Beaumont

Beaumont Fire Rescue responded to a reported structure fire at 110 S. 4th St. shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday, April 7, to find a patch of wooded brush in the area fully engulfed in flames.

According to reports from the agency, when firefighters arrived, they found a pile of tires on fire inside of a vacant warehouse that was being torn down. A contractor company hired by Moore Supply to tear down an old building behind the business was apparently using a cutting torch and accidentally caught the pile of tires on fire, investigators contend.

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Former Beaumont City Councilwoman Bobbie J. Patterson is now spearheading a drive she calls “Operation One Vote,” which is an outreach mission encouraging citizens to register to vote and to actually go to the polls and cast a ballot in coming elections.

In conjunction with a host of other entities, the group is sponsoring a “Meet-the-Candidates Forum & Voter Registration Drive,” which is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Hall located at 3390 Sarah Street in Beaumont.

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Waiving signs and banners that proclaimed messages such as “No Excuse for Child Abuse,” a stream of Southeast Texans clad in blue shirts took to the streets surrounding the Jefferson County Courthouse to make a statement that could be not only be heard, but seen by every motorist, employee and guest of Beaumont’s central downtown area.

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