January 2021

Services Today and Death Notices for Sunday, Feb. 10

first_imgServices TodayMary Chesson, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont, 2 p.m.Death Notices Patricia Givens Morgan, 81, of Beaumont died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Broussard’s, McFaddin, Beaumont.Charles Smith, 89, of Orange died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Claybar Funeral Home, Orange. Earnest Henton, 83, of Port Arthur died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, Gabriel Funeral Home Port Arthur.Shirley Marks, 55, of Port Arthur died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. Gabriel Funeral Home, Port Arthur.Cathy Lynn Miles, 57, of Groves died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Broussard’s, Nederland.last_img read more

Services today and death notices for Jan. 11

first_img Oleitha Mae Chaney of Port Arthur died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. Gabriel Funeral Home.LaQunta Gray, 40, of Port Arthur died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. Gabriel Funeral Home.Debbie Dean, 59, of Nederland, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Broussard’s, Nederland.Ella Mae Thomas, 82, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Hannah Funeral Home Inc.Roland Francis “Pookie” Sullivan Sr., 84, of Orange died Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. Claybar Funeral Home, Orange.Robert Hardin Grisham, 86, of Groves died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves.Myron Lea Mahon, 63, of Port Neches died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland. Services todayAnna Geneva Keith, Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland, 10 a.m. Mary Ann Stelly, Broussard’s, Nederland, 10 a.m. Death notices Lawrence Landor Jr., 59, of Port Arthur died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. Gabriel Funeral Home.Christopher Alpough, 60, of Missouri City died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Gabriel Funeral Home.Timothy White, 61, of Port Arthur died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Gabriel Funeral Home.Henry Johnson Jr., 102, of Port Arthur died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. Gabriel Funeral Home.last_img read more

Lamar’s Fall World Series begins Monday

first_imgLamar sports informationBEAUMONT – As the weather turns cool in the Golden Triangle the Lamar baseball team looks to wrap up fall practice with the annual Fall World Series. The Cardinals completed their 23rd and final practice Wednesday afternoon and will take Thursday off to prepare for the annual event.“After 23 tough practices and scrimmages we are turning the team over to our captains,” said LU head coach Will Davis. “It will be fun to watch the team in more of a ramped up competitive environment.” “We also wanted to bring in a large freshmen class and start to build something here at Lamar. I believe-a 13-man freshman class is one of the largest on record here,” added Davis.The incoming class of recruits will have another opportunity to fight for playing time during the upcoming season Friday when they take the field for first game. In addition to the new players, Davis also added a new pitching coach to his staff. Davis hired Sean Snedeker to work with the Cardinals’ pitching staff.Snedeker comes to LU after building one of the nation’s strongest pitching staffs at Oral Roberts. The Golden Eagles finished the 2017 season ranked sixth in nation with a 3.06 earned run average. The Golden Eagles’ staff surrendered fewer than nine hits per nine innings last season while ranking among the nation’s top 10 in shutouts (8).Snedeker’s staff also averaged nearly nine strikeouts per nine 9 innings last season while helping guide the Golden Eagles to a 43-win season and a trip to the NCAA championships. ORU’s staff set the table for a team that won the Summit League with a near perfect 25-4 (.862) record. The Golden Eagles won the regular-season title by 6.5 games. All five games of the Fall World Series – if necessary – will take place at Vincent-Beck Stadium on the Lamar University campus. Game one will begin Friday at 3 p.m., followed by game two Monday at 3. Game three is scheduled to get under way Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. If necessary, game four will take place Wednesday at 3 p.m. A game time has not been scheduled for a fifth game, should it go the distance, but it would be played Thursday, Nov. 16.The Cardinals enter the upcoming season returning three of their All-Southland selections from last season – Robin Adames, Tanner Driskill and Grant Devore. The returning all-conference selections, to go along with a long list of returning letterwinners have added a great deal of excitement for the upcoming season, but Davis and his coaching staff added to that excitement by bringing in one of top recruiting classes in program history.Davis’ first full recruiting class as head coach was ranked 73rd in the nation by Perfect Game, and beat out several national powers including Rice (76), Houston (82) and Cal State Fullerton (87).center_img “It’s nice to see this group being recognized as a top-75 class by Perfect Game,” said Davis. “I’m not sure if we’ve ever had a top 100 class before, and to be ranked 73rd is impressive when you’re dealing with power five schools. The No. 1 class in the conference is obviously the goal and that is what we’ve achieved this year.”A 21-person signing class, the focused on pitching talent for 2017. Fourteen of the 21 additions are pitchers (nine transfers and five prep signees), including seven left handers. The rest of the class breakdown includes five outfielders, four infielders, a catcher and a first basemen with several players having the ability to play multiple positions.The LU coaching staff also placed high value on keeping Southeast Texas talent close to home. The 2017 class includes seven players from the area including Jack Dallas (West Orange-Stark HS), Brendan Dunkleberger (Nederland HS), Chet Jones (Kirbyville HS), Chase Kemp (Nederland HS), Logan LeJeune (Port Neches-Groves HS), Rhett McCall (Barbers Hill HS) and Chase Partain (Silsbee HS).“Being my first real recruiting class we wanted to achieve a number of goals,” said Davis. “First, we’ve totally revamped our pitching staff bringing in a number of talented arms. This class includes some junior college guys with accolades to go along with some very interesting high school kids who have a chance to be very good. A second thing we have done with the class is we’ve become much more athletic. Finally, we really wanted to recruit the local area as best we can. We feel like we’ve added a lot of very solid local players who will help our program.last_img read more

Newsprint fight may have far-reaching effects

first_imgWe hope you will do the same. That was when North Pacific Paper Co., or NORPAC, from Washington State, contended that the Canadians weren’t playing fair. NORPAC alone complained to the U.S. Commerce Department and the International Trade Commission that the Canadians were violating trade laws. They said the Canadian government was allowing companies to harvest trees off government land, that the government was giving Canadian companies loans, advantages NORPAC couldn’t get in the U.S.The Canadians see things differently. They contend that market forces are at play here, that as newspapers published smaller print editions or merged or even closed, the demand for newsprint has dropped.The U.S. investigation continues, but new duties — 6.5-10 percent in January, 22 percent in March — were imposed on Canadian manufacturers. That money’s being held in escrow until the investigation ends. But if NORPAC’s charges stick, guess who will pay for that? Some readers, who access their news online may yawn at this imbroglio involving dueling manufacturers. Why not just publish on a digital platform, they might suggest.Here’s the problem, felt industrywide: The digital product cannot exist without the printed product that sustains it. In many cases, printed advertising and readership dollars still comprise about 70 to 90 percent of a media company’s revenues.Papers like The Port Arthur News provide a digital newspaper free to our print customers and provide an electronic edition to our E-edition only subscribers. But without the printed product, we could not do that.We will send urge our elected congressmen to stand behind our industry by writing them at:U.S. Sen. John Cornyn517 Hart Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510www.cornyn.senate.govU.S. Sen. Ted CruzRussell Senate Building 404Washington DC 20510www.cruz.senate.govU.S. Rep. Randy Weber1708 Longworth BuildingWashington DC Ken Stickney is editor of the Port Arthur News.center_img Here’s a dark cloud we can see in the newspaper world, though it may be barely visible to our readers. But newspapers around the country are seeing it, and they are coalescing, insomuch as newspapers can agree on anything, to ward off this danger.Plunging orders for newsprint over the last two decades — that’s the stuff that we publish this newspaper on — have caused more than a dozen U.S. paper manufacturers to go out of business or produce paper products for other purposes. That drove prices for newsprint up, as fewer manufacturers were available to produce newsprint products that are a lifeline for our printed newspapers.The result: Costs to newspapers like ours have moved only upward. Fortunately for many U.S. newspapers, Canadian manufacturers have filled in the gap as the number of U.S. manufacturers of newsprint dwindled. That stabilized some newspapers’ costs for the last 10 years or so. Well, until last summer. Right now, the paper in your hand may cost 10 percent more to produce than it did a few weeks ago. That cost may rise to 40 percent for some newspapers. Some major paper companies, which own manufacturing facilities north and south of the Canadian border, are ramping up prices now. If the tariffs stay in place, the cost of producing a print product may become prohibitive.Well, if profits improve for U.S. manufacturers, won’t those companies gear up for manufacturing newsprint again? No. Paper manufacturers are at near capacity — 97 percent — and reopening old mills for newsprint is too expensive and takes too long. In short, they’re not interested.This newspaper is not feeling the immediate sting of this issue. Our newsprint comes from Mississippi. Others in our company — we are part of Boone Newspapers, which publishes 82 community newspapers — are facing tough decisions now that we in Texas might face later.For now, we’ll send letters to U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz as well as to our congressman, U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, and ask them to support community newspapers by weighing in on this issue to the appropriate places.last_img read more

OUT IN THE YARD — Pear trees easy to grow in Texas

first_imgOne of my childhood memories is watching my grandmother can pears.At that age, I didn’t understand that there are two different types of pears. Oriental pears are picked hard, ripened off the tree and used in baking and canning while European pears are softer like the ones bought in the store.Even though most people want to grow European pears, they do not grow well in Texas. Most of the pear trees in Texas are an Oriental variety because they have a strong resistance to fire blight.Pear trees are one of the easiest fruit trees to grow in Texas. If you choose the right variety, there is not much maintenance needed to grow pears. You can tell the fruit is ready to pick because it will turn from green to a slightly greenish yellow color. If the fruit is allowed to become too ripe, the pears will be grainy. There are many ways to cook pears, but my favorite is a chocolate pear jam. There are several recipes on the internet.For more information on growing pear trees, visit can reach Jefferson County Master Gardener, Melissa Starr, at [email protected], or call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at 409-835-8461 to reach extension agent, David Oates. The best-tasting Oriental varieties for our area include Warren, Ayres and Magness. Warren is the best tasting of these varieties with a smooth, buttery taste. Some Asian varieties of pears are being planted in Texas, but there is not enough information to recommend them yet.When planting a pear tree, it is good to note that most pears need a pollinator, so it is best to plant two trees. When planting any fruit tree, it is best to plant in the fall. When planting, dig a hole big enough for the roots to spread naturally, but not bigger than the root ball. Fill in with dirt and water, making sure there are no air pockets and the top of the root ball is at or above ground level.Gently adjust the tree if necessary. Weed competition can kill a young pear tree or stunt its growth, so make sure there are no weeds from the trunk out to the width of the canopy.It may take a few years for a pear tree to begin bearing fruit, but once it does, it normally ripens in August or September. Fruit on Oriental pear trees is best picked while still firm and allowed to ripen off the tree.last_img read more

Samuel Renard Sims

first_img Samuel departed this life on January 21, 2020 at St. Elizabeth Hospital.Samuel was preceeded in death by his father Charles Sims, Sr. and two brothers Chris Jaco and Charles Sims Jr. Samuel Renard Sims, 56 of Port Arthur was born on January 2, 1964 to the late Charles Sims and Mary Jaco Lavalais.He was baptized at an early age at Holy Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C. in Port Arthur, Texas.He accomplished great things throughout his years, graduating from Jake Yates High School in 1981, completing Job Corps, and landing his dream career as a Navy Sealift Maritime Seaman. Next UpHe’s traveled places on one’s bucket list, loved diligently and was loved diligently.He was a member of the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ under the leadership of Pastor Tom Gilliam.Samuel held many titles throughout his lifetime; Son, Brother, Uncle, Godfather, friend, and many more.center_img He leaves to cherish his mother Mary Jaco Lavalais of Port Arthur, TX, four sisters; Pamela Nelson, Camelia (Joseph) Singleton, Ruth (Jamie) Medina all of Port Arthur, TX and Patricia (Melvin) Thompson of Houston, TX, two Godchildren; Darrinae Reynolds and Kohler Louis of Port Arthur, TX and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.Viewing will be 9-11 am Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church, 549 W. Gulfway Drive, Port Arthur, TX with the service to begin at 11 am, entrusted to Colonial Funeral Home of Orange, TX.last_img read more

James “Billy” Alexis

first_imgJames Alexis, 78, of Port Arthur, TX passed away Sunday, August 9, 2020 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, TX.A native of Lafayette, LA, he was a longtime resident of Port Arthur, TX and retired from the City of Nederland. He was a member of Thomas Blvd. Church of Christ. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Gabriel Funeral Home Chapel with visitation from 12:30 p.m. until servicetime. He is preceded in death by his parents, Junius and Louise Alexis; five brothers, Isaac Sr., Junius Paul, Alton, Joseph and Robert Alexis; one sister, Leanna Johnson; a step-daughter, Lavelva Joseph; a step son, Randall Broussard.He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Menthola Alexis; one son, James Alexis, Jr. (Kieyah) of Beaumont, TX; one step-daughter, Pamela VanWright (Jeffery); one step-son, Brian Broussard all of Port Arthur, TX: three sisters, Joyce Williams, Sarah Simmons of LaMarque, TX and Shirley Willis (Terry) of Abbeville, LA; three grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.center_img Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery.last_img read more

‘Unsurvivable storm surge’ predicted by National Hurricane Center

first_img “Unsurvivable storm surge with large and destructive waves will cause catastrophic damage from Sea Rim State Park, Texas, to Intracoastal City, Louisiana, including Calcasieu and Sabine Lakes,” the National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday. “This surge could penetrate up to 30 miles inland from the immediate coastline.” Laura could bring storm surge of nearly 13 feet to the coastline as well as flash flooding and tornadoes on land. Forecasters from the National Hurricane Center are warning of ‘unsurvivable storm surge’ and ‘catastrophic damage’ from Hurricane Laura.Now a major Category 4 storm, Laura is set to hit near the Texas-Louisiana border on Thursday morning as local officials scramble to evacuate thousands of residents.The storm’s rapid intensification has shocked scientists and weather forecaster along the Louisiana-Texas border.center_img “I’m running out of words. Hurricane Laura is now one of the fastest-intensifying storms in recorded history in the Gulf of Mexico,” climate scientist Eric Holthaus wrote in a tweet. “Laura now poses a catastrophic, potentially historic threat to coastal Louisiana.”last_img read more

ASK A COP — Blue placard is the ticket to parking in handicapped spot

first_imgWinnie from Port Arthur asks: I am a legal holder of disabled parking plates and placard. I recently purchased a new vehicle, which of course will not display my disabled parking privileges, and to top it off I can NOT find my blue placard. I have limited walking ability, so I need to park as close to my destination as possible. Can I continue to park in the disabled parking spot if I don’t have my plates in and I can’t produce the placard? Hershel from Port Arthur asks: My son was driving his friend’s car and he was stopped by a police officer for a violation he committed. But while addressing the reason he was stopped, it was also discovered the vehicle didn’t have insurance. May I inform you the owner of the vehicle was in the passenger seat during the entire encounter. My question is if the owner was present, why did my son get the ticket for no insurance? This doesn’t seem fair or right to me. It wasn’t my son’s responsibility to insure the vehicle. Can you clear this up for me? Sam from Port Arthur asks: My wife is recovering from a very hard fought fight with cancer. As for now, thanks to God, the cancer is in remission. During my wife’s cancer fight, her driver’s license expired and she’s ready to start driving again. Her license is about a year past the expiration date. What does she need to do and will she have to start all over again since it’s been so long since her license expired? Join Officer Rickey Antoine for Ask A Cop Live on KSAP 96.9 FM every Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. as Officer Antoine discusses the newly released Ask A Cop article. Feel free to call in and ask a question live at 409-982-0247. Remember to email questions to [email protected], call 409-983-8673 and leave a message or mail them to: Ofc. Rickey Antoine, 645 4th Street, Port Arthur, Texas, 77640. If you happen to see me in public you can Ask A Cop! Answer: Sorry to hear you’re in the middle of this dilemma that you’re facing. The key to a disabled parking spot is being able to DISPLAY the right to be in that spot. Winnie, at this time you are NOT able to produce the placard nor license plate that gives you the right to park there, so according to the law at this time you can NOT park in the disabled parking spot. Even though you have limited walking ability, you can be cited if you are found in any disabled parking spot without the proper plates/placard. You can go to the department of Motor Vehicles and request another placard. Most time officers issue a citation for parking in a disabled parking spot when no one is in the vehicle. Answer: I rejoice with you and your wife’s victorious fight against cancer. I don’t know of a family today that this disease hasn’t touched, taken a loved one or caused a loved one temporary illness that was life threatening. I lost my mother, the very jewel to my heart, three years ago (seems like yesterday) to the disease of pancreatic cancer, so I’m elated to hear your wife is doing well. Sam, your wife’s Texas driver license is currently expired and the expiration date was approximately 1 year ago. The state of Texas allows a licensed driver to renew the license up to two years after the expiration of their license. The state of Texas will also allow for a license holder to renew the license up to two years before the expiration date. Answer: I’m sure we’ve all done something similar to this, driven someone’s vehicle without assuring the vehicle is currently covered with at least the state minimum liability insurance. Taking this step for granted could cause us to be in the same position your son was in. The reason why your son was cited is because he OPERATED a motor vehicle without insurance, not that he owned a vehicle that wasn’t insured. That’s how the charge will read. When we drive someone else’s vehicle, we temporarily assume responsibility. The officer couldn’t write the ticket to the owner because he wasn’t the driver. I get that request oftentimes because someone was doing a favor for a passenger. The driver is cited and passenger asks if I could write them the ticket. Of course NOT, that would be falsifying a legal document. So let this be a lesson to us all when using someone else’s vehicle, ask for the insurance card before you operate their vehicle.last_img read more

Medical Center of Southeast Texas outlines COVID vaccination schedules

first_img This allows for better scheduling and maintaining best practices for physical distancing, officials said.Vaccinations will begin at the earliest possible moment after the shipment has arrived.Employees who are regularly interacting with COVID-19 patients and volunteer for the vaccination, will be scheduled. Once an individual is vaccinated, all participants will receive the “Vsafe” handout from the CDC to help monitor symptoms. The Vaccination clinic will monitor individuals for 15 minutes post-injection for any initial reactions.The participant is scheduled for their second injection at this time. 17-23 days after the first injection, participants return for the second injection of the vaccine. The Medical Center of Southeast Texas is preparing for the receipt and distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations to its clinical personnel later this week.“We stand ready to vaccinate our frontline workers who are directly involved in the care of COVID-19 patients,” a hospital statement Tuesday stated. “Vaccinations will be administered in a phased approach according to criteria outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.”A team will pre-screen employees, schedule employees for COVID vaccinations and set reminders for the administration of the second dose of the vaccine.center_img Again, all participants will be monitored for 15 minutes for any initial reactions post injection and will be instructed to monitor themselves on the “Vsafe” app, monitored by the CDC.“We are here to help facilitate this initial Covid-19 vaccination process for healthcare workers as instructed by the CDC, FDA and other government agencies,” the hospital said.last_img read more