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Queen Neches LXVIII Olivia Katherine Lombardo
King Neches Joseph Vincent Tortorice Jr. with his wife Shelley

For 68 years, spring has been welcomed by Beaumont’s Good Neighbor event — the Neches River Festival.

The NRF has remained one of the most illustrious events in Beaumont since its inception and continues to be a mainstay, celebrating youth, tradition and the Neches River, a resource for Southeast Texas.

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Torrence Dorsety, photo via mugshots.com

According to Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham, 20-year-old Torrence Edward Dorsey was sentenced to consecutive sentences in burglary cases in Criminal District Judge John Stevens’ court on Friday, April 15, cementing the DA’s office stance on going tough on home burglars.

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Richard Harvey Jorgensen

A Woodlands High School coach accused of sexual assault of a child was found dead in Sabine Pass on April 14 from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, Port Arthur Police Department Major Raymond Clark told The Examiner. 

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Unsafe, substandard structures
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The Beaumont City Council voted to declare 65 residential structures and one commercial building to be unsafe and substandard at a meeting April 12, bringing the unsightly buildings one step closer to demolition.

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50 Dowlen Road in Beaumont has the fast-food restaurant shut down until late April or early May. The remodel began Saturday, March 26, according to Anne Lerner, a spokesperson for Chick-fil-A.

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Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of a woman they believed shot herself, OCSO Deputy Janois Strause reports.

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A groundbreaking was held Wednesday, April 13, for REB Industrial Warehouse at 15232 Hamshire Road in Hamshire. 

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A fire claimed the lives of 74 dogs at the Humane Society of Southeast Texas on March 15. Survivors Miss Piggy and Biscuit (pictured) joined Humane Society public relations and development director Monica Lee at City Council on April 12, who was there to thank first responders for their heroic efforts in response to the disastrous event.

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Beaumont Independent School District Ozen High School teacher Mary Hastings was removed from the classroom and subsequently arrested after a student-produced video showing the educator hitting another student during classroom instruction made it to a social media outlet. The video surfaced April 8, and it didn’t take long for the footage to go viral, ending up on mainstream media outlets throughout the nation.

The same day BISD officials learned of the incident, Hastings was relieved of duty.

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