The News

Family, friends and colleagues gathered for an announcement in Judge John Stevens’ court Monday, Aug. 18. Judge Larry Gist, senior district judge presiding over the Jefferson County Drug Impact Court, learned that day he had been chosen to receive the prestigious State Bar of Texas Lifetime Achievement Award.

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On July 2013, the Nederland Police Department relocated from its 1400 Boston Ave. location to a temporary facility on Nederland Avenue while a permanent station was undergoing renovations and builders worked to create what would be the Homer E. Nagel Public Safety Complex.

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Ned and Jean Cole of Port Arthur need a new floor. The carpet they have at their charming yet modest home is about 12 years old now and is lumpy and misshapen, making it difficult for Jean to navigate when utilizing her walker or wheelchair. She has tripped and fallen across a bedroom of her home while just trying to make it over the humped carpet in the doorway. The tile in their kitchen and bathrooms is separating, making it unsafe and difficult to clean.

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Jefferson County Commissioners approved $35,914 in emergency Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) grant funding to replace bulbs and ballasts at the Ford Park baseball fields at a meeting of the court Monday, Aug. 18.

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Local pastor James Arthur McAbee, known as “the Pistol Packing Preacher,” faced judgment Aug. 20, not the preacher’s final judgment in the eyes of the Lord but judgment by a Jefferson County criminal court on marijuana charges stemming from an April incident in which officers reportedly discovered him with drugs and a gun.

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