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Texas home sales, median home prices increase during the second quarter of 2018

The number of homes sold in Texas—and the median price for those homes—continued to rise during the second quarter of 2018, according to the 2018-Q2 Texas Quarterly Housing Report released today by the Texas Association of Realtors.


New man on campus at Lamar State College-Orange

For Dr. Thomas Johnson taking over the Lamar State College-Orange presidency feels like a homecoming. Johnson, who retired from law enforcement after serving 20 years, was born in Port Arthur and went to Sam Houston Elementary, living only a few blocks away on 42nd Street.

U.S. congressman Randy Weber holds town hall meeting at Huntsman plant

 Tuesday, Aug. 21, U.S. Rep. Randy Weber visited Huntsman Port Neches Operations to tour the facility and meet with executives to discuss plant operations and the company’s environmental initiatives.  Immediately after, Congressman Weber hosted a town hall meeting for employees to share his objectives for the 14th District of Texas.
Among the topics discussed were the steps that industrial companies like Huntsman have taken to reduce emissions and increase safety in the neighborhoods they operate in.

Entergy Texas donates $300K to entities impacted by Harvey

To mark the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, Entergy Texas donated $300,000 to local educators, local governments and nonprofit organizations to replace items that the storm destroyed.
 “Harvey showed the heroes of our communities,” said Sallie Rainer, president and CEO of Entergy Texas, Inc. “The schools, cities and community organizations were there to help people get back on their feet following the storm. Our contributions today are a sign of our ongoing partnership to make our communities stronger.”

Coffee with a CEO: Business Journal talks to new owner of Bill Clark Pest Control Josh Smith

Taking the helm of a business with a 60-plus year history — one of the largest independent pest control companies in the state of Texas — at the young age of 35 might seem a little intimidating to most, but not to Josh Smith, the new owner/GM of Bill Clark Pest Control. Smith has worked his way up from the bottom — from sweeping floors to sales and pest control.

SETEDD Grant Board President Dean Robinson addresses Rotary Club

Dean Robinson, president of the South East Texas Economic Development Administration District Grant Board, was special guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Beaumont meeting Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the MCM Eleganté Hotel.

Evans Tree and Stump Work named Bridge City Chamber Business of the Month

The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce has named Evans Tree and Stump Work Business of the Month for August 2018.
Owner Jimmie Evans accepted the award, sponsored by Sabine River Ford, from Ambassador Michael Hanneman, owner of Whitetail Construction Services, at the August Networking Coffee hosted by Capital Title.
Jimmie received gifts from Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Bridge City, Sabine Federal Credit Union, Mary Kelone of Barefoot Souls, Complete Staffing, Neches Federal Credit Union, Best Day Spa, and Coastal Dream Travel.

Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass LNG terminal export numbers continue to grow

Since Cheniere Sabine Pass commissioned its first export of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) cargo destined for Brazil in February 2016, business has been steadily flowing.
Demand for LNG is strong and growing worldwide.

Sempra Energy receives FERC notice of schedule for Port Arthur LNG project

Sempra Energy announced Tuesday, Sept. 4 that the company has received a Notice of Schedule from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that sets Jan. 31, 2019, as the planned completion date of the final environmental impact statement for siting, construction and operation of the proposed Port Arthur LNG natural gas liquefaction-export project.

Mobiloil Credit Union names John Doucet as new CEO

Mobiloil Credit Union recently announced John Doucet as its new CEO and President. Doucet began his career at Mobiloil Credit Union in the late 1980s as a loan officer. He went on to serve as president and CEO of two credit unions in Southeast Texas; Beaumont Municipal Credit Union and Goodrich Employees Federal Credit Union.
In 2009, John returned to Mobiloil Credit Union as senior VP and CFO. He became the Executive VP and COO in January 2011.