The News

The Better Business Bureau in Southeast Texas held its Laws of Life awards banquet Oct. 2 at the Holiday Inn & Suites Beaumont Plaza. The event honored eight Southeast Texas students who submitted award-winning essays in the BBB Consumer Education Foundation’s educational initiative Laws of Life, an ethics and character-based essay contest.

Jim Baxter of Region Five Education Service Center served as keynote speaker. The evening was highlighted with awarding the Laws of Life Student winners for the 2011-12 school year.

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Garth House is holding its 27th annual “Pour Les Enfants” fundraiser Nov. 15 to raise child abuse awareness. The event’s theme is “The Edge of the Woodlands” and is inspired by the poem by Cicely Mary Barker “Song of the Bugle Fairy.”

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Speculation and secrecy surround the dismissal of Rose City city secretary Veronica Jarrell Grant. According to Rose City Mayor David Bush, Grant was terminated in August of this year after approximately 18 years of service. Bush said Grant was terminated Aug. 17 and the matter was approved in the following regular City Council meeting Sept. 13.

Bush said he is not able to divulge information regarding the reason for her dismissal due to rules pertaining to “personnel” matters.

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Anyone traveling between Orange County and Jefferson County along Interstate 10 has seen the cranes and big orange signs. Construction of the new Purple Heart Memorial Bridge, also known as the Neches River Bridge, is well underway and on schedule, according to Marc Shepherd, communication specialist at the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT).

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The Aurora Sertoma Club honored Kent Walston with its Service to Mankind award for 2012 at a dinner at the Pompano Club. The award is the highest honor given to a non-Sertoma member for exemplary service to the community.

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