The News

A special public meeting of the Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, to discuss, among other things, submitting a districting plan that would nullify the intent of voters who passed a measure to change the board’s current make-up in May 2011. The 2011 voter initiative directed the BISD board to change from the current process of selecting trustees via seven single member districts (7/0) to that of five single member districts with two at-large positions (5/2).

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What was once an inner-city sanctuary for South Park residents of all walks of life now stands on the precipice of closure if the city does not act.

The L.L. Melton Family Life Center, formerly the L.L. Melton YMCA, is struggling to keep the doors open, prompting a letter to the city requesting help paying what amounts to $3,000 in monthly utilities to stay open.

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The joke is on Southeast Texas this month as one of Beaumont Independent School District’s highest paid employees made Texas Monthly magazine’s annual list of Bum Steer Award recipients.

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According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO), the narcotics task force arrested three people in two separate drug busts in Beaumont.

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