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Governor Greg Abbott visited Van Zandt County on May 1, following the severe weather and deadly tornadoes that struck Texas overnight. During his visit, the Governor surveyed the damage and received updates from local officials. Following the briefing, the Governor held a press conference where he called on Texans to come together to rebuild and help those affected, as well as pray for those who were lost and their families.

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At approximately 7:19 p.m. on April 28, Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a structure fire at 2070 Oakland. When firefighters arrived, they found the structure fully involved by flames. Firefighters made a defensive attack and were able to bring the fire under control within 30 minutes. The building appears to have been vacant with no utilities connected. The fire appears to be deliberate, and the building is a total loss.

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Mobiloil Credit Union held a ground breaking for its newest location at 11250 Eagle Drive in Mont Belvieu Friday, April 7.

Construction of the 3700-square-foot credit union will begin this month, and the location is anticipated to open in late 2017.

Mont Belvieu Mayor Nick Dixon, city officials and chamber representatives from the Mont Belvieu area along with MOCU executive staff, board members and the building design team were present for the ground breaking. 

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The Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce will present the Spindletop Award to Cheniere Energy, Inc. and Golden Pass LNG at the Chamber’s Spindletop Award Celebration, which will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 17. This is the first time ever that the award has been given to more than one recipient. 

The announcement was made at a Tuesday, April 25 press conference at the Beaumont Chamber office.

The Spindletop Award was created in 1999 to recognize larger area businesses for outstanding corporate/organizational citizenship and overall impact on our community. 

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Sabino Orlando Martinez

A 35-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has been found guilty by a jury for federal violations related to the murder of a Port Acres woman in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced April 27.

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