LSC-O President Dr. Michael Shahan to retire in August

After nearly 24 years as the head of Lamar State College – Orange, Dr. Mike Shahan announced his plans to retire. Shahan said he plans to stay through the end of the fiscal year, making his last day at LSC-O Aug. 31, 2018.

Shahan’s time in the Lamar family started in 1977 as a history teacher at the Port Arthur campus. He moved up in rank there over the years and eventually became the Vice President of Academic Affairs. In 1994, he was moved to the Orange campus to serve as interim president. Shortly afterward, his title became permanent.

The Grill's multiple options under one roof perfect for romance or larger functions

Tucked away on Calder Avenue, The Grill by Arfeen, Smith & Payne is a charmingly diverse setting for a restaurant. It is a combination of ideas and atmospheres that blend seamlessly, and yet every section is distinct in its attitude and ambience.

“We are in this little nook here; it’s hard to find,” said Perry Celeste, general manager of The Grill, though this writer would argue that the location adds to the personality of the restaurant.

Pompano Club now Benton’s Up Front

The Pompano Club is no more. Hurricane Harvey caused nearly a foot of water to flood the establishment and shut it down.

“The Pompano Club was a private dining club. You had to be a member to come eat or you had to be with a member. We had dancing. We had a live band that played. It used to be every night and then we dropped it down to Thursdays and Saturdays and then we dropped it down to Saturdays,” said Sean Schneider, who has worked for the Pompano Club for more than 23 years.

Times change, however, and so does clientele.

Shipley Do-Nuts moving from 11th Street to College Street

Shipley Do-Nuts, which has conducted business at 550 S. 11th St. in Beaumont for the past 22 years, will be moving to a new location, across from H-E-B and past Whataburger and MedExpress Urgent Care on the eastbound side of College Street. Borath Bin, who owns both the 11th Street location and the Shipley in Vidor, said the new 2,400-square-foot donut shop is scheduled to open in the fall and should employ 12-16 workers. Bin said the current location does not include enough parking space for his customers, and he also hopes to pick up more traffic on the busier College Street.

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