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Big Thicket National Preserve and the Big Thicket Association have announced a 2016 hiking series. Starting Sunday, Feb. 7, and continuing the first Sunday of each month through the end of 2016, staff from both organizations will guide explorers along a different portion of the over 40 miles of improved trails within the preserve.

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The City of Beaumont announced Feb. 4 that effective immediately Sweetgum Street from North 10th Street to North 11th Street will be closed to through traffic until further notice.

Motorists are asked to be aware of all detour signs, advance warnings including other signage, and to travel with caution.

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Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper Stephanie Davis reports one man was injured in a rollover accident this afternoon, Feb. 4.

According to a news release, DPS received a report of a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 73 just west of Taylor’s Bayou at about 12:30 p.m. The initial report stated that the vehicle was on fire.

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Police in Orange have arrested a suspect in the Feb. 3 aggravated robbery of The Country Store at 7411 Interstate 10.

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Leblanc

Former city of Port Arthur Water Meter Services Department Supervisor, 57-year-old Robert Leblanc, 57, was indicted in Jefferson County Feb. 3 on five counts of theft by a public servant.

Leblanc was arrested Jan. 5 amid accusations of metal theft from the city he once served. At the time of his arrest, Leblanc worked as a football referee for the Houston Chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials.

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Shirlene Cook with BISD students

Shirlene Cook has lived in Beaumont for decades, retiring from the Beaumont Independent School District in 2007 after 30 years of service. Throughout her life and her career, Cook has served the community in many capacities – volunteering, fundraising for nonprofits, leading, teaching – and that service has continued on into her retirement.

Cook has battled racism and sexism, breaking down barriers segregating certain groups, but she says she is just doing what is right.

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Inside a massive clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.

The 18th and final primary mirror segment is installed on what will be the biggest and most powerful space telescope ever launched. The final mirror installation Wednesday at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland marks an important milestone in the assembly of the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope.

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Robert Calvert, chief operations  officer for BISD, speaks to media  during a Mo

More than 120 students and faculty were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning Thursday, Jan. 28, at Beaumont hospitals after a failed gasket on a Marshall Middle School boiler led to a gas leak.

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It’s that time of year again — Winter Warrant Round-Up time — which means it’s time to take care of any outstanding fines or warrants, or go to jail.

“This is a multi-agency effort,” BPD spokesperson Sgt. Cody Guedry said at a press conference Feb. 3. “We’re targeting thousands of defendants.”

Guedry said officers from all over the area are going to be participating in the effort from Feb. 22-28, looking for folks who owe fines for warrants, ordinance violations, traffic citations and more.

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If comments from the mayor and some City Council members are any indication, the downtown Beaumont public library is safe – for now, at least.

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