The News

At approximately 8 p.m. Friday night, firefighters from Orange County Emergency Services District No. 1 responded to a commercial structure fire next door to A-1 Smoke Shop, located at 585 N. Main St. in Vidor. The building was formally known as Tower Medical Center and was abandoned. The department fought the fire from an attempted offensive position for about 30 to 45 minutes, according to Bryant Champagne, fire chief of Orange County Services District No.

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The Alzheimer’s Association is holding its 2013 Beaumont Dementia Conference March 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. in the Baptist Hospital Cancer Center Auditorium, located at 3555 Stagg Dr. in Beaumont.

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Orange County Parks Director Donna Scales is fed up. She is sick and tired of litterbugs throwing their trash out on the side of the road on Lake Street in Bridge City. She said it is time to clean up the mess and keep Texas beautiful.

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Jim Armacost

Lamar University has created a new office of sustainability with the goal of making the university as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. Steve Doblin, provost and vice president of academic affairs, named Jim Armacost, assistant professor of biology, the university’s first director of sustainability.

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While it can be difficult to measure the impact one person’s life has, the results can be easily seen. During Black History Month, The Examiner would like to honor members of the community who have had a palpable and positive impact. Pat Willard is one of those people. Willard started her career as a teacher and has since retired, but she continues to educate and motivate through her work with the Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program and other endeavors.

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