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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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The Hope Women’s Resource Clinic held a ribbon cutting Sunday, March 17, to celebrate its new Esaote 3D/4D ultrasound machine.

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The Woman’s Club of Beaumont celebrated its 118th birthday Jan. 18. At 118, the club is still going and still looking to grow. From its humble beginnings as a book club in 1895, the organization has changed names and purposes but remains active and altruistic in the community.

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Broughton Hand receiving Legion of Honor medal

U.S. Army veteran Broughton “Brodie” Hand, 92, of Anahuac received France’s highest award — the Legion of Honor medal — last month for his efforts to liberate France from Nazi occupation during World War II.

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A 36-year-old Orange man received two life sentences Wednesday, March 20, for the attempted capital murder of two police officers in Orange on March 29, 2011.

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