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Johnathan Paul Smith (inset) has been arrested on multiple burglary warrants.

Police officers investigating a rash of burglaries in Beaumont’s West End arrested one suspect they believe participated in multiple crimes, stealing weapons, jewelry, electronics and numerous other items from several residences.

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Registration opened Tuesday, March 29, for the ninth annual Christus LiveWell Women’s Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Living Well,” which is all about encouraging women to take charge of their lives and health to create balance and happiness in their lives.

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A special ceremony at Edison Plaza in downtown Beaumont on Friday, April 1, honored James R. Barlow of Beaumont, a survivor of the historic Okinawa campaign. Members of the Marine Corps League and area veteran organizations took part in the flag raising and dedication.

The 89-year-old Barlow enlisted in May 1944. After boot camp at Parris Island, he served in the Pacific Area from January 1945 until August 1946. He was only 19 when he began serving in the last and biggest of the Pacific island battles of World War II, the Battle of Okinawa.


Wounded service members and their family members who participate in future Lone Survivor Foundation (LSF) healing retreats on the Bolivar Peninsula facility will have access to a fully equipped, wood working shop donated by Dewalt Tools.

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New rodeo stars will be born during the wild and crazy “Dairyland Donkey Basketball Show” at Vidor High School on Monday, April 18, starting at 7 p.m. It’s basketball played on real, live donkeys, and it’s wilder than a rodeo and funnier than a circus! All local players will be riding, so come out and see someone you know try to ride a donkey and play basketball at the same time. It’s a thrill a minute, a spill a minute.