The News

Beaumont Firefighters responded during the early morning hours to a reported house fire in the 1800 block of Brooklyn to find the house already blazing out of control, officials reported Feb. 15. After approximately 30 minutes, firefighters were able to contain the flames, but the severity of the inferno prevented an initial search of the residence. 

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L’Auberge Casino Resort today announced the resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana created yet another instant multi-millionaire over the weekend. A guest from Humble, Texas won more than $2.5-million playing a Wheel of Fortune® quarter slot machine.    

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Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 300 block of Widgeon St. in Orange concerning an aggravated robbery shortly after midnight Feb. 11 to find the homeowner, a 53-year-old Hispanic businessman, badly beaten.

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The February meeting of the Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees has been rescheduled because most school administrators, including Carrol Thomas and several BISD board members will be attending the Texas Association of Black School Educators (TABSE) meeting in San Antonio.

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John Payton was born into a Texas home during a time when the country was still operating under the “separate but equal” fallacy.

“We were too poor to have a bunch of kids,” Payton recalls of the small family he had growing up in Livingston – two sisters, now deceased, and one brother. “We couldn’t feed any more mouths than that.”

But being on the lowest possible end of the tax bracket was inspiration for young Payton, he said, since he knew this life held more for him than bread and water alone.

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