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Corey Jamahl Spencer Jr. spent his 16th birthday in the custody of the Jefferson County Jail, held on bonds in excess of $1 million for capital murder, attempted capital murder, and armed robbery. Spencer didn’t spend his birthday alone, though, as his father, also named Corey Jamahl Spencer and also with a criminal record of causing someone else’s death, was likewise being held at the county jail for his own set of felonies.

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To help women to reconnect with their bodies, minds and spirit, The Medical Center of Southeast Texas is holding its 1st annual Women’s Health & Wellness Expo on Saturday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The expo is free and open to the public.

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A representative from Payless confirmed that the shoe store chain will be reopening their location on MacArthur Street in Orange.  

The store has been abandoned since August 2017 due to flooding from Harvey.

Payless’ real estate department could not yet provide a date for the reopening, but persons interested in applying for employment are urged to visit https://stores-payless.icims.com/jobs.

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A resurfacing project in Orange that began in July will finally be completed, allegedly, by January. Once again rain is being blamed for the hold up.

According to Sarah Dupre with Texas Department of Transportation, the project runs from the Orange/Newton County line to I-10 and its ultimate goal is to repave the entire stretch.  Paving is expected to be finished by Thanksgiving with the overall project completed in January.

Work started July 9 and is estimated to cost $3.2 million.

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Photo by Kyle Swearingen

A barbecue benefit lunch is being held Friday, Sept. 28, at the Beaumont Fire headquarters. The benefit is being held for Assistant Fire Chief for Beaumont Fire and Rescue Christian Singler in his fight with cancer.

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Citing many defenses other than outright innocence, convicted murderer Arthur Christopher Harmon appealed his 45-year prison sentence to the 9th Court of Appeals following his incarceration in 2016. This week, the court denied all the convict’s written oppositions in light of the tragic and damning evidence that was revealed against the accused.

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As the role of TAN (Triangle Area Network) expands in Southeast Texas, so too has the role of the agency’s leader, executive director-turned-CEO Dena Hughes. 

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The Historic Jefferson Theatre at 345 Fannin in downtown Beaumont will soon open its doors to the public after a stint of repairs that included a ceiling repair, plaster, insulation and ductwork, paint, and sound and movie upgrades. The menu has also been updated with a variety of food and craft beer. 

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“Art can transform people,” said Deborah Luster the artist for one of the two exhibits that opened in the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Saturday, Sept. 22. 

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Hurricane season is upon us and we have already seen the devastating destruction a hurricane can inflict. We must be prepared, not only for a disaster event, but also to be phished by those who may attempt to take advantage of the generous Americans interested in helping others in need.

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