Chambers County, TX


Brazen burglary: Two arrested for DPS office break-in

WALLISVILLE — News release from the Chambers County Sheriff's Office:. Sheriff Brian Hawthorne reports that on Wednesday, May 11, at approximately 5:27 a.m., Chambers County Deputies were dispatched to the Texas Highway Patrol Office (DPS) located at 20906 Interstate 10, Chambers County, Wallisville, Texas, in reference to a burglary.
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Chambers County Recognizes Safety and Healthcare Workers

Chambers County Commissioners Court held its regular meeting last Tuesday, May 10, and recognized several groups committed to serving and protecting the citizens of Chambers County. A resolution was passed declaring May 6-12, 2022, to be “National Nurses Week” in Chambers County. Public Health Director Mary Beth Bess gathered several...

Tinnerman and Legg Elected to CCPHD#1 Board of Directors

OmniPoint Health (Chambers County Public Hospital District #1) has elected two new members to its Board of Directors. Three candidates ran for the two positions on the Board. Linda Fahring Tinnerman came out on top with a total of 555 votes which was 44% of the total vote. Andy Legg came in second with 407 votes which was 32.59% of the vote, and Theresa Greco came in third with 287 votes which was 22.98% of the vote.
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Education Comes Out on Top… AISD $47 Million, ECISD $9.8 Million

Chambers County communities are preparing to deal with the unprecedented, accelerated growth that is heading its way to the east side of the Trinity River. One of the most affected entities of such growth is the local school system. In anticipation of the growth, both Anahuac ISD and East Chambers ISD had bond propositions on May 7th’s ballot and both ISDs came out with a win.

Thank You!

I would like to thank everyone for their support during the election, especially those that came out to vote and placed their trust in me. Additionally, I appreciate the dedication and support Marcia Smith and Theresa Greco have provided to our community and the OmniPoint employees as they served together on the hospital district board. I wish them both the very best and I am certain we will continue to see their good works with various organizations and projects in our community.

“Chambers County Is a Rich County”

The Seabreeze Beacon was proud to sponsor Pct. 1 Commissioner Jimmy Gore’s townhall/luncheon to discuss tax abatements, grant projects, and future estimates of the County’s financial health held last Thursday at the Winnie-Stowell Community Building. The first presenter was B.J. Simon, President of Baytown/West Chambers County Economic Development...

Anahuac ISD Begins To Wrap Up 2021/2022 School Year

AISD held their regular board meeting April 25, 2022. The meeting began with recognizing students, teachers, and staff. Each campus highlighted their office staff and recognized them for their hard work. Superintendent Wagner announced that the high school has hired a new principal to replace Principal Humphrey, who retired in December of 2021. Mr. Humphrey has agreed to participate in the 2022 graduation ceremony, as the seniors very much appreciated his years of service and wish to have him be a part of their big day. The new high school principal, Tara Anderson, was present at the school board meeting and is ready to begin working with the administration, staff, and students.

OmniPoint Health Is in Critical Condition

It was stated in the Chambers County Public Health District #1 (OmniPoint Health) Board of Directors meeting last week that the bank accounts of the District have not been reconciled since May 2021. This means that their checkbooks have not been balanced in almost a year. Imagine conducting business, hiring personnel, buying supplies and equipment, and having no clue where you stand financially. Well, CCPHD has been doing just that. Former CEO William D. Kiefer and his longtime friend and business partner, former CFO Jay Hodges used the term “glitch” in the accounting software to account for the lack of current financial statements and not being able to provide such to the Board of Directors. “There is a glitch in the system,” Kiefer repeatedly said. “We are working on it.” It is now obvious that there was no “glitch” in the accounting software. Kiefer kept spending the District’s money like it grew on trees and his buddy Hodges kept it away from the Board of Directors by creating financial reports and statements that were based on fake accounting. The Board had no idea what was going on between Kiefer and Hodges. When Hodges abruptly resigned, the rumors began that “something was about to hit the fan”. And it did. The Board hired an interim CFO who has since revealed to them that the financial affairs of the District are a catastrophic nightmare. He asked the Board to hire a couple of temporary financial staff, not to exceed $35,000/month, to help him examine and recover the financial truth of the District over the past year.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Huddle Visits Chambers County

Chambers County Republican Women had the honor of hosting Texas Supreme Court Justice Rebeca Huddle as their speaker Tuesday, April 19 at the Eagle Point Recreation Center. Justice Huddle gave an informative presentation concerning the general structure of courts in the State of Texas and the actual day to day work of the Supreme Court.

Lions to Host Sheriff Brian Hawthorne

Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne will be the guest of the Winnie-Stowell Lions Club on Thursday, April 28th, as the Lions host another in their “Conversation With …” series at Vine 2 Wine winery. Sheriff Hawthorne will sit down with Lions President Bill Keating and they will engage in an informal conversation. “We’ll talk about what led him into law enforcement, crazy things that happen with criminals, interesting cases and the state of law enforcement in the county, state and country, among other things.”, said Keating. “It always makes for a great evening of food, drink, music and an interesting conversation with a great guest.” Past events have included guests Scott Campbell, Superintendent of East Chambers ISD, talking about the school’s response to the Covid 19 Pandemic and KFDM Channel Six Chief Meteorologist, Greg Bostwick, talking about weather, TV and commercial gardening. The evening will kick-off at 6:00pm with free food, tea and water, desserts and wine for purchase from the winery. The conversation will begin at about 7:00 and last for about a half an hour. “So far we’ve had beautiful evenings to sit out on the covered patio at the winery and have a really pleasant time. “ said Keating, “We’re always able to sit inside if the weather is bad or it gets too hot. We are really looking forward to visiting with the Sheriff and hosting this free community event!”

Body of missing Chambers County fisherman recovered

A search for a missing fisherman from Smith Point, Texas, has ended in heartache for his family and friends after the elderly man’s body was recovered about 10 miles from his capsized boat. According to the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, the body of W.F. Childress, owner of Childress Seafood,...

Coast Guard searching for 88-year-old fisherman in Galveston Bay

GALVESTON BAY — The Coast Guard, the Chambers County Sheriff's Office and Texas Parks and Wildlife are searching Trinity/Galveston Bay for a missing 88-year-old fisherman who launched from Smith Point at 8:30 a.m. Monday and hasn't returned. Sheriff Hawthorne says the man is in a 16 foot aluminum sportsman...