The News

Zena Stephens and Eddie Shannon

Of the 9,631 votes cast in the runoff election for Jefferson County Sheriff Democratic nominee, contender Zena Stephens was able to secure nearly 53 percent of the vote over competitor Joe “QB” Stevenson. Stephens will now face Republican candidate Ray Beck in the General Election in November.

Christopher Drucker

Police in Orange appear to be making progress against counterfeit currency manufacturers and distributors, as evidenced by the May 25 arrest of a suspect they believe is making and passing the bogus bills around the area.

David Bellow

Tuesday night, May 24, former Hardin County Judge candidate and blogger David Bellow was at IHOP celebrating with newly elected public officials, according to his social media posts. The next morning, he was handcuffed and brought in to answer a week-old felony family stalking indictment generated in Jefferson County.

Photo courtesy of BISD

Beaumont ISD named its 2016-2017 Teachers of the Year at the Celebration of Excellence Gala held May 13. Dishman Elementary School Teacher Wanda Brooks was named the 2016-2017 BISD Elementary Division Teacher of the Year, and Vincent Middle School Teacher Melissa Chapman was named the 2016-2017 BISD Secondary Division Teacher of the Year.

Robert Greer

Forest Lawn general manger Danny Lynch told Jefferson County Judge Raquel West that Robert Greer’s destruction of cemetery property “was not a victimless crime.”

According to Lynch, 19 families were affected, and monetary and emotional havoc was wreaked when Greer decided – on two separate occasions in late 2015 – to take human remains and the urns they were housed in.