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Total explores long-term strategic partnership for Port Arthur refinery

Total is exploring the possibility of adding a longtime strategic partner for its Port Arthur platform, a company representative confirmed Wednesday, July 29.

Sales tax distribution up statewide but down in Beaumont

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced July 8 that he is distributing $609.8 million in sales tax revenue to Texas cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts for the month of July. This figure represents a 1.2 percent increase from sales tax allocations distributed in July 2014.

Hegar also said that in the month of June, state sales tax revenue saw its first decline following 62 consecutive months of growth, down 1.4 percent from June 2014.

Beaumont engineering group places second on Zweig Group Hot Firm List

The Zweig Group, which annually recognizes the 100 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning (A/E/P) and environmental consulting firms in the United States and Canada through its Hot Firm List, announced its Top 100 on July 9, and LJA Engineering Inc. came in at No. 2.

LJA Engineering is an employee-owned, multi-discipline, consulting civil engineering firm serving both the public and private sectors in Texas for the past 42 years, with offices in Beaumont, Houston, Galveston, Deer Park, The Woodlands, Austin, and San Antonio.

Antiques show potential as long-term assets

Despite notoriety as “high risk” investments, antiques can offer potentially impressive returns for the long-term investor who prefers to keep his money right where he can see it.

For those looking for a quick return on their investments, collecting expensive illiquid assets like antiques is indeed a bold move, but despite what many consider to be the limited market for such high-dollar, special-interest pieces, local dealer Dexter Augier says the global market for antiques isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Snyder graduates from U.S. Chamber’s Institute of Organization Management

Institute for Organizational Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has announced that Paige Snyder, membership director and event coordinator for the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the nonprofit development program and has received IOM recognition.

H-E-B offers new sites for vehicle registration renewal

As drivers throughout Texas transition from a dual-sticker system for vehicle registration and state inspections, residents of Jefferson County can now complete the new “Two Steps, One Sticker” process at the H-E-B Business Center at 3590 College St. in Beaumont.

Drivers must present an official Inspection and Registration Notice of renewal issued by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, proof of liability insurance, and funds to cover the cost of registration and the processing fee of $7.50. A current, passing vehicle inspection is required prior to registration renewal.

Windows 10 now available

Windows 10 software ($119 retail), is available now, and for almost all users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 (8.1), Microsoft will be offering a free upgrade to Windows 10.

Contrary to some blog posts, the free copy downloaded and installed under this limited offer will remain free, without any future annual fees.

The new Windows 10 release is a complete version, free for life that will available for download after July 29. It is a very large 3 GB download,.

Four Southeast Texas credit unions among Top 200 healthiest of 2015

Four Southeast Texas credit unions were named in the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions list for 2015. Neches Federal Credit Union placed 35th on the list. FivePoint Credit Union placed 75th. DuGood Federal Credit Union placed 166th and Mobiloil Credit Union placed 174th.

Lamar engineering camp students launch trebuchets to enhance problem-solving skills

Around 50 area seventh- and eighth-grade students participated in the ExxonMobil Trebuchet Design Challenge on Friday, July 24, part of Lamar University’s Introduction to Engineering (L.I.T.E.) summer program. The students learned how a trebuchet is designed and built, and had an opportunity to operate miniature versions of the medieval siege warfare machines.

The challenge teaches students problem-solving skills and the value of trial-error testing.

WestRock donates $10,000 to Big Thicket Association

WestRock, a global consumer and corrugated packaging company, presents a $10,000 donation to the Big Thicket Association. Pictured are Michael Hoke, director and committee chair, Big Thicket Association Neches River Adventures; Jan Ruppel, president of the Big Thicket Association; Penny Sullivan, public relations manager at WestRock; and Bruce Walker, executive director of the Big Thicket Association.

School trips on the Ivory Bill are made possible by donations from corporate sponsors such as WestRock (formerly MeadWestvaco), the Port of Beaumont, Total, BASF, and other organizations. WestRock, a global consumer and corrugated packaging company, presented a $10,000 donation to the Big Thicket Association on Friday, July 17, prior to the Teaching Environmental Science workshop.