Former Beaumont water utilities director Dr. Hani Tohme, ousted from the position in 2015 after an audit allegedly uncovered deficiencies in the department, including in oversight and payroll spending, has applied for candidacy to run against longtime Mayor Becky Ames in the coming May election.

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"Electricity" is a new exhibit at the Museum of the Gulf Coast, on loan from the Franklin Institute, museum curator Sarah Bellian said in a release.

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Chad Hogan

According to information from the office of Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas Brit Featherston, a former Groves apartment manager was sentenced to 22 months in prison on Jan. 31 for her role in a scheme to defraud HUD of roughly $400,000. The same day, former Orange County Sheriff’s Office detective and spokesperson Chad Hogan was also sentenced to serve one year and one day for his role in the same plot to defraud the federal housing agency.

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It's Trash-Off time once again! The 22nd annual Community Trash-Off is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City of Orange Boat Ramp, located on Simmons Drive in Orange, Texas. This year's Community Trash-Off is presented by INVISTA and hosted by Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in collaboration with the City of Orange.

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The Port Arthur Works Community Job Fair will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Robert A. "Bob" Bowers Civic Center, located at 3401 Cultural Center Dr. in Port Arthur.

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