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Billie Louise Miller

Billie Louise (West) Miller, 87, passed from her earthly life in the early morning hours on March 1, 2017, surrounded by family at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Louise was born Oct. 5, 1929 in Houston to loving parents William Wesley and Emily West. Her parents and her older sister, Vera Hortense Parrish, preceded her in death.

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TEA Deputy Commissioner of Governance A.J. Crabill takes questions.

“It’s not what you think it is,” Region 5 Education Service Center Director Dr. Danny Lovett told a group of about a dozen attendees sitting in on Saturday training designed to educate anyone who may be interested in what it will take to be part of the Beaumont Independent School District’s new Board of Managers. 

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Beaumont Pride 2016 (Facebook.com)

Beaumont’s very own Pride festival started in 2014, but the non-profit dissolved last year due to the annual financial burden, according to former volunteer chair Jacqueline Hays.

However, Hays believes that others in the community will step forward to keep Beaumont Pride going.

“I … am expecting to see some movement in April because of Lamar Pride month,” she said. “We’re sure the community will take it over.” She mentioned the LGBT group in Orange as a possibility.

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Over 300 leaders from the Golden Triangle and Rep. Phelan and Sen. Creighton

“The value of legislative groups traveling to Austin is inestimable,” according to former State Sen. Carl Parker, and this past week, the Golden Triangle’s voice was heard when the chambers of Orange, Beaumont and Port Arthur collaborated to host Golden Triangle Days in the state’s capital from Sunday, March 5 – Tuesday, March 7. 

Parker is one of the original founders of Port Arthur Day, a Port Arthur exclusive event similar to Golden Triangle Days held before the Chambers decided to collaborate.

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Residents along Allison Avenue and Woodlawn Street in Groves say their streets have been puckered with potholes and drain poorly after years of rainstorms.

Their neighborhood, built in the late ’50s and early ’60s, is now overgrown with large live oak trees that were just saplings when the roads were originally built.

Taylor Cochran has lived on Allison Avenue since 1994. His family moved into the house when he was a child.

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