The News

Vernon Pierce and Sallie Ranier

Residents returning to their flooded homes and normal routines have been asking why their electric bills have spiked post-Harvey.

Port Neches resident Kirk Hinson didn’t understand why his electric bill jumped from an average of $75 for the last eight months to a whopping $651.70 for the month of October.

He’s not the only one whose bills spiked after Hurricane Harvey.

Kandis Voth, who lives in Silsbee, owes $1,225.60 for October, only $31.54 of which is past due. 

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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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A Roaring La Soiree will give a taste of the 20's for a good cause

Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation’s annual gala, La Soirée, will be held Jan. 27, 2018 at the Beaumont Civic Center.

Guests who appreciate the nostalgia of days past will especially enjoy this year’s theme — A Roaring La Soirée — based on the Roaring ’20s, a decade that featured vintage cars, feathers, pearls and spotlights.

Music from the ’20s and fantastic food from Bando’s will keep the party going.

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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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