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While much of the banking world finds itself still reeling from the political, economic and consumer confidence fall-out of the Great Recession, two privately held Texas banks are emerging from the financial storm as key players in the Houston market and are giving the regional and national money-center banks a run for their money.

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Beginning Sunday night, March 17, bridge crews will begin the week-long process to shift traffic at the Neches River Bridge, also known as the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) says the “Big Shift” will eventually move all eastbound traffic to the westbound lanes of the bridge.

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Board commissioners of the Orange Housing Authority (OHA) have terminated whistleblower and Executive Director Tanya Wilson a little more than a year into her appointment, effective Friday, March 8. This makes the second executive director the OHA board has let go in little more than a year.

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Twelve Southeast Texans were indicted and arrested on federal racketeering charges in connection with a “whites only” drug distribution ring, according to an announcement by U.S Attorney John M. Bales on March 11. Four of the defendants named in the indictment also face capital murder charges.

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There is an epidemic afoot in Beaumont, and it isn’t the seasonal flu.

Beaumont families from all walks of life are seeking out fast cash from payday and title loan companies. These companies promise easy, same-day money that some establishments market as a way of helping residents build their credit.

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The City of Beaumont recognized the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas Tuesday, Feb. 26, for 50 years of service to Southeast Texas businesses. “I want to compliment the Better Business Bureau,” said Councilmember W.L. Pate during the time allotted for councilmember comments. “They do a great job for our community and have really progressed over the last 50 years.” 

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Family Services of Southeast Texas recognized families and organizations that have had an impact on the community at their 11th annual luncheon Thursday, Feb. 28.

“This event is to honor families,” said Janet Walker, executive director at Family Services of Southeast Texas. “Our mission is to strengthen families, so we want to recognize people in the community that do work to do that.”

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Visiting the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 479 union hall on Cardinal Drive, one can sense a certain air of excitement about plans being made for the coming weeks. Activities are planned to honor the 100 years of the union’s rich and varied history and to celebrate the workers, both men and women, who have labored within this organization to help make Southeast Texas a leader in construction and maintenance of electrical concerns.

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Melanie Rider

Five women were arrested in Orange as the result of a prostitution sting operation carried out by the Orange Police Department Wednesday, March 13. Bertha Geral, 50, Precious King, 34, Shanna Meaux, 29, Irisha Dupree, 33, and Melanie Rider, 45, were arrested and charged with prostitution.

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There is a sad end to report on a story that first appeared in The Examiner in 2009. Marcus Leday, who graduated from West Brook High School in Beaumont in 2005, has taken his own life. He had enlisted in the Army after graduation, becoming part of the storied First Division – the Big Red One. Marcus was a mechanic, servicing combat tanks and trucks in the deserts of Iraq.

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