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Elliot Sanders

Pietzsch-MacArthur Elementary schoolteacher Melody McClain says about 89 percent of students who attend the school are living below the poverty level. School lunch programs and other endeavors assist these students in getting the nourishment and education they need, but regular class work leaves little time for other lessons in subjects like etiquette.

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The 45,000-square-foot Wayne A. Reaud Administration Building/Honors College

Lamar University is seeking developers for open parcels of land the university owns surrounding campus. The university hopes the completion of major campus projects will attract new retail businesses to Lamar’s backyard.

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Community Bank of Texas presented Creative Corrections Education Foundation (CCEF) with a check for $2,500 on Wednesday, June 1, at the nonprofit’s Calder office in Beaumont. Executive Vice President for Community Bank of Texas G.A. Wimberly presented the check to Percy Pitzer, founder and president of CCEF.

“We’re always looking for opportunities to support local charities or nonprofits that are trying to benefit our community,” Wimberly said. “Keeping the money local benefits LIT and our local students.”

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A former Orange Police Department officer who resigned subsequent to being charged with narcotics theft in 2013 was arrested again May 29 after stumbling into a stranger’s residence apparently intoxicated, reports Vidor Police Department Officer Eric Meineke.

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Stark House

The American Association for State and Local History selected the Nelda C. and H.J.

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Patricia Adams Collins Lambert, the former Beaumont Independent School District Assistant Superintendent and Central High School principal who admitted to embezzling $500,000 from the school district and conspiring with others to cheat on state-mandated standardized tests, had one last shot to show a federal judge why she shouldn’t be sentenced to the maximum penalty allowed under a plea deal she arranged with prosecutors in December 2015.

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Two men were killed June 9 in a car accident in Beaumont involving a single vehicle, Beaumont Police Department Officer Tony Harding reported in a news release Thursday morning. 

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It took close to a year of hard work and determination, but with help from local businesses and his fellow scouts of Troop 220, newly promoted Eagle Scout Travis Leblanc of Vidor persevered and on Memorial Day 2016 was ready to dedicate his eternal flame project to the Lions Club Veterans Memorial Park “Fields of Freedom.”

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“Maybe I can make a difference with this one,” Port Neches-Groves registrar Elizabeth Anderson thought of graduating senior Alyssa Nunez, who came to the educator in search of a coveted office aide position despite her poor attendance up until the end of her junior year. Then she had another thought – one that resulted in action: “If I let her in my office, maybe she will see the importance of coming to school. Maybe she won’t want to disappoint me by being absent.

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Patricia Lambert

Admitted embezzler and former Beaumont Independent School District assistant superintendent Patricia Adams Collins Lambert was sentenced to spend 40 months in prison and pay back $500,000 in restitution. The charges stemmed from theft from programs receiving federal funds and conspiracy to submit false statements concerning standardized test scores while she was employed with the local school district.

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