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La Suprema photo courtesy Eleanor Skelton

La Suprema, a local staple in Mid County, has been in one family for three generations.

It started as a tortilla bakery in the late ’60s selling to local grocery stores, and later branched out into tamales before becoming a small restaurant in 1970, owner Remi Bryan said. Her grandmother Amelia Martinez and two of her friends were the original owners.

Michael Wolf's great-grandparents and cousins with Herbert Liebmann

Michael Wolf was born a month before World War II ended into a Jewish family that narrowly escaped Berlin just a few years before.

“I’ve never told this story before,” he said, “[I’ve] never been asked.” He said his mother told parts of the story and he shared some of it with friends, but not publicly.

Temple Emanuel hosted a film screening last October of “Persona Non Grata,” about the life of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat posted in Lithuania known for issuing visas to Jewish refugees against orders.

Desiree McPhillips, left, joins in yoga on the beach at Sea Rim State Park

If you’re looking for a way to work off excess holiday calories, aerial yoga might be your thing.

Jillian Fertig started teaching classes at Ternion Athletics in Nederland for those who’ve always wanted to cross Cirque du Soleil stardom off their bucketlist.

Fertig herself only started taking classes at an aerial gym in El Paso about two years ago.

“I had never done it before in my life,” she said. “It’s a different way to build strength.”

"Murf the Surf" Jack Murphy and Julie Simpson

Middle-aged and retired women walk single-file down the narrow sidewalk between barbed wire fences on a cold December morning. Headed to prison.

But only for a visit.

The Winning Edge’s biggest annual volunteer-based prison ministry event kicked off Friday, Dec. 1, at several prisons, including the Gist State Jail and the LeBlanc State Jail in Beaumont and the Lucile Plane State Jail in Dayton, about an hour outside of Beaumont. Only male volunteers entered men’s prisons while the women headed to the Plane Unit. 

Tom Jenkins

When Harvey rained 28 inches on Jefferson County in one day, the staff at Green Acres Grocery near Fannett was pushing water away from the store’s doors with brooms and squeegees, store owner Tom Jenkins remembers.

“We were open every day, and we ended up selling everything on the shelves,” Jenkins said, explaining that his store was almost an island during Harvey’s floods — people couldn’t get to Hamshire or Beaumont after I-10 and Highway 124 closed, and the channel locks on Highway 365 going into Port Arthur were shut.