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The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) announced Thursday, Jan. 17, that an oversized heavy transport will be making its way from SH 146 at Cedar Bayou, to SH 146 north of Interstate 10 on late Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday evening, Jan. 19.

According to a statement from TXDOT, the haul will begin at 10 p.m. on Friday and is expected to last into the morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 19. It will park near the I-10 and FM 3180 intersection until continuing the move beginning 10 p.m. Saturday night. 

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Ines Alvidres poses with her most recent painted box in Beaumont.

As painted traffic light control boxes become more and more prominent around Beaumont, more and more artists are able to share their experience, vision and passion with fellow citizens.

One such artist sharing her artistic view is professional artist and Beaumont resident Ines Alvidres. Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and immigrating to Beaumont at the age of 16 to be with family, Alvidres has found beauty in the boomtown city.

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The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) will be hosting “A Vintage Valentine,” a dinner fundraiser, the night of Thursday, Feb. 14. 

The fundraiser will feature a sit-down dinner corresponding with wine and soft jazz by Sharon Montgomery and Jimmy Simmons. All proceed from the event will go to fund AMSET’s educational programs, which benefit local students.

The night will begin with champagne and appetizers, which will be followed be a dinner paired with curated wines and sweets to top it off. The event will have a balloon raffle with mystery prizes.

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The Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce is asking for assistance in raising $22,000 for Coast Guard service men and women who are not receiving their regular paychecks due to the partial federal government shutdown. 

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Jessie “Buddy” Lawrence Hamblin

Update:

The suspect, Jessie “Buddy” Lawrence Hamblin, in the Silsbee Walmart parking lot stabbing the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 15 is in custody.

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A Jefferson County SWAT stand-off ended peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 15 at a home near Ridgewood Elementary in Port Neches.

According to information from Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, at about 1 p.m. deputies were attempting to serve a warrant in the 2700 block of Merriman when the subject barricaded himself inside the home. Relatives who were home at the time exited the premises, and following a short stand-off, the man surrendered peacefully to SWAT officers.

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A racecar exploded outside of the Waffle House on the intersection of I-10 and College Sunday, Jan. 13. 

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The Department of Public Safety released a statement on its enforcement effort operations for violations of the Move Over/Slow Down law across the state. Among these operations, one is planned to take place in the Beaumont District on Wednesday, Jan. 16. 

The law states that drivers must vacate the lane closest to the applicable vehicles stopped on the side of the road if the road has multiple lanes traveling in the same direction, or slow down to 20 mph below the speed limit. If the speed limit is below 25 mph, the driver must slow down to 5 mph.

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Orange County Commissioners Court updated the Orange County Transportation policy effective January 15. The public transportation service of the SETRPC (Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission) will have an increase in transportation fares, with rides now charged as $2 for planned one-way trips and $4 for spontaneous rides in the county, and $3 for a pre-planned  trip to Beaumont and Port Arthur. Fees are decreased if the trip is for a medical-related purpose.

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Suspects in an October case of theft

Nederland Police Department is asking for the publics help in identifying two suspects in a case of theft, which occurred Wednesday, Oct. 10 2018. 

Any one with information on the identity of these suspects is asked to contact Detective Dupuis at (409) 723-1569.

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