The News

The Press Club of Southeast Texas invites members and students of all disciplines to the Dishman Art Museum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 12 for a free media mixer. The museum is located on the Lamar University Campus at 1030 East Lavaca St.

Meet members of the media from various outlets and learn more about radio, print and broadcast journalism from experienced professionals. Find out what happens behind-the-scenes from producers, camera operators and others who bring the news to homes all over Southeast Texas.

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Every home in Rose City except two sustained damage during the catastrophic flooding that Hurricane Harvey brought to Southeast Texas, and, while other cities begin the rebuilding process, the small town is still literally trying to pick up the pieces and sift through the rubble they once called home.

Mayor Bonnie Stephenson said her city and its residents are in dire need of assistance.

“The city was devastated,” Stephenson said, “but, we’re coming back. These people have lost everything, and they need help.”

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After remaining flat for four consecutive years, property taxes are rising in Beaumont.

The Beaumont City Council unanimously approved an increase in the property tax rate Sept. 26, raising the rate from $0.69/100 to $0.71/100, a two-cent increase that will bring in 4.7 percent additional revenue to the municipality. The majority of property taxes are dedicated to the general fund, $0.49/100, while approximately $0.22/100 is applied to the debt service.

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Jefferson County is requiring development permits in unincorporated areas, those outside city limits, and the county is waiving permit fees for disaster-related renovations.

According to a Sept. 26 news release from the Jefferson County Environmental Control Department, development permits are required for all reconstruction/repairs performed due to Hurricane Harvey. This permit will allow them to check flood zones to ensure compliance with FEMA regulations.

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Horror stories of tragic circumstances created by Hurricane Harvey’s horrendous flooding abound, but in the midst of tragedy, heroism shone through as volunteers from various organizations and communities endeavored to save lives and restore hope in Southeast Texas.

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