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Travis Spencer Smith | Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

A China man was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Nov. 15 for meth found during a traffic stop, according to court documents.


Hundreds of thousands of dollars, and about as many man-hours, have been gifted through Beaumont’s Cathedral Church to help rebuild the community after Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey devastated the region – a full-time job for many, even as congregation members and volunteers themselves struggled to recover from flooded homes and destroyed property. 

Cedric Madison

Cedric Dwight Madison to 99 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault of a child Nov. 9 following a two-day trial during which jurors heard statements and considered evidence in the attack on a baby merely three months old.

Vernon Pierce and Sallie Ranier

Residents returning to their flooded homes and normal routines have been asking why their electric bills have spiked post-Harvey.

Port Neches resident Kirk Hinson didn’t understand why his electric bill jumped from an average of $75 for the last eight months to a whopping $651.70 for the month of October.

He’s not the only one whose bills spiked after Hurricane Harvey.

Kandis Voth, who lives in Silsbee, owes $1,225.60 for October, only $31.54 of which is past due. 

A dredge on the Sabine-Neches Waterway

Hurricane Harvey heavily impacted Southeast Texas and, according to information from the Sabine-Neches Navigation District, the storm’s influence reached well beyond the area, effectively costing consumers in the United States an estimated $4.3 billion in increased prices at the gas pump.