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President Jimmy Simmons is presented with the Distinguished President Award

The Lamar University Staff Advisory Council has honored President James "Jimmy" Simmons with the “Distinguished President Award,” citing his inspiration and dedication during one of the brightest periods in Lamar’s history. 

Diann Brodnax, president of the Staff Advisory Council, surprised Simmons with a special tribute and the presentation of a plaque at the conclusion of Lamar’s annual staff awards ceremony Tuesday, April 16.

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Dr. Jimmy Simmons presents Donna Blaisdell with the TSUS Staff Excellence Award

Donna Blaisdell, executive assistant to the director of the Mary and John Gray Library, earned honors Tuesday as Lamar University’s first recipient of The Texas State University System Staff Excellence Award.

Blaisdell is a resident of Lumberton and a 28-year veteran of the Lamar staff.

Five other LU employees earned Distinguished Staff Awards at Lamar’s annual staff recognition program.

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Groves Police Department

A Groves Police Department officer's squad car was struck from behind by an intoxicated driver last night (April 15) at 9:37 p.m.

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K.P. Jeanes

A Beaumont man was sentenced to 10 years probation after pleading guilty to injury to a child Monday, April 15.

K.P. Jeanes, a former assistant pastor of the Woodlands Baptist Church, was originally charged with indecency with a child, but after talks with the young victim’s family, prosecutors allowed Jeanes to plea to the lesser charge of injury to a child.

The youngster was 9 years old at the time of the offense.

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Qiang Xu

Qiang Xu has been selected as Lamar University’s 2013 University Scholar. President James Simmons announced the honor during a ceremony April 10 in the University Reception Center of the Mary and John Gray Library. The University Scholar Award is the most prestigious research honor bestowed upon a faculty member at Lamar.

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The Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating the deaths of 15 cattle found shot in a private property area of Mansfield Ferry Road in Vidor. Sheriff Keith Merritt said his office was alerted to the incident Monday, April 15, at approximately 8:50 a.m. by a concerned citizen traveling by the scene of the crime. According to a press release from Sgt. Chad Hogan, the cattle were all female and included several calves.

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from Stable-Spirit website

Stable-Spirit is having a Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, May 4 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill, 4375 Dowlen Rd. in Beaumont. Tickets are $5 for all the pancakes you can eat and a beverage. Some of these funds will be used to pay for the hippotherapy portion of the program that insurance will not cover for families who are clients (or former clients) of Stable-Spirit and/or Kids Therapy.

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Three Vidor Police vehicles were parked near a wooded area adjacent to the Vidor Junior High on the Interstate 10 West access road in Vidor early Monday morning at approximately 8:45 a.m. after receiving a report of a suspicious person. Chief Dave Shows said multiple officers were dispatched to the school due to the report but no one was discovered yet in the woods next to the facility.

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According to the Entergy Texas website, more than 6,000 local residents are without power Sunday, April 14.

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According to a press release from the Port Arthur Housing Authority (PAHA), the agency is “deeply concerned” regarding violence in the Prince Hall Village neighborhood on W. 14th St. in Port Arthur.

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