Effort to rename regional airport takes off

An effort to rename the Southeast Texas Regional Airport received a big lift Monday.

Jefferson County Commissioners Court approved a resolution to rename the airport after Jack Brooks. Brooks represented this area in Congress for more than 40 years. He and his wife live in Beaumont.

Commissioners approved the resolution after hearing from attorney Hubert Oxford III. Oxford spoke before commissioners two weeks ago and again Monday, urging support for the renaming.

He says Brooks helped this region in more ways than can be counted, including playing an instrumental role in the creation of Lamar University, a flood control levee in Jefferson County, DD6, Lake Sam Rayburn and civil rights legislation.

Oxford says in the two weeks since he first spoke about the proposal at Commissioners Court, he’s received a number of phone calls from people telling him how Jack Brooks changed their lives.

The FAA must also approve the name change.

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Story originally appeared on KFDM.com – KFDM 6 News.

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Effort to re-name airport after Jack Brooks

There is an effort underway to re-name the Southeast Texas Regional Airport after former congressman Jack Brooks.

A supporter addressed Jefferson County Commissioners Court during Monday’s meeting.

Attorney Hubert Oxford III a longtime friend of the former congressman.

Brooks served in the House for more than 40 years.

Oxford says the former congressman’s many contributions to Southeast Texas merit the honor.

Commissioners didn’t vote but several voiced their approval for the idea.

Oxford would like the item on next week’s court agenda.

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Story by Scott Lawrence. Originally appeared on KFDM.com – KFDM 6 News.

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FAA Approves Grant For Terminal Repairs At SETRA

Jefferson County Commissioner Bo Alfred tells KFDM that the Federal Aviation Administration has given the go-ahead to award Jefferson County a grant to repair the main terminal at the Jack Brooks Regional Airport.

The grant totals a little over $8 million.

Hurricane Rita caused major damage to the main terminal, and it’s been closed since then.

Commercial flights have operated out of the Jerry Ware Terminal.

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Story by Angel San Juan. Originally appeared on <a href=”http://www.kfdm.com/news/terminal-16472-grant-airport.html”>KFDM.com</a> – KFDM 6 News.

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