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The Stark Museum of Art invites you downtown for Stories from Cowboys of Color: An Afternoon with Don Russell, Cleo Hearn, Myrtis Dightman, Bailey “The Prairie Kid,” and Jason Griffin on Saturday, July 28, beginning at 2 p.m.  The event will feature a panel discussion from 2-3 p.m. and will be followed with a reception and book signing.

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IEA staff members

IEA-Inspire, Encourage, Achieve recently hosted its 2018 Awards & Recognition Dinner at the Beaumont Event Centre, celebrating 21 years of “Transforming Hardships Into Hope.” The annual event recognizes all IEA/"Ben's Kids" youth currently enrolled in the program, parent participation and volunteers (including IEA interns graduating from college). 

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The historic aircraft is now suspended above the exhibition galleries.

One of the Bullock Texas State History Museum's largest and most notable artifacts, the North American Aviation AT-6A "Texan" airplane, took flight once more this week in Austin. Reassembled from individual sections previously on display on the third floor of the museum, the iconic World War II-era, single engine aircraft now soars over the three-storied exhibition atrium in a stunning display of airforce might.

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Ronald Gene McLain (left) and Kenneth Dawayne Williams

June 26, 2018, the Beaumont Police Department Person’s Unit began assisting with a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) homicide investigation in Louisiana. Two Beaumont residents, Ronald Gene McLain, 57, and Kenneth Dawayne Williams, 32, were identified as murder suspects in the CPSO investigation, and warrants were issued for their arrest. BPD detectives assisted CPSO with the investigation for several days. June 29, McLain was arrested in Aransas Pass, Texas, and July 3, Williams turned himself in at the Beaumont Police Department.

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A deadly crash on the intersection of Franklin and Ave. E took the life of soon-to-be 4-year-old Landon Slaughter Wednesday, July 4.

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Landon James "Lan Lan" Slaughter

Wednesday, July 4, at 9:45 p.m., Beaumont police responded to the intersection of Franklin and Avenue E in reference to a major traffic crash. There were several independent witnesses to the crash and preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a green Buick was southbound on Avenue E and disregarded the stop sign at the intersection with Franklin. A Nissan SUV traveling west on Franklin carrying five occupants was struck by the Buick. As a result of the crash, Landon Slaughter died from his injuries. Landon would have been 4 years old next week.

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A local tree trimmer died from electrocution after he accidentally made contact with a live power line while cutting limbs at an Orange residence, reports Orange Police Department (OPD) Capt. J.P. Burns.

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A local tree trimmer died from electrocution after he accidentally made contact with a live power line while cutting limbs at an Orange residence, reports Orange Police Department (OPD) Capt. J.P. Burns.

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A Brand Scaffolding contractor at the ExxonMobil Beaumont Polyethylene Plant died Monday, July 2. The worker was evaluated by an onsite medical team at the plant for a non-work related illness. According to ExxonMobil spokesperson Kristie Young, the man was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation and later passed away.

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Young people and their families are invited to Big Thicket National Preserve every Friday in July from 9 a.m. – noon for Junior Ranger Days. Each week, park rangers will lead fun, hands-on activities focused on a variety of topics, from wildlife to wilderness survival. These program are designed for kids ages 8 to 12.

July 6 – Wilderness Survival for Kids: Could you survive being lost in the outdoors? Learn the basics of wilderness survival.

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