Beaumont Animal Care's annual “Holiday Heroes Foster Program” begins today
BEAUMONT, Texas — A Beaumont animal shelter is asking the community to temporarily open their homes to a shelter animal for the holiday season. Beaumont Animal Care's annual “Holiday Heroes Foster Program” initiative encourages animal lovers and community members to open their hearts and homes to foster pets during the festive period.
Lamar University College of Engineering receives 'transformative' $5 million gift
BEAUMONT, Texas — The College of Engineering at Lamar University has received what the university's president describes as a "transformative" donation to create an academic and career success center. Carolyn J. Keating has donated $5 million to the university to fund the new center according to a news release...
Scaled down neighborhood of tiny homes being built in Pinehurst
PINEHURST, Texas — Construction of a unique community in Pinehurst is moving right along for those looking to downsize and simplify. Houston developers are building a tiny home village that will feature more than 40 homes which are all under 500 square feet. The tiny homes look like they're...
Benefit in Beaumont Friday will help Southeast Texas man burned while trying to save mother from Dayton house fire
BEAUMONT, Texas — Friends of a Southeast Texas man who ran into a burning home in October in an attempt to save his elderly mother are gathering Friday to honor and support him with a benefit. Rob Flurry, 61, was staying with and caring for his mom, Joann Shipman,...
Orange officials ask residents to take survey for '2024 Annual Action Plan'
BEAUMONT, Texas — Officials with the City of Orange are asking for input from residents to help with the city's "Annual Action Plan." The plan is a yearly update to the city's "Consolidated Plan," which is a three to five year planning document required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, according to the city.
'Remember the Golden Rule' | Baytown college students raised money so their friend would be able to walk by Christmas
BAYTOWN, Texas — Baytown college students raised money so their friend would be able to walk by Christmas. Lee College Rotaract Club members raised almost $10,000 through a car wash fundraiser to buy a prosthetic leg for a Lee College employee and Hall of Fame student. With the nearly...
Orange baker to compete on 'The Greatest Baker' competition
ORANGE, Texas — A baker in Orange refuses to let a diagnoses define her and is competing in the Greatest Baker Competition. Denise Smith was diagnosed with heart failure last year and told her heart performs at only 45% but she's battled back and she is still baking. Smith...
Third-party company hired to spot-check water meters in Beaumont, check for utility billing accuracy
BEAUMONT, Texas — A third-party company is coming to Beaumont next week to perform audits and check for utility billing accuracy. This audit will be performed by Water Company of America on the city's water, sewer, storm water and solid waste accounts, according to a news release from the City of Beaumont.
Police in Orange arrest, charge woman for hitting her ex with a vehicle
BEAUMONT, Texas — City of Orange Police have arrested a 28-year-old woman after they she hit her ex with a vehicle earlier this week. Aliah Roberts, 28, was arrested and charged by police with aggravated assault for allegedly hitting her ex with a vehicle according to police. Police were...
Beaumont man charged with 'invasive visual recording' of women in public to be sentenced in December
BEAUMONT, Texas — A Beaumont man is set to be sentenced in December for invasive visual recording of women in public in June 2023. Larry Mayfield, Jr., is set to be sentenced before Judge Raquel West in 252nd District Court on Dec. 12, 2023, according to a court official. Mayfield was 37 when he was arrested.
Vidor Police investigating after Orange County constable threatens suicide, ex-wife accuses him of pulling gun on her child
VIDOR, Texas — Vidor Police are investigating after an Orange County constable was accused of pulling a gun and threatening to shoot a child following an incident at his home in Vidor. Vidor Police Officers were sent to the home of Orange County Precinct Four Constable Matt Ortego after...
Girlfriend of Laday Arena murder suspect indicted for lying to grand jury
CHEEK, Texas — The girlfriend of a man indicted in the Easter murder of a Houston father has been accused of lying to the grand jury. Joelicia Wade, 31, of Texas City, was indicted on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2023, on aggravated perjury charges related to her testimony before a Jefferson County grand jury in late August regarding the murder of Javoris Potier, 30, of Houston.
City of Beaumont proposing tax increment reinvestment zone for downtown development
BEAUMONT, Texas — New plans are in motion to develop downtown Beaumont. The City of Beaumont is proposing a tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ), which would cap property tax revenue in downtown for the next 30 years. City leaders believe this zone would make downtown Beaumont more attractive to...
Lumberton Christmas parade cancelled due to severe weather threat Thursday, organizers hoping to reschedule
LUMBERTON, Texas — The Lumberton Chamber of Commerce's annual Christmas parade has been cancelled due to Thursday's severe weather threat. "Safety for our volunteers, parade participants and watching bystanders is our top priority for this event. With the current forecast conditions, we have deemed we cannot safely have the event tomorrow night," Lumberton Chamber of Commerce President Scott Haggard said in a Facebook post.
Gas utility assistance program offers holiday help for Southeast Texas families in need
BEAUMONT, Texas — Texas Gas Service and CenterPoint Energy are using money the public has donated through their utility bills to keep heat on in many Southeast Texas homes. The businesses then gave the money to Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas to disperse to those in need. The link...
Man indicted for murder in connection to Laday Arena shooting that left Houston father dead on Easter Sunday
CHEEK, Texas — A man accused of fatally shooting a Houston father during an Easter weekend Zydeco dance in West Jefferson County has been indicted. Javoris Potier, 30, of Houston, died at a Beaumont hospital on Sunday April 9, 2023, after being shot during the a zydeco dance following a trail ride at the Laday Arena.
Silsbee ISD to host first Welding Certification and Competition next month
SILSBEE, Texas — Silsbee High School will host its first Welding Certification and Competition that will feature four distinct levels of welding and conclude with an award ceremony. The competition is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023 at the Silsbee High School Campus located...
Tip leads to Beaumont arrest of Houston man in connection with January murder in Houston
BEAUMONT, Texas — A Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest in Beaumont this week of a Houston man wanted for a January 2023 murder in Houston. Jesus Joseph Jones, 19, of Houston, was arrested Tuesday morning at about 9 a.m. in Beaumont by U.S. Marshals. Jones was wanted...
Appeals court upholds conviction of Orange County father who killed 2-year-old daughter with hammer in 2019
ORANGE, Texas — A Texas appeals court has denied the appeal of an Orange County father who brutally murdered his 2-year-old daughter in 2019. The Texas Ninth Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of Yovahnis Roque, who was sentenced to life in prison without parole after being found guilty of capital murder in the 2019 death of his 2-year-old daughter.
Port Arthur welcomes free holiday train event for the public, meet Santa Clause and sip hot cocoa
PORT ARTHUR, Texas — A holiday train is coming to Port Arthur!. The Port of Port Arthur is co-hosting the Canadian Pacific-Kansas City Holiday Train. The event is free and open to the public. The train will arrive at the Seafarer's Center at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13,...
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