A snake-eating snake, this rarely photographed 7-foot long indigo was seen on a
Bald eagle resting after being shot from the nest by a teen.

This has been one of the warmest winters on record for Texas, and with all that sunshine comes bad news in the form of snakes.

Beaumont City Council approved rezoning

Tuesday, Feb. 28, Beaumont City Council approved a resolution of support for establishing a new, municipal management district that could lead to residential and retail development on property at the corner of Dowlen and Delaware. The council also approved rezoning that will lead to the development of a new shopping center and residential area on Major Drive near Village Drive.

New municipal management district

Helen Louise Cox

Hardin County grand jurors indicted former Lumberton band booster treasurer Helen Louise Cox for a second-degree felony theft. This new indictment replaces the original, lesser third-degree felony charge. 

A second-degree felony conviction can result in two to 20 years of imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine.

The indictment filed Feb. 16, alleges that Cox stole between $20,000 and $100,000 from the band booster club’s account from May 25, 2016, to Oct. 18, 2016.

 Calvin Tyler Jr.
Kary Vincent Jr.
Jamaal Charles

Tyler and Vincent win Willie Ray Smith Awards

Record-setting running back Calvin Tyler Jr. and defensive back Kary Vincent Jr. were named winners of the 25th annual Willie Ray Smith Awards held Feb. 22 at the MCM Eleganté.

Tyler, who is signed to play college football at Oregon State in the fall, ran for a Silsbee school record of 2,827 yards and 29 touchdowns and became the third Silsbee player to win the Offensive Award.

The other three finalists were last year’s winner Jack Dallas (WO-S), Joel Denley (West Brook) and Roschon Johnson (PN-G).

Patrice Young

The Port Arthur woman wanted for hitting a Port Arthur officer with her car turned herself in Feb. 26, according to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Marcus McLellan.

PAPD police had been searching for Patrice Young, 37, since Feb. 12, when she allegedly stole a flatscreen TV from the Bridge City Walmart, Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin said in a press conference on Feb. 13.