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Carroll Wayne “C.W.” Conn Jr. with a portrait of his father

Nearly a decade after his death, Beaumont businessman and influential retailer, Conn’s former chief executive officer C.W. Conn Jr., was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame during a ceremony honoring the entrepreneur in New York City on Nov. 10, and his family says they could not be more proud.

Sculpter Victor Picou, shown here at work, won an award for “Venusian Light.”

All roads lead back home. At least they do for artist Victor Picou, who has strayed far from his Golden Triangle upbringing to become a renowned California artist. The youngest of 16 children, Picou has a lot of family to return to when he makes his way back to Texas roughly once a year.

Forklift driver Raymond Moutan works at the Southeast Texas Food Bank.

While the holidays are a time for cheer, celebration and religious observance, it is also a chance to reflect on the problem of hunger for many Southeast Texans.

Hunger and Homelessness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving, from Nov. 15-23 this year, to promote the effort to end hunger and homelessness, also affording an opportunity to examine the problem of poverty in Texas.

Photo by Brandi Haskett

Like Dorothy and Toto, children in state care yearn to find a loving home after being lost for so long, and on Nov. 21 nearly 30 children followed the yellow brick road to a wonderful wizard, who granted their wish.

On National Adoption Day, Judge Randy Shelton of the 279th District Court and his cast of workers and volunteers made these children’s dreams come true, just in time for the holidays.