BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Museum of Natural Science, and San Jacinto

Brothers John Kirby Allen and Augustus Chapman Allen of New York purchased 6,642 acres of land near Buffalo Bayou in 1836 for a mere $9,428. The Allen brothers named the location Houston after Sam Houston, the hero of the Battle of San Jacinto. The greater Houston area is now home to more than 6 million people, a far cry from 12 that called it home in 1837.

Gayle Botley

In a lawsuit filed in Jefferson County’s 58th District Court on Wednesday, July 15, the Beaumont Independent School District is seeking monetary damages in excess of $1 million from independent auditor Gayle Botley for failing to comply with contractual obligations and professional negligence.

Volunteers pack food in the warehouse for shipment via Mobile Pantry.

With nearly 37,000 undernourished children to feed in the area, the Southeast Texas Food Bank is reaching out for community support.

Friday, July 24, the Southeast Texas Food Bank will launch “Food Bank Friday,” a weekly online fundraising campaign to generate steady support from the community.

Tax Assessor-Collector Allison Nathan Getz ‘deputizes’ HEB employees.

As drivers throughout Texas transition from a dual-sticker system for vehicle registration and state inspections, residents of Jefferson County can now complete the new “Two Steps, One Sticker” process at the HEB Business Center at 3590 College St. in Beaumont.

Alisa St. Julian

Detectives are currently investigating the circumstances of a domestic disturbance after a Beaumont woman stabbed her boyfriend in the back last night.

Artist’s rendering of  Nederland Veterans Park

The City of Nederland will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on the property adjacent to Nederland City Hall at 207 N. 12th St. on Monday, July 27, at 10 a.m. for the Nederland Veterans’ Park being constructed in the city.

A portion of Lavaca is closed for construction.

Beaumont motorists might have to take a detour if they are driving through the South Park area in the next couple of months. A portion of Lavaca is closed for construction related to the city’s South Park Drainage Improvement Project.

NRG Stadium

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced that the 2015 UIL Football State Championship games will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston.

All 11-man UIL Football Championship Games will be played December 17-19 at NRG Stadium. Houston last hosted the UIL Football Championship Games for the largest conference in 2008 at what was then known as Reliant Stadium.

One-and-a-half-story home are valued at the same rate as a two-story.

A change in the formula used to determine home values in Jefferson County will cause more than 7,000 homeowners to see an increase in their estimated tax bills for the coming year, with some seeing a spike in their home’s value of 5 percent or more. The added value of the residences comes when one-and-a-half-story homes are valued at the same rate as two-story homes.

Jefferson County Appraisal District officials say the results of the change are negligible, but some homeowners disagree.

Kenneth Semien Sr.

President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law July 26, 1990, and with its passage, discrimination against persons with disabilities was made criminal in hopes it would begin to diminish. Now, 25 years later, persons with disabilities, along with the rest of the nation, are celebrating the anniversary of that momentous occasion and a local fair is being held to raise awareness of ADA law.