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An initiative sparked by students’ desire to give back to the teachers of the Beaumont Independent School District garnered the support of the community and an outpouring of financial backing for their efforts, raising roughly $25,000 to fund back to school supplies for the educators, according to one of the cause’s organizers, West Brook High School grad Sarah Sanders.

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Beaumont City Council authorized city administrators to submit a grant application to the Mamie McFaddin Ward Heritage Foundation for funds in the amount of $7,500. Grant funds, if received, will be used to develop a website to provide easy access to fitness opportunities, nutritional counseling and medical advice.

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Beaumont Independent School District’s Board of Managers adopted a balanced budget Tuesday, Aug. 26, that calls for cuts in many departments.

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A batch of mosquitoes that Jefferson County Mosquito Control District (JCMD) sent for testing in Austin has returned positive for the West Nile Virus, reports JCMD Director Kevin Sexton.

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Astrodome 2014

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett announced a proposal Tuesday, Aug. 26 to convert The Astrodome, the nearly 50-year-old structure once referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” into the world’s largest indoor park and recreation center. Emmett claimed the plan would offer a year-round venue for exercise, education, family gatherings and community events.

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