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Vernon Pierce and Sallie Ranier

Residents returning to their flooded homes and normal routines have been asking why their electric bills have spiked post-Harvey.

Port Neches resident Kirk Hinson didn’t understand why his electric bill jumped from an average of $75 for the last eight months to a whopping $651.70 for the month of October.

He’s not the only one whose bills spiked after Hurricane Harvey.

Kandis Voth, who lives in Silsbee, owes $1,225.60 for October, only $31.54 of which is past due. 

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A dredge on the Sabine-Neches Waterway

Hurricane Harvey heavily impacted Southeast Texas and, according to information from the Sabine-Neches Navigation District, the storm’s influence reached well beyond the area, effectively costing consumers in the United States an estimated $4.3 billion in increased prices at the gas pump.

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A Roaring La Soiree will give a taste of the 20's for a good cause

Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation’s annual gala, La Soirée, will be held Jan. 27, 2018 at the Beaumont Civic Center.

Guests who appreciate the nostalgia of days past will especially enjoy this year’s theme — A Roaring La Soirée — based on the Roaring ’20s, a decade that featured vintage cars, feathers, pearls and spotlights.

Music from the ’20s and fantastic food from Bando’s will keep the party going.

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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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Mateo Dedios | Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

A Pasadena man was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Nov. 15 for aggravated assault.

Mateo Dedios, 51, is accused of pushing his wife out of a car while they were driving Oct. 26, according to court documents.

Jefferson County Dispatch received three 911 calls around 2:29 pm. on Oct. 26 from witnesses who said they saw a woman fall from a moving car near mile marker 833 on I-10 eastbound, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Deputies arrived on scene at 2:33 p.m. and could not locate the woman.

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Diante Malik Burrell | Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

A Port Arthur man arrested in connection with a recent fatal shooting admitted to shooting the victim in the chest, according to documents obtained from the Port Arthur Police Department.

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