The News

The Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) has awarded Harmony Public Schools its highest recognition for school financial responsibility, the Award of Merit for Purchasing Operations.


Port Arthur Police Department officers have made an arrest in a Feb. 24 homicide on Birch Avenue. 

According to information from PAPD, officers were called to a residence in the 2100 block of Birch at about midnight on Feb. 24, where they found an unresponsive female resident. Autopsy results showed she had died as a result of blunt force trauma.

Through their investigation, it was determined Daniel Shackelford, 34, was allegedly responsible for the victim's death. PAPD reports Shackelford and the victim were in a relationship at the time of her death. 


A 39-year-old Vidor man with a history of crimes against the state has now been indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown March 7.

Brandon Aaron Holeman was named in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on March 6, charging him with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of an unregistered firearm.


Orange police officers responded to a wreck involving a Waste Management sanitation truck and a Ford F-150 on Tuesday, March 5, at about 7:15 a.m. 

Information from the Orange Police Department states, the collision between the 2017 Freightliner garbage truck and 2018 F-150 took place on Old Highway 90 and resulted in one sanitaiton worker being injured. 

The Waste Management truck was crewed by three people at the time of the wreck - one 42-year-old female driver and two men, ages 30 and 40, working at the rear of the vehicle.


A Newton County deputy directing traffic by a structure fire on Highway 12 in Deweyville was struck in a hit-and-run incident on Friday, March 1, at about 9 p.m.

According to information from Newton County Sheriff's Office, the driver left the scene and headed south on Highway 87. A second deputy attempted to pursue the vehicle but lost sight of it as they entered Orange County. Law enforcement, with the help of witnesses located the abandoned truck at a home near Abes Road.