Category Archives: Beyond the County

My Five Cents

Sen Nichols

This week, the Lieutenant Governor began referring bills to committee and we will soon begin to hear them in committee. The legislative process kills more bills than it passes, which I consider a good thing. Only the best legislation which

Clydesdales to make annual appearance at PA Mardi Gras


Del Papa Distributing Company will sponsor the world-famous, eight-horse Budweiser Clydesdale hitch at a number of appearances in Port Arthur, between Feb. 10-15. The Clydesdales, which have served as a symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are scheduled

Ethan Hunt to perform at PA Mardi Gras

Ethan Hunt

What is the connection between Bridge City, Texas, Mulvey, Louisiana and Mardi Gras in Port Arthur you ask?  Bradley Schexnider (Paul to his classmates from Bridge City High School, Class of 1969) left Bridge City after graduation for the small

My 5 Cents

Sen Nichols

Senator Robert Nichols For The Record Here in Austin, the Legislature has ended our second week of session. We are off the starting block and continue to pick up the pace for the long race ahead. During this time, as

Join Arbor Day Foundation, receive free trees


Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting. Anyone from Texas who joins the Foundation in February 2015 will receive 10 free Eastern redbud trees to plant when the weather turns

Texas launches number to help elderly and disabled


The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is launching a toll-free number to help qualifying Texans connect with long-term care services. The telephone number is 1-855-937-2372. It has been set up to help older adults (60 and up) who currently receive

Nichols, Ashby file legislation to improve small schools funding

Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) have jointly filed legislation to correct the formulas that fund certain small schools at a lower level. “It is unfair that a small school is penalized and funded differently based on

Kiolbassa sausage on menu at Governor’s Inauguration

Greg Abbott

San Antonio-based Kiolbassa Provisions is supplying  4,000 pounds of its legendary flavored, slow-crafted smoked sausage  – enough sausage links to stretch a country mile; one and a half miles to be exact! – for Governor Greg Abbott’s Inaugural festivities today. “Kiolbassa

Head of Gulf Cartel pleads guilty to Drug Trafficking

Drug Cartel

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that the current head of the Mexican drug trafficking organization, the Gulf Cartel, or Cartel del Golfo, has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in the Eastern District of Texas. Juan Francisco Saenz-Tamez,

Would your child’s car seat pass inspection?

car seat

Securing your children properly in age- and size-appropriate child safety seats — in the back seat of your vehicle — is the most effective thing you can do to protect them in the event of a crash. In fact, in

My 5 cents…

Swearing in_Senators

The 84th Legislative session began this week and will soon be in full swing. In the next 140 days we will work to pass a conservative balanced two-year budget and consider many issues. As a way to help you keep

NAGR Champions Constitutional Carry in Texas


The National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) is excited to be working with Senator Don Huffines and Rep. Jonathan Stickland to pass Constitutional Carry legislation in Texas. “Constitutional Carry is the highest legislative priority for the National Association for Gun

More than 20 Texas Most Wanted Fugitives captured in 2014

Texas DPS

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced that 28 fugitives sought through the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program – 13 of whom were sex offenders – were arrested in 2014 by DPS and other agencies. In addition $63,500

New Year’s resolutions to save lives

While eating more fruits and vegetables and parking as far away from the supermarket as possible will help improve your health in 2015, here’s a resolution that can impact the lives of others, as well as your own life. Make

Entergy offers tips for managing energy use, saving money

Old Man Winter is on the move with Southeast Texas expecting its coldest temperatures of the season before the week ends. It may be tempting to crank up the thermostat to compensate, but doing so can mean significant increases to

Stripling recognized for developing tool to assess wildfire risk

Changing the way the South recognizes and prepares for wildfire, a 17-year Texas A&M Forest Service employee was honored Tuesday with the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Public Service in Forestry. Geospatial Systems Coordinator Curt Stripling received the award during the

Jefferson County teen mental health event scheduled

State Campaign Sparks Mental Health Dialogue in Port Arthur With one in five Americans experiencing a mental health issue in his or her life, the Texas Department of State Health Services is helping community leaders in Port Arthur start a

What to know about Medicare in 2015


The New Year always brings a few changes to Medicare. Here’s a brief rundown of what to expect in 2015. The best news is that there are no changes in Medicare’s Part B premium and deductible. The standard premium for

DPS encourages Texans to prepare for winter weather

winter weather

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging Texans to prepare for a strong cold front impacting parts of Texas through Friday. Forecasts indicate the possibility of sleet and freezing rain, with light ice accumulations possible in portions of Texas.

UPDATE – Amber Alert issued for child and father

Amber Alert

Houston police say a missing child whose mother was found dead has been found safe in Arkansas where his father has been discovered dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A Texas-wide Amber Alert had been issued for 14-month-old Tyemetheus

DPS ramps up patrols for holiday


The Texas Department of Transportation reminds motorists that law enforcement will be out in force on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in an effort to reduce crashes and discourage drunk driving. “The New Year’s Eve holiday has historically