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Jefferson County Drainage District No. 7 notified the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of a floodwall failure near Taylor Bayou on Tuesday morning, according to a news release from Jefferson County Emergency Management Coordinator Greg Fountain.

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The Jefferson County Courthouse, along with other government buildings, was evacuated Aug. 7 for the second time in about two months due to erroneous bomb threats at the building, reports the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. 

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Texas Game Wardens are investigating a fatal boating accident that occurred Saturday afternoon, Aug. 5, on Lake O’ The Pines involving three East Texas teens on a Boy Scout outing. Preliminary investigations and observations indicate the vessel, a catamaran sailboat, collided with an overhead transmission power line and those onboard may have been electrocuted as a result.

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Lending companies that initially contact property owners offering “relief” to those delinquent on taxes are foreclosing on homes all over Jefferson County, with more than 40 lawsuits filed against local residents over the past four years and millions of dollars in assets on the line.

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Former Beaumont ISD attorney Melody Chappell

While she says it isn’t set in stone – at least not for another month or so – former Beaumont ISD attorney Melody Chappell has tentatively announced intentions to run for the elected office that will be left vacant as Jefferson County 172nd District Court Judge Donald Floyd retires at the end of his current term.

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Orange County Commissioner for Pct. 4 Jody Crump

After decades of discussion, the Texas Transportation Commission of the Texas Department of Transportation has authorized Orange County to move toward construction of the controversial Vidor Loop, or FM 299, earmarking $34.2 million for the project from TxDOT’s pass-through toll program.

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The Beaumont Farmers’ Market joins markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 6-12, 2017 with giveaways on Aug. 5 and 12 as well as discounts, children's activities, and featuring local artist, organizer Becki Stedman said in a release. 

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Representatives of the Jefferson County Bar accept the Hankinson Award.

Bar associations from around the state, including The Jefferson County Bar Association, were honored for their commitment to access to justice issues during the State Bar of Texas 2017 Bar Leaders Conference July 28 and 29 in Houston.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman, liaison to the Texas Access to Justice Commission, presented Pro Bono Service and Deborah G. Hankinson awards on behalf of the Commission on July 29 at the Westin Galleria.

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Quincy Davis Jr.

Quincy Davis Jr. was just 10 years old when a car crash claimed his life prior to the end of the 2016-17 school year. According to reports at the time, the Beaumont ISD Pietzch-MacArthur Elementary School student was thrown from the back passenger seat of a vehicle driven by the boy’s mother when the car hit a utility pole in the South End of Beaumont just before 8 p.m. on May 16.

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Layne Walker

 A judge accused of felonious acts while sitting on the bench is requesting through his legal counsel that they be afforded a chance to review what evidence was used by the state’s prosecutor to secure an indictment alleging criminal wrongdoing.

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