Southeast Texas

The deadline to apply for American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey financial assistance is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

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Several Los Angeles police officers, prompted by news coverage of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding in Houston, banded together and ended up in Southeast Texas.

“This really started with me watching the news and then seeing what was happening out here in Houston,” Capt. Jonathan Tom explained. “We saw that poor sergeant who died in the line of duty,” referring to Houston PD’s Sgt. Steve Perez found drowned Aug. 29.

Tom is the commanding officer of LAPD’s south traffic division with 130 officers working under him.

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In Southeast Texas, “Our man Jack” was known as a devout family man and people’s politician whose name is so revered we’ve used it to adorn our federal courthouse as well as the Southeast Texas airport, but the late Congressman Jack Brooks is remembered with honor in other parts of the country as well.

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In a time of tremendous loss and dire need in Southeast Texas following Hurricane Harvey, Jon Huntsman Sr., founder and executive chairman of the Huntsman Corporation, has responded and is issuing a challenge to other business leaders — give.

In a special press conference Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Jefferson County Courthouse, which was still closed for business due to Hurricane Harvey, Huntsman announced that he wanted to help get Southeast Texans back on their feet.

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Judge Terrence Holmes

Although most businesses in Southeast Texas were still shuttered Monday, Sept. 4, in the wake of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey, many still found useful outlets for their idle hands, putting them to work at volunteer sites scattered throughout the region. Serving their fellow Southeast Texans hit hard by Harvey’s floodwaters, men, women, and children answered the call to aid their neighbors in rescue and recovery, spending the Labor Day holiday on the job.

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The Vidor Police Department is warning residents about records flooding in the city and cautioning citizens to adhere to barricades placed to block traffic from flooded avenues. 

According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 28, "We are having record flooding in our community. We need everyone to stay home and do not cross barricades. Most roads are flooded and passing vehicles are pushing water into residences. This event is catastrophic. We need to be respectful and safe by not driving on roadways. Most businesses are closed today."

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The winner of the Spindletop Rotary Club’s Annual Soap Box Derby has taken fourth place in an international competition. Ruben Navarro of Austin represented the club in Akron, Ohio, in July at the 80th International All American Soap Box Derby Championship.

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As Southeast Texas looks forward at the months-long hurricane season, NOAA forecasters and local emergency responders say the time is now to prepare for what could potentially be early and  destructive storms.

First responders across the area are performing drills to perfect evacuation efforts and disseminating information to ready local residents for a quick exit if evacuation becomes mandatory.

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Southeast Texas veteran lawman Zack Shelton will be on cinema screens nationwide as the movie documentary “I Killed JFK,” featuring Shelton and other President John F. Kennedy assassination experts, is set to air for a limited time in select theaters in honor of Kennedy’s 100th birthday. Locally, the movie will be shown at Port Arthur Central Mall 10 on Wednesday, May 31, with showtimes of 7 and 9:30 p.m.

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Police in Vidor arrested a woman May 12 for possession of a controlled substance after reportedly finding three liquid-filled syringes believed to contain methamphetmine, a tablet of suspected ecstasy and other drugs during a traffic stop, according to Vidor Police Department Officer Matthew Custer. 

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