Rhydan Bolton and Kristofer Garcia

UPDATE: Kristofer Garcia, 22, of Beaumont was found guilty of murder in the Jan. 19, 2015 shooting death of Rhydan Bolton, 19, a student at Lamar University. The jury later sentenced Garcia to 60 years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine. 


Teresa Baker

Visual artist Teresa Baker will host a soft opening/fundraiser for her new downtown Beaumont project space, 215 Orleans, on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 7-10 p.m.

The opening will feature works on paper donated by more than 35 national and local artists, all priced at $50 each. Half of each sale will go to the contributing artist.

Luke Pell

Known for his stint on ABC’s reality hit television show The Bachelorette, Texas native Luke Pell is also a striving country musician who will perform at The Gig on Crockett Street on Thursday, Dec. 22, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets for this 18-and-older show are $15 and can be purchased online at outhousetickets.com. Pell, who is also a veteran and played football at Army, served 12 months in active combat in Afghanistan.

Stoney LaRue

Texas native Stoney LaRue is no stranger to Southeast Texas and the “Red Dirt” country music singer returns to Beaumont to play at the Backyard Music Hall on Saturday, Dec. 17, with doors opening at 8 p.m. for ages 18 and older. Advance tickets are $18 and can be purchased at the venue or online at ticketfly.com.

Beaumont ISD Officer Macie Bergeron and Chief Rob Flores

The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) distributed nearly $13,000 in grant items to students and staff of the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) for innovative classroom projects during the 2016 Fall Grant Caravan on Dec. 2. The foundation and friends visited nine campuses and the BISD Police Department, awarding 12 grants to 11 staff and a group of five students.