The News

Gene Smith

The Orange County Commissioners fired Veterans’ Services Office (VSO) director Gene Smith during a special court session Monday, April 21.

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Officials within Jefferson County and the city of Beaumont are moving quickly to approve a ground lease and begin construction of a water park and hotel at Ford Park.

But not everyone is on board with the possible deal.

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Beaumont Independent School District contract electrician Calvin Walker issued an April 16 letter to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams alleging three former BISD employees attempted to tamper with the bid process to keep him from doing business with the school district in 2006.

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Texas Education Agency spokesperson Debbie Ratcliffe said the agency is currently seeking public input on financial accountability indicators that will form a new financial accountability system to determine the fiscal responsibility of public school

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Shown is a watch given to a contest winner in 1918.

The County Finals competition of the 110th Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Lutcher Theater, 707 Main, in Orange. Admission is free.

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