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Thousands cast their early voting ballots in Jefferson County and throughout Southeast Texas today. And, why not, the next Governor of the State of Texas was in town.  We'll help you make sense of it.
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Boil Water orders were out today for two communities on opposite sides of the Golden Triangle.
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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."

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