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Ribbon Cutting held for Forest Oaks Funeral Home in Jasper

The Jasper-Lake Sam Rayburn Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for Forest Oaks Funeral Home at 601 W Gibson Street in Jasper. According to the funeral home's website, the company's goal "is to provide families in Jasper ... and the surrounding areas with the best service possible during one of the most difficult times in their lives at a much more reasonable price than the area funeral homes.

ExxonMobil named 2017 Explorer of the Year by World Oil and Gas Council

ExxonMobil has been named 2017 Explorer of the Year by the World Oil and Gas Council in recognition of excellence and innovation in the global energy industry.

“This award is recognition of ExxonMobil’s successful efforts to strengthen our portfolio by accessing and discovering the highest quality resources,” said Steve Greenlee, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company. “This recognition would not be possible without the dedication of our employees and their daily commitment to safety and operational excellence at every stage of exploration.”

EIA forecasts natural gas to remain primary energy source for electricity generation

EIA’s January 2018 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) forecasts that natural gas will remain the primary source of U.S. electricity generation for at least the next two years. The share of total electricity supplied by natural gas-fired power plants is expected to average 33 percent in 2018 and 34 percent in 2019, up from 32 percent in 2017. EIA expects the share of generation from coal, which had been the predominant electricity generation fuel for decades, to average 30 percent in 2018 and 28 percent in 2019, compared with 30 percent in 2017.

Apple announces company’s direct contribution to the US economy will be more than $350 billion over next five years

Apple announced Wednesday, Jan. 17, a new set of investments to build on its commitment to support the American economy and its workforce, concentrated in three areas where Apple has had the greatest impact on job creation: direct employment by Apple, spending and investment with Apple’s domestic suppliers and manufacturers, and fueling the fast-growing app economy which Apple created with iPhone and the App Store.

Walmart to offer free opioid disposal solution at all pharmacy locations

In an effort to help curb abuse and misuse, Walmart is launching a first-of-its kind opioid disposal solution – available at no cost – in all company pharmacies. Known as DisposeRx, the small packet contains ingredients that, according to the manufacturer, when emptied into a pill bottle with warm water, ultimately enable patients to responsibly dispose of leftover medications in their trash.

Fourth quarter sales of 2017 at Sears and Kmart decline 16-17 percent

Sears Holdings Corporation ("Holdings," "we," "us," "our," or the "Company") (NASDAQ: SHLD) announced Wednesday, Jan 10 that it has raised $100 million in new financing and is pursuing an additional $200 million from other counterparties.

Southeast Texas Emergency Relief fund receives more than $150,000 in grants from local industry for Hurricane Harvey relief

The Southeast Texas Emergency Relief Fund (SETERF) announces grants of more than $150,000 from local industry, including $100,000 from OCI, $35,000 from Sempra and $20,000 from Chevron Phillips, to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts.

Southeast Texas Emergency Relief Fund receives $26,700 contribution from Mobiloil Federal Credit Union for Hurricane Harvey relief

Mobiloil Federal Credit Union has presented the Southeast Texas Emergency Release Fund (SETERF) with a contribution in the amount of $26,700 to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts.

“With the majority of our region devastated by this disaster, Southeast Texans are still overwhelmed with inconceivable needs. Many individuals and companies have bolstered their support,” said Robert Edgar, SETERF chair. “Their funding will enable us to help many displaced families."

Southeast Texas Emergency Relief Fund receives $25,000 Valero grant for Port Arthur ISD victims of Hurricane Harvey

Valero has presented the Southeast Texas Emergency Relief Fund (SETERF) with a $25,000 grant designated to help Port Arthur Independent School District teachers, faculty and school leaders affected by Hurricane Harvey and to help the families of special needs children who lost equipment and supplies due to the storm.

Valero’s grant will help return a sense of normalcy to many educators, young people and their families whose lives have been uprooted since the hurricane.

Holiday retail sales increased 5.5 percent in 2017, showing strongest gain since Great Recession

Holiday sales during November and December increased 5.5 percent over the same period in 2016 to $691.9 billion as growing wages, stronger employment and higher confidence led consumers to spend more than had been expected, the National Retail Federation said today. The number, which excludes restaurants, automobile dealers and gasoline stations, includes $138.4 billion in online and other non-store sales, which were up 11.5 percent over the year before.