Category Archives: Regional & State

Nederland man convicted in OC drug conspiracy

Stephen Hall

A 40-year-old Nederland man was convicted Aug. 21, of drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. A jury returned the verdict late Thursday evening, convicting Stephen Shane Hall, also known as

Fall zinnias named Texas Superstars

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  What really got the Texas Superstar board members excited about fall zinnias were some new series, including the marylandica types that form disease-resistant “mounds of color,” lasting until frost when planted in late summer, said a Texas A&M AgriLife

NHC, NWS watching area of disturbed weather


The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is monitoring a cluster of showers and thunderstorms east of the Windward Islands. This system is slowly becoming better organized and could become a tropical cyclone in the next day or two. NHC

Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender Arrested

Ezekial Harris

Ezekiel O’Neal Harris, 28, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, is now in custody after being arrested on Aug. 13 in Ennis. Harris was wanted for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements. Since his capture was the

Ebola Impacts TX-based Mercy Ships


 Collateral hardship from the Ebola epidemic now includes a delay for Mercy Ships, which operates the world’s largest civilian hospital ship in ports on the West Coast of Africa. Already with one cancelled deployment to Guinea, where Ebola first broke

Alamo’s Long Barrack getting facelift


A roof replacement project at the oldest building at The Alamo will begin soon. The Long Barrack, located just northwest of the Alamo sanctuary, and the only building on the complex which hosts a museum, will be closed starting Monday,

A&M to host discussion, press conference on illegal fishing


  Texas A&M University at Galveston will host a stakeholder roundtable discussion and press conference on illegal fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, Aug. 18, from 9:00 am until noon, at 200 Seawolf Pkwy, in Galveston.  Almost every week brings news about

Mosquitoes carrying disease discovered in Jefferson County

culex mosquito

  Jefferson County officials have discovered Culex mosquitoes that have tested positive for the St. Louis encephalitis virus. According to Jefferson County mosquito control, the mosquitoes were found in the Griffing Park area of Port Arthur. Mosquito control workers recently

SOST announces 62nd season


Prepare to be entertained and amazed this season as you discover “It’s your Symphony… with a Twist!” The Symphony of Southeast Texas’ (SOST) 62nd season promises to be filled with excitement and intrigue as they perform well-known classics, but then

DPS adds Ezekial Harris to most wanted list

Ezekial Harris

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Ezekiel Harris, 28, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward up to $3,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Harris is

Jefferson County man arrested for synthetic marijuana

A 32-year-old Beaumont, man has been arrested for possessing Lego-shaped blocks of synthetic marijuana in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. Conrad Stanley Hammon was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 6,

Jasper man indicted, arrested in death of Alfred Wright


The US Attorney’s Office has announced the indictment and arrest of a Jasper man in connection to the death of Alfred Wright. Shane Dwayne Hadnot, 28, was indicted on Wednesday by a federal grand jury charging him with conspiracy to

Four charged in bank robbery

Four East Texans have been charged in connection with a violent bank robbery in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.   Keith Collins, Jr., 24, of Jasper, Michael Dwayne Byerly, 20, of Newton, Xavier

Tour de Ted Coming to Houston

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Houston is one of nine cities participating in a Texas bike tour commemorating the life of Ted Jones, who was instrumental in opening Edward Jones’s first branch office, according to Financial Advisor Karen Collier in Bridge City.The nine-city tour, beginning in Houston

Police increase reward for sex offender


Texas Department of Public Safety has increased the reward for information leading to the capture of one of the state’s most wanted sex offenders to $13,000 for the month of August. John Arthur Volker was born in New Jersey but lived

SpaceX facility to be in Texas

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement in response to SpaceX’s announcement that their commercial rocket launch facility will be located in Cameron County: “Today is a historic day for South Texas. Texas has long been the epicenter

Agencies complete easement to save Texas’ Longleaf Pine

The Nature Conservancy, Texas A&M Forest Service, and the U.S. Forest Service have collaborated to purchase a conservation easement on 4,785 acres of forestland in the Longleaf Ridge area of East Texas, permanently protecting some of the best longleaf pine

Beaumont woman jumps to death from Veteran’s Memorial Bridge

The body of a Beaumont woman was recovered from the Neches River after she reportedly jumped from the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge. Port Arthur police said that Tracy Johns, 49, of Beaumont was seen jumping from the bridge at about 6:00

EPA Issues GHG Permit to OCI Beaumont

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to the OCI Beaumont LLC, methanol and ammonia plant in Nederland. “Companies in Texas are expanding their operations and production

AMSET announces family art day

Back-to-school is right around the corner, and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) invites children and their families to finish their summer with a bang by joining in a stimulating art adventure at “Don’t Mess with Texas, Mess with

Newton County sheriff indicted on threats

Newton County Sheriff Eddie Shannon was indicted recently after being accused of making terroristic threats against a Newton County judge and commissioners. A grand jury returned the indictment and an arrest warrant was issued. Shannon, who is a 1984 graduate