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Artwork by Michael Kennaugh

Artwork by 20 local high school seniors was selected to be exhibited in the 30th Annual Protégé Competition and Exhibition at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET).

Protégé will be on display at AMSET through March 20, and will then travel to selected area schools and other venues for further exposure and outreach in the Southeast Texas community.

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The staff of Big Thicket National Preserve invites everyone to explore the thicket by taking advantage of the many ranger-led programs being offered in the months of February, March, April and May.

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Dr. Michael Warren — a retired professor who taught biology for 40 years at Lamar University and built state-park style signs to label fruit and vegetables in Nutrition & Services For Seniors’ garden — has set up a free book exchange to promote reading in Southeast Texas. Warren built the library exchange right in front of NSFS’ Senior Activity Building next door to its 4590 Concord Road office in Beaumont.

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The settlement of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill fines — the largest pollution penalty in history — will bring an unprecedented opportunity to spend billions of dollars on restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico region. But new research has found that the fate remains unknown for hundreds of previous oyster reef restoration projects performed around the United States, an investment of more than $45 million and thousands of hours of labor.

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Nutrition & Services For Seniors (NSFS) will be collecting the last of its winter garden harvest and is seeking volunteers to help with the effort Saturday, Feb. 20, at 4590 Concord Road in Beaumont from 9 a.m. – noon.

Volunteers are needed to harvest fruits and vegetables, work the compost, and till garden beds to prepare them for the spring garden.

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A young woman and her 4-year-old nephew narrowly escaped a blaze that engulfed a pickup truck and a gas pump at the Valero gas station on Main Street in Vidor Feb. 15, reports the Orange County Fire Department.

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Eric Quinn
Whitney Jefferson

Police arrested two people while investigating a parked car after hours at Shangri La Park in Orange. Both were arrested for public intoxication and one on drug charges after investigators allegedly discovered crack cocaine inside the male suspect's pocket.

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A 59-year-old Orange man has been sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to possess crack cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney John Malcolm Bales Feb. 17.

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William Blankenship

A 13-year veteran of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office was arrested under suspicion of driving while intoxicated after reportedly driving his vehicle into a ditch in Nederland on Feb. 7, the sheriff's office confirmed in a news release.

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Keylan Collins (inset) has been arrested in relation to a shooting.

Police in Orange are investigating a shooting that injured one man at Lion's Den Park on Feb. 16, reports the Orange Police Department.

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