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Former city of Port Arthur Water Meter Services Department Supervisor, 57-year-old Robert Leblanc, 57, was indicted in Jefferson County Feb. 3 on five counts of theft by a public servant.

Leblanc was arrested Jan. 5 amid accusations of metal theft from the city he once served. At the time of his arrest, Leblanc worked as a football referee for the Houston Chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials.

Shirlene Cook with BISD students

Shirlene Cook has lived in Beaumont for decades, retiring from the Beaumont Independent School District in 2007 after 30 years of service. Throughout her life and her career, Cook has served the community in many capacities – volunteering, fundraising for nonprofits, leading, teaching – and that service has continued on into her retirement.

Cook has battled racism and sexism, breaking down barriers segregating certain groups, but she says she is just doing what is right.

Inside a massive clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.

The 18th and final primary mirror segment is installed on what will be the biggest and most powerful space telescope ever launched. The final mirror installation Wednesday at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland marks an important milestone in the assembly of the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope.


Orange attorney Leslie Barras announced Jan. 29 that the sale of the historic Orange City Hall has been halted, at least temporarily, as she and other opponents to the move have filed a lawsuit.


More than 50 properties are up for sale to the highest bidder in Jefferson County on March 1 due to delinquent tax payments, just a fraction of the properties confiscated by Jefferson County to collect monies owed to the county’s taxing entities. But according to Jefferson County Tax Assessor/Collector Allison Getz, most delinquencies wouldn’t make it that far if property owners would just talk to tax collecting officials prior to such drastic measures being taken.