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If comments from the mayor and some City Council members are any indication, the downtown Beaumont public library is safe – for now, at least.

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Orange attorney Leslie Barras announced Jan. 29 that the sale of the historic Orange City Hall has been halted, at least temporarily, as she and other opponents to the move have filed a lawsuit.

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Getz

More than 50 properties are up for sale to the highest bidder in Jefferson County on March 1 due to delinquent tax payments, just a fraction of the properties confiscated by Jefferson County to collect monies owed to the county’s taxing entities. But according to Jefferson County Tax Assessor/Collector Allison Getz, most delinquencies wouldn’t make it that far if property owners would just talk to tax collecting officials prior to such drastic measures being taken.

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Justin Crain

A 2009 Evadale High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a crew working aboard one of the world’s most advanced ballistic missile submarines, USS Wyoming.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Crain is an information systems technician serving aboard one of 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines. A Navy information systems technician is responsible for managing and maintaining a computer network aboard a submarine.

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Three LIT Regional Police Academy cadets received scholarships from the Officer Bryan Hebert Memorial Foundation for their training in law enforcement at a ceremony inside the Beaumont Police Department on Jan. 26. 

Chosen from among numerous applicants, Willie Nolan Melancon, Macie Bergeron and Kirk Hinson all received awards covering their tuition at LIT.

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The Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) has awarded Spindletop Center $10,000 to provide bus passes for low income consumers who receive services on the center’s Beaumont south campus.

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Beaumont Art League

In commemoration of Black History Month, the Beaumont Art League is exhibiting artwork of African-American artists from the Beaumont and Port Arthur communities. The exhibit will be the first of its kind in the Beaumont Art League history.

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Deputies with the Jasper Sheriff's Office arrested 55-year-old Joseph Marks after discovering a large quantity of marijuana in a space under a seat in his vehicle. 

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James Mitchell

Police in Pinehurst have arrested one man on drug charges as the result of an ongoing investigation. 

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Dennis Booker, 22, was convicted of murder in Judge Raquel West’s 252nd Criminal District Court on Wednesday, Feb. 3, after a short trial where witnesses say he initiated a physical confrontation with his then-girlfriend Amira Johnson before stabbing Johnson’s cousin, Xavier Cane, ultimately causing his death.

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