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Teachers, students and parents are awaiting some sort of normalcy in their lives, which includes the start of the 2017-18 school year.

Beaumont Independent School District has a tentative goal of beginning school Monday, Sept. 11, but will host an emergency meeting Friday, Sept. 8, at the Administration Building (3395 Harrison Ave) at noon to make a final decision.

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The City of Beaumont is providing sandbags to city residents beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 24, until 7 p.m. this evening and again Friday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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Boudin Jalapeno pizza

The MCM Eleganté Hotel is hoping a new concept will entice guests to order pizza in-house and also capitalize on sales opportunities outside the hotel.

Itza Pizza, which opened Saturday, April 1, is serving hotel guests, dine-in customers, and delivering to a whole new market through the Waitr app.

Located inside Hemmingway’s Café, Itza Pizza sold over 300 pizzas in its first week, said Matt Peterson, food and beverage director at the MCM Eleganté.

The concept is the brainchild of hotel GM Steve McGaha.

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Entergy Texas announced a $600,000 workforce development initiative Monday, March 13 at Edison Plaza in Beaumont with several important dignitaries in attendance including Entergy Texas CEO Sallie Rainer and Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing Employees Ruth Hughs.

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Four cadets training as first responders received recognition and tuition scholarships from the Officer Bryan Hebert Memorial Foundation for their education at the Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) Regional Police Academy.

Scholarships are awarded to qualified candidates seeking a career in law enforcement.

The Officer Bryan Hebert Memorial Scholarship is given in memory of Beaumont Police Officer Bryan Mitchell Hebert, who was killed in the line of duty on Friday, July 8, 2011.

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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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In 2004, Livingston native Ronnie Hindsman was doing what he’d done a thousand times before – a simple job out of a bucket truck for the Sam Houston Electric Cooperative, where he’d been working for more than 25 years. It was a job he’d done so many times that he didn’t bother wearing the rubber gloves.

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Beaumont Police Department Chief Jimmy Singletary welcomed three new officers into his law enforcement “family” during a ceremony at the downtown station Sept. 9. Joshua Hall, Demond Janise and Willie Melancon were sworn-in as BPD officers, all taking an oath to protect and serve the community they now represent.

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Community Bank of Texas presented Creative Corrections Education Foundation (CCEF) with a check for $2,500 on Wednesday, June 1, at the nonprofit’s Calder office in Beaumont. Executive Vice President for Community Bank of Texas G.A. Wimberly presented the check to Percy Pitzer, founder and president of CCEF.

“We’re always looking for opportunities to support local charities or nonprofits that are trying to benefit our community,” Wimberly said. “Keeping the money local benefits LIT and our local students.”

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Cheniere Energy recently hosted a reception at Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) to recognize candidates accepted into the Craft Development Program established by the company last year.

The Craft Development Program is a workforce development program tailored to produce highly skilled welders needed to support ongoing construction along the Gulf Coast. Utilizing partnerships with LIT and local school districts, the program consists of advanced welding training at the college and customized, advanced welder training at a Cheniere-sponsored training facility.

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