The News

During a Jan. 10 Vidor City Council meeting, councilmembers unanimously voted to appoint Kimberly Stiebig as mayor of the city of Vidor. 

The position had been left vacant as of Jan. 1, when former Mayor Robert Viator Jr. was sworn in as Orange County Commissioner Pct. 4.

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Acting Port Arthur Water Utilities Director Dr. Hani Tohme, who formerly held a similar position in Beaumont before being forced from the top rank following a scathing assessment of the department that noted gross overspending and mismanagement, says his new crew is “working on” addressing the tens of thousands of dollars Port Arthur residents such as 77-year-old Joyce Sanders have been overbilled for the essential utility service.

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Three of seven suspects are in custody after two car chases led to one group of suspects to be apprehended the morning of Thursday, Jan. 10.

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According to Beaumont Detective Jared Dupree of Beaumont's auto theft task force, the suspects that have been captured are connected to a number of other inmates currently in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility. 

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Pinehurst Police Chief Fred Hanauer presented two Pinehurst officers with certificates of Meritorious Service on Jan. 8. Hanauer said, officers Kevin Norton and Joshua Lockett exhibited service above and beyond the call of duty on two different events where their actions very well may have saved lives. 

On Dec. 7, 2018, Lockett responded to an industrial accident on Strickland Drive and was able to apply a tourniquet to a man's partially severed arm. He was able to stop the bleeding until EMS arrived and life flighted the man to a nearby hospital.

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