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Primary elections are over, and the electorate has spoken. Approximately 29 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Jefferson County (42,141 of 144,998), effectively choosing who will represent their parties on Election Day in November — for the most part. Some races were too close to call a clear winner, so a few candidates will face opponents in runoff elections coming in May.

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Spindletop Center’s Employee Health & Fitness program is an exciting initiative started by the Center to get people active. With the help of onsite fitness trainers, the center is proud to offer a comprehensive range of free health and fitness opportunities to get their employees moving.  Some of the services offered include personal training, lunchtime fitness programs, weekly walking, running and biking events, nutrition talks, updated workout rooms and personalized meal planning.

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Billie Tate makes a purchase from Connie Dickinson, volunteer at Calder Woods

Connie Dickinson, a lovely Calder Woods resident, defies all we think we know about aging. To put it mildly, this woman is simply amazing. Connie has a Texas-sized heart for others and demonstrates it in her many volunteer efforts, and she says she has no plans for slowing down any time soon. She will celebrate her 100th birthday on Oct. 18. 

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Downtown Beaumont Junk Days returns this month on Saturday, March 5. Hosted by BAW Resale/Interiors at 660 Fannin St., junk dealers and vendors of all sorts sell their wares up and down Fannin from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. There’s food, live music, and more cool junk and antiques than you can shake a stick at.

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Does anybody just sell gas anymore? It doesn’t seem so. And it’s understandable, with the industry so competitive, prices so volatile and profit margins so narrow. So now your Exxon station is also a Subway, and your Shell is also a McDonald’s. But you can go to McDonald’s or Subway anywhere. But where can you get good barbecue while gassing up? Lots of places, maybe, but one comes to mind right off: J&R Market at the Valero station in Sour Lake.

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A 24-year-old Mexico native was sentenced to prison in Jefferson County Feb. 29 for the murder of 25-year-old Port Arthur resident Denzel Washington. Jose Julio Esquivel was sentenced to 40 years for Washington’s murder, 20 years for a separate aggravated assault and 20 years for burglary of a habitation to run concurrently.

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Jefferson County Sheriff Democratic candidate Zena Stephens surveys the damage

Jefferson County Sheriff Democratic candidate Zena Stephens said she is thankful no one was hurt when a white man in a white SUV yelling racial slurs took aim at her campaign headquarters Monday evening, Feb. 29.

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Royce Earl Davis Jr.

The confessed murderer of 50-year-old Crosby resident Kimberly Oates Grant pleaded guilty in Jefferson County Feb. 29, the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office announced. 

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Artist’s concept of QueSST X-plane design

The return of supersonic passenger air travel is one step closer to reality with NASA’s award of a contract for the preliminary design of a “low boom” flight demonstration aircraft. This is the first in a series of ‘X-planes’ in NASA’s New Aviation Horizons initiative, introduced in the agency’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced the award at an event Monday, Feb. 29, at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.

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Citizens who witnessed a deputy pursuing a suspects attempting to flee the scene of an accident subsequent to a car chase in Jefferson County assisted the officer in detaining one of the men over the weekend, on Feb. 28.

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