County Judge Jeff Branick

At least another week will tick by while Jefferson County’s elected commissioners and County Judge Jeff Branick ponder the management of the publicly-subsidized and privately-run Ford Park Entertainment Complex. The matter was set to be finalized by Oct.

Damon West and Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Marcelo
Damon West

It’s July 30, 2008. Port Arthur native Damon West is sitting in his apartment in Dallas on the phone with his dealer trying to score some meth. He’s “high as hell” and telling his associate he’s feeling the heat; he’s worried the police are onto him, that they know about his illicit activities.

As the officers gather at the front steps of the Beaumont Police Department down
Bales (far left) with members of his staff at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the

At the stroke of midnight on Sept. 30, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas John Malcolm Bales will bid his office farewell, and while he has cherished serving, he says he is ready to start enjoying his hard-earned retirement.


One of President George W. Bush's daughters will speak in Beaumont this fall.

Jenna Bush Hager will be the main speaker at YWCA's Gala fundraiser Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at the MCM Eleganté Hotel and Conference Center. She is a contributing correspondent to NBC's Today Show, an editor-at-large for Southern Living Magazine, founder of The Novo Project and chair for UNICEF's Next Generation.

Hager interned for UNICEF in Panama toward the end of her father's presidency.


The Beaumont Police Department (BPD) is seeking relatives of a homeless man found deceased under an overpass in the 4400 block of Washington Boulevard at 11:25 a.m. Sept. 29, reports Officer Haley Walters.


Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m., Beaumont Police received a report that a human skull was discovered near Fannett Road and South 23rd Street, in the 4700 block of South 23rd Street. 

A Beaumont resident walking in the area found the skull, according to Officer Haley Walters, BPD PIO. 

Marco Hernandez addresses the Beaumont City Council.

After police told him and his friends they could no longer use tennis courts at city parks to play their favorite sport, local futsal enthusiast Marco Hernandez suggested the city invest in a court for the sport, a type of hard-court soccer popular in Latin countries.


While investigating a call regarding a disturbance on Pine Street in Orange, officers discovered the body of a young man who had apparently been shot in the chest, reports Capt. Robert Enmon of the Orange Police Department (OPD).

The police car was built by LeBlanc Correctional Unit

CASA of Southeast Texas is gearing up for its annual “Casas for CASA” fundraiser. This event is not just building playhouses. It is about rebuilding the shattered lives of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Volunteers advocate for these children on a daily basis so CASA is able to rebuild strong, confident children who will one day become productive citizens in Southeast Texas.

Kent Walston, 58th District Court judge and president of the CASA of Southeast Texas Board of Directors, knows first-hand the vital work CASA performs.