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Jim Armacost

Lamar University has created a new office of sustainability with the goal of making the university as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. Steve Doblin, provost and vice president of academic affairs, named Jim Armacost, assistant professor of biology, the university’s first director of sustainability.

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While it can be difficult to measure the impact one person’s life has, the results can be easily seen. During Black History Month, The Examiner would like to honor members of the community who have had a palpable and positive impact. Pat Willard is one of those people. Willard started her career as a teacher and has since retired, but she continues to educate and motivate through her work with the Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program and other endeavors.

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After almost a century of service to Southeast Texas, Night’s Uniform has finally reached the end of the line. The store’s Quitting Business Sale began on Tuesday, Feb. 5, and the liquidation will continue six days a week until everything is sold.

“There’s a time to hold it and a time to fold it. It’s time to fold it,” said owner Ralph Night. “We’ve had a very successful run.”

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The ribbon has been cut! Daily flights between the Jack Brooks Regional Airport and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport commenced Thursday, Feb. 14, at the airport in Beaumont, an event that brought together hundreds of people from around the area.

The celebration started bright and early at 9 a.m. with droves of community members gathering to show their support for the new route that so many in the area worked to bring to Jack Brooks Regional.

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Dave Oliphant, a 1963 Lamar graduate, author, and an accomplished poet and scholar, returned to Lamar on Feb 11 to speak to students about his memories of the school where his writing career began.

“I had such wonderful teachers at Lamar,” said Oliphant, who was born in Fort Worth but moved to Beaumont in 1953.

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