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While the district as a whole “met standard,” multiple Beaumont ISD campuses were rated as “improvement required” in the 2017 accountability reports released Tuesday, Aug. 15.Smith, MLK and South Park middle schools all require improvement. Vincent, Odom, and Marshall middle schools met standard.Caldwood, Pietzch-MacArthur, Blanchette, Martin, Jones-Clark, Charlton Pollard and Fehl elementary schools are all rated improvement required. Curtis, Fletcher, Guess, Amelia, Regina, Homer and Dishman elementary schools met standard.

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She was a pioneer at the Beaumont Police Department, the first woman police officer to make the force. She spearheaded the genesis of what would become the Special Crimes Unit at BPD, headed the ID Department, oversaw personnel, and spent decades in a role traditionally off-limits to the fairer sex – serving as a “she-ro” and role model for little girls who wanted to pursue the same.

Still, according to Ella “Faye” Ford Woodsmall, she never intended to make history – she just wanted to be able to support herself and her two young daughters.

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Photo by Eleanor Skelton

Several local groups gathered in the summer twilight outside Orange City Hall on Sunday, Aug. 13.

Shelby Smith, who kickstarted the Golden Triangle Indivisible group with the women’s march back in January, explained that the candlelight service commemorated “those who have died at the hands of racism” and also demanded justice for victims of hate after the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where counterprotesters clashed with white nationalists and other right-wing groups Saturday, Aug. 12.

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The Vidor Lions Club is taking applications for veteran names to be engraved on the upright military granite stones at the Veteran’s Park “Fields of Freedom” through Sept. 15, and is offering the public other opportunities to honor beloved veterans at the park, Joanne Ledger says.

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A new look at Calder Woods retirement community is taking shape as construction crews hope to have the indoor, heated pool ready by the end of the year.

The new pool will be 48 by 32 feet with a depth of 3 feet, 6 inches in the shallow end and 4 feet, 6 inches in the deepest end. It will hold 45,000 gallons and include a walk-down ramp and stairs, plus a lift for emergencies. Residents and guests will also have access to a jacuzzi.

It’s all part of a $25.9 million expansion project to the campus.

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Video capture of Jose Carmen Perez

Jose Carmen Perez spoke to the Beaumont City Council on Aug. 15, expressing his concerns about recent violence in the city and describing a brutal attack on his 18-year-old grandson, who was reportedly one of the two parties assaulted and robbed during a carjacking at Westgate Baptist Church on Aug. 1.

The Examiner reported on the incident at the church last week. According to police, officers responded to the church at 6220 Westgate Drive, near Dowlen Road in Beaumont, after a neighborhood resident called and reported a young couple was at the door in distress.

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The Sabine Oaks Board of Directors donated $490,000 to four area nonprofits after receiving funds from the 2014 sale of the Sabine Oaks Assisted Living Home to Serenity Assisted Care Living, LLC.

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A 36-year-old Vidor man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston Aug. 16.

Jonathan Derick Hickey pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine Aug. 16 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.

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Boyd “Lurch” Hagood
Ashlyn Brown

On August 2, around 1:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an open field near the area of Creek Road and Bud Bennet Road in Starks in reference to an unknown deceased man with apparent trauma to his body, later identified as Dustin Hammons of Houston, TX.

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Update: On August 14, at about 10:30 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a multiple vehicle crash on I-10 in Jefferson County, Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release. The crash occurred near the Hamshire Road exit.

Preliminary reports indicate that a 2000 Lexus passenger vehicle was stopped in the outside traffic lane of I-10 Eastbound. The driver of a 2012 Volvo truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling eastbound on the Interstate and did not see the stopped vehicle in the roadway.

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