Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens

“I didn’t make history; this community made history,” Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens said of her historic bid for the elected office this past November 2016. The monumental election, which also saw a Republican come out victorious as the nominee for president from the typically Democratic-leaning Jefferson County, secured the veteran law enforcer’s designation as the first black woman to hold the post in the state – only the second black woman to be county sheriff in the country.


“I’ve always been interested in World War II, but I wanted to get a better understanding of what these guys really went through,” says 19-year-old Rishi Sharma of Los Angeles.

“About a year and a half ago,” he said, “I started riding my bike to senior homes to talk to veterans of World War II, and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

Alexandria “Lexy” Bertrand and Kelvin Lee Roy

A Beaumont man sentenced to 75 years in prison for his role in the death of a 16-year-old Vidor girl will have a chance to have his case reviewed – and possibly even be granted a new trial – now that Texas’ highest criminal appeals court has ruled there was judicial error in the original 2014 criminal trial proceedings.


The Beaumont Bulls youth football team’s season ended early in October 2016 after their head coach was fired following the team’s kneeling protests, but many former players banded together and created a new team, the Southeast Texas Oilers.

The Oilers held their first registration event Sunday, Feb. 16, in Rogers Park.

April Parkerson, vice president of the Oilers, said the in-person registration event was “pretty successful.”

At a Beaumont Rocks painting party Jan. 23, Iris Smithey (not pictured) and Kath

Looking for an outdoor, child-friendly activity this spring? A community hide-and-seek painted rock group might be right for you.

The Vidor Rocks Facebook group, which started in mid August 2016, now has 4,575 members. The Beaumont Rocks group began around the same time and has 224 members.