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The sheriff, his deputies, family and friends gave away toys to fulfill families’ Christmas wishes during the Orange County Blue Santa giveaway at the VFW in Orange on Dec. 17.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office and community volunteers provided the parents of 437 children with gifts, including 93 bicycles.

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Members of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Association (JCSA) met at Walmart in Port Arthur on Dec. 16 to purchase presents for struggling families and to pleasantly surprise some shoppers by buying toys for the tots on their “nice” lists.

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Brian Sattler, director of public relations at Lamar University since 1989 and resident of Bridge City, was honored with the university’s 2016 Julie & Ben Rogers Community Service Award at a Dec. 6 program in the University Event Center of the Mary and John Gray Library.

The Rogers family established the award in 1979 to encourage Lamar University faculty and staff to volunteer their service and talents to the community.

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The Beaumont Police Department completed its annual Santa in Blue rounds Dec. 12

The Beaumont Police Department completed its annual Santa in Blue rounds on Dec. 12. This year, the drive delivered presents to about 300 children, according to Officer Justin Proenza.

Proenza and his partner, Officer Tom Swole, have overseen the Santa in Blue drive for the past 14 years.

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On Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 1:56 p.m., Port Arthur police officers responding to a 911 call discovered a 23 year old man shot in his upper arm at Louis Manor Apartments.

The victim's injuries are non life-threatening and he "could only provide limited information at this time," according to a statement from the Port Arthur Police Department. He was transported to St. Elizabeth's hospital for treatment.

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A suspect believed to be intoxicated at a local convenience store led Beaumont police officers on a car chase that ended with the man behind bars in a Louisiana jail Dec. 21, Officer Haley Morrow reports. 

According to a news release from Morrow, officers responded to the Speedy Stop at 8391 College At. at close to 1 a.m. in reference to an intoxicated person in the parking lot. When officers arrived, they attempted to make contact with the suspect, who then fled the scene in his vehicle.

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Results from the Nov. 8 election have raised questions about what will happen with what many call President Barack Obama’s greatest accomplishment and what others call a disaster — the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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No one plans for an auto accident, heart attack, stroke or other life-threatening emergency, and while preventive measures reduce the possibility of these incidents and education teaches us how to handle them, when disaster strikes — sometimes things are completely out of our control.

When someone experiences a traumatic injury or life-threatening medical situation, it is imperative that first-responders and medical personnel act quickly during the hour that the accident initially occurs.

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A trip to the physician or emergency room can be a painful ordeal for a young child. Blood work, shots, IVs and other nasty tests can make a visit to the doctor unnerving for children and parents, as well as care providers.

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Sarah Amos, Lamar nursing student

It takes a lot of time and commitment to make it through nursing school. According to 21-year-old Brittani Sparrow of Beaumont, “You have to want to learn about this in order to learn about it because there is just so much information and material that we’re required to know.”

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