Coastal Welding

Beaumont Main Street celebrates 25th anniversary, recognizes local businesses

Around 300 people attended Beaumont Main Street’s 25th Anniversary Celebration Thursday, May 11 at the Event Centre.

The event began with a dance number from iRule Dance Studio, which was a nod to Karen Bourdier and Tim Sudela's photography exhibit Dancing Through Downtown, which will be on display at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas starting Sunday, May 21. John L. Nau, III, Chair of the Texas Historical Commission and President and CEO of Silver Eagle Distributors, gave the keynote address to attendees.

Jersey hairdresser trades in her scissors for welding torch

A young hairdresser from southern New Jersey leaves her family and home to follow her welder boyfriend to a job in Southeast Texas. The relationship doesn’t work out. Now alone, far from her Yankee upbringing, she realizes that a welder’s salary trumps her cosmetology degree. So what does she do? She trades in her scissors for a torch and enrolls in a welding program.
Sound like a pitch for a network sitcom? It could be a first-season hit, but this is real life for Michelle Dillon, a 31-year-old welding student at Lamar Institute of Technology.

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