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Tri-Con, Inc. owner Elias Sarkis, Gift of Life Founder and Chair Regina Rogers,

Tri-Con Inc. (dba Exxpress Mart stores) and owners Imad and Elias Sarkis recently presented a contribution of $25,000 to the Gift of Life for its free healthcare services for medically underserved men and women in Southeast Texas.

Joining in the check presentation were Exxpress Mart staff James Buchanan, district manager; Dana Dougherty, district manager; owners Elias and Imad Sarkis; Dee Shelton, manager Exxpress Mart Store No. 14; and Susan Soileau, manager, Exxpress Mart Store No. 19.

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The Some-Bunnies Miracle special needs beauty pageant at West Brook High School on Saturday, April 1, brought contestants from all over Southeast Texas and beyond.

“One of our contestants travels six hours just to get here,” said LaRanda Pippin, who started the We are Miracles Pageants in 2013. “They’ve been in it every year. We’ve got one from Louisiana that came this year.”

We are Miracles has held a total of four annual pageants.

Her daughter, Paris Pippin, has special needs, she explained.

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Mayor Becky Ames welcomed the Queen of the 69th Neches River Festival Rebecca Wied and the court of Bailey Heartfield (Third Lady in Waiting), Callie Roane (First Lady in Waiting) and Elizabeth Figueiras (Second Lady in Waiting) to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital on April 11. The Court presented St. Elizabeth a throne-themed book nook full of books for the children’s ward. The books were collected as a service project by the princesses and their escort who participated in the recent Neches River Festival activities.

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Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll announced that until further notice East Tram Road will be closed from just past Walmart to North Tram Road until further notice, the Vidor Police Department posted in a Facebook post.

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TxDOT just announced lane closures for the next few days, spokesperson Sarah Dupre said in a release.

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On April 10 at about 10:30 p.m., Liberty County Sheriff's Office deputies in the Criminal Interdiction Unit, the Liberty County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team, and the Liberty County District Attorney's Office Gang Unit executed a Narcotic Search Warrant at a residence located on County Road 2701 in Rye, Texas, Sheriff Bobby Rader said in a statement.

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Karina Zuniga, center, with MMS Counselor Janet Peno and Michelle Brewer

Mauriceville Middle School has been notified that seventh grader, Karina Zuniga, has been named a finalist in the Better Business Bureau Laws of Life Essay Contest, LCM CISD spokesperson Sherry Combs said in a release.

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The City of Port Arthur Department of Parks and Recreation has teamed up with The Recreational Event Activity Team (TREAT) to host the Inaugural 2017 Southeast Texas Springfest, according to a release.

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On April 9 at about 4:20 a.m., a man smashed the front door out at the Longhorn Drive In, located on Highway 124 in Hamshire, Texas, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office stated in a release.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety has announced that a man with ties to Liberty County is on the state's top 10 most wanted fugitive list.

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