The News

Mary Ann Reid, Estrelda Sonnier, Mary Simon and Carol Fernandez

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Pioneering Women picked the last day in March to reveal the 2015 Leading Ladies honorees to be featured at the non-profit’s annual luncheon, hosting dozens of supporters, members and past honorees during a celebration held at a packed Beaumont City Hall.

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Two BASF manufacturing employees, Sheila Chickene (left), vice president of manu

Two BASF employees – Sheila Chickene, vice president of manufacturing, catalysts division, and Jacki Partain, site reliability engineer at the Port Arthur site – were among 130 women honored nationally by The Manufacturing Institute during the Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead Awards gala on March 26 in Washington, D.C.

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St. Mark Episcopal Church will host the Fighting Diabetes with Food Health Fair sponsored by the Southeast Texas Food Bank on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

This new Southeast Texas Food Bank initiative will link those affected by diabetes or vulnerable to diabetes with health support services and give them the chance to go home with no cost food boxes consisting of food options that insure a diabetic-friendly diet.

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Michael Broughton of Port Arthur and Gerardo Chavez of Nederland

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced April 2 the indictment of 24 individuals who operated a major drug distribution ring and were responsible for trafficking methamphetamine to customers across the United States, including in the Eastern District of Texas. 

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Phone scams have been spreading and infecting areas all over the country, according to reports from the FBI, the BBB and the IRS, and the Southeast Texas community has not escaped the effects. Prior reports from The Examiner have warned of the scams reported in Jefferson and Jasper Counties. Now, Orange County reports they too have numerous reports from victims of phone scams in which the callers represent themselves as a part of the county's law enforcement agency, the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

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