The News

Jesse James Doucette Jr. |

A motorcyclist died Friday, April 27, when he rear-ended a truck that was slowing to turn on Highway 105 in Hardin County.

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to the multiple vehicle crash on SH 105 in Hardin County at approximately 4:15p.m.  The crash occurred about two miles east of Sour Lake.


Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Friday, April 27, 2018, that a grand jury issued indictments against three candidates from the 2016 Jefferson County sheriff’s race for criminal violations for fraud related to campaign contributions in the primary or general election.

A grand jury in Chambers County indicted 52-year-old Zena Collins Stephens on one count of tampering with a government record, a state jail felony, and two counts of accepting cash contributions exceeding $100, class A misdemeanors. Stephens was elected sheriff of Jefferson County in November 2016.

Michael Fuljenz, president of Univeral Coin & Bullion, poses with historical gol

All that glitters may be gold — if you’re at the Dallas National Rifle Association convention. Michael Fuljenz, president of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, is bringing more than $5 million of sunken treasure as an exhibit to the Dallas NRA convention from May 4-6.

Orangefield ISD Board of Trustees

Elected officials of the Orangefield Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a measure this week that would allow for employees to be armed on its campuses for “safety and security.”

At the regular meeting of the board scheduled for Monday night, April 23, the group agreed to approve a resolution that would begin the process of stationing armed personnel at its campuses through the district’s School Marshal Program.

New Beaumont fire chief Earl White addressed City Council.

The city of Beaumont selected retired firefighter and Pct. 1 Constable Earl White as its new fire chief during a City Council meeting April 24. White was selected as the top choice out of more than 80 applicants.

White retired from Beaumont Fire-Rescue after 35 years of service to the community as a firefighter and arson investigator, and he then continued to serve Southeast Texas in another capacity. White took the oath of office as the Pct. 1 constable in March 2016 shortly after his win in the Democratic primary.