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Sabine-Neches Waterway Channel Improvement Project Receives Additional Federal Funds to Complete Pre-Construction, Engineering, and Design Phase

The federally-authorized Sabine-Neches Waterway Channel Improvement Project (SNND) is set to receive $2,317,000 in federal funding to complete the pre-construction, engineering, and design (PED) phase to deepen the ship channel from its current depth of forty feet to forty-eight feet.

Texas leads nation in wind energy production, Port of Beaumont plays vital role

The U.S. wind energy industry continues to grow at a surprising rate, with Texas leading the way and the Port of Beaumont playing a vital role.

According to Forbes, Texas produced about five times the amount of wind power as did California in 2017, while it generated about 29 percent more non-hydroelectric renewable power, such as solar, biomass and geothermal than California while California’s retail electric rates were 89 percent higher than Texas’ in 2017.

The Business of Books: Two local authors compare self-publishing and using a publishing company

As one of my English professors once told me, there’s not a lot of money in fiction writing, but that isn’t stopping two local writers from pursuing their dreams of perhaps one day appearing on The New York Times Best Sellers list.

Jimmie Barnes, a local musician and aspiring author who lives in Vidor, self-published his first book, “Redbone,” in 2017.

The song “Redbone,” written by Barnes and performed by local musicians Tim Burge and Scott McGill, sets the stage for Barnes’ novel.

“I took the song and started working on the book,” he said.

Port board appoints Lee Smith as president

Lee Smith was appointed president of the board during a meeting of commissioners Monday, May 21. Smith served as VP from 2013-18.

The Port of Beaumont Board of Commissioners appointed Smith, president; Commissioner Pat Anderson vice president; and Commissioner Georgine Guillory secretary-treasurer. The terms will run until the May 2019 commissioner election.

American Legion Post 817 honors the fallen ahead of Memorial Day

Recently appointed Port of Beaumont President of the Board Lee Smith and the Dorie E. Miller American Legion Post 817, of which Smith is a member, along with students from Central High School’s Navy Junior ROTC program (NJROTC), honored fallen service members Saturday, May 26, ahead of Memorial Day. The group placed American flags on graves at six local cemeteries, according to American Legion Post 817 Commander Milton Chatham, who served in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years, working his way up from a Medical Tech to retiring as First Sargent of his medical squadron.

Beaumont native Rufus Cormier receives one of Houston’s most prestigious awards

Beaumont native, former SMU football star and retired Baker Botts attorney Rufus Cormier was recognized as one of four Men of Distinction at River Oaks Country Club in Houston on Wednesday, May 2. Also recognized were Houston Astros star and 2015 MLB Hall of Fame inductee Craig Biggio, Texas Children’s Cancer Center Director Dr. David Poplack and Houston businessman and philanthropist Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale.

CVB announces large convention booking

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Sales Team announced Thursday, May 31, that Beaumont has been named host city for The Grand Chapter of Texas Order of The Eastern Star, a fraternal organization composed of women with Masonic affiliation and Master Masons.

Comptroller says Texas sales tax revenue totaled $2.76B in May, to distribute $710M in revenue to local governments

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said state sales tax revenue totaled $2.76 billion in May, 10.2 percent more than in May 2017.

"Strong growth in sales tax revenue was apparent across all major economic sectors," Hegar said in a June 4 release. "While the most rapid growth was in remittances from the construction and oil- and gas-related sectors, significant gains also came from information services, restaurants and retail trade."

CommunityBank of Texas supports Family Services with pledge of $5,000

CommunityBank of Texas recently donated $5,000 to Family Services of Southeast Texas. The donation will be used towards helping the organization serve families and individuals in crises. Family Services Counseling Center provides healing to individuals and families who are facing a variety of issues that affect families, such as grief, stress, parenting challenges, marital difficulties, substance abuse and more. Family Services Women and Children’s Shelter provides hope to all victims of domestic violence.

Caliche to store ethylene in Beaumont salt cavern

Houston-based company Caliche Development Partners, which develops, constructs, and operates subsurface hydrocarbon storage assets and related pipelines in North America, announced Tuesday, May 8, the execution of a long-term storage services agreement for ethylene in its Beaumont cavern.

Caliche will provide firm storage service in a substantial portion of the 600-million-pound capacity salt cavern for its customer’s ethylene and derivative operations in the Golden Triangle area, beginning in the third quarter of 2018.