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At approximately 8 p.m. Friday night, firefighters from Orange County Emergency Services District No. 1 responded to a commercial structure fire next door to A-1 Smoke Shop, located at 585 N. Main St. in Vidor. The building was formally known as Tower Medical Center and was abandoned. The department fought the fire from an attempted offensive position for about 30 to 45 minutes, according to Bryant Champagne, fire chief of Orange County Services District No.

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The Alzheimer’s Association is holding its 2013 Beaumont Dementia Conference March 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. in the Baptist Hospital Cancer Center Auditorium, located at 3555 Stagg Dr. in Beaumont.

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Orange County Parks Director Donna Scales is fed up. She is sick and tired of litterbugs throwing their trash out on the side of the road on Lake Street in Bridge City. She said it is time to clean up the mess and keep Texas beautiful.

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Jim Armacost

Lamar University has created a new office of sustainability with the goal of making the university as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. Steve Doblin, provost and vice president of academic affairs, named Jim Armacost, assistant professor of biology, the university’s first director of sustainability.

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While it can be difficult to measure the impact one person’s life has, the results can be easily seen. During Black History Month, The Examiner would like to honor members of the community who have had a palpable and positive impact. Pat Willard is one of those people. Willard started her career as a teacher and has since retired, but she continues to educate and motivate through her work with the Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program and other endeavors.

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After almost a century of service to Southeast Texas, Night’s Uniform has finally reached the end of the line. The store’s Quitting Business Sale began on Tuesday, Feb. 5, and the liquidation will continue six days a week until everything is sold.

“There’s a time to hold it and a time to fold it. It’s time to fold it,” said owner Ralph Night. “We’ve had a very successful run.”

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The ribbon has been cut! Daily flights between the Jack Brooks Regional Airport and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport commenced Thursday, Feb. 14, at the airport in Beaumont, an event that brought together hundreds of people from around the area.

The celebration started bright and early at 9 a.m. with droves of community members gathering to show their support for the new route that so many in the area worked to bring to Jack Brooks Regional.

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Dave Oliphant, a 1963 Lamar graduate, author, and an accomplished poet and scholar, returned to Lamar on Feb 11 to speak to students about his memories of the school where his writing career began.

“I had such wonderful teachers at Lamar,” said Oliphant, who was born in Fort Worth but moved to Beaumont in 1953.

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Excitement was physically in the air on Valentine’s Day at the Jack Brooks Regional Airport in Beaumont/Port Arthur.

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Zola Ann Wilson

Shackled and mostly quiet in Judge John Stevens felony court, a 46-year-old Port Arthur woman pleaded no contest Tuesday, Feb. 19, to two counts of aggravated assault and admitted her guilt in a U.S. 69 collision that caused the death of a Groves man more than a year ago.

By taking the plea agreement, Zola Ann Wilson avoided a possible prison term of 20 years for the death of Gary Naquin, 34, who died in the accident.

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