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A local man is concerned with the potential lack of police presence at Parkdale Mall this holiday season after the Beaumont Police Department (BPD) pulled out of its substation earlier this year. But police say the closing of the substation has not negatively impacted crime in the shopping center as patrolmen are always close at hand and extra units are currently assigned to protect Christmas shoppers and others.

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Rhydan Bolton and Kristofer Garcia

UPDATE: Kristofer Garcia, 22, of Beaumont was found guilty of murder in the Jan. 19, 2015 shooting death of Rhydan Bolton, 19, a student at Lamar University. The jury later sentenced Garcia to 60 years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine. 

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Rose Bottley brings toilet paper to the party.

At its annual Toilet Paper Tea on Thursday, Dec. 8, Southeast Texas Hospice encouraged attendees to bring an item to stock the office’s shelves for the new year and provide more end of life services in the Golden Triangle area.

Its first Christmas open house was held after moving into a new 4,500-square-foot office.

“My initial reaction was I’m not going to be able to pay the rent, much less provide toilet paper and lightbulbs,” said Mary McKenna, executive director. She invited people to bring these items to keep the organization afloat.

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Beaumont Police Department Chief Jimmy Singletary said he is grateful for the generous volunteers who decorated the downtown station’s tree this year, and to people who continue to donate gifts for local families in need this holiday season.

Debbie Rogers and Amy Hymel volunteered their time and services to make the lobby at the police station more festive in celebration of Christmas.

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Beaumont ISD Officer Macie Bergeron and Chief Rob Flores

The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) distributed nearly $13,000 in grant items to students and staff of the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) for innovative classroom projects during the 2016 Fall Grant Caravan on Dec. 2. The foundation and friends visited nine campuses and the BISD Police Department, awarding 12 grants to 11 staff and a group of five students.

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A group of apparently youthful vandals has been destroying inflatable Christmas decorations after dark in Mid-County, reports Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) Deputy Marcus McLellan.

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Plans by Savage Inland Marine to operate a barge fleeting area at the FINA Oxbow near Bessie Heights Marsh are being challenged by local citizens and government officials. The marine business, which provides dock services including loading and unloading as well as fleeting areas for barges, has requested use of underwater acreage from the Texas General Land Office (GLO). The company submitted paperwork Wednesday, Oct.

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Students in Julie Pelt’s seventh grade honors reading class at Mauriceville Middle School are developing their reading skills by becoming writers. After reading the novel “The Westing Game” earlier this year, the class discussed the story and began learning how to adapt literature into a play. Students were assigned a chapter of the book that they had to turn into a scene of a play.

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Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that Brothers Market & Meat Mart in Houston has been closed down for violating the terms of a temporary injunction. The original lawsuit was filed after several undercover investigations by the Houston Police Department Narcotics Division uncovered and seized synthetic drugs sold through the location.

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Little Cypress-Mauriceville students have recently made significant achievements in debate, band, and in their service projects, according to recent statements from LCM CISD Community Relations Coordinator Sherry Combs.

Debate:

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