The News

Big Thicket National Preserve and the Big Thicket Association have announced a 2016 hiking series. Starting Sunday, Feb. 7, and continuing the first Sunday of each month through the end of 2016, staff from both organizations will guide explorers along a different portion of the over 40 miles of improved trails within the preserve.


The City of Beaumont announced Feb. 4 that effective immediately Sweetgum Street from North 10th Street to North 11th Street will be closed to through traffic until further notice.

Motorists are asked to be aware of all detour signs, advance warnings including other signage, and to travel with caution.


Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper Stephanie Davis reports one man was injured in a rollover accident this afternoon, Feb. 4.

According to a news release, DPS received a report of a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 73 just west of Taylor’s Bayou at about 12:30 p.m. The initial report stated that the vehicle was on fire.

Deondre Rayon

Police in Orange have arrested a suspect in the Feb. 3 aggravated robbery of The Country Store at 7411 Interstate 10.

Shirlene Cook with BISD students

Shirlene Cook has lived in Beaumont for decades, retiring from the Beaumont Independent School District in 2007 after 30 years of service. Throughout her life and her career, Cook has served the community in many capacities – volunteering, fundraising for nonprofits, leading, teaching – and that service has continued on into her retirement.

Cook has battled racism and sexism, breaking down barriers segregating certain groups, but she says she is just doing what is right.