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Port Arthur City Manager Brian McDougal in spring 2016

For the second time in as many weeks, the Port Arthur City Council convened behind closed doors Monday, Nov. 13, “to discuss the duties, responsibilities, discipline, or dismissal of the city manager,” Brian McDougal, who was hired under a different make-up of elected city officials in 2015. The agenda item, requested by Councilmember Harold Doucet, had also been placed on the non-public executive session portion of the agenda for deliberation at the council’s Tuesday, Nov. 7, posted special meeting.

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Attorney Bob Thomas leans in to speak, sitting next to Mickey Sterling

A Port Arthur police officer terminated by the city is appealing his firing during an arbitration hearing this week, and although he is the one whose fate is being decided, some witnesses accused his former colleague of nefarious actions, including allowing a self-described psychic medium access to confidential information about cases and people.

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Caelan Carr, Curtis Jackson, Cindy Rodriguez, Stefhani Herrate, Benjamin Harris

Ozen forms Rotary Interact Club

Clifton J. Ozen Magnet High School students and officers were installed into the Rotary-sponsored Interact Club on Nov. 9, 2017. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Ozen’s club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Beaumont and is recognized by Rotary International as a new charter club.

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Flooded house in Bevil Oaks | Photo: Eleanor Skelton

Bevil Oaks residents may receive their first water bills since Hurricane Harvey just before Thanksgiving, the city said in a statement Nov. 15.

The city said many residents have been asking when they can expect their bills.

Due to Harvey's flooding, which damaged all but four out of 498 homes according to Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick, Bevil Oaks citizens haven't received bills since Aug. 1 for July's usage. Harvey hit two days before the August billing was supposed to be finished, city officials said.

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Cynthia Pierce Hunt | Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

A Beaumont woman was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Nov. 15 for fraudulent credit card use, according to court documents.

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