exxpress Mart Store No. 19.

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The Some-Bunnies Miracle special needs beauty pageant at West Brook High School on Saturday, April 1, brought contestants from all over Southeast Texas and beyond.

“One of our contestants travels six hours just to get here,” said LaRanda Pippin, who started the We are Miracles Pageants in 2013. “They’ve been in it every year. We’ve got one from Louisiana that came this year.”

We are Miracles has held a total of four annual pageants.

Her daughter, Paris Pippin, has special needs, she explained.

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Mayor Becky Ames welcomed the Queen of the 69th Neches River Festival Rebecca Wied and the court of Bailey Heartfield (Third Lady in Waiting), Callie Roane (First Lady in Waiting) and Elizabeth Figueiras (Second Lady in Waiting) to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital on April 11. The Court presented St. Elizabeth a throne-themed book nook full of books for the children’s ward. The books were collected as a service project by the princesses and their escort who participated in the recent Neches River Festival activities.

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