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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has adopted new regulations for the statewide oyster fishery that reduce commercial possession limits and establish additional harvest restrictions. The new rules affect both the recreational and commercial harvest of oysters.

The new rules reduce the commercial possession limit of oysters from 50 sacks to 40 sacks per day and close Sunday to the commercial and recreational harvest of oysters from Nov. 1 to April 30 every year.


The 100 Club of Southeast Texas received a check for $25,000 on Thursday, Aug. 18, from Martin Motors. The gift was a way for the automotive team to show its support for area police and fire personnel due, in part, to state and national events that have highlighted the importance of protecting and supporting all first responders, Martin Motors owner Danny Martin said.

The mosquito that carries it is the Culex. (Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim)

Public Health Director Sherry Ulmer confirmed a case of West Nile virus Tuesday, Aug. 30, in Beaumont. The potential case was discovered Aug. 15 by the patient’s primary care physician, but Ulmer said his blood work was sent to the Texas Department of State Health to confirm that he actually had the West Nile virus. Once it was confirmed, the Health Department was notified, she said. 

Sheriff Mitch Woods presents Deputy Ryan Warhola with a Meritorious Action Award

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office celebrated the heroic efforts of a deputy who recently attempted to save a kayaker by presenting the officer with a Meritorious Action Award on Aug. 31.

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An oil worker died after he fell from the Sovereign Explorer rig in Sabine Pass on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

According to Assistant Fire Marshal Paul Washburn of the Port Arthur Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched at 9 a.m. after information was received that an individual may have fallen off the oil rig into the water.