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Christmas came early at the historic archives of the General Land Office with a gift Texans worldwide will be eager to share. A private collection of some of the oldest and rarest maps of Texas is now available to the public, thanks to a unique digitization project with Houston map collectors Frank and Carol Holcomb.

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BISD board members A.B Bernard and Lenny Caballero

The Beaumont Independent School District Board of Managers hired the Texas Association of School Boards Executive Search Committee to find candidates for the district’s open superintendent position at a meeting Tuesday, Dec. 2. Board members heard from three prospective firms vying for the job before discussing the search firms in the open public meeting forum.

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Fire suppression units of the Beaumont Fire/Rescue responded to a reported apartment fire at 3190 Eastex Freeway. According to a press release, units arrived to find the kitchen of apartment 207 involved by fire. They were able to extinguish the fire in a matter of minutes, confining fire, smoke and water damage to the involved unit.

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Echoing caution expressed in recent weeks from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt is warning local residents to beware of phone scams going on in the area. 

According to information from the Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), with the holiday season in full swing, con artists are resorting to their old tricks to try to get folks to part with their hard-earned dollars.

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Carroll Wayne “C.W.” Conn Jr. with a portrait of his father

Nearly a decade after his death, Beaumont businessman and influential retailer, Conn’s former chief executive officer C.W. Conn Jr., was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame during a ceremony honoring the entrepreneur in New York City on Nov. 10, and his family says they could not be more proud.

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Sculpter Victor Picou, shown here at work, won an award for “Venusian Light.”

All roads lead back home. At least they do for artist Victor Picou, who has strayed far from his Golden Triangle upbringing to become a renowned California artist. The youngest of 16 children, Picou has a lot of family to return to when he makes his way back to Texas roughly once a year.

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Forklift driver Raymond Moutan works at the Southeast Texas Food Bank.

While the holidays are a time for cheer, celebration and religious observance, it is also a chance to reflect on the problem of hunger for many Southeast Texans.

Hunger and Homelessness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving, from Nov. 15-23 this year, to promote the effort to end hunger and homelessness, also affording an opportunity to examine the problem of poverty in Texas.

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Photo by Brandi Haskett

Like Dorothy and Toto, children in state care yearn to find a loving home after being lost for so long, and on Nov. 21 nearly 30 children followed the yellow brick road to a wonderful wizard, who granted their wish.

On National Adoption Day, Judge Randy Shelton of the 279th District Court and his cast of workers and volunteers made these children’s dreams come true, just in time for the holidays.

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Food! So much food! Leftovers from Thanksgiving can be quite overwhelming, especially when you are lying on the couch recuperating from the food coma brought on by the turkey, ham, and all the other fixings. But what’s going to happen when you are no longer stuffed from stuffing? Leftovers can be a nightmare, and turn into a boring routine for the next several days. But they don’t have to be. Fun, delicious, and some downright creative possibilities for that green bean casserole are just a click away.

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