Beaumont

Artist James Surls in his studio

Texas native and artist James Surls has been commissioned to create Lamar University’s newest art addition to bring inspiration and beauty to the campus.

“Everyone can be inspired by art,” said Kim Steinhagen, Public Art Committee co-chair. “It is one of those things that enriches our lives the more we are exposed to it, and it beautifies the campus. We love the landscaping on campus, and art is just another part of that.”

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Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6:43 a.m., Beaumont police responded to a major crash involving a truck and a motorcycle. Both vehicles were traveling west in the 5700 block of Washington when the driver of the truck attempted to make a U-turn. The motorcycle was unable to stop and struck the front left quarter panel of the truck. The driver of the motorcycle was transported to the hospital where he later succumbed to injuries suffered in the wreck.

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FEMA logo

FEMA spokesperson Ken Higginbotham said that starting Wednesday, Sept. 13, the federal agency is collaborating with multiple local, state and federal agencies to offer what is essentially a “one-stop stop” for Harvey victims seeking assistance in recovery. From 7 a.m. through 7 p.m., seven days a week, the first FEMA/state Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) for the Golden Triangle will set up camp at the Goodwill located at 2871 Stagg Drive in Beaumont.

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Photo courtesy of The Salvation Army

Distributing food and water in three locations in the Golden Triangle, The Salvation Army served more than 1,800 families Tuesday, Sept. 5. This is in addition to the more than 5,000 meals served through its mobile kitchens working throughout the Golden Triangle.

With additional supplies scheduled to arrive Wednesday morning, a second day of distribution is scheduled for the afternoon. Starting at 1 p.m., The Salvation Army will provide boxes of food pre-packed to feed a family for several days, as well as cases of bottled water.

Distribution locations:

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As water levels recede, residents are returning to their homes to assess the damage from Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey and begin remediation on their homes. Jefferson County wants everyone in the unincorporated areas of to follow a few simple guidelines when setting out debris for pick-up.

DRC, the debris removal company for the rural areas of the county, would like you to place debris out for pick-up on the county right of way as close to the road as possible.

Materials need to separated as follows:

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Leroy Jackson

Thursday, Aug. 31, at approximately 3:26 a.m., officers responded to the Travel Inn at 2690 I-10 E. in reference to a welfare check. Upon arrival, they located a woman with a gunshot wound to her head. The suspect was located shortly after police received the call. He was identified as Leroy Jackson, a 23-year-old Beaumont man. Jackson was arrested for murder and transported to Jefferson County Jail.

The victim was identified Taylor R. Matte, a 17-year-old Beaumont woman.

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UPDATE: HEB, Kroger and Walmart on Dowlen Road were all open as of noon Thursday, Aug. 31.

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In accordance with H-E-B’s existing inclement weather protocol and limited accessibility to its stores, H-E-B stores in the Golden Triangle area will be closed Thursday, Aug. 31. In a press release, the grocer said it will aggressively work to re-open the stores as soon as possible and will update customers as soon as it can.

Stores closed today include Beaumont 5, Beaumont 6, Groves, Lumberton, Mid-County, Orange and Port Arthur

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Due to loss of water pressure caused by Tropical Storm Harvey, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the City of Beaumont water system to issue a boil water notice for the city until further notice.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

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A young man who lost control of his vehicle and then exited it while stopped on the interstate was killed when he was struck by another vehicle traveling eastbound on I-10 Aug. 26, reports the Beaumont Police Department (BPD).

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MLK at the Irving Street underpass (JCSO/Facebook.com)

Update 8/28:

Bevil Oaks and Northwest Forest are now under mandatory evacuation orders, according to County Judge Jeff Branick as of 11:15 a.m. on Monday, August 28. 

Lamar University classes scheduled for Wednesday, August 30 have been canceled.  This cancellation is in addition to those announced for Monday and Tuesday. The university hopes that classes can resume on Thursday, August 31. 

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