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Gayla DuBose, Ronitha Pickens and Denise Clement

Three BISD teachers were recognized with the Wayne A. Reaud Excellence in Education Award: Gayla DuBose, Sallie Curtis Elementary School; Ronitha Pickens, Willie Ray Smith Sr. Middle School; and Denise Clement, Beaumont Early College High School.

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Two people from Beaumont and one from Houston pleaded guilty in the Southern District of Florida in connection with their participation in a $4.4 million dollar federal prison sentencing reduction scheme March 30.

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Brandy Shantha Springer

An engineering firm hired to audit Beaumont’s water department in 2014 is asking the Ninth Court of Appeals to dismiss a defamation case against them as the first named plaintiff in the suit sits behind bars for theft and for staging her granddaughter’s fake kidnapping.

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There’s enough interest in the city of Bevil Oaks to garner the number of required signatures so their students would attend Hardin-Jefferson ISD schools rather than Beaumont ISD schools.

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Sheriff Keith Merritt (seated) and deputy sheriffs with the OCSO

The news at the Orange County Commissioners Court regular meeting was that there would be no changes for certificate pay to the Orange County’s Sheriff’s Office Employees Union — for now.

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60 percent of total alcohol-related traffic fatalities in Texas in 2016 involved young drivers between 17 and 34 years of age, TxDOT said in a release.

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement March 30 following the passage of Senate Bill 28 - the Texas Port Expansion Act, by Senator Brandon Creighton, (R - Conroe). The bill passed with a unanimous vote.

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Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick

Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of the 2017 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 82nd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Spokane, Wash., and this year’s recipient in the local/private citizen category is Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick.

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Felicia Adele Broussard

A Jefferson County Grand Jury indicted a Nederland woman on three counts of forgery for allegedly altering and cashing 17 checks from her former employer’s personal bank account, totaling more than $22,000, at a convenience store.

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The new cracker will be built alongside Total’s Port Arthur refinery.

Total announced Monday, March 27, that the company is entering into a partnership with Borealis and Nova to form a joint venture with the aim of building an ethane steam cracker at the Port Arthur facility and a new Borstar polyethylene unit in Bayport.

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