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MPW raises nearly $17,000 to help employees affected by hurricanes

After Tropical Storm Harvey flooded Southeast Texas in late August and Hurricane Irma blasted Florida in mid-September, MPW Industrial Services responded by raising $16,685 for its employees.

The storms most affected MPW employees stationed at the company’s regeneration plant in Port Arthur and multiple locations in Florida.

The company matched all revenue collected via employee-relief campaigns that included a GoFundMe page for Port Arthur personnel and a raffle for a Yeti cooler and gift cards, which were donated by MPW.

Mobiloil Credit Union relocates its damaged Mid-County branch

Mobiloil Credit Union announced the relocation of its Mid-County branch. According to a release from the business, the branch at 1131 Highway 69 sustained extensive damage from Hurricane Harvey and was unable to reopen. It has been relocated to 3260 Central Mall Drive, formerly Third Coast Bank. The branch officially reopened Monday, Sept. 25.

Mobiloil Credit Union receives another Crystal Performance Award

Raddon Financial Group, a leading provider of financial industry research and trends data, announced Mobiloil Credit Union as a recipient of its annual Crystal Performance Award for top performing U.S. credit unions based on a balanced scorecard measurement of growth, income, efficiency and margin management.

CenterPoint gives $50,000 to city whose staff stopped gas leak

CenterPoint Energy leaders thanked Beaumont Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Ocnaschek and the team he assembled during Hurricane Harvey flooding to stop a gas leak under the churning, muddy waters of the Neches River, and presented the city with a donation of $50,000 during a council meeting Sept. 26.

CenterPoint District Manager Gary Chalk said his company has been working with the city for “many years” and has been in Beaumont for more than a century.

Beaumont property tax rate increasing

After remaining flat for four consecutive years, property tax rates are rising in Beaumont.

The Beaumont City Council unanimously approved an increase in the property tax rate Sept. 26, raising the rate from $0.69/100 to $0.71/100, a two-cent increase that will bring in 4.7 percent additional revenue to the municipality. The majority of property taxes are dedicated to the general fund, $0.49/100, while approximately $0.22/100 is applied to the debt service.

First Financial holds groundbreaking in Orange

The Board of Directors of First Financial Bank, N.A., held a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 21 to celebrate the construction of its new Southeast Texas Regional Banking Center at the corner of Park and North 16th Street in Orange.

Orange City Council bought the 812 16th Street building last year and will turn it into city hall after the bank moves to its new headquarters.

It turns out there’s quite a bit to choose from when it comes to good food at Love’s in Beaumont

When Hurricane Harvey hit Southeast Texas weeks ago, business continued at Love’s Travel Stop at Interstate 10 and Smith Road.

Dozens impacted by the storm were able to utilize the travel stop’s hot showers — something that under normal circumstances only truckers would likely get to enjoy. Love’s had gas available for purchase throughout the entirety of the storm and its aftermath, and the parking lot didn’t see much flooding, nor did the store or surrounding structures sustain any damage, said Dameon McQuarters, general manager of Love’s in Beaumont.

Gofer to deliver liquor

Monday, Oct. 9, Gofer Delivery Enterprises announced its new phase of business — liquor on demand.

“We are looking forward to the new phase of business as it will excite our loyal Gofer users, giving them an option to order beer, wine alcohol and even daiquiris,” said Ken Zenon, Gofer’s founder/co-CEO.

The delivery app “Gofer” has traditionally been used by Southeast Texans to have food delivered from restaurants to their homes, but can now be used to order liquor as well.

CommunityBank supports LU students

CommunityBank of Texas is supporting students at Lamar University with an annually funded scholarship that helps them overcome financial barriers that would hinder them from receiving a college education.

As part of the community bank’s overall charitable giving and community engagement programs, J. Pat Parsons, vice chairman of the board recently presented a check to LU planned giving director Floyd McSpadden and Kristie Young, associate director of development.

Beaumont Public Schools Foundation receives donation from H-E-B tournament of champions

Doreen Borel, H-E-B Area Community Coordinator, presented a $5,000 financial donation from the H-E-B Tournament of Champions to President Bill Smith and Vice-President Stephanie Spiller of the Beaumont Public Schools Foundation, Inc.

This donation will make it possible for the BPSF to continue its mission of awarding innovative grants to students and staff in the Beaumont Independent School District. Since 1993, the BPSF has awarded 374 educational grants totaling $261,220.84 for classroom projects that focus on excellence in education for all students in the BISD.