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A special public meeting of the Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, to discuss, among other things, submitting a districting plan that would nullify the intent of voters who passed a measure to change the board’s current make-up in May 2011. The 2011 voter initiative directed the BISD board to change from the current process of selecting trustees via seven single member districts (7/0) to that of five single member districts with two at-large positions (5/2).

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What was once an inner-city sanctuary for South Park residents of all walks of life now stands on the precipice of closure if the city does not act.

The L.L. Melton Family Life Center, formerly the L.L. Melton YMCA, is struggling to keep the doors open, prompting a letter to the city requesting help paying what amounts to $3,000 in monthly utilities to stay open.

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The joke is on Southeast Texas this month as one of Beaumont Independent School District’s highest paid employees made Texas Monthly magazine’s annual list of Bum Steer Award recipients.

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According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO), the narcotics task force arrested three people in two separate drug busts in Beaumont.

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Michael Lee, unit director for the HEB Mid-County store, cut the ribbon at a re-grand opening celebration of its Mid County store at 4800 B Highway 365 on Jan. 9. “After years of careful planning, we are thrilled to reveal the newly renovated store,” Lee said in a recent release. “Everything about the expanded store, from its design to its fresh offerings, was specifically tailored to meet the needs and desires of this community.

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Southeast Texas is in for some wet and thunderous weather, at least until Thursday, Jan 10.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Beaumont received at least an inch of rain since it started Tuesday morning, Jan. 8. 

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency will hold a public meeting to discuss its revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17. The meeting will be held at the Ford Park Exhibit Hall, 5115 I-10 South.

Representatives from FEMA, along with the city of Beaumont's floodplain administrator, will be on hand to answer questions and offer guidance on the revised maps. Interactive online maps will be available for review.

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Del Papa Distributing Co. employee Brian Martin

Ten Del Papa Distributing Company employees and their families volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County in Beaumont on Saturday, Dec. 15. Afterward, the Gulf Coast beer distributor, which also recently partnered with Habitat for Humanity on projects near the company’s Texas City and Victoria locations, presented the organization with a $1,500 donation.

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Police are still searching for a man they say kidnapped a woman at the Petro Truck Stop on Walden Road in Beaumont. 

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