Texas wants to know about your internet access


The Texas Broadband Listening Tour
will visit Beaumont next Thursday, March 31 at 2 p.m. at the Jefferson Theater at 345 Fannin St. in downtown Beaumont.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar leads the statewide listening tour to hear Texans talk about internet access and gather insights that will be used to develop the state’s first broadband plan State. This information will help the newly created Broadband Development Office study how to bridge the digital divide in Texas.

The tour consists of 12 public forums held at different locations across the state. These events are free and everyone is encouraged to attend to share their thoughts on broadband in Texas.


Texans who cannot attend one of the tour events can also complete an online survey on the state comptroller’s website at comptroller.texas.gov. Survey responses will be collected until May 2.


Gwendolyn Lavalais
, MD, has been named the new Medical Director of Gift of Life. She will oversee the program’s medical services, coordinate client care, and support the mission to assist vulnerable populations in Southeast Texas.

A physician with more than 20 years of experience in the fields of internal medicine and oncology, Dr. Lavalais has dedicated her career to serving populations requiring critical care. She managed patient care, navigation and treatment at the Julie and Ben Rogers Cancer Institute before assuming the position of Medical Director at the Dauphin Cancer Screening and Prevention Centre.

“I have always viewed Gift of Life as Southeast Texans’ vital safety net for the medically underserved,” Dr. Lavalais said. “The organization’s ‘free’ healthcare provides an essential gateway to essential cancer screenings and medical diagnostics for breast and prostate cancer. It is my blessing to participate in the provision of services for Gift of Life customers as we promote the health and well-being of our communities.

Dr. Lavalais received the Beaumont Enterprise Readers’ Choice Award for Oncologist of the Year, as well as the Gift of Life “Shine a Light” Award, the Gift of Life “Lifesaver Extraordinaire” Award and was a Gift of Life “Angel Among Us” Honored.

“We are extremely grateful for the lasting and positive impact Dr. Lavalais will have on our program in this new leadership role,” said Gift of Life Founder and President Regina Rogers. “Her extensive knowledge, complemented by years of experience, positions her well to lead our growth as we move closer to our shared vision of a healthier, more vibrant community. With Dr. Lavalais’ guidance, our clients will receive the highest level of compassionate care and understanding of their unique situation.


The Mike Smith Automotive Group
Beaumont-based has been named the first recipient of the 2021 Women in the Service Lane (WITSL) award. Ted Ings Fixed Ops Roundtable, the automotive retail industry’s fastest growing event, announced the award. Award winners are recognized for their efforts to recruit and maintain a gender balance in their service advisor and leadership staff.

In an effort to balance the customer base with the face of its dealership, Group 1’s Mike Smith Auto Group has been able to recruit and retain a gender balance in its front line of Advisors that many dealerships do not yet have. hit.

In 2021, The Fixed Ops Roundtable recognized several dealers and dealer group fixed operations departments that met the above diversity ratios. However, none of the recognized dealerships came close to the ratios recorded by the Mike Smith Auto Group in Group 1. Across all six stores, 50% or more of their teams of advisors and service managers are women.

“We are fortunate to have a wonderful group of service employees, and having them all female is fantastic in helping all of our customers feel welcome, represented and at ease. as soon as they enter service,” said Krista St. Romain. , Group 1 Automotive Market Director for the Gulf Coast and Beaumont.

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