Beaumont

Jan. 10, 1901, the Lucas Gusher blew in on a hill just south of Beaumont. The public is invited to celebrate the 116th anniversary Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown at 5550 Jimmy Simmons Blvd. near Lamar University.

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UPDATE 1/5 at 10:55 a.m.: The Smith Road overpass over I-10 is now open, TxDOT PIO Sarah Dupre reports.

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A man who had been ringing in the New Year with friends at a bar in Beaumont reportedly went missing on the ride home, and the Orange County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public assistance in locating the Buna resident, according to OCSO Criminal Investigator Janois Strause Grizzaffi. 

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Annie Davis Orchard

Artist Annie Davis Orchard will host a closing reception for her retrospective Thursday, Jan. 5, from 5-9 p.m. at Finder’s Fayre Antiques, 1485 Calder in Beaumont.

“It has been quite an opportunity to show a collection of my work that spans my life over a period of time,” Orchard said. “My work progresses. I am never finished. My art keeps changing and evolving. This is great chance for subtle shifts and twists as the art changes its form.”

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Shylaih Prescott (right) and Chandler Gilford

Police in Beaumont arrested two teen adults and a juvenile Dec. 30 for organized criminal activity related to auto burglaries in a local neighborhood, reports Beaumont Police Department (BPD) Officer Haley Morrow.

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A Beaumont man who reportedly entered a local residence and assaulted the occupant with a knife was behind bars on charges of aggravated assault following a Dec. 29 incident, reports the Beaumont Police Department (BPD).

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Beaumont’s Mayor Pro Tem and Councilmember for Ward IV Robin Mouton has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2017 Public Safety and Crime Prevention (PSCP) federal advocacy committee, the NLC revealed in a news release Dec. 29.

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Gerald Tevis Sampson

Gerald Tevis Sampson of Beaumont passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at Methodist Hospital in Sugar Land, Texas, on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.

 He courageously confronted a lengthy illness with characteristic courage, wit and affability, while he lovingly received care and support throughout this difficult journey from his daughter, son and brother.

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A suspect believed to be intoxicated at a local convenience store led Beaumont police officers on a car chase that ended with the man behind bars in a Louisiana jail Dec. 21, Officer Haley Morrow reports. 

According to a news release from Morrow, officers responded to the Speedy Stop at 8391 College At. at close to 1 a.m. in reference to an intoxicated person in the parking lot. When officers arrived, they attempted to make contact with the suspect, who then fled the scene in his vehicle.

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