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Anchor Insurance to Acquire Southeast Surplus Underwriters and Affiliates

Anchor Insurance Holdings is purchasing Beaumont, Texas-based Southeast Surplus Underwriters General Agency, Spindletop Premium Finance, and Ranchers and Farmers Insurance Co. from Mirage Interest Inc., the companies reported. According to information posted on its website, Mirage Interest is a descendant …

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Names Lewis Director of Regional Sales

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies promoted Jim Lewis to director of regional sales for the central region of the country. Lewis will oversee sales operations in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin. Prior to his …

U.S. Risk Opens New Office in Fort Worth, Texas

Dallas-based managing general agency and surplus lines wholesaler, U.S. Risk Insurance Group Inc., has opened a new office in Fort Worth, Texas. The new office is initially staffed with underwriters from the energy and commercial underwriting divisions of U.S. Risk. …

Church Funding Emergency Alert System for West, Texas

A church in the small Texas city devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion is funding an emergency alert system for the town’s residents. The system will allow West officials to deliver an automated phone message to residents in the case …

Use of Hand-Held Cell Phones While Driving Banned in Austin

The Austin, Texas, City Council has approved a law banning the use of hand-held cellphones and many other portable electronic devices while driving. The Austin American-Statesman reports the city council approved the law on Aug. 28. It takes effect Jan. …

Parker Named New CEO of USAA

Stuart Parker, currently chief operating officer at San Antonio-based USAA has been named to succeed current CEO Joe Robles when he retires at the end of February 2015. USAA Capital Corporation President Carl Liebert will succeed Parker in the role …

Endris, Parker Join Higginbotham/Swantner & Gordon in Texas

Commercial insurance brokers Aaron Endris and Bryan Parker joined the Swantner & Gordon branch office of Higginbotham in Corpus Christi, Texas. Endris joins as manager of the bond department and Parker as associate of property/casualty insurance, concentrating his service to …

Texas County Reaches $775K Deal in Taser Case

Bastrop County in Texas has settled a federal lawsuit for $775,000 with the family of a high school student who suffered a brain injury after a deputy shot him with a Taser. The attorney representing Noe Niño de Rivera said …

Brownsville, Texas Ranks Second Among Safe Driving Cities

Allstate Insurance Co.’s 10th annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report” ranks Brownsville, Texas, second safest among America’s 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency. According to the report, the average driver in Brownsville will experience an auto collision …

Thief Targeting High End Bicycles in Austin

Austin, Texas, police say they are investigating nearly 40 nighttime burglaries in which more than 115 “high end” bicycles were stolen from garages. Police say one suspect, whose image was captured on a homeowner’s surveillance camera, is responsible for multiple …