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Ford Park Entertainment Complex, the Jefferson County publicly subsidized event center, costs taxpayers roughly $2 million every year, but elected officials are hoping new management can cut the amount of support needed from county coffers to run the facility and breathe life into the underutilized venue.

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Several lane closures and traffic delays in Southeast Texas can be expected in the next few days, TxDOT PIO Sarah Dupre reported.

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On Jan. 27, the Port Arthur Police Department received a call at 9:34 a.m. regarding a train derailment near the 2100 block of Highway 87, City of Port Arthur PIO LaRisa Carpenter reported.

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Police in Beaumont are investigating a shooting related to a reported attempted robbery at the Gulf Liquor Store, 3020 Gulf Street in Beaumont, on Jan. 26, Officer Carol Riley stated in a news release. 

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Jefferson Co. Sheriff Zena Stephens and JCSA President “Ike” Eichelberger

Some schools call it “Project Graduation,” and at least one local school calls it “Project Celebration.” Whatever they may call it, public schools in Jefferson County are all preparing graduation-night festivities for student seniors, meant to reward long years of hard work and to keep the students safe on a night fraught with peril.

Jan. 12, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Association (JCSA) donated $1,000 to each of several high schools for their graduation night events.

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According to an ExxonMobil spokesperson, the ExxonMobil refining and chemical complex will be conducting an emergency preparedness drill today at 9 a.m. This is a test. There is no plant emergency.

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Water is a necessity. People must drink it to live. We bathe in it. We wash our clothes, our dishes and even our children in it. We depend on our water supply and expect it to meet safety and quality standards mandated by environmental regulatory bodies.

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Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office seized marijuana, pot plants and firearms during an investigation Jan. 23, reportedly resulting in drug and weapon charges against an area teen, reports Deputy Marcus McLellan.

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Lamar 2017 Distinguished Alumni

The Lamar University Office of Alumni Affairs has named four alumni as Distinguished Alumni for 2017, noting that their dedication to their professions, service to their communities and loyalty to their alma mater epitomizes the Lamar University spirit, officials said.

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Evolution Academy hosted an event to spotlight the benefit of alt education.

Jefferson County Commissioners and County Judge Jeff Branick issued a proclamation declaring the week of Jan. 22-28 to be School Choice Week because, according to the supporting document declaring the special designation, “all children in Jefferson County should have access to the highest-quality education possible.” 

The elected leaders believe the topic needs to be discussed in an effort to “raise awareness of the need for effective educational options.”

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