Sabine-Neches Chiefs’ Association names LIT adjunct instructor Person of the Year

Much to the surprise of a humble Lance Billeaud, the Lamar Institute of Technology Fire Academy adjunct instructor recently was named “Person of the Year” by the Sabine-Neches Chiefs’ Association (SNCA).

He was invited to the Boss’s Night awards ceremony under the guise that the SNCA would be honoring his co-worker, Regional Fire Academy Coordinator John Randall. His “accidental” appearance was actually a collaborative effort involving his full-time boss, Groves Fire Chief Dale Jackson, and Randall.

Texas Mutual awards $10 million in grants to policyholders affected by Hurricane Harvey

Texas Mutual Insurance Company offered its policyholders $10 million worth of grants following Hurricane Harvey for storm damage, the company recently announced.

The grant was intended to support the recovery of business operations throughout the Gulf Coast region for Texas Mutual policyholders in the 58 counties identified in disaster proclamations issued by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Texas Mutual received more than 1,150 applications, and in Jefferson County, nearly 100 policyholders received funding, according to statistics supplied by the company.

Grant caravan brings educational tools to Beaumont schools

The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) grant caravan stopped at seven Beaumont Independent School District campuses Dec. 1 to bring students and teachers hands-on educational tools that inspire creative learning in the classroom.

Members and friends of the foundation rode out with the BPSF Grant Caravan bus to drop off the numerous learning tools requested, and to present winning educators with glass apple awards in recognition of their dedication to academic excellence.

Valero Port Arthur gives record-breaking donation of over $1 million to United Way

Valero Port Arthur refinery set a record in 2017 with the first million-dollar company campaign in local United Way history. Valero employees and the company donated $1,015,258 to United Way of Mid & South Jefferson County’s annual drive. The money was generated by pledges and fundraisers from refinery employees and matched by the company.