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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.

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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