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The state highway 87/16th street exit on Interstate 10 in Orange will close for one year due to a reconstruction project, according to Sarah Dupre of The Department of Public Safety. DPS encourages drivers to use the Business 90 exit and travel the frontage road.

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A 45-year-old Kountze man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for child exploitation violations in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown announced Feb. 28.

John Edward Burns pleaded guilty on Aug. 16, 2017, to enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

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A 29-year-old Beaumont woman was sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown announced on Feb. 28.

Heather Nichole Lugo pleaded guilty on Oct. 11, 2016, to conspiracy to distribute, manufacture, and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

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Jordan Alexander, Samuel Ridout, Dalton Teeler and Spencer Johns

Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School students Samuel Ridout and Dalton Teeler earned first place in Declamation and Interpretive Reading, respectively, at the school-level finals of the 114th Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation, a scholarship program sponsored by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.

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John Bourgeois II, 30, of Port Neches, was transported to St. Elizabeth hospital March 4 after he crashed on Interstate 10 in a Chevrolet pickup truck.

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The City of Beaumont’s Jazz at the Lake series continues with the Lamar Cardinal Jazz Orchestra and Jimmy Simmons.  The free concert takes place Thursday, March 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Event Centre.

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At approximately 5 p.m. Saturday, March 3, a one-vehicle crash near mile marker 859 in Orange County shut down westbound Interstate 10 for about two hours.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), a Chevrolet Avalanche was traveling westbound on Interstate 10. For an unknown reason, the vehicle struck the inside concrete wall, traveled back across the westbound traffic lanes and struck the outside concrete wall. Upon impact, the driver was ejected from the vehicle.

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Photo by PArrechea Photography

Fifteen teams participated the second annual “Clays for Cardio” Saturday, Feb. 24. Live music by Mixx Fixxer and Courville’s gumbo was available at the event.

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UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Beaumont man, 61, Patrick Carter.  

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The Beaumont City Council chose its new mayor pro-tem following the death of Gethrel “Get” Williams Wright, the at-large councilwoman who was serving in the role at the time of her death.

Mayor Becky Ames said the council had to choose another Mayor Pro-Tem, who acts as the mayor’s substitute when she’s unavailable, as soon as possible. She also explained that the council would soon vote to fill Williams-Wright’s seat on the council in the interim until its next up for election. Council members say candidates are currently being considered.

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