Beaumont bike trail

Plans to construct a hike and bike trail alongside Folsom Drive and between Major Drive and Dowlen Road have taken steps forward. At an April 16 Beaumont City Council meeting, Council approved a resolution authorizing the acceptance of a parking and access easement for the purposes of accessing and constructing a hike and bike trail and parking area.

Superintendent Dr. Tim Chargois

In the hours leading up to what has been expected to be yet another contentious Beaumont Independent School District meeting Thursday, April 18, Superintendent Dr. Tim Chargois went on the offensive – calling for “civility and humility” among factions of the community thriving on hatred and discord, and those promoting any agenda not centered on BISD student success.


Barely old enough to get a driving permit in the U.S., 16-year-old Canadian-born Uliana Trylowsky boarded a plane that would take her to Switzerland – the first foreign land to be home for a time to the young girl, but far from the last.

“Some people may think my parents were crazy for doing that, but coming from their background it really didn’t seem that way,” Trylowsky said.


Stable-Spirit is having a Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, May 4, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill, 4375 Dowlen Road in Beaumont. Tickets are $5 for all the pancakes you can eat and a beverage.


The first March for Babies took place in San Antonio on Oct. 7, 1970, and has been a staple event in communities all across the United States ever since.

“March for Babies is held in 1,100 communities across the nation,” the March for Babies website states. “Every year, 7 million people, including 20,000 company and family teams as well as national sponsors, participate. The event has raised more than $1.7 billion since 1970.”

Cherry Engineering

A Lamar student fainted Thursday morning, April 18, and struck her head, splitting it open and causing it to bleed around 10:30 while attending class in the Cherry Engineering Building at Lamar University in Beaumont.

As a result, another student fainted due to an extreme fear of blood, said Lamar University Police Chief Jason Goodrich.


Port Arthur Police Department Deputy Chief Raymond Clark said a suspect in the December homicide of Amber Nicole Guillory of Vidor is in custody in the Netherlands. Authorities in Nijmegen in the Netherlands arrested 37-year-old David Carl Smith for an immigration violation and are sending him back to the U.S.


Twelve workers at ExxonMobil’s Beaumont plant were injured when an explosion rocked the facility about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 17.

According to Beaumont Fire Department spokesman Brad Penisson, three of the 12 workers were critically injured and sustained severe burns as a result of the fire.

All were transported to local hospitals by ambulances — at least 10 of which could be seen entering and exiting the ExxonMobil facility about 11 a.m.

BAC Tournament

(press release)

More than 300 area youth from Texas and Louisiana recently gathered in Beaumont to compete at the Inaugural “Texas Super Showcase” Basketball Tournament, benefitting IEA – Inspire, Encourage, Achieve/Ben’s Kids.

Hosted by the Beaumont Athletics Club, the three-day tournament featured 30 skilled teams, composed of players ranging in age from nine to sixteen.

The winners from the tournament were as follows:

Dorothea Titus

Lamar University honored 110 employees with service awards at Lamar’s annual staff recognition program. The Lamar Staff Advisory Council hosted the event April 17 in the Mary and John Gray Library University Reception Center.

Dorothea Titus was recognized with 35 years of service.

Employees receiving 30-year service recognition arePamela Kay Blankenship, Salvador Costa, Gail Davis, Cynthia Perkins, Jill Rowley and Joy Tate.

Earning 25-year awards are Diane Foreman, Ralpheal Guilbeau, Alma Morrison, Shaw Shang and Sam Tait.