Sondra Reed

Former Vidor Independent School District teacher Sondra Reed now faces criminal prosecution for engaging in what prosecutors say was an improper relationship between the educator and a student.

The indictment was filed June 25 in the 128th District Court, and Orange County District Attorney John Kimbrough signed off that the case is ready for trial on June 26.

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The Texas Education Agency has set the date and time for the Beaumont ISD record review, according to DeEtta Culbertson of the TEA Division of Communications.

Jamal Andrews
Melody Johnson
Annette Fulcher

In Plato’s Laws, the philosopher surmises, “There is no harm in repeating a good thing.” But clearly, that does not apply to criminal activity, a bad thing for both society and the lawbreakers themselves who, by law, face stricter penalties with every recurring infraction. Yet some Orange residents can’t seem to stop repeating their mistakes in spite of those potentially heightened consequences.


The Beaumont City Council held a public hearing and approved a resolution meant to benefit the Beaumont Municipal Transit (BMT) System at its meeting Tuesday, June 24. In addition, they heard residents speak out about poor street conditions throughout the city, a concern Mayor Becky Ames was quick to address.

Border Patrol rescues an immigrant girl stranded on banks of Rio Grande.

As the issue of how to respond to a recent “surge” of undocumented immigrant children from Mexico and Central America continues to be an issue of hot debate between Congress and White House officials, thousands of immigrants continue to arrive in Texas from Mexico and Central America, in particular the countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, fleeing violence and chasing amnesty.