Beaumont

Mary Hastings

The Beaumont Independent School District Board of Managers voted to support terminating Ozen High School teacher Mary Hastings on Tuesday, April 19, after a student-produced video surfaced that showed the educator hitting another student during classroom instruction. The video began circulating April 8, and it didn’t take long for the footage to go viral, ending up on media outlets throughout the nation. The same day, Hastings was removed from the classroom and subsequently arrested.

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W.L. Pate

At-large City Councilman W.L. Pate, who is serving his second term as president of Texas Municipal League (TML) Region 16, was elected second vice president of the Texas Association of Mayors, Councilmembers, and Commissioners at a recent meeting of Texas elected officials.

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Police in Beaumont are searching for three suspects who robbed a local convenience store and shot a clerk working at the store April 19, Beaumont Police Department Sgt. James Cody Guedry reports.

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Police in Beaumont are investigating the homicide of a Beaumont man found dead of a gunshot wound April 15, reports the Beaumont Police Department. 

According to Officer Carol Riley, officers responded to a call reporting a shooting victim at a residence in the 2100 block of Cable Street on Friday, April 15, at 7:17 p.m. When they arrived on scene, they found a man in the back yard with a gunshot wound to the back. EMS advised officers he was deceased, said Riley.

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Unsafe, substandard structures
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The Beaumont City Council voted to declare 65 residential structures and one commercial building to be unsafe and substandard at a meeting April 12, bringing the unsightly buildings one step closer to demolition.

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Beaumont Police Burglary Detectives are investigating several burglaries that occurred throughout the city over the weekend, BPD Officer Carol Riley reports.

According to Riley, during the early morning hours of Sunday, April 10, suspects used force to gain entry into three different vehicle dealership locations. Classic, Kinsel and Mike Smith car dealerships reported burglaries and had damage to almost all of their showrooms and offices.

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Cyclists from around the area will come together for a great cause when they converge for the 11th annual Spindletop Spin at the Event Centre in downtown Beaumont on Saturday, June 4.

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Photo by Joshua Cobb

A special ceremony at Edison Plaza in downtown Beaumont on Friday, April 1, honored James R. Barlow of Beaumont, a survivor of the historic Okinawa campaign. Members of the Marine Corps League and area veteran organizations took part in the flag raising and dedication.

The 89-year-old Barlow enlisted in May 1944. After boot camp at Parris Island, he served in the Pacific Area from January 1945 until August 1946. He was only 19 when he began serving in the last and biggest of the Pacific island battles of World War II, the Battle of Okinawa.

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11th Street activity

“It’s still out there,” Officer Joe Ornelas of the Beaumont Police Department said of prostitution and drug solicitation along what is known in Beaumont as the 11

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