Sara Gubala and therapy dog Kennedy

Sara Gubala and therapy dog Kennedy

Among four honored with Julie and Ben Rogers Community Service Award

Sara Gubala, instructor of political science at Lamar University, and her Springer Spaniel Kennedy have a way of brightening up a room. Through their service in the community, they have brought smiles to children and seniors and helped motivate injured patients toward recovery.

The pair were honored with Lamar University’s Julie and Ben Rogers Community Service Award presented Nov. 8 in the University Reception Center of the Mary and John Gray Library.

Conquering Frankenstorm Sandy

Valrico driver Joe Swanekamp fueling a Verizon vehicle

Area firms boost relief efforts with boots on the ground

Editor’s Note: Southeast Texas residents know all too well what it is like to fight back from the devastation of a large-scale natural disaster. In the last decade, we had to do it twice when first Rita then Ike came to call. When Sandy wreaked havoc on the Northeastern U.S. in late October, we were ready to assist. Presented here are reports from two area companies who answered the call.

PUCT rules on Entergy rate case

Customer bills could drop 5 percent by December

Entergy Texas residential customers will end 2012 with an average electric bill about 5 percent lower than last year.

That’s because although the Public Utility Commission of Texas’ final ruling on the base rate case Entergy Texas filed late last year called for a small increase to residential customer bills; that increase will be more than offset by a series of credits and a fuel cost refund.

Reading with Jackie Simien

Bonjour Tee Belle

Anchor/author tirelessly promotes literacy

Lake Charles, La., native and longtime Southeast Texas news anchor Jackie Simien released her first children’s book, “Bonjour, Tee Belle,” in October, which is Creole Heritage Month. The book is a tribute to the culture and Simien’s mother, Annabelle Simien Amos, a Mallet, La., native.
“Bonjour, Tee Belle” is the first in what the author hopes to be a series of Creole children’s books featuring her mother as the heroine of the stories.

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