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“Electricity” is a new exhibit at the Museum of the Gulf Coast, on loan from the Franklin Institute, museum curator Sarah Bellian said in a release.

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A man once sentenced to life in prison for the 2012 death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter was up for a new trial Monday, Jan. 30, after the Ninth Court of Appeals found a trial court error. Prior to a new trial commencing, according to Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Kim Hobbs Pipkin, the defendant accepted a plea agreement for 18 years in prison.

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Former Beaumont water utilities director Dr. Hani Tohme, ousted from the position in 2015 after an audit allegedly uncovered deficiencies in the department, including in oversight and payroll spending, has applied for candidacy to run against longtime Mayor Becky Ames in the coming May election.

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Police are investigating a Feb. 2 report of an aggravated kidnapping in Beaumont and a possible connection between the assailant and two victims, who were found unharmed following the incident, reports Officer Haley Morrow. 

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James Dishman Jr.

CommunityBank of Texas announced Wednesday, Jan. 25, that James Dishman Jr. is joining the bank as an advisory director. Dishman is currently operations manager with Stallion Oilfield Services and has over 37 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.

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On Thursday, Feb. 2, at approximately 2:57 p.m., Port Arthur police officers responded to the 3900 block of Memorial Boulevard in reference to an auto/pedestrian accident, City of Port Arthur PIO LaRisa Carpenter said in a release.

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It’s time to brush off on your golf swing for the 4th Annual Kiwanis Glow-In-The-Dark Golf Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. But don’t worry about taking a shot in the dark, because when the sun goes down, the course at Sunset Grove Country Club will brighten up with glow-in-the-dark golf balls and course markings to light the way.

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When he’s not on set in exotic locales, a celebrity makes his home in China, Texas. And while you might not know the name Novelisto, you’ve almost certainly seen his work in films like “Winter’s Tale” and the upcoming “Helen of Troy.” He didn’t have speaking roles, but there’s no denying the star qualities of this humble performer who keeps all four feet firmly planted on the ground.

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Effective Friday, Feb. 3, at 7:00 am, Phelan Blvd will be closed from Keith Road to within 2600 feet of County Line Road, City of Beaumont administrative assistant Rosanna Mojica said in a release.

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The Beaumont Independent School District engaged the firm of Weaver and Tidwell to conduct a forensic audit regarding the 2007 bond issue to find repairs of existing infrastructure and to construct new buildings, including a multipurpose sports venue, Assistant District Attorney Tommy Turner said in a press release Feb. 2.

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