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Adam Jack, TxDOT director of Transportation Planning and Development

Texas Department of Transportation staff spoke at Beaumont City Council on Oct. 17 to update city leaders on the progress of widening projects totaling $650 million, including the ongoing Neches River Bridge construction.

Tax bill and Allison Getz

As the old adage says, two things in life are certain: death and taxes. Those who stared down the Grim Reaper and survived the effects of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath are now being hit with reality No. 2 – the dreaded tax bill.

Oct. 16, Allison Nathan Getz, Tax Assessor-Collector for Jefferson County, announced 2017’s Jefferson County tax bills are in the mail and headed to a P.O. Box near you.


When Hurricane Harvey rained down on Southeast Texas at the end of August, hundreds of children already uprooted from their homes due to incidences of abuse and neglect yet again had their lives thrown into turmoil. Some lost all.

Nikki Jones

Former Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Sabine Neches Region executive director Elena Nicole “Nikki” Jones was indicted by a grand jury in Orange County on felony theft charges Oct. 12 related to more than $10,000 in unauthorized credit card charges she is alleged to have made under the nonprofit’s name.

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.