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The young ladies of Girls’ Haven are celebrating after receiving a welcome gift from Harbor Healthcare Systems in the form of a brand new study room.

The official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new study room was on March 22 at 1 p.m. at the facility located on Fannin St. in Beaumont. The recently renovated room features fresh paint, new computers and printers, lovely decorations and comfortable furniture. This room was designed to offer the residents a safe and practical environment for their studies and homework.

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Contract bridge crews are preparing for this weekend’s traffic switch on the Neches River bridge (Purple Heart Memorial), according to a press release from The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). TXDOT says crews will begin the process of shifting eastbound traffic to the westbound bridge this evening, Friday, March 22, at 9 p.m. The process is expected to take two days, stretching into the weekend.

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With the help of undercover officers with the Beaumont Police Department’s narcotics division, SWAT and other investigators, police made a sizable drug bust near Lavaca and Avenue A in Beaumont on Friday morning, March 22.

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After a short ceremony hosted by the Young Men’s Business League (YMBL) and a pitch-perfect national anthem and flag salute, the South Texas Fair and Rodeo was officially opened Thursday, March 22. 

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A three-hour long Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting held Thursday, March 21, ended with one trustee facing assault charges and the majority of the board voting to bring in Houston lawyers to ready for a legal battle at the Texas Supreme Court.

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Groves PD

Groves Police arrested two black males in connection with four aggravated robberies Thursday morning at two Groves convenience stores — Fast Lane, 3911 Highway 366 and B & B No. 2 at 3301 Cleveland. The men were confirmed by Groves Police Department Lt. Kirk Rice as Odis Sparks,25, and Ernest Lee Wilson, 30, both of Port Arthur.

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As a few young drivers sped around a Port Arthur parking lot in high-performance police cruisers, 84-year-old Ruel Riggs climbed behind the wheel Saturday, March 2, for his try on the track.

“I’m not gonna be settin’ any speed records,” the aging man said. “I just wanna drive it.”

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Less than two weeks after board commissioners of the Orange Housing Authority (OHA) terminated whistleblower Tanya Wilson effective Friday, March 8, the board elected to make Deputy Director Lanita Brown its new acting executive director on March 19.

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According to Port Arthur Housing Authority Executive Director Seledonio “Cele” Quesada, the PAHA Board of Commissioners met in a special session March 7 and voted to take steps to bring closure to a 2012 HUD Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Audit that brought into the spotlight nearly $6 millio

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While many college students plan to hit the beach or the slopes for their weeklong spring break, 12 young adults from Grand Valley State University, Mich., traveled to the coast to trade relaxing in the sunshine for painting, landscaping and cleaning for Family Services of Southeast Texas.

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