Clay Thorp

Travis Foret

A Nederland man with a long history of drunk driving was sentenced to prison time Monday, April 21.


Officials within Jefferson County and the city of Beaumont are moving quickly to approve a ground lease and begin construction of a water park and hotel at Ford Park.

But not everyone is on board with the possible deal.

Jamaal Bush (left) and Lenora Denise Reese-McNair (right)

A Beaumont woman charged with financially exploiting her long-time boyfriend while he was in a coma has plead to a lesser theft charge.

From left to right, Cory Crenshaw, Cory Kneeland and Judge John Stevens

Jefferson County's newest prosecutor was sworn in inside Jefferson County's Criminal District Court Monday, April 14. 

Cory Kneeland, a 10-year prosecutor and 2003 Texas Tech University law grad, began his career as a criminal attorney in Hale County, according to a press release from the Jefferson County District Attorney's office. 

Soon after, Kneeland was in Hardin County where he presented cases to a grand jury. 


Beaumont was in for some heavy wind and rain Monday, April 14.

The sudden change in weather came as The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch and a wind advisory for Jefferson County until 9 p.m.

Reporters on the ground covering TEA's takeover of BISD experienced sideways rain and rapidly dropping temperatures about 1 p.m. Monday.


In the dark and cluttered lobby of The Ridgewood Retirement Community, pictures of former residents and their families lay strewn across a dirty, trash-ridden floor.

Beaumont firefighters

The Ridgewood Retirement Community caught ablaze Saturday evening about 5:30 p.m.

Flames did not spread through the entire facility, but could be seen shooting from the 9th Street side of the complex about 6:30 p.m. 

BFD spokesman Brad Pennison said there were vagrants in the area when the fire started and several eyewitnesses said homeless people had settled in the largely abandoned facility. 

photos by Clay Thorp

Amid the buzzing and whizzing of tiny propellers and some not-so-small helicopter blades, it’s a bit hard to hear a pilot tell the story of their latest, greatest miniature flyer. At the gathering of the Beaumont Radio Control Club on Folsom Drive each Saturday beginning at 9 a.m., some of the aircraft are small. Some are large. All are big fun.

Brittany Crosson

A mother charged with intoxication assault and a host of other charges stemming from a May 2013 collision appeared in court Monday, Feb. 10. 

Ruby Gunner (left) with her attorney, Paul Darrow

A veteran educator in Port Arthur was exonerated Wednesday, March 12, after a jury found her not guilty of injuring a former student.