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Ines Alvidres poses with her most recent painted box in Beaumont.

As painted traffic light control boxes become more and more prominent around Beaumont, more and more artists are able to share their experience, vision and passion with fellow citizens.

One such artist sharing her artistic view is professional artist and Beaumont resident Ines Alvidres. Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and immigrating to Beaumont at the age of 16 to be with family, Alvidres has found beauty in the boomtown city.


The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) will be hosting “A Vintage Valentine,” a dinner fundraiser, the night of Thursday, Feb. 14. 

The fundraiser will feature a sit-down dinner corresponding with wine and soft jazz by Sharon Montgomery and Jimmy Simmons. All proceed from the event will go to fund AMSET’s educational programs, which benefit local students.

The night will begin with champagne and appetizers, which will be followed be a dinner paired with curated wines and sweets to top it off. The event will have a balloon raffle with mystery prizes.


The Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce is asking for assistance in raising $22,000 for Coast Guard service men and women who are not receiving their regular paychecks due to the partial federal government shutdown. 

Jessie “Buddy” Lawrence Hamblin


The suspect, Jessie “Buddy” Lawrence Hamblin, in the Silsbee Walmart parking lot stabbing the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 15 is in custody.


A Jefferson County SWAT stand-off ended peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 15 at a home near Ridgewood Elementary in Port Neches.

According to information from Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, at about 1 p.m. deputies were attempting to serve a warrant in the 2700 block of Merriman when the subject barricaded himself inside the home. Relatives who were home at the time exited the premises, and following a short stand-off, the man surrendered peacefully to SWAT officers.