City of Port Arthur

The Blue Santa Program and the City of Port Arthur would like to invite the public to the city’s Annual State of Affairs Address on Thursday, April 10, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. at the Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center, 3401 Cultural Center Dr. The cost is $25.00 per person and the deadline to register is April 1. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Blue Santa Program. To purchase tickets, please call Christe Whitley at 409-983-8015.

Jim Sanderson

(Lamar University press release)

The Texas Institute of Letters has honored Jim Sanderson, professor and chair in Lamar University’s Department of English and Modern Languages, with the Kay Cattarulla Award for short-story writing.

The institute – considered the most prestigious literary organization in Texas – presented the award Saturday, April 6, at its annual meeting in San Marcos. The award recognizes the best short story written by a Texan or about Texas.

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Lamar University will announce the recipient of its 2013 University Professor Award during a program Wednesday, April 10 in the University Reception Center on the eighth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library. A reception begins at 2 p.m., and the announcement and awards are scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

The title of University Professor – awarded for life in recognition of distinguished teaching – is the most prestigious faculty award given by the academic community of Lamar University. 


Police in Orange are currently investigating a burglary of a business there. According to a report from OPD, Tractor Supply Co. at 2020 Interstate 10 was burglarized for the second time in eight days.

Beaumont attorney Kip Lamb

Beaumont attorney Kip Lamb was sentenced to prison time Monday, April 8, after admitting to defrauding at least two clients in what Judge John Stevens said was an attempt to keep Lamb’s law firm afloat while maintaining a lavish lifestyle for him and his family.

Lamb appeared in Stevens’ court to face two first-degree felony counts of misappropriation of fiduciary property, a crime that carried a maximum sentence of life in prison, if convicted.


One man was arrested Sunday afternoon, after police found crack cocaine in a matchbox during a traffic stop in Orange.


Orange Police are currently investigating an attack that occurred over the weekend in Orange. Four suspects allegedly attacked a 42-year-old Orange resident on Sunday, April 7, at approximately 1:34 p.m., striking the man with a brick and a large stick while he was walking in the 300 block of Schley Ave. in Orange, police reported.

Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins and Beaumont Police Chief Jimmy Singletary

After at least six robberies in the Beaumont and Lumberton area, including one home invasion involving a mother and her three children, police have identified and detained those they believe responsible for the crime spree.

Groves Police

Two white male juveniles were taken into custody over the weekend after threatening to harm a student via a social media networking site. The two fourteen-year-old boys were students of Groves Middle School and were making terroristic threats to another middle school student via Facebook, according to Lt. Kirk Rice of Groves Police Department.

"The threat was reported on Friday," Rice said. "Two eighth-grade students took part in making threats to do harm via Facebook. The victim was a sixth-grade student."