The News

With a shade over 1500 early ballots cast in the 2011 Port Arthur City Council runoff election for the District 4 and Position 7 seats, there’s only one day left for the residents of those respective areas to decide who they want to represent them for the next three years.

Election Day is Saturday, June 25.

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Giddyup! When a strain of equine herpes led to a temporary quarantine at horse farms in central Utah, the sponsors of the Davis County Mounted Posse Junior Queen contest in May had a dilemma, but instead of canceling the competition in which the cowgirls show their skills on horseback, they decided to conduct the show except with the girls “riding” stick “ponies” to get style points. Former queen Savanna Steed told KSL-TV the change would be good because it would better test riders’ knowledge of the routines instead of their relying on their horses to make the moves.

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During what was, at times, a heated spectacle of a city council meeting, Vidor City Council Ward 4 representative Mallie Bickham resigned his post on the governmental body.

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Beaumont police officers reported an arrested has been made in the death of 55-year-old Gregory Fleniken, a businessman who was found dead in his hotel room at the MCM Eleganté in September 2010.

On Wednesday, June 22, investigators with the Chippewa Sheriff's Office arrested Lance R. Mueller, 48, of Chippewa, Wisc. According to police, Mueller allegedly mishandled a firearm, which then went off and shot through the wall and into the adjacent room, where Fleniken was staying.

Mueller is expected to be extradited to Texas within the next few days.

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The McDonald’s that sits at the corner of Savannah and Gulfway in Port Arthur has closed its doors for good and there is rampant speculation as to what caused the closure.

According to the McDonald’s regional office in Houston, the restaurant has been “closed permanently,” putting to rest any notion that the 26-year-old building that was originally opened in March of 1985 was being torn down in order to build a new McDonald’s that matches the fresher look and feel that the fast food titan has adopted in recent years.

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