The city of Beaumont was awarded a federal grant of $801,000 to help recover from the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced April 3. The funding, which was appropriated by Congress last month, comes through the Department of Housing and Urban…
Students from all around the world – including Prathmesh Bhatt of Beaumont – got to spend a week at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, as a part of the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy (HLCA). Prathmesh is a West Brook High School student, whose excellent academic…
The Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center is alerting small businesses and nonprofit organizations struggling with COVID-19-related financial losses that CARES Act loan applications are now open. According to a statement from the center, “The nonprofit sector has an incredibly important…
Governor Greg Abbott has waived certain regulations from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding licensing renewal and subsequent fees for nurses in Texas, his office announced March 25. The Governor's waiver authorizes a six-month grace period for nurses with expired licenses. This grace period will…
Sempra Energy announced March 23 that the Sempra Energy Foundation would donate up to $500,000 to help small to medium-sized nonprofits in Texas as they continue to serve critical needs related to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. “Many nonprofit organizations are faced with…
Governor Greg Abbott announced March 25 that he has temporarily waived certain hospital licensing rules and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has adopted an emergency rule to meet Texas’ need for additional hospital capacity while the state responds to COVID-19. The actions…
The office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts is offering options for businesses struggling to pay taxes due to reduced sales during COVID-19-related restrictions. The office released the following statement on March 25: “These are challenging times for businesses all over the nation.…
Texas doctors have joined Governor Greg Abbott in his call on industry to donate life-saving personal protective equipment (PPE) to medical staff on the front lines fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Texas Medical Association (TMA) President David C. Fleeger, MD, released the following…
The city of Beaumont Planning & Zoning Office is currently restricting public access due to COVID-19 and is outlining the procedures for public inquiries and business during the temporary limitation. According to a statement released March 23, the office will continue operation and provided a…
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is taking a stern stance against websites spreading false information or offering scam solutions related to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The DOJ announced March 22 that it filed its first enforcement action against COVID-19 fraud, with…

More and more news is coming about the coronavirus and its impacts on Southeast Texas. On this…