Services today and death notices for June 8

first_img Dorothy Mary Lynn, 74, of Nederland died June 7, 2016. Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland.Mary Styles Higgins, 73, of Port Neches died June 7, 2016. Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland.Valentine R. Williams, 75, of Port Arthur died Monday, June 6, 2016. Hannah Funeral Home Inc. Services todayElizabeth “Pat” Baze, Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches, 10 a.m.“Millie” Keenan Resch, Levingston Funeral Home, Groves, 2 p.m.James “Lad” Jennings, Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home, 10 a.m. Death noticesPatricia Gradney, 67, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.Hildegard Anglin, 94, of Port Arthur died June 3, 2016. Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland.last_img read more

PREP ROUNDUP: Sabine Pass ends losing skid

first_img That may have made the Sharks’ first win since the 2014 season that much sweeter for their fans.Sabine Pass trailed 14-6 at halftime before storming back to win. Times of each score were not available, but the Sharks got on the board with Brayden Miller’s 12-yard catch from Dominique Wilson.In the second half, D’Coven Turner returned a punt 57 yards, and Wilson added a two-point conversion. The Sharks accounted for the winning margin with a defensive safety. The News staff reports and The Orange LeaderSABINE PASS — It had been a long time coming, but Sabine Pass has finally won a football game.The Sharks ended an 18-game losing streak Friday night, beating Galveston O’Connell 16-14 in a game that was originally scheduled to be played in Galveston. But the Buccaneers weren’t going to have a field ready in time. The defending Class 4A Division II State Champion Mustangs used the legs of punt return men KJ Miller and Jarron Morris to help enable WO-S (2-0) to a commanding 30-0 advantage at the half.Miller had two punt returns that went for 112 yards in the first half, one a 66-yard touchdown, while Morris set up another score with a 50-yard return trip.Meanwhile, the WO-S Chain Gang Defense limited the Bears (0-2) to just 63 total yards and five first downs.WO-S has allowed just 72 yards a game in their first two contests after shutting out Nederland 42-0 last week. The shutout against the Bears also marked the 101st shutout for the Mustang program.“It was a good team effort,” said Mustang coach Cornel Thompson. “Defensively, we’re playing really well. Two shutouts in a row against bigger schools is nice but we know we still have some work to do. It’s a long season and we just want to show improvement each time we take the field.”Mustang quarterback Jack Dallas completed 9-of-14 passes for 131 yards and two scores. WO-S tailback Jeremiah Shaw was the night’s leading rusher with 59 yards on just eight totes. The Mustangs finished with  259 total yards as they played on a short field most of the game.“Offensively, we did some things well after that first series and the turnover we had,” said Thompson. “We were able to do some things we wanted to do. LC-M got after us pretty good defensively, especially in the first half.”The Mustangs, who lead the Bears 29-2 all-time in the series, will head to Bridge City for another Orange County showdown next week as they face the hot 2-0 Cardinals while the Bears will remain at home and will welcome the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks.“Bridge City is playing really well and they have a great senior group and so do we,” said Thompson. “It’s going to be a hard rock to mine when we head to their place next week. Should be a great atmosphere.”BRIDGE CITY 56, HOUSTON N. FOREST 13BRDGE CITY — The Bridge City Cardinals came into Week Two on their first home game of the season to face off against the Houston North Forest Bulldogs and the Redbirds made it look easy as they flew to a convincing 56-12 thumping in the first ever meeting between the two schools.The Cardinals piled up 512 yards of total offense, 479 of it coming from their explosive running game.Back Patrick Morris and Max Baker combined for 240 yards and five touchdowns with Baker rushing for 122 yards and Morris 118. Freshman Andy Lara also rushed for 89 yards and two scores.Bridge City’s defense held strong in the first half of play only giving up six points and 120 total yards. The Cardinals took the lead and never looked back. The defense for the Cardinals stood tall with multiple sacks from the defense and an interception from Justyn Romero.North Forest finished with just 214 total yards.The game was won early in the trenches for Bridge City (2-0) and the Cardinals never gave up much ground. The running back group was missing Cayce Draper, who had strep throat, but the gaps the offensive line made, made up for it, giving Morris, Baker and Lara more than enough room to make plays.Bridge City welcomes in the West Orange-Stark Mustangs (2-0) to Larry B. Ward Stadium next week.KIRBYVILLE 21, ORANGEFIELD 7KIRBYVILLE — The Orangefield Bobcats rolled into Kirbyville Wildcat Stadium with a chip on their shoulder Friday night after losing to the Wildcats last season 24-13 at home.This season again would be another classic match-up between the two schools with the Bobcats coming up short once more, falling 21-7.The Bobcat offense was unable to produce much offense against the speedy Wildcat secondary.Last week the Bobcats shut out the Buna Cougars while Kirbyville was shut out by the Newton Eagles, leaving fans on both sides questioning what their teams would bring in week two.Despite losing their star running back Ty Dennis in the first half, the Wildcats were still able to produce offense under direction of new quarterback Tadarius Jackson. He rushed for 75 yards while passing for 83 yards including a 64-yard touchdown to Joseph Fentrist.The Bobcat defense looked primed for an upset early, intercepting Jackson on the first play of the game to take over the ball at the Wildcat 43. However, the Bobcat offense sputtered out the gate, unable to garner positive yards to go three-and-out and being forced to punt the ball back to the Wildcats.The Bobcats (1-1) host Woodville next Friday. Kirbyville (1-1) goes on the road to Palestine to face Westwood in a non-district matchup.center_img The win also marked the first under head coach Jason Thibodeaux since 2010, when he last coached the Sharks prior to this season. Sabine Pass cheerleaders honored 3-year-old Austyn Halter, who had been battling an extremely aggressive form of leukemia, with a breakthrough banner including a drawing of a dinosaur, her favorite animal, and the message “Let’s make childhood cancer extinct.” Austyn’s cancer is now in remission, but she remains hospitalized.WO-STARK 45, LC-MAURICEVILLE 0LITTLE CYPRESS —Utilizing big special teams plays in the first half and a dominating defense throughout,  the West Orange-Stark Mustangs crushed the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Battlin’ Bears 45-0 to capture the The Orange Bowl for the 18th straight time.last_img read more

Services today and death notices for Sept. 17

first_img Amanda Crosby, Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 2 p.m.Harold Rachal, , Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches, 11 a.m.Bonnie Michelle Fields, Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, Groves, 10:30 a.m.Bolton Alton Mercer, Levingston Funeral Home, Groves, 10 a.m. Services today and death notices for Sept. 17Services todayTheadora Williams, St. James Catholic Church, Port Arthur, 9 a.m. Edward Isedore Sr., Thomas Blvd. Church of Christ, Port Arthur, 11 a.m.Joe Gardner, Shilo Baptist Church, Port Arthur, 11 a.m.Roland Hilstock, Eternal Rest Cemetery, Elton, La., 11 a.m. Nhi Thi Truong, Hannah Funeral Home Chapel, Port Arthur, 9 a.m.Lewis Teague, Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home, 11a.m.Guiliette Botello, Oak Bluff Memorial Park, 10 a.m. Death noticesShirley Brown, 65, of Port Arthur died Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.Walterine Durham Anders, 73, of Nederland died Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors, Groves.last_img read more

LANGLEY TOPS DBs IN BENCH PRESS

first_imgBEAUMONT – Lamar All-American defensive back Brendan Langley competed at the NFL Combine Monday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. A two-year standout for the Cardinals who played all three phases of the game, Langley put up impressive numbers during his time on the field at the combine.The highlight of his performance came in the bench press. Langley had 22 reps in the bench, which was the best performance of all defensive backs. He also finished the day with a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash, a 35.5-inch vertical jump, 123-inch broad jump and clocked a 4.21 in the 20-yard shuttle. Langley also participated in the 60-yard shuttle and three-cone drill.last_img read more

Airport deal to be considered; Comish to consider Tekoa bond

first_img Judge Branick said that this is a conduit issue, in that the court has the ability to issue many types of bonds within the county that do not necessarily involve the county directly, other than requiring its courts for processing.“They do not create any tax obligation or burden to county tax payers,” Branick said.The main reason this is going through this Commissioners Court is because the corporate entity that is taking on the bond is doing so to make the improvements to two addresses located in the county, 3145 39th Street and 3030 39th Street, both in Port Arthur. The commissioners will also look at economic development of the land around Jack Brooks Regional Airport, which involves both the county, as the leaseholder, and the Nederland Economic Development Corporation (NEDC), as the lessee, along with any commercial retail owners.Commissioner Brent Weaver said that this is something that the county and NEDC have been working on for a long time.“Anything that promotes the economic development of the county is a good thing,” Weaver said. “I believe it’s a great opportunity for growth and development in the county, and it’s an ideal location.”Kay Decuir, executive director of the NEDC, said that she was not even aware that these issues, which involve her organization directly, were on the agenda. Jefferson County Commissioners Court’s Monday agenda includes the possible approval of a resolution authorizing Judge Jeff Branick to execute an order approving a tax-exempt bond for $12 million dollars for the benefit of Tekoa Charter School, Inc.This bond, according to a PDF on the county’s website, is a revenue bond, which means that the holder of it, in this case, Arlington Higher Education Finance Corporation, is requiring the benefactor, in this case, Tekoa Charter School, Inc. to produce revenue in order to pay back the bond.In short, it should cost local taxpayers nothing.center_img “We’ve been on the agenda before, and then removed or tabled. It’s happened before,” Decuir said. “This time we didn’t even know it was coming up again.”Decuir assured that no decision could be reached without NEDC’s attorneys looking over the lease again for any changes that might have been made. She said those details will emerge at the meeting.Weaver is hopeful and optimistic that it will be a positive thing for the county.last_img read more

Holiday fun, down the road

first_imgWith gas prices slipping below $2 a gallon, out-of-town holiday events seem closer than ever, within affordable driving distance of Southeast Texas.Here’s a look at some well-known options for a Christmas season road trip:The 45th Annual Dickens on the Strand/Galveston — Shows off downtown Galveston’s Victorian-era architecture with the sights and sounds of Charles Dickens’ work in this event that runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.This year’s event continues that tradition with parades, non-stop entertainment on six stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and a host of other entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations and gift items, according to information from the city’s website.Magical Winter Lights/Houston area — A 52-day festival is touted as one of the largest holiday lighting events in Houston and the largest lantern festival of its kind in the U.S.A scene from Magical Winter Lights in the Houston area.Courtesy photo This year there are eight themed sections including The Kingdom, The Village, The Dino, The East, Houston, The Globe and the newest sections, The Ice and The Sea.A scene from Magical Winter Lights in the Houston area.Courtesy photo“The Ice section will feature a second magical castle and show guests what it’s like living in the Ice Sisters’ world. The Sea will take visitors to an undersea world filled with coral, fish mermaids and hungry sharks,” according to information from the event.There will also be a Holiday Market Square with a food court and shopping areas, photo opportunities with appearances by the Ice Sisters and Santa Claus and more. Online advance ticket prices:Adult tickets — $22Children (ages 4t o 13) — $13Senior citizens (65 and up) — $13center_img Children under 4 — FreeFamily 4-pack — $76Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 2004, LaMarque, Texas The event is nightly, with the exception of holidays, through Jan. 6.(NOTE: entrance to the festival is on FM 1764, not FM 2004, enter “Magical winter Lights into GPS)• Moody Gardens Festival of Lights and Ice Land/Galveston — has a lot to offer and is open daily through Dec. 20.The Festival of Lights is a mile-long trail with more than 1 million lights and lighted scenes that take you around the Moody gardens property with views of Galveston Bay.Tickets:Adults — $15.95 or $10.95 on adult value daysChild/senior — $15.95 or $10.95 on child/senior value daysIce Land and Festival of Lights combo tickets:Adults — $30.95 or $25.95 for adult value daysChild/senior — $25.95 or $20.95 on child/senior value daysInside Ice Land is a chilly 9 degrees and parkas are provided for the tour of the ice sculptures, which are returned as you exit.According to information from Moody Gardens, it’s best to wear close-toed shoes and highly recommended to bring jackets, gloves and hats for the little ones. They will likely want to go down the Ice Slide several times and spend extra time inside this special venue. Hats and gloves can be purchased at Ice Land if you forget to bring your own.There are a variety of other packages available that includes other features.Moody Gardens is located at One Hope Boulevard, Galveston. Call 409-744-4673 for more information.Houston Zoo Lights/Houston — The Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland though Jan. 13.This marks the seventh year for the event that allows visitors a chance to sip hot chocolate while strolling through the zoo grounds, according to information from the zoo.There are 15 miles of earth-friendly LED lighting to illuminate the ancient oak trees and decorate the paths. Other features include the Holiday Train Village, the Enchanted Forest and Candy, the interactive talking zebra.Prime Nights —
Open at 5p.m., last entry 9:30 p.m., close at 11 p.m.Value Nights —
Open at 5 p.m., last entry 9 p.m., close at 10 p.m.Tickets:Value Nights: Member $12.95, non-Member $17.95Prime Nights: Member $17.95, non-Member $22.95Children 1 and under: FREEThis event is separately ticketed from general admission; daytime admission tickets may not be used for entry.Natchitoches, Louisiana Festival of Lights —Over 300,000 Christmas lights and 100-lighted set pieces illuminate downtown Natchitoches and Cane River Lake every evening at dusk through Jan. 6.All Christmas events take place in downtown Natchitoches along the riverbanks and historic district.last_img read more

EDITORIAL — For graduates, wise counsel

first_img Vernon passed along this message, too: “If you work really hard, people will help you. People will invest in you.”Port Arthur and environs is a generous community with generous people, many of them willing to lend advice and offer their resources to help hard-working people. If you work hard, someone will notice you.This message, too, emerged from Vernon’s presentation: Much of the education he received came locally, in short-term training programs, at two-year schools, at Lamar University.“Opportunity came,” he said.When it did, he was ready. “Night of Stars” honorees got more than scholarships and a good meal this week.The Port Arthur top-10 ranked high school seniors, whose earned academic successes were celebrated by the Port Arthur Education Foundation, got an extra helping of life advice from a young man who has earned a handful of academic degrees while paying “real world tuition” since graduating Port Arthur Memorial High School.Fred Vernon, the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year in Port Arthur, has lived several lifetimes in the last decade, earning welding credentials and qualifying to drive big rigs. He’s also earned a two-year degree, a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees in building a transportation company that is doing some $6 million in annual business. Such education, Vernon said, can be formal or informal. It can come in a classroom or it can be gathered by way of seeking advice. It can be bolstered by returning to principles your parents instilled in you and by fostering one’s religious faith.“God sustained me,” said Vernon, who in his 20s met with both soaring professional achievements and with business failure.“I persisted,” he said.Those are lessons that these Port Arthur academic “Stars” and their classmates need to embrace. Like Vernon, they may encounter unexpected challenges. They may need to take academic and career detours. They may find that one dream may shrink while a better professional path presents itself. They may fail. But through it all, they must persist.center_img Vernon told the seniors that, at their age, he learned his parents’ home was facing mortgage foreclosure. That message was delivered by a notice on the family home’s door, which he found after school.That affected his college decisions. But by moxie and hard work, he used short-term training and late-night studies to earn money for college — he was, at turns, a welder at a plant and a prison guard, among other jobs — and helped his family weather their economic hardships.He also took the wise counsel of professors and mentors who encouraged him to keep learning and to pursue his professional passions. “Education is the fuel to your future,” he told the “Stars,” who all revealed their own college plans for next year.last_img read more

HEALTHY LIVING — The effects of alcohol on diabetes

first_imgIf you have diabetes, drinking alcohol may cause your blood sugar to either rise or fall. Plus, alcohol has a lot of calories.It is a good idea to check with your doctor to see if drinking alcohol is safe for you.If you drink, do it occasionally and only when your diabetes and blood sugar levels are well-controlled. If you are following a calorie-controlled meal plan, one drink of alcohol should be counted as two fat exchanges. Here are some other ways that alcohol can affect diabetes:While moderate amounts of alcohol may cause blood sugar to rise, excess alcohol can actually decrease your blood sugar level — sometimes causing it to drop into dangerous levels, especially for people with type 1 diabetes.Beer and sweet wine contain carbohydrates and may raise blood sugar. Nutritionally, beer is known as “liquid bread,” due to the high carb content.Alcohol stimulates your appetite, which can cause you to overeat and may affect your blood sugar control.Alcoholic drinks often have a lot of calories, making it more difficult to lose excess weight.Alcohol may also affect your judgment or willpower, causing you to make poor food choices.Alcohol can interfere with the positive effects of oral diabetes medicines or insulin.Alcohol may increase triglyceride levels or blood pressure.Alcohol can cause flushing, nausea, increased heart rate, and slurred speech. These may be confused with or mask the symptoms of low blood sugar.People with diabetes who drink should follow these alcohol consumption guidelines:Do not drink more than two drinks of alcohol in a one-day period if you are a man, or one drink if you are a woman. (Example: one alcoholic drink = 5-ounce glass of wine, 1 1/2-ounce “shot” of liquor or 12-ounce beer)Drink alcohol only with food.Drink slowly.Avoid “sugary” mixed drinks, sweet wines, or cordials.Mix liquor with water, club soda, or diet soft drinks.Always wear a medical alert piece of jewelry that says you have diabetes.I know this sounds a lot like preaching, but something I will never forget is the time I was a volunteer in the emergency room at a local hospital. I took a urinal in for a diabetic patient to use and when he sat up, both of his legs had been amputated above the knee. The effects of diabetes include amputation, blindness, increased risk of stroke, increased infections, nerve damage and kidney damage that can lead to death. Is that drink worth it? Take care, always consult with your doctor, and moderation in all things.Jody Holton writes about healthy living for The Port Arthur Newslast_img read more

Kimlette Tisha Ryes

first_img Next UpA visitation is scheduled from 8 AM until 10 AM Saturday, February 22, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.Funeral Service scheduled for 10 AM with Fr. K. Badeaux officiating. Survivors include: Joann Ryes (mother), Joseph Ryes (father), brother, Jason Chretien from Cade LA, sister, Menishe Martin from Beaumont, TX and a host of  other relatives and friends. Kimlette Tisha Ryes of Port Arthur died February 18, 2020 at St. Elizabeth Hospital.A native of Port Arthur, Texas and lifelong resident for 45 years.center_img Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.last_img read more

Lorina Ozane-Semien

first_img She was called home and received her wings on April 25, 2020 at the age of 83.She is preceded in death by her late husband Peter Semien Sr., son James Semien and Great Grandson Evan Lacey. Lorina Ozane-Semien was born May 13, 1936 in Sweetlake, Louisiana to the late Lawrence Ozane and Bitzel Victorian.She was married to the late Peter Semien Sr. and they resided in Port Arthur, Texas. She leaves behind 5 children: Peter Semien Jr. (Vanessa) Baytown, TX, Jeanette Guillory-Semien (Ruben), John Semien (Pearl), David Semien (Kimberly), Peggy Semien-Bates and a daughter-in-law Connie Semien-James all of Port Arthur, TX.center_img Visitation will be Friday, May 1, 2020 at Gabriel Funeral Home.Private graveside services will be held Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Greenlawn Memorial Park.last_img read more