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After more than two weeks of testimony in the capital murder trial of convicted Jefferson County courthouse shooter Bartholomew Granger, jurors have decided the self-described “Mr. Hyde” will be put to death.

The death penalty for Granger comes after a week’s worth of recorded jailhouse phone conversations were presented to jurors during the sentencing phase of the trial. This prompted Granger to make sudden outbursts, cursing at jurors and attorneys in open court. As a result, Granger’s defense questioned their client’s sanity.

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Jefferson County Commissioners approved measures to go forward with the Pleasure Island Revised Breakwater Project and proclaimed May 4 through 12 “National Travel and Tourism Week” at a May 6 meeting at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

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Thibodeaux

At their special court session scheduled Monday, May 6, commissioners approved a resolution appointing County Judge Carl Thibodeaux as the Orange County representative and negotiator with the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District Inc.

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BISD Trustee Janice Brassard looks on as demographer George J. Korbel talks abou

Number seven may be the charm, but an audience gathered at Beaumont Independent School District’s West Brook campus Tuesday, May 7, sounded off against BISD’s most recent redistricting map, which was only made available for review the same day. BISD is redistricting as part of a constitutional mandate that requires voting entities to re-evaluate their district lines after each census to ensure fair representation to all the population.

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Trustees Mike Neil and Tom Neild

A hearing conducted Tuesday morning, May 7, in the 136th District Court of Jefferson County essentially ended a nearly yearlong battle for documents waged by two sitting Beaumont Independent School District trustees against the entity they serve.

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Wayne A. Reaud, chairman of the board for The Beaumont Foundation, poses with Ex

As part of its ongoing commitment to support education, The Beaumont Foundation recently selected 16 teachers from an impressive collection of nominations submitted by schools throughout Southeast Texas for the Wayne A. Reaud Excellence in Education Award. Each award recipient was honored at an awards gala and received a crystal obelisk, a portrait and $10,000.

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The fourth annual “Paying It Forward Fishing With Kids” Bass Tournament will be held June 15 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cassels-Boykin Park on Lake Sam Rayburn. Registration is open until June 13. The entry form, which includes the rules and requirements, is available on The Examiner’s website.

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The Girl Scouts program would not be possible without the support of adults who guide and provide local troops in the area. Friday, April 26, local Girl Scout troops honored the adults who make the organization the success it is.

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A scout from El Paso’s Troop 4 leans over the edge of the Air Assault Tower at F

FORT BLISS, Texas — At 40 feet in the air on a wooden rappel tower, the mind can play tricks. Legs begin to tremble and the ground begins to spin. The instructor tells the Boy Scout to take three deep breaths and then prepare to jump.

Butterflies swirl in the stomach and his hands clasp tightly to a single strand of rope, the only thing between him and the distant floor below. Although it was frightening, these conditions would be similar if he had to save someone’s life.

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Southeast Texas has yet another Eagle Scout, and this one is helping his local first responders meet the challenges of rural county living.

Timothy Rhodes of Crew 95 in Cleveland, Texas, said after volunteering at his local volunteer fire department in North Liberty County, he decided to help the rural first responders for his Eagle Scout project.

“I helped on the rig (fire truck) for about six months before I joined,” he said.

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