Port Arthur City Manager Brian McDougal in spring 2016

For the second time in as many weeks, the Port Arthur City Council convened behind closed doors Monday, Nov. 13, “to discuss the duties, responsibilities, discipline, or dismissal of the city manager,” Brian McDougal, who was hired under a different make-up of elected city officials in 2015. The agenda item, requested by Councilmember Harold Doucet, had also been placed on the non-public executive session portion of the agenda for deliberation at the council’s Tuesday, Nov. 7, posted special meeting.

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Attorney Bob Thomas leans in to speak, sitting next to Mickey Sterling

A Port Arthur police officer terminated by the city is appealing his firing during an arbitration hearing this week, and although he is the one whose fate is being decided, some witnesses accused his former colleague of nefarious actions, including allowing a self-described psychic medium access to confidential information about cases and people.

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A dredge on the Sabine-Neches Waterway

Hurricane Harvey heavily impacted Southeast Texas and, according to information from the Sabine-Neches Navigation District, the storm’s influence reached well beyond the area, effectively costing consumers in the United States an estimated $4.3 billion in increased prices at the gas pump.

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Cedric Madison

Cedric Dwight Madison to 99 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault of a child Nov. 9 following a two-day trial during which jurors heard statements and considered evidence in the attack on a baby merely three months old.

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Lane closure changes in Washington Improvement Project | Photo: City of Beaumont

Traffic flow around the Washington Boulevard Improvement project will be changing this week.

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