Fiery Trucker

Drivers crossing the Neches River Bridge Tuesday morning, July 16, were in caught in a brief haze of smoke and fire after an 18-wheeler’s braking system malfunctioned. 

William Harn

William Harn, professor and chairperson of Lamar University’s speech and hearing sciences department, was recently named as dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

“I am extremely excited,” Harn said. “It is a dream come true. I look forward to the challenges that come with the job.”

Former Marines Rudy Villareal, Henry Torres and Oscar Valenzuela

BARSTOW, Calif. - California’s High Desert has become home to countless veterans over the years. But what are the chances of three friends from two Texas cities no more than 150 miles apart joining the Corps in 1947, coming to Barstow in the 1950s, and remaining there for more than 60 years?

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Detectives have identified three juvenile suspects in the July 5 attempted robbery of a postal worker that occurred in the 2100 block of Ives Street, the Beaumont Police Department said in a press release.

Detectives obtained felony warrants for all three suspects and have arrested all three. A 16-year-old, a 14-year-old and a 12-year-old, all female, were booked into the Jefferson County Juvenile Detention Facility for a charge of attempted robbery, a third degree felony.



“If you build it, they will come” seems to be Lumberton’s motto as of late. In addition to new commercial and residential construction, there are a few notable multi-million dollar projects popping up in the city. 

L.L. Melton


The L.L. Melton Family Life Center, formerly the L.L. Melton YMCA, is one step closer to a complete retrofit that would keep the center open after City Council members approved a lease agreement with benefactor Dr. Donna Farrell on Tuesday, July 9. 

Juan Zabala

Lamar University has named Juan Zabala executive director of the Lamar University Foundation, officials announced.

Tom Harken

UPDATE: Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Wesley United Methodist Church on Major Drive in Beaumont, and internment at Forest Lawn Cemetery, with a reception to follow at the Beaumont Country Club on Pine Street in Beaumont.



An illegal Guatemalan immigrant is in custody on charges of murder in the slaying of a Beaumont man.