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Photo by James Gathany/CDC

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) confirmed the state’s first human case of chikungunya, a viral disease that can cause fever and severe joint pain and is spread to people by mosquitoes.

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Kip McFarlin

A former Port Arthur Memorial High School coach indicted in July 2012 on charges on sexual misconduct with a student pleaded guilty July 7 and was sentenced July 8 in Jefferson County, Assistant Criminal District Attorney Ramon Rodriguez confirmed.

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The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office has dismissed a case against former BISD warehouse supervisor Daryl Johnson, who was fired in May 2012 under suspicion of theft and subsequently indicted on two counts of felony theft. The indictment alleged Johnson stole approximately $280,000.

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photo by Brandi Haskett

Hundreds of children explored the Jefferson County Courthouse on Wednesday, July 9, as a part of “Know Your County Courthouse,” an event organized by local nonprofit Save Our Children (S.O.C) to give the area’s youth a chance to encounter the sights and sounds of the court in a controlled environment.

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The road to success begins early for a local group of young athletes, the B.T. Striders Youth Track Club.

The track season starts in November. For the next seven months, the team practices three days a week. During the winter months, they compete in indoor track meets, including ones in Birmingham, Alabama, and Houston. Then, in the spring, the outdoor season begins. Nearly every other weekend, the B.T. Striders travel to Houston on Saturdays to compete.

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