jefferson county

Terrence Holmes

The first of this November’s newly elected officials will be installed this coming week as Judge Terrence Holmes is set to be confirmed by the County Commissioners Court on Monday, Dec. 5, to finish out the unexpired term of office in Jefferson County Court at Law No. 2. 

Judges in Jefferson County normally serve four-year terms, but Holmes is set to serve through December 2018.

The seat was vacated by the passing of longtime Judge Lupe Flores early in 2015, and has been under the leadership of Judge Cory Crenshaw in the interim.

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Erica Franklin (left) and Ivory C. Pantallion III

Ivory P, 36, a Beaumont rapper and a signee of the late Pimp C’s UGK label, was shot and killed during an armed confrontation with law enforcement officers following a high-speed car chase Nov. 22, reports the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO). After the shooting, the Beaumont Police Department released information implicating Ivory P, whose real name is Ivory C.

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Traffic flow will be affected by several road closures in Vidor, Beaumont and Winnie this week, TxDOT PIO Sarah Dupre said in a release. The repairs are scheduled for the following days, weather permitting.

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UPDATE Nov. 17, 4:23 p.m.: The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office identified the suicide victim as Michael Anthony Griffin.

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A man with out-of-state felony warrants reportedly committed suicide during a traffic stop in Jefferson County Nov. 17, reports Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) Deputy Marcus McLelllan.

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Tim Funchess is a fourth generation Beaumonter and eighth generation Texan who has served as the Jefferson County Treasurer since taking office in January 2011, and in September, he was elected president of the County Treasurers Association of Texas.

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The Texas Department of Transportation is asking for public input on the next section of Interstate 10 in preparation of widening the roadway from four lanes to six lanes between Winnie and Beaumont.

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Zena Stephens (center) took 51.4 percent of the vote to become county sheriff.

With just a couple percentage points separating winners from losers in key Jefferson County races, talk of a recount made the rounds as the sun came up Nov. 9.

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Audrey Fulton of Port Acres is overall Best of Show winner with her OPO squash.

Top gardeners from the Golden Triangle had a chance to show off their produce recently at Central Mall, and the overall winner was a young girl, Audrey Fulton of Port Acres. I checked with master gardeners and the Texas Agri-Life staff, and they don’t remember a youth ever winning Best of Show. Congratulations, Audrey!

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“I truly believe we are fighting for the heart and soul of our country,” Jefferson County Democratic Chairman Cade Bernsen said of the passion he has for getting out the vote in the Nov. 8 General Election. “This is a defining moment for the future of America.”

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Veterans who need legal advice or legal assistance can visit a free legal clinic on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Beaumont VA Outpatient Clinic, 3420 Veterans Circle, Beaumont, TX. The clinic is a public service of the Jefferson County Bar Association, which is part of a coalition of bar associations that provide pro bono legal services to U.S. veterans in 17 counties in Texas.

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