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Isaac Avery of Longview caught this 197-pound, 7.39-foot alligator gar.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists have confirmed the new alligator gar bow fishing water body record for the Brazos River was 60 years old when killed, among the oldest fish aged and documented by the department.

Angler Isaac Avery of Longview caught the 197-pound, 7.39-foot alligator gar bow fishing in the Brazos River on Sept. 9 – beating the previous record by more than 4 pounds.


Orange County Sheriff's Office detectives discovered human remains while conducting a missing persons case reported Oct. 16.

Tara Hoch of Beaumont

Tara Hoch, of Beaumont, is turning her international passion into a profession.

 A senior political science major at Lamar University, her interest in worldwide affairs stems from childhood experiences abroad.

“We lived in Canada until I was six, but when I was four years old, my family relocated to the Central American country of Belize for a year while my father was involved in the Belize River Watershed Water Quality Project,” said Hoch.

Living in a foreign country was an impressionable experience for Hoch at such an early age.


A court of appeals has ruled that the 65-year-sentence against abused infant Baby Faith's mother, Christine Johson, was proper and will stand, announced Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham Oct. 19.

Arlington Wood | Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Arlington Wood Jr, 50, of Vidor, is accused of stealing a Jefferson County Drainage District vehicle worth tens of thousands of dollars, according to an indictment returned against the suspect on Oct. 18.

A probable cause affidavit filed in Wood’s case by Sgt. Robert Bailey stated that the officer was on patrol when he received word that a small Kubota tractor had been stolen sometime around 1:40 a.m. on Aug. 10.