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John Randall and Lance Billeaud

Sabine-Neches chiefs pick LIT adjunct as ‘Person of the Year’

Much to the surprise of a humble Lance Billeaud, the Lamar Institute of Technology Fire Academy’s Adjunct Instructor recently was awarded “Person of the Year” by the Sabine-Neches Chiefs’ Association (SNCA).

He was invited to the Bosses’ Night awards ceremony under the guise that the SNCA would instead be honoring his co-worker, Regional Fire Academy Coordinator John Randall.

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The "Christmas Wave" of the Port Arthur Police Department/TxDOT S.T.E.P Program will commence on Friday, Dec.

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Cars stretch for blocks around the Southeast Texas Food Bank

Lines of cars blocked both directions of MLK Parkway for about a mile around the Southeast Texas Food Bank right after Hurricane Harvey hit, executive director Dan Maher said.

While Beaumont was like an island surrounded by floodwaters, those in need were able to come directly to the food bank for food and water instead of going to one of the many churches and community centers on the Jefferson County food pantry distribution list.

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A Jefferson County jury found former City of Port Arthur Water Utilities Distribution Maintenance Supervisor Joseph Soliz guilty on six counts of theft of metal by a public servant on Dec. 14 for stealing more than 8 tons – 16,000 pounds – of city-owned metals during his tenure there.

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flood levels marked by red line and discoloration of foliage in Day-Use Area

Harvey caused flooding throughout Texas that locals had never seen before, not only for neighborhoods and homes but also for the diverse wildlife that lives in the Big Thicket.

Deer drowned, snakes were displaced, and alligators came up in unexpected places, according to park staff.

But despite Harvey’s “unprecedented” flooding in late August, about 22 of the Big Thicket National Preserve’s 40 miles of trails were accessible by Sept. 18, National Park Service spokesperson Jason Ginder said in a release, only a few weeks after the hurricane.

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signs addressing voting for an Orange County hospital district

Orange County voters have until Tuesday, Dec. 19, to decide how they feel about the possibility of a new hospital district and cast their ballots in the contentious election.

Residents have a lot to consider, with proponents and opponents voicing their concerns in town hall meetings and all over social media.

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The first train loaded with ethanol arrives at Jefferson Energy Terminal

Green Plains Inc. and Jefferson Energy Companies, a subsidiary of Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC, recently announced that their joint venture, JGP Energy Partners, loaded its first vessel with nearly 3 million gallons of ethanol destined for Brazil. The joint venture is currently loading its second shipment of 10 million gallons of ethanol on a vessel bound for India.

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It has been six months since 19-year-old pregnant mother Kera Teel was fatally shot at an apartment complex in Beaumont. After what police have referred to as a “very complex” investigation that resulted in the catch and release of two suspects initially believed involved in the fatal attack, police have arrested and charged two juveniles with capital murder for Teel’s death and attempted capital murder for a later Yorktown shooting.

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Jack Brooks Federal Courthouse, Beaumont

Just released from federal prison after serving the better part of a decade behind bars for allegiances made with jihadi fighters in Somalia in 2009, convicted terrorist Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed is now alleged to be providing support to the terrorist organization typically referred to as ISIS while in Beaumont, prosecutors contend in new charges unsealed in court this past week.

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A Lumberton high school student was arrested after a "hit list" was found at the high school's alternative education building around 3 p.m. Dec. 12, the district said in a statement.

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