The News

Both residents and the executive director of the Orange Housing Authority (OHA) will air out gripes when the Board of Commissioners of with the quasi-governmental agency meets Friday, March 8.
OHA Executive Director Tanya Wilson has asked that an item be placed on the board’s agenda to discuss entering into a contract for the services she provides at the agency.

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Once heralded as the best districting option for the stakeholders of the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) by the agency’s Board of Trustees, the recently adopted redistricting plan is now being disavowed by those who fought the hardest to implement it. The change came after nearly a week of legal back-and-forth between the attorneys for BISD and those who say the district is operating outside of the Constitution.

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Teachers and staff at Charlton-Pollard Elementary School in Beaumont are encouraging their students to perform “Acts of Kindness” and then recognizing the good deeds of their young charges.
Earline Mitchell, counselor at the school, said, “At Charlton-Pollard Elementary School, we know that one small thoughtful gesture can make someone else’s day. Kindness is contagious and we want to pass it around. We are teaching our students that their greatness is measured by their kindness.”

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The Beaumont Botanical Gardens got a solid addition to an already beautiful scenic area in Tyrrell Park after a local Eagle Scout built and donated three stone benches in the park’s pond area.
Caleb Hughes, 16, of Beaumont’s Troop 117 at Trinity United Methodist Church, built the three benches with the help of his stonemason grandfather, Conroy Hughes Jr., and said the project was a much-needed addition to the park, which was badly damaged after Hurricane Ike.

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Did you ever hear of a project that just made you feel happy? Recently, I was introduced to the Giving Field garden project. What a wonderful testimony to the volunteer efforts of our community once again!

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