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Municipal elections will be held in cities and towns throughout Southeast Texas on May 9, 2015. These elections are non-partisan, which is as it should be. There is no such thing as a Democratic water main or a Republican pothole.

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The Drug Impact Court in Jefferson County is in a redbrick annex across the street from the venerable old courthouse in downtown Beaumont.

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Police are investigating two separate incidents of arson related to motor vehicle fires, according to the Orange Police Department. Strangely, or maybe not so strangely, the first complainant who called to inform police his vehicle was aflame told officers he saw a car matching the description of the vehicle damaged in the second incident of reported arson.

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The Lamar University Dance Team will present its spring show “Ten” on Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, inside the Jefferson Theatre at 7 p.m. The dance team has been practicing and preparing for “Ten” since the beginning of January. The dancers found time for two rehearsals a week, and additional weekend rehearsals, while also dancing for the Cardinal basketball teams. “Ten” represents a total of 33 dances with some members performing in as many as 15 dances.

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The High Street Gallery will host an exhibition of paintings by Ian Grice, Gabriella Capello and Savannah Hardy on Friday, May 8, in the Victoria House from 7-10 p.m. in Beaumont.

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Hundreds of Aggies showed their maroon spirit at the Texas A&M Muster, hosted by

Southeast Texas Aggies showed their maroon spirit at the annual Texas A&M University Muster on April 21. The Beaumont A&M Club hosted the dinner at the Event Centre in downtown Beaumont for hundreds of alumni to honor Aggies lost this past year.

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Fifteen student finalists were honored at the fourth annual Laws Of Life Essay P

Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast Texas held its fourth annual Laws Of Life Essay Program Banquet on Tuesday, April 7. Over 3,100 essays by sixth, seventh and eighth grade students throughout Southeast Texas were submitted for the Laws Of Life initiative. Fifteen student finalists were honored, along with their teachers and school campuses at the banquet, which was held at The Event Centre in Beaumont.

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Regina Lindsey

The Beaumont Chamber of Commerce has narrowed its search for a new president down to a lone finalist. Regina Lindsey is a former Silsbee mayor and Lamar University graduate currently working in economic development in Houston.

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Regina Lindsey, the chief development officer and vice president of economic development for the Greenspoint District in Houston, has been named the lone finalist to succeed Jim Rich at the helm of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce.

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Kelly High School seniors Crystal Torres and Monica Garcia.

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas hosted the 2015 Law Day Art Contest Ceremony for the finalists. Scholarships of $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, $500 for third place and $250 for fourth place were awarded. The contest was open to high school students within the boundaries of the Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas.The counties served by the Beaumont division are Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton and Orange.

2015 Law Day Art Contest finalists

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Zombie Stars

Peering into the heart of the Milky Way galaxy, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has spotted a mysterious glow of high-energy X-rays that, according to scientists, could be the "howls" of dead stars as they feed on stellar companions.

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