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Evolution Academy hosted an event to spotlight the benefit of alt education.

Jefferson County Commissioners and County Judge Jeff Branick issued a proclamation declaring the week of Jan. 22-28 to be School Choice Week because, according to the supporting document declaring the special designation, “all children in Jefferson County should have access to the highest-quality education possible.” 

The elected leaders believe the topic needs to be discussed in an effort to “raise awareness of the need for effective educational options.”

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The organist at Temple Emanuel did not see anything suspicious on the afternoon of Jan. 20, but when the vocalist came back shortly afterward, there was a broken window in the stairwell leading down to the sanctuary, Temple President Allison Nathan Getz explained.

This is the fourth time that Temple Emanuel has been subject to vandalism in two months, Getz said.

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Four cadets training as first responders received recognition and tuition scholarships from the Officer Bryan Hebert Memorial Foundation for their education at the Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) Regional Police Academy.

Scholarships are awarded to qualified candidates seeking a career in law enforcement.

The Officer Bryan Hebert Memorial Scholarship is given in memory of Beaumont Police Officer Bryan Mitchell Hebert, who was killed in the line of duty on Friday, July 8, 2011.

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What’s not in the information Beaumont Independent School District attorneys released of the district-commissioned and taxpayer-funded $1 million forensic audit are any findings, expert opinions, or proposed changes to policy or procedure. You also won’t see any mention of the more than $4 million former Chief Financial Officer Devin McCraney and Comptroller Sharika Allison admitted to stealing.

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Southeast Texas women gathered in downtown Beaumont for the local women’s march Jan. 21, joining an estimated 3 million other women across the United States, according to The Hill. Local artist Betty Smith opened her studio at 8 a.m. and provided supplies for participants to make signs.

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When Mark Gregory “Greg” Brown, who coached physical education at Dishman Elementary for many years, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016, during Spring Break, he was only 53. Sensing his loss at the Beaumont school, the grandparent of a student sought to plant a living memorial to Coach Brown. 

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Volunteer Sue Philp delivers a meal to Dorothy Buckley of Beaumont. Buckley (rig

Sue Philp of Beaumont began volunteering for Nutrition and Services For Seniors (NSFS) delivering hot food through the nonprofit’s Meals on Wheels program with her mother, Nel Phillips, more than 12 years ago. After her mother passed away, she continued the family tradition of helping seniors and even enlisted her husband, Roy.

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The City of Beaumont says residents' water is safe to drink in spite of an "alleged noncompliance" issue reported to the municipality by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on Jan. 20, Public Works Director Dr. Joseph Majdalani reports. 

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On Jan. 25, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested a Lockhart man on five counts of possession of child pornography. James Brian Gorley, 33, is charged with a third degree felony and could face up to ten years in prison if convicted.

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On Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 11:26 a.m., Beaumont Police officers responded to Majestic Diamonds, located at 185 Dowlen Road, in reference to an aggravated robbery, BPD PIO Carol Riley reported.

The first suspect entered the store and asked to look at some diamonds. Two additional suspects then entered, displaying pistols, and demanded the cash from the register. They demanded the jewelry and threw a bag at the owner. The owner ran into the back of the store, his dog barked and the suspects ran out and around the side of the building.

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