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Rodney and Anniessia Dencklau and their daughter, Sarah

As Rodney Dencklau lay struggling on the ground next to his overturned wheelchair waiting for emergency responders, he thought about a dilemma he and other persons with disabilities, especially around here, have to deal with regularly – navigating their way across a city designed for “normal” people, people who can walk.

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Beaumont Independent School District’s Board of Managers received a finalized 2013-14 annual audit report Thursday, March 26, detailing the state of the school district when managers took over the troubled local education agency.

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Eleanor Johnson, executive director of CASA of Southeast Texas
Bob and Karen Wortham, and Teri and Glen Morgan

CASA of Southeast Texas has been serving the abused and neglected children of Jefferson County for more than 20 years — speaking up for them when no one else would and ensuring that they are placed in safe and, when appropriate, permanent homes.

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U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (right) meets with Scott Kelly before launch.

U.S. Representative Brian Babin, who represents Orange County, among others, in Texas District 36, met with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly of Orange, New Jersey, to wish him luck as he prepared to make history Friday, March 27, by embarking on a year-long mission to the International Space Station.

Babin spoke on the House floor Thursday, March 26, regarding the importance of Kelly’s mission.

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Ward 1 Beaumont City Council candidate Claude Guidroz proudly announced his recent endorsement from the Beaumont Police Officers Association in the upcoming May 9 election.

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Port Arthur City Hall and Mayor Deloris “Bobbie” Prince

The Port Arthur City Council voted unanimously at its March 31 meeting to approve a forensic audit of the city’s finances, an audit requested by Jefferson County’s First Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw in December 2014 correspondence while he was acting as interim DA, and demanded by Port Arthur citizens.

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The 2015 winners of the school-level competition held March 12 at Orangefield Hi

Orangefield High School students Thanh Tsan and Chase Slaughter earned first place in Declamation and Interpretive Reading, respectively, at the school-level finals of the 111th Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation, a scholarship program sponsored by the

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Nine-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow will headline the 35th Christus Health Foundation Gala on Saturday, April 18, at the Beaumont Civic Center. The black-tie benefit provides an opportunity for an intimate evening of entertainment starting with cocktails at 7 p.m. followed by a gourmet meal at 8 p.m., all leading to a world-class performance at 9:30 p.m. by Crow.

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Mometrix Test Preparation presented a check to the Muscular Dystrophy Association for $10,163. During the month of August 2014, Mometrix donated 10 percent of their sales to MDA. Since 2011, Mometrix Test Preparation has raised over $40,000.

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The Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School Mock Trial Team participated in the 36th annual Texas High School Mock Trial Competition in March. Twenty-eight high school teams from across Texas competed in Dallas, arguing a hypothetical court case. These teams, which emerged as the best in their school districts/regions, were matched against one another, culminating in a final championship round Saturday evening at the Earle Cabell Federal Building.

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