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A woman arrested for driving while intoxicated in the wee hours of Friday, Nov. 7, probably should have skipped the McDonald's drive-thru or at least hitched a ride with a sober friend, according to information within an Orange Police Department incident report.

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More than 4,500 people visited Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange from Oct. 8 through Nov. 1 to see decorated scarecrows at the sixth annual Scarecrow Festival at Shangri La Gardens. Visitors could vote for their favorite scarecrow, and winners were announced at the Autumn Fair held Saturday, Nov. 1.

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Nov. 1, Texas voters passed Proposition 1, the amendment authorizing annual disbursements from the state’s oil and gas production tax collections to the State Highway Fund — an estimated $1.7 billion in the first year alone. In Jefferson County, the proposition passed with 84 percent for and 15 percent against.

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Around noon on Wednesday, Nov. 4, the last fire engine rolled away from burnt bricks, charred beams and ash, the only remnants of the once beautiful Ridgewood Retirement Center.

Tuesday, Nov 4, at 10:27 a.m., Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a fire reported at the vacant retirement community at 2520 Interstate 10 E. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire conditions in the lobby and dining area of the hotel.

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After some technical difficulties, all the votes are in and the ballots counted in Jefferson County. Some area residents went to sleep not knowing which candidates would come out on top, and many were surprised to see significant changes in some of the numbers, and subsequently projected winners, from the time they went to bed Tuesday, Nov. 4, to the time they woke up on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

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