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This spring, three tiny green bush vipers were born on March 26. Like most pit vipers, the neonates were born live instead of hatched from eggs like many other types of snakes. Originally a part of a group of six, only three have survived and have doubled in weight since their birth. They are expected to grow to be between 18 and 24 inches long. Despite their name, green bush vipers vary in color, mostly shades of green, but can also be bright yellow or grey.

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Jefferson County Criminal District Court Judge John B. Stevens Jr. sentenced 41-year-old Beaumont resident John Henry Whitfield to 15 years in prison after Whitfield pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child on June 13, reported the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. 

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Police arrested a man in Orange June 8 after he reportedly attempted to urinate on customers at a Valero station on 16th Street.

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Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) officers and Texas Department of Transportation officials are shutting down eastbound Highway 73 in the 4900 block for two to three hours starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, in order for officers with PAPD and the Groves City Marshal's office to reconstruct an accident that happened several days ago, PAPD reports.

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Elliot Sanders

Pietzsch-MacArthur Elementary schoolteacher Melody McClain says about 89 percent of students who attend the school are living below the poverty level. School lunch programs and other endeavors assist these students in getting the nourishment and education they need, but regular class work leaves little time for other lessons in subjects like etiquette.

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The 45,000-square-foot Wayne A. Reaud Administration Building/Honors College

Lamar University is seeking developers for open parcels of land the university owns surrounding campus. The university hopes the completion of major campus projects will attract new retail businesses to Lamar’s backyard.

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Community Bank of Texas presented Creative Corrections Education Foundation (CCEF) with a check for $2,500 on Wednesday, June 1, at the nonprofit’s Calder office in Beaumont. Executive Vice President for Community Bank of Texas G.A. Wimberly presented the check to Percy Pitzer, founder and president of CCEF.

“We’re always looking for opportunities to support local charities or nonprofits that are trying to benefit our community,” Wimberly said. “Keeping the money local benefits LIT and our local students.”

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A former Orange Police Department officer who resigned subsequent to being charged with narcotics theft in 2013 was arrested again May 29 after stumbling into a stranger’s residence apparently intoxicated, reports Vidor Police Department Officer Eric Meineke.

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Stark House

The American Association for State and Local History selected the Nelda C. and H.J.

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Patricia Adams Collins Lambert, the former Beaumont Independent School District Assistant Superintendent and Central High School principal who admitted to embezzling $500,000 from the school district and conspiring with others to cheat on state-mandated standardized tests, had one last shot to show a federal judge why she shouldn’t be sentenced to the maximum penalty allowed under a plea deal she arranged with prosecutors in December 2015.

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