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The Texas Supreme Court has agreed a lawsuit filed by a Kountze cheerleader and her family may be reinstated after being thrown out for being moot in a lower court.

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June Knight de Leon

Longtime lakeside resident June Earline Knight de Leon died peacefully in her Chula Vista home on Nov. 5, 2015, at the age of 79.

Knight de Leon was born December 22, 1935 in Beaumont, Texas, the daughter of Christine Collins and Harry Knight. She graduated from Beaumont High School in 1955 and attended Lamar College of Technology (later advanced to Lamar University), receiving a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1967.

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In an effort to draw more people and more businesses to Vidor, the city is providing tax abatements in several reinvestment zones for new residential construction and for substantial home improvements totaling $15,000 or more. In addition to the tax abatements being offered to promote growth, city code enforcers are identifying and have identified several substandard residential buildings for potential demolition. 

The actions are part of the city’s “Pride and Progress” initiative.

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Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) has named Anita Frank principal of Pietzsch-MacArthur Elementary. Frank currently serves as principal of Fletcher Elementary. Assuming the role of interim principal of Fletcher Elementary will be Gloria Guillory, who currently serves as assistant principal. Both will assume their roles effective Monday, Feb. 1.

Anita Frank

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The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) has selected Calder Woods for a new Reminiscence Therapy program designed to help residents with dementia.

Reminiscence Therapy uses tangible prompts, such as tactile objects, recordings and familiar items, to stimulate discussion of past activities and experiences, according to the DADS website.

Calder Woods is one of 50 facilities DADS chose to be a part of the program with an additional 50 to be added in 2016.

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Beaumont native Jay Bruce, right fielder for the Cincinnati Reds, presented The Arc of Greater Beaumont with a check for $81,000 on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Foundation for Southeast Texas. 

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Marshall Middle School

According to Beaumont Independent School District Public Affairs Specialist Ron Reynolds, Marshall Middle School will be closed on Friday, Jan. 29, following a gas leak that sent dozens to the emergency room Thursday morning.

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Kirvis Fontenot

Beaumont Independent School District administrator Kirvis Fontenot was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on Wednesday, Jan. 27, for allegedly misappropriating funds entrusted to him as the assistant principal at BISD’s Pathways alternative school campus.

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A rehearing has been denied in the case of former Jefferson County employee Donna Davis. The Supreme Court of Texas rejected the county’s request Friday, Jan. 22. 

A Jefferson County jury found in Davis’ favor in March 2014, awarding the ousted employee in excess of $1 million in damages for wrongful termination and age discrimination. The case was filed in Jefferson County in 2008.

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National School Choice Week will be showcased in a rally Thursday, Jan. 28, at 4 p.m. in downtown Beaumont, on the lawn between the public library and the Julie Rogers Theater.

Local alternative schools, including several private schools and public charter schools will be participating and are inviting parents, students, teachers and other interested persons to a rally in support of school choice. The rally is completely non-partisan and non-political in nature, according to event organizers.

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