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Walmart launches fifth annual hunger relief campaign

Walmart, Feeding America, and the Southeast Texas Food Bank have launched the fifth annual nationwide “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.

Walmart, Feeding America, and the Southeast Texas Food Bank have launched the fifth annual nationwide “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign online and in stores in an effort to secure resources sufficient to provide 200 million meals nationwide.
The campaign will run through April 30, offering the public four different ways to participate and earn support from Walmart for Feeding America and local food banks throughout the country, including the Southeast Texas Food Bank in Beaumont, which serves Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, and Tyler County residents.

Barfield Home Inspections receives award from Bridge City Chamber of Commerce

The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce has named Barfield Home Inspections and Pest Control its Business Member of the Month for March. Owner James R. “Rusty” Barfield accepted the award, sponsored by Sabine River Ford, from Bridge City Chamber Ambassador/Board Member Wanda McGraw, assistant vice president of Marketing for Sabine Federal Credit Union at the March Networking Coffee hosted by RE/MAX ONE.

Soul food tamales: Uncle Henry’s takes a Mexican tradition and adds a Cajun twist

Hal Guillory has a collection of handed-down recipes that have been part of the fabric of Southeast Texas culture for years. His stories are priceless and his homemade menu is worth every penny. Meet the man behind Uncle Henry’s Tamales at 4358 E. Lucas, which has been open at that location for 18 years.

Brookshire Brothers celebrates launch of ‘Anywhere’ service

The Vidor High School Kickin’ Brass Band, cheerleaders, the mayor, the city manager, and numerous community members joined Brookshire Brothers as it celebrated the launch of its new online shopping solution, Brookshire Brothers Anywhere, in Vidor on March 7.
Crowds gathered in front of the store at noon to listen to the brass band and enjoy Zummo’s links and boudain before the ribbon-cutting ceremony inside, where they were treated to cake and Heavenly Bread Pudding, sold in the deli, for dessert.

M&D Supply named Business of the Year

Patrick Salinas, area manager; Lorena Haney, store manager; and Adam Perez, store GM of M&D Supply in Lumberton pose for a photo in front of the store, which was named Business of the Year by the Lumberton Chamber of Commerce at Going For The Gold, the Chamber’s 37th annual banquet. ‘What a tremendous honor for M&D Supply to be named Business of the Year by the Lumberton Chamber,” said Scott Hatcher, owner of M&D Supply Inc. “Adam Perez and Lorena Haney have done a great job hiring and retaining associates who follow our mission to make customers happy.

Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin Robbins coming to Vidor

Vidorians will soon enjoy a new Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins at what was once a Pizza Hut at 580 N. Main. Elsamra Construction is currently remodeling the existing 2,547-square-foot building in a $336,000 project. Construction on the project is expected to be completed in April, according to Sal Elsamra of Elsamra Construction, a contractor based in Palisades Park, NJ. Elsamara said he was unsure when the business would actually open its doors to the public, however.

Orange County approves $150 million, 10-year tax abatement for Jefferson Energy expansion

Orange County and the Orange County Economic Development Corporation have approved a Chapter 381 abatement agreement with Jefferson Gulf Coast Energy Partners, LLC to invest $150,000,000 in the expansion of its trans-load facility in Orange County.

According to Mark Viator, director of Public and Government Affairs/Special Projects at Jefferson Energy Companies, the abatement will allow the company to potentially build additional assets including but not limited to a new storage tank, dock and additional unloading stations and rail.

Entergy Texas to install advanced metering systems

The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) voted Dec. 14, 2017, to approve Entergy Texas’ request to deploy advanced metering systems in the company’s market.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) defines an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), also called a smart meter, as “a metering system that records customer consumption hourly or more frequently and that provides for daily or more frequent transmittal of measurements over a communication network to a central collection point.”

According to Entergy Texas, upgrading to AMI will have numerous benefits:

Total, Borealis and NOVA Chemicals form joint venture in petrochemicals

Total, Borealis and NOVA Chemicals Corporation announced that affiliates of the three companies have signed definitive agreements to form a joint venture in petrochemicals on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The announcement was made Monday, Feb. 19.

The joint venture – in which Total will own 50 percent and Novealis Holdings LLC, a joint venture (JV) between Borealis and NOVA Chemicals, will own the remaining 50 percent – will commence subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals, according to a release by the companies.

Amacate Tortilla Bar to open soon

A.J. Design & Construction is working on an $85,000 remodel of the old White Horse Bar & Grill at 7150 Eastex Freeway in Beaumont.

The newly remodeled, 3,700 square-foot restaurant will open in April as the Amacate Tortilla Bar, said Jon Hutcherson, operations director for Del Rio Properties LLC, owners of the restaurant.

“We are fast-casual, authentic tacos and enchiladas. You’ll go through the line and then we’ll bring your food to you within five minutes,” said Hutcherson, who added that Amacate in Spanish means, “love of avocado.”