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From the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas – The former Director of Finance and Comptroller of the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) have been sentenced to federal prison for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

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A 23-year-old Forsyth, Missouri man serving time at a Beaumont federal prison has been sentenced for the deadly assault of another inmate in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Jacob Smith pleaded guilty on Apr. 16, 2014 to assault with intent to commit murder and was sentenced to 150 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

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Carolyn Guidry and Nandita Berry

Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry embarked on the second phase of the Vote Texas campaign Sept. 17, at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Her goal is to make sure all Texans have the information and resources they need to participate in upcoming Nov. 4 elections. Secretary Berry was welcomed by Mayor Becky Ames and Jefferson County Clerk Carolyn Guidry on her first stop in the 26 countywide voting tour.

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The third annual Beaumont Buddy Walk will take place at The Beaumont Event Center Great Lawn on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m.More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the event to raise awareness and funds for programs that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families.

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A Lamar University paleontology field crew led by Dr. Jim Westgate, professor of Earth and Space Sciences, recently returned from their expedition to the desert badlands of the Uinta Basin in northeastern Utah near Vernal.

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A packed house welcomed District Fire Chief John Seamans from the Houston Fire Department at the LIT Foundation’s 14th Salute to Real American Heroes on Sept. 11.

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The Beaumont A&M Club will honor four local teachers for exceptional educational accomplishments at the 55th annual Classroom Teacher Awards on Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Parish Hall of St. Jude Catholic Church, 6825 Gladys, Beaumont.Chairman of the Beaumont A&M Club’s Classroom Teacher Awards, Michael Wolf, announced the following honorees of the Club’s 2014 Outstanding Teacher Awards:

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Motorboat propellers can uproot submerged seagrass.

This month marks the one-year anniversary of a law passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature prohibiting the uprooting of seagrass with the propeller of a boat within the coastal waters of Texas.

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Beaumont Police responded to a reported robbery at the Family Dollar Store located at 1005 Washington Blvd. Wednesday night, Sept. 17 in Beaumont's South End.

At about 9:40 p.m., police arrived and spoke to the store's clerk, who told officers that a man entered the store, brandished a handgun, and demanded money. After receiving an undetermined amount of cash, the suspect fled the store on foot. Employees last saw the robber running westbound on Euclid Street behind the store.

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A statue in honor of the late Tim Cole (inset) was dedicated Sept. 17, 2014.

Twenty-eight years to the day after his wrongful conviction of rape, a statue in honor of the late Tim Cole, who was and died in prison in 1999, was dedicated Sept. 17, 2014. Cole, a former Texas Tech student and Army veteran, was granted a posthumous pardon for innocence in 2010.

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