Jacob Dick, Beaumont Enterprise

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Recent articles by Jacob:

A muted Memorial Day in Southeast Texas

The holiday crowds are smaller this weekend, by design, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

What’s New: Luke’s finds new life, The Grill closes

New and changing developments in Southeast Texas businesses this week. → Read More

Hundreds hit the beach for 'Go Topless' weekend despite COVID-19, weather

Waves of party-goers set up on the beach for the annual Go Topless Jeep Weekend — an informal gathering of Jeeps, off road vehicles and the people who love them. → Read More

Shaggy Texans welcomed back to the barbershop

Southeast Texans took advantage of the governor's decision to relax restrictions on barbershops, salons and nail parlors, allowing them to begin seeing a limited number of customers. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation's guidance calls for separating work stations, screening staff and customers for fevers, and prohibiting double-bookings. → Read More

SE Texans venture out for restaurant dining

On a mild Friday morning with a blue sky overhead, Isaac and Amy Freeborn and their daughter Charlotte were taking advantage of the freshly relaxed coronavirus precautions to enjoy breakfast at The Toasted Yolk in Beaumont. → Read More

Port Arthur reports second coronavirus-related death

The African-American woman was between the ages of 55 and 60 and had underlying health conditions, according to the health department. → Read More

USW voices concerns about plant work as coronavirus spreads

Employees of a major Port Arthur refinery have spoken out to the media about their company's lagging efforts to prevent infection during the COVID-19 outbreak, a conflict the United Steelworkers Union says is becoming common across the entire industry. → Read More

SE Texas passes 100 cases, compliance concerns arise

The six counties working together under the Southeast Texas Regional Emergency Operations Center reported 18 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, pushing the total in Southeast Texas to well over 100 cases. → Read More

Texas Uses Chatbots to Manage Uptick in Unemployment Calls

The Texas Workforce Commission launched an online, automated virtual assistant to help manage the surge in unemployment benefit claims. The chatbot has helped streamline the process, though the demand remains unprecedented. → Read More

Rural health care at risk in big outbreak

Medical professionals girding for a potential spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases across Southeast Texas are especially concerned about rural communities and the ability of health-care facilities there to handle a significant outbreak. → Read More

Transportation company lands new hub in Port Arthur

Growing oil and gas investments in Southeast Texas has attracted a large transportation company to create a new branch at a 10 acre commercial site in Port Arthur. → Read More

Updated: TPC Group says as many as 100 positions could be eliminated

TPC Group employees were informed Tuesday morning that layoffs are coming and now await negotiations to see how many could be losing their jobs, according to a local union officer. → Read More

TPC Group ending chemical production in Port Neches, up to 100 jobs could be cut

TPC Group employees were informed Tuesday morning that layoffs are coming and now await negotiations to see how many could be losing their jobs, according to a local union officer. → Read More

Waitr to lay off 219 in Beaumont, move to contract pay model

Food delivery service Waitr will lay off drivers nationwide, including all 219 in the Beaumont area, as it moves to a contract-only model for workers in April. → Read More

Hotels sprout along I-10

Beaumont's growing hotel corridor on the southwest section of I-10 is about to see three new hotels in time for the ramp up to the city's busiest lodging season. → Read More

What’s New: Taco Bell location coming to Orange

The City of Orange has announced a new Taco Bell will also be coming to the Texas 62 just off the I-10 exit. → Read More

Struggle Street brews king cake stout

Orange lands Starbucks, and a Cajun classic returns after rebuilding. → Read More

Rayburn Country closes doors, community awaits impact

Deep in the pines at the southern edge of Lake Sam Rayburn, the lights are off at Rayburn Country's club. → Read More

What’s New: Salata celebrates new DoorDash deal with free delivery

DoorDash is making another push into Southeast Texas delivery markets statewide with a Salata partnership. → Read More

Groves working on food truck ordinance proposal

Groves City Council could soon have a proposal for food truck regulations after a preliminary discussion at Monday's regular meeting. → Read More