BISD Superintendent John Frossard with Caballero, Simmons and Carroll

It was business as usual. No long good-byes. No bidding adieu with endless platitudes. But the Beaumont ISD Board of Managers lost three members as Board President Jimmy Simmons and members Lenny Caballero and Jack Carroll served for the last time in their official capacity during the district’s Wednesday, July 19, monthly meeting.

“With great sorrow,” Manager Joe Domino moved to accept the three members’ resignation – and that was that.

Shannon Mays

It’s been roughly five years since Syam Investments, its owner Shannon Mays and affiliates like Diana Broussard McCoy from Port Arthur were exposed in the pages of this newspaper for bilking hundreds of Southeast Texans out of tens of thousands of dollars. And since then, those who say they were victimized by the group have been waiting for some form of justice.

But now, with the suspected criminal mastermind behind bars, they may at long last get their day in court.


Despite pulling one of the top property tax allotment checks in all of Jefferson County, on top of federal and state funding, as well as millions of dollars in annual funding from industrial agreements to keep billion-dollar properties off the tax rolls, Port Arthur ISD has found itself in routine need of additional funds from its tax base. 

Stark Museum of Art

Beginning Wednesday, July 19, all visitors will be admitted to Stark Museum of Art and Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center free of charge.

Thomas A. Boudreaux

Thomas A. Boudreaux died July 12, 2017.

He was a member of Sabine Tabernacle for 87 years and leader of the Young Couples League for nearly 40 of them.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid bird watcher. The only thing he loved more than watching the Dallas Cowboys were his daily walks with his prized Labradoodle, Molly.

Walter Nunez

Police in Orange arrested an apparently irate, intoxicated man July 15 on an enhanced family violence charge and retaliation charges, reportedly following an altercation between the suspect and his girlfriend that ended with injuries, his arrest and a threat to come back in three days to beat her again.

Ronnie Wayne Jacobs (left) and Isaiah Onasso Jacobs

Port Arthur police officers were dispatched to 1300 Joe Louis Avenue early on July 20 in response to an automobile accident.

The wreck was reported outside. Officers responded and found a vehicle whose lone occupant was unresponsive and was transported to a local medical facility.

The driver, Ronnie Wayne Jacobs, 34, was transported to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas where he was pronounced dead several hours later.

Kountze Police Chief James Slaughter says it would be monstrous to steal rocks.

Local neighborhood hide-and-seek painted rock groups continue to blossom around Southeast Texas, but Kountze Police Chief James Slaughter warns rock hunters not to steal landscaping rocks from local businesses.

"When you are searching for rocks to paint, please be aware that you do not need to go onto the property of local businesses and take your rocks without the owners' consent," Slaughter said in a statement. "These rocks are for landscaping purposes. You could face criminal charges and be given a criminal trespass warning."


On June 7, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a theft from a 92 year old man.


The City of Beaumont received $3,112,640 in June 2017, City Manager Executive Assistant Chris Jarmon announced July 18 in a statement.

Jarmon explained that this is 7.47% more than the city received in July 2016.