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Braille program provides intensive instruction to blind children through fun, hands-on learning and activities

Rebecca Abrego said she was always a little fearful of her daughter, a pre-teen with visual and hearing impairments, getting out on her own.
“I always kept her close to me; I didn’t want anything to happen to her,” the mother recalls. “She is trying to make it in my world – the seeing/hearing world – not in hers. It’s very scary for me.”

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At the end of a lengthy, sometimes heated discussion among the city of Beaumont’s elected leaders Tuesday, July 24, Mayor Becky Ames put forth an idea that seemed to quell the ruckus on council related to the city’s role in providing school crossing guards.

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A federal grand jury has indicted CES Environmental and its former president, Matthew Lawrence Bowman, for conspiracy to illegally transport hazardous materials, resulting in the deaths of two employees.

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Calvin Walker is a lousy bookkeeper.

That was the sentiment shared by Beaumont Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Carrol Thomas on Thursday night, July 26, after the Board of Trustees voted 4-2 to extend the district’s electrical contract with the 51-year-old Walker for another year.

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Beaumont artists working to reshape the future
 

Ten years ago, an obscure Carnegie Mellon University professor named Richard Florida noticed a guy on campus “sitting slouched over on the grass, dressed in a tank top. This young man had spiked multi-colored hair, full-body tattoos and multiple piercings in his ears. An obvious slacker, I thought, probably in a band.”

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2012 sales tax revenue up, real estate sales improve

When Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced July 11 that state sales tax revenue in June was $1.98 billion, up 15.2 percent compared to June 2011, it was good news for a state economy that continues to show signs of strength.

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July 25, the Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force and the Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team executed a search warrant at 4010 Agnes St. in Beaumont, uncovering 10 pounds of marijuana, 21 pounds of bulk K-2 Spice (synthetic marijuana) and 500 packets of K-2 Spice ready for resale, among other controlled substances. K-2 Spice is illegal to possess and sale in the state of Texas. The raid, which took place at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, required a SWAT truck to pull burglar bars off the back door using a fire hose to gain entry to the residence.

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UPDATE: At its meeting Thursday night, July 26, the BISD Board of Trustees voted 4-2 to extend electrician Calvin Walker's contract with the district, despite his recent plea.

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