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Pat Parsons, Rhonda Robichau, Greg Johnson

CommunityBank of Texas committed to helping vulnerable children served through Buckner Children and Family Services with a gift of $2,500. The bank’s gift will help provide support and resources to vulnerable youth and hurting families served by Buckner in Southeast Texas.

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has adopted new regulations for the statewide oyster fishery that reduce commercial possession limits and establish additional harvest restrictions. The new rules affect both the recreational and commercial harvest of oysters.

The new rules reduce the commercial possession limit of oysters from 50 sacks to 40 sacks per day and close Sunday to the commercial and recreational harvest of oysters from Nov. 1 to April 30 every year.

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The 100 Club of Southeast Texas received a check for $25,000 on Thursday, Aug. 18, from Martin Motors. The gift was a way for the automotive team to show its support for area police and fire personnel due, in part, to state and national events that have highlighted the importance of protecting and supporting all first responders, Martin Motors owner Danny Martin said.

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The mosquito that carries it is the Culex. (Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim)

Public Health Director Sherry Ulmer confirmed a case of West Nile virus Tuesday, Aug. 30, in Beaumont. The potential case was discovered Aug. 15 by the patient’s primary care physician, but Ulmer said his blood work was sent to the Texas Department of State Health to confirm that he actually had the West Nile virus. Once it was confirmed, the Health Department was notified, she said. 

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Sheriff Mitch Woods presents Deputy Ryan Warhola with a Meritorious Action Award

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office celebrated the heroic efforts of a deputy who recently attempted to save a kayaker by presenting the officer with a Meritorious Action Award on Aug. 31.

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Sovereign Explorer (www.oilrig-photos.com)

An oil worker died after he fell from the Sovereign Explorer rig in Sabine Pass on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

According to Assistant Fire Marshal Paul Washburn of the Port Arthur Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched at 9 a.m. after information was received that an individual may have fallen off the oil rig into the water.

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Derrick Jones Sr.

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, at 1:39 p.m., BPD officers responded to Hotel Beaumont at 625 Orleans in reference to a suspicious person, possibly stealing metal. When officers, arrived they located the suspect, who was in possession of a large amount of copper tubing. The suspect is identified as Derrick Jones Sr., a 49-year-old Beaumont man. Jones was transported to the police station to speak with detectives before being transported to the Jefferson County Jail, where he was booked in for felony theft.

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Hawaiian monk seals Pearl and Hermes undergo rehabilitation.

NOAA Fisheries awarded nearly $3 million in grants Sept. 1, 2016, to support the conservation and recovery of protected marine species through stranding response and marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation.

Through the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program, NOAA awarded 32 grants to nonprofit organizations, aquariums, universities, and coastal state, local and tribal governments that are members of the National Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

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Krista Parma

A Southeast Texan woman reported missing Aug. 23 was found by Beaumont police after an exhaustive week-long search, the department reported Tuesday, Aug. 30. Krista Ireland Parma, wife and mother of five, was reported last seen at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Aug. 23, leaving medical care against the advice of physicians. Her family, concerned for her well-being, enlisted social media, mainstream media, police support and a private investigator to search for their loved one, who they said was battling alcoholism.

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Police arrested an apparently intoxicated man found lying in a ditch filled with water while holding a 1-year-old child in his arms Aug. 29, reports Orange Police Department Officer Michael Roush.

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