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Echoing caution expressed in recent weeks from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt is warning local residents to beware of phone scams going on in the area. 

According to information from the Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), with the holiday season in full swing, con artists are resorting to their old tricks to try to get folks to part with their hard-earned dollars.

Carroll Wayne “C.W.” Conn Jr. with a portrait of his father

Nearly a decade after his death, Beaumont businessman and influential retailer, Conn’s former chief executive officer C.W. Conn Jr., was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame during a ceremony honoring the entrepreneur in New York City on Nov. 10, and his family says they could not be more proud.

Sculpter Victor Picou, shown here at work, won an award for “Venusian Light.”

All roads lead back home. At least they do for artist Victor Picou, who has strayed far from his Golden Triangle upbringing to become a renowned California artist. The youngest of 16 children, Picou has a lot of family to return to when he makes his way back to Texas roughly once a year.

Forklift driver Raymond Moutan works at the Southeast Texas Food Bank.

While the holidays are a time for cheer, celebration and religious observance, it is also a chance to reflect on the problem of hunger for many Southeast Texans.

Hunger and Homelessness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving, from Nov. 15-23 this year, to promote the effort to end hunger and homelessness, also affording an opportunity to examine the problem of poverty in Texas.