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There is a banner hanging on the outside wall of Austin Middle School proclaiming the Beaumont Independent School District a National Model School District according to the National League of Cities. Underneath the name of that respected organization in small type are the letters NBC-LEO, which stands for National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. As it happens, the immediate past president of that group is Audwin Samuel – a Beaumont city councilman and former BISD trustee.

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Chelsea Tipton II isn’t your typical maestro.
“There aren’t many black conductors,” said the three-year conductor of the Symphony of Southeast Texas.
In a classical music industry dominated by Anglo-Saxon composers such as Mozart, Handel, and Bach, Tipton is breaking the mold and interpreting humankind’s most important musical masterpieces in a way everyone can appreciate.
“It’s hard to turn the music off,” he said. “There are historians who study the fabric of music and there are performers. I kind of fall in that (latter) category.”

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Orange County Pct. 4 Commissioner Jody Crump

County Judge Carl Thibodeaux expressed concern and dismay during the Orange County Commissioners Court meeting Monday, Feb.

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Local EMTs and other participants received tactical SWAT training Tuesday, Feb. 26, to coach them in how to react in violent, volatile situations. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Lamar Institute of Technology’s EMS Division hosted the “Care under Fire” drill at the former Air National Guard building at First Street and Vitterbo Road in Beaumont on the grounds of the Jack Brooks Regional Airport.

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As winter weather slowly recedes from Southeast Texas and spring takes its place, the city of Beaumont is doing a little pre-spring cleaning in areas of the city most affected by trash and other litter as part of the statewide Texas Trash Off.
Rain or shine, city officials are hoping Beaumont’s second annual Trash Off will be one to remember.
“We had 750 volunteers come out last year, which was a fantastic turnout, and they picked up nearly three tons of trash here in the city,” said city spokeswoman Danielle Underferth.

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