Beaumont

Hearing no opposition, the Beaumont City Council is set to vote on annexing nearly 80 acres of West End real estate at the end of September. The move, according to city Planning and Community Development director Chris Boone, has been in the works for a long time, and was approved by the city’s zoning commission in May.

“We started this back in May,” he said. “But there’s still a lot that we have to do.”

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Police in Beaumont arrested a suspect they believe first threatened a store clerk with a knife then tried to jump the counter, attacking the employee, before fleeing the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to Beaumont Police Department Officer Carol Riley.

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The mosquito that carries it is the Culex. (Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim)

Public Health Director Sherry Ulmer confirmed a case of West Nile virus Tuesday, Aug. 30, in Beaumont. The potential case was discovered Aug. 15 by the patient’s primary care physician, but Ulmer said his blood work was sent to the Texas Department of State Health to confirm that he actually had the West Nile virus. Once it was confirmed, the Health Department was notified, she said. 

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Latashi Henry and Jamail Wallace

A Jefferson County jury has sentenced 26-year-old Jamail Wallace to 20 years in prison for the 2014 armed robbery of Beaumont’s AT&T store on Dowlen Road. According to prosecutor Luke Nichols, the trial began the week of Aug. 22 and concluded Monday, Aug. 29, with a guilty verdict and 20-year prison sentence handed down by a jury.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School seventh grade student Desmond Williams

During a council meeting Aug. 23, the Beaumont City Council voted unanimously to renew recycling in the city.

Waste Management recently pulled its recycling service from Beaumont due to its high cost and the limited interest in subscriptions. The move impacted over 500 Beaumont residences.

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A Church's Chicken restuarant in Beaumont closed indefinitely after a fire caused extensive damage to the business Aug. 24, reports Beaumont Fire-Rescue.

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State troopers investigating an apparent hit-and-run accident believe the crash may have been caused by a medical condition suffered by one of the two pickup truck drivers involved in the incident, reports Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper Stephanie Davis. 

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Goo Goo Dolls

Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls will hit the road this fall for their second headline run in support of their latest release Boxes featuring support from SafetySuit. The tour kicks off Oct. 26 in Boise, Idaho, and will run through December, including a Dec. 4 appearance in Beaumont at the Jefferson Theatre. Tickets and more information are available at googoodolls.com/tour.

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Yoakum and Frehley

“Beaumont is not boring,” insists City of Beaumont event facility coordinator Lenny Caballero. Just this year, facilities in downtown Beaumont have hosted concerts such as the Beach Boys, Pat Benatar and Jerry Lee Lewis, and just last week, Clint Black performed to a capacity crowd at the Julie Rogers Theatre and Bobby Bones performed Aug.

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Mayor Becky Ames said the council appreciates the efforts city staff has made.

During a work session at their regular meeting Aug. 16, the Beaumont City Council discussed plans for restoring residential recycling in the municipality.

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