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GM Greg Lucchesi gives Motiva refinery update to PA Chamber

Greg Lucchesi, GM of the Motiva Port Arthur Refinery, spoke at the Port Arthur Chamber Membership Luncheon on Tuesday, July 25, at the Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center. Around 275 people attended, according to Raquel Ochoa, communications and technical administrator at The Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce.

Tim Sudela named new president of the Rotary Club of Beaumont

Tim Sudela received the gavel of the Rotary Club of Beaumont from immediate past president Ted Moor in a ceremony Wednesday, July 5. Sudela is now president until June 2018, said Jacque Chapman, executive director of the Rotary Club of Beaumont.
A council of past presidents selects the new president each year, Chapman said.

Jack Brooks Airport awarded $3.3 million for taxiway reconstruction

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Monday, July 24, the Federal Aviation Administration will award $169.3 million in airport infrastructure grants to 85 airports in 35 states across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program.
Jack Brooks Regional Airport will receive a $3.3 million grant and will use the funds to reconstruct Taxiway Delta, a route along which aircraft can taxi when moving to or from the runway.

Child vendors one-day business owners at Central Mall event

Central Mall held its sixth annual Kids Inc. day Saturday, July 29. The event encourages youth entrepreneurship by allowing young people between the ages of 6 and 15 to set up their own “stores” in the mall to learn about business, make money, and most of all — have fun.
“We had a record number of vendors this year,” said Jodie Galloway, senior marketing and specialty leasing manager at Central Mall. “We had 22. We had some very creative and interesting products this year we’ve never had before.”

BnB brings back the mom-and-pop style arcade to Beaumont

Smart phones and home gaming consoles seem to have all but killed off the old arcades that Gen Xers fondly remember as favorite hangouts after school. And while you still have a few big mega arcades in Houston like Dave & Buster’s and Main Event that cater as much if not more to adults than kids, and the chain arcade Tilt in Beaumont, the mom-and-pop style arcades that you used to see on almost every street corner in the ’80s and ’90s seem to have faded away.

Without Tuffy’s no longer

After a five-year hiatus, a long-standing Mauriceville tradition has returned and is receiving an outstanding reception.
Tuffy’s Eatery, best known for its homemade rolls and pies — not to mention its plate-filling chicken-fried steaks — reopened May 16, and Southeast Texans have shown that they appreciate the restaurant’s comeback.

New restaurants open in Southeast Texas

Mike “Tuffy” Hamilton has become quite the restaurateur. Hamilton, who once owned Tuffy’s in Mauriceville, then purchased Beaumont food spots Catfish Kitchen on College Street and The West, has now ventured to Port Arthur and opened Hamilton’s Restaurant and Bar at 8460 Central Mall Drive.
Those who drive up to Hamilton’s will notice it’s in the same location where Bayou Café No. 2 once was, so several of the same seafood menu items were kept, but Hamilton has added the chicken fried steak, chicken fried chicken, rolls and desserts that he offered in Mauriceville.

Hardin-Jefferson ISD Board of Trustees selected as Regional Board of the Year

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he Hardin-Jefferson ISD Board of Trustees has been selected as the 2017 Regional Board of the Year. HJISD is one of only 20 regionally selected boards in Texas, and will represent Southeast Texas in the Texas Association of School Administrators School Board Awards Program.
Hardin-Jefferson ISD Board of Trustees is Jimmy Padgett; Alex Stelly Jr.; Mark Aldrich, vice president; Michelle Yentzen, president; Andrew Brooks, secretary; Gary Hidalgo; and Brent Walters.

Company officials, local leaders discuss importance of ExxonMobil Beaumont polyethylene plant expansion to local economy, global demand

A project to expand ExxonMobil’s Beaumont polyethylene plant is right on track, according to the company, and should allow it to remain a global leader in the manufacturing of plastic products.
The BPEX project, which was announced in November 2016, will increase capacity by 65 percent – or approximately 716,502 tons per year. The plant is already at about 1.1 million tons of production a year. Completion is anticipated in 2019.

Scientists from around the world converge at Lamar to tackle CO2 emission problems

Ten nations were represented at the second International Workshop on Offshore Geologic CO2 Storage held June 19-21 at Lamar University’s Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (CICE).
The workshop, hosted by Lamar University and University of Texas Geosciences, included sessions on finding offshore storage, environmental and overburden monitoring, offshore assessment and more.