Next Up BEAUMONT — So far, Tic Price’s second fall signing class for Lamar University men’s basketball has quite the local flavor.Price announced Wednesday that Beaumont Central swingman Tyrin “T.J.” Atwood and Dallas guard Cameron McGee will join Nederland alumnus and Lamar State College-Port Arthur forwared Colton Weisbrod as newcomers for the 2016-17 Cardinals season. Weisbrod will have a signing ceremony along with teammateJordon Harris, who is committing to Louisiana-Monroe, Thursday at LSC-PA.The 6-foot-6 Atwood led Central to the 5A state semifinals last season was ranked as one of the top players in the Houston area by RCSsports.com and among the top 50 in Texas by basketball.com. He averaged 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists during a 32-4 campaign for the Jaguars, chalking up 26 points and 16 boards a game during the playoffs.McGee, who’s a standout at Newman Smith High, will join Dallas Showtyme club teammates Kevin Booze and Josh Nzeakor on the Cardinals. The 46th-ranked player according to TexasHoops.com, McGee shot 42 percent from three-point range and averaged 15 points, 5 assists and 2.5 steals per game for Newman Smith.Weisbrod transferred to LSC-PA after one season at one of Price’s former workplaces, the University of New Orleans. He is averaging 22 points and 8 rebounds in three games for the Seahawks.“We’re very fortunate that we found three guys that plugged some much needed holes,” Price said in a release. “Two of the three are from Southeast Texas. These are all guys who are capable of coming in and getting immediate playing time, but that is up to them. They have to come here and earn it, but that opportunity is available.”The 2015-16 LU team begins its season at 7 p.m. Friday in the Montagne Center against Austin College of Sherman.
John Warren Marks Sr., 96, of Port Arthur died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. Gabriel Funeral Home.Claude Chaisson Jr., 74, of Port Arthur died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. Gabriel Funeral Home. Services todayArthur Earl “Bubba” Brackin, Broussard’s, Nederland, 2 p.m.Phyllis Joy Gardiner, First United Methodist Church, 10 a.m. Death noticesThelma Diane Simms, 71, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2015. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves.
The finish caps one of the most historic seasons ever by a UTA track and field athlete. Since the calendar turned to 2018, Henry grabbed second team All-America honors at 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships (10th place), won the Sun Belt Conference outdoor title and established school records in four events — the indoor high jump, indoor pentathlon, outdoor high jump and outdoor heptathlon. She currently holds more school records than any athlete in UTA history. The previous best effort by a UTA woman at an NCAA meet was fourth, earned by Ashely Dorsey in the shot put at the 2002 NCAA Championships. Two Maverick men previously won individual national championships, Gilbert Smith in the long jump (1983) and McClinton Neal in the 400m hurdles (1990).This was Henry’s second appearance at the NCAA finals. She placed 17th at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships as a freshman. UTA sports informationEUGENE, Oregon – Junior Alexus Henry became the first UTA woman ever to win an individual national championship, taking the title in the women’s high jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Saturday evening at historic Hayward Field. Henry was one of three competitors to clear 5-11 ½ (1.82 meters), but won by virtue of having the fewest misses at the winning height. She cleared that bar on her second attempt, while the other two finalists were successful on their third and final tries.The event, which began with 24 women, was contested in intermittent rain, including a downpour when the competition reached its final height. Henry, a native of Bridge City, also got over the bar at 5-8 (1.73 meters) on her first attempt and 5-10 (1.78 meters) on her second try.
By late afternoon Tuesday, early voter turnout for Port Arthur’s mayoral race was far ahead of the pace set in the first early voting go-around in April for the May 4 general election. That’s good news.City Secretary Sherri Bellard said vote totals late Tuesday were at 765 and counting, almost 200 votes ahead of the second-day total of 569 for April 23, which was the second day of voting then. There was still time for more votes to come in that day.That voter enthusiasm is good for this city, where voter turnout is generally dismal. Bellard said the voter turnout for the May 4 election was 13 percent, which was the highest total in a decade. As far as “highs” go, that was pretty low. See also: 3219 vote early in Nederland Polling places are:L. Eldridge Community Center, 5262 S. Gulfway Drive, Sabine PassMemorial 9th Grade Academy, 2441 61stTyrrell Elementary, 4401 FerndalePort Arthur Public Library, 4615 Ninth Ave.Port Arthur City Hall, Fourth St.Abraham Lincoln Middle School, 1023 Abe LincolnThomas Jefferson Middle School, 2200 Jefferson Drive.We encourage responsible citizens to go to the polls, no matter which of the two final candidates they support. Both candidates have public records to be studied; they’ve made themselves available to voters.Vote for whomever you wish, but vote. If you don’t, that’s on you. Well, come on.Early voting hours are 8 a.m.–5 p.m. daily, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Thursday and Tuesday at City Hall, 444 Fourth St. Tuesday is the last day for early voting at the polls.The runoff election itself is scheduled for 7 a.m.–7 p.m. on June 22, a Saturday. No one can say they haven’t had a chance to cast their ballots; voting opportunities here are abundant.Here’s where you can vote on June 22: The increased voter traffic may come as a surprise. There have been social media claims about over enthusiastic campaign workers at the two early polling places — City Hall and the Port Arthur Public Library — and such shenanigans were scaring voters off, some claimed. But if that were true, why are voter numbers up? We’ve visited the early voting sites several times, and found both camps cordial and orderly. If you want to vote, go vote.There were a dozen complaints made to the city secretary’s office about campaign activity at the polls during the general election; none of them amounted to much except bruised feelings and hyperactive imaginations.This, too, might be cause for surprise: The runoff between incumbent Mayor Derrick Freeman and former Justice of the Peace Thurman Bill Bartie, who finished second on May 4, involves just two candidates, not the five who signed up for the May 4 ballot. And yet, more voters are making it to the polls.
He was employed by The United Superior Insulation Group, LLC. Billy was a 1979 graduate of Lincoln High School and attended Lamar State College for Automotive Engineering. Billy also served his country as a Sergeant in the Texas Army National Guard.A visitation is scheduled Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 9 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. with the funeral starting at 11:00 A.M. at Salem Baptist Church with Rev. Michael R. Woods, officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home. Mr. Billy Don Keal, of Port Arthur, died Thursday, July 11, 2019 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas.Billy was a native of Port Arthur and was a Deacon at Seventh Street Baptist Church. Billy was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, a sister and 4 brothers. He is survived by his mother, Gladiola Simpson, his children in love, Kerry Roberts, Joseph Roberts, Chiquita Martin, Aisha Joseph, Felix Joseph and Nicdemus Joseph, all of Port Arthur.Five brothers, Leon (Geneva) of Nacogdoches, TX, Leonard Ray (Sandra), Cornelius (Cheryl), Cleveland, and Michael (Pernella) all of Port Arthur, three sisters, Verna of Birmingham, Alabama, Theresa (Kevin), Elizabeth (Michael) of Port Arthur, 17 grandchildren, 3 godchildren Arnelle Prevost, Ana St. Ann Joseph and Robin Joseph, a special friend Lizzie Roberts and several nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Joyce Marie Cole Martin was born on February 8, 1943, to the union of the late Ras and Eula Cole.She entered into her eternal resting place on October 8, 2019.A lifetime of excellence in education was exemplified by successful foundational matriculation at Lincoln School in Port Arthur, followed by higher education in pursuit of specialization in Nursing and Education.After graduating from Prairie View A&M University, Joyce began her career in Education which gave her opportunities to impact classroom instruction, as well as Athletics, Future Teachers of America, the Lincoln High School Honeybees, Majorettes, Track & Tennis, & the Dequeen Elementary Roadrunners Drill Team. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday October 14, at First Sixth Street Baptist Church in Port Arthur @ 10 am; Pastor Kalan Gardner, Officiant; Dr. Elijah Cole, Eulogist.Burial will follow at Botley Cemetery in Kinder, Louisiana.Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Hannah Funeral Home. Joyce also served diligently as a member of the Lincoln High School Class of 1960, the Matron Circle & Usher Board of First Sixth Street Baptist Church, the Usher Board of God First Ministries, the Learning Center Civic and Social Organization, Seaman’s Wives, & the Opti Ms. Bridge Club until her health failed.Joyce was preceded in death by spouse, Harold Marquest Martin (Hammerhead), parents Ras & Eula Cole, and siblings Rufus Cole, John Douglas Cole Sr., Jessie Cole Sr. (Fannie), Luther David Cole Sr., Dora Cole Simpson, Elizabeth Cole Ellas (John), niece Darlene Morrow, nephews Charles Martin Jr., Claibon Simpson, Jessie Cole Jr., Luther David Cole Jr, and great-nephew Scharonn Le’Royce Cole.Joyce is survived by children Harold Marquest Martin III, Kevin Martin, Karen Martin, Janice Martin, & Harold Cashmire (Tonji); brothers Leo Cole (Marjorie), & Reginald Cole; Aunts Ivory Morrow (the late Dempsey Morrow), Rose Robinson (the late Jeff Robinson), & Josephine Robinson (the late Joe Robinson); Sisters-in-law Lillie Cole, & Lou Ann Cole; Godchildren Sandra Ann Olaye, Willie Broussard Jr., Cindy Gunner, Elwyn Bradley, & Warren Moon; special cousins Ivory Lee Lotson & James Green, Sr.; and a host of beloved relatives and friends.A wake will be held on Sunday October 13th from 6-8 pm at Hannah Funeral Home.
The City of Port Arthur Health Department received confirmation of three additional Port Arthur residents who tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals include two females between the age ranges of 35-40 and 65-70 and one male between the age range of 55-60.This brings the total to 85 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Port Arthur.The Port Arthur and Jefferson County Health Departments received confirmation of one additional Nederland resident who tested positive for coronavirus Friday — the individual is a female between the age ranges of 15-20. This brings the total to 17 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nederland.Health officials also said one additional Port Neches resident tested positive, a male between the age range of 45-50.This brings the total to 10 individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Port Neches.For confidentiality purposes, the health departments are not releasing any additional information to identify these individuals. On Thursday, a Groves resident tested positive, bringing the city’s total to 19.Mid-County and South County now stand at 131.On Friday, state health officials said 2,166 patients were in Texas hospitals with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, 13 more than Wednesday’s record.Friday saw almost 2,100 new cases reported in Texas, bringing the total to 83,680. However, the true number is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.Nineteen new deaths reported Friday from the disease brought the overall state death toll to 1,939.The upward trend comes six weeks into Texas’ reopening that began in May, which kicked off one of the fastest reboots of daily life in the U.S, and as restaurants got permission to expand their dining rooms to nearly full capacity Friday.While thousands of hospital beds remain available, officials are voicing concern.Throughout the record-setting week in Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and state health officials have pointed out hotspots in rural counties with meatpacking plants and prisons but have not offered an explanation for rising caseloads elsewhere.But on Wednesday, some big city officials and health experts readily linked the worsening numbers to businesses reopening and people growing more complacent with social distancing.For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. Novel coronavirus infections reached a record high for the third time in four days Friday in Texas, even as state officials continue to loosen restrictions on public activities.Those numbers trickled down Mid- and South County, as well, as five new cases were reported, impacting Port Arthur, Nederland and Port Neches.
The Texas Department of Public Safety on Wednesday closed the state Capitol and surrounding grounds after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. during the certification of the Electoral College.An official with the law enforcement agency confirmed the move in a statement to The Texas Tribune.“The Capitol and Capitol Complex are closed to the public effective immediately,” the agency said in a statement attributed to Freeman Martin, the agency’s deputy director of homeland security operations. Earlier Wednesday, Trump supporters had also started gathering outside the state Capitol. Media reports did not appear to indicate that the event was violent, with rally goers holding signs and cheering as cars drove by.— By Cassandra Pollock of The Texas Tribune, a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. In a statement soon after, an agency spokesperson told the Tribune that the building and its grounds were closing to the public “out of an abundance of caution” and that “DPS will continue to adjust our operations as needed to maintain public order and address potential threats.”The news comes as chaos erupted in Washington as Trump supporters protested the certification of the Electoral College.The shutdown of the Texas Capitol, which reopened to the public Monday after being closed for months, also comes days before the Texas Legislature is set to convene for its 2021 legislative session.
Star Files Machinal Suzanne Bertish Joining Hall as “Young Woman,” Bertish as “Mother,” Cumpsty as “Husband” and Spector as “Lover,” will be Damian Baldet, Ashley Bell, Jeff Biehl, Arnie Burton, Ryan Dinning, Scott Drummond, Dion Graham, Edward James Hyland, Jason Loughlin, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Daniel Pearce, Henny Russell, Karen Walsh and Michael Warner. Michael Cumpsty Inspired by the infamous 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, Machinal tells the story of a Young Woman (Hall) who works as a stenographer in the industrial, male-dominated world of the 1920s. She finds her only joy in an illicit love affair, but when reality sets in and she must return to her routine existence, she’ll go to any lengths to regain her freedom. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 2, 2014 Related Shows View Comments Machinal first premiered on Broadway in 1928 (with a young Clark Gable in his Broadway debut) before opening in London in 1931 under the title The Life Machine. The show received a West End revival in 1993 and earned a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Revival. Tony nominees Suzanne Bertish (The Moliére Comedies) and Michael Cumpsty (End of the Rainbow), Morgan Spector (Harvey) and more will round out the complete cast of Roundabout’s revival of Machinal, written by Sophie Treadwell. Starring previously announced Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Hall, this dramatic tale of murder and execution, directed by Lyndsey Turner, begins previews at Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre on December 20, with opening night set for January 16, 2014. The creative team for Machinal includes scenic design by Es Devlin, costume design by Michael Krass, lighting design by Jane Cox and sound design by Matt Tierney. Rebecca Hall
Andy Karl View Comments Star Files Broadway favorite Andy Karl is already a champ! Sylvester Stallone thinks that Karl, who will take on the role of Rocky Balboa in the forthcoming Rocky musical “has what it takes,” according to a report in the Associated Press. Directed by Alex Timbers, the new musical will begin performances February 11, 2014, with an official opening night set for March 13 at the Winter Garden Theatre.Stallone says with Karl, “there’s no arrogance, there’s a natural humility about him, and that’s what is important.” He admitted that the creative team went “through literally hundreds, maybe thousands, of prospects.” However, “Andy was one of our first choices and he just had it.” Stallone believes that no matter how threatening Karl may look “you’re going to like him, it just comes through. And that’s not so easy to find. Tough guys are a dime a dozen; a sensitive tough guy, pretty rare.”Karl, who is currently starring in Jersey Boys, has also appeared on Broadway in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 9 to 5, Legally Blonde, Wicked and Saturday Night Fever. Rocky features a score by Tony-winning songwriting team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and a book by Tony winner Thomas Meehan and Sylvester Stallone, who was nominated for an Oscar for the 1976 film’s screenplay. Rocky tells the story of a struggling, small-time Philadelphia boxer who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot to go the distance against heavyweight champ Apollo Creed. The musical originally premiered in Hamburg, Germany, in 2012, starring Drew Sarich in the title role.