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Giddyup! When a strain of equine herpes led to a temporary quarantine at horse farms in central Utah, the sponsors of the Davis County Mounted Posse Junior Queen contest in May had a dilemma, but instead of canceling the competition in which the cowgirls show their skills on horseback, they decided to conduct the show except with the girls “riding” stick “ponies” to get style points. Former queen Savanna Steed told KSL-TV the change would be good because it would better test riders’ knowledge of the routines instead of their relying on their horses to make the moves.

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During what was, at times, a heated spectacle of a city council meeting, Vidor City Council Ward 4 representative Mallie Bickham resigned his post on the governmental body.

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Beaumont police officers reported an arrested has been made in the death of 55-year-old Gregory Fleniken, a businessman who was found dead in his hotel room at the MCM Eleganté in September 2010.

On Wednesday, June 22, investigators with the Chippewa Sheriff's Office arrested Lance R. Mueller, 48, of Chippewa, Wisc. According to police, Mueller allegedly mishandled a firearm, which then went off and shot through the wall and into the adjacent room, where Fleniken was staying.

Mueller is expected to be extradited to Texas within the next few days.

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The McDonald’s that sits at the corner of Savannah and Gulfway in Port Arthur has closed its doors for good and there is rampant speculation as to what caused the closure.

According to the McDonald’s regional office in Houston, the restaurant has been “closed permanently,” putting to rest any notion that the 26-year-old building that was originally opened in March of 1985 was being torn down in order to build a new McDonald’s that matches the fresher look and feel that the fast food titan has adopted in recent years.

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Teens in Texas will no longer be prosecuted as sexual offenders for “sexting,” which is the term coined for sending racy photos of one’s body via cellular phone picture message, or receiving them from  friends.

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The Beaumont Police Department is currently working a single-car accident involving an 18-wheeler on Interstate 10 near the Martin Luther King exit.

The tractor-trailer jack-knifed, struck a guardrail and overturned. The driver of the vehicle was treated at the scene for minor cuts. All westbound lanes are blocked starting just past the Magnolia Street exit.

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City Manager Kyle Hayes today released a list of 11 finalists for the position of Beaumont Police Chief. The candidates are:

·        Louis Barrow

·        Jack Bragg Jr.

·        Mark Broome

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Employees who showed up for work at the Geo Burrito restaurants in Nederland and Beaumont on June 16 found the bulletin board where their schedules were normally displayed empty. A short time later, they learned that Geo Burrito would close its doors for good that night because the stores had been sold – and they were out of a job.
 
Geo Burrito was founded here in 2009 by owner Dave Jones, who also created the Novrozsky’s chain of burger joints in Southeast Texas.
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A 53-year-old man with failing eyesight who had recently undergone intestinal surgery told Sonoma, Calif., police that on Sunday afternoon, May 1, a woman had come to his home and instructed him to drop his pants and get face-down on the bed so that she could administer an enema. He said he assumed his doctor had sent her and thus complied, and it was over in two minutes, and she was gone. The doctor later said he had no idea who the woman was.

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The severe drought gripping Southeast Texas along with the "abnormally high number of water leaks" in Port Arthur have forced the city to impose its mandatory water conservation measures, meaning a mandatory lawn watering schedule is implemented as of last Friday that stipulates even numbered addresses can only water their yards on even days and odd numbered addresses can water their yards on odd days.

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