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Family Services of Southeast Texas recognized families and organizations that have had an impact on the community at their 11th annual luncheon Thursday, Feb. 28.

“This event is to honor families,” said Janet Walker, executive director at Family Services of Southeast Texas. “Our mission is to strengthen families, so we want to recognize people in the community that do work to do that.”

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Visiting the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 479 union hall on Cardinal Drive, one can sense a certain air of excitement about plans being made for the coming weeks. Activities are planned to honor the 100 years of the union’s rich and varied history and to celebrate the workers, both men and women, who have labored within this organization to help make Southeast Texas a leader in construction and maintenance of electrical concerns.

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Melanie Rider

Five women were arrested in Orange as the result of a prostitution sting operation carried out by the Orange Police Department Wednesday, March 13. Bertha Geral, 50, Precious King, 34, Shanna Meaux, 29, Irisha Dupree, 33, and Melanie Rider, 45, were arrested and charged with prostitution.

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There is a sad end to report on a story that first appeared in The Examiner in 2009. Marcus Leday, who graduated from West Brook High School in Beaumont in 2005, has taken his own life. He had enlisted in the Army after graduation, becoming part of the storied First Division – the Big Red One. Marcus was a mechanic, servicing combat tanks and trucks in the deserts of Iraq.

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After almost two years, the family of murdered Beaumont police officer Bryan Hebert has found justice after John Wesley Nero pleaded no contest Thursday, March 14, to the 2011 capital murder that took Hebert’s life.

By taking the plea deal, Nero has avoided the death penalty and will be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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