American Legion Post 817 honors the fallen ahead of Memorial Day

Recently appointed Port of Beaumont President of the Board Lee Smith and the Dorie E. Miller American Legion Post 817, of which Smith is a member, along with students from Central High School’s Navy Junior ROTC program (NJROTC), honored fallen service members Saturday, May 26, ahead of Memorial Day. The group placed American flags on graves at six local cemeteries, according to American Legion Post 817 Commander Milton Chatham, who served in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years, working his way up from a Medical Tech to retiring as First Sargent of his medical squadron.

Beaumont native Rufus Cormier receives one of Houston’s most prestigious awards

Beaumont native, former SMU football star and retired Baker Botts attorney Rufus Cormier was recognized as one of four Men of Distinction at River Oaks Country Club in Houston on Wednesday, May 2. Also recognized were Houston Astros star and 2015 MLB Hall of Fame inductee Craig Biggio, Texas Children’s Cancer Center Director Dr. David Poplack and Houston businessman and philanthropist Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale.

CVB announces large convention booking

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Sales Team announced Thursday, May 31, that Beaumont has been named host city for The Grand Chapter of Texas Order of The Eastern Star, a fraternal organization composed of women with Masonic affiliation and Master Masons.

Comptroller says Texas sales tax revenue totaled $2.76B in May, to distribute $710M in revenue to local governments

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said state sales tax revenue totaled $2.76 billion in May, 10.2 percent more than in May 2017.

"Strong growth in sales tax revenue was apparent across all major economic sectors," Hegar said in a June 4 release. "While the most rapid growth was in remittances from the construction and oil- and gas-related sectors, significant gains also came from information services, restaurants and retail trade."