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In an effort to draw more people and more businesses to Vidor, the city is providing tax abatements in several reinvestment zones for new residential construction and for substantial home improvements totaling $15,000 or more. In addition to the tax abatements being offered to promote growth, city code enforcers are identifying and have identified several substandard residential buildings for potential demolition. 

The actions are part of the city’s “Pride and Progress” initiative.

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The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) has selected Calder Woods for a new Reminiscence Therapy program designed to help residents with dementia.

Reminiscence Therapy uses tangible prompts, such as tactile objects, recordings and familiar items, to stimulate discussion of past activities and experiences, according to the DADS website.

Calder Woods is one of 50 facilities DADS chose to be a part of the program with an additional 50 to be added in 2016.

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Beaumont native Jay Bruce, right fielder for the Cincinnati Reds, presented The Arc of Greater Beaumont with a check for $81,000 on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Foundation for Southeast Texas. 

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Marshall Middle School

According to Beaumont Independent School District Public Affairs Specialist Ron Reynolds, Marshall Middle School will be closed on Friday, Jan. 29, following a gas leak that sent dozens to the emergency room Thursday morning.

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Kirvis Fontenot

Beaumont Independent School District administrator Kirvis Fontenot was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on Wednesday, Jan. 27, for allegedly misappropriating funds entrusted to him as the assistant principal at BISD’s Pathways alternative school campus.

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A rehearing has been denied in the case of former Jefferson County employee Donna Davis. The Supreme Court of Texas rejected the county’s request Friday, Jan. 22. 

A Jefferson County jury found in Davis’ favor in March 2014, awarding the ousted employee in excess of $1 million in damages for wrongful termination and age discrimination. The case was filed in Jefferson County in 2008.

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National School Choice Week will be showcased in a rally Thursday, Jan. 28, at 4 p.m. in downtown Beaumont, on the lawn between the public library and the Julie Rogers Theater.

Local alternative schools, including several private schools and public charter schools will be participating and are inviting parents, students, teachers and other interested persons to a rally in support of school choice. The rally is completely non-partisan and non-political in nature, according to event organizers.

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A steep discount on a monthly cable bill sound great, but it could be the set up for a scam. Con artists are impersonating cable companies and taking advantage of eagerness to save.

How the Scam Works: You get a call, and it’s someone claiming to be a representative from your cable provider’s loyal rewards program. The caller offers you a significant discount on your monthly cable and/or service. For $80 per month, you can get phone, broadband Internet, and the premium cable channels. This package would typically run subscribers well over $100/month.

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Fire and smoke billowing over downtown Beaumont’s dreary dark afternoon sky about 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Jan. 21, caused citizen alarm and Lamar University to suspend classes. The emissions were generated from the ExxonMobil Beaumont Complex, according to company Public and Government Affairs Manager Lee Dula.

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A fake cop’s case in Beaumont has led to the indictment and arrest of a real law enforcement officer as the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office has charged Liberty County Precinct 6 Constable John Joslin with perjury in covering up the crimes of accused cop impersonator Michael Gelagotis by lying in sworn statements to investigators.

Joslin was arrested in Liberty County and, while still in his constable uniform, was brought to the Jefferson County Courthouse to answer the allegations in front of Judge Larry Gist on Monday, Jan. 25.

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