The News

Ransom Howard

Ransom Howard, a former Port Arthur educator and preacher, was sentenced this week to serve weekends in jail and 10 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to multiple felony DWI offenses, according to court records.

Port of Beaumont Chief of Police Stephen P. Davis

Being the first black chief of police for the Port of Beaumont isn’t something Stephen P. Davis thinks too much about.

“After having my job for five years, I never thought I was the only minority in this position with the Port of Beaumont,” Davis said when he first heard the news – this week being interviewed for the subject of a Black History Month article. “It probably demonstrates that I don’t concentrate on those things.”

Davis never tried to be the first; he just was.


The good times will be rolling at the annual Senior Mardi Gras presented by the Best Years Center on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. inside the Beaumont Civic Center. Seniors are invited to come out and enjoy this fantastic event free of charge.

This popular, daylong festival features entertainment, food, shopping and education with more than 80 vendors on hand who have valuable options for overall healthcare and wellness.


A film crew from Discovery Channel Canada visited campus recently to capture the progress made by researchers in the Phillip M. Drayer Department of Electrical Engineering on an innovative lionfish-hunting robot.

The segment will air on the channel through Daily Planet, an hour-long science and technology magazine that airs five nights per week nationally, with larger stories exported worldwide. Videos are also posted to social media sites.


On Feb. 15 at 3:04 p.m., Port Arthur Police Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call in reference to a shooting victim at Prince Hall Village Apartments, 914 W.14th Street, City of Port Arthur spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said in a release.