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BASF TOTAL wastewater project wins national award from ACC

 BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals LLC received a Waste Minimization, Reuse and Recycling Award from the American Chemistry Council (ACC) for successfully implementing a wastewater management project in Port Arthur, Texas that reduces site waste along with operating costs. Representatives from the company were recognized during the 2014 Responsible Care Conference and Expo in Miami, FL.

Betty Reynard Confirmed as President of Lamar State College-Port Arthur


The Board of Regents of the Texas State University System, during a special called meeting Wednesday, June 18, confirmed the appointment of Dr. Betty Reynard as president of Lamar State College-Port Arthur. Dr. Reynard, who currently serves as vice president for academic affairs at Lamar Institute of Technology, was named sole finalist last month.

Texas Economic Growth led by Oil and Gas, Retail Sectors


Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said Wednesday, June 12, that state sales tax revenue in May was $2.45 billion, up 8.5 percent compared to May 2013.

“Sales tax growth was evident across all major economic sectors,” Combs said. “The growth was led by the retail and wholesale trade sectors, the oil and natural gas mining sector, and the services sector. This marks the 50th consecutive month of increased state sales tax revenues, and brings the fiscal year-to-date growth to 5.4 percent.”

President Obama signs the Sabine-Neches Bill

June 10 was a monumental day for Southeast Texas and in particular for the Sabine Neches Waterway as President Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) into law.

In his remarks, the President first explained how the Water Resources Reform and Development Act will "put Americans to work modernizing our water infrastructure and restoring some of our most vital ecosystems."

Lamar University taps Juan Zabala to head advancement division

Juan Zabala has been named vice president for university advancement, Lamar University officials announced Friday, June 6. He will continue in his role as chief executive officer of the Lamar University Foundation.

"With Juan’s 27 years of experience in higher education, many of those dedicated to advancement, he was a natural selection from a highly competitive pool of applicants,” says LU President Kenneth Evans. "He has my every confidence as he envisions the Office of Advancement's future and the integral part it will play within the growth of our university.”

Phillips 66 Acquires Major Gulf Coast Crude Oil and Refined Products Terminal

U.S. energy company, Phillips 66, will be setting up shop in Southeast Texas to better serve the growing Gulf Coast logistics and storage market, according to a statement released by the company.

Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX), an energy manufacturing and logistics company, has agreed to purchase a 7.1 million-barrel storage capacity terminal located near Beaumont, Texas. The Beaumont Terminal will be the largest terminal in the Phillips 66 portfolio.

Neches FCU announces two promotions in Beaumont

Jason Landry, President/CEO of Neches Federal Credit Union proudly announces the promotion of Susan Aiena and Billy Thomas.

Susan Aiena was recently promoted to Assistant Branch Manager of the Dowlen location in Beaumont.  Susan has been with Neches FCU for 22 years and has extensive experience as a teller , member service representative, and loan processor.

Market Watch: Southeast Texas Real Estate

Its a well known fact among realtors that summer is a hot time to buy or sell a home in the U.S.  Diane McNelis with Southeast Texas Real Estate Talk took an inside look at the residential real estate market by gathering information from the Beaumont MLS to better understand the market trends here at home.