The News

Speculation and suspicion have been swirling around Port Arthur Independent School District Superintendent Johnny Brown’s abrupt leave of absence. According to district assistant superintendent Mark Porterie, Brown has been out of the office since last week, and a return date has not been set.

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A damning June audit performed by the HUD Office of the Inspector General has resulted in people leaving the Port Arthur Housing Authority.

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The United States Supreme Court rejected a motion to re-hear evidence related to the 1998 Death Row conviction of Elroy Chester, who was sentenced to death after he was convicted of shooting a Port Arthur firefighter. Chester was alleged to have killed the firefighter, Willie Ryman III, when the man came to the rescue of his two nieces while Chester was raping the teen girls in their home.

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Lamar University and the Beaumont Foundation of America have announced the 15th in a series of Southeast Texas Legends Scholarships, this one honoring Walter Umphrey, founding partner of Provost Umphrey Law Firm. The $100,000 endowed scholarship will assist underserved Lamar University students, said Lamar President James Simmons.

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Early voting is in full force in Jefferson County. 

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