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Spindletop Training & Industrial Resources opens in Port Arthur

Spindletop Training & Industrial Resources LLC (STIR) held a ribbon cutting Tuesday, Jan. 24, to celebrate the grand opening of its 8700 Ninth Ave. office in Port Arthur.
The business is at Regional Square Plaza in Suite 103 of the Regional Square III building and provides environmental and safety training and consulting services.

Delta Downs completes $45M expansion project

Boyd Gaming held a grand opening Thursday, Jan. 19, to celebrate the completion of its $45 million expansion project at Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel in Vinton, Louisiana.
The centerpiece of the expansion project is an all-new, 167-room hotel tower, completed in late 2016. The property’s original 203-room hotel tower also received a complete redesign.
According to a Delta Downs release, all 370 rooms feature a “luxurious and modern feel, with dark wood textures, chocolate and smoky grey color palettes, and abstract modern art.”

Good Shepherd Health System merges with Christus Health

Good Shepherd Health System (GSHS) has announced the finalization of an agreement to become a part of Christus Health.  This agreement brings together two prestigious health systems to create Christus Good Shepherd Health System. This joining will allow the two health systems to work together to improve access to care for patients and expand health care services throughout East Texas. Most importantly, it will increase the capacity for health care, ensuring that the ever-growing health care needs of East Texans are met through increased resources and innovative services.  

Orange car dealerships collect donations for nursing homes

Cecil Atkission Toyota and Cecil Atkinssion Chrysler Jeep Dodge are collecting items for the residents of Pinehurst Nursing Home and Orange Villa.
Many of the residents do not have family to help them with many items that contribute to a better standard of living. If you are able to help out with a few of the items below, it will be greatly appreciated: toiletries like body wash and deodorant; new socks and underwear;
coats; activity items such as word find books, puzzles, etc.; blankets; new brushes, combs, and toothbrushes.

Shangri La Gardens hosting Community Trash Off

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is hosting its 22nd annual Community Trash Off on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the City of Orange Boat Ramp.
The effort will help remove trash from the streets of Orange, clean up its waterways, and spruce up its neighborhoods and will showcase pride, stewardship, and commitment to the community.

Rao’s rolls out popular seasonal cakes for Mardi Gras

In party-loving New Orleans, the first week of January begins the king cake season, a traditional prelude to the city’s Mardi Gras celebrations.
Between Jan. 6, Three King’s Day, and Feb. 28, Fat Tuesday, New Orleans bakers produce thousands of king cakes, decorated in the Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold.
Jake Tortorice, who has been king of Rao’s since he bought the bakery in 1998, said his business makes around 8,000-9,000 king cakes chain wide for Mardi Gras and ships out around 2,000 annually.

Post Oak Bancshares Inc. to acquire The State Bank of Texas

Post Oak Bancshares Inc. announced Friday, Jan. 13, that it has entered into a definitive agreement and plan of reorganization to acquire Houston-based State Bank of Texas.
According to the terms of the Agreement, Post Oak Bancshares ($1.128 billion in total assets as of Dec. 31, 2016) will acquire all of the outstanding stock of The State Bank of Texas in a stock and cash transaction.

Businesses targeted in bill payment fraud

            Beaumont, Texas – Con artists are using old tricks to target businesses across Southeast Texas.

            The scheme involves calls from a scammer claiming to represent Entergy. The caller warns the business owner or manager of a past due electric bill payment, and threatens to disconnect service within the hour if payment isn’t made. The scammer then directs the customer to transfer funds electronically, sometimes through a system known as “MoneyPak” or “Green Dot.”  This scam has typically targeted restaurant owners or other small business owners.

Tilman Fertitta giving away $40K in Landry’s gift cards Jan. 29 during CNBC’s “Billion Dollar Buyer” marathon

On Sunday, January 29th from 12pm ET through 8pm ET, CNBC presents a “Billion Dollar Buyer” marathon sweepstakes hosted by Tilman Fertitta, Chairman and CEO of Landry’s, Inc.  Over the course of eight hours, Fertitta and CNBC will give away 400 Landry’s, Inc. gift cards valued at $100 each that can be used at any of Landry’s, Inc. 500 locations nationwide including your favorite brands like: Morton’s The Steakhouse, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Saltgrass Steak House, Mastro’s Restaurants, Golden Nugget Casino Hotels and Rainforest Café just to name a few. 


Valero Energy Partners acquires $70M stake in Red River Pipeline

Valero Partners Wynnewood LLC, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Valero Energy Partners LP (NYSE:VLP) (“the Partnership”) today announced that it has acquired a 40 percent undivided interest in the Hewitt segment of Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.’s (“Plains”) Red River pipeline for approximately $70 million.  The Hewitt segment is a newly constructed 138-mile, 16-inch crude oil pipeline with 150,000 barrels per day of capacity.  The purchase also includes a 40 percent undivided interest in two 150,000 shell barrel capacity tanks located at Hewitt Station.