News release from the Friends of the Orange Depot:

A generous board member has donated a 1.6 acre tract of vacant land across 11th Street from the Southern Pacific train station in Orange to the Friends of the Orange Depot, a non-profit organization formed to help save the depot for the city and citizens, Friends of the Orange Depot reports.

Narcotics arrest, cocaine
Brandon Dermain Jolivette

Narcotics officers with the Orange Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office arrested 31-year-old Brandon Jolivette of Orange after discovering powder cocaine and hundreds in cash during an investigation, OPD reports.

A USW member pickets in front of Motiva Enterprises in Port Arthur Feb. 25.

Work stoppage will soon end at Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur after a vote by USW Local 13-423  to ratify a four-year contract offered by Shell Oil. USW announced Thursday, March 12, that it had reached a tentative agreement with Shell Oil at the national level, but that local unions would need to review the employers’ proposals.

Neighborhood of proposed  development on Phelan Boulevard
Heritage Heights rent scale

As more and more Southeast Texans are entering their golden years, most without a golden nest egg to rest upon, affordable senior housing complexes are becoming more prevalent.

 Erich Seals

A Port Arthur man who claimed self-defense in a 2013 shooting has been found guilty of aggravated assault. The trial of Erich Seals, 47, accused of shooting Donald Williams, began Wednesday, March 4, at the Jefferson County Courthouse and lasted through Friday, March 7.

According to police, Seals shot Williams, husband to the mother of his child, at the Port Arthur Park Apartments two years ago.