Around 7:45 a.m. Thursday morning, Jan. 21, an 18-wheeler was blocking east- and west-bound traffic on Highway 105 east of Sour Lake. The truck appeared to have jackknifed across the roadway.

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John Tomplait

With yet another arrest of a city official in Port Arthur, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office continues to uncover theft, deception and generally corrupt practices that, according to their investigation, have plagued the city for years.

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Judy Nichols, vice chairman, and Dr. Garrett Peel, chairman

Beaumont’s Dr. Garrett Peel was named Tuesday, Jan. 19, as the next chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party. Judy Nichols will serve as the vice chairman.

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Darrell Mason

Darrell Mason, 19, of Port Arthur, the father of abused infant Faith Mason, pleaded guilty to injury to a child Friday, Jan. 15, in relation to the injuries his daughter suffered in August 2013 in the weeks after her birth.

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I enjoy and appreciate things that make me think. I don’t always come to a concrete conclusion right away, but I do enjoy the challenge of trying to come to an agreement (or disagreement) with things I have heard or read. Nothing causes quite so much controversy as Bible passages, political promises, or childrearing advice.

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