The News

The ribbon has been cut! Daily flights between the Jack Brooks Regional Airport and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport commenced Thursday, Feb. 14, at the airport in Beaumont, an event that brought together hundreds of people from around the area.

The celebration started bright and early at 9 a.m. with droves of community members gathering to show their support for the new route that so many in the area worked to bring to Jack Brooks Regional.

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Dave Oliphant, a 1963 Lamar graduate, author, and an accomplished poet and scholar, returned to Lamar on Feb 11 to speak to students about his memories of the school where his writing career began.

“I had such wonderful teachers at Lamar,” said Oliphant, who was born in Fort Worth but moved to Beaumont in 1953.

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Excitement was physically in the air on Valentine’s Day at the Jack Brooks Regional Airport in Beaumont/Port Arthur.

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Zola Ann Wilson

Shackled and mostly quiet in Judge John Stevens felony court, a 46-year-old Port Arthur woman pleaded no contest Tuesday, Feb. 19, to two counts of aggravated assault and admitted her guilt in a U.S. 69 collision that caused the death of a Groves man more than a year ago.

By taking the plea agreement, Zola Ann Wilson avoided a possible prison term of 20 years for the death of Gary Naquin, 34, who died in the accident.

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One man was arrested in Orange on Sunday after a report that he was jumping in front of cars and disrupting traffic as he walked alongside North Highway 87.

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