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Valrico powers cell towers in wake of huge storm

 

At around 11 p.m. June 29, Cindy Perez, the Port Arthur-based vice president of Valrico, began receiving calls from several major wireless carriers — a huge storm called a “Super Derecho” had hit the Northeast and hundreds of cell tower generators needed to be fueled.

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More and more educators are seeking to earn college degrees online, and more and more often, they’re earning those degrees at Lamar University. Beaumont’s Lamar University ranked ninth out of 1,617 schools in the number of 2011 bachelor’s and post-bachelor’s education degrees conferred that were earned all or partially online, according to an analysis released by USA Today on Aug. 8.

In 2011, Lamar awarded 1,863 education degrees earned completely or partially online; 10 years earlier, that number was 70.

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Jerald Bland, aka “Moe Betta,” 30, of Houston, was sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison for transporting a woman to Beaumont and Louisiana for commercial sex, Thursday, Aug. 16, in a Houston federal court. Bland pleaded guilty to the charges Jan. 3 of this year.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $1.2 million to the state of Texas for the construction of a detention basin in Beaumont. FEMA is funding 75 percent or $1,284,570 of the $1,712,760 project, which involves building the new basin along Bayou Din. The project will help to alleviate flooding to more than 40 homes downstream and improve drainage for areas immediately surrounding the detention basin.

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