The News

Shelby Romere
Lucy Fanette

Living to see 100 years of history is a milestone not everyone gets to experience, but several centenarians right in Beaumont have reached or are quickly approaching 100 years in age – and they were honored Aug. 24 with a birthday bash.

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Beaumont Independent School District spokesperson Ron Reynolds reports that Back-to-School season in the district has been a success, with enrollment increasing daily and teacher vacancies dwindling. According to Reynolds, on the first day of classes, 18,073 students showed up to campuses throughout the district – a number that has swelled to 19,233 a little more than two weeks into the semester.

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Judge Kent Walston builds a playhouse for CASA in his workshop.

“Every child needs a hero, but abused children need a superhero,” said Christy Heisner, resource development coordinator for CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Texas, Inc.

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Kristin Paris and Rockline Kennedy (inset)

Rockline George Kennedy, 65, pleaded guilty this week to intoxication manslaughter in the death of Kristin Paris, 18, on Jan. 26, 2015. He was intoxicated when he drove his pickup the wrong way down Interstate 10 near Ford Park.

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Joshua Jerrod Thomas

An appeal has been denied in the 2014 murder conviction for which Joshua Jerrod Thomas, 27, of Port Arthur is now serving a 60-year sentence.

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