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With heavy hearts, much of Beaumont’s fire, EMS and police community gathered Sept. 11, 2012, to commemorate those first responders who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Members of the Coast Guard, West Brook ROTC and veterans groups donned their military uniforms, making the scene at Fire Station No. 1 at 767 College in Beaumont a professional and somber remembrance.

A huge and flowing American flag was saluted while at half mast as a Navy bugler played taps, causing some to become visibly emotional.

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The Jefferson County Commissioners Court approved a $250,000 contribution from the county to a “minimum revenue guarantee” (MRG) to American Airlines for a new American Eagle route between Jack Brooks Regional Airport and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). 

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A scam targeting seniors and persons receiving disability benefits made its way through Jefferson County the past few months, with residents of Port Arthur impacted at a significant rate. Those perpetrating the scam duped victims by promising them access to a federal stimulus check, allegedly administered to all Social Security recipients, even though no such provision exists. Victims supplied the scammers with copies of their driver’s license, Social Security number, and banking information.

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Lamar University will host the seventh annual Constitution Day event Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Lamar Institute of Technology Multi-Purpose Center. This year’s event will feature speaker J. Lee Thompson, professor of history, at Lamar University. Thompson will discuss how British documents played a role in shaping the American Constitution in his lecture, “The British Roots of the American Constitution.” The lecture is free and open to the community.

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Some city employees and friends celebrated at Riverfront Park today, Sept. 6, after receiving the news they won a total of $1 million from the Texas Lottery.

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A collaboration of efforts has been rallied in Orange County, where investigators are searching for a suspect in a Sept. 6 bank robbery.

According to Captain Cliff Hargrave of the Orange Police Department, an armed suspect entered the Firestone Federal Credit Union in West Orange on Thursday, Sept. 6, and demanded money from a teller at gunpoint while a customer looked on.

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Chamber recommends voters say no

 

Sept. 25, Port Arthur residents will be voting on a proposed Port Arthur Independent School District tax increase the district says will generate an additional $5.5 million in revenue per year based on current taxable values. The PAISD Board is asking taxpayers for an increase of 13 cents per $100 of assessed value in their property taxes to generate this revenue.

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Beaumont councilman fights gerrymandering, allegations of race baiting

Racial tension and city politics merged this week in Beaumont with Councilman Mike Getz bearing the brunt of the ensuing melee.

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A 37-year-old Beaumont man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

Curtis Duane Butcher pleaded guilty on April 19, 2012, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute between 100 and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison on Aug. 30, 2012, by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

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Ronald Guilbeaux, 53 (born Feb. 11, 1959), last known addresses 902 Fulton in Beaumont and 450 Ozen St., St. Landry, La., was sentenced Friday Aug. 31, to a term of 50 years in the penitentiary in connection with his July 11, 2012, conviction by a jury of aggravated sexual assault of a child in the 2011 rape of a 5-year-old child at his Beaumont residence.

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