Acting United States Attorney Brit Featherston announced Feb. 23 that four Southeast Texas men have been charged in a federal robbery conspiracy in the Eastern District of Texas.

According to complaints filed in federal court, Micah Ledell Johnson, 37, of Humble; Darrell Paul Williams, 36, of Beaumont; Gerrick Leon Wade, 36, of Houston; and Eric Ray Johnson, 36, of Houston, are alleged to be involved in a conspiracy to commit interference with commerce by robbery in Beaumont, Corpus Christi and the Houston metro area.

Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens

“I didn’t make history; this community made history,” Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens said of her historic bid for the elected office this past November 2016. The monumental election, which also saw a Republican come out victorious as the nominee for president from the typically Democratic-leaning Jefferson County, secured the veteran law enforcer’s designation as the first black woman to hold the post in the state – only the second black woman to be county sheriff in the country.

One of the $100 prop bills now in the possession of BPD.

Beaumont police received six reports from local businesses this week about customers attempting to make purchases using cinematic prop money, all $100 bills, Officer Haley Morrow said.

Possession of prop money is not a crime, since it is clearly labeled “for movie use only,” Morrow explained. However, once someone tries to use the prop money as real cash, “it would be considered forgery, which is a third-degree felony,” she said.


“I’ve always been interested in World War II, but I wanted to get a better understanding of what these guys really went through,” says 19-year-old Rishi Sharma of Los Angeles.

“About a year and a half ago,” he said, “I started riding my bike to senior homes to talk to veterans of World War II, and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

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In the Education Law Center’s researcher-generated “Is School Funding Fair? America’s Most Fiscally Disadvantaged School Districts” second edition report released this month, authors Bruce Baker, Theresa Luhm, Monete Johnson and David G. Sciarra compiled a list of the nation’s most fiscally disadvantaged schools.

Alexandria “Lexy” Bertrand and Kelvin Lee Roy

A Beaumont man sentenced to 75 years in prison for his role in the death of a 16-year-old Vidor girl will have a chance to have his case reviewed – and possibly even be granted a new trial – now that Texas’ highest criminal appeals court has ruled there was judicial error in the original 2014 criminal trial proceedings.


Annually, the Boy Scouts of America’s Three Rivers Council, the Southeast Texas Food Bank, and GHX Industrial collaborate on the Scouting for Food drive. A commemoration of that collaborative effort, including a $1,100 check presentation from GHX Industrial as sponsor of the event’s collection bags, was held at GHX Industrial at 3155 West Cardinal Drive on Feb. 22.

At a Beaumont Rocks painting party Jan. 23, Iris Smithey (not pictured) and Kath

Looking for an outdoor, child-friendly activity this spring? A community hide-and-seek painted rock group might be right for you.

The Vidor Rocks Facebook group, which started in mid August 2016, now has 4,575 members. The Beaumont Rocks group began around the same time and has 224 members.

Dorothy and Arthur Champagne

These days it is pretty normal for a man to kiss a woman on the second or third date, but in 1949, Arthur Champagne kissed his wife for the first time on the very day he proposed to her – after she said yes, of course. Dorothy and Arthur Champagne, residents of Calder Woods, will celebrate 67 years of marriage this year, and they thought it would be fun to share their old-fashioned yet adorable love story to inspire couples throughout Beaumont. 

Their love story starts in a grocery store in Port Arthur.

The winners of the school-level competition held Feb. 16 at Vidor High School (f

Vidor High School students Gillian Grant and Johnny Hall earned first place in Declamation and Interpretive Reading, respectively, at the school-level finals of the 113th Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation, a scholarship program sponsored by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.