The News

Each year, as the time comes to conduct the annual performance review of Beaumont Independent School District Superintendent Carrol Thomas, there are rumors it will be his last year in the district. But this year the rumors are much louder, and there’s a twist – Thomas is supposedly shopping a $1 million contract buyout.

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The official announcement will be made Tuesday morning but Southeast Texas EMS is closing its doors and leaving residents in rural parts of Jefferson County, The Examiner has confirmed. And county officials have been scrambling for the past 24-hours to ensure residents will have ambulance service when they need it.

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office received confirmation that many have suspected for months - the skeletal remains found in a field near Highway 365 are those of 15-year-old Sharon West.

Autopsy results have not been released yet however. 

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Vidor Junior High School staff and students were bused to nearby Vidor Middle School after an early morning bomb threat was called into VJHS administration. According to school district spokeswoman Sally Andrews, students will be fed and kept safe at the middle school and parents are not being asked to pick up their student at this time.

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