Keith Eric Parker | Photo: Lake Charles Police Department

Early Sunday, Jan. 7, an allegedly intoxicated driver was arrested by a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper. The suspect later fled from the scene in the patrol vehicle, crashing a short time later, and was taken in custody by law enforcement.

Floyd Toran | Photo: Beaumont Police Department

On Monday, Jan. 8, at about 5:28 a.m., Beaumont Police responded to an apartment at 3030 French Road, in reference to an attempted burglary that had just occurred, Officer Haley Morrow said in a release.

MAW recipient-Emily-Lauren Neild meeting the cast of "The Nutcracker."

Wednesday, Jan. 4, Emily-Lauren Neild of Beaumont received her wish from The Make-A-Wish Foundation. She was taken by limo to the Houston Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker” where, after the performance, she got to have a personal meet-and-greet with the cast.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a nonprofit that arranges experiences described as “wishes” for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Jason I. Hill and Brandon D. Everett

In the early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 4, Beaumont police responded to more than 30 auto burglaries in the city’s West End. In response, officers on the Midnight Patrol conducted numerous special attentions at apartment complexes and neighborhoods along Major Drive.


City of Port Arthur has reduced water pressure throughout the city and is asking residents to conserve water use due to "above average number of large water main breaks" in the city's water system, City of Port Arthur spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said in a release Jan. 4.

Dec. 16 robbery captured on video | Photo: Beaumont Police Department

Beaumont Police is asking for help in identifying two recent suspects in a convenience store burglary, the department posted on Facebook Jan. 4.

Jenn Lim, CEO of Delivering Happiness

The original date of Mobiloil Credit Union’s Investing in You Business Forum changed due to Harvey’s untimely arrival. However, business leaders and entrepreneurs will now have a chance to start 2018 with some fresh new ideas by attending the event, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 8 a.m. – noon at the Jefferson Theatre, 345 Fannin St. in Beaumont. The event is free, but registration is required.

Entergy logo

Entergy Texas, Inc. customers will see an 8 percent reduction in the fuel portion of their bills beginning today.

For the average residential customer using 1,000 kWh a month, the fuel charge will be reduced from about $30.22 per megawatt hour to $21.46 per megawatt hour, a savings of $8.77 a month.

This fuel savings could cover the cost of new compact fluorescent lightbulbs or several tubes of caulk – items customers could use toward making their homes more energy efficient to them save even more cash.

Lamar Institute of Technology

Lamar Institute of Technology recently has been named “The Best Community College in Texas” for 2018, and is ranked 26th in the U.S., according to the national educational ranking website

This website produces comprehensive rankings, report cards and profiles for K-12 schools and colleges throughout the U.S. Rankings reflect the entire college experience, from freshman year to life after college. Niche also provides in-depth profiles and assesses colleges to produce annual grade reports for each school.

James Bell
Angela Blanchard
Ellen Rienstra
Don Shaver

The Lamar University Office of Alumni Affairs has named four alumni as Distinguished Alumni for 2018, noting that their dedication to their professions, service to their communities and loyalty to their alma mater epitomizes the Lamar University spirit, officials said.