The Texas Rice Festival started as a one-day affair in Winnie in 1969 and has since grown into a eight-day harvest celebration, now in its 47th year. The renowned Texas Rice Festival recognizes the significance off rice farming, a major economic activity in the region, especially in the Winnie area. The festival includes a carnival, livestock show, barbeque cook-off, nightly street dances, parades, pageants, music, great food and, of course, rice balls. The final weekend of the event is upon us with gates opening at 5 p.m.

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The Liberty County constable accused of lying about his work with a fake Beaumont cop is now back on duty.

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Saturday, Oct. 19, Gulf Coast Reads will present a panel of historians at the Mary and John Gray Library on the Lamar University campus. Jan Jarboe Russell, author of the New York Times bestseller “The Train to Crystal City,” is scheduled to speak.

Russell was born in Beaumont and has been a journalist since 1972, including over 20 years of editing for Texas Monthly magazine.

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Friday, Sept. 16, former Hardin County Justice of the Peace Wilber "Butch" Wayne Cummings died at age 76.

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Photo Credit: April Parkerson

Earlier this month, the Beaumont Bulls youth football team kneeled in protest during the national anthem, following the lead of NFL player Colin Kaepernick.

The 11- and 12-year-old boys first kneeled during a game on Sept. 10, prompting death threats on KFDM’s Facebook page and other social media sites.

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