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A suspect identified by police as a member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) was arrested in Vidor July 8 for public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia after callers reported the man was harassing female passersby, asking if they were "looking for a good time."

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Lamar State College Port Arthur has been selected as one of just 68 institutions of higher education from across the nation to take part in the Second Chance Pell Grant program, announced the Department of Education on Friday, June 24.

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The staff of Big Thicket National Preserve invites everyone to explore the thicket by taking advantage of the ranger-led programs being offered in the months of May-August.

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Bob Wortham

A backlog of felony cases in the Jefferson County Courthouse has Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham looking for outside-the-box initiatives to expedite justice.

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Fire Station No. 11

During a meeting July 12, the Beaumont City Council unanimously approved an earnest money contract for the sale of the historic Fire Station No. 11 on Sabine Pass Avenue, and City Manager Kyle Hayes addressed concerns that firefighters waiting for the completion of the new No. 11 may not have a place to work now.

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Fire Station No. 11

During a meeting July 12, the Beaumont City Council unanimously approved an earnest money contract for the sale of the historic Fire Station No. 11 on Sabine Pass Avenue, and City Manager Kyle Hayes addressed concerns that firefighters waiting for the completion of the new No. 11 may not have a place to work now.

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Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath

UPDATE 

The current individual members of the Beaumont Independent School District (“BISD”) Board of Managers have announced they will step down from their positions no later than the end of May 2017. The Board of Managers made this announcement Thursday, July 21, at its monthly general meeting.

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With Orange County recently agreeing to tax abatements related to the program and numerous substandard structures identified by code enforcers having already been demolished, the city of Vidor is making excellent progress in its “Pride and Progress” initiative, reports City Manager Mike

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Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham was the recipient of the Community Builder Award from the Beaumont Masonic Lodge No. 286, presented by members of the group Tuesday, July 12, at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

According to the award inscription, the honor went to Wortham because of his “distinguished service and personal contributions” to the community of Beaumont.

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Jeff Branick

The Texas General Land Office announced the names of inaugural members of the Commissioner’s Coastal Resiliency Advisory Group (CCRAG) on July 13. This 15-members regional advisory group consists of representatives from local government, business and industry leaders, each serving two-year terms.

Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick is one of three Southeast Texas appointees.

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