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After overcoming injury, Orange business owner to run Boston Marathon to honor memory of cancer victims

When industrial equipment supplier David Jones injured his right hand in a rollover car accident in 2011 — crushing his hand right below the wrist — running in a marathon was the last thing on his mind. For Jones, owner of Gopher Industrial in Orange, several surgeries followed, and it took the now 47-year-old a while to get back to his old self.
“I went from thinking I was going to have this hand amputated to not having to have it amputated. It was a pretty tough ordeal for a few years,” Jones said.

Vidor bar and grill brings slice of Big Easy to Southeast Texas

When thinking of the French Quarter in New Orleans, good times, great music and the best food around come to mind. And with Mardi Gras right around the corner, what better time to visit Southeast Texas’ own little slice of the Big Easy right off I-10 East in Vidor — French Quarter Bar & Grill at 500 South St.?

Get your beads on at Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas celebration

Although the 24th annual Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas celebration in Port Arthur will be competing with Super Bowl 50 weekend this year, the event is as exciting as ever with Grammy Award-winning artist Wayne Toups returning to the area to play the event Sunday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 p.m. Toups is one of many concerts scheduled during the four days of Mardi Gras fun. Others include Sam Riggs and The Night People, the Cody Johnson Band, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Aaron Watson, Cody Jinks, and Beaumont’s own David Joel.

Port of Beaumont Commission vice-president says secret to success is a positive attitude, education

When walking down the halls at the port administration building alongside Lee Smith, you feel like you’re with a celebrity. Visitors jump up to shake his hand, co-workers come out of their offices to say hello and almost everyone makes it a point to greet him. And, although he has never walked the red carpet or shined on the silver screen, Smith is a local star in his own right.
Lee Smith is Commissioner of Ward 3 for the Port of Beaumont Navigation District of Jefferson County, and vice president of the Port Board of Commissioners.

Jamie Lee Curtis to keynote Christus conference

Actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis will keynote the ninth annual Christus LiveWell Women’s Conference, an all-day event showcasing the latest in health and wellness May 12 at Ford Park in Beaumont.
Curtis is an A-list actress with starring roles in such acclaimed films as “Freaky Friday,” “True Lies,” “Trading Places,”  “A Fish Called Wanda” and the “Halloween” film series.

Rao’s Bakery named in USA Today’s 2016 Best Mardi Gras King Cakes

Rao’s Bakery’s Voodoo King Cake was featured in USA Today’s 2016 Best Mardi Gras King Cakes. USA Today had the following to say about the Beaumont bakery’s creation: “In Texas, Rao’s Bakery is beloved for the unique Voodoo King Cake, made with cream cheese and chocolate chips and topped with chocolate and toasted coconuts.”

Students compete in annual Top Hand welding competition

Students from 20 Region 5 and surrounding area high schools competed in the annual Top Hand Welding Competition at the Associated Builders and Contractors Southeast Texas (ABC) Training Center in Nederland Wednesday, Jan. 20. More than 100 students participated. George Pyle, Woodville High School’s welding instructor, shared that each year the competition has grown.

Beaumont native named to leadership role in risk management consulting

Dallas-based risk management consulting and insurance agency Dexter & Company has named Lamar University graduate and Beaumont native Royce DeRouen to a top executive role in the company, which commemorates 140 years in business later this year serving clients in Texas and worldwide.
In his new role as senior vice president, DeRouen will oversee the Risk Management Consulting division of the company and lead a team of account executives at the firm.

Silsbee entrepreneur donates $1 million to Foundation for Southeast Texas

E. Tom Worthey, president and founder of Wooden Pallets, LTD in Silsbee, has created a new endowed donor advised fund and a non-endowed donor advised fund at the Foundation for Southeast Texas. The total amount of the donation is $1 million.
According to Foundation for Southeast Texas Executive Director Mellie Bevilacqua, the donation constitutes the largest single donation the foundation has received in several years.
Wooden Pallets, LTD manufactures wooden pallets and skids. Worthey is a Silsbee native.

Ride-sharing programs garner Beaumont approval

Those looking for a chauffer to taxi them about the streets of Beaumont will soon have another option — utilizing what the city has termed “Transportation Network Companies” (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft, two of America’s most popular ride-sharing models.
Uber has already announced plans to open up operations in the Beaumont market.
According to Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames, the program could be beneficial to the citizens she serves, and she has used the service herself while in San Francisco.