There is still time to purchase a ticket to Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation’s eighth annual La Soirée on Saturday, Jan. 21, and take a journey down the Silk Road from India to Istanbul, all inside the Beaumont Civic Center and for a great cause.

The theme is Arabian Nights, and guests enter the Royal Sultan’s palace for the party of the year. A profusion of light, color, sights, sounds and dances from around the world will transport those in attendance to another place in time

Robert Sloan photo

Waterfowl hunters are not that techno crazy when it comes to gearing up for success. It’s basically like football – you get suited up with the essentials and go at it full speed. The crazy thing about duck and goose hunters is that we have to go afield prepared for just about anything that can be thrown our way here in Southeast Texas – rain, cold, mud, ice, sleet, mosquitoes, snakes and even alligators. It can be a true test of one’s perseverance on any given hunt.


Ford Expedition, which debuted in 1996, is the company’s largest utility vehicle, with seating for up to eight. It’s powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, which is also featured in the Ford F-150 pickup.

Manchester by the Sea

‘Manchester by the Sea’

Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams

Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan

Rated: PG-13


Gladys Wojcik, owner of Nederland Jewelers in Beaumont, with jewelry designer Gr

Gregg Ruth has been creating designer jewelry for three decades, with stores in New York City and California. He made one of his regular trips to Southeast Texas and Louisiana, visiting Nederland Jewelers in Beaumont on Dec. 21 to meet with local collectors.

Ruth is well known for his colored stones, especially his pink and yellow diamonds. All of his pieces are unique and issued in a limited edition.