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According to an ExxonMobil spokesperson, the ExxonMobil refining and chemical complex will be conducting an emergency preparedness drill today at 9 a.m. This is a test. There is no plant emergency.

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Water is a necessity. People must drink it to live. We bathe in it. We wash our clothes, our dishes and even our children in it. We depend on our water supply and expect it to meet safety and quality standards mandated by environmental regulatory bodies.

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Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office seized marijuana, pot plants and firearms during an investigation Jan. 23, reportedly resulting in drug and weapon charges against an area teen, reports Deputy Marcus McLellan.

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Lamar 2017 Distinguished Alumni

The Lamar University Office of Alumni Affairs has named four alumni as Distinguished Alumni for 2017, noting that their dedication to their professions, service to their communities and loyalty to their alma mater epitomizes the Lamar University spirit, officials said.

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Evolution Academy hosted an event to spotlight the benefit of alt education.

Jefferson County Commissioners and County Judge Jeff Branick issued a proclamation declaring the week of Jan. 22-28 to be School Choice Week because, according to the supporting document declaring the special designation, “all children in Jefferson County should have access to the highest-quality education possible.” 

The elected leaders believe the topic needs to be discussed in an effort to “raise awareness of the need for effective educational options.”

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The organist at Temple Emanuel did not see anything suspicious on the afternoon of Jan. 20, but when the vocalist came back shortly afterward, there was a broken window in the stairwell leading down to the sanctuary, Temple President Allison Nathan Getz explained.

This is the fourth time that Temple Emanuel has been subject to vandalism in two months, Getz said.

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Four cadets training as first responders received recognition and tuition scholarships from the Officer Bryan Hebert Memorial Foundation for their education at the Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) Regional Police Academy.

Scholarships are awarded to qualified candidates seeking a career in law enforcement.

The Officer Bryan Hebert Memorial Scholarship is given in memory of Beaumont Police Officer Bryan Mitchell Hebert, who was killed in the line of duty on Friday, July 8, 2011.

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What’s not in the information Beaumont Independent School District attorneys released of the district-commissioned and taxpayer-funded $1 million forensic audit are any findings, expert opinions, or proposed changes to policy or procedure. You also won’t see any mention of the more than $4 million former Chief Financial Officer Devin McCraney and Comptroller Sharika Allison admitted to stealing.

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Southeast Texas women gathered in downtown Beaumont for the local women’s march Jan. 21, joining an estimated 3 million other women across the United States, according to The Hill. Local artist Betty Smith opened her studio at 8 a.m. and provided supplies for participants to make signs.

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When Mark Gregory “Greg” Brown, who coached physical education at Dishman Elementary for many years, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016, during Spring Break, he was only 53. Sensing his loss at the Beaumont school, the grandparent of a student sought to plant a living memorial to Coach Brown. 

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