Ford Park

If Jefferson County departments budget requests are fully funded this year, according to County Auditor Patrick Swain, the county is looking at a $4 million shortfall. Among the requests for increased funding are various capital improvement projects throughout the county, increases to cover healthcare premiums, and more than a half-million dollars in requested additions for the SMG-managed and county-owned Ford Park Entertainment Complex, which already loses more than $2 million annually.

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The nearly 15-year monopoly SMG has had in running Jefferson County’s Ford Park Entertainment Complex is now threatened as another company has made a move to acquire the rights to spearhead the county-subsidized venue.

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Fourteen years later, Ford Park is still losing millions. Canceled shows and low participation in the events that do take place don’t help, but as shown in Jefferson County documentation of the publicly subsidized entertainment complex, neither do the six-figure salaries paid to employees that have yet to bring the project up to par.

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Registration opened Tuesday, March 29, for the ninth annual Christus LiveWell Women’s Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Living Well,” which is all about encouraging women to take charge of their lives and health to create balance and happiness in their lives.

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Funnel cakes, turkey legs, alligator-on-a-stick. Have some pork kabobs, donut burgers, candy apples, popcorn and a plethora of fried snacks. Just about anything you can think of to eat is available from more than 75 food vendors at the 73rd annual South Texas State Fair on the grounds of Ford Park, which begins Thursday, March 24, with the 11-day festival of fun ending Sunday, April 3.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. next Thursday and there is literally something for everyone. Some come for the food. Some come for the games, carnival rides, exhibits, live music and the rodeo.

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The Woodstock Music and Art Fair that took place Aug. 15-18, 1969, helped change music forever. More than 400,000 people flocked to a dairy farm in New York to see performances by Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana, Creedence Clear Water Revival, The Band, Joe Cocker, The Who, and who can forget Jimi Hendrix’s iconic rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner”?

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Artist's rendering of water park

Beaumont City Council approved incentives for economic development activities and agreements for a convention hotel and water park Tuesday, April 14, by a vote of 6-1.

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Thomas Anthony Guerriero

Anyone being asked to invest mon­ey in Beaumont’s new indoor soccer league should know that “international financier” Thomas Anthony Guerriero is far from whom he and his staff claim him to be.

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Anyone being asked to invest mon­ey in Beaumont’s new indoor soccer league should know that “international financier” Thomas Anthony Guerriero is far from whom he and his staff claim him to be.

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Jefferson County Commissioners approved $35,914 in emergency Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) grant funding to replace bulbs and ballasts at the Ford Park baseball fields at a meeting of the court Monday, Aug. 18.

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