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The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) has selected Calder Woods for a new Reminiscence Therapy program designed to help residents with dementia.

Reminiscence Therapy uses tangible prompts, such as tactile objects, recordings and familiar items, to stimulate discussion of past activities and experiences, according to the DADS website.

Calder Woods is one of 50 facilities DADS chose to be a part of the program with an additional 50 to be added in 2016.

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Beaumont native Jay Bruce, right fielder for the Cincinnati Reds, presented The Arc of Greater Beaumont with a check for $81,000 on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Foundation for Southeast Texas. 

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Marshall Middle School

According to Beaumont Independent School District Public Affairs Specialist Ron Reynolds, Marshall Middle School will be closed on Friday, Jan. 29, following a gas leak that sent dozens to the emergency room Thursday morning.

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Kirvis Fontenot

Beaumont Independent School District administrator Kirvis Fontenot was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on Wednesday, Jan. 27, for allegedly misappropriating funds entrusted to him as the assistant principal at BISD’s Pathways alternative school campus.

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A rehearing has been denied in the case of former Jefferson County employee Donna Davis. The Supreme Court of Texas rejected the county’s request Friday, Jan. 22. 

A Jefferson County jury found in Davis’ favor in March 2014, awarding the ousted employee in excess of $1 million in damages for wrongful termination and age discrimination. The case was filed in Jefferson County in 2008.

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