The Nederland Independent School District will be hosting community input meetings for the design phase of the construction projects included in the 2019 bond package. Community members are invited to attend to learn more about the design process and provide feedback.

The first meeting will take place Saturday, June 8. The Nederland High School design will be the discussed item at this meeting. 

The elementary campus design will be the topic at a Saturday, June 15, meeting.

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The Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) is investigating one of its own after an arrest of driving under the influence over the weekend. 

Texas Department of Public Safety arrested Josh Abshier on Saturday, June 1, just before 3 a.m. on Highway 62 in Orange County. He has since posted bond from the Orange County Jail.

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Approximately 1 in 5 crashes in Texas involves distracted driving, which continues to be a problem in the state, even after a state law banned texting and driving in 2017.

“Our message is no longer just a public safety suggestion to urge Texans to avoid distraction while operating a vehicle – it is to remind them of the law that now forbids such activity,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “One life lost is one too many and distracted driving is completely preventable.”

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Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies were working eastbound traffic on Interstate 10 at Smith Road on June 3, at about 12: 30 p.m. when they observed a Mercedes pass them with no license plates.

The vehicle was stopped for the traffic violation, at which time the drriver stated he had no driver's license; however, he verbally identified himself as Kenneth Jerrod Branch, of Dickinson. Branch admitted he was a convicted felon and that there was a loaded pistol near the front seat. He was detained for further investigation.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety reported a pedestrian was killed Thursday, May 30, at about 9 p.m. on Interstate 10 near FM 1132.

Information from responding agencies said the pedestrian was hit numerous times by vehicles on the interstate. The westbound lanes were shut down for several hours as the accident was investigated.

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