Shavonskie Ardion and Douglas Martin

Earlier the morning of June 14, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was notified that Hardin County Sheriff’s Deputies were in pursuit of two armed robbery suspects that had just robbed and shot up a convenience store in Batson Texas, and were headed into Jefferson County.

Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies joined the pursuit, which ended on Clinton Road in Cheek, just outside of Beaumont.

Damage at Buescher State Park from the October wildfire (

AUSTIN— The mid-October skies in Smithville were cloaked by a thick smoke after a wildfire ignited near Buescher and Bastrop State Parks. Now that the final embers have been extinguished, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff have completed initial assessments of the wildfire impacts on park land.

Fire truck

Beaumont Fire Rescue has deployed members of its Wildland Firefighting Team to the Bastrop area to assist the Texas Forest Service on the wildland fires there. Three firefighters left the afternoon of Oct. 14 with the wildland fire truck to be a part of a strike team once they arrive. They may be deployed for a period of 10 to 14 days before being released.