Port Arthur

MLK at the Irving Street underpass (JCSO/Facebook.com)

Update 8/28:

Bevil Oaks and Northwest Forest are now under mandatory evacuation orders, according to County Judge Jeff Branick as of 11:15 a.m. on Monday, August 28. 

Lamar University classes scheduled for Wednesday, August 30 have been canceled.  This cancellation is in addition to those announced for Monday and Tuesday. The university hopes that classes can resume on Thursday, August 31. 

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A Port Arthur man arrested during a warrant search at a gaming site at 2680 Washington Blvd. in Beaumont was indicted Aug. 23 for possession of a controlled substance after police allegedly found a rubber ball containing “liquid weed” inside the man’s jacket.

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While the district as a whole “met standard,” multiple Beaumont ISD campuses were rated as “improvement required” in the 2017 accountability reports released on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

Smith, MLK, and South Park middle schools are all improvement required. Vincent, Odom, and Marshall middle schools met standard.

Caldwood, Pietzch-MacArthur, Blanchette, Martin, Jones-Clark, Charlton Pollard and Fehl elementary schools are all rated improvement required. Curtis, Fletcher, Guess, Amelia, Regina, Homer, and Dishman elementary schools met standard.

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Lamar University’s Center for Innovation Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (CICE) is partnering with faith-based and community organizations for the first ever Port Arthur Hope & Opportunity Event. The free community event with be Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Booker T. Elementary School, located on 1300 Freeman Avenue in Port Arthur, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Hope & Healing Grief Support Group, offered by the Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, will be meeting from September 11, 2017 at 5:30 PM to Monday, October 30, on Monday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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More than 1,100 Port Arthur ISD stakeholders turned up to vote on a tax increase proposed by the school district on and in advance of Election Day — Saturday, Aug. 5. With more than 57 percent of the vote, or 654 ballots, the tax increase passed.

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Jefferson County Drainage District No. 7 notified the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of a floodwall failure near Taylor Bayou on Tuesday morning, according to a news release from Jefferson County Emergency Management Coordinator Greg Fountain.

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Southeast Texas singer-songwriter Robert Frith will play from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Rodair Roadhouse located at 6701 Jade Ave in Port Arthur. Frith has played at several big musical festivals in the area including the Gulf Coast Jam as well as Janis Joplin Memorial Concert. The diversity of Frith’s original music earned him airplay on radio stations with music formats of pop, rock, classic rock and country. In 2007, he was chosen out of 30,000 contestants as a Regional Finalist for the reality music show Nashville Star on USA Network.

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On July 31 at 7:19 p.m., Port Arthur Police Officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Sabine Avenue in response to a shooting.

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Police were dispatched to 4200 block 32nd St. in Port Arthur on Saturday, July 30, in response to an unresponsive three month old infant.

Upon arrival, Port Arthur Police began administering life saving measures until PAFD and Acadian EMS arrived on scene and took over life saving efforts. The infant was transported to The Medical Center of Southeast Texas where a short time later the infant was pronounced deceased.

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