From its beginnings in the years after the Civil War, Beaumont’s oldest black church has witnessed the establishment of the area’s first black public school, weathered desegregation and this year will celebrate 150 years as a ‘beacon of light in the community.’
The national debate over what it means to be a Republican is playing out in Jefferson County, a place where voters walk a tightrope between the red and the blue.
Young women forced into prostitution by a man who sold them for sex in cheap Beaumont hotels faced him down on Thursday, demanding that he look them in the eyes as they unleashed messages of anger and resentment.
Virginia Fawcett is 90 years old and blind in one eye. In February, she had surgery on the other eye. So when it came time to mail in her ballot for early voting this year, she asked her daughter to sign the back of the envelope for her.
That got her ballot flagged, along with 85 others filed by Jefferson County residents, most of them seniors. But after a judge ruled this week that all 86 people must be notified in time to cast a vote, Fawcett made the trek to the county courthouse on Tuesday.
“I’m proud of the fact that I forced myself to go to the courthouse and vote,” the Groves resident said.
A Groves city councilman is being “unfairly targeted” as “a gay man in a conservative town,” said his attorney, who is trying to find out who may have anonymously sent nude photos of the councilman to City Hall last month.
Following the Santa Fe High School shooting less than 150 miles from Lumberton, where three students were arrested in separate incidents for alleged threats this past school year, the school district has decided to join a handful of Southeast Texas schools arming teachers and staff.
“Once, our job was to look at curriculum,” said superintendent Gerald Chandler. “Now we have to look at the safety of our schools and ensuring our students can come here to a safe and secure environment.”
Voters are increasingly seeing their local leaders through the lens of their national party.
Take, for example, a recent political campaign ad in the race for Jefferson County judge that names Democratic Party heavyweight Nancy Pelosi, a party leader largely removed from the day-to-day lives of Southeast Texans.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied the appeal of a Jasper man convicted in the 1998 dragging death of James Byrd Jr., clearing the way for a court to set an execution date for John William King.