Working together gives area more clout

first_img Next Up We’ve all heard the story of how individual sticks can be broken easily but when they’re all bundled together even the strongest man can’t snap them in half. That same idea of strength through cooperation and working together was one of the themes of a recent economic development conference in which all the Mid- and South Jefferson County cities heard that forming regional partnerships can drive economic development for the entire area.Karl Segura, manager of business development with Entergy-Texas, lauded area leaders for working together as a team. His comments were echoed by Jessica Hill, vice president of economic development with the Regional Economic Initiative, as she stressed the importance of marketing a region as a community. “We pool our resources so we can do bigger things,” she said.Each of the cities in Mid- and South County have strengths that can complement the weaknesses of others. Cooperation in economic development is only one way the four cities can work together. Pooling resources also boosts our political clout to get the necessary funding for federal projects like the deepening of the Sabine-Neches Waterway or state projects like funding for the Lamar campuses.We are all in this corner of Texas together and if we work together we can multiply our strengths to help bring new jobs and new infrastructure to our area. That benefits us all.last_img read more

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Early announcements may stoke voter interest in PA election

first_imgIt’s more than nine months until voters decide who they want as the new mayor of Port Arthur when current Mayor Deloris “Bobbie” Prince steps down from the post because term limits prevent her from running again. Already two candidates have announced their intention to seek the office and rumors swirl about several others considering joining the race. We hope the early announcements are an indication there will be a lot of interest in the race, not only by candidates but also by voters.Turnout in recent elections has been around the 10 percent mark, a poor showing when selecting the men and women who will lead the city into the future. The early announcements by Derrick Freeman, who represents Position 7 on the City Council, and Harold Doucet, a former City Council member for District 4, and the long run-up to the 2016 mayoral election should give ample time for candidates to introduce themselves to the citizens and for the voters to get to know the candidates, not only in the mayoral race, but in other city and school races as well.Freeman and Doucet have very different ideas about where they would lead the city and different styles in the way they would govern. If and when others join the race, voters will have even greater choices in who they want at the helm of the city. Choice is what elections are all about and if the early announcements are any indication, voters will have ample choices. Then it will be up to the voters to go the polls and make their choices known.last_img read more

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ASK A COP: If you can see the train, don’t try to beat it

first_img Vern from Groves asks: Officer Antoine my co-worker is a new resident of Texas, and he has a valid Virginia Driver License. He wants a Texas Driver License, but he works a lot of 12 hour shifts and he’s afraid that he will be driving illegally on the roads if he doesn’t get a Texas license soon. He has been here for two months now and he is still operating his vehicle with a Virginia license, how long does he have to drive legally or has his time expired already? James from Port Arthur asks: Officer Antoine, this is an awesome way for our Port Arthur Police Department to keep in touch with the citizens they serve. This column has served as an effective communication bridge for many citizens, including myself. All this time, I considered you as a machine with no heart, but thanks to this article, I now know you have a true passion for saving lives on our roads. Officer Antoine, I watched the news the other day and I saw where you all were issuing tickets for disregarding the railroad signals. I happened to pass through a railroad crossing where the lights were flashing, but the arms were not yet coming down. I was wondering if I could have been ticketed for that, or was I OK because the arms were not in motion yet? Can you help me??Answer: Good question, James! Yes, James you are correct, the Port Arthur Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit, in conjunction with the Kansas City Southern railway’s (K.C.S) Law Enforcement, did conduct a railway crossing operation a couple of weeks ago. We were in search for violators who disregard the railway crossing warning lights. James, most motorists don’t know the proper procedure about crossing a railway with a train approaching. When the engineer of a train blows that very LOUD horn and you can visibly see the train approaching, ALL vehicles should come to a STOP no closer than 15 feet to the railway crossing, and no further than 50 feet from the railway crossing. Most motorists try to beat the train by speeding up when the lights on the gate arm are activated and start to come down. James, this driving behavior needs to stop immediately. Motorists always take uncalculated illegal chances, and stats show that many are at the losing end of their decision, resulting in 2,291 motor vehicle collisions with a train that resulted in 264 deaths in this country and 867 injuries in 2014. James, consider this, a motorists is 20 times more likely to die in a crash with a train than in a collision with a motor vehicle. DON’T TRY TO BEAT THE TRAIN! If you hear the horn and see the train, STOP! Yes James Stop even before the red lights starts to flash. James it sounds like you disregarded a railway signal, and you could have been cited for that violation. Now that you know better, sir I’m sure you will do better! Answer: Good question, Vern! We welcome your co-worker to Southeast Texas. Tell your co-worker he is currently OK, because he has 90 days to obtain a Texas Driver License. Vern, I know it’s hard when you are working 12 hour shifts to take off, but if he wants to legally drive in Texas, taking off is not an option it’s an necessity. Remember the state of Texas gives new residents 90 days to obtain a Texas Driver License. Join Officer Antoine for Ask A Cop live, on KSAP 96.9 FM The Breeze radio station, every Tuesday for 1 hour from 1p-2p. Tune in and listen as Officer Antoine discusses in detail the newly released “Ask A Cop” article that printed in The News. You can also tune in via internet at www.ksapthebreeze.org . Feel free to call in and ask your question live to Officer Antoine at (409) 982-0247. Remember to email your questions to [email protected] , or call 409-984-8541 and leave a voice mail question, 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!center_img Lane from Port Neches asks: Officer Antoine, I was born and raised in Port Arthur and I thank you for the job you do. My question is, what is the law on tint that is too dark, because nobody must be writing tint tickets? I see all of these vehicles with very dark tint on their windows. What is the law on tint in Texas?Answer: Good question Lane! Please believe me, Lane, when I tell you I echo your sentiments on your feeling on too-dark tint. The state of Texas allows 25% light transparency on the front driver and front passenger windows in a motor vehicle. Motorists are allowed to have the back window and rear passenger/rear driver windows as light or dark as they please. Lane, I don’t agree with motorists being able to darken the rear windows of their vehicle, because it presents an officer safety issue. But as we all know this is the great state of Texas and at times we do some things different. Please rest assured Lane, that if I observe a vehicle with illegal window tint, they will be stop and issued a citation on the spot!last_img read more

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Lamar softball takes two in Louisiana

first_img The Cardinals (10-3) face host Louisiana Tech in the final game of the Classic at 10 a.m. Sunday. Sable Hankins hit her team-leading third home run of the year in the top of the seventh to give LU the 4-1 lead. Liberty (6-8) scored three runs in the bottom of the inning, tying the game on a two-out bases-loaded walk to Tori Zavodny. Each team scored a run in the eighth inning before Liberty won it in the bottom of the 10th on an RBI bunt single by Kassidy McCoy. The freshman right-hander allowed two hits over three innings, walking one and striking out five. Anna Cisneros pitched two innings of scoreless relief for Lamar.Later Saturday, Liberty University rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the bottom of the seventh to end LU’s nine-game winning streak.center_img Lamar sports informationRUSTON, La. — Lamar freshman Julia Voluntad (1-0) earned her first career victory in her first collegiate start as the Cardinals ran their school-record winning streak to nine games in a game that was called after 4½ innings because of the run rule, 15-0 over Grambling State.last_img read more

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Mauricio “Wicho” Montalvo, Jr.

first_img And a special thank you to his caregiver Sandra for taking care of both our parents. Next UpHe was preceded in death by his beloved wife “Molly”, his parents, his brother Eloy and his sister Norma.Mauricio is survived by his children, Wendy Saldana and husband Michael, Morris Montalvo and wife, Rene, Freddie Montalvo and wife, Jan, Lisa Bellow and husband, Danny, Donna Gonzales and husband, Jose. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Amanda Nichols(Ronald), Tiffany Lavender (Corey), Tara Landry (Stanley), Tessa Brack (Cody), Morris James Montalvo II (Katie), Blake Bellow, Kirby Bellow, Zach Gonzales and Ross Gonzales and 9 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Abel and Frank and sisters, Ruth and Irene. Visitation will be on Thursday, January 5, 2017 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a rosary to be prayed at 6:00 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM Friday, January 6, 2017 at St. James Catholic Church in Port Arthur. Burial with full military honors will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.center_img Mauricio “Wicho” Montalvo, Jr. 85, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.He was born on July 1, 1931 to Refugia “Ruth” and Mauricio Montalvo Sr., in Brackettville, Texas. Mauricio has been a resident of the area for over 80 years. He served in the Korean Conflict in the U. S. Army. He retired from the U. S. Army Reserves and National Guard as a Master Sergeant. Mauricio retired from Gulf Oil/Chevron as a supervisor in 1991 after 30 years of service. He was a loving devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He truly loved all of his family.last_img read more

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Weisbrod’s 19 leads to Cards’ sweep of Chants

first_img “I’m very proud of these guys tonight,” said LU head coach Tic Price. “Things didn’t always go our way but when it came down to crunch time our guys found a way to win. Coastal is a very good rebounding team, but despite that advantage on the glass we got the stat that matters.“We pride ourselves on being able to make stops. Tonight we faced several times where our offense was struggling but our defense kept us in the game until we could get going. This was a hard fought effort.”Big Red started the game cold hitting just three of its first 10 shots. The Cardinals didn’t take their first lead of the game until the 9:34 mark when freshman Avery Sullivan hit a layup to give LU a one-point advantage. The Cardinals didn’t surrender the lead for the rest of the half and pushed their advantage to as many as eight before the Chanticleers rallied to trim the deficit to one, 26-25. The Cardinals pushed their lead to as many as eight before Weisbrod hit a three in the corner as time expired to give LU a four-point lead, 29-25, heading into the locker room.LU was able to hold its lead for the majority of the second half despite the Chanticleers trimming the deficit to one possession on numerous occasions. Leading by three with just over nine minutes remaining, the Cards went on a 14-6 run to push their lead to 11, 56-45, with less than three to play. The Chanticleers responded to the deficit by recording their biggest run of the night. CCU outscored the Cards, 11-0, in the game’s final 2:54 forcing overtime.Coastal took the first lead of overtime with two free throws from Artur Labinowicz. After the Cardinals tied the game on the ensuing possession, Labinowicz gave Chanticleers back the lead with two more free throws.The Cardinals finally took their first lead of the overtime on a made free throw from sophomore T.J. Atwood with 1:58 remaining. The Red and White still had a one-point lead and the ball with 53 seconds remaining. LU elected to run the shot clock down under five seconds when senior Joey Frenchwood banked a three-pointer from the top of the key giving LU a four-point lead with 25 seconds remaining. After a quick Coastal basket, CCU fouled Nick Garth on the inbound sending him to the line to shoot two. Garth made both to put the lead back to four points. The Chanticleers responded with a three-pointer from Labinowicz with 9.8 seconds to trim the lead back to a point. CCU fouled Zjori Bosha on the inbound with seven seconds remaining. Bosha hit one of two free throws to give LU a two-point lead. The Chanticleers ended the game with a rushed three-point attempt from Zac Cuthbertson but it glanced off the side of rim and LU grabbed the board as the horn sounded.Weisbrod was joined in double figures by Frenchwood and Bosha. Frenchwood ended the night with 16 points and five assists, while Bosha chipped in 12. CCU was led by 19 points from Cuthbertson.The Cardinals will be back in action Tuesday when they return home to host St. Thomas. The game against the Celts will tip off at 7 p.m. at the Montagne Center. The Cardinals were nearly perfect in the overtime period knocking down 4-of-5 attempts, finishing the game 22-of-56 (.393), including nine three-pointers. The Cardinals knocked down the nine triples despite the fact junior Nick Garth was held without a field goal.Coastal Carolina finished the night 23-of-63 (.365) from the field, but closed the game converting just 13 of their final 37 attempts from the field, including a 3-of-8 performance in overtime. Coastal never found its rhythm from long range finishing the night 5-of-28 (.179) on threes.The Chanticleers found an advantage on the glass outrebounding LU, 47-29, including 20 offensive rebounds. Their advantage on the glass led to a 25-6 difference in second chance points.center_img Lamar sports informationCONWAY, S.C. – Senior Colton Weisbrod scored 19 points to guide Lamar to a thrilling 69-67 overtime victory over Coastal Carolina Saturday evening at the HTC Center. The victory equals the Cardinals (6-1) best start since the 2008-09 season.It was also the second time this season the Cardinals have recorded a thrilling victory over Coastal Carolina (4-4) in the final minutes of the contest. In the first meeting, the Cardinals trailed by as many as 12 points in Beaumont before rallying for the six-point win. Saturday, the Cardinals built an 11-point lead with less than three to play before CCU closed regulation on an 11-0 run to send the game into overtime.last_img read more

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Key bills passed in Texas Legislature

first_img SB 11 — (Taylor): School safety plan developed in the wake of the 2018 Santa Fe High School shooting. Requires districts to develop safety plans for each campus, implements facility hardening standards and requires safety committees for individual campuses. The Texas School Safety Center in San Marcos will evaluate plans and offer logistical support to districts. SB 10 (Nelson), which creates the Texas Mental Health Consortium, was amended onto this bill in the House. That measure allows mental health professionals at state medical schools to consult with pediatricians and other providers on mental health issues affecting children. Also includes suicide awareness and prevention programs for students and training for teachers from SB 1390 (Menéndez).SB 12 — (Huffman): Provides long-term fiscal stability for the state teachers’ retirement system through gradual increases in contributions from active employees, school districts and the state over the next six years. Also provides for a 13th bonus annuity check up to $2,000 for beneficiaries this fall.HB 2048 — (Huffman): Repeals the state drivers responsibility program, a system that adds additional penalties to drivers who exceed a certain number of traffic violations in a year.SB 1264 — (Hancock): Consumer protections against surprise medical billing for state-regulated health insurance plans. Effectively prevents the practice in cases where a person has no say in who is treating them, such as in an emergency room. Patients would still be responsible for deductibles, co-pays and other expected costs at in-network facilities, but no more. By Richard LeeSpecial to The NewsOther key bills passed by both chambers this session (Senate author/sponsor in parentheses): HB 1 — (Nelson): The state budget. The final version appropriates $164.2 billion in state money to pay for services through 2021, including the tax and education reforms passed in Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 3. Other highlights include: funding to increase capacity at state driver license offices, funding to dispose of the backlog on sexual assault kit testing, $7.8 billion in mental health program spending across 23 state agencies, and $347 million for women’s health programs.SB 500 — (Nelson): The supplemental budget, truing up accounts between what was appropriated in 2017 and actual costs. Includes $3.5 billion in rainy day funds to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery as well as $800 million to offset lost property values for school districts in the disaster area.SBs 6, 7, & 8 — (Kolkhorst/Creighton/Perry): Comprehensive Harvey relief and recovery package. Leverages expertise at state institutions to improve disaster response and train local officials (SB 6). Creates a funding structure to pay for flood mitigation and prevention projects, pull down federal matching funds, and cover other costs associated with hurricane relief. (SB 7). Creates a statewide flood planning system that coordinates regional plans for the first time (SB 8). SB 21 — (Huffman): Raises the age required to purchase tobacco or other nicotine products like vaporizes from 18 to 21HB 1631 — (Hall): Bans the use of red light cameras in TexasHB 3906 — (Taylor): State STAAR accountability test reforms that move the test to a shorter, online version over the use five years, intended to reduce test-taking time, stress and instructional time lost to testing.Per Texas Legislature Online, 7324 bills were filed in the House and Senate, and 1419 passed both chambers. The governor has up to 20 days to veto any bills of which he disapproves. Otherwise, any unsigned bills can become law absent his signature. See also: Historic legislation: School finance, property tax efforts passlast_img read more

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MEN’S BASKETBALL: Lamar ex Josh Nzeakor signs contract with German team

first_img As a senior, Nzeakor played in and started all 32 games averaging 15 points per game while finishing third in the Southland Conference with 7.8 rebounds. He also ended the season ranked among the league leaders with eight double-doubles.Nzeakor saved one of his best games for the end of his collegiate career. The Cardinals opened the conference tournament against Houston Baptist, and Nzeakor put the team on his back by scoring 25 points and pulling down 15 rebounds as Big Red advanced to the second round of the playoffs. In addition to keeping the season alive, Nzeakor’s efforts also secured LU’s 20th win of the season – the program’s first 20-win campaign since 2011-12.Nzeakor guided the Cardinals to three consecutive seasons of at least 19 wins – the program’s longest run of success since the 1982-83 through 1984-85 seasons. The Cardinals won 69 games during his four seasons on campus and made two trips to the postseason. BEAUMONT – A former member of the Lamar men’s basketball team has signed a contract to play overseas. Former All-Southland Conference selection Josh Nzeakor will take his talents to Germany to play for PS Karlsruhe.The PS Karlsruhe Lions are located in Karlsruhe, Germany, and compete in the Pro A league. The Pro A is considered the country’s second division. The franchise was promoted from the third tier Pro B league in 2017. The team is part of the multi-sports club Post Sudstadt.Nzeakor wrapped up his four-year career in Beaumont as one of the best players to walk to step on the court. He became just the 21st player in program history to score 1,000 points in his career and graduated ninth all-time at LU in terms of rebounds. In a career that consisted of 129 games played Nzeakor recorded 117 starters while averaging 10.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He also shot 56 percent from the field (525-of-937, .560) and recorded 18 double-doubles during his time. •Lamar sports informationlast_img read more

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Vidor man crashes stolen motorcycle with drugs, gun

first_img The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative prosecuted the case.Under federal statutes, Cozart faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office. Cozart was taken to a nearby hospital and the wreck scene was cleared, during which time officers located a backpack affixed to the motorcycle.The backpack contained a pistol, ammunition, $3,000 cash, methamphetamine, Xanax and Hydrocodone pills.Further investigation, authorities said, revealed Cozart was a convicted felon having three prior felony drug convictions. As a convicted felon, Cozart is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. BEAUMONT – A 30-year-old Vidor man pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas.According to U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown, Taylor Graham Cozart pleaded guilty Monday to being a felon in possession of a firearm before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin.According to information presented in court, law enforcement officers responded to a motorcycle crash July 30 on Interstate 10 in Orange County. The defendant was the driver of the motorcycle, which was later determined to be stolen.center_img This case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle S. Englade.last_img read more

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Katie Sue Block

first_img Katie married the love of her life, Ronnie Block in 1993.She was a loving wife, mother, Neena, and homemaker.Katie’s granddaughter Summer was her pride and joy.Preceding her in death are her parents, Frank and Lola Terral; brothers Jerry Terral and Bobby Terral; sisters Betty McCartney and Wylma Brown. Left to cherish her memories are her husband Ronnie Block; daughter Shannon Block and granddaughter Summer Connor of Groves, brothers Larry Terral and Keith Terral, sisters Brenda McDaniel and Renee Brogdon and husband Carl of Minden, LA; and a host of nieces, nephews,great-nieces and nephews.Katie so loved her family and friends.Pallbearers will be Jay Chapman, C.J. Brogdon, Parker Cupples, Donnie Foster, Jay Matt, Billy Rich, Brenston Van Houten, and Wayne Young.In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105-9959.The family would like to thank the staff at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas Hospital for their care of our loved one Katie Block. Funeral services honoring, Katie Block, age 55 will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, Texas with Reverend Jason Blanchard officiating.A visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. until service time.Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches, Texas.center_img Katie joined her Lord and Savior on February 12, 2020.She was born September 23, 1964 to Frank and Lola Terral of Minden, Louisiana.She was a graduate of Minden High School and was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.last_img read more

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