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In the air, on the ground from Jack Brooks Regional Airport


There has been some recent confusion about the status quo at the Jack Brooks Regional Airport.

“It’s an airport!”

“It’s a bus station!”

By February 2013, the likelihood is that Jack Brooks will be both an airport and a bus station.

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The Orange County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a 2012-13 county budget at its meeting Monday, Sept. 24. The vote came after a budget workshop to make final adjustments earlier in the day. County Judge Carl Thibodeaux said the county will raise about $1.3 million more in total property taxes, or 5.47 percent, over the past year.

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Two weeks ago, Beaumont Independent School District Taylor Career and Technology Center Principal Thomas Amons was accused of closing the district’s Adult Cosmetology program because he thought a prospective student might be gay. Cequana Clark, the program’s instructor since 2009, made those allegations even though, according to her, it ultimately cost her the job she loved.

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By Clay Thorp and Jennifer Johnson

Staff Writers

Joe Guillory says he’s in a battle to save the less fortunate in Port Arthur from a housing authority that’s immovably corrupt.

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Police say an elderly man caused an accident in Port Arthur on Monday night, Sept. 24, after he ran a stop sign, striking the vehicle of another man on his way home from work. 

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