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Queen Neches LXVIII Olivia Katherine Lombardo
King Neches Joseph Vincent Tortorice Jr. with his wife Shelley

For 68 years, spring has been welcomed by Beaumont’s Good Neighbor event — the Neches River Festival.

The NRF has remained one of the most illustrious events in Beaumont since its inception and continues to be a mainstay, celebrating youth, tradition and the Neches River, a resource for Southeast Texas.

Torrence Dorsety, photo via

According to Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham, 20-year-old Torrence Edward Dorsey was sentenced to consecutive sentences in burglary cases in Criminal District Judge John Stevens’ court on Friday, April 15, cementing the DA’s office stance on going tough on home burglars.

Richard Harvey Jorgensen

A Woodlands High School coach accused of sexual assault of a child was found dead in Sabine Pass on April 14 from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, Port Arthur Police Department Major Raymond Clark told The Examiner. 

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The Beaumont City Council voted to declare 65 residential structures and one commercial building to be unsafe and substandard at a meeting April 12, bringing the unsightly buildings one step closer to demolition.


50 Dowlen Road in Beaumont has the fast-food restaurant shut down until late April or early May. The remodel began Saturday, March 26, according to Anne Lerner, a spokesperson for Chick-fil-A.