The News

The world’s older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Today, 8.5 percent of people worldwide (617 million) are aged 65 and over.

According to a new report, “An Aging World: 2015,” this percentage is projected to jump to nearly 17 percent of the world’s population by 2050 (1.6 billion).

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Although Beaumont Fire-Rescue firefighters responding to a structure fire at a local residence quickly extinguished the blaze, a 61-year-old male resident of the home was discovered deceased in a room near the source of the fire. 

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Engineering Technology

High school students dressed in bright red jackets were spotted all over the LIT campus recently as Lamar Institute of Technology hosted the SkillsUSA Texas District 7 competition Feb. 19-20. For more than 20 years, LIT has been the host site where students have gathered to compete in various skill contests. Students traveled from north of Houston, College Station, Lufkin and Southeast Texas. More than four hundred high school students attended this years’ competition.

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The 15th annual Port Neches RiverFest: Thunder on the Neches will get underway at Riverfront Park in Port Neches beginning Wednesday, April 27, and running through Sunday, May 1.

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NOAA

The National Weather Service is calling for a Flash Flood Watch for Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana until 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21. 

According to information from the weather service, at noon on Thursday radar had indicated up to three inches of rain had already fallen along Pine Island Bayou in Northwest Jefferson and Southwest Hardin counties with the activity moving slowly east across Beaumont. An additional one to three inches of rain is expected.

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