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MLK at the Irving Street underpass (JCSO/Facebook.com)

Update 8/28:

Bevil Oaks and Northwest Forest are now under mandatory evacuation orders, according to County Judge Jeff Branick as of 11:15 a.m. on Monday, August 28. 

Lamar University classes scheduled for Wednesday, August 30 have been canceled.  This cancellation is in addition to those announced for Monday and Tuesday. The university hopes that classes can resume on Thursday, August 31. 

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Beto O’Rourke (Photo by Jennifer Johnson)

Guests packed the Jefferson Theatre in Beaumont on Thursday, Aug. 17, to hear from a man vying to take the Senate seat of current incumbent and former presidential hopeful Republican Ted Cruz. Running on the Democratic ticket, Beto O’Rourke is fighting as the underdog in a race that has Cruz favored to return to the nation’s capital.

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The Beaumont Police Department advised Aug. 24 that 211 is not currently accepting evacuation registration due to the close proximity of the storm and the estimated time it is to make landfall. 

According to BPD, "Please do not call 211 to try and register for evacuation. The state will not accept registrations when a storm is less than 48 hours from potential landfall. At this time, we do not anticipate calling for a mandatory evacuation of our area. There are locations in Southeast Texas that are calling for a voluntary evacuation. We will continue to send out updates.

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A Port Arthur man arrested during a warrant search at a gaming site at 2680 Washington Blvd. in Beaumont was indicted Aug. 23 for possession of a controlled substance after police allegedly found a rubber ball containing “liquid weed” inside the man’s jacket.

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Following a recent series of violent incidents centered in the city of Beaumont, a federal grand jury in Jefferson County has indicted 32 individuals, many with alleged gang ties, on various charges, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston reported Aug. 15.

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Video capture of Jose Carmen Perez

Jose Carmen Perez spoke to the Beaumont City Council on Aug. 15, expressing his concerns about recent violence in the city and describing a brutal attack on his 18-year-old grandson, who was reportedly one of the two parties assaulted and robbed during a carjacking at Westgate Baptist Church on Aug. 1.

The Examiner reported on the incident at the church last week. According to police, officers responded to the church at 6220 Westgate Drive, near Dowlen Road in Beaumont, after a neighborhood resident called and reported a young couple was at the door in distress.

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Photo by Kevin King

Although keeping a healthy diet is important, like we mentioned last week, everyone needs a cheat day. In fact, our brains are hardwired with a desire for sweetness.

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While the district as a whole “met standard,” multiple Beaumont ISD campuses were rated as “improvement required” in the 2017 accountability reports released on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

Smith, MLK, and South Park middle schools are all improvement required. Vincent, Odom, and Marshall middle schools met standard.

Caldwood, Pietzch-MacArthur, Blanchette, Martin, Jones-Clark, Charlton Pollard and Fehl elementary schools are all rated improvement required. Curtis, Fletcher, Guess, Amelia, Regina, Homer, and Dishman elementary schools met standard.

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Police, code enforcement, legal counsel, municipal court personnel, and staffers from multiple city of Beaumont departments affected by a steady swell of game rooms popping up with and without city permitting are unifying their individual experiences in the hopes of tackling the illegal activity that comes with “game room” business operation.

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Police in Beaumont arrested three juveniles for auto burglaries Aug. 10 after a police K-9 tracked the young suspects to a garage, Officer Haley Morrow reports.

According to Morrow, officers responded to 1450 N. Major Dr. at about 3:30 a.m. in reference to a possible auto burglary in progress. While en route, the complainant advised that multiple juveniles had fled the scene in a red Dodge Charger, allegedly a stolen car.

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