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Jesus Thomas Ruiz

A Beaumont man pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter and received eight years in prison for the death of James Lunsford, who was killed in March 2012.

Appearing in Judge Layne Walker's court, Jesus Thomas Ruiz pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter Monday, May 6, in the March 14, 2012, killing of Lunsford.

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The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation’s grant caravan visited local campuses Friday, May 3, to “grant” the wishes of a number of students and staff of BISD. Several grants were distributed during surprise presentations to the student and staff winners who applied for funding for items to be used for special projects at their schools.

Four students from Smith Middle School received grant awards along with six staff members from various campuses around Beaumont.

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Serdar Ilban

Lamar University voice students from the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music earned numerous award placements in a regional voice competition at the University of Houston.

Students competed in the annual Greater Houston Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) classical auditions in April.  

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Orange and Jefferson county sheriff's offices are conducting a death investigation after a body was discovered in the Neches River near the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge over the Neches River over the weekend.

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Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry member, Kennedy Center honoree, and local born-and-bred singer/songwriter George Glenn Jones died Friday, April 26, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. He was hospitalized April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure. He was 81.

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Kree Harrison

Four contestants remain in Season 12 of “American Idol,” and one is from Southeast Texas — Kree Harrison of Woodville. If Harrison makes it through this week’s elimination round and is in the final three, a slew of events will be held Saturday, May 4, and expect the “American Idol” cameras to be in town for the homecoming concert and activities.

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The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau, in collaboration with the U.S. Travel Association, will celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week May 4-12.

“Travel supports 14.6 million jobs across the nation, including over 3,000 right here in Beaumont,” said Dean Conwell, executive director for the Beaumont CVB. “We have a full week of activities planned to let our elected officials and local citizens know about the positive effect travel has on Beaumont’s economy and people.”

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Bartholomew Granger, center, was convicted of capital murder in the shooting dea

One of the most high-profile capital murder trials in Beaumont’s history has ended with a verdict of guilty for Jefferson County Courthouse shooter Bartholomew Granger, but sentencing the murderous "Mr. Hyde" may take longer than expected. 

Granger seemed unmoved by the verdict Tuesday, April 30, but eventually shouted at prosecutors and jurors in open court on Wednesday and Thursday.

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During the offseason, you prepare to face your enemy. For Jefferson County Mosquito Control, that enemy is West Nile Virus and other mosquito – borne illnesses.

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In 1989, one of the longest-running primetime TV shows made its debut in Broward County, Fla., displaying the everyday dealings of America’s police officers.

Now more than 22 years since its debut, the iconic show COPS, with its unmistakable “Bad Boys” theme song by Inner Circle, is coming here to Beaumont.

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