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Tuesday, Oct. 11, Vidor ISD released a statement that clowns will not be allowed in this year’s homecoming parade.

Vidor ISD administrators “respect the work of the Shriners” and still welcomes the organization to participate in the parade, but asks that they “forego clowns this year.”

This statement comes after social media frenzies with rumors of clown attacks throughout the nation, including a threat to BISD last week, as reported by the Examiner.

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Just after midnight on Wednesday, Oct. 12, Nederland, Port Neches, and Groves Fire Departments responded to a house on fire in the 200 block of 17th Street. The occupant evacuated the building as firefighters arrived, according to a statement.

All firefighters called out to the scene reported back to the station safely.

The house fire is still being investigated.

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Tuesday, Oct. 11, Beaumont City Council approved the termination of their lease with the Beaumont Yacht Club at 560 Marina Drive after almost 29 years. I

n February 2016, the City approved a month to month lease agreement for the Beaumont Yacht Club while they were negotiating the sale of the property and appraisal. According to previous council minutes, the City conducted the appraisal for its value and “to establish the amount of rent payments for a long-term lease.” The Beaumont Yacht Club has been renting from the City for $2,500 a month during this interim period.

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Tuesday, Oct. 11, Beaumont City Council approved the renewal of lease agreements with the Bar C Ranch for the Southeast Texas Auto Theft Task Force during their approval of the consent agenda.

The documents attached state that the council’s approval allows the city manager to execute a three-year lease extension for suites C, D and E of 2430 West Cardinal Drive, the location of the Southeast Texas Auto Task Force office and warehouse space. Suite C’s lease rate is $1,755 per month and Suites D and E are being leased at $2,232 per month.

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Christus Southeast Texas Foundation unveiled a 7 ft. bronze of Jesus Christ Tuesday, October 11 in front of St. Elizabeth Hospital. The Foundation worked with artist and sculptor Marsha Elmore, originally from Southeast Texas, to acquire the statue.

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Pig Stand #41
Pig Stand #41

The Pig Stand No. 41 on Calder Avenue in Beaumont is no more. Tuesday, Oct. 11, heavy machinery knocked down what remained of the historic establishment.

The iconic landmark was built in 1941, but has been shuttered since 2006. In 2010, the Society for Commercial Archeology added the Beaumont landmark to its list of the 10 most endangered roadside places in the United States after its new owners announced their intention to demolish the building and construct a convenience store.

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Lacie Grant’s photography will be exhibited at High Street Gallery on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 7 to 10 p.m.

“It’s her first solo art show, so that’s really exciting,” said Olivia Busceme, gallery director. “She's done photography for journalism before, but this is her first personal creative work.”

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Teual Harper

A gun-wielding bandit targeting West End Beaumont convenience stores in the early morning hours of Oct. 11 was apprehended by Beaumont police who arrived to catch the suspect hiding behind a store that was just the target of an armed robbery.

According to information filed at the BPD, 46-year-old Teual Lashawn Harper was taken into custody on suspicion of aggravated robbery connected to two West End Beaumont robberies committed within minutes of each other.

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The Port Arthur Fire Department is hosting a Fire Prevention Day on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 12 to 3 p.m.

PAFD will be giving out free hot dogs and beverages while supplies last as well as offering residents free smoke alarms. Free flu shots will be available for kids, $10 for adults.

Fire Prevention Day will be held at 3401 Cultural Center Drive.

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Police in Beaumont are investigating a shooting that occurred at French Road Apartments Oct. 9.

According to information from the Beaumont Police Department (BPD), officers responded to the emergency room of a local hospital in response to a shooting victim. Investigating officers reportedly learned that a male subject had been shot at the apartment complex at close to midnight. The male was Life-flighted to a Houston hospital for treatment.

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