The News

After a few withdrawals from the race for Beaumont ISD Board of Trustees, district election coordinator Georgia Antoine announced Feb. 24 that a “final list” of candidates has been forged. According to Antoine, Feb. 24 marked the “last day for a candidate to withdraw” for the upcoming May 6 election.

Gayle Botley

“Dishonesty” and “a lack of fitness” are just some of the reasons the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy contend former Beaumont ISD auditor Gayle Botley should have his Texas CPA license revoked, pay administrative costs of at least $14,669, and pony up an additional $25,000 administrative penalty. 


“The death is on our hands,” Orange County Judge Brint Carlton said.

Carlton was speaking about the death of inmate Robert Montano, who was held in the county jail “observation bubble” on suspicion of bath salts intoxication for four days in 2011 until he died of renal failure. Carlton confirmed that no evidence has even been produced to show that Montano was ever under the influence of any intoxicant, but he was instead a diagnosed mental health patient without prescribed medication.


Representatives of the City of Vidor surprised Vidor police Sgt. Aleta Cappen at the Vidor City Council meeting Feb. 23 when they honored her by naming the city’s new radio tower after the officer, who worked diligently to secure grants for the project.

City Manager Mike Kunst said they got Cappen to attend the meeting but didn’t tell her she would be recognized at the assembly.

Helen Louise Cox

Hardin County grand jurors indicted former Lumberton band booster treasurer Helen Louise Cox for a second-degree felony theft. This new indictment replaces the original, lesser third-degree felony charge. 

A second-degree felony conviction can result in two to 20 years of imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine.

The indictment filed Feb. 16, alleges that Cox stole between $20,000 and $100,000 from the band booster club’s account from May 25, 2016, to Oct. 18, 2016.