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The 2011 Brooks Conference will attract about 130 Southeast Texas nonprofit, civic and government leaders – including more than 30 prominent speakers  – to Lamar University Thursday, May 5, for a day-long series of programs on topics ranging from the role of nonprofits in society to substance abuse. Lamar’s Jack Brooks Chair in Government and Public Service will host the conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the John Gray Center.

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Shortly after 6 a.m. on April 29, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a call concerning a person lying in the grass on the I-H 10 South Service road near Baird’s Bayou in Rose City, according to reports from the agency.   

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In last year’s election, three Vidor City Council incumbents were uprooted and replaced with fresh faces in Wards 2, 3 and 5. This election, the remaining three posts are up for grabs, as is the mayoral seat. The only uncontested race will put newcomer Lynda Gaye Courtney in the Ward 1 seat, a post vacated by Don Eicher, who has put in a bid in the mayoral race. Vidor Mayor Ray Long is not seeking re-election, but Eicher is not alone in his quest to be mayor. Kenneth Edward Crawford,

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Hard work and talent among Beaumont elementary and middle school writers was honored by nonprofit Save Our Children (S.O.C.) and its members during an elegant dinner awards banquet held Thursday, April 7, at the Compro Events Center.

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The sun had yet to rise Friday, April 15, when Jana Williams got the call.

“My niece called me, to tell me what happened,” Williams remembers vividly. “Then the ambulance driver called me after that.”

The news from the other end of the phone was what parents’ nightmares are made of. Williams’ middle son, Ethan, was involved in a car accident – and the 21-year-old man who she nursed and loved his whole life was critically injured.

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Although removed from the media attention it once garnered, foreclosure rates in Texas, and the nation, are still at an alarming rate. One in 497 housing units in the United Stated received foreclosure notices in January 2011, according to data compiled by California-based Realty Trac, the leading provider of such information. Those numbers are down 17 percent from the year prior.

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Orange County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Officers, along with the Orange County Area Law Enforcement SWAT Team, executed a narcotics search and arrest warrant in the 1800 block of Concord Road in Vidor shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday, April 20, arresting two people and confiscating drugs and drug paraphernalia.

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In honor of Elder Abuse Prevention Month, Jefferson County Adult Protective Services will hold the second annual Making Strides Against Elder Abuse Walk-a-thon on Friday, May 6.

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On two of the busiest hospital floors in Southeast Texas where life and death play tug-of-war while families cling to hope and doctors and nurses work tirelessly to save those lives, six high school students from Memorial and Port Neches-Groves did their part to paint a picture of optimism and thanks at the trauma center at Christus Hospital – St. Elizabeth.

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Much like the late Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda went looking for America 42 years ago in “Easy Rider,” motorcycle clubs across the state of Texas are looking for a little respect as they promote motorcycle safety awareness.

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