January 2021

Claud Brown

first_imgClaud Brown, 98, of McKinney, Texas, formerly of Port Arthur, TX, beloved father of twins Charlotte Barrett and Charlene Schnitzius passed away on September 4, 2016. Funeral Service is Saturday Sept. 10; visitation at 2:00pm, service at 3:00pm at Sparkman Crane Funeral Home in Dallas, TX. Private entombment to be at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Port Arthur TX. In lieu of flowers, a tax-deductible donation can be made in his memory to the following foundation or to a charity of your choice: Claud Brown Endowed Scholarship for Disabled Students (list scholarship when donating). Make check payable to: Tyler Junior College Foundation, PO Box 9020 Tyler, TX 75711-9020last_img read more

Bridge City holds off Center; Bay City next

first_img Center got one last shot to score needing 80 yards for the end zone. Parks drops back and hits his receiver Evans for 29 yards to set up a long Hail Mary pass. Parks dropped back and looked for Octavius Evans and hit him at the Cardinal 5, but he was dropped by the Cardinal defense.With the clock dwindling down and the intensity in the stadium rising, the Cardinals went for it on a fourth-and-one play inside the Center 10. Who other than Morris would barrel ahead and not only get the first down, but the touchdown. Brown put the PAT through, making the score 35-28 Bridge City with 0:28 seconds left in the game.Center (6-5) quarterback Kyle Parks made the game tough for Bridge City all night finding multiple holes for 91 rushing yards and threw for 255 yards. Octavious Evans was his number one receiver with 194 yards. The District 10-4A champion Cardinals (8-2) rushed for over 430 yards as a team. The rushing leader for the Cardinals was running back Patrick Morris, who finished with 226 yards and three touchdowns on the night.The Cardinals will now move on to face the Bay City Black Cats (7-4) in the area round next week.Bay City defeated Houston Yates 55-28 Friday night.It was Bridge City’s first playoff win since 2005 when the Cardinals defeated Jasper 23-0. By Caleb AdamsThe Orange LeaderSPLENDORA — The Bridge City Cardinals beat the Center Roughriders in the first round of the Class 4A Division I bi-district playoffs 35-28 in a thriller of a game that came down to the last play of the night Friday at Splendora High School.The game went down to the wire and delivered in every way you could possibly think in Texas Friday Night Lights.last_img read more

Experience of a Lifetime

first_imgThe Port Arthur Junior Bees were invited to the NFL Experience on Friday and Saturday. The event on Friday was only open for Pop Warner kids. The Pop Warner league has a partnership with the NFL. On Saturday, 30 youths from Port Arthur and 35 from Beaumont went on a trip to the Experience at the George R. Brown Center. (Courtesy photo)last_img

Trump should focus attention on guns

first_img With the aftermath of major hurricanes Harvey and Irma now put aside in the media, the public spotlight has been passed onto two prominent topics: the take-a-knee movement and the Las Vegas massacre. The two new subjects have received coverage by all facets of the media as well as discussion by many politicians, including President Trump. While both topics are trending on Twitter, only one has received a strong call to action by President Trump—and it is not the one that deals with hundreds of innocent Americans being killed by bullets.Recently, Trump has spewed an onslaught of tweets (which are considered to be official presidential statements) that pertain to the take-a-knee movement. His tweets, which say things such as “The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations. The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can’t kneel during our National Anthem!” have sparked a heated debate over whether or not the President is infringing on the people’s rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. In my own opinion, he is certainly overstepping his boundaries. The take-a-knee movement did not begin as an opposition to our brave troops or our sacred flag. Instead, it is meant to symbolize the ongoing hatred and injustice in our prideful nation, which is an issue that requires action. Trump’s inability to recognize the people’s frustration over America’s flaws and his criticism of the right to peacefully protest have led to anger in Americans across the country. On the other end of the spectrum, some people who are against the movement have been excited at the thought of having someone new to scorn and mock. While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, it is important to remember that we live in a nation that prides itself on not only the freedom of speech, but also on the freedom to protest.Conversely, the words “gun control” have been absent from the President’s Twitter profile. This seemingly obvious call to action to prevent further monstrosities such as the Las Vegas massacre has yet to cross Trump’s lips, so they are instead being shouted by millions of Americans. Some people are quick to demean those participating in the take-a-knee movement despite the Constitutional right to the speech. But, the second gun rights are threatened, protest. The word “control” frightens them, yet no one—at least to my knowledge—has proposed a complete and sudden gun ban. Instead, tighter gun control is at the forefront of many people’s minds, which would include a more thorough background check while purchasing firearms and tighter regulations on gun use. A little extra clearance to save lives from mass murderer seems to me like an obvious solution to the American gun problem, yet Trump knows imposing such a policy would decrease his favorability among his supporters. This can be attributed to politics but it ultimately affects every American’s life and safety. The beautiful souls killed in Las Vegas were taken by the means of a gun. The young children who were slaughtered at Sandy Hook Elementary School were taken in the same way. How many more lives will be lost before proper action against guns is taken? Will the President use his influence to end this horrid evil? He has spoken out strongly against the take-a-knee movement, yet it remains to be seen whether or not he will condemn the misuse of guns in the same sense of urgency.When publicly criticizing hot topics such as the take-a-knee movement or gun control, everyone’s opinions and views must be taken into account. Our rights set forth in the First and Second amendments include, among other things, the right to peacefully protest and the right to bear arms. Now, when our nation is in constant debate and turmoil, we must remember to respect the right for Americans to peacefully protest and understand that the ability to bear arms must be kept in line with the safety of American lives.Lauren Devenzio is a senior at Nederland High School, where she is the head design editor for the Bulldog Beat Newspaper. She is also a 2017 National Youth Correspondent and Youth Advisory Board member for the Washington Journalism and Media Conference. Email her at [email protected] By Lauren Devenziolast_img read more

McDonald’s robbers leave empty handed

first_img Next Up BEAUMONT — Beaumont Police are looking for two men who bullied their way inside a McDonald’s to rob them but left empty handed. The incident began around 4:58 a.m. Monday at the 190 I-10 North location after an employee unlocked the door to let and off-duty employee out. At that time two men — one 5-foot 5- inches to 5-foot 6-inches tall and the other 5-foot 10 inches to 5-foot 11-inches tall wearing dark glasses with bandanas over their faces — pushed the employee back inside while the off-duty employee walked out of the store, according to information from Beaumont Police Department.One suspect stood by the employee while the other attempted to rob the store.The suspects were unsuccessful in locating money and fled the scene on foot. An extensive search of the area was conducted, however, the suspects were unable to be located. No one was injured during the robbery. Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the Beaumont Police Department at 409-832-1234 or Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS (8477).last_img read more

Port Neches Police blotter and arrests for July 29–Aug. 4

first_img ArrestsCasey Beck, 32, other agency warrant(s)Roland Garcia, 37, other agency warrant(s)Jose Ceja, 33, other agency warrant(s)Laura Wallace, 39, other agency warrant(s)Jesse Bernal, 21, other agency warrant(s)Brandon Hotchkiss, 20, other agency warrant(s)Jonathan Andrews, 37, other agency warrant(s)Jacob Broussard, 33, assaultSteven Spinale, 33, assault Port Neches police responded to the following calls from July 29 to Aug. 4:July 29Fraudulent use or possession of identifying information was reported in the 900 block of Neches.A person was arrested for other agency warrant(s) in the 2700 block of Nall.Officer investigated a report of threats in the 1500 block of Dieu.July 30Two people were for other agency warrant(s) in the 1100 block of Goodwin.A dangerous dog was reported in the 800 block of Block Street. Aug. 3Theft was reported in the 2200 block of Merriman.An assault was reported in the 400 block of East Second Street.A person was arrested for other agency warrant(s) in the 600 block of Lee.Aug. 4A person was arrested for assault in the 200 block of East Second Street.A person was arrested for assault in the 900 block of Wilson.center_img July 31A person was arrested for other agency warrant(s) in the 100 block of GrigsbyA person was arrested for other agency warrant(s) in the intersection of Grigsby and Spur 136.Aug. 1Officer arrested a subject for other agency warrant(s) in the intersection of Sycamore and Central.Aug. 2Criminal mischief was reported in the 1500 block of Welch.last_img read more

Mid- & South County voters cast their ballots

first_img Borne was appointed to the seat in late November 2018 to fill the remainder of the term of former councilman Cross Coburn.The Ward 3 race pitted incumbent and longtime councilman Sidney Badon against newcomer Barbara Edington. Following results released Tuesday, Badon topped Edington.Port Neches Residents in Mid- and South County decided the fate of school and water control district bonds, a city council race, tax reallocation to fix roads and numerous other ballot questions when voting concluded Tuesday (Nov. 5).Groves City CouncilIn Groves, the Ward 1 race was won by Chris Borne, who topped Cindy Kreutzer. Jefferson County Water Control and Improvement District No. 10The folks in Jefferson County Water Control and Improvement District No. 10 — the area between Twin City Highway and U.S. 69 and between the cities of Nederland and Beaumont including Central Gardens and rural areas — decided in favor of a tax hike.WCID voters approved an 8-cent-per-$100 valuation tax projected to bring approximately $226,000 annually. The current rate is 3 cents per $100 valuation.The take hike will fund maintenance and purchases for the volunteer fire department for items such as bunker gear, fire hose and nozzles, rescue truck and more.Port Neches-Groves Independent School District Voters in Port Neches-Groves ISD approved a $130 million bond that will reduce the number of elementary schools from seven to four by building new elementary schools in each city, two in Groves and two in Port Neches. Each town would have one PreK-2 campus and one 3-5 campus.Sabine Pass Independent School DistrictSabine Pass voters approved a $150 million bond for construction, acquisition, renovation and equipment of school buildings in the district. This includes the purchase of school buses, software and technology, safety and security equipment and such other improvements in the district relating to facilities, for the purchase of real and personal property.Jefferson County Special ElectionVoters in Jefferson County are set to decide whether to legalize pari-mutuel wagering on horse races and legalize pari-mutuel wagering on simulcast races in the Jefferson County.Pari-mutuel horse racing is on-track betting where you are physically on the location when bets are open. Simulcast is off-track betting where you can bet on races in other areas that are broadcast or not broadcast.A location for the races and wagering has not been chosen at this time.center_img Voters in Port Neches voted to reduce the economic development corporation’s sales tax from one-half of 1% to one-quarter of 1% and reallocating the other one-quarter to provide revenue for maintenance and repair of city streets.Port Neches Economic Development Corporation, which was formed in 2000, receives one half of 1 percent of sales tax. As a result the PNEDC collects about $450,000 per year that goes to a variety of economic development incentives and projects.With the approval of the Proposition, the funding should now provide an additional $200,000 to $250,000 beyond what the city currently budgets for the street repair and maintenance.Proceeds from sales tax will not be collected until March and the first rebate from that won’t be received by the city until June 2020.last_img read more

Employee tests positive for COVID-19; Nederland Swimming Pool temporarily closing

first_img On Sunday, the City was advised two employees who work at the Nederland Swimming Pool were going to test due to possible COVID-19 exposure.On Wednesday, the Parks staff was notified one employee tested positive for COVID-19 and the other tested negative for COVID-19.Duque said in accordance with the state guidelines, the pool area is regularly cleaned for the health and safety of the pool patrons and employees.“Out of an abundance of caution, the Nederland Swimming Pool will be closed for two weeks and will re-open on Saturday, July 4,” Duque said. “When the pool re-opens, the City will continue to prioritize the health and safety of patrons and pool employees via social distancing at the pool and regular cleaning.” The Nederland Swimming Pool is going to close for two weeks, City Manager Chris Duque.last_img read more

CEO leaving Southeast Texas Food Bank, active search for new executive begins

first_img “Fortunately, the Food Bank has always been a strong non-profit in the community,” said Maher. “With 20 percent of Southeast Texans needing the hunger relief services it provides, it needs to be well resourced and well organized. We have been fortunate to add to its capacity and potential in recent years and I am honored to have been part of that. I know the Southeast Texas Food Bank and its important mission is in the good hands of a solid and dedicated staff, volunteer corps and board and its mission is respected by the community. A new leader will be well positioned and well supported in making the Food Bank an even more vital community service.” Shortly after the holidays, Dan Maher, President/CEO of the Southeast Texas Food Bank, will be leaving the food bank to accept a similar position at another Feeding America network food bank in Fredericksburg, Virginia.His impending departure after leading the organization for more than seven years has triggered an active search for new executive leadership by the Food Bank to allow for a transition in early 2021. “I originally came to Southeast Texas from Virginia. I have enjoyed the community and the challenge of leading the Southeast Texas Food Bank through a period of growth amidst several local disasters,” said Maher. “But the opportunity to again return to family roots and broader family connections is appealing at this time.”Maher originally left his role as Vice President of Development and Communications at Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas to become the Executive Director at the Food Bank in 2013. Since that time, the Food Bank’s annual food distribution has doubled, a supplemental warehouse has been purchased, new land for future expansion has been acquired, a senior-oriented feeding program has been added, and the Food Bank has engaged in community response to several natural disasters and the current pandemic.center_img The Food Bank’s Board of Directors is moving swiftly to address the President/CEO vacancy that will exist in January. A Search Committee has recently begun accepting applications for the position, tapping into local resources for possible candidates, as well as promoting the opening via the statewide and national networks the Southeast Texas Food Bank participates in.“The Food Bank has been highly responsive and expanded its community engagement under Dan’s leadership and the Board is grateful for that impact,” said Southeast Texas Food Bank Board Chair Jeff Oliverio. “We expect to continue growing that impact under new leadership and look forward to the bright possibilities for improving food access in Southeast Texas that the future holds.”last_img read more

Weather Service outlines potential for severe weather Wednesday

first_imgBad weather could be a factor for Port Arthur and Mid-County residents tomorrow. According to the National Weather Service, there is a 5% risk for severe storms Wednesday afternoon and evening, mainly over southeast Texas.Warning Coordination Meteorologist Roger Erickson said in addition to the threat, one to two inches of rain is expected.last_img