The News

Ned and Jean Cole of Port Arthur need a new floor. The carpet they have at their charming yet modest home is about 12 years old now and is lumpy and misshapen, making it difficult for Jean to navigate when utilizing her walker or wheelchair. She has tripped and fallen across a bedroom of her home while just trying to make it over the humped carpet in the doorway. The tile in their kitchen and bathrooms is separating, making it unsafe and difficult to clean.

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Jefferson County Commissioners approved $35,914 in emergency Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) grant funding to replace bulbs and ballasts at the Ford Park baseball fields at a meeting of the court Monday, Aug. 18.

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Local pastor James Arthur McAbee, known as “the Pistol Packing Preacher,” faced judgment Aug. 20, not the preacher’s final judgment in the eyes of the Lord but judgment by a Jefferson County criminal court on marijuana charges stemming from an April incident in which officers reportedly discovered him with drugs and a gun.

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A police officer is assaulted every nine minutes in the United States, and on average, 53 are murdered each year.

These disturbing statistics, cited in the Tactical Edge magazine article “Learning from tragedy: Preventing officer deaths with medical interventions,” remind how important it is for law enforcement to not only receive the proper training for medical emergencies, but also to have the proper live-saving equipment needed to deal with such dire situations.

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The Big Thicket Association is celebrating its 50th anniversary by hosting the first annual Neches River Rally on Saturday, Sept. 6. The rally will begin and end at the Lower Neches Valley Association Saltwater Barrier boat launch at the end of Bigner Street in Beaumont.

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