The News

A coral in August 2015 (top) at the start of the worst bleaching event.

Global warming and the current intense El Niño are prolonging the longest global coral die-off on record, according to NOAA scientists, who will will present the latest global bleaching update and outlook Friday, Feb. 26 at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans.

The researchers, who are monitoring and forecasting the loss of corals from disease and heat stress due to record ocean temperatures, report that the global coral bleaching event that started in 2014 could extend well into 2017.

Johnathon Joseph

Officers in Orange arrested an apparently dazed man after a caller reported he was staggering down the road Friday morning, Feb. 19, Officer Marcus Bernard reported.

ATM machine

Investigators with the Beaumont Police Department (BPD) are searching for the suspect or suspects involved in what Officer Tony Harding described as the “brazen burglary” of an ATM machine at a local convenience store in Beaumont’s north end Feb. 22.

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A 19-year-old bicyclist injured in the early morning hours of Feb. 23, 2016, when struck by a Orange Police Department patrol car has died.

Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating the accident involving an officer with the Orange Police Department and a cyclist that occurred on the eastbound service road of Interstate 10 at Adams Bayou shortly after midnight.

North Turkey Creek Trail

Big Thicket National Preserve and the Big Thicket Association have announced the continuation of the 2016 Centennial hiking series. Sunday, March 6 and continuing the first Sunday of each month through the end of 2016, staff from both organizations will guide fellow explorers along the unique trail network found in the Big Thicket.