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Billy Best, 25, of Orange

Beaumont police are investigating a stabbing that occurred in a restroom stall at Tyrrell Park on Sept. 10, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

Kristin Paris and Rockline Kennedy (inset)

UPDATE: A jury of seven men and five women in Judge John Stevens' court today sentenced Rockline George Kennedy, 65, to 18 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the Jan. 26 intoxication manslaughter of 18-year-old Nederland High School student Kristin Paris.

Paris's family addressed Kennedy directly at the sentencing. Her father said, "I think you are the biggest piece of s**t I have ever met in my life, and I hope you die."

Shelby Romere
Lucy Fanette

Living to see 100 years of history is a milestone not everyone gets to experience, but several centenarians right in Beaumont have reached or are quickly approaching 100 years in age – and they were honored Aug. 24 with a birthday bash.


Beaumont Independent School District spokesperson Ron Reynolds reports that Back-to-School season in the district has been a success, with enrollment increasing daily and teacher vacancies dwindling. According to Reynolds, on the first day of classes, 18,073 students showed up to campuses throughout the district – a number that has swelled to 19,233 a little more than two weeks into the semester.

Judge Kent Walston builds a playhouse for CASA in his workshop.

“Every child needs a hero, but abused children need a superhero,” said Christy Heisner, resource development coordinator for CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Texas, Inc.