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The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau celebrated the grand opening of the Cattail Marsh boardwalk and viewing platforms Tuesday, July 26.

The new boardwalk features two covered platforms providing access to incredible views of the wetlands’ abundant wildlife. The boardwalk stretches 520 feet across the most active habitat within Cattail Marsh; it is 8 feet wide to the first viewing platform, and 6 feet in width to the second viewing platform.

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Police called out to assist an animal services officer who was allegedly attacked while investigating an animal cruelty case reportedly discovered 25 pounds of marijuana in the assailant's home, according to a news release from Beaumont Police Department Officer Carol Riley.

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 Robert George Cahill

Aug. 3, at approximately 11 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was notified of a motorcycle crash on FM 2802 in Orange County. The crash occurred approximately three miles South of Vidor.

A 1993 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling westbound on FM 2802 when it struck a black cow in the roadway.

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Josue Zamarripa Jr.

Aug. 1, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division seized approximately 475 pounds of marijuana.

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Cody Johnson

Crockett Street in downtown Beaumont will host the Big Texas Country Street Party on Saturday, Aug. 6, with gates opening at 7 p.m. Tickets for this 18-and-up event are $20 and can be purchased at the event and online out outhousetickets.com. Headlining the outdoor concert will be Cody Johnson with performances by William Clark Green and Sam Riggs. From Huntsville, Johnson is touring in support of his brand new album Gotta Be Me. His 2014 release, Cowboy Like Me, reached No. 7 on the Billboard country chart.

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The “On Purpose” Tour featuring country music star Clint Black comes to Beaumont on Thursday, Aug. 4, with Black appearing inside the Julie Rogers Theatre (765 Pearl) in downtown Beaumont at 7 p.m. Tickets are $43-$65. A member of the Grand Ole Opry who was raised in nearby Katy, Black will have his entire band supporting him, so expect to hear several of his 22 No.

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Barry Richards

Barry Richards, 34, is a veteran of both the United States Army and Marine Corps. He’s from Long Island but was in Beaumont on Aug. 3 to honor local law enforcement officers.

“I want to let police know I support them,” Richards said before carrying an American flag for three miles through downtown Beaumont.

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Alex Rupp, manager of Jack Brooks Regional Airport speaks with Commissioners.

Jefferson County Commissioners have tentatively committed to approving a budget for the coming fiscal year that will not raise the tax burden placed on property owners, but in order to do so, the elected leaders have to figure out how to balance a budget with more funding requests and less income.

According to Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick, who heads the Commissioners Court, the county has been hard hit by lowered gas prices.

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For many Southeast Texans, rental costs are nearly impossible to afford. With market rates for two and three bedroom properties routinely marked up to about $1,000 monthly, a single head of household worker earning minimum wage would have to use every single cent from four 40-hour work weeks just to put a roof over their family’s head.

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Former Beaumont Independent School District purchasing agent Naomi Lawrence-Lee

A Jefferson County jury of 12 failed to agree with the state’s allegation of third-degree theft against former Beaumont Independent School District purchasing and finance supervisor Naomi Lawrence-Lee, finding the defendant not guilty Thursday, July 28, after just a couple hours deliberating the evidence presented during three days of testimony.

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