The News

Joseph R. Batte and Christopher T. Tortorice

The U.S. attorney general recognized 202 department employees for their distinguished public service in late October at the 65th Annual Attorney General’s Awards Ceremony. Nineteen other individuals outside of the department were also honored for their work. The department presented a posthumous award to Deputy Commander Patrick T. Carothers for exceptional heroism in the line of duty during a fugitive apprehension in Allenhurst, Georgia, on Nov. 18, 2016, where Carothers was mortally wounded.

Fire Chief Anne Huff, Mayor Becky Ames and City Manager Kyle Hayes present Beaum
Jimmy Singletary, Becky Ames, Kyle Hayes and Carol Riley


The Beaumont City Council recognized 21 employees for long-term loyalty to the city Nov. 7, presenting each with an award signifying their years of service to Beaumont and its citizens.

Two employees received awards for 40 years of service. Yolanda Duriso from Water Quality Control and Beaumont Fire-Rescue Capt. Brad Penisson were both recognized for four decades of employment with the city.

Beaumont Police Detectives JoAnn Jacobs and Lisa Jardine were awarded for 30 years of service, as was Joyce Tanner of Code Enforcement.

port bond results

Nov. 7, Jefferson County voters said yes to Proposition A, voting to approve $85 million in General Obligation Bonds to fund a portion of three major components for the Port of Beaumont’s Capital Improvement Project.

The three improvements are adding a new modern dock to replace outdated docks that have collapsed, a rail yard interchange track and a new overpass from Carroll Street into the South End of the Port. 

The proposition passed with 66.68 percent voting yes (1,631) on the Proposition and 33.32 (815) percent voting no.

Debris being collected on West Tram Road in Vidor

Since The Examiner’s Oct. 19 report regarding debris pickup around the area, Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst says his city has seen progress in the county-contracted cleanup process, and wants residents to be aware of the upcoming Nov. 13 deadline to move Harvey-related refuse into the public right-of-way.

Orange County Special Angels Rodeo

"It started with a dream.”

Kevin Norton of the Orange County Special Angels Rodeo said the inspiration for an adaptive sports rodeo sprung from one woman’s vision of an event inclusive of people of all ages with disabilities.

According to Norton, fellow founding board member Lue Harris woke from a dream feeling that God had given her a mission, and she aimed to make it a reality. That led her to reach out to others in the community, others like Norton, who joined the endeavor and have grown the event exponentially since its inception.