Chelsea Tipton II isn’t your typical maestro.
“There aren’t many black conductors,” said the three-year conductor of the Symphony of Southeast Texas.
In a classical music industry dominated by Anglo-Saxon composers such as Mozart, Handel, and Bach, Tipton is breaking the mold and interpreting humankind’s most important musical masterpieces in a way everyone can appreciate.
“It’s hard to turn the music off,” he said. “There are historians who study the fabric of music and there are performers. I kind of fall in that (latter) category.”

Orange County Pct. 4 Commissioner Jody Crump

County Judge Carl Thibodeaux expressed concern and dismay during the Orange County Commissioners Court meeting Monday, Feb.


Local EMTs and other participants received tactical SWAT training Tuesday, Feb. 26, to coach them in how to react in violent, volatile situations. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Lamar Institute of Technology’s EMS Division hosted the “Care under Fire” drill at the former Air National Guard building at First Street and Vitterbo Road in Beaumont on the grounds of the Jack Brooks Regional Airport.


As winter weather slowly recedes from Southeast Texas and spring takes its place, the city of Beaumont is doing a little pre-spring cleaning in areas of the city most affected by trash and other litter as part of the statewide Texas Trash Off.
Rain or shine, city officials are hoping Beaumont’s second annual Trash Off will be one to remember.
“We had 750 volunteers come out last year, which was a fantastic turnout, and they picked up nearly three tons of trash here in the city,” said city spokeswoman Danielle Underferth.

Lance Jaccoby Moore

A late Wednesday night argument between two cousins left one man dead after he was shot with a rifle. 

Police responded to a call of shots fired at the 10000 block of Dusty Lane Feb. 27 at about 11:12 p.m. to find 41-yea-old Lorenzo Simon of Beaumont laying in a drainage ditch with a single gun shot wound to his lower body, according to a BPD press release. 

EMS arrived shortly thereafter and Simon was rushed to the hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. 


A once outgoing and precocious pre-teen is now disenchanted with the life that centers around her education, the product of bullying allowed to run amok, according to the child’s mother, Coretta Bean. The claims of the child and her parents, backed up by multiple reports filed at the school district and its policing agency, are that the 12-year-old has been the victim of sexual and physical harassment endured daily at Beaumont ISD’s Austin Middle School, a place where the girl spends the majority of her day.


One woman was injured when she accidentally dropped a camera case in which the gun was stored to the ground while unloading groceries at her home on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

A crew working on the sewer line struck a 2-inch natural gas line.

Workers and residents in Beaumont's West End were stopped cold after a work crew hit a gas main on E. Circuit Drive late Tuesday afternoon. 

The sound of the gas spewing from the break could be heard down the street and at least one resident was evacuated. 

According to a BPD press release, at about 2:50 p.m., Beaumont Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the leak at 198 E. Circuit Drive. A crew working on a city sewer line hit a two-inch gas main, but Beaumont's breezy afternoon helped to dissipate any danger of explosion. 


George Alexander Faulk, 39, of Nederland, was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison for drug trafficking violations Feb. 26, after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute over 5 grams of methamphetamine Oct. 11, 2012.

Muscle Walk March 2

The Muscular Dystrophy Association will be holding a Muscle Walk Saturday, March 2 at the Montagne Event Center at Lamar University in Beaumont. Registration begins at 8 a.m.