Mike Morath

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Mike Morath on Dec. 14 to be the commissioner of the Texas Education Agency. He will oversee the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the state’s 1,200 school districts and charter schools.

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High Five 12-17-15

Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s assistance in getting dangerous drug dealers and drug users, along with the poisonous products they carry, off the streets. To that end, The Examiner will periodically feature a list of five persons accused of drug-related crimes here in High Five.

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Nigel Tranter, plant manager for Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA, Inc. Port Arthur Refinery has announced that he will take a new assignment in Paris and that Bryan Canfield, who previously worked at Total’s sites in Port Arthur, Dallas, and Big Spring from 1990 to 1999 and from 2002 to 2004 in Houston, will assume the position upon Tranter’s departure.

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James Shannon
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James Joseph Shannon Jr., an Examiner staff member for nearly a decade and the original editor of the Beaumont Business Journal, died Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, after suffering a heart attack. He was 63 years old.

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In my last column, we began the discussion of “hollow heroes,” and I am fairly certain each of our readers could get a visual image of someone they know and love that seemed to fit the category. They go on with life, but it is a struggle because they come from such a hollow place in the heart and mind. I think of it as “simply going through the motions of life,” rather than living it abundantly. Perhaps you thought of your own life and wondered just how hollow you really are.

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