The News

A tragic accident in Vidor has resulted in the arrest of a 19-year-old, the death of a 5-year-old boy and the devastation of a family reeling from loss.

According to reports from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, 5-year-old John “Johnny” Allen Read of Vidor was killed Monday, Oct. 21, when a semi-automatic .40-caliber revolver went off in his hands and struck him in the head.

Dr. Steven Sooudi and daughter Sarah

Dr. Steven Sooudi, a 44-year-old Beaumont cardi­ologist who has been saving lives since he started practic­ing medicine in 2003 is now fighting for his own after being diagnosed with acute myelo­blastic leukemia (AML).

Steve Wariner

Cattle Barons’ Ball, in asso­ciation with the American Cancer Society, is celebrating its 24th year of givin’ cancer the boot at the “Boomtown Bash” on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the stockyard barns of Ford Park in Beaumont.


A Port Arthur elderly couple is dead after what police are calling an apparent murder-suicide.

The couple has been identified by Port Arthur Police as John and Patricia Knight, both 76 years of age, and residents of Port Arthur.


In his first attempt, Calvin Carter placed fourth with artwork he created for the 2013 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s federal duck stamp contest. Carter’s work was narrowly edged out of the top three spots by one point. His work will be included in a traveling show to promote wildlife conservation. The contest is the largest wildlife art competition in the United States and this year drew 202 entries.