State Senate votes to allow Sabine-Neches dredging project to move forward

A bill clarifying existing state statutes and authorizing the Sabine-Neches Navigation District (SNDD) to enter into contracts and agreements necessary to deepen the Sabine-Neches Waterway passed the Texas Senate on Thursday, April 9, and was received by the house the following day. Senate Bill 1137, authored by Texas District 4 Sen. Brandon Creighton, amends current law relating to improvement projects of the Sabine-Neches Navigation District of Jefferson County and provides authority to issue anticipation notes and time warrants.

College presidents share plans for campus improvements, await funding from Texas Legislature

College presidents (from left) Dr. Michael Shahan, Dr. Betty Reynard, and Dr. Paul Szuch are awaiting funding from the Texas Legislature (background) to move forward with construction projects.

With the spring 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature well underway, three college presidents shared plans for new growth at their respective schools and much-needed campus development that rely upon funding from the state.

Higher education institutes across Texas have requested millions of dol­lars in Tuition Revenue Bonds (TRBs) including three two-year colleges under the Texas State University System — Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT), Lamar State College-Port Arthur (LSC-PA) and Lamar State College-Orange (LSC-O).

Sabine-Neches surpasses New York/New Jersey port in tonnage shipped

The Sabine-Neches Waterway has surpassed the Port of New York and New Jersey in terms of tonnage shipped in the U.S. Ports National Ranking, ac­cording to an annual report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center.

This makes the Sabine-Neches Wa­terway the third largest port in the U.S. in terms of tonnage shipped. The Sa­bine-Neches Waterway consists of two public ports (Beaumont and Port Ar­thur) and all of the public and private marine terminals between Sabine Pass and the I-10 bridge over the Neches River in Beaumont.

Reese Construction Management Program hosts career forum

The Lamar University Reese Construction Management Program has scheduled a Construction Career Forum for Wednesday, April 29, from 6-8 p.m. on the eighth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library.  Students will have the opportunity to gain insight from industry professionals and network with experts in their career field.  Students are encouraged to bring current resumes.