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Longtime councilwoman and community leader Gethrel "Get" Williams-Wright passed away overnight at a Beaumont hospital Feb. 18. 

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Hundreds of District 7 area, junior and senior high school students are expected to converge on the campus of Lamar Institute of Technology on Fri., Feb. 16, and Sat., Feb. 17, to compete in the local SkillsUSA Championships in various subjects.

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The fourth annual John French Museum Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, March 31, at 1 p.m. on the grounds of the historic John Jay French Museum. Bring your camera and take photos with the Easter Bunny, make a craft, tour the first floor of the French home, and of course, enjoy the egg hunt with three separate areas divided by age group. It promises to be a fun way to experience this Beaumont historical treasure. Tickets are $5 per person ages 4 and up, and all proceeds benefit the John Jay French Museum and its mission of promoting historical education and preservation in Beaumont.

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Delores Black, Lamar University photo

Friday, Feb. 16, the Texas State University System (TSUS) Board of Regents recognized two Texas State University educators and Lamar University employee Delores Black for outstanding performance and commitment to the mission of their institutions.

Dr. Debra Feakes, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Dr. David Nolan, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, were honored as 2017 Regents’ Teachers.

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Central High School will merge with Ozen on the Ozen campus.
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Feb. 15, the Beaumont ISD Board of Managers approved the name, mascot and colors for the soon to be merged Central and Ozen campuses. The Beaumont United High School, maroon and gold Timberwolves will combine for the 2018-19 semester under the leadership of Ron Jackson, who was also named principal at the meeting. Prior to the vote naming the new campus, Superintendent Dr. John Frossard, laid out a restructuring plan for the new campus that detailed leadership positions, introduced a 9th grade academy and focused on existing and future magnet program options.

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Immigrant, businessman, criminal, congressional hopeful – Southeast Texas’ Mohammad Tahir Javed has been called many a thing since he arrived in the U.S. from Pakistan in the late 1980s. “Tahir Javed has lived the American Dream,” his campaign literature reads. “He came to the U.S.

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Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

On Wednesday, Feb. 14 around 11:45 a.m., Deputies from the JCSO Warrant Division attempted to serve a mental health warrant at a residence in the 1900 block of Edson Drive, Capt. Crystal Holmes said in a release. A mental health warrant is often served if someone reported the person to display strange behavior and is issued by a judge.

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The Texas Trustee Implementation Group in charge of Deepwater Horizon coastal restoration formally adopted its first plan for allocating Natural Resource Damages Act funds to restore natural resources injured by the 2010 oil spill. The plan contains a $15.8 million grant for the McFaddin Beach and Dune restoration along Jefferson County’s Gulf of Mexico coast.

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The victim of an auto theft in Beaumont used a cell phone signal to find his stolen car and followed the woman driving it until Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) deputies caught up and arrested her Jan. 7, reports Capt. Crystal Holmes. 

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Giant salvinia

AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) inland fisheries staff found a total of 30 acres of invasive 

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