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Dr. Harold Steward and Gage Barker of Beaumont Masonic Lodge No. 286

At first glance, Freemasonry may seem like a mysterious brotherhood shrouded in secrecy, says Worshipful Master Gage Barker of the Beaumont Masonic Lodge No. 286, but it’s actually a lot less enigmatic than many realize.

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Voters in Jefferson County turned out prior to Early Voting with rallies held throughout the region for candidates vying for offices in hotly contested elections that culminate Nov. 8.

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During a meeting Nov. 3, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will consider granting an easement of approximately 30 acres for installation of six 24-inch pipelines across a portion of the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area in Jefferson County for use by GT Logistics.

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Glenn Burdine, Dena Hughes, Jeff McManus and Peggy Gibson

“This couldn’t have come at a better time,” Triangle Area Network (TAN) executive director Dena Hughes said of receiving restitution in the amount of $312,306.31 from former executive director Peggy Gibson, who admitted to stealing the funds from the nonprofit while she headed the organization. “This is such a blessing.”

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When Southeast Texans drive by the Huntsman Performance Products Manufacturing facility on Spur 136 in Port Neches or the Huntsman site in Port Arthur, perhaps they recognize the name, having maybe heard about the petrochemical company from friends or family that might be employed at the facility. But how many know the story behind the success that is the Huntsman Corporation and the humble beginnings from which it was born?

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