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 The City of Beaumont Emergency Management Division would like to share some tips to help prepare for freezing weather.

*   Monitor local weather forecasts and be mindful of rapidly changing weather conditions. Make a family emergency plan and put together emergency kits. Have a battery-powered radio with spare batteries in case your electricity goes off. Car radios and chargers can be a useful way to stay informed and power up electronic devices.


UPDATE: After looking at current conditions and polling a majority of the VFD chiefs, on February 3, 2014, Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick rescinded the burn ban that had been in place for the county, but he has the ban on the Commission


The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has been alerted to a new scam that is active in our area. In this scam, a resident received a call from an individual that was claiming to be employed by the Jefferson County Fraud Department. The caller ID showed the name of Jefferson County Courthouse. This can be done by what is termed spoofing by utilizing an electronic device or website with Voice Over IP (VOIP). The caller requested personal information from the resident as part of an investigation.

Chad and Sondra Reed

The Vidor Independent School District board voted to terminate two teachers at a meeting Monday night, Jan. 20, amid accusations of inappropriate conduct with students. The couple had been on paid administrative leave since Dec. 20, 2013.

The terminations of VISD teachers Chad and Sondra Reed passed unanimously and, police say, criminal charges are pending.

The family of Alfred Wright (inset) is still seeking answers in his death.

Over two months since his disappearance and more than a month since the discovery of his body, the family of 28-year-old physical therapist Alfred Wright of Jasper is still searching for answers as to what happened to their beloved relative and why.