The News

When a family can’t afford to bury a loved one, area residents have few options.

Many families look to Jefferson County for help. And, according to Jefferson County officials, the number of such families is on the rise.

Compared to larger counties such as Harris County, Jefferson County buries many more indigent dead on a per-capita basis, Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick said.

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In the end, it was fitting that the memorial service billed as a celebration of the life of Congressman Jack Brooks was held at Lamar University, a place close to his heart for more than 70 of his 89 years.

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Although U.S. Attorney Special Prosecutor Bob Rawls attempted to make Beaumont Independent School District contract electrician Calvin Walker forfeit employment with the school district, federal judge Ron Clark refused to make the stipulation part of Walker’s plea agreement with the court Dec. 12. 

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A scam targeting the elderly and disabled has continued to flourish even after an Examiner investigation and subsequent FBI raid exposed a ring of actors filing fraudulent income tax returns on behalf of their victims. 

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Orange Christian Services is accepting donations of clean, new and gently used blankets for its “Blanket of Hope Drive” running through Dec. 21. Those wishing to donate may drop off blankets at various collection sites throughout Orange County during each site’s regular business hours.

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