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Janice Gayle Whitman (née Jones), 80, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at Marliere Hospice Care Center in New Port Richey, Florida.

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Pursuant to a Monday, Nov. 5, ruling by Jefferson County District Court Judge Justin Sanderson, voters whose mail-in ballots were rejected by the Early Voting Ballot Board will get another opportunity to cast a ballot in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, election.

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After receiving reports of threats made against a number of Orangefield High School students, and other threats, the Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) arrested William Ordonez, 17, for terroristic threat. He is currently in custody at the Orange County Correctional Facility awaiting arraignment and bond to be set.

According to information from OCSO, the arrest comes after Ordonez made comments on a social media group chat involving numerous Orangefield High School students, in which he threatened to commit acts of violence at the high school. 

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Bailee Ackerman Byler, of Orangefield, and William Troy Byler III, of Bellville, spent the evening of Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, celebrating their wedding with friends and family gathered together in Uvalde County.  At the end of the festivities, the Bylers boarded a Bell 260B helicopter ready to start their new adventures as husband and wife. A short time later Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, the helicopter crashed about 15 miles outside the city of Uvalde.

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The Texas Departments of Public Safety (DPS) responded to an overnight collision near Kountze at approximately 9 p.m.that resulted in the deaths of two residents of Lewisville, Texas.  According to initial reports of the crash, a 2017 Dodge truck driven by James Ritter, 34, of Silsbee, was traveling southbound on Highway 326 followed by James Horton, 34, and Casey Tania Horton, 35, on a 2014 Harley Davidson.

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There will be a Ward 4 Town Hall Meeting hosted by Mayor Pro-Tem/Ward 4 Councilmember Robin Mouton on Thursday, Nov. 1 starting at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m. at Central park Community Center. The Town Hall will allow attendees to learn and ask questions about city operations, construction projects and more in the city of Beaumont. Central Park Community Center is located at 640 Fourth Street. 

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Christopher Drucker

Following an investigation by The Examiner and through the efforts of law enforcers from probation officers to prosecutors, a convicted counterfeiter and registered sex offender who molested an 11-year-old girl and who has failed multiple times to comply with sex offender registry rules has been sentenced to 6 years in prison for violating the terms of his felony probation.

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A man accused of using the “dark web” to search for a young girl to sexually assault, kill, and cannibalize was in a Beaumont federal courtroom on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The dark web, part of the internet not frequented by the general populace and not readily accessible through generic means, has been long plagued with unsavory – and, frequently – untraceable activity. 

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McFaddin Beach

mong Southeast Texas losses to storms devastating the Gulf Coast, many of Jefferson County’s beaches and protective sand dune barriers have been costly casualties. Thanks to public and private support, however, recovery is in progress.

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Individuals and businesses seeking Workforce Solutions services in south Jefferson County will soon have a new facility to access employment programs and services. The new Workforce Solutions Center will open Monday, Nov. 5 and is located at 4680 FM 365 near Twin City Highway. 

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