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Boil Water Notice for Orange County WCD#1
Orange County Water Control and Improvement District No.1 is issuing a boil water notice affecting customers in the vicinity of West Bolivar and West Courtland streets due to a water repair. 

The district is sending out a phone call through blackboard connect to the affected customers. The district officials will notify the customers when it is no longer necessary to boil the water.  

This rescind notice will be issued in the same manner as the boil water notice.  If you have any questions regarding this matter you can contact the district at 409-769-2669.  Thank you

Boil Water Notice issued for all of Sour Lake

The entire City of Sour Lake is under a boil water notice effective immediately  due to an outage caused by contractors making new construction connections to water system, city officials told KFDM News.


Residents should boil their water vigorously for two minutes before consumption to insure the destruction of any harmful bacteria or other microbes.City officials said they will notify residents when the boil water notice is lifted.


If  you have any questions please contact the City of Sour Lake at 409-287-3573.

Calvin Walker, Naomi Lawrence-Lee make court appearances Monday morning

JEFFERSON COUNTY - Two people with ties to the Beaumont ISD made their first court appearances Monday morning in their criminal cases.

Judge John Stevens set December 15 for the announcement/pleas of Calvin Walker and Naomi Lawrence-Lee.

The court appearances took only a few minutes.

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted the former Beaumont ISD electrician on several charges, including money laundering.

Three years ago, a federal grand jury indicted Walker on 37 counts. He received probation on one count of failing to pay taxes in a timely manner.

The Jefferson County grand jury that indicted Walker also indicted Lawrence-Lee, the former BISD Comptroller on a charge of felony theft. Prosecutors accuse her of turning in false and inflated hourly payroll records for an extra job she performed with the district.

 

Early Voting starts today in Texas

The Texas election of state and local officials starts today with the opening of early voting.    See here to find the location where you can vote early.



Are you registered to vote you can use this link:  Am I Registered?



Early reports from Southeast Texas elections officials show some interest, but mostly a slow start to Early Voting.


Watch our newscast tonight on KFDM for a report on early voting.



After months of court fights, campaigns to get voters registered and candidates staking out their positions,  it is now the voters' turn to chose their leaders


This year's election run-up was snarled in a fight over the Texas Photo Id law, which was declared void by a District Court Judge who compared it to a poll tax.


The Supreme Court weighed in last week saying it was too close to the election to make a change such as that. The Supreme Court will have to revisit the issue after the election.


Early Voting runs through Oct. 31. though not all early voting locations are opened each day. Use this link to find the hours and days of operation for your location.


Jefferson County Clerk of Court Carolyn Guidry said Monday that the early voting got off to a good start with voters waiting in the parking lot before opening.  She said candidates and their workers were handing out information.


After the opening, the lines inside the courthouse were larger than the Clerk's office expected. Those lines were pushed up by residents coming in for jury impoundment and deciding to vote while they were there.


Ms. Guidry said she was going to try to get a couple more voting machines set up there.  However, the Courthouse is limited on space and she has to make sure voters have privacy.


She said there are 10 early voting locations open today in Jefferson County.


Tuesday,  a polling location opens at Lamar University Setzer Center and will be open through Thursday. (Oct 21 - Oct 23)


The polling location at Precinct 1 in China will open on Saturday and be open through Wednesday (Oct. 25 to Oct. 29).  

In Orange County, Assistant Elections Administrator Donna Alford, said one person was at the Orange balloting location before the doors opened and couple more showed up just as they were unlocking the doors. 


Orange County has four Early Voting locations, but Ms. Alford doesn't expect long lines to be a problem because the County uses paper ballots.


In all locations in the state an approved Photo Id is required.  However, if a voter does not have that Id with them, a provisional ballot is available.

Here is a list of the acceptable forms of photo ID:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Dept. of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • U.S. military identification card containing the person’s photo
  • U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person’s photo
  • U.S, passport

According to the Texas Secretary of State web site, "if a voter does not have a permanent disability exemption (addressed below) indicated on his or her voter registration certificate AND the voter does not have any of the photo identifications indicated above at the time of voting, the voter may cast a provisional ballot at the polls. 


"However, in order to have the provisional ballot counted, the voter will be required to visit the voter registrar’s office within six (6) calendar days of the date of the election to either present one of the above forms of photo ID OR submit one of the temporary affidavits addressed below (e.g., religious objection or natural disaster) in the presence of the county voter registrar while attesting to the fact that he or she does not have any of the required photo IDs.


"A permanent exemption is available for voters with documented disabilities. Voters with a disability may apply with the county voter registrar for a permanent exemption.


"The application must contain written documentation from either the U.S. Social Security Administration evidencing the applicant’s disability, or from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs evidencing a disability rating of at least 50 percent. In addition, the applicant must state that he or she has no valid form of photo identification.


"Those who obtain a disability exemption will be allowed to vote by presenting a voter registration certificate reflecting the exemption.


"Affidavits are available for voters who have a consistent religious objection to being photographed and for voters who do not have any photo identification as a result of certain natural disasters as declared by the President of the United States or the Texas Governor within 45 days of the day the ballot was cast."

Orionids meteor showers peak tonight

Science@NASA --Waking up before sunrise is a good way to get a head start on the day. On Oct. 21st, waking up before sunrise could stop you in your tracks.


Blame Halle's Comet.  Every year in mid-to-late October, Earth passes through a stream of dusty debris from Comet Halley, and the pre-dawn sky can light up with a pretty display of shooting stars.


"We expect to see about 20 meteors per hour when the shower peaks on Tuesday morning, Oct 21st," says Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office.  "With no Moon to spoil the show, observing conditions should be ideal."


Because these meteors streak out of the constellation Orion, astronomers call them "Orionids."


"The Orionid meteor shower is not the strongest, but it is one of the most beautiful showers of the year," notes Cooke.


The reason is its setting: The shower is framed by some of the brightest stars in the heavens. Constellations such as Taurus, Gemini and Orion provide a glittering backdrop for the display.  The brightest star of all, Sirius, is located just below Orion's left foot, a good place to point your camera while you're waiting for meteors.

To see the show, Cooke suggests going outside one to two hours before sunrise when the sky is dark and the constellation Orion is high overhead. Lie down on a blanket with a broad view of the heavens.  Although Orionids emerge from a small area near the shoulder of Orion, they will spray across the entire sky.


"Be prepared for speed," he adds.  "Meteoroids from Halley'™s Comet strike Earth's atmosphere traveling 148,000 mph.  Only the November Leonids are faster."


Speed is important because fast meteors have a tendency to explode.  Occasionally, Orionid fireballs will leave incandescent streams of debris in their wake that linger for minutes. Such filaments of "meteor smoke" twisted by upper atmospheric winds into convoluted shapes can be even prettier than the meteors themselves.


"It really is a wonderful morning to be awake," says Cooke.  "Just don't plan on going anywhere in a hurry."

Nigeria pronounced clear of Ebola
FROM WORLD HEALTH ORG -- The lines on the tabular situation reports, sent to WHO each day by its country office in Nigeria, have now been full of zeros for 42 days
WHO officially declares that Nigeria is now free of Ebola virus transmission. This is a spectacular success story that shows that Ebola can be contained. 
The story of how Nigeria ended what many believed to be potentially the most explosive Ebola outbreak imaginable is worth telling in detail. Such a story can help the many other developing countries that are deeply worried by the prospect of an imported Ebola case and eager to improve their preparedness plans. 
Many wealthy countries, with outstanding health systems, may have something to learn as well. The complete story also illustrates how Nigeria has come so close to the successful interruption of wild poliovirus transmission from its vast and densely-populated territory. 
As sometimes fortunately happens in public health, one success breeds others when lessons and best practices are collected and applied. Earlier this year, WHO confirmed that Nigeria had eradicated guinea-worm disease – another spectacular success story. 
When the eradication initiative was launched, Nigeria was the epicentre of this disease, with more than 650 000 cases reported each year. A shocked public health community – worldwide When laboratory confirmation of the country’s first Ebola case, in Lagos, was announced on 23 July, the news rocked public health communities all around the world. 
Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and its newest economic powerhouse. For a disease outbreak, it is also a powder keg. The number of people living in Lagos – around 21 million – is almost as large as the populations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone combined. Lagos, Africa’s largest city, is also characterized by a large population living in crowded and unsanitary conditions in many slums. 
Thousands of people move in and out of Lagos every day, constantly looking for work or markets for their products in a busy metropolis with frequent gridlocks of vehicle traffic. “How can contact tracing be done under such conditions?” 
This was the main concern raised at the beginning, shortly after the first confirmed case was announced. As the United States Consul General in Nigeria, Jeffrey Hawkins, said at the time, “The last thing anyone in the world wants to hear is the 2 words, ‘Ebola’ and ‘Lagos’ in the same sentence. ” 
As he noted, that single juxtaposition conjured up images of an “apocalyptic urban outbreak”. That never happened. With assistance from WHO, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and others, government health officials reached 100% of known contacts in Lagos and 99.8% at the second outbreak site, in Port Harcourt, Nigeria’s oil hub. 
Federal and State governments in Nigeria provided ample financial and material resources, as well as well-trained and experienced national staff. Isolation wards were immediately constructed, as were designated Ebola treatment facilities, though more slowly. Vehicles and mobile phones, with specially adapted programmes, were made available to aid real-time reporting as the investigations moved forward. 
Unlike the situation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, all identified contacts were physically monitored on a daily basis for 21 days. The few contacts who attempted to escape the monitoring system were all diligently tracked, using special intervention teams, and returned to medical observation to complete the requisite monitoring period of 21 days.

Man's body found on Laurel near 23rd in Beaumont

BEAUMONT - Beaumont Police are working to determine the cause of death of a man whose body was discovered in a wooded area in west Beaumont.

Someone found the body at about 12:30 p.m. Monday in a wooded area on Laurel near 23rd.

A person who lives in the area told KFDM News the body is that of a homeless man who frequented the area.

 

Baptist Orange, LCM ISD to host flu clinics

Little Cypress-Mauriceville, in cooperation with Baptist Hospital-Orange, will host two flu vaccine clinics. A consent form must be signed to receive the vaccine, but it is free to anyone 18 years or older and is available on a first come, first served basis.

The age restriction is due to the terms of the grant that is funding these two clinics.  The first is on Tuesday, October 28, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Little Cypress Intermediate, 2300 Allie Payne.

Another clinic is scheduled for Mauriceville Middle School, 19952 FM 1130, on Wednesday, October 29, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The LCM District encourages the community to take advantage of this no-fee opportunity to protect your health. If you have questions, please call Kelly Meadows at 886-4245, extension 5210.

Jasper County Leaders go behind bars for "Good" to support MDA

JASPER, TX— More than 66 business and civic leaders from throughout Jasper County will be “arrested” and put “behind bars” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Lock-Up fundraiser hosted by the Cedar Tree Restaurant on Wednesday, October 22nd.  

Accused of having big hearts and being heavily armed with kindness, the “jailbirds”  volunteered to be part of MDA’s Lock-Up.

They are getting locked up to raise “bail” by encouraging friends, family, co-workers and business contacts to make contributions to MDA that will directly benefit families in Southeast Texas living with progressive muscle diseases.

Each MDA jailbird’s “bail” is set at $800, which will allow him/her to be released for good behavior. The bail amount will help get one child to MDA Summer Camp.

MDA also assists jailbirds in creating personalized Lock-Up donation websites to help raise their bail ahead of time online. 

The links for these websites can be emailed to friends, family and co-workers who could make secure online donations. They can even be posted to Facebook!

 “It’s amazing how our community jailbirds have rallied around MDA and are doing a great job as they continue to raise bail donations,” explained Anna Papoutsis, Executive Director for MDA. 

“The actual day of the Lock-Up will be a fun celebration of the work each person did to help families who live right here in our community.”

Lock-Ups are one of MDA’s signature fundraising programs, benefiting local individuals living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related progressive muscle diseases in the Southeast Texas area.

The event also will help send Southeast Texas youngsters to a special week at MDA summer camp at Camp for All in Burton, TX. 

Youngsters with muscle diseases, as well as the many volunteers who help create magic at MDA summer camp each year, enjoy a wide variety of activities designed specifically for youngsters with limited mobility. Some activities include horseback riding, swimming, football, and arts and crafts.

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. 

The Association also provides unparalleled health care services; advocates for the families it serves; and invests significant resources educating the medical and scientific communities, as well as the general public, about neuromuscular diseases affecting more than 1 million Americans.

MDA maintains a nationwide network of some 200 hospital-affiliated clinics — 38 of which are designed as MDA/ALS centers — that provide unparalleled medical and health care services to adults and children with neuromuscular diseases. 

Families in Southeast Texas visit the MDA Clinics at the Methodist Neurological Institute or Texas Children’s Hospital.

For more information about MDA’s Lock-Up campaign, please contact Sophie Freeman, Fundraising Coordinator at 409-838-4545, or by email at sfreeman@mdausa.org.

Man arrested in Orange for possession of meth

Jimmy Oathoudt, 45, from Orange, Texas, was arrested Saturday for possession/delivery of a controlled substance, a 1st degree felony, according to an Orange County Sheriff's report.


Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson  said a deputy was on patrol in the area of Tulane Road and Avenue B in Orange on Saturday at about 2:20 am when he stopped a maroon 2007 Chrysler minivan for defective equipment.

According to the report, when the deputy made contact with the driver, who was the only person in the car, he noticed the man was overly nervous.  He had the driver exit his vehicle and obtained consent to search the man’s vehicle and person. 

 

The deputy found numerous small plastic baggies used to divide drugs into smaller amounts for distribution.  The Deputy also located approximately 5.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside the vehicle.   


Oathoudt was transported to the Orange County Jail where he was arraigned later that same morning and his bond was set by Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Judge Janice Menard at $5,000.00. Oathoudt was released once he was able to make bond around 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2014. 

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