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Nine school-aged children in Howard County in West Texas were diagnosed with pertussis in November, prompting the Texas Department of State Health Services to caution parents, students and others in the area to take steps to protect against the potentially deadly disease.

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Investigators with the Orange Police Department are searching for suspects in a recent burglary at an apartment complex in Orange.

According to a report from OPD, Officer Tim Pruitt was dispatched to the Sabine Park apartments located at 111 Pine Ave. at approximately 6:24 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. The residents of the apartment told the officer the last time someone had been home there had been on Dec. 8 at about 1 p.m. They discovered the burglary upon their return home at approximately 3 p.m. on Dec. 9.

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Orange police are looking for the person or person responsible for a burglary that took place sometime during the night of Dec. 8 or in the early morning hours of Dec. 9 at Gary’s Coffee Shop.

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Monday, Dec. 9, drivers may have noticed a difference when making a left turn at some traffic lights in Vidor.

Instead of a solid green light for a permitted left turn in a left turn lane, drivers will find a flashing yellow arrow reminding them to take caution when turning. Green and red arrows for protected left turns will remain.

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Members of the Nederland Historical Society gathered at a Christmas meeting and celebration Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library to enjoy refreshments and sing Christmas hymns and carols with music performed by the Southeast Texas Dulcimer Friends.

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H-E-B hosted the 23rd annual Feast of Sharing at Ford Park on Friday, Dec. 6, and fed numerous people in celebration of the holiday season.

Area residents came out in droves to Ford Park to enjoy a delicious meal prepared and served by H-E-B and community volunteers. More than 6,000 meals were prepared using 1,500 gallons of mashed potatoes, 1,320 gallons of vegetable medley, 120 gallons of brown gravy, 600 pies, and 6,000 dinner rolls and soft drinks generously provided by H-E-B.

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The Christmas plant we call the Blooming Christmas cactus is officially known as “Schumbergera” or “Zygocactus.” It blooms at Christmas and even at Easter time if well cared for. This little surprise from Santa stays tucked away all summer and then in the early fall, you can watch the tips of the leaves beginning to grow. The tips get darker and darker until a little bud forms. This beauty is just waiting for short days and cool night temperatures to show you its blooms.

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Frank Collier

A Beaumont man is in the Jefferson County Jail after police say they caught him in the act of burglarizing a home. 

According to a BPD press release, Frank Sinatra Collier, 33, was arrested by police after a witness saw him break a window and enter a home in the 1300 block of Galway. 

When police arrived, Collier waved at officers from inside the home before he fled out the back door, according to the press release. 

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Alfred Wright: Photo courtesy of Facebook

After a family search party found the body of a missing Jasper man, police say official autopsy results won’t be in for another four to six weeks — results that would clearly determine the man’s cause of death. 

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