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It took roughly a dozen years, but David and Sue James finally had their day in court to seek recovery for damage caused to their home in 2005’s Hurricane Rita.

Parties selected a jury from a pool of 60 on Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Jefferson County Judge Justin Sanderson’s 60th District Court and proceeded to commence a trial that lasted longer than a week to hear.

In the end, the plaintiffs won – mostly.

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The Legacy Christian Academy girls basketball team

The Legacy Christian Academy girls basketball team won the TAPPS 3A state basketball championship last weekend by defeating Midland Christian 64-49 on March 4 in Abilene.

McDonald’s All-American and Baylor signee Alexa Morris scored 35 points to help the Lady Warriors claim the title and finish 34-2 on the season.

The TAPPS 3A All Tournament team included junior Taja Shipp and sophomores Ashari Morris and Allura Wilkes.

Silsbee

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Robert Odean Fry, 54, of Brownwood, yesterday on three counts of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony. Fry could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.

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Billie Louise Miller

Billie Louise (West) Miller, 87, passed from her earthly life in the early morning hours on March 1, 2017, surrounded by family at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Louise was born Oct. 5, 1929 in Houston to loving parents William Wesley and Emily West. Her parents and her older sister, Vera Hortense Parrish, preceded her in death.

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TEA Deputy Commissioner of Governance A.J. Crabill takes questions.

“It’s not what you think it is,” Region 5 Education Service Center Director Dr. Danny Lovett told a group of about a dozen attendees sitting in on Saturday training designed to educate anyone who may be interested in what it will take to be part of the Beaumont Independent School District’s new Board of Managers. 

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Beaumont Pride 2016 (Facebook.com)

Beaumont’s very own Pride festival started in 2014, but the non-profit dissolved last year due to the annual financial burden, according to former volunteer chair Jacqueline Hays.

However, Hays believes that others in the community will step forward to keep Beaumont Pride going.

“I … am expecting to see some movement in April because of Lamar Pride month,” she said. “We’re sure the community will take it over.” She mentioned the LGBT group in Orange as a possibility.

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Over 300 leaders from the Golden Triangle and Rep. Phelan and Sen. Creighton

“The value of legislative groups traveling to Austin is inestimable,” according to former State Sen. Carl Parker, and this past week, the Golden Triangle’s voice was heard when the chambers of Orange, Beaumont and Port Arthur collaborated to host Golden Triangle Days in the state’s capital from Sunday, March 5 – Tuesday, March 7. 

Parker is one of the original founders of Port Arthur Day, a Port Arthur exclusive event similar to Golden Triangle Days held before the Chambers decided to collaborate.

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Residents along Allison Avenue and Woodlawn Street in Groves say their streets have been puckered with potholes and drain poorly after years of rainstorms.

Their neighborhood, built in the late ’50s and early ’60s, is now overgrown with large live oak trees that were just saplings when the roads were originally built.

Taylor Cochran has lived on Allison Avenue since 1994. His family moved into the house when he was a child.

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United States Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao welcomed the newest vessel to the Maritime Security Program (MSP) in the strategic Port of Beaumont during a naming ceremony at the port March 3. Renamed the M/V Liberty Passion, it is the third ship owned by Liberty Global Logistics to join the MSP fleet.

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David Pipkins, Mark Vise, Judge Jeff Branick, Gene Arnold, Dr. Peter Hu, Mark Ro

Eight successful alumni returned to campus recently for Lamar University’s annual “A Dinner and Conversation,” a night of networking and career exploration for students with successful alumni in their field of study. Professionals from business, healthcare, engineering, entrepreneurship, legal and theatre each hosted a table at the event held in the University Event Center on the eighth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library.

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