American Valve and Hydrant staff pose with Santa Lloyd at Girls’ Haven

One resident said she opened a Christmas present for the first time in her life at at the Girls’ Haven Christmas bash on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

The girl said that she had gotten gift cards from relatives but never something that could be unwrapped.

“It’s amazing. Even though I know Santa Claus is not real, it’s still amazing,” she said. She is almost 16 and she has been living at Girls’ Haven for five months.

“I don’t know how to explain it,” she said when asked about unwrapping a gift for the first time.

The Brooks Road overpass, if closed, will affect access to public facilities.

The citizenry spoke and the city listened, unanimously approving a resolution opposing the removal of the Brooks Road overpass as proposed by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), part of an ongoing interstate widening project.

During the Beaumont City Council’s final meeting of 2017, held Dec. 19, citizens approached the podium to tell their representatives why they feel the overpass is needed and should not be removed. Beaumont resident Patrick Phelan told the council the overpass provides convenient and safe passage for those who live in nearby neighborhoods.

A child praying at Bicycles and Bibles 2017

Hurricane Harvey brought dark times to Southeast Texas. It affected families of every demographic and every socioeconomic status. But Saturday, Dec. 16, a shimmer of hope shined through the darkness for more than 1,000 families, a majority of whom were impacted by the storm in some form or fashion. 

In its 18th year, Bicycles and Bibles continued to bring Christmas to those less fortunate, and 2017, a year many would soon like to forget, was no exception.

Kubota presenting equipment to Jefferson Co.

County gets donated Kubota skid steer as hurricane relief

Jefferson County was awarded a donated Kubota SSV75 Skid Steer in a special ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 13. County Commissioner Eddie Arnold receiving the donation on the county’s behalf, was joined by Jefferson County Precinct No. 1 staff members and a representative from local Kubota dealer, Beaumont Tractor, at Jefferson County Precinct No. 1 Road and Bridge Service Center at 20205 W. Highway 90 in China.

Dustin Terro and Natalie Derrick

Beaumont police arrested two suspects they believe burglarized American Bedroom on 11th Street Dec. 28, after finding one suspect inside the business and one in a vehicle in the parking lot while responding to the store's burglar alarm at about 2 a.m. that morning.  

Photo: Beaumont Fire-Rescue

Be sure to heat your house safely during cold weather, Beaumont Fire-Rescue advised in a release Dec. 28.


Growing concern about a significant spike in early-season cases of the flu is prompting the Galveston County Health District (GCHD) to offer the vaccine at no-cost while supplies last, GCHD staff said in a release Dec. 26.

Rosemary Andrews | Photo: Vidor Police Department
Devin Andrews | Photo: Vidor Police Department

Vidor Police have two people in custody after a chase, according to a release from the Vidor Police Department.


Dec. 9, Christus Health and Wellness Center (HWC) spread the holiday cheer during its second annual Pancakes with Santa event where 20 area kids had the chance to share their Christmas wishes with Santa, sit down with their special visitor from the North Pole and enjoy a breakfast of custom-topped pancake creations, make holiday keepsakes and swim at the center’s indoor pool.


Police in Beaumont are investigating an aggravated assault after a man with a gunshot wound was reportedly found inside his vehicle in a ditch Dec. 27, reports the Beaumont Police Department.