The News

Boyd “Lurch” Hagood
Ashlyn Brown

On August 2, around 1:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an open field near the area of Creek Road and Bud Bennet Road in Starks in reference to an unknown deceased man with apparent trauma to his body, later identified as Dustin Hammons of Houston, TX.

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Update: On August 14, at about 10:30 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a multiple vehicle crash on I-10 in Jefferson County, Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release. The crash occurred near the Hamshire Road exit.

Preliminary reports indicate that a 2000 Lexus passenger vehicle was stopped in the outside traffic lane of I-10 Eastbound. The driver of a 2012 Volvo truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling eastbound on the Interstate and did not see the stopped vehicle in the roadway.

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The Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center and Stark Cultural Venues is hosting a series of adult-focused garden workshops this autumn.

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While the district as a whole “met standard,” multiple Beaumont ISD campuses were rated as “improvement required” in the 2017 accountability reports released on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

Smith, MLK, and South Park middle schools are all improvement required. Vincent, Odom, and Marshall middle schools met standard.

Caldwood, Pietzch-MacArthur, Blanchette, Martin, Jones-Clark, Charlton Pollard and Fehl elementary schools are all rated improvement required. Curtis, Fletcher, Guess, Amelia, Regina, Homer, and Dishman elementary schools met standard.

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The Beaumont Police Department celebrated K-9 Joris's sixth birthday on Aug. 11, posting a picture of the police dog and his handler in a popular Facebook post that has garnered hundreds of "likes."

The Facebook post shows a photo of the pair with birthday wishes included, reading, "The Beaumont Police Department would like to wish K-9 Joris a Happy 6th Birthday!"

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