jefferson county

Jefferson County District Clerk Jamie Smith

With winter breaks and sabbaticals just around the corner, Jefferson County District Clerk Jamie Smith is reminding anyone looking to travel outside the U.S. to apply now for passports at the courthouse every day from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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As a result of the recent rain, effective Wednesday Aug. 19th at 2 p.m., Jefferson County lifted its burn ban. In a press release, the county asked residents to watch wind conditions while conducting outdoor burning and never leave an outdoor fire unattended. Also, when burning brush piles, make them into smaller, more manageable piles.

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Mark Hilton

In an attempt to arrest a wanted man who escaped from his custody, a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy suffered a broken arm.

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The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued an excessive heat warning for Southeast Texas, including Jefferson and Orange Counties. Temperatures could reach the triple digits this afternoon, Aug. 10, NWS reports, and the heat index could rise to 115 degrees.

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The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) has announced that Jefferson County is conducting a test of the functionality and accuracy of the Southeast Texas Alerting Network (STAN) on Thursday, August 6, as a part of the region's hurricane and all hazards preparedness efforts.

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One-and-a-half-story home are valued at the same rate as a two-story.

A change in the formula used to determine home values in Jefferson County will cause more than 7,000 homeowners to see an increase in their estimated tax bills for the coming year, with some seeing a spike in their home’s value of 5 percent or more. The added value of the residences comes when one-and-a-half-story homes are valued at the same rate as two-story homes.

Jefferson County Appraisal District officials say the results of the change are negligible, but some homeowners disagree.

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Kenneth Semien Sr.

President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law July 26, 1990, and with its passage, discrimination against persons with disabilities was made criminal in hopes it would begin to diminish. Now, 25 years later, persons with disabilities, along with the rest of the nation, are celebrating the anniversary of that momentous occasion and a local fair is being held to raise awareness of ADA law.

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Jefferson County Clerk Carolyn Guidry advises residents that same-sex marriage licenses are now being issued in her office, according to a news release from her office.

“In Jefferson County we are working to make sure our residents understand the latest Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage now requires the State of Texas to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples who otherwise qualify under the law," said Carolyn Guidry.

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The Jefferson County Regional Crime Lab conducted testing for two new members of its team Wednesday, May 20. The exam took place at an abandoned house in Beaumont and involved processing two mock crime scenes for evidence.

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brandon ahmad julun

A Port Arthur man's reportedly violent reign of terror over his ex-girlfriend ended recently when he recently received the maximum penalty for burglary of a habitation involving domestic abuse after being found guilty by a jury in a case prosecuted by Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham, First Assistant Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw and Assistant Criminal District Attorney Logan Campbell.

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