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Past articles by Dan:

Power restored to 40K SE Texans, some still without

Pockets of persistent power interruptions persist in areas around Southeast Texas still flood affected by last week's tropical deluge, Entergy Texas reports. → Read More

Harvey + 2: Storm fallout looms large in coming census

If Southeast Texas is undercounted in the upcoming census, it will cost money that supports programs for the elderly, school lunches for kids and for what everyone depends on, such as transportation, water and sewer projects, and because of Tropical Storm Harvey in 2017, streets and drainage improvements. → Read More

Severe weather takes its toll on Texas trees

But forests are resilient, according to those charged with caring for - and counting - trees. → Read More

Opera singer from SETX lives life of high notes

"The Beaumont girl got lucky," said Joyce Castle, 80, who has lived and worked in New York and Paris, where she has sung in a variety of operatic languages including French, Italian, German, Czech and Russian. → Read More

3 hotels in works for Beaumont

Developer adding 240 rooms to the 3,500 currently available cites social and summer season tournaments, along with petrochemical industry demand. → Read More

State changes yield temporary uncertainty for BISD budget

The Beaumont ISD budget for 2019-2020 is projected to be $162,513,633, including about $5.8 million in newly appropriated state funds to support raises for teachers and staff. → Read More

Southeast Texas priest subject of criminal investigation

Bishop Curtis Guillory, who leads the 44-parish Diocese of Beaumont, posted a letter informing Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church parishioners of the "temporary" removal of the Rev. Frank Rossi, who was reassigned there in 2017. → Read More

D-Day vet became state district judge

Jack R. King, the former state district judge whose tenure included a civil case of heated labor violence and a politically charged scandal involving a state senator, died Friday. He was 95. → Read More

Vidor man imprisoned in Mexico for shotgun shells dies

Tommy Bean, the Vidor man who sparked a full-fledged international incident when he was arrested in Mexico 20 years ago because he had a few boxes of shotgun shells in his vehicle, died Monday. He was 79. Bean, a federally licensed firearm dealer, was attending a gun show in Laredo on March 14, 1998, when he and his assistants decided they wanted to cross into Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, for a meal.… → Read More

Photos: When ‘sea monster’ Rita devoured SE Texas

In the early morning of Sept. 24, 2005, a "sea monster" as The Enterprise's big-type headline called it swirled onshore from the Gulf of Mexico, overwhelming Sabine Pass and setting a course almost directly up the Neches River as it churned, counterclockwise, toward Beaumont. → Read More

Manfredi is fit for the part at BCP

John Manfredi, professional actor and community theater director, has created a new role - first executive director of the Beaumont Community Players. The group's board of directors searched nationwide for an executive director, the first in its 93-year history. Manfredi said he was considering a similar job in the District of Columbia but saw Beaumont as a better fit. "I came here for the sense… → Read More

Bishop Guillory to retire this fall

After almost 18 years as the leader of the Catholic Diocese of Beaumont, Bishop Curtis J. Guillory plans to step down in September when he reaches the church's mandatory retirement age, though he could serve longer depending on when Pope Francis appoints a successor. Guillory was named bishop of the Diocese of Beaumont in July 2000 by Pope John Paul II, two years after the pope elevated him to… → Read More

SE Texas receives grant to prep for potential attacks on industry

A million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will help Southeast Texas prepare for the unthinkable but frighteningly real threat of a terror attack on attractive local petrochemical and refining targets. Beginning in March, first-responders from Southeast Texas cities and counties will undergo training and planning through a University of Houston-based agency called the… → Read More

Vidor billboards inspire Golden Globe-winning movie

Almost 30 years ago, an English playwright on a bus trip across the southern United States saw three small billboards along westbound Interstate 10 outside Beaumont. They were seared into his brain, and after he became a movie director, supplied inspiration for a major film. "Vidor Police Botched Up the Case." "Waiting For Confession." "This Could Happen To You!" The billboards were erected by… → Read More

Edison Plaza now a Beaumont business hub after revitalization

When Mike Albanese decided to buy the 17-story Edison Plaza office building in downtown Beaumont in late 2011, he realized he had never been in it. Then he couldn't find the front door. If he couldn't figure out how to get into the building at 350 Pine St., Albanese thought, no one else could. That had to change, along with a lot of other things. Floor by floor and tenant by tenant, the… → Read More

LNVA's efforts during Harvey kept Mid-County, Winnie and Bolivar from losing water

As the city of Beaumont strained to suck water from the Neches River after Harvey's mega-dump of 50-plus inches of tropical storm rainfall, the same flood burst past the previous high-water mark at the Lower Neches Valley Authority's main pump station on Pine Island Bayou. Heroic efforts at Lawson Crossing, downstream from Collier's Ferry Park, saved a trickle of water flow for the city and its… → Read More

Van Choate nourishes bodies and spirits with food delivery

Tuffy's owner Van Choat, family, and employees spent the better part of the week cooking whole seasoned, rotisserie chickens, which they delivered Friday and Saturday to those in need who have lost their homes and countless other personal affects to the flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey. Choate was contacted to help cook and deliver the chickens, which were donated by Ayrshire Farms in… → Read More

FEMA registrations by county

FEMA is reporting heavy use of its on-line disaster assistance registration as disaster assistance offices get ready to open that will help still others register while registrants can check on their status. The FEMA Individuals and Household Assistance program. accessible at www.disasterassistance.gov, provides housing assistance for people displaced by Harvey flooding as well as repair help. It… → Read More

Here's why FEMA left Jefferson Co. off flooded housing list

A FEMA bureaucrat in Washington, D.C., chose to leave Jefferson County off a list of Texas counties struck by Harvey because there were ample hotel rooms and rental housing available, said County Judge Jeff Branick. "There were three weeks ago," said Branick, who worked the phone almost all of Sunday to straighten out the housing mess. "As of 5:44 a.m. (today) we were approved for direct housing… → Read More

How the Crenshaw family kept Beaumont's water flowing

On Aug. 31, the day Beaumont's 120,000 residents lost water when a skyborne sea drowned the city's pumps, Tiger Industrial Rentals planned to ship three large water pumps to a local refinery. Company president Colby C. Crenshaw called his customer, whom he did not name, and asked to divert the pump shipment. No hesitation on the customer's part. Use them, he was told. In an extraordinary… → Read More