Category Archives: Beyond the County

Families in crisis empowered through local support

Family Services Check

From grief, stress, parenting challenges, marital difficulties, substance abuse and much more, Southeast Texas families face countless struggles every day.  Unfortunately, many affected families lack the support and resources to cope and repair their broken lives. In an effort to

CCA Texas extends support of sportfish research center


Coastal Conservation Association Texas deepened its commitment to marine resource science with a $250,000 grant to the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation (CSSC) that will fund ongoing research into many of the key scientific issues facing the ecosystems that

Local program brings holiday cheer to seniors


This season, many area seniors who are alone or impoverished will receive some holiday cheer thanks to the Be a Santa to a Senior® program. Sponsored by the local Home Instead Senior Care® office, the program brings together area nonprofits, retailers, numerous volunteers

Kennedy assassination display part of TMA Exhibit


An event that shook Texas, America, and the world 51 years ago is featured in the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) museum. Physicians racing to save the lives of President John F. Kennedy, Texas Gov. John Connally, and Lee Harvey Oswald

Top 10 Christmas movies, TV shows


The holiday season is about family, overpriced gifts, crazy relatives, psychotic shoppers, mall parking lots that resemble a scene from Mad Max and of course the one thing that truly brings families together…watching TV.Every couple of years, we ask people what their

Bruce’s Yams ready to make memorable holiday meals

Bruce’s Yams, America’s number one seller of canned sweet potatoes, is ready to make your holiday memorable with canned sweet potatoes that are not only delicious, but healthy. “There’s a 100-day period near the holidays where we are running one

Dispelling bankruptcy myths

Bankruptcy may seem like the perfect cure-all for consumers buckling under heavy debt, but many people don’t really understand the process or the repercussions. With so many myths surrounding bankruptcy, it’s hard to know when it’s an appropriate course of

Orange man captured after escaping from work detail

A Jasper jail trustee who escaped from a work detail and stole a truck, was captured in Evadale Saturday evening. Shane Borel, 39, of Orange, was found near the spot authorities had been searching for him. Sheriff Mitchell Newman said

Angel Trees help kids during holiday season


Angel Trees are an ideal way for groups, companies and even office buildings, to bring some smiles to a few unfortunate kids in their community this holiday season. Everyone knows that many families struggle throughout the year and it’s especially hard during the

Groves woman killed in chemical leak

Crystal Wise

A Groves woman, who has family in Bridge City was one of four worker killed in a chemical leak at the Dupont plant in La Porte. Crystle Wise was originally from Port Arthur, but lived in Groves. Wise also has

SOST presents Home for the Holidays

main street market

The Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) presents its third annual holiday concert at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Julie Rogers Theatre in Beaumont. “Home for the Holidays” is a great way to celebrate the yuletide season with family and friends

Jasper County SO searching for persons of interest

Ashley Lewis

The Jasper County Sheriff’s office is searching for two people they consider persons of interest in connection with a homicide investigation. Jasper County Sheriff, Mitchell Newman says the remains of a body discovered Thursday off County Road 73 in Jasper

Red Cross offers winter tips

red cross

Frigid air is predicted for many communities along the Texas Coast and the American Red Cross has steps people can take to stay safe during this hazardous weather. COLD WEATHER SAFETY TIPS  Here are ten ways to stay safe during

Arctic blast unlikely to hurt new wheat


It’s highly unlikely the sub-freezing weather will damage any of the state’s winter wheat crop, even newly emerged plants, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “It would have to get pretty darn cold for it to do

Healing the Warrior’s Heart video available online

warrior heart

The Western Folklife Center’s new documentary film, Healing the Warrior’s Heart, is now online. You can watch it on our website at, or on YouTube. Healing the Warrior’s Heart reveals how the ancient spiritual traditions of our nation’s first warriors, Native Americans, are helping

Mobiloil FCU holds grand opening


Mobiloil Credit Union has announced Wednesday, Nov 12, as the date for the Grand Opening of the new Vidor branch, located at 1100 N. Main. The celebration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a Vidor Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting, as well as coffee

A stiff North wind does the trick

Colburn art

It wasn’t some magical phenomenon that ignited the “lights out” fishing on Sabine Lake this past week.All it took was a good outgoing tide and a few days of stiff north winds to lower water levels and flush even more

Parts of area could see freezing temps mid-week

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is expecting a strong cold front to work its way across the region Tuesday afternoon and evening. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will bring less than a quarter of an inch of rain. Temperatures will

Texas adoptions double in a decade


Children in Texas foster care ask themselves “Why not me? Why can’t I have a family?” They can – when the right family’s steps up to make their dream come true. November is National Adoption Awareness Month, and the Texas

Texans celebrate Arbor Day at Capitol

Capitol trees

Texans from around the state converged at the state capitol Friday to celebrate Texas’ 125th State Arbor Day. With shovels in hand, local and state officials ceremoniously put mulch around a newly-planted tree on the Capitol lawn, formalizing the celebration and leaving a

Workforce Solutions holds Veterans job fair

hiring red white and you

Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas will host the 2014 “Hiring Red, White and You!” Veterans Job Fair at the Beaumont Civic Center this Thursday, November 13.  This year’s event is scheduled from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Sponsored by The Office