More than two years after commissioning a nearly $1 million forensic audit of the Beaumont Independent School District, BISD announced it has received a final work product and will release the analysis in its entirety for public consumption as soon as the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office completes its investigation. 

According to Assistant District Attorney Tommy Turner, the office expects to finish its analysis by the end of January.

Patrick Edwards, Darrell Spencer, Darrius Vallier, Jermaine Vallier, LerhonWells

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at approximately 9 p.m., Beaumont officers responded to the 2000 block of Sabine Pass in reference to an auto burglary in progress. The complainant was on the phone with dispatch and said five suspects were breaking into vehicles. Officers arrived in the area and located the five suspects. The suspects burglarized two vans belonging to the Charlton-Pollard Neighborhood Association and may be responsible for an auto theft at the same location the previous night, according to a BPD press release.

historical Gulf Coast map

Celebrate the art, literature, music and cuisine of the region at the launch of the Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast.

Dr. Sam Monroe, president of Lamar State College Port Arthur from 1974-2013 and current president of the Port Arthur Historical Society, which operates the Museum of the Gulf Coast, will speak.


This week, the popular craft store Michaels announced that three models of their Lumière brand Himalayan salt rock lamps are a shock and fire hazard. The company said the dimmer switch and outlet plug is faulty in a statement. About 80,000 salt lamps are being recalled, USA Today reported Jan. 13.

The recalled products include:

Rock of Gibraltar Lamp SKU: 495144 UPC: 00886946056253


Related Gallery: Tiny Terrariums

Parents and kids from elementary to college age crowded around Geri Roberts, branch manager at the Elmo Willard Library.

“Is everybody here ready to build a terrarium?” Roberts asked.

“Yes!” the children answered.


Students of Little Cypress Junior High art teacher, Donna Cole, recently won ribbons and a first place medal for artwork that they entered in the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Art Contest.

The work of Raeleigh Underwood earned a gold medal and is being exhibited at the show in Houston.


The Jefferson County Grand Jury has indicted Beaumont attorney Kenneth Leigh Parker Jr. for tampering with a governmental record, the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office reported Jan. 13.


A man police believe was suffering from excited delirium, a condition often associated with drug use, reportedly fought officers attempting to take him into custody in Vidor, injuring one officer who was transported via ambulance to a Beaumont emergency room on Jan. 8.

Board members are, from left-front row, Rex Peveto, Marlene Courmier, Dr. Paulin

January is School Board Recognition Month and Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD has joined other districts across the state to thank these local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our students and public schools. As elected officials, they are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of Texas school children.