The News

Ever since a group of local friends, residents and business people came together to put on the first Texas Crab Festival in 1986, the Crab Fest has been all about community. Thanks to the continued efforts of local volunteers and sponsors, the annual Mother’s Day Weekend Crab Fest/Beach Party/Family Reunion has grown into a nationally known destination festival, attracting thousands of visitors each year to Crystal Beach, Texas for a celebration of Gulf Coast style music, art and crabs. And as the festival has grown, so has its continued commitment to serve the community.

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1955 M43 military ambulance parked at the Beaumont Emergency Center

When Harold Haines, 71, of Beaumont saw a 1955 M43 on a local news broadcast, he said it brought back fond memories of his military service during the Cold War.

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Zena Stephens (center) took 51.4 percent of the vote to become county sheriff.

With just a couple percentage points separating winners from losers in key Jefferson County races, talk of a recount made the rounds as the sun came up Nov. 9.

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Dorothy Becker

Dorothy Becker was one tough lady. Long before she taught vocational nursing at Lamar University during the 1950s and ’60s or worked at Baptist Hospital and St. Elizabeth, she joined the U.S Army after receiving a nursing degree from Columbia Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Becker, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 92, served as an officer and nurse during World War II.

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Standing before Jefferson County Criminal District Court Judge John Stevens on Monday, Nov. 7, high school senior Torey Lassaint pleaded for the court’s mercy as he faced decades behind bars for taking a man hostage, robbing him, assaulting him and leaving him in terror after a night of savagery.

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