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Vidor City Councilman for Ward VI David Slaughter is stepping down from the council in preparation of a move to Beaumont, the longtime councilman said in a letter to the city Dec. 15. Slaughter's last day will be Dec. 22.

On a Facebook post, Slaughter said he was selling his "little farm...in Vidor" and would miss the citizens he served for approximately 14 years as councilman of both Wards 3 and 6 at different times.

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Jefferson County was awarded a donated Kubota SSV75 Skid Steer in a special ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 13. County Commissioner Eddie Arnold receiving the donation on the county’s behalf, was joined by Jefferson County Precinct No. 1 staff members and a representative from local Kubota dealer, Beaumont Tractor, at Jefferson County Precinct No. 1 Road and Bridge Service Center at 20205 West Highway 90 in China.

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M&M Express on Washington | Photo: Eleanor Skelton

Beaumont police are investigating a shooting that took place outside the M&M Express on Sunday, Dec. 17.

Officers responded to the store, located at 1397 Washington Boulevard, at 5:42 p.m.

A 57-year-old Beaumont man told police that he was standing outside the store and speaking with an employee when they heard several gunshots and looked to see where they were coming from. The victim realized that he was struck in the abdomen area. The victim and witnesses did not know where the shots came from. Detectives are interviewing any witnesses that were in the area.

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Christopher Wade Ferrell | Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

A Houston man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced Dec. 18.

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Expedition 54 crew members launch to the ISS on Dec. 17, 2017.

Three crew members representing the United States, Russia and Japan are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1:21 a.m. Sunday (1:21 p.m. Baikonur time).

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