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Three local medical facilities received some very generous and fun gifts from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Association (JCSA) on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

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At a hearing held in U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin’s federal court in Beaumont on Monday, Dec. 21, three family members “are alleged to have devised a scheme to obtain and make personal use of federal block grant funds that Congress appropriated following Hurricanes Rita, Katrina, Ike, and Dolly,” according to information from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas.

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Patricia Adams Lambert and her husband enter the federal courthouse in Beaumont.

UPDATE: Former BISD administrator pleads guilty to theft, conspiracy

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Victoria Steward

After a multi-count indictment in February that charged two Beaumont Independent School District educators with conspiring to change students’ answers on standardized tests from wrong to right, both initially proclaimed their innocence. However, as this publication was going to press Tuesday night, Dec. 22, one of those indicted was scheduled to change her plea in a hearing set in federal court for Wednesday, Dec. 23.

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Officer Tony Hardin, Sgt. Burt Moore, Attorney Briscoe Cain and Sgt. Barry Scarb

Four Beaumont Police officers armed themselves with their Bibles, the Constitution and an attorney in preparation to battle the city over whether or not they would be allowed to continue to having a voluntary Bible study on the department’s downtown campus Friday, Dec. 18.

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Thomas Anthony Guerriero

At roughly the same time this newspaper went to press last week, law enforcement officers in Florida were apprehending the man pictured on the cover – Thomas Anthony Guerriero, a former local indoor soccer team owner who came into Southeast Texas with big talk and a bad track record in the early fall of 2014.

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Approximately 350 children received gifts during the Orange County Blue Santa ev

Santa in Blue and his generous crew recently took a sleigh ride through Beaumont neighborhoods, spreading holiday cheer while distributing Christmas gifts to a multitude of excited and grateful children.

Over 200 local children got a visit from the Beaumont Police Department’s blue-clad Santa Claus, who carried a big bag filled with a variety of goodies from door to door. Children received bicycles, Barbie dolls, board games, and other nifty gifts they can check off their Christmas wish lists.

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7-year-old Audrey Humble shows off a Christmas decoration made at the event.
9-year-old Eben Jeanjaquet plays one of many games monitored by volunteers.

While most philanthropic endeavors this time of year concentrate on toy donations and feeding the hungry, Christmas Family Fun Day allowed Buckner to restock its reserve of much-needed items Saturday, Dec. 19.

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For most, the Christmas holiday is a whimsical time, symbolizing hope, joy and the magical innocence of childhood revived by the season. But for those who have suffered loss due to crime, Christmas can be bittersweet — beautiful in what it represents, but disheartening without a loved one taken under violent circumstances.

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In its fifth year, the Christmas Lights Program, sponsored by the Houston-based Mostyn Moreno Educational Foundation, provided 60 life skills students from Port Neches-Groves with a $50 gift card for each student to buy their own Christmas gifts, a luncheon and the chance to meet S

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