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Shaunte Guillory and her attorney Larry Watts

After a week of testimony and a few days to ponder the evidence presented during a hearing for temporary injunction, Jefferson County Judge Gary Sanderson has ruled that an educator who claims she was marked for termination once she talked to federal investigators about cheating in the Beaumont Independent School District should receive her day in court. That day, according to the judicial ruling, will be Feb. 16, 2016.

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Santa and his crew made a sleigh stop at Girls’ Haven on Dec. 23 for a special Christmas delivery to the 20 young ladies living there.

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Three local medical facilities received some very generous and fun gifts from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Association (JCSA) on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

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At a hearing held in U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin’s federal court in Beaumont on Monday, Dec. 21, three family members “are alleged to have devised a scheme to obtain and make personal use of federal block grant funds that Congress appropriated following Hurricanes Rita, Katrina, Ike, and Dolly,” according to information from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas.

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Patricia Adams Lambert and her husband enter the federal courthouse in Beaumont.

UPDATE: Former BISD administrator pleads guilty to theft, conspiracy

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Victoria Steward

After a multi-count indictment in February that charged two Beaumont Independent School District educators with conspiring to change students’ answers on standardized tests from wrong to right, both initially proclaimed their innocence. However, as this publication was going to press Tuesday night, Dec. 22, one of those indicted was scheduled to change her plea in a hearing set in federal court for Wednesday, Dec. 23.

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Officer Tony Hardin, Sgt. Burt Moore, Attorney Briscoe Cain and Sgt. Barry Scarb

Four Beaumont Police officers armed themselves with their Bibles, the Constitution and an attorney in preparation to battle the city over whether or not they would be allowed to continue to having a voluntary Bible study on the department’s downtown campus Friday, Dec. 18.

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Thomas Anthony Guerriero

At roughly the same time this newspaper went to press last week, law enforcement officers in Florida were apprehending the man pictured on the cover – Thomas Anthony Guerriero, a former local indoor soccer team owner who came into Southeast Texas with big talk and a bad track record in the early fall of 2014.

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Approximately 350 children received gifts during the Orange County Blue Santa ev

Santa in Blue and his generous crew recently took a sleigh ride through Beaumont neighborhoods, spreading holiday cheer while distributing Christmas gifts to a multitude of excited and grateful children.

Over 200 local children got a visit from the Beaumont Police Department’s blue-clad Santa Claus, who carried a big bag filled with a variety of goodies from door to door. Children received bicycles, Barbie dolls, board games, and other nifty gifts they can check off their Christmas wish lists.

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7-year-old Audrey Humble shows off a Christmas decoration made at the event.
9-year-old Eben Jeanjaquet plays one of many games monitored by volunteers.

While most philanthropic endeavors this time of year concentrate on toy donations and feeding the hungry, Christmas Family Fun Day allowed Buckner to restock its reserve of much-needed items Saturday, Dec. 19.

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