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At their meeting Tuesday, May 9, the Orange City Council swore in two new members who are taking over the council seats for Districts 2 and 4.

Tommy Ferguson unseated District 2 incumbent Cullin Smith with the final vote tally standing at 353 to 224. Mary McKenna overtook incumbent Annette Pernell in a close race, winning by four votes with a tally of 148 to 144. At-large Councilman Bill Mello ran unopposed and joined the two newcomers at the swearing in Tuesday. A total of 882 ballots were cast.

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A pillar of the South Park community may be getting a much-needed face-lift after years of languishing in financial limbo.

The L.L. Melton Family Life Center on Sarah Street, currently operated by Jehovah Jireh — a nonprofit arm of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church — has a new benefactor who intends to help take the reigns and make the facility’s mission sustainable.

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Across the nation and here in Southeast Texas, people are looking at mental health and healthcare in honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month, May 2013.

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Area residents got to see firsthand how BPD officers train to confront armed suspects as part of the Citizens Police Academy on Thursday, May 2.

The 14-week course is designed to give residents of Jefferson County a hands-on look at everything officers do to protect and serve Beaumont.

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Hundreds of women attended the Christus LiveWell Women’s Conference on Thursday, May 9, at the Ford Park Event Center to learn about women’s health, peruse various shopping booths and listen to the keynote speaker, singer/composer Jewel, who wowed the crowd with amusing anecdotes, sentimental stories and some of her most popular songs.

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Dr. Michael Warren and his wife, Barbara

Sabine Oaks Home celebrated the dedication and generosity of Barbara Warren and her husband, Dr. Michael Warren, at the assisted living retirement community’s open house Thursday, May 9. The event, held annually to raise community awareness regarding the home’s services, offered a special reason to celebrate this year. Barbara, who is a member of the House Committee of the Sabine Oaks Board of Directors, and her husband, Michael, a biology professor at Lamar for more than 40 years, helped raise $5,000 for room renovations and beautification of the home.

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In a meeting Wednesday, May 10, the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) met to discuss a potential grant for the Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) Regional Police Academy and an update on Ike Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Housing Program, among other agenda items covered at the meeting.

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The Beaumont Police Department hosted the 2013 Southeast Texas Police Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, May 15.  This annual ceremony takes place on the front steps of our police station, 255 College.                                              

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Vernon Durden

(Lamar press release)

The Lamar University Alumni Advisory Board has elected Vernon Durden of China to serve as 2013-2014 president.  Ellen Rienstra of Beaumont is past president, and Stephanie Molina of Beaumont will serve as president-elect.

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Jaylon Trahan (inset) pleaded guilty to assaulting two educators.

An 18-year-old Port Arthur man pleaded guilty Monday, May 13, to two counts of assault on a public servant after attacking two teachers in what the victims say was a violent and brutal display of aggression at Memorial High School in Port Arthur.

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