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Debris being collected on West Tram Road in Vidor

Since The Examiner’s Oct. 19 report regarding debris pickup around the area, Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst says his city has seen progress in the county-contracted cleanup process, and wants residents to be aware of the upcoming Nov. 13 deadline to move Harvey-related refuse into the public right-of-way.

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Orange County Special Angels Rodeo

"It started with a dream.”

Kevin Norton of the Orange County Special Angels Rodeo said the inspiration for an adaptive sports rodeo sprung from one woman’s vision of an event inclusive of people of all ages with disabilities.

According to Norton, fellow founding board member Lue Harris woke from a dream feeling that God had given her a mission, and she aimed to make it a reality. That led her to reach out to others in the community, others like Norton, who joined the endeavor and have grown the event exponentially since its inception.

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Gift of Life and Motiva Representatives

Through the generous support of Motiva, more than 30 medically underserved Southeast Texas women recently received free Gift of Life clinical breast exams and mammograms on the UTMB mobile van located at the West Side Development Center in Port Arthur, as well as preventative healthcare screenings, including blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol, provided in partnership with the Port Arthur Health Department.

Motiva representatives attended the site to warmly greet clients.

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Community Bank IPO now set on Nasdaq

CBTX Inc., the bank holding company for CommunityBank of Texas, N.A., announced Nov. 7 the pricing of the initial public offering of 2.4 million shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $26 per share. CBTX has also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 360,000 shares of its common stock. CBTX’s common stock is expected to begin trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the trading symbol “CBTX” on Nov. 8.

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With appeals exhausted, the 2016-17 Texas Education Agency (TEA) FIRST ratings were officially released this week, scoring the financial accountability of the state’s districts and open-enrollment charter schools. By no means an exhaustive examination of funds, the FIRST scores give the public an indicator of fiscal health in the state’s public and charter schools. 

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Troy James Allison

 

Recently, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, Demus Lee Westmoreland, 52, was arrested in Beaumont after failing to register as a sex offender in Galveston. Now, police are looking for another Top 10 sex offender, 64-year-old Troy James Allison, who has been on the lam since 2004 after failing to register in Lufkin and who once called Beaumont home.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 11:28 a.m., Beaumont Police responded to the 5600 block of West Cardinal Drive eastbound in reference to an auto-pedestrian crash, Officer Haley Morrow said in a release.

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Sherecole Wilridge

Monday, Nov. 6, at about 8:26 a.m., Beaumont police responded to a disturbance in the 1200 block of Ranier. A preliminary investigation revealed that an altercation had occurred between Sherecole Wilridge, a 32-year-old Beaumont woman, and her child’s father. During the altercation, Wilridge retrieved a handgun and shot the victim. The victim’s injury was not life threatening; he was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Detective’s interviewed witnesses and Wilridge was placed under arrested for aggravated assault – family violence.

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When pregnant mother Kera Teel was shot and killed in June, the Southeast Texas community was stunned and police relentlessly pursued numerous leads in an attempt to identify and apprehend the perpetrators who fled the scene following the abhorrent act.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety released the names of all 26 people, including one unborn child, killed in the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday, Nov. 5.

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