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Motorcycles are a popular mode of transportation in Texas with more than 440,000 of them registered in the state. With an increase in the use of motorcycles in the last decade, motorcycle safety and awareness is of great concern to riders and law enforcement. Motorcycle operators are encouraged to wear safety gear at all times and to drive defensively, while car and truck drivers are cautioned to watch out for the two-wheeled machines motoring along the highways and byways along with them.

Jefferson County seal

May 31 is the deadline to protest home valuations in Jefferson County, where many residents are already decrying sharp increases in home values.

G.D. ‘Gene’ Bush (

G.D. “Gene” Bush, age 83, died peacefully May 14, 2016, at his home in Beaumont, Texas, surrounded by his family.

A gathering of family and friends was held Wednesday, May 18, at Claybar Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow Thursday, May 19, at 2 p.m., also at Claybar Funeral Home. Burial in his hometown of Whitewright, Texas, will take place Saturday at 2 p.m.

Jessie Haynes and Calvin Walker

Federal Judge Marcia Crone has spent nearly a year sifting through hundreds of legal documents filed as part of a civil racketeering case against roughly three dozen local, state and federal officials, as well as local media outlets and representatives, lodged by former Beaumont Independent School District administrator Jessie Haynes and contract electrician Calvin Walker. The total number of defendants in the case is dwindling, however, as just this past week two more were dismissed entirely from the litigation.

Lance Woodward was found in possession of a controlled substance, 100-plus grams

Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Logan Campbell said a 40-year sentence handed down May 18 by a jury in Judge Larry Gist’s Drug Impact Court not only resulted in taking a repeat offender off the streets, but it also likely kept untold amounts of meth from pouring into Jefferson County.

The defendant was suspected of bringing in more of the drug than just the 100-plus grams he was caught with by persistent Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies when he was arrested late last year.