CASA events raise awareness, funds for victims of child abuse

First Assistant Criminal District Attorney Corey Crenshaw serves guests of the CASA Justice is Served dinner. Each year, Jefferson County judges and members of the District Attorney’s Office act as waiters for the event. photo by Brandon Gouthier

CASA of Southeast Texas has been serving the abused and neglected children of Jefferson County for more than 20 years — speaking up for them when no one else would and ensuring that they are placed in safe and, when appropriate, permanent homes.

College presidents share plans for campus improvements, await funding from Texas Legislature

College presidents (from left) Dr. Michael Shahan, Dr. Betty Reynard, and Dr. Paul Szuch are awaiting funding from the Texas Legislature (background) to move forward with construction projects.

With the spring 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature well underway, three college presidents shared plans for new growth at their respective schools and much-needed campus development that rely upon funding from the state.

Higher education institutes across Texas have requested millions of dol­lars in Tuition Revenue Bonds (TRBs) including three two-year colleges under the Texas State University System — Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT), Lamar State College-Port Arthur (LSC-PA) and Lamar State College-Orange (LSC-O).

Trustees call BP claim that Gulf is returning to pre-spill conditions ‘inappropriate’

photo courtesy of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s office

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA) called a March 16 news statement by BP claiming that the Gulf environment is returning to pre-spill conditions “inappropriate” in a follow-up press release by NRDA.

Port Arthur EDC, Chamber move downtown

Port Arthur Economic and Development Corporation Director Floyd Batiste cut the ribbon Wednesday, March 25, to celebrate the official opening of the Port Arthur Economic and Development Corporation’s new location at 501 Procter St. in downtown Port Arthur. Th e cost to refurbish the building, which was once First National Bank of Port Arthur, was around $5.4 million, Batiste said. “We are using both new market tax credit and Texas Historical Preservation Tax Credit to fi nance the project,” Ba- tiste told the Business Journal in a Janu- ary article.