A Beaumont jury sentenced 42-year-old Cedric Dwight Madison to 99 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault of a child Nov. 9 following a two-day trial during which jurors heard statements and considered evidence in the attack on a baby merely three months old.

Fitz and Emma, were born to first-time parents Maya and Tesoro on July 20.

The Houston Zoo’s four-month-old jaguar cubs made their debut Thursday, Nov. 9. The male, Fitz, and female, Emma, were born to first-time parents Maya and Tesoro on July 20 and have spent the past few months behind-the-scenes bonding with mom. The pair can be seen exploring their habitat with mom most mornings, and have access to be out of public view in their night house or caves if they choose. Fitz and Emma are the first jaguars born at the Houston Zoo in 12 years. The jaguar range covers South and Central America, with some venturing north into Mexico and the southwestern U.S.

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The three improvements are adding a new modern dock to replace outdated docks that have collapsed, a rail yard interchange track and a new overpass from Carroll Street into the South End of the Port.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

Gift of Life and Motiva Representatives

Through the generous support of Motiva, more than 30 medically underserved Southeast Texas women recently received free Gift of Life clinical breast exams and mammograms on the UTMB mobile van located at the West Side Development Center in Port Arthur, as well as preventative healthcare screenings, including blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol, provided in partnership with the Port Arthur Health Department.

Motiva representatives attended the site to warmly greet clients.

Community Bank IPO now set on Nasdaq

CBTX Inc., the bank holding company for CommunityBank of Texas, N.A., announced Nov. 7 the pricing of the initial public offering of 2.4 million shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $26 per share. CBTX has also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 360,000 shares of its common stock. CBTX’s common stock is expected to begin trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the trading symbol “CBTX” on Nov. 8.

BISD logo

With appeals exhausted, the 2016-17 Texas Education Agency (TEA) FIRST ratings were officially released this week, scoring the financial accountability of the state’s districts and open-enrollment charter schools. By no means an exhaustive examination of funds, the FIRST scores give the public an indicator of fiscal health in the state’s public and charter schools.