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Sisters share passion for engineering during BASF summer intern program

This past summer, two-local sisters were able to share their passion for engineering together during a summer internship program at a chemical plant in Beaumont with BASF Corp., the largest chemical producer in the world.

Shaved ice franchise comes to Beaumont

Kona Ice, a mobile shaved ice truck that serves customers at events as well as on route throughout the week, is now coming to west Beaumont. This shaved ice franchise comes to Southeast Texas thanks to local residents Monica and Abel Sanchez.
Kona Ice features 10 flavors in their self-serve interactive dispenser, as well as more than 20 additional flavors. The shaved ice truck brand is known to host events that give percentages of proceeds to philanthropic causes, which the couple plans to continue.

Chevron Phillips donates funds for welding students

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company in Port Arthur donated $5,000 to the Vidor High School welding program. The money will be used to purchase welding shirts, work boots, welding caps, gloves and any other equipment needed to protect the welding students while learning this trade skill. Without this contribution, many of the students would not be able to participate and wear the industry appropriate work attire in the Career and Technical Education welding program, explained the district, thanking the chemical company for the donation.

ISA Exposition set for Oct. 16

The Southeast Texas Section ISA is sponsoring an exposition for the automation community.
The year’s event, entitled Automation Expo, will be held at the Holiday Inn and Suites Convention Center located on Interstate 10 and Walden Road in Beaumont.  A technical conference with eight sessions scheduled will run concurrent with the expo.  The event is being held Tuesday Oct. 16 from 1-7p.m.  

ExxonMobil Polyethylene Plant named Distinguished Citizen

The ExxonMobil Polyethylene Plant was presented the Distinguished Citizen Award Thursday, Aug. 30 at the 34th Distinguished Citizens Dinner benefiting the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Three Rivers Council 578. According to literature from the event, the plant was chosen to receive the award due to its importance to the community. ExxonMobil employees deliver about 18,000 volunteer hours each year, providing engineering and science expertise for STEM activities at all levels of education.

Golden Triangle Business Roundtable 27th Annual Contractor Safety Awards


The Golden Triangle Business Roundtable (GTBR) honored businesses for safety performance during work performed on local plant projects in 2017 at the 27th An­nual Contractor Safety Awards, held at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites on Walden Road in Beaumont on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Special guest speakers included U.S. Rep. Randy Weber and State Rep. Dade Phelan. The keynote speaker was Jonathan Hunt, vice president of Terminal Operations for Energy Transfer Partners.

Never give up

In 2004, Livingston native Ronnie Hindsman was doing what he’d done a thousand times before – a simple job out of a bucket truck for the Sam Houston Electric Cooperative, where he’d been working for more than 25 years. It was a job he’d done so many times that he didn’t bother wearing rubber gloves.

“There are things some people just get too comfortable working on,” Hindsman said. “There was some miscommunication between me and the foreman.”

World's Deadliest Animals

What are the world’s most deadly animals? While lions, ti¬gers, jaguars, sharks and grizzly bears inspire plenty of fear, the animals that wreak the most havoc are much smaller.

Dr. John Hildebrand, regents professor of neuroscience in the departments of neurology, entomology and cellular biology at the University of Arizona, shared his expertise on “The most danger¬ous animals in the world: Arthropod vectors of disease” at the John Gray Center on the campus of Lamar University on Tuesday, March 22.

County issues request for hotel occupancy tax fund applications

The Orange County Hotel/Motel Tax Committee has released applications for nonprofit entities within the county to apply for a portion of the County’s Hotel/Motel Tax funds.

Any 501(C) organization in Orange County that attracts visitors to Orange County, Texas, can make application to the committee. There are a number of restrictions by state law as to how the funds can be utilized. Funds must be used in a manner that encourages overnight visitors to Orange County, and expenditures must fall within one of the following categories: