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May 31 is the deadline to protest home valuations in Jefferson County, where many residents are already decrying sharp increases in home values.

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G.D. ‘Gene’ Bush (Facebook.com)

G.D. “Gene” Bush, age 83, died peacefully May 14, 2016, at his home in Beaumont, Texas, surrounded by his family.

A gathering of family and friends was held Wednesday, May 18, at Claybar Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow Thursday, May 19, at 2 p.m., also at Claybar Funeral Home. Burial in his hometown of Whitewright, Texas, will take place Saturday at 2 p.m.

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Jessie Haynes and Calvin Walker

Federal Judge Marcia Crone has spent nearly a year sifting through hundreds of legal documents filed as part of a civil racketeering case against roughly three dozen local, state and federal officials, as well as local media outlets and representatives, lodged by former Beaumont Independent School District administrator Jessie Haynes and contract electrician Calvin Walker. The total number of defendants in the case is dwindling, however, as just this past week two more were dismissed entirely from the litigation.

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Lance Woodward was found in possession of a controlled substance, 100-plus grams

Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Logan Campbell said a 40-year sentence handed down May 18 by a jury in Judge Larry Gist’s Drug Impact Court not only resulted in taking a repeat offender off the streets, but it also likely kept untold amounts of meth from pouring into Jefferson County.

The defendant was suspected of bringing in more of the drug than just the 100-plus grams he was caught with by persistent Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies when he was arrested late last year.

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High Five 05-19-2016

Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s assistance in getting dangerous drug dealers and drug users, along with the poisonous products they carry, off the streets. To that end, The Examiner will periodically feature a list of five persons accused of drug-related crimes here in High Five.

“Crime Stoppers and The Examiner are teaming up to fight the drug problem in Southeast Texas,” Beaumont Police Officer Carol Riley of Crime Stoppers said.

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Officers from area law enforcement agencies, friends of the force and family of fallen officers gathered at the front steps of the Beaumont Police Department downtown station May 12 to honor heroes of justice slain in the line of duty.

As the ceremony opened, uniformed officers escorted family members of fallen officers to their seats in the front rows near the steps leading up to the memorial star displaying badges emblazoned with the names of 17 officers killed while protecting and serving the populace.

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Photo by Sharon Brooks

The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) distributed more than $11,000 in grants to Beaumont Independent School District students and staff during the 2016 Spring Grant Caravan on Friday, May 13. BPSF board members and friends visited eight BISD campuses and surprised several staff and students by presenting them with items requested for innovative classroom projects to enhance the learning experience at the schools.

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Photo by Kevin King

There’s a lot to look at when entering a new doctor’s office: photos of the family, wall art and perhaps a few old magazines. And then there’s the doctor himself. Wait. Are those sandals?

When Dr. Jack Johnston of the Beaumont Bone and Joint Institute walks into his office at 2501 Jimmy Johnson Boulevard in Port Arthur, probably what will surprise first-time patients the most is the footwear selection of the physician. Don’t expect to see traditional, white hospital shoes when Dr. Johnston enters the exam room.

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The Beaumont Police Department reports one person is dead and another injured after a fatal accident at the bridge in the 8200 block of Eastex Freeway in Beaumont. According to BPD Sgt. James Cody Guedry, both victims fell over a guardrail at the top of the overpass while attempting to change a flat tire

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The Beaumont ISD Student Services Department will begin accepting Campus-to-Campus Transfer Applications at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, in the Central Administration Building Boardroom at 3395 Harrison, Beaumont. Applications will be accepted through 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 3.

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