Sara E. Flores, Beaumont Enterprise

Sara E. Flores

Beaumont Enterprise

Beaumont, TX, United States

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Past articles by Sara:

Married to the Game: A look at the life of a SETX football coach's wife

On Friday nights, Mandy Babin walks up and down Lumberton's sideline soaking up the thrill of football season. She doesn't wear a headset. She doesn't carry a clipboard. She's not calling plays. Instead, she watches the game and occasionally glances over at her husband, head football coach Chris Babin, to make sure he's not messing with his hat - a sure sign that he's about to give a referee an… → Read More

Beaumont grad close to Johns Hopkins dream

Heart pounding, Lillie Shelton opened her web browser in April to check the status of her application to Johns Hopkins University. When she read "Congratulations," her excitement was quickly dampened by the realization of what her diploma was going to cost her family. Because of her perfect GPA and involvement in almost every extracurricular activity offered at Ozen, Shelton, 17, has qualified… → Read More

Jefferson Co. leaders as children

Before they were making decisions for the community or holding press conferences, the men and women who manage Jefferson County were dressing up like cowboys and posing for the dreaded pictures that all our moms make us smile for. → Read More

Cindy makes first strike of season in Southeast Texas

The threat of high tides, flooded roadways and scarce fuel supplies was not enough to get Bolivar Peninsula residents to flee ahead of Tropical Storm Cindy, which was blamed for at least one death on Wednesday in Alabama and widespread flooding along the Gulf Coast as far east as Florida. Tropical Storm Cindy was projected to make landfall at the Texas-Louisiana border sometime after midnight.… → Read More

Southeast Texas braces for Cindy

Tropical Storm Cindy, which could bring a possible deluge and wind gusts of more than 60 mph ahead of its Thursday landfall, prompted local officials on Tuesday to cancel summer school, postpone celebrations and threaten bridge closures. Following the upgrade to a named storm, a tropical storm warning was issued for Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, Galveston, Jasper, Newton and Tyler counties.… → Read More

Community to build a Beaumont home for injured veteran

Community to build a Beaumont home for injured veteran For four years Staff Sgt. Phillip Blackmon pressed his head against a window looking for bombs to diffuse, while the U.S. Army tank he sat in moved 5 miles an hour through Iraqi dirt. Some of his injuries have affected his vision and required speech therapy. → Read More

Local sailors on wrecked Navy destroyer found safe

Two Southeast Texas sailors who were aboard a Navy destroyer that collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan on Friday are safe and accounted for, the families said. Mason sent messages to loved ones Friday evening, letting them know both sailors were safe and not among those missing or injured. → Read More

Mid-County car burglar targeting bank customers

A recent spate of Mid-County car burglaries has been linked to a suspect who follows bank customers to their next destination and waits for them to go inside, Nederland Police Chief Darrell Bush said on Monday. All four said they believed they had been followed by a man driving an older model, white Buick LaCrosse that is missing its front license plate, Bush said. → Read More

State Board of Education SETX Rep will not seek eighth term

Protecting and prudently investing the $35 billion Permanent School Fund that ensures free textbooks for Texas students was a passion. Building a successful Charter School program that provides school choice for thousands of parents and kids is my greatest reward. According to the TEA website, Bradley currently "serves as chair of the board's Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund,… → Read More

Smouldering Port Arthur silo ruptures, collapses

Around 4:20 a.m., the smoldering German Pellets Texas and Texas Pellets Inc. silo, which holds wood pellets made from logs, bark, wood chips and sawdust, ruptured and collapsed, according to Port Arthur spokesperson Risa Carpenter. GPTX has a dedicated phone line to respond to inquiries regarding this incident. → Read More

What you need to know if you have a Beaumont ISD grad

While flowers and cookie cakes might be at the top of your priority list, here are a few details to help you better prepare for your grad's big day. Beaumont ISD will hold graduation ceremonies for all three high schools at the Montagne Center, 4400 MLK Pkwy on Saturday. Keep in mind that the MLK exit off U.S. 69 will be closed the day of graduation, but theFlorida Street and Highland Avenue… → Read More

Warm winter cuts crawfish season short, but bigger threat looms

While crawfish farmers like Bingham and John Gaulding are used to contending with Mother Nature, a new threat is keeping them on their toes. The Louisiana State University AgCenter recently confirmed a virus was found in several Louisiana crawfish ponds. White spot syndrome targets medium to large crawfish, making them "lethargic and weak," according to the LSU AgCenter. → Read More

Ned grad pushed through 5 foster homes, 5 years of HS for diploma

Nederland grad pushed through 5 foster homes, 5 years of HS for diploma The 19-year-old Nederland High School senior and aspiring counselor graduates tonight. In and out of foster care, Trattles said she returned to her childhood home in 2012 to live with her biological mother and start high school. Trattles started her second senior year this past fall, staying at school until 6 p.m. three days… → Read More

Port Neches PD implements body cameras

The Port Neches Police Department is joining a growing list of law enforcement agencies opting to wear body-worn cameras. The cameras, which were issued to officers on Wednesday, will "enhance officer interactions with the public, build community trust and gather important evidence for use in the prosecution of crimes," according to Lemoine. → Read More

'Cool Nerd' now Jasper's youngest councilman, won as write-in

A week before early voting, officials told Lewis his name wouldn't appear on the ballot because his voter registration didn't transfer from Harris County to Jasper County in time. Mark Jones, a Rice University political science professor, said it's extremely rare to win a political race as a write-in at any level. Jones said the last write-in candidate he could recall winning at the national… → Read More

Silsbee cancer survivor studied through treatment to earn diploma

Silsbee cancer survivor studied through treatment to earn diploma When Dakota Martin crossed the commencement stage in his maroon gown Friday night at Tiger Stadium, he achieved an even greater feat than graduating high school. Martin, diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in January 2015, took exams from hospital rooms, worked on extra assignments at home and went to summer school - all so he… → Read More

BISD students honor siblings killed in weekend wreck

On the first day of school following the death of their classmate, West Brook High School students left their memories on a banner that read, "Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day." → Read More

Feds search Harbor Health, agents confiscate boxes

Federal agents shut down a Beaumont clinic on Thursday as part of an investigation of at least two Harbor Healthcare Systems centers. by agents from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, who taped handwritten "Closed" signs on the doors. → Read More

Mother-daughter duos earn degrees on Mother's Day weekend

"Many frowned down on me as a teenage mother, but I didn't let that stop me for reaching my goals," said Simmons, a hospice nurse for the past 15 years. "Jocelyn is definitely the more low-key one," Bridget said. Because they were enrolled in Lamar's online nursing program and didn't have face-to-face interaction with classmates, Davis said she and her mother relied on each other for support. → Read More

Parking ordinance fueling anger with Groves residents

Eric Vidrine was forced to build a gravel driveway in the front yard of his Groves home after receiving a warning citation prohibiting him from parking his 24-foot trailer on the lawn. Vidrine is one of many Groves residents who has been warned or cited for violating the city ordinance since the new code enforcer began a campaign to strictly enforce the ruling. → Read More