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ExxonMobil to give $225,000 toward education programs in Beaumont

ExxonMobil announced Friday, Sept. 1, that it is contributing $225,000 toward Beaumont education programs spanning elementary to higher education, including funding for new lab equipment, engineering programs and scholarships.
“Education is a fundamental building block for individual opportunity and economic growth,” said Fernando Salazar, ExxonMobil’s Beaumont refinery plant manager. “Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills, in particular, are critical to ensuring today’s students are prepared for the jobs of the 21st century.”

Legislative Update Luncheon features panel of Texas legislators, briefing from U.S. Congressman Randy Weber

The Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce held its annual Legislative Update Luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 24.
Attendees received updates from U.S. Congressman Randy Weber (TX-14), State Rep. Joe Deshotel (District 22), State Sen. Brandon Creighton (District 4), and State Rep. Dade Phelan (District 21), who all took part in a panel discussion with Kal Kincaid, president at Oldcastle Materials Texas, moderating.

Harvey causes Gulf Coast refinery runs to drop, gasoline prices to rise

Hurricane Harvey caused substantial disruptions to crude oil and petroleum product supply chains and increased petroleum product prices. For the week ending September 1, gross inputs to refineries in the U.S. Gulf Coast fell by 3.2 million b/d, or 34 percent, from the previous week, the largest drop since Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008. Weekly refinery utilization in the region fell from 96 percent to 63 percent, while other areas of the country remained virtually unchanged, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Stark Museum of Art honored by True West Magazine

Hundreds of art museums celebrate the American West, including more than a few east of the Mississippi. But True West magazine says that the Stark Museum of Art of Orange is among the best.
The Stark Museum was named the No. 4 Western art museum in the country. The recognition is part of the Annual Guide to the Best Museums of the West in True West’s September 2017 issue, on newsstands now.

Dr. Andrew Hargroder named to MidSouth Board of Directors

MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. announced that Dr. Andrew G. Hargroder, a Jennings native practicing in Baton Rouge, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of MidSouth Bancorp for a term that expires in 2019.
Hargroder, son of the late Dr. Joe Hargroder, a founding member of MidSouth Bank’s Board of Directors, has served on subsidiary MidSouth Bank’s Board of Directors since mid-2015.

Emergency relief fund for Acadian first responders

The unprecedented rainfall caused by Hurricane Harvey led to flooding and destruction of thousands of homes. More than 50 members of the Acadian EMS family suffered substantial damage or the total loss of their homes. In the majority of cases, these employees left their homes and reported to work as the storm was approaching.  
They were needed to help others in distress and they answered the call. Working around the clock for many days, they returned to their homes and families only to find the devastating effects of the storm and flood waters.

St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica School students start school year with new technology center

Students and faculty of St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica School in Beaumont are kicking off their school year enjoying a new Technology Center.
According to Geneva Dixon-Peters, director of development for St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica School, the building was made possible by a $300,000 donation from Bob and Marianne Rozas of Vidor.

Port Neches restaurant offers a little something for everyone

Brian Landry’s experience epitomizes mom-and-pop. He grew up working in his father’s grocery store in Port Neches — Rodney’s Hello Grocery Store. Father and son ventured into the restaurant business together with Landry’s Cajun Eatery, but his father retired in 2001 and later passed away in 2012.

Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center celebrates 10 years of tourism

The Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with an attendance of nearly 250 guests who enjoyed delicious food, musical entertainment by Jay Cantu of the Liberty Opry and the opportunity to view interesting memorabilia and hear special remarks from dignitaries, including Jefferson County Commissioner Everett “Bo” Alfred, County Judge Jeff Branick, former County Judge Carl Griffith, Tucker Ferguson from the Texas Department of Transportation, and Regina Rogers, representing the Rogers family.

Love’s Travel Stops opens, adds 70 jobs in Jefferson Co.

The new Love’s Travel Stop at Interstate 10 and Smith Road (Exit 843) just west of Beaumont opened for business Thursday, Aug. 24.
The travel stop and three adjoining quick-service restaurants add approximately 70 jobs to Jefferson County.