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The pace of strategizing, power plays and legislative sleight-of-hand grows more intense with each passing day as the Texas House and Senate confront the stark discipline that the calendar will impose when June 1 rolls around and, by law, the 84th Legislature will end in Austin.

1676 Pauline

At approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2015, Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a structure fire at 1676 Pauline. When firefighters arrived, they found flames visible in one room of the home. Firefighters were able to make a quick attack and contain the fire to the front portion of the house. No one was home when firefighters arrived, and there were no injuries to firefighters. The cause of the fire has been determined to be deliberate, and a suspect has been identified. The investigation is continuing at this time.

Vernon Butler with a Martin Elementary School student

The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation (BPSF)happily surprised several teachers and an Ozen High School student with academic grants they had requested for innovative classroom projects during the nonprofit’s spring caravan event May 1.

Law Day photos

The Jefferson County Courthouse jury impaneling room was full of excitement Friday, May 1, as the Jefferson County Bar Association along with the Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association celebrated the achievements of local attorneys, students and a few others at the Law Day Annual Meeting.

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower designated May 1 as Law Day, which is meant to celebrate and strengthen the American heritage of liberty, justice and equality. It’s a day of national dedication to the principle of government under law.

Artist’s impression of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft encountering Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is two months from returning to humanity the first-ever close up images and scientific observations of distant Pluto and its system of large and small moons.