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Sabine Lake guide Jerry Norris used a Corky Fat Boy to catch this trout.
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AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has issued a temporary closure to saltwater fishing along parts of the Texas coast to protect resources during freezing weather conditions. The closure takes effect at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2 and extends through 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.

In addition to killing game fish in shallow bay waters, a hard freeze can also cause surviving fish to congregate in a few deeper areas where they become sluggish and prone to capture. Those are the areas the department has temporarily closed.

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Update: Beaumont Police reported at 2:43 p.m. on Dec. 29 that the missing instrument has been located. 

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Versa Integrity Group is offering a reward for a missing low-grade radioactive instrument used in welding applications, reports the Beaumont Police Department. 

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Beaumont police found a shooting victim in the back parking lot of a car wash, according to a release.

On Thursday, Dec. 28, at about 12:47 p.m., Beaumont Police officers responded to 3025 Washington Boulevard in reference to shots fired, Officer Haley Morrow said.

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Port Arthur Blue Santa bringing gifts to families affected by Harvey

After going through some of the worst of Harvey’s unprecedented flooding, the Port Arthur Police Department tried to bring a little Christmas cheer with Blue Santa Dec. 22.

A long line formed outside The Department Club on Lakeshore Drive near Lamar State College-Port Arthur where Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) officers and volunteers were handing out gifts inside. A volunteer stood outside, letting in just a few families at a time.

Some of the families were leaving in tears of joy, but the kids rolling away on brand new bicycles were grinning from ear to ear.

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Man [Jeremy Smith] sitting in FEMA trailer smiling next to dog

Harvey devastated Southeast Texas neighborhoods over four months ago, but many families are spending the holidays displaced.

The Jefferson County Commissioner’s Court discussed implementing a blanket permitting system Dec. 4 to speed up delivery of direct housing units — more commonly referred to as “FEMA trailers.” Multiple FEMA mobile homes were being delivered the week ending Dec. 22 to a staging area on Martin Luther King Parkway just south of Lamar University.

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American Valve and Hydrant staff pose with Santa Lloyd at Girls’ Haven

One resident said she opened a Christmas present for the first time in her life at at the Girls’ Haven Christmas bash on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

The girl said that she had gotten gift cards from relatives but never something that could be unwrapped.

“It’s amazing. Even though I know Santa Claus is not real, it’s still amazing,” she said. She is almost 16 and she has been living at Girls’ Haven for five months.

“I don’t know how to explain it,” she said when asked about unwrapping a gift for the first time.

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The Brooks Road overpass, if closed, will affect access to public facilities.

The citizenry spoke and the city listened, unanimously approving a resolution opposing the removal of the Brooks Road overpass as proposed by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), part of an ongoing interstate widening project.

During the Beaumont City Council’s final meeting of 2017, held Dec. 19, citizens approached the podium to tell their representatives why they feel the overpass is needed and should not be removed. Beaumont resident Patrick Phelan told the council the overpass provides convenient and safe passage for those who live in nearby neighborhoods.

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A child praying at Bicycles and Bibles 2017

Hurricane Harvey brought dark times to Southeast Texas. It affected families of every demographic and every socioeconomic status. But Saturday, Dec. 16, a shimmer of hope shined through the darkness for more than 1,000 families, a majority of whom were impacted by the storm in some form or fashion. 

In its 18th year, Bicycles and Bibles continued to bring Christmas to those less fortunate, and 2017, a year many would soon like to forget, was no exception.

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Kubota presenting equipment to Jefferson Co.

County gets donated Kubota skid steer as hurricane relief

Jefferson County was awarded a donated Kubota SSV75 Skid Steer in a special ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 13. County Commissioner Eddie Arnold receiving the donation on the county’s behalf, was joined by Jefferson County Precinct No. 1 staff members and a representative from local Kubota dealer, Beaumont Tractor, at Jefferson County Precinct No. 1 Road and Bridge Service Center at 20205 W. Highway 90 in China.

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Dustin Terro and Natalie Derrick

Beaumont police arrested two suspects they believe burglarized American Bedroom on 11th Street Dec. 28, after finding one suspect inside the business and one in a vehicle in the parking lot while responding to the store's burglar alarm at about 2 a.m. that morning.  

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