Month: January 2021

Tribe, Dogs stumble in 20-4A baseball openers

first_img And that’s how Tuesday night’s 20-4A opener ended for the host team.Livingston made off with a 4-3 victory after 11 innings. The Lions used a pair of solo home runs in the top half of the 11th to earn the 4-2 advantage.The Lions got out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. PN-G responded with a run in the second and then took a 2-1 edge in the fourth. Vidor 7, Nederland 5VIDOR — Holding a 4-0 lead after four at-bats, the Nederland Bulldogs had a meltdown in the fourth inning and lost a 7-5 decision to Vidor in their District 20-4A baseball opener.Nederland committed three errors in the fourth and walked in two runs as well. Vidor turned those mistakes into seven runs and held a 7-4 advantage after that inning.The Bulldogs had chances in the sixth and seventh columns to at least even the score but failed miserably. They loaded the bases in the sixth without burning an out but could not scratch a run, as one batter went down on strikes and the next rolled into a double play.Nederland put runners on second and third with nobody out in the sixth but could only muster one run.Jacob Pitts had a solo homer in the second inning to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. They added two runs in the second and another in the top of the fourth.Tyler Smith was the losing pitcher. He chipped in with a double at the plate, however. Trent Fontenot also had a double. Nederland was outhit 7-6.The Bulldogs will go into Friday’s Mid-County bash with Port Neches-Groves, sharing 10-4 overall records and 0-1 tabs in district play.The Indians fell 4-3 to Livingston after 11 innings at the Reservation on Tuesday night.First pitch in Nederland is set for 7 p.m.    Lady Indians 10, Lady Raiders 0PORT NECHES — Brittnee Moore pitched a one-hit shutout and drove in a run to lead the Port Neches-Groves Lady Indians softball squad to a 10-0 blowout victory over Lumberton on Tuesday night.With the win, the Lady Tribe’s District 20-4A record moves to 3-0. They are now 13-7 overall and will travel to Beaumont on Friday to face Ozen for their next game.Moore’s pitching record, meanwhile, improves to 9-4. She fanned 10 Lady Raiders on the night.PN-G took a 1-0 edge in the first inning and never looked back, adding three runs in the second, four in the third, and then enforced the 10-run rule after plating two in the sixth. Offensively, the Lady Indians were led by Kristin Braye and Ricki Gilbert who each went 2 for 4. Gilbert also collected two RBIs. Caitlyn Dykes and Kate Fawcett chipped in with doubles. PN-G had nine hits in the contest. Livingston tied the contest at 2-2 in the sixth inning. Austin Stone left after seven innings of pitching duty. Aaron Graham took over and carried PN-G the rest of the way.The Lions did not get ahold of Graham until the two homers.The Tribe had little to offer offensively. Daniel Sparrow had a pair of singles but no Indian batter managed an extra base hit. Livingston and PN-G had nine hits each.PN-G will head to Nederland on Friday for its next game. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. Both squads enter the rivalry matchup with 10-4 overall records and 0-1 district tabs.center_img LIVINGSTON 4, PN-G 3PORT NECHES — With two outs and bases loaded on a full count, the Port Neches-Groves Indians were hoping for a hit into the gap. They were hoping the speedy Amir Jalali could score from first to give the Tribe a 5-4 victory.Instead, the ensuing pitch was a ball four, cutting the Indians deficit to 4-3 but Jalali ran past second and could not slow down in time to aviod getting gunned down by Livingston’s catcher.last_img read more

Cohrt’s 788 sets sizzling

first_imgA few of the leagues were still in  attendance during Thanksgiving week andBo Cohrt made sure he took advantage of  it.  Bo picked up his ball, tossed out his first 3 games in Vin’s Paint and Body NFL league, and proceeded to   VALERO:  Bill White-259-269-215-743, Skipper  Arsenault-694, Sami JoWilliams-247-202-233-682, Bryan Boldt-258-675, Derick  Vidalier-232-238-672,Gerald Watkins-228-652, Ricky Trevino-211-224-629, RobertSeymour-245-212-620, Derrick Rivers-200-213-201-614, Royce Robbins-218-581,  Kermit Morrison-217-544, Roger Hartwig-244, Colby Daniel-238, Stan Ruth-238,  PeteChiasson-223, Bob Cullums-212, Linda Watkins-202, Richard  Lamance-178  MONDAY SENIORS:  Roy  McClure-224-607, Paul McDaniel-202-201-601, RickHermsen-235, Cotton  Glidewell-217-216, Art Leon-204, Don Dunn-204  VIN’S PAINT AND BODY NFL:  Bo  Cohrt-288-278-222-788, Mark Simon-219-534,Julie Rankin-143-362, Sean  Mouchette-234, Devron Rankin-215, JimmyHembree-212, Dan Mandeville-202, Craig  Rankin-171  FRIDAY FUN BUNCH:  Wesley  Williams-226  STARS OF TOMORROW SINGLES:  GriffinWilliams-262-568, Kody Kolb-150-159-442,Ericha Guyote-156-406,  Abram Wersig-176-401, Kaylee Powell-216, AnnaVerdecia-189, Noah  Taylor-174center_img roll  games of 288-278 & 222 for a sweet 788 series.   Bill White (259-269-215-743) and Sami Jo  Williams (247-202-233-682) finished out the topbowlers for the week.  last_img read more

Eldora Perro

first_imgMrs. Eldora Perro, 92, of Port Arthur died Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at her home.  A native of Beaumont, Texas, she was a resident of Port Arthur for 68 years and was a homemaker. A visitation is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church.  Funeral service will follow with Rev. Robert L. Perry officiating.  Burial will follow in Live Oak Memorial Park under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.She is preceded in death by her parents Timothy and Ophelia Owens; two brothers Russell Sr. and Timothy Owen and sister Mercedes Mouton.Survivors include her son Alvin Perro and daughter Tarita Washington of Port Arthur; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.last_img

EDITORIAL — Police work: Duriso seeks special people

first_img Part of Port Arthur’s challenge is its boundaries of responsibilities, which stretch from a sliver of Orange County to near the Jack Brooks Airport to the Louisiana border — there’s 18 miles of Pleasure Island — to the edge of Sea Rim State Park. That’s a lot of real estate.Much of it came in with annexations in the 1970s; call those wounds self-inflicted. The Sabine Pass annexation, for example, was a hostile takeover, and people there have not forgotten. No need to remind them.“We’re stretched thin,” Duriso said this week. “It’s challenging because of the distance and what we cover.” City leadership has been supportive of the department, said Duriso, who took over as chief last September, and he’s appreciative of that. Nonetheless, police work, while vitally important to a community, comes with challenges. It’s not for everyone.Duriso said he touts police work as a career because of its intrinsic rewards. Officers don’t go a day without the chance to make a positive difference in someone’s life. If you want to do good, he says, wear the badge.That’s built into the department’s mission: to uphold a spirit of helping people and providing assistance, to teach people about public safety issues, to aggressively respond to criminal activities, to consistently display integrity and professionalism.Recruits must be U.S. citizens between 21-45, hold a valid driver’s license, meet a standard for criminal records, have never committed family violence, must pass muster for carrying a weapon. There are some physical requirements, too: You must pass an obstacle course test, pass a polygraph, drag a dummy and meet the mark in a 250-yard sprint. Until you’ve passed, don’t scoff at any of that.There’s this, as well: Police officers who start the job Oct. 1 will earn $4,527.98 a month: Over 12 months, that’s $54,335 and change. Good officers are worth every bit of that and more, especially when they face dangers the rest of us avoid. We commend those who put on the badge. We encourage other, special people to consider it.center_img Port Arthur Police Chief Tim Duriso says his department is building up to full strength but he could sure use another five officers. We know he’s right.Justice of the Peace Tom Gillam III swore in four officers — Cade Carr, Lari Revira, Jake Benoit and Christian Villasana — last week, bringing the department’s total of sworn officers to 126. Another five, Duriso says, would do Port Arthur Police Department well.That’s why he advertises routinely through the department website and in professional journals. He and designated officers visit job fairs, college campuses and military bases to find people with experience or aptitude or interest. Good officers, he said, come from various walks of life.last_img read more

Pups in Peril Pet of the Week for 7-26-19

first_imgOur little girl Callie is growing fast and she just does not understand why nobody has adopted her yet.She is 13-14 weeks old and has been with us since the beginning of June when she was rescued out of Bridge City Animal Shelter.Little Callie was suffering from a skin infection and was very scared, but she has been thriving in her foster home. Callie is very easy going and is actually pretty laid back for a puppy.Callie has made friends with the other foster dogs there and loves playtime outside.We are unsure of her breed but our vet believes that she may have some Great Pyrenees in her. Callie will be a very big girl once fully grown.Callie accepts adoption applications at www.pupsinperil.orglast_img

Port Arthur man, 55, assaulted, sent to hospital; 2 arrested

first_img Police did not release the suspects’ names.This assault is under investigation by the Port Arthur Police Department Criminal Investigations Division. A 22-year-old male and 20-year-old female, each from Port Arthur, were taken into custody, transported to the Jefferson County Jail and charged with aggravated assault. A 55-year-old Port Arthur man was beat up in a parking lot, authorities said, leading to a hospital trip and the arrest of two suspects in their 20s.A Port Arthur Police officer on patrol in the 5000 block of Gulfway Drive at 4:44 p.m. Sunday observed what appeared to be a “large disturbance in a private parking lot.”center_img Sgt. Shannon Meaux said further investigation revealed a 55-year-old male had been assaulted, sustaining “serious injuries” in the process.“The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening and he was taken to a local hospital by ambulance,” a police release said.last_img read more

LSCPA faculty, students approach virtual education with creativity

first_imgAvailability & flexibilityFlexibility is not a word nursing programs are noted for.“Because we’re running a nursing program, there’s a high level of personal responsibility that you can’t slack on,” said Deborah Lawson, a vocational nursing instructor. “You can’t graduate a bunch of nurses who don’t have their act together. But if a student is having problems, we’re making exceptions.”Guillot said she assisted one student who lacked a computer by checking one out of the library and getting him a free Internet connection offered by Spectrum.Two students were on 15-day lockdown at their plant jobs when schools restarted in late March and she helped them catch up.Lawson said her department had accepted late assignments on occasion from students who had encountered difficulty uploading their papers and presentations.“When I left the campus, the best instruction I got was that we make our assignments very clear so the students knew what was required of them,” Lawson said, “and that we be accessible, flexible, personable and compassionate.”Stamey, an Upward Mobility instructor, said many of the 50 LVNs in her program are being called upon to work more hours than ever during the ongoing health crisis.“People I know who are not with the school are saying to me all the time, ‘You must be taking a vacation,’ because campus is closed,” Stamey said. “I’m working harder now than I ever have. And for our students, this course is challenging already, but add to that their employers – hospitals – are wanting them to work as much as possible, plus they’re trying to keep up with their schoolwork and they’re having to teach their own kids at home.“We’re trying to be as compassionate as we can. But at the end of the year, they’re going to have to pass the state board exams.”Judice, the host of YouTube’s Dr Judice: EnglishProf, reminded students recently they are within a month of the Spring 2020 finish line.“English may be more conducive for this medium than other subject areas are,” she said, looking back at the change. “My students have accessed their classes, done the work, and for the most part I believe they are doing as well as they would have done face-to-face.” “I’m pretty proud of how well this has come together for my classes.”LSCPA announced on March 13 it was extending spring break for students another week while its employees prepared to move all teaching onto the Internet.The backbone for the move was an educational software system called Blackboard, one that has been adopted by 75 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities and many public school systems.“Some of my instructors knew Blackboard from teaching online,” said Sheila Guillot, chair of business and industrial technology. “They knew how to convert their materials online. Faced with the challenges of an almost entirely online teaching experience, students and instructors are becoming creative and adaptive in order to finish the Spring 2020 semester.English professor Dr. Michelle Judice said the rapid mid-March transition from classroom teaching to online instruction caught everyone by surprise.“Some of my students were scared and skeptical in the beginning,” Judice said. “But, as I bluntly told them, so was I, and I reassured them that we would figure it out together. I promised I would try my hardest but they had to do their part also. “Show your work” has taken on a whole new meaning at Lamar State College Port Arthur.For cosmetology students, they demonstrate 90-degree haircuts on family members who are self-quarantining from the COVID-19 virus while another family member films the process. Finally, they upload the video to their instructors who watch it in their homes and grade the work.A nursing student goes online to show the proper way to change a bandage and start an IV, using a teddy bear. “I had nine of 20 instructors who had never taught online, so we showed them how to change their classes to Blackboard classes, how to upload videos. Our Process Technology instructors had never been online. We spent that week videotaping them. My faculty took to it like ducks to water. They have rolled with the punches getting everything online for the students.”Blackboard is far from the only online technology platform being used to shorten the distance between classroom and students.“You’ve got Zoom, Loom, YouTube, Google Teams and Skype, and all these organizations have been very helpful,” says Julie Stamey, instructor for Upward Mobility, a year-long nursing program that allows Licensed Vocational Nurses to move up to Registered Nurses.“We’re using every available program that’s out there,” she said.Morgan Chaddick teaches Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning to students seeking a one-year certification or a two-year associate’s degree.He also runs an HVAC company in Starks, Louisiana, just across the state line.Online teaching is new to him.“Blackboard used to be something extra you could do. Now it’s our whole survival kit,” he said.Chaddick has been challenged because teaching students how to safely work around high voltage electric lines is not something he can assign as a homework project. And they can’t get to his lab.“My students hate this [separation]. They love being in class. We have the same group of students, normally, for four semesters. They become friends and now they miss the camaraderie,” Chaddick said. “It’s very important to keep them motivated. I call and text message them several times a week. I say, ‘We’ll get back to a normal flow, but right now, let’s just power through this.’ As soon as I hang up, you can see they go online, watch the videos, do the assignments. I can tell how many times they click and access stuff. Keeping in contact is kind of a simple thing.”Availability is one of the tenets that President Dr. Betty Reynard and other administrators have preached to their teachers.last_img read more

Port Arthur Industry Group awards scholarships to Memorial High seniors

first_imgThe Port Arthur Industrial Group, which includes Port Arthur refineries and petrochemical companies, along with the Community Advisory Group have helped eight Memorial High School seniors advance their education this year by awarding each a $10,000 academic scholarship.“Supporting education is an important part of our job preparedness and workforce initiative,” said Chairman Johnny Spell, a Motiva Chemicals site manager.“There is no doubt this year has been difficult for our schools, students and their families. We appreciate the support from Port Arthur Independent School District and Port Arthur Higher Education Foundation to help us complete the scholarship process.” Earlier this year, Port Arthur Industrial Group distributed 15 technical scholarships to students at Lamar State College Port Arthur seeking a skills or associates degree.This scholarship application is due each July for the next school year. Academic scholarship recipients include: Phuong “Jenna” Khuu, Nam Hoang, Tyson Nguyen, Alanna Lewis, Dylan Tran, Christopher McZeal, Kevin Willis and Chance Scott.Technical scholarship recipients for the 2020 spring semester include: Laith Alkhattab, Braydon Williams, Leonard Chavis, Karina Espinoza, Mario Figueroa, Jailyn Francis, Ana Gonzalez, Rafael Hernandez, Giamanti Najar, Joselin Ochoa, Carlos Rubens, Ana Valencia and Teanna Venzant.center_img The academic scholarships recipients are selected based on academic achievement, leadership in the classroom and community and completion of the application.This scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, math or business.Industrial Group facilitator John Hall said this year is unique because there will be gathering to honor the scholarship recipients and their families.“We still feel it is important to recognize these exemplary students and support them to achieve their academic goals,” Hall said. “We congratulate them on their successes so far.”last_img read more

JCSO WANTED: Suspected Nederland car burglar

first_img Police said the man broke into a vehicle in the 1800 block of Lindsey Lane in Nederland at 1:45 a.m. Saturday.The suspect was on a bike and prowled several other vehicles in the neighborhood, according to the Sheriff’s Office. You will not be asked your name and you could be eligible for a cash reward. If you can identify this suspect, contact Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS (8477), log onto or download the P3 app on a digital device.center_img Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking for a man suspected of breaking into a Nederland vehicle.Authorities released this suspect photo.Authorities released several pictures of the suspect Thursday, describing him as a white male wearing a black Carhartt hoodie, camo pants and orange high-top shoes.last_img read more

DR. BETTY REYNARD — Let Lamar State Port Arthur get your career started

first_img The response has been immense.Enrollment for Summer II, which begins on Tuesday (July 7), has nearly doubled over the 2019 Summer I semester.Registration will continue through the first week of classes. Among the most popular courses are our technical education offerings. People are pursuing careers that pay better and offer more opportunity for advancement.In our corner of the world, where petrochemical companies offer thousands of jobs, education is critical in providing a workforce ready to take on the challenges of the future.But technical education at LSCPA goes far beyond just serving our petrochemical industry partners. One of the most popular, and successful, departments at the college is Allied Health.Perhaps now more than ever, new nurses are critical as the medical industry works for the care and recovery of those dealing with COVID-19. There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our world in myriad ways, almost exclusively negative.LSCPA President Betty J. ReynardBut even in the face of all the negative consequences, this pandemic has also offered a unique set of opportunities. Among those is the chance to pursue an education beyond high school, one that would eventually lead to better salaries and greater opportunity for career success.Lamar State College Port Arthur was able to offer two free three-hour classes for free during the summer semesters.center_img According to a recent report in Forbes, nursing offers up to an annual salary of $55,000 on average. LSCPA offers students the ability train as a Certified Nurse Assistant, then a Licensed Vocational Nurse and, finally, a Registered Nurse.In addition, we offer degrees and certificates in the fields of Surgical Technology and Substance Abuse Counselor.But maybe medicine isn’t your area of interest. LSCPA offers certificates and degrees in Graphic Design, Software Designer, Criminal Justice, Paralegal, Business Office Management, Medical Office Management and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.The list goes on and the career opportunities are nearly endless with the proper education.And while a certificate or degree will result in greater earning potential, they also offer other benefits over a lifetime.Your children will benefit from a higher quality of life, you’ll make better decisions as a consumer, have a higher level of savings, have greater personal and professional mobility and be able to enjoy more hobbies and leisure time activities.Above it all, your return on investment will be immense. The cost of an associate degree, which often results directly in career opportunity, is far less than a bachelor’s degree.In this time of fiscal insecurity, Lamar State College Port Arthur can be a calming force.Author Mark Twain once said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”We are here and eager to help you get started, or continue, on your path to educational and career enlightenment.Dr. Betty Reynard is president of Lamar State College Port Arthur. She can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more